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  • 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.

  • Half of Kane board misses at least 22% of meetings Oct 15, 2014 5:30 AM
    The latest attendance report for Kane County Board members shows about half of the elected officials continue to miss at least 22 percent of the meetings they were scheduled to attend. The report came with a renewed call to reconsider pension and insurance benefits for the part-time board. “We shouldn’t run for either the salary or the benefits,” one board member said.

  • Endorsements: Martin, Kojzarek, Auger for Kane County Board Oct 14, 2014 1:01 AM
    The Daily Herald recommends John Martin, Kurt Kojzarek and Maggie Auger for Kane County Board.

  • Using DuPage facility helps put Kane coroner at 16% over budget Oct 11, 2014 7:36 AM
    A Kane County committee Friday agreed to increase the coroner's current budget by $140,000, which includes at least $43,000 worth of unexpected spending due to the morgue being closed and autopsies being done in DuPage County's facility.

  • Lauzen accuses county board member of revealing closed session info Oct 7, 2014 2:00 PM
    Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen criticized board member Maggie Auger Tuesday, saying she had revealed information discussed during a September closed session meeting regarding his plan to study whether all the autopsies Coroner Rob Russell has done were necessary.

  • Kane courthouse elevator may cost less, official says Oct 1, 2014 5:30 AM
    The Kane County Board committee of the whole was told Tuesday that replacing the elevator at the Kane County Courthouse in Geneva may end up not costing as much, as there may be a way to put hte new one in the same space.

  • Renovations begin after mold shut down Kane County morgue Sep 29, 2014 5:43 PM
    Renovations have begun at the Kane County coroner's office and morgue, which was shut down months ago and autopsies outsourced to DuPage County. Coroner Rob Russell said this is a chance for him and County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen to work together.

  • Kane Co. Board District 19 race a solo act Sep 26, 2014 5:30 AM
    t’s a rematch scenario in the Kane County Board District 19 race. And, like last time, the Democratic challenger is absent from the discussion, leaving incumbent Kurt Kojzarek to share his views on important matters in the county.

  • Fee increases may solve Kane Co. 2015 budget shortfall Sep 24, 2014 5:56 PM
    Kane County officials plan to close an $800,000 budget gap by raising numerous fees throughout the county. The costs of birth, death and marriage certificates, as well as marriage licenses will all rise pending a final vote by the county board in November. Fees to record real estate transactions and pet registrations would also increase.

  • Toll for Longmeadow Parkway is hot topic for Kane Co. Board race Sep 23, 2014 5:34 PM
    The Longmeadow Parkway is a key transportation project that will influence the future economy of towns in Kane County's District 23. Maggie Auger and Kevin Smith, the two candidates for that seat, have different views on the parkway, particularly the scope of the project and the need for a toll.

  • Kane Co. Board Dist. 11 candidates clash on Settler’s Hill projects Sep 19, 2014 4:37 PM
    The future redevelopment of Settler's Hill is a key issue for the Geneva and Batavia residents who live near the former landfill. The two candidates for the District 11 seat on the Kane County Board have vastly different views on what should happen to the property. Republican John Martin is largely on board with the vision expressed in the concept plan. Democrat Martha Hanna favors more passive and green-friendly use of the property.

  • New Kane County animal control director promises teamwork Sep 16, 2014 11:14 PM
    The new director of Kane County's troubled animal control agency made his public debut Tuesday. He promised a welcoming atmosphere for volunteers and a strong focus on animal care, adoption and transfers.

  • Kane chairman, coroner get into argument over expenses Sep 12, 2014 10:53 PM
    It wasn't unusual for Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen and Coroner Rob Russell to disagree during Russell's monthly report to the county board Friday. But they saved the real vitriol for after the meeting. Lauzen stepped into a media interview with Russell, resulting in a heated argument among Lauzen, Russell, and Russell's financial adviser, Ken Shepro.

  • Both sides see victory in ruling on ComEd’s Grand Prairie Gateway plan Sep 12, 2014 2:25 PM
    A review of ComEd’s $200 million Grand Prairie Gateway project denies the electricity giant’s application because some portions of the plan don't provide alternate routes for equipment that runs through Elgin, for example. But the impact of that nonbinding ruling is up for debate. “ComEd is encouraged by the administrative law judge’s proposed order," an official said.

  • Kane officials hope for big profits from cross-country track Sep 10, 2014 6:43 PM
    Kane County officials increased their economic hopes for the proposed cross country track at the former Settler’s Hill landfill Wednesday after hearing a ringing endorsement from an influential local track and field official. The vision now sees up to 45 running events at the facility and a six-figure income source via parking fees.

  • Investigation of Kane County autopsies might come at higher price Sep 9, 2014 6:39 PM
    The battle to review the need for autopsies in the Kane County coroner’s office has stopped short of a lawsuit, but intense legal jockeying is occurring behind the scenes. County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen has sent Coroner Rob Russell a Freedom of Information request to obtain full death record files for a former coroner to review. But Russell wants Lauzen to pay more than $10,000 in statutory fees to have them.

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