TribLocal - Barrington Area /barrington TribLocal – Chicagoland's local news community Fri, 04 Jan 2013 00:58:56 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 101 degrees today? Maybe, maybe not /barrington/2012/06/28/could-hit-101-today-its-going-to-heat-up-fast/ /barrington/2012/06/28/could-hit-101-today-its-going-to-heat-up-fast/#comments Thu, 28 Jun 2012 12:07:58 +0000 Heather Leszczewicz /barrington/?p=32163

Even though downtown Chicago baked in 97-degree heat at midday, the National Weather Service said it was looking less likely — but still possible — that the official high today will hit 100 for the first time since 2005.

The official recording station at O’Hare International Airport registered just 93 degrees at noon, but temperatures were still dangerously hot throughout the Chicago area. The humidity made it feel like 99 at O’Hare and 102 Wheeling, Northerly Island and Waukegan.

“It doesn’t look as likely,” said National Weather Servce meteorologist Richard Castro this afternoon when asked about hitting the 100 mark.

But the expected lakefront cooling won’t be very strong and a cold front won’t arrive until late in the afternoon, Castro said. So temperatures could even hit 101, which would tie the record for the date. By 2 p.m., temperatures had climbed to 98 at O’Hare, with a heat index of 107, and 99 at the lakefront, with  heat index of 110.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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Lake County Board member Aaron Lawlor selected as Edgar Fellow /barrington/2012/06/27/lake-county-board-member-aaron-lawlor-selected-as-edgar-fellow/ /barrington/2012/06/27/lake-county-board-member-aaron-lawlor-selected-as-edgar-fellow/#comments Wed, 27 Jun 2012 18:27:23 +0000 Brian L. Cox /mundelein/?p=26524

Lake County board member, Aaron Lawlor, said that in his travels around the country he has heard many jokes and snide remarks about government corruption in Illinois.

“Illinois has definitely had its problems,” Lawlor said. “When I’ve participated in programs with elected officials from around the country, they really do kind of laugh. The folks, even from states with colored pasts like New Jersey, laugh about Illinois being one of the more corrupt states in the union.”

Lawlor, 29, who was recently selected to participate in the inaugural “Edgar Fellow Program,” said he hopes to bring up the topic of corruption and other pressing issues when he meets with others in the program in August.

“It’s something I hope we talk about,” said Lawlor, who was invited to participate in the program as one of “40 emerging Illinois leaders.” “If you don’t have a government people have faith in, you really can’t begin to face the other issues we’re facing.”

The Edgar Fellow Program was designed by former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar to promote responsible and responsive leadership in government. The 40 leaders will gather from Aug. 19‐22 at the University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign to launch a “forward‐looking enterprise” led by former Gov. Jim Edgar and the university’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA), according to a release.

According to the release, the objectives of the Edgar Fellows initiative are to “enhance leadership skills and promote understanding, networking and cooperation across regional, partisan and ethnic lines as these young men and women move ahead in their public‐service careers.”

“We see this as a tremendous opportunity for these outstanding women and men to further develop their abilities and encourage them to become the leaders our state will need to meet the great challenges of the 21st Century,” Edgar said in a written release.

“Just as importantly, this program offers a chance for them to broaden their perspectives and to become acquainted with each other, so they can work together effectively for the good of our state as they assume additional responsibility,” Edgar said.

Lawlor said he plans to talk to his colleagues in the program about steps the Lake County board has taken in the areas of ethics reform.

“What we’ve done in Lake County is to really strengthen our ethics ordinance,” he said. “Commissioners have never been involved in direct hiring, other than our administrator.”

“We made a more stringent ethics ordinance that we passed last year which basically says commissioners won’t even inquire about the status of a [job] application,” he added. “Instead we just refer the individual to the HR department. It completely takes us out of the equation from any possibility or perception of impropriety.”

Another hot button issue Lawlor said he plans to bring up during the meeting is property taxes. He said that from “a local level” property taxes are continuing to increase both from school districts and local governments and the increases are “becoming unsustainable” for residents of Lake County and the surrounding areas.

“It’s the fundamental issue that we face on the county board,” he said. “While we’re responsible for about 10 percent of the tax bill, people think we have more control over it than we do.”

