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  • Chris Lauzen

    Kane chairman has new plan to ensure tax freezeMar 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen unveiled a five-year financial plan Tuesday to ensure he fulfills his promise of keeping the county's portion of the property tax levy flat during his first term of office.

     
  • Bill Lenert

    Three new faces on Kane Co. BoardMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Primary winners are Don Ishmael, Bill Lenert and John Martin in Kane County Board Districts 3, 5 and 11. None have November opponents.

     
  • Progress toward redeveloping the Settler's Hill landfill had been somewhat stalled of late, but momentum picked up this week, Kane County Board Member Mike Donahue said.

    Settler's Hill redevelopment negotiations start againMar 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Public chastising of Waste Management officials for dragging their feet on plans to redevelop the former Settler's Hill landfill appear to have worked. Company officials came to the table this week with new promises of cooperation. Local residents may even see public access to the summit of the landfill by the end of the year.

     
  • Final total for county raises revealedMar 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    The last of Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen's raise proposals for senior staff came forward Wednesday. They met with the same praise and dissention as the previous six raises, setting the stage for one up or down vote on the new expenses next month.

     
  • Kane Co. Board approves $1.9 million shooting rangeMar 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Kane County Sheriff's employees will get a new shooting range despite it costing twice as much as initially projected. The nearly $2 million range will open in October. Sheriff Pat Perez received support from the majority of the board despite some gripes about the price increase and the lack of an overall capital projects plan.

     
  • Jennifer Laesch

    Laesch explains absence, commits to Kane Co. re-electionMar 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Incumbent Jennifer Laesch of Aurora discloses she has had some personal issues that have kept her from some county votes, but she is committed to another four years on the Kane County Board if she wins re-election.

     
  • John Martin, left, and Thomas Matson are candidates in the race for Kane County Board District 11.

    Settler’s Hill at center of Kane County Dist. 11 contestFeb 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    The future of the Settler's Hill landfill and surrounding campus is the key issue for the successor to the District 11 seat on the Kane County Board. The two Republicans vying for the seat will take different approaches to determine which aspects of redevelopment they would support.

     
  • Kane Co. Board slowly warming to chairman’s raise approachFeb 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Two more raise proposals came forward from Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen Thursday. The two raises total more than the three raises pitched by Lauzen earlier in the week combined. Both raises would involve paying the targeted directors more than the average for their position in comparable counties. Lauzen again defended his presentation of the piecemeal presentation of the director raises while board members said they have yet to see how the added expenses fit into overall budget plans.

     
  • Endorsements: Ishmael, Martin, Taylor for Kane County BoardFeb 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Daily Herald endorses Donald Ishmael, Melisa Taylor and John Martin for office in Kane County Board Districts 3, 5 and 11.

     
  • Donald Kramer

    Endorsement: Kramer for Kane County sheriffFeb 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Daily Herald endorses Donald Kramer for Kane County sheriff.

     
  • More raises proposed in Kane CountyFeb 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen revealed another segment of his plan to give raises to his highest-ranking employees Wednesday. Lauzen has asked for about $16,000 in raises for his direct employees so far. That total doesn't include about $500,000 in 2-percent raises for rank-and-file employees as well as the dividing of one director position into three jobs, which included a new hire and a large raise for an existing employee. Lauzen again refused to reveal what other raises he may propose.

     
  • Challenger only voice in Kane Co. District 3 raceFeb 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Officially, two candidates are on the ballot in the Democratic primary for a seat in Kane County Board District 3. But incumbent Jennifer Laesch has been absent from several meeting during the past few months and has not responded to multiple interview requests about her status. That leaves challenger Don Ishmael as the lone voice in the race.

     
  • New conflict brews over raises for Kane officialsFeb 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    A plan to give high-level Kane County employees raises and make their salaries more competitive with neighboring counties turned into a shouting match Tuesday. Chairman Chris Lauzen brought forward the first two of his suggested raises but refused to disclose details. “The aggregate is not in front of you today,” Lauzen said. “It's about the philosophy of adequately compensating for achievement."

     
  • Bill Lenert and incumbent Melisa Taylor are candidates in the Kane County Board District 5 race.

    Longmeadow, independence at issue in Kane Dist. 5Feb 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Both incumbent Melisa Taylor and challenger Bill Lenert support the idea of the Longmeadow Parkway project. However, Lenert is in favor of a public referendum on the issue. Taylor believes the public has already weighed in as well as all the elected leaders where the tollway would be constructed. Also, a look at Lenert's ties to County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen.

     
  • Kane law library seeks fee increase as use, costs growJan 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Kane County committee Friday approved increasing the fee for filing civil court cases, for the benefit of the Kane County Law Library and Self-Help Legal Center. The law library fee incresae is the first in 10 years, and is needed as costs of materials and use of the library increases, librarian Halle Cox said.

     
  • Rob Russell

    Kane coroner seeking advice from other coroners Jan 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Kane County Coroner Rob Russell is convening a panel of other coroners to examine how his office operates and suggest improvements.

     
  •  Kane County is considering replacing the signs at the Kane County Government Center in Geneva, to better direct visitors to the right offices. The proposed contract is more than $47,000.

    $47,399 in signs seen as solution to confusion at Kane County HQ Dec 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    Kane County officials hope that with $47,399 worth of new signs, people visiting the Kane County Government Center won't keep trying to get their birth certificates at the treasurer's office, or enter the clerk's office through the back door.

     
  • Kane County Board District 17 member Deb Allan will remain on the March Democratic primary ballot. Her petition had been challenged.

    Kane board member Allan survives election petition challenge Dec 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    Kane County board member Deb Allan gets to stay on the March primary ballot, as a county electoral board overruled an objection to her nominating petitions Monday.

     
  •  The Batavia captains hoist the championship trophy following their Class 6A championship game in DeKalb.

    A look at the Fox Valley’s biggest news stories in 2013 Dec 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    The year 2013 saw at least a half dozen court cases across the Fox Valley came to an end, turnover in key political positions, progress on several construction projects and important property acquisitions. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair also made a trip across the pond to speak to a select group at Judson University and Batavia rejoiced when after more than 100 years its football team won the Class 6A state football championship. Those stories and the others that follow, had all of us talking.

     
  •  Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen, right, told members of the finance committee Wednesday that a last-minute budget deal with Coroner Rob Russell is only as strong as Russell’s word.

    Kane County likely to finish Lauzen’s first year with a surplus Nov 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    Kane County appears poised to finish the year with at least a $300,000 surplus, though some final expenses and revenues have yet to be accounted for. Sales and income taxes were up this fiscal year. And, despite some last-minute spending and haggling with the coroner eating into contingency funds, there is still some cash left over.

     
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