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04/09/14 Dist. 207 buys back building it sold in 1980s
By Christopher Placek - Maine Township High School District 207 is buying back a building it sold in the 1980s for use as a district administration center and space for the district's alternative school program. The $2.1 million purchase is being funded by proceeds... FULL STORY
04/09/14 Elk Grove Village passes crime-free housing policy
By Christopher Placek - Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson says the impetus for the adoption of a crime free rental housing policy Tuesday by the village board came as he and other residents watched police conduct a raid on a suspected drug house on Aug. 29, 2013. FULL STORY
04/08/14 Des Plaines ready to get tough on snow removal
By Christopher Placek - As one of the snowiest stretches in recent years comes to an end, Des Plaines officials are already warning business owners to remove snow from sidewalks next season or be fined. FULL STORY
04/08/14 Rosemont hotel complex to reopen as 2 separate hotels
By Christopher Placek - Owners of a shuttered hotel near the Allstate Arena in Rosemont hope to renovate and reopen it by this summer. But when the venue does reopen, it will actually be two hotels, officials say: a 200-room Hyatt Place Hotel and a separate "select... FULL STORY
04/04/14 Dawn Patrol: Huge pollution settlement includes West Chicago
By Christopher Placek and Lee Filas - Environmental settlement includes former West Chicago sites. Vallas doesn't want local schools to pay for pensions. 3 hurt in St. Charles-area rollover crash. Waukegan man sentenced to 59 years in jail. Algonquin car-in-pond victim in critical... FULL STORY
04/04/14 West Chicago asks Congress for $15 million to clean up former Kerr-McGee site
By Christopher Placek - West Chicago officials are asking the federal government for a $15 million reimbursement that they say will allow a stalled environmental cleanup project at the former Kerr-McGee factory site to be completed. An environmental response trust... FULL STORY
04/04/14 Revolutionary War veterans to be honored Sunday in Elk Grove Village
By Christopher Placek - Organizers of the Illinois Sons of the American Revolution plan to install a historical marker Sunday at an Elk Grove Village cemetery recognizing two Revolutionary War figures buried there. It's the group's first such historical... FULL STORY
04/04/14 Des Plaines aldermen dropped from suit alleging religious discrimination
By Christopher Placek - Five Des Plaines aldermen who voted last year against plans for a Bosnian Islamic center have been dropped as defendants in a lawsuit alleging they violated rights to religious freedom. A federal judge ruled that the aldermen are entitled to... FULL STORY
04/03/14 3 hurt in St. Charles-area rollover crash
By Christopher Placek - Three people were taken to the hospital with injuries as a result of a rollover crash Thursday night near St. Charles, authorities said. The two-car crash, in which one vehicle rolled over, occurred about 8 p.m. at the intersection of Route 64 and... FULL STORY
04/03/14 Saying goodbye to Des Plaines' hero dog
By Christopher Placek - Zurich, a Des Plaines dog who received national recognition in O 2011 by winning the American Humane Association's Hero Dog Award for service dogs, died this week at the age of 11. FULL STORY
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