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  • Sheriff Kramer: I removed federal inmates for officers’ safety Jan 15, 2015 7:05 PM
    The Kane County jail is too small to safely host the number of federal prisoners it has traditionally housed, according to Sheriff Don Kramer. He told U.S. Marshals to transfer roughly half the inmates, which will result in a minimum $1.4 million loss of revenue.

  • Geneva courthouse in line for $1.5 million safety upgrade Jan 14, 2015 7:48 PM
    Convinced by testimony from the Geneva Fire Department and Kane County's chief judge, a committee of Kane County Board members agreed it is finally time to pursue safety upgrades to the historic Third Street Courthouse in Geneva. The project includes a new elevator, an expanded courtroom and fire safety improvements. It will cost $1.5 million.

  • Kane colleagues stunned by news of Vazquez’s death Jan 13, 2015 6:49 PM
    Kane County Board member Jesse B. Vazquez, a senior Democrat on the board, died Monday night. County board members said Vasquez, 51, was the victim of a heart attack.

  • Kane Co. approves Sixth Street School sale Jan 13, 2015 4:54 PM
    Kane County's Sixth Street school will soon be the property of the Geneva Public Library. County board members unanimously agreed to sell the property to the library for $1.5 million plus up to $300,000 to tear down the existing building.

  • Kane Co. could lose $2.5 million if federal prisoner deal ends Jan 8, 2015 8:19 PM
    Since 2009, Kane County has made $2.5 million a year holding federal prisoners awaiting trial, but the deal could be in jeopardy with the U.S Marshal’s office poised to move about half the inmates. Some county leaders confirmed they had heard Sheriff Don Kramer planned to end the six-year-old agreement. “I can’t tell you why the sheriff made that move,” county board member Drew Frasz said. “It would have been standard protocol to have a lengthy discussion about a decision like this.”

  • Kramer completes Kane sheriff reorganization Dec 12, 2014 4:37 PM
    Since he took office Dec. 1, newly elected Kane County Sheriff Don Kramer has made good on one campaign promise already: reorganizing the department's command structure. Lieutenants have been shifted around so two are on duty 24/7 in patrol and at the jail, Kramer told a county board committee Friday.

  • Kane morgue renovation to be done Jan. 15, $20K less in autopsy expenses Dec 12, 2014 6:37 PM
    The renovation of the Kane County morgue will be completed by Jan. 15 instead of Jan. 1 because the manufacturer of a newer, larger freezer/cooler can't deliver the $68,000 unit until Jan. 6. Meanwhile, the cost for using the DuPage County morgue for autopsy services will cost about $120,000, which is about $20,000 less than originally anticipated, said Coroner Rob Russell.

  • Geneva library close to buying Kane Co.’s Sixth Street School Dec 12, 2014 6:00 PM
    Kane County is in the final stages of negotiating a deal with the Geneva Library for the sale of the county's Sixth Street School property.The sale would trigger the move of the Kane County Regional Office of Education, the possible sale of the current library property and discussions about a referendum to build a new library.

  • New Kane panel leader not sold on Settler’s Hill cross country track Dec 10, 2014 7:42 PM
    The future redevelopment of Settler's Hill in Kane County will be steered by a person who, so far, is not as optimistic about the potential profits of building a cross country facility on the former landfill. County board member Kurt Kojzarek is the new chairman of Kane County's Development Committee.

  • Kane County gets new forest district leader amid political wrangling Dec 10, 2014 5:31 AM
    Longtime commissioner Mike Kenyon was voted in by his peers to be the new president of the Kane County Forest Preserve District Tuesday. It creates an intriguing pairing in county leadership as Kenyon and county board Chairman Chris Lauzen were outspoken political rivals just two years ago.

  • Kane County still contemplating fate of Sixth Street School Dec 3, 2014 5:30 AM
    Kane County officials indicated for the first time Tuesday that they may not sell the Sixth Street School property despite stating the land was primed to go on the market six months ago. While county officials wait, the old school building continues to crumble around its current tenant, the Kane County Regional Office of Education.

  • Some Kane residents may soon see electricity savings Dec 3, 2014 8:01 PM
    It's almost time for Kane County residents to see if their willingness to let county officials negotiate their electricty costs pays off. A county board committee signed off on giving board Chairman Chris Lauzen the power to lock in a new electricity rate for unincorporated residents as soon as a consultant zeroes in on the most favorable rate.

  • Kane department heads get big raises for second straight year Nov 21, 2014 8:43 PM
    Kane County department heads will receive 5 percent raises in 2015, the second such raises for that group of employees in two years. Raises for the 11 employees come in an effort to make the salaries more competitive with neighboring counties. This round of raises will move some of the employees up to the second or third highest-paid employees in their local peer group.

  • Kane Co. preparing for battle with Blue Cross Blue Shield Nov 7, 2014 12:05 PM
    A battle is brewing between Kane County and its insurance carrier over costs, and county officials are hoping to draft some allies into the fight. With a $15 million annual cost, county officials say that price tag doesn’t fit in with their goal of keeping the property tax levy flat. That leaves three options. Cut benefits. Raise the cost of those benefits to county employees. Or, get a better deal with Blue Cross Blue Shield, the county’s provider.

  • Kane newsletter author confronts controversy Nov 5, 2014 6:16 PM
    The author of Kane County's experimental newsletter delivered a mea culpa speech to county board members Wednesday following the latest controversial hitch with the publication. The newsletter has been a source of angst from its embattled origin. Heated resignations, an ethics complaint and the recent death of its opinion section have followed.

  • Martin defeats Hanna in Kane Board 11 Nov 4, 2014 11:18 PM
    Voters chose John Martin to be the new voice representing Kane County Board District 11 Tuesday night. The vote may have also served a dual purpose as a de facto referendum on the concept plan for redevelopment of the old Settler’s Hill landfill.

  • Kojzarek coasts to victory in Kane District 19 Nov 4, 2014 10:56 PM
    Kurt Kojzarek garnered 61 percent of the vote to win a 4-year term representing the Kane County Board's 19th District. Kojzarek, a Republican, defeated Democrat Hidayat Khan in a rematch from two years ago.

  • Auger wins rematch for 23rd Kane board seat Nov 4, 2014 11:15 PM
    In a rematch of a race that was decided two years ago by a few percentage points, Republican Maggie Auger once again was elected to the Kane County Board’s 23rd District seat.

  • Kane committee doesn’t address coroner’s request for more funds Oct 29, 2014 7:38 PM
    In a move that may be more symbolic than penalizing, a Kane County Board committee refused to even vote on a $140,000 budget supplement for the coroner Wednesday. The cost overrun is related to moving morgue operations to DuPage County during a mold remediation effort. But the county doesn't have the option of not paying staff salaries and autopsy costs.

  • Drugs, gangs, Ferguson hot topics at Kane Co. sheriff debate Oct 16, 2014 5:30 AM
    Kane County sheriff candidates Willie Mays Sr. and Don Kramer shared their views Wednesday night on gangs, drugs and how to prevent another Ferguson, Missouri, event in the suburbs.

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