1:59 AM EDT, Mon September 25, 2017
12 mins ago
Redevelopment of Maplewood property in Cary to be discussed Oct. 3

Redevelopment of Maplewood property in Cary to be discussed Oct. 3

CARY – Cary trustees again are slated to discuss the village-owned Maplewood property. A discussion will take place at the Cary Committee of the Whole meeting, which starts immediately after the Village Board meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 3 at Village Hall, 655 Village Hall Drive. Developer Patrick Taylor of Barrington-based Central One LLC will be presenting a revised concept plan based off feedback he heard from residents at a meeting Aug. 22. More than 40 residents spoke out during the August meeting, many voicing...
34 mins ago
Gunman opens fire in Nashville church; 1 dead, 7 wounded

Gunman opens fire in Nashville church; 1 dead, 7 wounded

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A masked gunman opened fire at a Nashville church Sunday, silently walking down the aisle as he shot unsuspecting congregants. At least one person was killed and seven others wounded, authorities said. An usher confronted the shooter, who apparently shot himself in the struggle before he was arrested, police said. The FBI said Sunday night it has opened a civil rights investigation into the shooting at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ. No motive was immediately determined. Church members...
35 mins ago
Trump replaces travel ban with new restrictions on 8 nations

Trump replaces travel ban with new restrictions on 8 nations

WASHINGTON – Citizens of eight countries, including North Korea and Venezuela, will face new restrictions on entry to the U.S. under a proclamation signed by President Donald Trump on Sunday that will replace his expiring travel ban. The new rules, which will impact the citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen, will go into effect on Oct. 18. The restrictions range from an indefinite ban on visas for citizens of countries like Syria to more targeted restrictions. A suspension of non-immigrant visas...
37 mins ago
Democratic 14th Congressional District candidates square off at forum

Democratic 14th Congressional District candidates square off at forum

Democratic Party candidates in the 14th Congressional District primary race talked climate change, health care, education and a multitude of other topics at a candidates forum last week at the Amalgamated UAW Local 145’s Union Hall in Montgomery. The Democratic Women of Kendall County organized the forum, which featured candidates Matt Brolley, Victor Swanson, Lauren Underwood, Jim Walz and George Weber. The candidates will compete in the March 20 Democratic Party primary election, and the winner will face incumbent Rep. Randy...
38 mins ago
Crystal Lake School District 47 adopts new strategic planning initiative

Crystal Lake School District 47 adopts new strategic planning initiative

CRYSTAL LAKE – Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47 kicked off a new strategic planning process this month to plan for the school system’s future. Forward 47 will help the district establish a set plan for the next five years, according to a news release from the district. A team of nearly 40 stakeholders – including parents, staff, community members, board members, administrators and students – will meet monthly through December to discuss the plan under the guidance of the Consortium for Educational Change. “An effective...
46 mins ago
McHenry County Farm Stroll offers access to locally sourced products

McHenry County Farm Stroll offers access to locally sourced products

McHENRY COUNTY – The heat of this year’s early fall did not keep people from going down to the farm Sunday for the third annual McHenry County Farm Stroll. Organized by the McHenry County Farm Bureau and the University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners, the farm stroll offered the opportunity for attendees to participate in self-guided tours of each farm free of charge.  From dairy cows, to hydroponics, to alpacas and indoor horse riding arenas, each farm had something unique to offer. ...
46 mins ago

Developer plans Marengo truck stop near proposed interchange

MARENGO – A developer has proposed a full service truck stop at the intersection of Route 23 and Harmony Road in Marengo. Lazar Brothers Enterprises Inc. bought 34.8 acres at the site and plans to develop the truck stop across 10 acres of land at the intersection. The location is just north of the proposed Interstate 90 and Route 23 interchange. The company closed on the sale in late August and is in the process of planning site development. The developer hopes to break ground in 2020, said Tina Kropke of Premier Commercial Realty. ...
55 mins ago
Heat can't wilt Huntley Fall Fest