“The real control is rooted in Springfield where they set the law related to property taxes,” he added. “I think what we’re going to see in coming years is that people are going to be increasingly upset about their property tax bills. It’s an issue that needs to be dealt with at the state level.”

Lawlor, who worked as a political director for Ill. Senator Mark Kirk, before being elected to the Lake County board, also said heath care will be on the top of his list of important issues when he travels downstate in August.

“When you look at the issues the state is facing almost all of them are budgetary and many of the budgetary issues fall under the realm of healthcare, whether its Medicaid, Medicare pensions, employee health benefits and that sort of thing,” he said. “If we’re going to work to solve some of the problem of our state, those are areas that really touch the core problems we’re facing.”

While wasteful spending is a concern, Lawlor cautioned against “short sighted budget cuts.”

What I’m excited to learn about is when we talk about cuts, which are absolutely necessary, we also need to look at the long term impacts on our state and our communities,” Lawlor added.

He also said the state cannot keep pushing obligations and unfunded mandates on local governments while taking away revenue streams.

“Local government is stretched really down to the bone,” he said. “At the end of the day local government, I believe, touches peoples lives more closely than pretty much any other level of government.”

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State Sen. Schmidt allowed back home, but no contact with neighbors /barrington/2012/06/27/state-sen-schmidt-allowed-back-home-but-no-contact-with-neighbors/ /barrington/2012/06/27/state-sen-schmidt-allowed-back-home-but-no-contact-with-neighbors/#comments Wed, 27 Jun 2012 17:21:22 +0000 Heather Leszczewicz /libertyville/?p=43857

State Sen. Suzi Schmidt has been cleared by a judge to return to her home near Lake Villa following her arrest this month involving an alleged dispute with her neighbors.

But a Lake County judge today extended an order of protection that forbids the senator from having contact with the family.

Schmidt was arrested by Lake County sheriff’s deputies on June 12 on a misdemeanor warrant that alleged she caused damage to the neighbors’ property.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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State police recovering vehicles intentionally submerged /barrington/2012/06/27/state-police-recovering-vehicles-intentionally-submerged/ /barrington/2012/06/27/state-police-recovering-vehicles-intentionally-submerged/#comments Wed, 27 Jun 2012 16:45:42 +0000 Kara Silva /barrington/?p=32105 State police investigators are attempting to recover several vehicles believed to have been intentionally submerged in ponds in the northwest suburbs.

An Illinois Department of Transportation employee conducting aerial survey work spotted the suspected vehicles this week in ponds in South Barrington and Hoffman Estates, Illinois State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond said.

Read more at chicagotribune.com.

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Scorcher: Thursday will be hottest day in nearly 7 years /barrington/2012/06/27/scorcher-thursday-will-be-hottest-day-in-nearly-7-years/ /barrington/2012/06/27/scorcher-thursday-will-be-hottest-day-in-nearly-7-years/#comments Wed, 27 Jun 2012 15:15:28 +0000 Heather Leszczewicz /barrington/?p=32094 Thursday is shaping up to be the hottest day in nearly seven years, with highs of 100 degrees or more that could set a new record.

The last time we topped 100 degrees at O’Hare International Airport — the city’s official recording station — was back on July 24, 2005 when the mercury climbed to 102 degrees. The record for June 28 is 101 degrees, set in 1971.

We’ll get a running start Wednesday with sunny skies and highs in the mid 90s. On Thursday, sunny again with the temperature likely to hit 101, according to the Chicago Weather Center. The combination of heat and humidity will make it feel more like 105 to 110.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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Cook County property values going down, but tax bills headed up /barrington/2012/06/27/cook-county-property-values-going-down-but-tax-bills-headed-up/ /barrington/2012/06/27/cook-county-property-values-going-down-but-tax-bills-headed-up/#comments Wed, 27 Jun 2012 13:41:30 +0000 Heather Leszczewicz /palatine/?p=33903 When Cook County homeowners get their property tax bills in about a week, most will owe more than last year despite continuing decreases in their assessed property values, experts said Tuesday.

Taxpayers often don’t understand a simple truth that governs the complicated property tax system: Unlike sales and income taxes, property taxes are designed to collect a fixed amount of money, whatever the market fluctuations.

