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04/01/14 Des Plaines alderman favors ending insurance for elected officials
By Christopher Placek - A Des Plaines alderman wants to end city government's longtime practice of making health insurance benefits available to elected officials, many of whom are against the proposed policy change. Third Ward Alderman Denise Rodd is the only member... FULL STORY
03/30/14 Suburbs hit with flood insurance rate increases
By Christopher Placek - Homeowners in suburbs like Des Plaines, Prospect Heights, Wheeling, Addison and Aurora who have to keep a close eye on rising waters nearby will also have to worry about rising flood insurance rates. How far or for how long the rates will climb is... FULL STORY
03/28/14 Elk Grove Village Police Department's crime-fighting K9 retires
By Christopher Placek - One of Elk Grove Village's most effective crime fighters is retiring -- but he won't be handing in a standard issue uniform or police radio. Police dog Vasco, who has been the partner of Officer Rick Meyers since 2005, is... FULL STORY
03/27/14 Elk Grove tightens rules on providing tax incentives
By Christopher Placek - Elk Grove Village is tightening its rules on how many business property tax breaks it will support. Mayor Craig Johnson said for years, Elk Grove has supported businesses receiving Cook County Class 6b tax incentives, which many businesses argue is... FULL STORY
03/26/14 Elk Grove may adopt rental housing inspection policy
By Christopher Placek - Elk Grove Village could join a growing list of suburban communities to adopt a crime free rental housing policy, which would require all landlords to attend training sessions and submit to inspections of their properties. Mayor Craig Johnson said... FULL STORY
03/24/14 Rosemont building demolitions could clear way for new retailers
By Christopher Placek - Rosemont is planning to demolish four remaining buildings in a former light industrial section of town, with the prospect of redeveloping the area for retail use. In total, the village has purchased and razed about a dozen buildings over the course... FULL STORY
03/23/14 Des Plaines will solicit possible operators for historic theater
By Christopher Placek - The future of the Des Plaines Theatre could be determined over the course of the next several weeks, when city officials and the theater's current owner will be looking for someone who may be interested in running the historic showplace. "As... FULL STORY
03/21/14 Dawn Patrol: Cop honored; slayings bring back bad memories
By Christopher Placek and Lee Filas - Arlington Heights cop honored. Palatine slayings bring back bad memories. Des Plaines hospital to close. Elgin charter school officials not discouraged. Third man held in connection with Bensenville slaying. March Madness underway. Hawks have to do... FULL STORY
03/20/14 West Chicago home heavily damaged by fire
By Christopher Placek - West Chicago firefighters responded to a fire in a single family home Thursday afternoon that started in the basement and quickly spread into the first floor and attic, authorities said. Crews from the West Chicago Fire Protection District were... FULL STORY
03/20/14 Bullets found at Elgin middle school
By Christopher Placek - Two .22-caliber bullets were found Wednesday at Kimball Middle School in Elgin, officials said Thursday. A student found one bullet on the floor of the boys locker room about 3 p.m. Wednesday, at which time he brought it to a teacher. A subsequent... FULL STORY
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