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  • Oak Brook-based IMRF Receives Excellence Award Dec 19, 2014 5:41 PM
    Illinois Performance Excellence announces Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund of Oak Brook, IL is a recipient of the 2014 Silver Award for “Progress toward Excellence” for demonstrating effective, systematic, well-deployed approaches that respond to the multiple requirements to most of the Criteria. Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund will be formally honored at the 20th annual award recognition ceremony, “Saluting Excellence,” on March 26, 2015, held at the Abbington Banquets located in Glen Ellyn. “Congratulations to Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund and all of its employees for its commitment to an on-going journey to excellence,” says Darcy Davidsmeyer, President and CEO of Illinois Performance Excellence. “IMRF is taking the lead in its industry to address organizational performance and process/resource alignment with the outcome for better efficiencies, focus and overall results.” Recipients of the ILPEx Silver Award go to those organizations which have demonstrated effective, systematic, well-deployed approaches that respond to the multiple requirements to most of the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) was created by the Illinois General Assembly. Since 1941, IMRF has partnered with local units of government to provide retirement, disability and death benefits for public employees. With a funded status of 96.7 percent and $33 billion in assets, IMRF is well-funded and sustainable. Today, IMRF has about 400,000 members and retirees, and serves nearly 3,000 different units of government, including towns and villages, libraries and park districts, and counties and school districts (non-teaching personnel). The average member who retired in 2013 had 22 years of service and received an annual benefit of about $16,500. “For any organization committed to excellence by improving the products or services it provides its customers, clients or members, the task of identifying and implementing the best approach can appear daunting. There are innumerable books and videos on the best management practices. The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund has found the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence as implemented by ILPEx to be the most successful and comprehensive approach for developing the culture and infrastructure necessary for meeting our customer service goals. Our members deserve the best and ILPEx is helping us to meet that challenge. IMRF is honored to be recognized for its progress toward excellence as it receives a Silver Award. This recognition and the feedback report support and reinvigorate our efforts to become a world class organization,” said Louis W. Kosiba, Executive Director, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. About Illinois Performance Excellence (ILPEx) ILPEx was founded in 1994 to nurture, develop and highlight excellence by bringing individuals and organizations together, to learn from each other, to share best practices for organizational change and process improvement. As a 501 (c)(3), ILPEx’s mission is to advance Illinois organizations’ capability and knowledge of performance excellence by delivering consultation, instruction and assessments within the framework of the Criteria for Performance Excellence. For more information on how your organization can benefit from services provided by Illinois Performance Excellence, visit www.ilpex.org, or call 630-637-1595. For more information on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, visit www.nist.gov/baldrige/.

     
  • Heartland Voices presents its 16th Christmas program Dec 12, 2014 9:45 PM
    Heartland Voices, an Elgin-based adult choral ensemble, presents its 16th Christmas program at 3 or 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at First United Methodist Church in Elgin, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at Shepherd of the Prairie Church in Huntley. Selections include the Dale Warland arrangement of the “Wexford Carol,” a 12th-century Irish carol most likely of dancing origin, and Rollo Dilworth’s “Sistah Mary,” one of a very few African-American Christmas spirituals that recounts the birth of Christ from the perspective of a slave. Heartland Voices presentations also will include works by Durufle, Powell, Spencer, Hovland, and Kirkpatrick. The music not only spans the centuries, but the many moods of Christmas.

     
  • Tree of Life Unitarian Universalists plan vigil to protest police brutality Dec 12, 2014 11:08 PM
    As projected tens of thousands from across the United States join in a National March Against Police Brutality this Saturday, members of the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 5603 Bull Valley Road in McHenry, will bring the message the “Black Lives Matter” to McHenry County in a roadside vigil at the intersection of Bull Valley Road and Crystal Lake Road in McHenry at 12:30 p.m.

     
  • Honor Flight a high point for female WWII veteran Dec 12, 2014 9:42 AM
    By 1945, at the end of WWII, less than three percent of American military personnel were women. Barbara “Bobbie” Merritt was one of them. A resident of Sedgebrook, a senior living community in Lincolnshire, Bobbie achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer inthe Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), serving in Arlington, Virginia.

     
  • Nominate those worthy of Living With Trees Award Dec 11, 2014 12:52 PM
    The Land Conservancy of McHenry County invites you to nominate any worthy individual, business, organization or municipality for a Living With Trees Award. Nominations are now being accepted, with the final deadline of Monday, Dec. 15.

     
  • Tree of Life Holiday Choir Concert explores ‘Winter’s Wonder’ Dec 11, 2014 8:20 PM
    On Sunday, Dec. 21, the Adult Choir will present its annual Holiday Concert at 10:45 a.m. at Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation in McHenry. At this year’s concert, “Winter’s Wonder,” the choir will perform holiday music from the Christian and Jewish traditions, as well as a few secular favorites.

