Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends reducing the limit from .08 to .05. Some say it would save lives. Others say it's unreasonable. What do you think? Tell us in the comments section below.
Do you think Illinois needs stricter guidelines for the blood-alcohol threshold for those driving under the influence? On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended states lower the blood-alcohol threshold for driving under the influence from .08 to .05 percent. About 10,000 deaths a year are related to drunken driving. The NTSB says the lower limit would save 500 to 800 lives a year. Officials at the American Beverage Institute called the proposal "ludicrous." It said the average woman could reach the 0.05 percent limit by having one drink. Secretary of State Jesse White said the lowered alcohol limit needs "further study," White's spokesman told the Daily Herald. In 2011, there were 942 DUI arrests in McHenry County…
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 …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Gov. Pat Quinn is pushing for 11 Illinois counties to be named major disaster areas.
Thursday, May 9
Governor Pat Quinn today asked President Barack Obama to declare 11 Illinois counties major disaster areas following the storms and heavy rainfall that moved through the state in mid-April. If the governor’s request is approved, residents in those counties will be eligible to apply for grants and low-interest federal loans to help recover from the historic flooding. Counties included in the request are Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Fulton, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, McHenry and Will. “We must do everything possible to help families impacted by this historic flooding as they rebuild their lives,” Governor Quinn said. “Today we are making a strong case to President Obama to help expedite the review and approval process so the people of …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
When Nunda Township sent out a call for help, 25 players from the Prairie Ridge High School Varsity Football team answered.
Last month's flooding impacted many McHenry County residents, particularly those living along the Fox River. Nunda Township workers and volunteers worked for days making sandbags to help protect homes from rising waters. The township issued a robocall and press releases seeking volunteers to help fill the bags. A plea for help was included in the morning announcements at Prairie Ridge High School, 6000 Dvorak Dr., located not far from the Nunda Township headquarters. Head varsity football coach Chris Schremp knew he had the right guys for the job. Several football players were already planning to hit the gym for weight lifting that day so Schremp suggested a variation to the routine. "The players skipped the weight lifting and went to fill…
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
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Saturday, April 20, 2013
How crazy is it out there right now? Please show us! Upload your pictures of flooding from McHenry County towns here.
Over the past 24 hours, 4.95 inches of rain has fallen in Algonquin, according to an update on the National Weather Service this morning. And the rain is not expected to stop anytime soon. The NWS is predicting more showers over the next 24 hours. What does the scene look like for you? Are there several feet of water outside your home (or, heaven forbid, inside it)? Stranded cars; flooded lawns and streets? If you’re lucky enough not to be too busy dealing with any emergencies right now (and we hope you are), we’d love to see what you see, and our readership likely would as well. If you have any great snapshots/photographs of the flooding around McHenry County today, please share them with us and with your fellow readers. Please also add…
Friday, April 19, 2013
A flood warning remains in effect for McHenry County.
Officials have announced various road closures today in the area because of flooding. As of 11 a.m. on Saturday, the following roads in Algonquin were closed due to water on pavement: Cornish Park remains closed to the public. As of 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning, River Road is closed between Charles J. Miller Road and Lily Lake Road in McHenry due to flooding and overnight ice, according to the McHenry County Sheriff's Office. The area is open to local traffic only and will be closed until further notice, according to the sheriff's office. ----------- The village of Algonquin is continuing to urge motorists Friday to avoid the area surrounding downtown Algonquin due to flooding on roads adjacent to the Fox River, according to a press …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
From interstates to local roads, our map provides updates on closures and high-standing water in your area.
From the Wisconsin border to the south side of Chicago and into the western suburbs, local roads, interstates and highways were closed Thursday because of flooding. Click through the pins above to see which roads in your area — or on your route to and from work today — have been closed due to flooding or have high-standing water. Police are encouraging drivers to avoid roadways with standing water. If you come upon an area with high-standing water or that is closed, add that information to our map by visiting this link. Otherwise, let us know about the closure by commenting below. Drivers are asked to beware of high-standing water on roadways. The water on a roadway can be deeper than it appears and can cause a vehicle to stall or be …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Alexander Leigh Center for Autism seeking volunteers to help paint its Crystal Lake school.
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Wednesday, April 17
The Alexander Leigh Center for Autism is seeking help from the community to paint its school at 620 N. Route 31 in Crystal Lake, according to a post on Crystal Lake-Cary Patch. ALCA is a non-profit, full day, year-round therapeutic day school approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. The day school serves children 3-15 years old with autism spectrum disorder, OHI, multiple disabilities, developmental delay and/or intellectual disability. The center also serves preschool age children, 3-5 years old in its development learning center, a half day program. ALCA is based in Crystal Lake, Illinois and serves McHenry and collar counties. Organization: Alexander Leigh Center for Autism Causes: Educational, Kids Date(s): Schedule a date …
National Weather Service in Chicago issued a severe thunderstorm warning for McHenry County until 12:15 p.m. and a flash flood warning until 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for McHenry County until 12:15 p.m. The severe thunderstomr warning includes the following areas: At 11:15 a.m., a severe thunerstorm was located near Maple Park, moving northeast at 45 mph. Residents should be on the alert for quarter-sized hail and 60 mph wind gusts. The flash flood warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday for: Thunderstorms producing torrential downpours are possible, with rainfall rates exceeding 1.5 inches per half hour. Kane County Emergency Management reports that the Route 47 and Plato Road intersection is completely flooded, the National Weather Service reports. Additional thunderstorms are expected to move across the region later…