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04/03/14 Muslim leaders honor Cardinal George
By Christopher Placek - Cardinal Francis George was recognized Wednesday by Chicago-area Muslim leaders for helping improve dialogue between Muslims and Catholics during his tenure as archbishop. Officials with the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago say... 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
04/02/14 iFly facilities nearing completion in Rosemont, Naperville
By Christopher Placek - Visitors to two new businesses in Rosemont and Naperville will soon be able to fly -- if but for a moment, and with the help of some high-powered fans. Construction on the two iFly indoor sky diving facilities -- each one about 7,000... FULL STORY
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
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