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  • Rich Wagner, owner of Rediscover Records in Elgin, said he hopes visitors during Saturday’s Record Store Day are reminded of how much fun it is to visit a record store and talk music with employees and fellow customers. “It’s a huge day — busy but fun,” he said.

    Record Store Day expected to rock in the suburbsApr 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    The lines could start forming as early as 6 a.m. on Saturday as dozens of suburban music fans eagerly wait for their local record store to open. Such a sight would have been all but unthinkable a decade ago. But it happens every year now on the Saturday in April known as Record Store Day.

  • Downtown Batavia water main replacement starts MondayApr 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Getting down Houston Street in downtown Batavia will be a little difficult next week, as the city replaces a water main along it. Water Street between Wilson Street and Houston will also get a new water main.

  • St. Charles Peace Corps volunteer Michael Dixon visits with two folk singers at a Ukrainian folk festival in Vinnytsia.

    St. Charles Peace Corps volunteer describes his time in UkraineApr 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Most people in the Fox Valley know Mike Dixon for his commitment to historic preservation. The former St. Charles architect has been involved in several local historic restorations. So, it was a bit of a surprise when he decided to leave his firm at the age of 62 and join the Peace Corps. He was assigned to Ukraine, where he shared his knowledge of architecture and took more than 15,000 photographs before being evacuated abruptly due to the escalating political unrest.

  • April Venzon and her mother, Ann, both of Geneva, put the finishing touches on a red oak they planted during a volunteer tree planting day with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County. The district is holding a similar event Saturday, April 19, in honor of Earth Day.

    Celebrate Earth Day by planting a tree at Fitchie Creek in ElginApr 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    This weekend, volunteers can get some exercise and help the environment at the same time. Celebrate Earth Day by planting trees with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Fitchie Creek Forest Preserve in Elgin.

  • Tri-Cities police reportsApr 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Vehicles were scratched and gravel and dirt put in their gasoline ports, between noon Saturday and 7 a.m. Monday at Deluxe Cleaners, 102 S. Batavia Ave., police said.

  • Joe Barkei of the Batavia Public Works Department removes snow drifts in January from Millview Drive that had covered the street parking.

    Winter blows Batavia snow removal budget for 2014Apr 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Winter put a $239,000 beatdown on the Batavia budget for street department overtime, double time and contracts related to removing snow and ice, according to a report made to the city council Tuesday.

  • A proposal to buy the Thomle Building at 2 E. Wilson St. from the city of Batavia has fallen through.

    Developer withdraws plan to buy Batavia buildingApr 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    A proposal to take the Thomle Building off the City of Batavia's hands has fallen through. The would-be owners wanted to combine the riverside building with the one next door, but couldn't reach an agreement with the owner of that building, according to City Administrator Bill McGrath.

  • Owner Bill Kaiser cuts the ribbon at Lee Donuts with Mayor Terry Weppler. From left, Bill’s wife Francine Kaiser, MainStreet Libertyville Executive Director Pam Hume and GLMV Executive Director Ray Mullen looking on.

    Business owner left behind Wall Street for Libertyville streetsApr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Kukec's People features Bill Kaiser, who was a broker for 36 years, owning William S. Kaiser Corp. since 1978, which then morphed into Zap Futures Inc. when he introduced electronic trading in 1994. He had 24 brokers and 12 support staff and even did live 5-minute reports from the Mercantile Exchange daily for CNBC. Now, he owns two family-oriented businesses in Libertyville. What made him change?

  • Midwest Sports Academy is planning its first “Who’s Got Next” 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, set for July 18-19.

    Midwest Sports Academy to host basketball tourneyApr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Midwest Sports Academy invites teams of all ages and skill levels to participate in the first "Who's Got Next" 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament July 18-19.

  • Elgin Junior Service Board to host its 30th production of ‘Follies’ April 26Apr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Elgin Junior Service Board, an 82-year-old organization, will host its 30th production of "Follies" on Saturday, April 26, at Holiday Inn in Elgin.

  • Procrastinators can Celebrate! Scientists Say it’s in Your GenesApr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    If you’d rather put off until tomorrow what could be done today, blame your parents. Researchers have discovered there may be a genetic reason for these tendencies, genetically linking procrastination and impulsivity which suggests they can be inherited.

  • TriCity Family Services to host auction, dinnerApr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    TriCity Family Services will hold its 25th annual benefit dinner and auction Saturday, April 26, at the Lincoln Inn Banquets in Batavia.Cocktail hour and silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 7:30 p.m. Cocktail attire is required; black tie is optional. Tickets are $80 each.

  • Bunco event aids local animal rescueApr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Homes for Endangered and Lost Pets will host its first Bunco event at 6 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Riverview Banquets, 1117 N. Washington Ave., Batavia.

  • Learn about Chicago authors at Books Between BitesApr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Batavia's monthly noontime book program, Books Between Bites, welcomes back frequent guest Rick Kogan Thursday, April 17. This year he will discuss two writers who are often overlooked: Willard Motley and John Bartlow Martin. In addition, he wants to talk about Chicago film critic Roger Ebert.

  • Karen Lando of St. Charles talks with owner Joe Vajarsky after making a purchase at the Outpost General Store in Wayne. Vajarsky and his wife, Caroline Scheeler, opened the store last September.

    Cold weather tough on Wayne’s Outpost General StoreApr 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    It's been a rough winter in many ways, and that's true for the Outpost General Store in Wayne, columnist Dave Heun says after talking with the owner.

  • Latoya Baines

    Fitness evaluation ordered for 2012 Batavia murder suspectApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    A fitness evaluation has been ordered for Latoya Baines, a Batavia woman accused of the spring 2012 stabbing death of her boyfriend because she thought he was cheating. The murder of Gerald J. Jackson was Batavia's first murder since 2004.

  • Batavia Rain Barrel Sale to support conservation effortsApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    The city of Batavia will host the fifth annual Rain Barrel Sale with The Conservation Foundation and is currently taking orders for your Rain Barrels, available now until the end of the business day on Thursday, April 24. The orders placed online are for credit card purchases only and cash/check purchases.

  • Laura Meehan recently opened Callie’s Cuties, the western suburbs’ first nut-free bakery. Amy Weiland

    Nut free bakery opens in western suburbsApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Families with nut allergies can now outsource birthday cakes, wedding cakes, holiday treats, and much more thanks to a new nut free bakery in the western suburbs.

  • Midwest Sports Academy is planning its first “Who’s Got Next” 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, set for July 18-19.

    Midwest Sports Academy 3 on 3 basketball tournament to help underprivileged kids and cancer patientApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Midwest Sports Academy invites teams of all ages and skill levels to participate in the first "Who's Got Next" 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament July 18-19.

  • Mayor Ruben Pineda meets citizens following the 2014 State of the City Address at City Hall. Krista Coltrin

    West Chicago Mayor Delivers 2014 State of the CityApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Mayor Credits "Thoughtful Planning and Strategic Foresight" For City's Solid Financial Position in the 2014 State of the City Address

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