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  • 4-H kids join ‘Hands On, Minds On’ day of science Nov 20, 2014 3:21 PM
    On Nov. 8, 35 youth from DuPage, Kane and Kendall counties took part in “Hands On, Minds On: Science with 4-H” at the Oswego Public Library branch in Montgomery. Designed for youth in second through seventh grade, this “Hands On, Minds On” event focused both on aerospace and healthy living. The youth took part in fun, age-appropriate, research-based activities with trained staff and volunteers.

  • VNA Hospice offers 20th annual holiday memorial service Nov 20, 2014 4:13 PM
    VNA Hospice invites community members to their 20th annual Holiday Memorial Service at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. The holidays can be a time of joy and festivities, but for those who have lost a family member or friend, the holidays can also be a time of profound sadness. VNA Hospice will once again open its doors and hearts to those looking for comfort during the holidays.

  • Families in need benefit from 8th Fair Trade Sale Nov 20, 2014 4:36 PM
    St. Catherine of Siena Church in West Dundee will hold its eighth annual Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade Sale, offering Christmas gift items from developing nations. Proceeds will benefit local individuals and families in the community who are in most need.

  • Schaumburg ready to release 2014 community ornament Nov 20, 2014 4:26 PM
    Schaumburg will usher in the holiday season next Friday, Nov. 28, with the village’s annual tree lighting, a visit from Santa, and the release of its 2014 community ornament depicting the historic Schweikher-Langsdorf House. The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with caroling at the Prairie Center for the Arts.

  • Soaring generic drug prices draw Senate scrutiny Nov 20, 2014 4:41 PM
    Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers.

  • MCYO celebrates 35th season with concert Nov 20, 2014 4:33 PM
    The McHenry County Youth Orchestra, celebrating its 35th anniversary this season, invites the community to its fall concert, “Trumpeting Triumphs,” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at Prairie Ridge High School in Crystal Lake. Special guest on this concert will be John Hagstrom, second trumpet with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

  • Illinois Senate: Make tollway speed limit 70 mph Nov 20, 2014 11:25 AM
    The Illinois Senate sped forward to override Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto of legislation that could raise speed limits on tollways to 70 mph. The proposal, from state Sen. Jim Oberweis, a Sugar Grove Republican, follows a new law from last year that raised the speed limits on downstate interstates.

  • Report: Illinois schools making progress, but not enough Nov 20, 2014 12:05 AM
    A new report grading public education in Illinois indicates some progress in spite of changing demographics and diminishing state funding, but the gains still are not enough to keep many students from falling behind. “The State We’re In: 2014,” released Thursday by advocacy group Advance Illinois, gives the state a C, which is about the same grade the group issued in its 2012 report. But officials said some small improvements are actually large successes when put in context.

  • Fox Valley police reports Nov 20, 2014 4:21 PM
    Daniel P. Buck, 24, of Elgin, was charged with possession of cannabis, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and improper lane use at 9:04 p.m. Nov. 10 at McLean Boulevard and Bowes Road, according to a sheriff’s report.

  • Tri-Cities police reports Nov 20, 2014 4:22 PM
    Phillip G. Lawson, 34, of St. Charles, was charged Monday with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of more than 15 grams of heroin, according to Kane County court records.

  • Franks: Wait on Lincoln Library decision Nov 20, 2014 4:23 PM
    Democratic state Rep. Jack Franks, chairman of the State Government Administration Committee, says lawmakers should wait for an outside study before considering plans to separate the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum from a state agency.

  • Arboretum opens second annual ‘Illumination’ festival Nov 20, 2014 4:23 PM
    The Morton Arboretum is giving a whole new meaning to lighting the holiday tree again this year. While many DuPage County communities are holding traditional tree-lighting ceremonies in the coming weeks, the Lisle museum is doing everybody one, or maybe 100 times, better with its second annual “Illumination: Tree Lights” festival that opens Friday, Nov. 21, and continues through Jan. 3 at 4100 Route 53.

  • Hanover Township to host Dec. 1 seminar on property tax appeals Nov 20, 2014 4:26 PM
    Hanover Township will hold a seminar on Dec. 1 helping taxpayers interested in appealing their property tax bills. “We understand navigating through the appeals process can be frustrating so we encourage residents to attend the seminar or come to the township office for help,” township Assessor Thomas S. Smogolski said.

  • Poinsettias, pottery on sale at McHenry County College Nov 20, 2014 4:38 PM
    McHenry County College students will host a Pottery and Poinsettia Sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2. Ceramics students will sell one-of-a-kind handcrafted vases, trays, bowls, plates and mugs as well as other artistic pieces. The college's horticulture department will be offering several colors of poinsettias.

  • Auction at Geneva church raises over $5,000 for local organizations Nov 20, 2014 4:31 PM
    The Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva raised more than $5,000 for local humanitarian organizations at its “Saturday Night Feverish” auction. More than 100 people packed the church’s historic sanctuary to bid on a variety of items, including baskets of donated goods and services from local businesses and church members. Funds raised are being divided equally between Lazarus House and Mutual Ground.

  • Could residents challenge Speedway vote? Nov 20, 2014 4:48 PM
    A legal challenge could be in the works against the Lake Barrington village board’s late-night vote to approve construction of a Speedway gas station on the corner of Northwest Highway and Kelsey Road. After a 7˝-hour board meeting ende with a 6-0 vote in favor of Speedway’s proposal, opponents were left deciding their next move.

  • Marathon meeting leads to approval for Speedway plan in Lake Barrington Nov 20, 2014 11:18 AM
    After seven and a half hours of discussion, the Lake Barrington Board of Trustees approved the construction of a Speedway gas station at the intersection of Kelsey Road and Northwest Highway, stunning and disappointing the residents who had stuck around until the bitter end. At around 2 a.m. the trustees began reading statements explaining why they supported Speedway's plan to build a station with 20 gas pumps, a convenience store and a car wash.

  • Dentist set to open in former Grayslake pizzeria Nov 20, 2014 5:30 AM
    Vacant for nearly the past three years, the former Pat's Pizza building in Grayslake is getting new life. Rather than sauce and cheese, the workers will be dealing with teeth in a new dental practice.

  • Huntley’s Amtrak station should be ready November 2015 Nov 20, 2014 5:07 PM
    Amtrak passenger rail service should be up and running from Huntley’s downtown by November 2015, village officials said. The village board recently approved an agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation to begin construction work. The total project cost is estimated at $3.55 million, with the state reimbursing the village roughly $2.9 million. “This is really the kickoff of the project,” Village Manager Dave Johnson said.

  • Elgin panel OKs two more warning sirens Nov 20, 2014 5:30 AM
    Some residents in Elgin will begin hearing an occasional loud — though arguably familiar — sound near their homes when the city installs two new emergency warning sirens. The Elgin City Council’s committee of the whole unanimously voted Wednesday in favor of the plan proposed by the fire department at a cost of $113,000. The plan includes two new sirens plus upgrading four existing ones; council members approved it without discussion.

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