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  • Kane chairman delivers state of the county speech Mar 25, 2015 5:44 AM
    Finances, bickering and the future of the $135 million Longmeadow Parkway toll bridge were the highlighted topics in Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen's state of the county address Tuesday at Eagle Brook Country Club in Geneva.

  • Kane Co. may loosen some liquor service regulations Mar 21, 2015 7:35 AM
    Liquor may be a little more free flowing in unincorporated Kane County as board members will consider changing the law to allow for 9 a.m. liquor sales and pulling back restrictions on outdoor beer and wine gardens. Liquor commission members already reviewed the pending changes in a favorable light.

  • Kane Co. won’t sign on to condemnations of Rauner budget plan Mar 18, 2015 6:35 PM
    Despite facing a loss of $1.7 m this year and $2.8 million next year, Kane County Board members will not send a letter opposing Gov. Bruce Rauner's plan to cut local government funds. Several local municipalities blasted the governor's budget plan in letters this week. But county board members said they will stay neutral and hope whatever the state budget plan is that it ultimately results in a better fiscal outcome for everyone.

  • Strip club owner says she can class up Blackjacks Mar 19, 2015 6:03 AM
    The same group that tried to buy Blackjacks Gentlemen's Club in 2013 is back for a second pitch before Kane County officials. A strip club operator promises 200 jobs, increased tax revenue for the county and a full makeover for the property. “The people who come in for a shot and a beer, we don't want them,” she said.

  • Clock ticking on relationship between county board and sheriff Mar 13, 2015 9:35 AM
    The Kane County Board's vote to slash the sheriff's budget by $1.54 million this week also set a clock ticking. Sheriff Don Kramer has until Tuesday to tell the county's finance staff if he accepts the specific line item cuts the board approved or if he has his own plan. That clause demonstrates a budgetary cat and mouse game that may continue throughout the year, and the board may be powerless to stop until the last penny is spent.

  • Widow appointed to fill husband's Kane County Board term Mar 10, 2015 8:24 PM
    Maria Vazquez will serve out the remainder of her deceased husband's term on the Kane County Board. Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen put forward her nomination for an appointment to the seat Tuesday. The county board unanimously approved the selection, but it may never have happened if not for some behind-the-scenes brokering.

  • Sixth Street School tear down costs escalate for Geneva Library Mar 6, 2015 7:10 AM
    Unexpectedly high costs to remove asbestos and an underground storage tank at the Sixth Street School property added new uncertainty to the sale of the property to the Geneva Library this week. Officials bids for the demolition work are in and far exceed what library officials told the county they were willing to pay for the work. “We are continuing discussions with the county and are hopeful that we can reach a mutually agreeable solution,” the library board president said.

  • Aurora Dems want widow to fill husband’s county board seat Mar 4, 2015 9:03 AM
    Aurora Democrats will push Maria Vazquez, the widow of recently deceased Kane County Board member Jesse Vazquez, to serve out his unexpired term. But signs point to Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen bucking the party's wishes and appointing a Democrat more to his liking.

  • Vote cuts Kane sheriff budget by $1.5 million, with options for Kramer Mar 5, 2015 5:42 AM
    A $1.5 million cut to the Kane County sheriff's current budget took another step Wednesday as board members heaped more criticism on the county's top public safety official. The dollar figure ensures the budget beef will continue deep into the county's current budget as there is still a $500,000 cut to make to close a shortfall created by the sheriff's canceling of a lucrative contract with the U.S. Marshals.

  • Kane finance panel: No new vehicles for sheriff this year Feb 25, 2015 9:37 PM
    Money for new vehicles and overtime may be removed from Kane County Sheriff Donald Kramer's budget, to partially make up for the loss of income from the canceled contract to house federal prisoners for the U.S. Marshal Service.

  • Kane sheriff tells why he booted federal inmates Feb 25, 2015 5:47 AM
    There hasn't been enough staffing at the Kane County jail since it opened, Sheriff Don Kramer said Tuesday. The fastest way to make the jail safer was to terminate a contract with federal marshals. Kramer offered data about union and inmate grievances as well as lawsuits about the conditions of the jail as support for his decision to kill the contract.

  • Kane County begins process to fill vacant county board seat Feb 11, 2015 7:02 PM
    The process of replacing Jesse Vazquez on the Kane County Board officially began this week. The initial ball is in the court of Aurora Democrats, who will attempt to agree on an appointee who would also be signed off on by the county party leadership. So far, two people are interested. The ultimate appointment will go to county board Chairman Chris Lauzen and the county board. Vazquez died of a heart attack last month.

  • Kane County board cuts $225,000 from sheriff’s budget Feb 10, 2015 7:30 PM
    Kane County Sheriff Don Kramer will do with $225,000 less in his budget this year. County board members moved to take a first cut at his budget in response to the initial revenue lost by Kramer's canceling of a contract with U.S. Marshals that was set to reap about $2.5 million for the county this year. “It is disappointing that the board is taking legal action to reduce the budget of an elected official,” the sheriff said.

  • Kane sheriff promises support for unsafe jail claim Feb 5, 2015 7:23 PM
    Kane County Sheriff Don Kramer reiterated Wednesday he removed federal inmates from the county jail, and millions of dollars along with them, to ensure the humane treatment of prisoners. County board members told him to prove it as they took the next step toward trimming Kramer's budget.

  • Kane County to slash sheriff budget, threatens deeper cuts Jan 29, 2015 5:31 AM
    Kane County Board members moved to slash Sheriff Don Kramer's budget by more than $200,000 Wednesday in the wake of lost revenue caused by the Kramer's booting of half the federal inmates in the jail. It's only the first of a much larger cut that may be coming.

  • Kane to investigate disbanding Aurora Election Commission Jan 22, 2015 7:37 PM
    Kane County officials will consider what must be done to disband the Aurora Election Commission, a task that's already proved difficult even for city of Aurora officials.

  • Kane Co. to push state for lawsuit fee, juror pay relief Jan 22, 2015 12:16 AM
    Funding a courthouse expansion, creating jobs with a new green energy technology and reversing the looming juror pay increase will be among the top three priories for Kane County Board members this legislative session. The board's Legislative Committee agreed to the priority list in preparation for meeting with the county's state lawmakers in coming months.

  • Kane County morgue expected to reopen soon Jan 20, 2015 7:56 AM
    The Kane County morgue is set to reopen in a few weeks, ending a seven-month relationship with DuPage County that cost about $50,000. The morgue would have reopened this week if not for one final glitch involving damage to the new freezer caused by faulty installation.

  • Man pleads guilty to exploitation of elderly father Jan 19, 2015 5:29 AM
    A 53-year-old Elgin man was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay nearly $17,000 restitution after admitting to financially exploiting his elderly father; the FBI warns of a scam targeting college students.

  • Raises up to $50/day for jurors fuels Kane budget woes Jan 16, 2015 5:40 PM
    A surprise mandate to give Illinois jurors raises of up to 500 percent is blowing holes in county budgets across the state. Kane County is working to address the surprise, unbudgeted increase.

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