Friday, May 17, 2013
The Cary Village Board is expected to vote on the proposed ordinance, according to the Northwest Herald.
Friday, May 17
Complaints from Cary residents receiving unwanted copies of newspapers in front of their homes spurred a proposed ordinance meant to prevent littering and prevent distribution of such publications, according to the Northwest Herald. The deliveries have been made to vacant homes in the foreclosures process, according to the article. Read more on the Northwest Herald website.
Passed by a 35-21 vote, the bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Pat Quinn, who has not yet said whether he intends to sign it.
By a vote of 35-21, the Illinois Senate approved legislation on Friday that would allow doctors in the state to prescribe marijuana as pain relief for severe medical conditions. The bill now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn for his signature. According to the Chicago Tribune, the bill covers 33 specific conditions—including multiple sclerosis, cancer and HIV infection—and includes several controls, with a four-year trial program, dosage limits, fingerprinting, background checks and licensed dispensing centers. “This bill is filled with walls to keep this limited,” the paper quoted sponsoring Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton), who urged lawmakers to pass the legislation as a compassionate measure for those suffering with extreme pain. In opposition, Sen. …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Crystal Lake Park District will use state grant to renovate and improve Woodscreek Park, located at the corner of Golf Course and Ackman roads.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday announced a $15.3 million investment in local park projects throughout Illinois, and one Crystal Lake park stands to receive a piece of that allottment. Crystal Lake Park District will receive a $400,000 state grant and plans to use the money toward renovating and expanding Woodscreek Park, 1420 Willow Tree Dr., according to Jenny Leech, public information coordinator for the park district. Woodscreek Park is a popular, well-used park located on the southwest corner of Golf Course and Ackman roads on the city's southside. The Crystal Lake park grant proposal and presentation was prepared by CL Park District Planner Ann Viger, the release said. Improvement plans call for: Residents living near Woodscreek …
Residents living near Country Club Road in Crystal Lake should prepare for a busy construction season.
Work soon will begin on a three-year water main replacement project in the neighborhood near the Crystal Lake Country Club. The first phase begins in June, once school has ended, and includes installation of new water mains along Country Club Road in Crystal Lake. The work is expected to be done before school resumes in the fall, weather permitting, city officials said. Once Country Club Road improvements are done, main replacement will begin on Broadway Avenue, parallel to Country Club Road. That project is expected to finish by the end of October. Next summer, new mains will be added on the smaller side streets including Essex, Riverside and Lakeside. That project should be done by September 2014, according to city plans. The summer of…
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The governor will speak at an annual fund-raising event for the Democratic Party of McHenry County.
Wednesday, May 15
Gov. Pat Quinn will speak this Saturday evening at the 8th Annual Thomas Jefferson Dinner in Huntley, which is an annual fund-raising event for the Democratic Party of McHenry County. The event will kick-off at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Sun City Prairie Lodge, 12880 Del Webb Boulevard in Huntley. “It will be a great evening as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Illinois granting women the right to vote for president. We are also honoring the contributions of local women to our democracy,” said Michael Bissett, the party chair for the McHenry County chapter. “Having Governor Quinn join us ampliﬁes the excitement and anticipation for our annual event.” Quinn's appearance marks the ﬁrst time the ggovernor has attended the event. Past …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Officials from Crystal Lake and the McHenry County Transportation Department are working to improve the overall look of a new cement wall constructed on Walkup Road.
Crystal Lake leaders have suggested a decorative fix for the new cement wall along Walkup Road near Veteran Acres. The wall recently was built as part of the ongoing road construction improvement work on Walkup Road. The bare cement surface as been deemed unsightly by some residents and city leaders - particularly since it partially blocks the scenic view of Veteran Acres Park. However, the city has sent a letter to the McHenry County Division of Transportation suggesting an "engineered stone veneer" surface be added to the wall, said Erik Morimoto, director of engineering and building for the city. The stone veneer would look similiar to new features installed at the Crystal Lake Plaza along Route 14 and the Del Webb Sun City entrance …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
New parking hours will provide more consistency with other schools in the community.
UPDATE: Monday, May 13 Crystal Lake City Council members approved new parking restrictions near Canterbury Elementary School, 875 Canterbury Dr., Crystal Lake. The new restrictions eliminate the "unusual" change of permitted parking hours imposed near the school. Per signs posted on Canterbury Drive, parking is only allowed during school hours on the east side of the road, the side closest to the school. However, once the school day ends and the clock strikes 4 p.m., parking is forbidden on that side of the road and visitors - particularly baseball families arriving for games held near the school - must park on the west side of the street - where, incidentally, parking is prohibited from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. City leaders wanted to make parking…
Burton L. Showers, aka “Sarge”, was presented with a Quilt of Valor by seven of his former students at PHS, along with the Gazebo Quilters of Huntley who created the masterpiece.
A former Palatine High School History teacher and D211 administrator received an honorable surprise honor on Monday, May 6, from several of his former students from the PHS Class of 1957, and the Gazebo Quilters of Huntley. Burton L. Showers, 87, of Palatine, fondly known as “Sarge”, was presented with a 'Quilt of Valor' at Emmett’s Ale House, 110 N. Brockway St., during what he thought was a lunch gathering with seven students he taught U.S. History to at Palatine High School. “It’s a great thing, I was very surprised – this is something special,” Showers said. The Quilts of Valor organization has been a national grassroots community service effort since 2003. Quilters from all over the country craft Quilts of Valor, with the goal of …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Mark Kownick will take the reigns as the new village president for Cary, replacing outgoing president Tom Kierna.
Thursday, May 9
Mark Kownick was sworn in Tuesday as the 27th mayor for the village of Cary, replacing Tom Kierna who did not run for re-election this past April, according to the Northwest Herald. Under his first order of business as the new village president, Kownick declared Wednesday Tom and Faith Kierna Day in Cary in honor of Kierna and his wife, Faith, according to the Northwest Herald. During his tenure, Kownick plans to focus on updating Cary's comprehensive plan and bringing new businesses to the village, according to the article.