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  • 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.

  • 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.

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