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  • The saga of the border kidsJun 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: Americans are trying to get a handle on the border kids — and what President Obama has called an “urgent humanitarian situation” along the U.S.-Mexico border. Americans want to know why, according to U.S. immigration officials, more than 47,000 young people — most of them from Central America — have streamed across the U.S.-Mexico border in the last eight months.

     
  • Two groups have expressed interest in either purchasing or managing the Des Plaines Theatre, which has been closed since January because of building code violations. The theater's owner will meet city officials Tuesday to discuss the proposals.

    Des Plaines Theatre owner to review 2 takeover pitchesJun 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    The owner of the shuttered Des Plaines Theatre will meet with city officials to review two proposals from those who may be interested in purchasing or managing the historic venue. The facility has been closed since Jan. 15 after its owner failed to meet a city deadline to fix building code issues. “We would've liked to have gotten more (proposals), but we have two, and hopefully one of those is something he wants to do and the city can live with it," the city's George Sakas said.

     
  • Palatine Fire Dept. hosts blood drive June 26Jun 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Palatine Fire Department, Board of Health and Palatine Medical Reserve Corps are hosting a Fire Fighter Blood Donor Challenge from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at the Palatine Fire Station (Station 84), 220 W. Illinois Ave. in Palatine. All participating donors will receive a commemorative T-shirt in appreciation for their efforts.

     
  • ‘Mini Abe’ at Woodfield Mall June 21Jun 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Mini Abe, the Illinois Office of Tourism’s “spokespresident” for its current Enjoy Illinois advertising campaign, is scheduled to make a guest appearance at the Character Caravan event from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg.

     
  • Davis Cup competition in Hoffman EstatesJun 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    The United States Tennis Association and U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier have announced that the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates has been selected as the site for the 2014 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Playoff between the United States and Slovakia, Sept. 12 to 14. Tickets will go on sale in mid-July.

     
  • Cook County plans more road projects this summerJun 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways has unveiled additional projects to be constructed during 2014 with $16.7 million in state money advanced recently.

     
  • Prairie View townhome proposal under reviewJun 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    he phrase “transit-oriented development” (TOD) has often been used by developers seeking to build near commuter rail in Buffalo Grove. Judging from the reaction of village trustees, it’s a good thing Chris Walsh of Tandem Architecture and Spearhead Properties did not use the label in asking for zoning variances for his proposal to build 15 townhouses at 23020 Easton Ave. near the North Central Metra commuter station.

     
  • “It’s an eyesore,” Trustee Bill Cannon says of the former Menards site on Irving Park Road. “It’s not fair to the residents that live around there.”

    Hanover Park board agrees to stiffen rules on demolishing buildings Jun 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Hanover Park officials have toughened village codes regulating building demolitions. The rules are retroactive 24 months to include the old Menards property on Irving Park Road. Today, there's only a weed-covered parking lot after the home-improvement store was razed. "It's an eyesore," Trustee Bill Cannon said. "It's not fair to the residents that live around there."

     
  • June 1 marked the beginning of the next redevelopment stage of East Dundee business district. On that date, village board members began leasing the eastern half of the Doederlein Lumber Company. They plan to knock down that portion, extend Meier Street, and pave a parking lot.

    East Dundee plans restaurant row for downtownJun 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Take all the photographs you can of North River Street in the next month or so, East Dundee residents, because by the end of summer it will not look the same.

     
  • This is the state-of-the-art CVS Caremark Customer Center in Mount Prospect.

    CVS Caremark wins honor for Mt. Prospect projectJun 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    The new CVS Caremark Customer Center in Mount Prospect was one of six projects to be honored statewide with an Eddie Award for its impact on economic development. CVS Caremark is Mount Prospect’s biggest employer. “These are six examples of companies that are investing or re-investing in our state and creating jobs,” Doug Whitley, CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, said in a news release.

     
  • Baig on the left and with Congressman Bill Foster and Ausaf Sayeed, counsel general of India, cutting the ribbon.

    Bristol Court reopens as Bristol PalaceJun 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    An institution in Mount Prospect has returned - with a new name and new ownership. The Bristol Palace banquet facility, at 828 E. Rand Road, fills the void created in March, when the Bristol Court Banquet Hall closed. A grand opening was held Saturday, June 7, by owner Sam Baig.

