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  • 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.

  • Kane Co. sticks with riverboat reductions in first test Sep 3, 2014 5:41 PM
    Kane County Board members showed they will hold the line on cutting internal and external riverboat grants Wednesday. Given the chance to dip into riverboat reserves, Executive Committee members instead reduced other grants to add funding for one more Aurora-based request.

  • Kane County closing in on balanced budget for 2015 Aug 28, 2014 5:30 AM
    It only took about one month for Kane County officials to cut a looming 2015 budget deficit in half. But now they only have about three weeks to address the final $1 million gap without raising property taxes. Cutting new jobs and raising user fees throughout the county may be the answer.

  • Kane to spend $200,000 on cross-country track before study Aug 13, 2014 6:50 PM
    Kane County officials agreed to a somewhat risky move Wednesday by pushing forward with the second phase of engineering on a proposed cross country facility before learning the results of a financial feasibility study. The engineering will cost $200,000 and could be lost funds if the study turns up red flags. Not expecting any bumps in the road, a board committee decided its better to not delay spring construction while waiting for the study.

  • Kane County reaches into city for its animal control director Aug 12, 2014 6:02 PM
    Kane County has its first non-interim animal control director in more than two years. Brett Youngsteadt currently earns $67,000 a year as the shelter manager for Chicago’s Animal Care and Control Department. He’ll receive $75,000 for his new Kane County duties. County officials said they believe Youngsteadt will bring stability and veterinary expertise to a troubled county department.

  • Fox River fans promote vision for ‘underutilized’ asset Aug 9, 2014 8:12 PM
    While hundreds of runners, some as young as 13, raced for the finish line of the eighth Bob Leonard River Run/Walk, an enthusiastic group of Fox River fans used the event to promote their vision of how the river can be home to white water rafting, decorative pedestrian bridgesr, floating gardens, splash pads for kids and rowing clubs for teens and adults

  • Lauzen grills Kane Coroner Russell on Silly Putty, other costs Aug 8, 2014 8:14 PM
    Scrutiny of Kane County Coroner's budget reached a new level Friday when county board Chairman Chris Lauzen grilled Coroner Rob Russell about the purchase of 1,000 units of Silly Putty. “You spent $1,221 on Silly Putty,” Lauzen said. “To me, this would be an example of money taxpayers would say shouldn’t be spent.”

  • No controversy with new Kane County animal director hiring Aug 7, 2014 5:45 AM
    Kane County officials are set to hire a new animal control administrator next Tuesday. The appointment will mark the second leader of the agency since Chairman Chris Lauzen was elected. The current process is a marked change from the emergency techniques employed by Lauzen in the hiring of former interim administrator Robert Sauceda, who resigned earlier this year after a suspension and investigation by the Kane County state's attorney.

  • Editorial: Security must be top priority for county staff Aug 5, 2014 1:01 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial calls on Kane County officials to act quickly to address safety concerns at the county's diagnostic center, where clinical psychologists conduct evaluations with criminal defendants with little security.

  • Kane Co. forest commissioner explains need for better golf Aug 1, 2014 5:40 PM
    Kane County Forest District Commissioner Mark Davoust is the leading advocate for golf course enhancements at Settler's Hill. Davoust responded Friday to questions about why the golf course must get better and how the changes fit in with the plans for a neighboring cross country course.

  • Kane County facing $2 million deficit for 2015 Jul 31, 2014 5:19 PM
    The first look at Kane County's 2015 budget shows a $2 million deficit. Costs are rising much faster than new income as raises and new hires in 2013 will take their toll for a full fiscal year. Officials will look at ways to both boost income and cut costs to create a balanced budget before the plan is locked in this fall.

  • Kane County facility for criminal psychological exams called unsafe Jul 30, 2014 5:45 AM
    Kane County’s five clinical forensic psychologists tasked with evaluating the ability of criminal defendants, including alleged sex offenders, to stand trial perform their work in an isolated building with no security. And there is no plan to address that safety hazard.

  • Kane Co. hires consultant with financial ties to Lauzen Jul 30, 2014 5:08 PM
    Kane County officials have announced the hiring of an Aurora-based architectural consulting firm. The firm will act as second opinion to another company the county has a long-standing relationship with. The new company is a long-time financial supporter of Lauzen's campaigns and has a history of winning contracts at organizations where Dick Hawks is involved. Hawks is Lauzen's unofficial chief of staff.

  • Kane Co. edges closer to cash deal for Settler’s Hill revamp Jul 24, 2014 5:58 PM
    Details of an agreement that will send more than $800,000 from Kane County to the Kane County Forest Preserve District for Settler's Hill Golf Course improvements met the liking of commissioners Thursday. The money is just part of more than $4.25 million that may eventually flow to the forest preserve district for the Geneva facility, not including the cost of building a new clubhouse.

  • Kane County animal control poised to pay off $1.5 million debt Jul 15, 2014 9:13 PM
    A preview of the 2015 budget for Kane County's animal control agency shows the department is on track to zero out the so-called mortgage debt it owes county taxpayers for the construction of its facility by 2017. When that happens, it will provide more than $150,000 of financial wiggle room for the department, which has had financial difficulties in the recent past.

  • Kane Co. closing in on $6.8 million technology upgrade Jul 12, 2014 8:00 AM
    Kane County board members weighed in for the first time on a massive technology upgrade for the county's legal system Friday. The price tag is either more or less than advertised just a couple months ago, but every new estimate is far below the $12.6 million bill county officials feared just a couple of years ago.

  • Longmeadow Parkway bridge project gets $20 million cheaper Jul 11, 2014 5:48 AM
    The cost to build the new Longmeadow toll bridge will drop by about $20 million thanks to some re-engineering of the project. Several changes were adopted to reduce the cost and long-term maintenance commitment. The overall cost is now projected to be about $135 million. That's less than the Stearns Road bridge, but there's also less state/federal funding to pay for Longmeadow, hence the toll is still in place.

  • Latest Kane Co. raises draw long-term budget concerns Jul 9, 2014 1:01 AM
    A vote to provide salary increases to union and non-union employees who work at Kane County's juvenile justice center sparked some concerns Tuesday. Some officials said it's unclear how the county can keep swallowing the added costs of all the new raises, union contracts and hires in the county this year and keep the tax levy flat. But Chairman Chris Lauzen pledged to do exactly that.

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