     
  • Join Santa and Mrs. Claus at Lake Zurich Holiday Inn Express and Suites Dec 15, 2014 3:21 PM
    The Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Lake Zurich has some very special holiday guests arriving this coming Friday for the Family Holiday Extravaganza! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be staying at the hotel, located at 197 S. Rand Road in Lake Zurich, from Saturday, December 13-Sunday, December 14.

     
  • Authorities release photo of Cary bank robbery suspect Dec 9, 2014 5:14 PM
    Authorities have released a photo of the suspect they say robbed a Cary bank just before closing Monday. Cary police received a call at 5:53 p.m. of a robbery at Fifth Third Bank, 750 Northwest Highway.

     
  • Sign up for Literacy Connection’s McHenry County Human Race 5k Dec 9, 2014 4:41 PM
    Registration is now open for The Literacy Connection’s McHenry County Human Race 5k on April 26 at McHenry County College. Sign up now for a special rate through Dec. 31.

     
  • Holiday blood drive at Sherman Hospital set for Dec. 22 Dec 8, 2014 9:03 PM
    Adding “donate blood” to the top your holiday to-do list could provide a lifesaving gift for someone this holiday season. Donation centers seek blood products year-round to supply health care facilities across the country, but the need over the holidays is greater as high school and college students go on break and fewer blood drives are held. “It’s a commitment, but people need to understand what a lifesaving effort donating blood is,” says Dr. Bruce Hyman, vice president of medical management at Sherman Hospital in Elgin. “You want it on the shelf when you need it. It’s vital for hospitals to stock adequately for emergencies and trauma situations.” Sherman Hospital is partnering with Heartland Blood Centers for a blood drive from noon to 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 22.

     
  • Take in bedtime stories, tea at Colonel Palmer House Dec 8, 2014 9:21 AM
    Step back in time and experience the holiday season at the Colonel Palmer House.

     
  • McHenry Conservation District to host program on eagles Dec 8, 2014 9:05 AM
    Representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Friends of Hackmatack Wildlife Refuge, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and the McHenry County Audubon Society will be on hand from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at three locations along the Fox River to help you search for eagles — McHenry Dam, Algonquin Dam and Carpentersville Dam.

     
  • Teens can enter anti-tobacco design contest Dec 8, 2014 9:05 AM
    McHenry County Department of Health will hold its 11th annual Anti-Tobacco Media Design Contest for McHenry County high school and college students.

     
  • Sedgebrook woodworker brings new life to old finds Dec 8, 2014 1:18 PM
    Don Hollenbeck is disturbed by “move-in-ready” home makeover TV shows. “I can’t understand how people can just come into a place with things that someone else has picked out and set up for them,” said the woodworker and resident of Sedgebrook, a senior living community in Lincolnshire.

     
  • 162 adults wait for a Literacy Connection tutor Dec 8, 2014 1:04 PM
    The Literacy Connection needs more tutors. Sadly, 162 adults remain on the waiting list to share their goals with someone who can tutor them. Can you give just 1-2 hours per week to help someone achieve their goals in 2015? You will impact your life and someone else’s life in a profoundly positive way.

     
  • Cary bank robbed Monday evening Dec 9, 2014 12:14 AM
    Cary police received a call at 5:53 p.m. of a bank robbery at Fifth Third Bank, 750 Northwest Highway, Sgt. Geoffrey Witherow said. The robbery happened just before closing time.

     
  • Districts 47, 155 school bus wins “Best Use of Lights” at Crystal Lake’s Festival of Lights Parade Dec 8, 2014 9:18 PM
    For the past three years, bus driver Stacey Balmes has been dreaming of ways to “dress up the bus” for the Festival of Lights parade that kicks off the holiday season in downtown Crystal Lake at the end of every November.

     
  • Cary-Grove teams make 2,000-lb. donation to local food pantry Dec 8, 2014 9:24 PM
    Approximately 50 Cary-Grove High School basketball players — freshman to seniors — collected approximately 2,000 pounds of food for the Cary-Grove Food Pantry over the weekend as part of the teams’ second annual food drive.

     
  • Thousands celebrate Merry Cary with parade, Santa’s arrival Dec 7, 2014 4:44 PM
    A festive crowd of thousands lined Main Street in downtown Cary Sunday afternoon for the annual Merry Cary Holiday Parade and Festival. It was part of a day’s worth of activities that included pony rides, a petting zoo and the tree-lighting ceremony.

     
  • Bring the kids to see how maple syrup is made Dec 5, 2014 1:47 PM
    Have you ever wondered how maple syrup was discovered? Have you ever seen over 40 trees hooked up to collect and process sap in a scenic woodland?

     
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