     
  • Four new hotels under way in SchaumburgJun 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    The long paralyzed growth of the hospitality industry in Schaumburg will break its shackles this summer as construction gets under way on four new hotels. Among these are a TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites and a Radisson that's replacing a planned Cambria Suites delayed since 2006.

     
  • A new sign proclaims the imminent arrival of David Burke’s Grillhouse at 1301 American Lane in Schaumburg, where Entourage restaurant closed four years ago.

    David Burke’s Grillhouse moving into former EntourageJun 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    The former Entourage restaurant just west of Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg will soon house celebrity chef David Burke’s Grillhouse. Chris Cubberley, a representative at the restaurant Thursday, said a late summer opening is anticipated.

     
  • Walmart requesting TIF help from CarpentersvilleJun 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Walmart still has its eyes set on moving to Carpentersville, but it wants $4.3 million from the tax increment financing district that would surround the new store. The deal is off if the retailer doesn't get the money. Walmart would build and open its 185,685 square foot store at Lake Marian Road and Route 25. The village created a TIF district for Route 25 two years ago. Construction and land acquisition are expected to cost $26.2 million.

     
  • Arthur J. Gallagher is expected to move its international headquarters into the west tower of the Meadows Corporate Center in Rolling Meadows.

    Gallagher headed back to Rolling MeadowsJun 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Arthur J. Gallagher, the large international insurance company, is putting together tax incentives to help it move its headquarters from Itasca to Rolling Meadows. The state of Illinois has a tentative agreement with Gallagher worth about $20 million, and the company is negotiating with Rolling Meadows to establish a tax increment financing district that might be worth $30 million.

     
  • Friends and business partners Tyrrell Tomlin, right, and Iran Garcia are working on opening Abe Froeman's, a new eatery at 74 S. Grove Ave. in downtown Elgin, in the spot formerly occupied by On the Side Restaurant.

    Childhood friends opening restaurant in downtown Elgin Jun 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Tyrrell Tomlin and Iran Garcia say they know exactly how to make a hit out of their new eatery in downtown Elgin: offer something that's sorely needed. Their Abe Froeman's will be located at 74 S. Grove Ave., in the spot formerly occupied by On the Side Restaurant.

     
  • Sherwin Ace Hardware owner Matt Hanson in Arlington Heights helps out customer Steve Tiberi with an electrical problem. Hanson became the owner Jan. 1, taking over from Bob Ward.

    New Arlington Hts. store owner started as stock boy 26 years agoJun 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    The ownership of Sherwin Ace Hardware in Arlington Heights changed hands in January. Former owner Bob Ward didn't have to look far for a buyer. He sold the store to the first stock boy he hired in 1988: Matt Hanson, a 15-year-old sophomore at Rolling Meadows High School. “I grew up in the neighborhood,” Hanson says. “I'm the type of kid who took apart my toys, just to see how they worked.”

     
  • Lars Gavris, 17, of Hoffman Estates High School and recent graduate Gregg Lugo, 18, fine tune their Rube Goldberg machine, which was used to cut the ribbon on the new Boy Scouts recruitment center at Woodfield Mall.

    Scouts open recruitment center at WoodfieldMay 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Boy Scouts opened a Discovery Outpost Saturday at Woodfield Mall in an attempt to recruit more youngsters to the century-old “youth development” program. "This is the first one ever, so we’re just finding out what works best,” said Matt Thornton, interim Scout executive of the Northwest Suburban Council.

     
  • Priscilla Redmond, owner of Priscilla’s Express restaurant in Hanover Park, meets with Mayor Rodney Craig on Thursday.

    Hanover Park mayor touts new business, Education and Work Center in annual addressMay 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    In a village without a distinct downtown, Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig touted the economic growth along Barrington and Irivng Park roads in his look back at 2013. "We're on the right path," Craig told a gathering of business and community leaders Thursday.

     
  • The Sugar Factory restaurant in Rosemont will look similar to this location in Las Vegas.

    Sugar Factory coming to Rosemont entertainment districtMay 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Rosemont’s entertainment district is nearly built out — featuring bars and restaurants, a movie theater, bowling alley, comedy club, and recently opened indoor sky diving facility. Come this summer, add one more venue to the list: the Sugar Factory, an upscale candy store/bar/restaurant suited for kids and adults alike. "We’re not your average candy store where you’re just going to get Snickers,” said founder/owner Charissa Davidovici.

     
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