Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The old bath house was leveled last summer, and a new facility built in its place.
New bath house. New parking lot. New sidewalks...and the garden hose previously used for rinsing sand off patrons' feet, flip flops and toys is gone! West Beach in Crystal Lake is officially ready for Summer 2013. The former 31-year-old bath house at what's known as Crystal Lake's smaller beach, located at 2330 Lake Avenue in Lakewood, was razed last August. What followed was a $1.7 million construction project by the Crystal Lake Park District to bring the beach and facility up to code - making it handicap accessible, according to park district spokesperson Jeeny Leech. West Beach-goers this season will find: Both beaches open for the summer season this Saturday, May 25. West Beach is open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and is open weekends …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Patch.com provides tips in dealing with the coyotes and what not to do if there is a coyote in your neighborhood.
A coyote has been walking on the sidewalks and passing by homes on Monarch Drive in Crystal Lake in recent weeks, residents told the Northwest Herald. There have been no reports of pets being attacked by the coyote but one resident fears that could happen if the coyote remains in the neighborhood, according to the article. Residents in Algonquin and Lake in the Hills have reported several coyote sightings in recent weeks. Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Patch has an interactive map posted detailing the different reports and where the coyotes have been spotted. While many residents are uneasy about the wild animals roaming near their homes, it is not uncommon to find coyotes living in suburban areas, according to a village of Algonquin press…
The bill, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont), would prohibit all teens 17 and younger from using UV tanning beds.
Legislation to ban minors from using indoor tanning beds was sent to Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday after being approved by the Illinois Senate. House Bill 188, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont), would ban Illinois minors age 17 and younger from UV tanning beds. Currently, minors ages 14 to 17 years old are allowed to tan if they provide a parent's signature. Spray-on tanning is exempt from the legislation, as is phototherapy, which applies to situations where a physician supervises tanning when it is necessary to treat a medical condition. Radogno said in a press release that she sponsored the bill to protect Illinois minors from the serious health risks involved with indoor tanning beds. “Not only do children …
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 …