Another thrilling Tour of Elk Grove is in the books

Last weekend's Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove brought out plenty of first-time cycling fans, myself included.

Seeing 70 pro cyclists barreling down neighborhood streets with just inches separating you from them was thrilling.

As the crowd cheered, and the cyclists just blazed through at 30 mph - it was easy to get caught up in the event.

People seemed so engaged, even hosting barbecue parties to enjoy the race. And to see a cyclist who had just broken his collar bone in a crash moments earlier still roll across the finish line, well, that's just impressive.

By the way, the injured cyclist, Chris Horner, has plans to return to the Tour of Elk Grove next year. He will have to sit out the Tour of Spain next month to recover.

Canadian David Veilleux won the overall race, taking home the $28,000 prize.

Check out for a complete list of winners.

Des Plaines seeks reimbursement: There is relief in downtown Des Plaines now that the Lee Street and Graceland Avenue railroad crossings have reopened after two weeks.

But now city officials would like to be reimbursed for some of the manpower it cost. Mayor Tony Arredia said he has met with Metra. Even Police Chief Jim Prandini was out directing traffic to keep cars moving through downtown.

Final payment: Rosemont has made its final payment on the $40 million parking garage that it built for the casino nearly 10 years ago. On Wednesday, the village board approved a payment of $988,561 to Degen and Rosato Construction Co. for the garage.

Help an Eagle Scout: From 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Boy Scout Jack Redding will host his Eagle Scout project, a bicycle safety and awareness fair held in the St. Zachary Catholic Church parking lot, 567 W. Algonquin Road.

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