Heat can't wilt Huntley Fall Fest

HUNTLEY – Record-high temperatures didn’t stop thousands from attending Huntley Fall Fest this weekend at the Huntley Park District, 12015 Mill St. Carly Haniszewski, one of the event’s coordinators, said her husband, Bryant, was inspired to bring a festival to Huntley after he went to Schaumburg’s festival for years. With the help of an all-volunteer committee, she said he and other festival leaders made it happen. Haniszewski said her husband initially had the idea of making the festival a one-day food festival when the event...
2 hours ago
Opposition from GOP senators grows, jeopardizes health bill

Opposition from GOP senators grows, jeopardizes health bill

WASHINGTON – Republican opposition to the GOP health care bill swelled to near-fatal numbers Sunday as Sen. Susan Collins all but closed the door on supporting the last-ditch effort to scrap the Obama health care law and Sen. Ted Cruz said that “right now” he doesn’t back it. White House legislative liaison Marc Short and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., one of the measure’s sponsors, said Republicans would press ahead with a vote this week. But the comments by Collins and Cruz left the Republican drive to uproot President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act...
2 hours ago

Candidates scramble in unexpected open attorney general race

CHICAGO – The race to become Illinois’ next chief legal officer is off to a furious start after Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s sudden announcement that she wouldn’t seek a fifth term. A Republican former Miss America’s campaign has been reinvigorated. Two Democratic state lawmakers have stepped forward. And so many others are contemplating runs that news outlets are posting online trackers of who’s in and out. The mad dash for the only open race for statewide office next year means there could be a crowded primary ballot, at least on the Democratic...
3 hours ago

2 people sent to hospital after Woodstock crash

WOODSTOCK – A single-vehicle crash in Woodstock led to a person being transported to the hospital with life threatening injuries Sunday. Woodstock Fire-Rescue District and Woodstock Police officials responded to a crash at Route 14 and South Street bridge about 3:48 p.m. Sunday after a car hit a utility pole, according to the fire department. One person was ejected from the vehicle during the incident and was taken to Condell Hospital with life threatening injures. The other person was taken to Centegra Hospital – Huntley with injuries...
3 hours ago

Two sent to hospital after Woodstock crash

WOODSTOCK – A single-vehicle crash in Woodstock led to a person being transported to the hospital with life threatening injuries Sunday.  Woodstock Fire-Rescue District and Woodstock Police officials responded to a crash at Route 14 and South Street bridge around 3:48 Sunday after a car hit a utility pole, according to the fire department. One person was ejected from the vehicle during the incident and was taken to Condell Hospital with life threatening injures. The other person was taken to Centegra Hospital – Huntley with injuries...
Sep 24, 2017
Evidence of invasive grass carp signals threat to Lake Erie

Evidence of invasive grass carp signals threat to Lake Erie

TOLEDO, Ohio – Researchers have fresh evidence that invasive grass carp are swimming and spawning near the mouth of a river that flows into Lake Erie. Their next step is figuring out how to stop it from gaining a foothold and devouring wetland plants along the shoreline and underwater vegetation in the lake that shelters native fish. Grass carp are one of four Asian carp species threatening the Great Lakes, but they’re not as worrisome as the bighead and silver carp, which could devastate fish populations in the lakes. ...
Sep 24, 2017
Magnitude 6.1 earthquake shakes jittery Mexico

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake shakes jittery Mexico

MEXICO CITY – A strong new earthquake shook Mexico on Saturday, killing at least two people, toppling already damaged homes and a highway bridge, and causing new alarm in a country reeling from two even more powerful quakes that together have killed more than 400 people. The U.S. Geological Survey said the new, magnitude 6.1 temblor was centered about 11 miles south-southeast of Matias Romero in the state of Oaxaca, which was the region most battered by a magnitude 8.1 quake on Sept. 7. It was among thousands of aftershocks recorded in...
Sep 24, 2017
Habitat for Humanity dedicates McHenry home for mother with disabilities, twin girls

Habitat for Humanity dedicates McHenry home for mother with disabilities, twin girls

McHENRY – After recovering from an aneurysm that Jennifer Weiss had at 37 weeks’ pregnant, she was ready to begin her new life, but she needed some help. Weiss applied for a new, affordable home from Habitat for Humanity of McHenry County, and she had her wish granted Saturday morning. “I’m thrilled; I’m just overwhelmed with trying to pack and everything,” Weiss said. “I’m very grateful to them.” Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve housing conditions for a...