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  • 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.

     
  • Huntley offering temporary rides to Sun City seniors Nov 27, 2013 5:07 PM
    Huntley has inked a deal with a local cab company to temporarily offer rides to seniors living in both Rutland and Hampshire townships. In doing so, those accustomed to riding Grafton Township’s buses won’t see a break in service — Grafton leaders terminated the bus rides effective Friday and the cab service starts the following day.

     
  • Will Huntley hire taxi service for Rutland riders? Nov 26, 2013 6:00 PM
    While Grafton Township officials are still on track to eliminate bus service for Rutland Township’s senior and disabled riders Saturday, they are hopeful Huntley leaders pick up the slack. At the same time, Huntley’s youngest trustee has made a proposal to keep the service going for a year.

     
  • Could special tax be answer to Rutland’s bus woes? Nov 15, 2013 5:30 AM
    Even though the Rutland Township board refused to make a decision on financing bus service for its senior and disabled residents, Township Supervisor Margaret Sanders isn’t giving up just yet. At the same time, officials from Huntley and the Sun City subdivision have no interest in starting their own bus system, but in Sun City’s case, officials are figuring out how to help the 130 Rutland residents who won’t have transportation after Nov. 30.

     
  • Housing crash pushed bigger tax load onto seniors Nov 13, 2013 9:03 AM
    A property tax relief program intended to save Illinois senior citizens hundreds of dollars on their annual tax bills has had the opposite effect since property values began their steep nosedive since 2009. Because of the way the "senior freeze" is set up, the declining value of properties is actually making seniors pay more than ever before. “It's the law of unintended consequences,” said Craig Dovel, DuPage County's supervisor of assessments.

     
  • Rutland's inaction still means it loses bus service Nov 13, 2013 5:24 AM
    A pair of proposals Rutland Township Supervisor Margaret Sanders floated to keep bus service intact for its senior and disabled residents died for a lack of a second Tuesday, which means the board did not make a decision on the issue. As a result, Grafton Township, which had been driving the senior and disabled residents living in Rutland's portion of Sun City at no cost to Rutland, will pull the plug on service to Rutland after Nov. 30. “That was a no vote by the four of the five members," Grafton Township Supervisor James Kearns said Monday.

     
  • Will Rutland discussion on senior bus service result in vote? Nov 10, 2013 4:51 PM
    Rutland Township trustees will again discuss whether to offer bus service for its senior and disabled residents, with at least two trustees saying they’re against the plan. Trustees Charleen Carlson and Steve Schuldt, along with Fred Bulmahn and John Payson, ran on a slate in which they promised not to raise taxes. For the moment, Carlsen and Schuldt don’t see themselves wavering from that position. “I can’t justify it right now,” Schuldt said. “I’m going to be voting against the busing.”

     
  • Grafton Twp. takes ownership of land it used to own Oct 23, 2013 5:46 PM
    Grafton Township concluded a complicated property transaction this week that dated back several years and involved reversing the ownership of the township offices and garage from the road district to the township. The township board made a final $46,000 payment Monday to buy the property back from the road district.

     
  • Grafton Twp. eliminates bus service to Rutland Twp. Oct 22, 2013 5:23 PM
    Grafton Township voted to terminate bus service to Rutland Township’s senior and disabled residents Monday, a move that squarely puts the ball back in Rutland’s court. “Nothing seems to have happened down there,” Grafton Township Supervisor James Kearns said of Rutland leadership. “We’ve given them the deadline of November 30 and it doesn’t look like anything’s going to happen.”

     
  • Most Grafton Twp. trustees support cutting Rutland’s free rides Oct 17, 2013 5:32 PM
    A majority of Grafton Township’s board members say they will vote to end bus service for riders in Rutland Township because that township can not decide whether to help pay for the service.

     
  • Editorial: Continue senior, disabled bus service Oct 11, 2013 5:00 AM
    Rutland Township should continue bus service for its residents in Sun City by paying its fair share, a Daily Herald editorial says.

     
  • Rutland Township board defers vote on funding senior, disabled bus service Oct 9, 2013 12:41 PM
    The Rutland Township board deferred a decision on whether to fund senior and disabled transportation services currently provided for free by Grafton Township. Grafton has threatened to discontinue the bus service Nov. 30 due to budget woes. “I always resist rushing into anything without having explored all of the options,” township Trustee Fred Bulmahn said. “I'm opposed to anything that's not means tested or needs based.”

     
  • Decision looms on senior buses in Grafton, Rutland townships Oct 6, 2013 6:51 AM
    Rutland Township leaders never had to shuttle their senior and disabled residents around, because Grafton Township always did it for them — for free. But now Grafton officials they can't afford this, leaving Rutland officials to decide whether to pony up or find another program.

     
  • Learn how to buy eco-conscious toys Sep 27, 2013 5:00 PM
    The public is invited to Green Drinks McHenry County from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Duke's Alehouse & Kitchen, 110 N. Main St. in Crystal Lake. Head upstairs at Duke's for info and inspiration, business and pleasure. Come talk about “greening” the future with others. Must be 21 to purchase alcohol. Nonalcoholic drinks are available, of course.

     
  • Rutland Twp. looks at bus options for seniors, disabled Sep 11, 2013 5:30 AM
    While Grafton Township leaders have threatened to cancel bus service to senior and disabled residents in Rutland Township, Rutland officials are deciding whether to pick up where Grafton may leave off. Tuesday night, Rutland township board members said they will continue to discuss how and whether to provide transporation to those groups within the township.

     
  • Grafton, Rutland at odds over bus service Aug 22, 2013 7:58 PM
    A showdown is looming between a pair of neighboring townships over a shuttle bus service Grafton Township extended to the Sun City seniors living in Rutland Township. Although 58 percent of the rides within the past year were made to Rutland Township residents, its officials have not offered to compensate Grafton Township for picking them up. And Grafton Township Supervisor James Kearns says the free rides are over.

     
  • Some scores out of date for transparency project Jul 29, 2013 9:51 AM
    Officials from the city of Elgin and DuPage Forest Preserve District say transparency grades recently made public by a watchdog group reflect outdated numbers. “We're being held accountable, but no one's holding them accountable,” said Sue Olafson, a forest district spokeswoman.

     
  • Grafton Twp. asking for help with senior bus service Jul 16, 2013 6:55 PM
    Grafton Township officials are looking to bolster their senior bus service by seeking help from McHenry County, Pace Suburban Bus Service and Rutland Township residents. Grafton Township Supervisor James Kearns on Tuesday submitted a grant application to the county in hopes of offsetting the cost of the bus service.

     
  • Grafton Twp. officials shocked by $42,000 legal bill Jul 6, 2013 8:00 AM
    Although Grafton Township has shelled out more than $654,000 in legal fees stemming from various lawsuits that involved its former supervisor, it’s an unpaid legal bill of about $42,000 that’s giving the township sticker shock.

     
  • Grafton Township no longer embroiled in lawsuits Jul 3, 2013 5:41 PM
    Grafton Township can finally celebrate its freedom from a litany of lawsuits. Monday, the Second District Appellate Court dismissed the last of the three lawsuits that involved former Supervisor Linda Moore.

     
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