Day: July 6, 2017

Remodeled Burger King opening soon in Rolling Meadows

It won’t be long until you can get your Whopper sandwiches and fries again at a Rolling Meadows Burger King. Crews have been working since the spring on $250,000 worth of renovations at the fast food restaurant on the southwest corner of Algonquin and New Wilke…

East Dundee budget changes include reduced staff, garbage pickup fee

A reduction in workforce, a new garbage collection fee and elimination of facade improvement programs are among the changes made by East Dundee officials to balance their 2017-18 budget. The village board in April approved a budget that appeared balanced but contained about $900,000 in revenues…

Costs lower for St. Charles District 303 middle school work

St. Charles school officials feared the $50 million they cobbled together to renovate middle schools might not be enough to get the job done. But construction bids the school board will vote on Monday are so favorable officials will tack on a few bells and whistles.…

Krishnamoorthi hears concerns of Hispanic community

More than 20 civic leaders and public officials representing the Hispanic community met with Democratic Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi in Schaumburg on Thursday to discuss such ongoing issues as immigration, education, and relationships with law enforcement and local employers. Perhaps the biggest of these so far in…

Breaking: Illinois has a budget, with income tax hike

A divided Illinois House delivered a long-absent budget and a 32 percent income tax increase Thursday with some suburban Republicans risking their seats to rebuff Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto. Republican state Reps. Mike Fortner, David Harris and Steve Andersson pushed Democratic legislation over the top to…

Former Woodland playground monitor sentenced for pushing child

A former Woodland Elementary School West playground supervisor convicted in May of misdemeanor battery for pushing a child to the ground has been sentenced to 18 months of intense supervision and community service, officials said. Peggy Bora, 46, of unincorporated Lake County near Gurnee, was sentenced…

Arlington Heights library patron returns album 40 years late, clearing slate

Nearly 40 years have passed since a vinyl record album by experimental musician Harry Partch was “borrowed” from the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. On Thursday, it returned and library officials accepted it with no questions asked. “We understand things happen,” said Executive Director Jason Kuhl. “We…

Illinois spending bill still higher than average

The $36 billion spending package voted on Thursday by Illinois legislators is less than what the state is estimated to have spent in the last fiscal year when there was no budget, but more than the average over the last decade. Spending in the fiscal year…

Illinois House in session after two hour hazmat delay

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House has been called to order, two hours after a hazmat situation delayed a scheduled vote to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a tax increase and budget. The state Capitol was on lockdown after someone threw a substance at the governor’s…

4 kids, father found slain; mother charged in deaths

LOGANVILLE, Ga. — Four young children and their father were found slain in a home outside Atlanta early Thursday, and police say the mother – now charged with their deaths – was the one who called 911 to report the killings. The five were apparently stabbed…

Professional runner outruns 2 bears while training in woods

AUBURN, Maine — A professional runner from Kenya says he had to outrun two charging bears while training in the woods in Maine. Moninda Marube went for a run early Wednesday out on a nature trail near his home in Auburn. The Lewiston Sun Journal (http://bit.ly/2uP3KIm…

Gas leak closes Roosevelt Road in Lombard

Roosevelt Road in Lombard is closed in both directions after contractors ruptured a gas line while working on a water main lining project, officials said Thursday. The rupture occurred around 11:45 a.m. and the road is expected to be closed through the evening rush hour. Lombard…

Damages top $500,000 in Plainfield stable fire

Fire investigators continued searching for clues Thursday into what sparked a barn fire early Wednesday morning in Plainfield that killed 18 horses and injured two people trying to rescue the animals. Workers, meanwhile, were using a front-end loader to remove the horses killed in the blaze.…

Go fishing with Mundelein police

The Mundelein Police Department’s 20th annual Cops ‘N’ Bobbers fishing derby is July 15. The free event will run from 8 a.m. to noon at the Mundelein Seminary, 1000 E. Maple Ave. Parents can bring kids between the ages of 5 and 13 to fish. People…

St. Charles changes liquor sales hours, allows distilleries

A previous version was incorrect about Alderman Rita Payleitner’s vote. She voted in favor of allowing brew pubs and distilleries. And Geneva allows some liquor licensees to serve starting at 6 a.m. Brew pubs and breweries are now welcome in St. Charles. Gas station convenience stores…

Feder: Univision didn’t win 10 p.m. ratings after all

On second thought, cancel the fiesta: Univision Chicago acknowledged Thursday that WGBO-Channel 66’s Noticias Univision Chicago was not the top-rated 10 p.m. newscast in June, contrary to the station’s declaration of victory reported here Wednesday. Read the full report on robertfeder.com.

Capitol lockdown delays override vote on budget, tax hike

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Capitol is on a temporary lockdown after a hazmat situation apparently sparked by someone throwing a substance at the governor’s office, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. An alarm went off in the Illinois House chambers about 2:10 p.m: “A total lockdown…

Patton Oswalt engaged to marry actress Meredith Salenger

NEW YORK — Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt is engaged to marry actress Meredith Salenger, his publicist confirmed Thursday. The couple recently went public with their relationship at the Los Angeles premiere of “Baby Driver.” Michelle McNamara, a writer who founded the website True Crime Diary,…