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  • ECC, faculty reach tentative 3-year deal Dec 20, 2013 4:12 PM
    A tentative agreement for a new faculty contract at Elgin Community College was reached, officials said. Negotiating teams for the college’s faculty association — which represents 526 part-time and full-time instructors — and the college board reached a tentative agreement on Thursday for a new three-year contract. Details of the agreement will not be released until it is ratified by union members and the board of trustees.

     
  • Elgin celebrates college grads this weekend Dec 14, 2013 5:34 PM
    Elgin Community College and Judson University both held commencement ceremonies over the weekend to send their graduates out into the world. ECC held their ceremony on Friday evening and Judson held two ceremonies Saturday honoring their graduates.

     
  • Former heroin addict to give ECC graduation speech Dec 12, 2013 4:01 PM
    Sandra Hoston's life was on a downward spiral from years of abusing alcohol and heroin starting in her late teens. At 16, Hoston was pregnant with her first child. Soon after graduating from a Chicago high school, Hoston started hanging out with the wrong crowd and began abusing heroin to fit in. “I was addicted for 25 years,” said the now 51-year-old Elgin resident. Hoston went back to school in 2010 to get her associate degree in human services at Elgin Community College. Friday she will deliver the commencement speech during the college's graduation ceremony.

     
  • A look at the Fox Valley’s biggest news stories in 2013 Dec 26, 2013 10:31 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.

     
  • ESO continues holiday tradition with magical concerts Dec 10, 2013 3:23 PM
    When a show sells out, you know it’s got to be popular. So it is with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s Magical Holiday Concerts, which return to the Hemmens this weekend. Tickets, which start at $25, are still available for the 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. shows on Saturday, Dec. 14, but the performance on Sunday, Dec. 15 is sold out.

     
  • Homeowners to pay $21 more with ECC tax levy Dec 11, 2013 12:44 PM
    Elgin Community College will levy roughly $55.5 million in property taxes to fund operations next year, officials said Tuesday. That's a roughly 1 percent increase from last year's tax request. The owner of a home valued at $250,000 would pay an additional $21 yearly, said Sharon Konny, vice president of finance.

     
  • McHenry Community College earns sustainability award Dec 9, 2013 3:08 PM
    McHenry County College is one of seven Illinois community colleges recently honored for setting and meeting environmental goals on their campuses.

     
  • Elgin CC outlasts College of DuPage Nov 12, 2013 11:13 PM
    The Elgin Community College men’s basketball team held off a furious rally in the closing minutes to outlast visiting College of DuPage, 85-81, Tuesday night at the Events Center in Elgin.

     
  • Elgin CC hangs on to beat College of DuPage Nov 12, 2013 10:32 PM
    The Spartans survived. Elgin Community College’s women’s basketball team built a double-digit lead midway through the second half, then held on for dear life as College of DuPage staged a furious rally. When the dust settled, the Spartans hung on for a 66-64 nonconference victory at the Events Center in Elgin Tuesday night. Jordan Bartelt and Alexa Diaz scored 16 points apiece to lead ECC, which moved to 2-1 on the season. Breanna Venson had 12 points for COD.

     
  • Elgin CC has some experience Nov 12, 2013 1:57 PM
    The Elgin Community College men’s basketball team started the 2012-2013 season with a 7-5 mark. But injuries and other circumstances played a major role in the derailment of last year’s campaign as the Spartans limped to a 9-22 overall mark and finished 2-12 in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference.

     
  • Elgin CC hoping to maintain tradition Nov 11, 2013 5:51 PM
    Just because the Elgin Community College women’s basketball team roster has virtually all new players on it doesn’t mean the expectations are any lower. The Spartans return no starters and only 3 players from last year’s team that won Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference and Region IV titles and advanced to the NJCAA Division II nationals. It was the first time an ECC basketball team qualified for a national postseason tournament.

     
  • Irish-themed burger lucky for ECC culinary student Nov 9, 2013 8:00 AM
    In retirement, Ed Dolik has dedicated himself to helping others: Volunteering at the Lutheran Home, a nursing home in his hometown of Arlington Heights, as well as feeding the poor at St. James Cathedral in Chicago. He retired last year at 60 after a long career as a stagehand in Chicago theaters and decided to enter culinary school at Elgin Community College. And on Friday, he entered the final round of the fifth annual Prime BurgerHouse/ECC burger contest as the dark horse and took home the gold medal and $2,000.

     
  • Images: Elgin Community College Burger Competition Nov 8, 2013 4:02 PM
    Images from Elgin Community College's annual ECC-Prime BurgerHouse Burger Competition at the Spartan Terrace Restaurant. Six culinary students cook-off for scholarship cash. The winner was Edward Dolik of Arlington Heights.

     
  • U-46’s Torres gets personal at chamber luncheon Nov 6, 2013 7:11 PM
    As a high schooler, José Torres had a “pretty nice Afro.” He likes listening to Latin and rock music. His favorite book is “The Fifth Disciple” by Peter Senge. And his favorite TV show is “The Walking Dead." The Elgin Area School District U-46 superintendent shared insights into his personal and professional lives Wednesday at an Elgin Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Elgin Community College.

     
  • Arts in Bartlett and ECC team up to promote community arts Nov 5, 2013 5:02 PM
    Arts in Bartlett, the local nonprofit arts council founded in 2002, has been selected as the pro bono client of Spartan Consulting at Elgin Community College for the fall semester.

     
  • Dabble in the arts as Elgin’s FallBack Arts Festival returns, expands Oct 30, 2013 6:53 AM
    Fighting onstage at the Hemmens. Building a dragon sculpture from clay. Improving your writing, photography or art techniques. These are among the skills you can learn this weekend at Elgin’s FallBack Arts Festival.

     
  • Expert to speak on ‘Why Art Matters’ Oct 30, 2013 6:53 AM
    The Elgin Cultural Arts Commission, in cooperation with the Gail Borden Public Library, will host a town hall discussion on “Why Art Matters” with Randy Cohen at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in the Elgin Room as part of this year’s FallBack Arts Festival.

     
  • David Smith remembered fondly by all Oct 24, 2013 5:31 PM
    In East Dundee, the name David Smith is synonymous with public service, because he was the village’s longtime police chief, its first village administrator and the director of the QuadCom emergency dispatch center in Dundee Township. Smith, 64, died Monday at his East Dundee home after a short battle with cancer.

     
  • Children’s Theatre of Elgin to stage ‘Mulan Jr.’ Oct 22, 2013 1:09 PM
    Travel back in time to third century China as Children’s Theatre of Elgin presents its debut production of Disney’s “Mulan Jr.,” on the Hemmens Cultural Center stage this weekend in Elgin. “Mulan is an inspirational story about staying true to yourself and standing up for what you believe in,” producer Amy Zapata said.

     
  • ECC Concert Band to perform in concert Oct 21, 2013 8:30 AM
    The Elgin Community College Concert Band will perform “Something Old, Something New,” under the direction of Jim Kull, Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the ECC Arts Center.

     
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