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  •  Most Grafton Township officials say they favor cutting bus service to the Sun City portion of Huntley that lies within Rutland Township. Meanwhile, Rutland leaders are no closer to deciding how to serve the roughly 130 seniors and disabled riders who would be affected by Grafton’s vote, which is scheduled Monday.

    Most Grafton Twp. trustees support cutting Rutland’s free rides Oct 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    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.

  • Brian Hill/ Grafton Township's senior bus service is in peril due to lack of funds.

    Editorial: Continue senior, disabled bus serviceOct 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    Rutland Township should continue bus service for its residents in Sun City by paying its fair share, a Daily Herald editorial says.

  • The Rutland Township board deferred a decision Tuesday night 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. That township's board will take an official vote Oct. 21 to terminate the service to Rutland.

    Rutland Township board defers vote on funding senior, disabled bus service Oct 9, 2013 12:00 AM
    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.”

  • A decision looms in Rutland Township over how to transport senior and disabled residents.

    Decision looms on senior buses in Grafton, Rutland townshipsOct 6, 2013 12:00 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 toysSep 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    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, disabledSep 11, 2013 12:00 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 Township Supervisor James Kearns says the township’s shuttle bus service can no longer afford to accommodate Rutland Township residents living in Sun City without a financial contribution from Rutland officials.

    Grafton, Rutland at odds over bus service Aug 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    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 12:00 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 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.

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