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  • Grafton Township uses this aging bus and two vans to operate its senior bus service. But officials are making moves to bolster the program as well as the bus fleet.

    Grafton Twp. asking for help with senior bus service Jul 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    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 billJul 6, 2013 12:00 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.

     
  • James Kearns

    Grafton Township no longer embroiled in lawsuits Jul 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    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.

     
  • James Kearns

    Grafton Twp. litigation almost at an end Jun 28, 2013 12:00 AM
    One of the last remaining vestiges of former Grafton Township Supervisor Linda Moore’s reign — a lawsuit between her and the former road commissioner — has been dismissed. A McHenry County judge threw out the lawsuit in which then-road commissioner Jack Freund sued Moore for unpaid bills, the second such suit to be dismissed in as many months.

     
  • Grafton Twp. to ask Rutland Twp. for bus program moneyJun 28, 2013 12:00 AM
    Huntley has been kind enough to support Grafton Township's senior and disabled bus service by contributing $10,000 toward those efforts, a commitment the village reaffirmed Thursday night in the form of an intergovernmental agreement. But now, Grafton Township Supervisor James Kearns wants Rutland Township to show him the money, since 58 percent of the people who ride the shuttle hail from Rutland Township's portion of Sun City, he said. “We shouldn't even be servicing them,” Kearns said.

     
  • WOW! offered through Girl Scouts, Sage YMCAJun 14, 2013 12:00 AM
    Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is partnering with Sage YMCA to offer a Journey Camp to all girls in second and third grade. During the camp, girls will learn about water celebration and conservation in WOW! Wonders of Water or their sisters around the world in "World of Girls. The camp will be 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. July 8-12, and July 15-19, at Sage YMCA, 701 Manor Road in Crystal Lake.

     
  • Children’s health, safety fair set for Saturday Jun 5, 2013 12:00 AM
    House District 64 State. Rep. Barbara Wheeler, a Republican from Crystal Lake, hosts a children’s health and safety fair on Saturday, June 8, at Grant High School, 285 E. Grand Ave., in Fox Lake.

     
  • No one injured in east side Algonquin fire Jun 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    Fire officials are investigating the cause of an early-morning fire that caused less than $10,000 damage to a house on the east side of Algonquin. No injuries were reported.

     
  • Lakewood festival promises fun for the whole family Jun 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    The village of Lakewood will hold its second annual Celebrate Lakewood festival from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at Redtail Golf Club. It is free fun for the whole family. Festivities will include games, face painting, a moon bounce, balloon artist, driving range for kids and raffle prizes.

     
  • Grafton Township Supervisor James Kearns is leading several changes in the township that was known for its infighting, multiple lawsuits and rocky finances.

    Grafton Twp. turns over a new leaf May 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    Grafton Township, marred for years in lawsuits, infighting and rocky finances, appears to be on the brink of a resurrection. Not only has the new board approved a preliminary balanced budget of nearly $1.27 million that cuts no services, but it also paid several bills from the prior administration and hired a township attorney.

     
  •  Rita McMahon is shown with her husband Jim of Huntley, along with their children Matthew and Emily shortly after their kids received scouting awards in 2003. Rita McMahon, also Huntley’s village clerk and executive secretary to both the village board and village manager, received an honor of her own last week when she was recognized for 25 years of service with the village.

    Huntley honors clerk for 25 years of service May 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Rita McMahon originally decided to work for Huntley so she could earn money while raising two children at home. That was 25 years ago. Last week, Huntley recognized McMahon for her 25 years of service with a proclamation thanking her for her devotion. "She's the brains of our office, I'll tell you that," Village President Chuck Sass said. "Hopefully she's here for another 25 years."

     
  • Pam Fender

    Ex-Huntley trustee Fender planning for life after politics May 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    Now that Pam Fender is out of the public eye, she's eager to become a regular person. Fender, a Huntley trustee for eight years and Grafton Township's one-time administrator, says she's focused on building a new life — one that will likely be outside of Huntley. "I just want to be a private citizen and just figure out my future," she said.

     
  • Ronda Goldman

    Huntley swears in new trustees May 9, 2013 12:00 AM
    Thursday night was an evening of hellos and Godspeeds in the Huntley village hall. Village President Chuck Sass and six-year Trustee John Piwko — both incumbents — were sworn into to office, as were newly elected trustees Ronda Goldman and JR Westberg. At the same time, the village said goodbye to trustees Pam Fender and Ron Hahn.

     
  • Audit: Grafton Twp. lacks financial controls Apr 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    A financial audit that the Grafton Township board ordered in February for a review of its records in the 2010-2011 fiscal year, concluded that the township lacks some of the internal controls that are necessary to prevent, track and correct financial misstatements in a timely manner.

     
  •  Algonquin resident Tony Angarola works to keep a sump pump hose in place behind his property along the Fox River Monday morning. Angarola rents the property to a tenant there, but has been working virtually around the clock to keep water from flooding the home.

    McHenry County cataloging flood damage Apr 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to declare McHenry County a state disaster area due to the flooding, meant the state and county could start assessing the damage floodwater, a process that began Monday. At the same time, Algonquin Police Chief Russell Laine reminded would-be boaters to stay out of the Fox River, which is closed due to the flooding.

     
  • Linda Moore

    Incoming supervisor says no shutdown in Grafton Township Apr 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    Outgoing Grafton Township Supervisor Linda Moore has backed off on an earlier threat to shut down operations, newly elected Supervisor James Kearns said Monday. "I will be taking her at her word that she will do the right thing," he said. "I respect Linda that she wants to finish it out and I'm going to respect her position that she's the supervisor. It's not my place to get in her way right now."

     
  • Dan Ziller

    Kearns at helm in GraftonApr 9, 2013 12:00 AM
    Grafton Township elected James Kearns as supervisor and Joseph Holtorf, Robert Wagner, Dan Ziller Jr. and incumbent Betty Zirk as trustees.

     
  • Pam Fender

    Grafton Township supervisor candidates talk financesMar 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    Grafton Township supervisor candidates Pam Fender and James Kearns agree that the township's finances are in dire straits but they have different ideas on how to handle the mess. The township has spent an estimated $600,000 on lawsuits among elected officials and outgoing Supervisor Linda Moore, who says the office might have to shut down briefly next month because of a lack of funds.

     
  • Pam Fender

    Grafton Township supervisor candidates talk finances Mar 28, 2013 12:00 AM
    Grafton Township supervisor candidates Pam Fender and James Kearns agree that the township's finances are in dire straits but they have different ideas on how to handle the mess. The township has spent an estimated $600,000 on lawsuits among elected officials and outgoing Supervisor Linda Moore, who says the office might have to shut down briefly next month because of a lack of funds.

     
  • Betty Zirk

    Could lack of funds force Grafton Twp. to shut down?Mar 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    Grafton Township will likely shut down by mid-April, because there won't be enough money to pay bills or to make the employee payroll by then, Township Supervisor Linda Moore warned Friday. "I don't know what else you can do when you can't pay the bills, can't pay the employees," Moore said. "I think the impact on the next administration can't be avoided. I mean, litigation doesn't just go away. Debts just don't go away."

     
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