“Just because the values dropped does not mean taxing districts are going to be getting less money or taxpayers are going to be paying less,” said Bill Vaselopulos, who is in charge of tax rate calculations for Cook County Clerk David Orr. “As values drop, (they are) offset by the increase in the tax rate.”

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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Harper exhibit honors octogenarian art student /barrington/2012/06/26/harper-exhibit-honors-octogenarian-art-student/ /barrington/2012/06/26/harper-exhibit-honors-octogenarian-art-student/#comments Tue, 26 Jun 2012 19:08:43 +0000 Kate Thayer /palatine/?p=33792

Mary Applegate carefully molds scored pieces of clay until they start to take shape into a holder for writing utensils.

The octogenarian Palatine artist called this particular project a simple one, compared to the more complicated pieces she’s created during the past six decades or so. Her work – mostly pottery – includes garden sculptures, wall hangings and other items she often sells.

It’s not just a hobby for retirement, Applegate said. “This is my work.”

Applegate, who will only say she’s “almost 90,” was recently honored by her Harper College classmates with a public exhibit displaying her pottery, some pieces dating as far back to her days as an art and education student at the University of Iowa.

As she works, Applegate notes the age diversity in her ceramics class at Harper, but estimates she’s likely the oldest one there.

“I love being around different ages and different ethnicities,” she said, explaining that’s part of the reason she continues to take art classes nearly every day.

After teaching third- and fourth-graders in District 15 for about 26 years, Applegate continues to take art classes during her retirement from teaching.

“It keeps me sane,” she said. “Who wants to be home all day?”

She boards a Palatine Township bus in the morning, works with her clay for several hours, and returns on the bus in the afternoon.

Sam Rosby, associate professor of art, called Applegate an inspiration to other students in the class.

“She still completely cares that her work is the best, and it’s new, and she pushes herself,” he said. “What she does here shows art is something you do over a lifetime.”

Applegate is helpful during peer critiques, which is a big part of Harper’s ceramics class, Rosby said.

Christine Rueger, 19, of Rolling Meadows, said she’s learned a lot from Applegate.

“I’m just amazed at how…sharp she is, and she always has something to offer,” she said. “She just gets ideas from everything.”

Applegate said she’s often inspired, and never wants to do work similar to other artists. Sculpting is her favorite art form because of clay’s malleability, she said.

“You can make it into whatever you want,” she said.

While Applegate said she can’t pick a favorite piece, one she’s particularly proud of is a sculpture of a father carrying a child on his shoulders.

She said while images of mothers and “the Madonna” are popular, Applegate wanted to show an image of a father.

Another piece she noted came from an assignment from a Harper class to build something that represents home. Applegate explained how she created five houses, each depicting a trait she equates with home – her cats, books, birds, music and nature.

Those sculptures are among many that sit in Harper’s Art Exhibition Space. Several already have red dots indicating a sale.

The exhibit with Applegate’s work runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays through July 18 in Building C at the main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine.

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Heatwave expected to move in by midweek /barrington/2012/06/25/heatwave-expected-to-move-in-by-midweek/ /barrington/2012/06/25/heatwave-expected-to-move-in-by-midweek/#comments Mon, 25 Jun 2012 11:58:24 +0000 Heather Leszczewicz /schaumburg/?p=41991 Officials are expecting three-digit temperatures to move into the area Thursday following a brief cold front that may produce scattered thunderstorms tonight.

Meteorologist Paul Dailey said the storms will be “hit or miss” with some locations getting more rain than others.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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Skilling: Pleasant end to the work week /barrington/2012/06/22/skilling-pleasant-end-to-the-work-week/ /barrington/2012/06/22/skilling-pleasant-end-to-the-work-week/#comments Fri, 22 Jun 2012 13:14:05 +0000 Kara Silva /barrington/?p=31890

The work week ends with sunshine and warmth but without the humidity that smothered the first half of the week.

Friday is to deliver 85-degree warmth for the 25th time this year in a month running a solid 5 degrees above normal — the ninth consecutive month to produce a temperature surplus here and the warmest June of the past quarter century.

Read more at chicagotribune.com.

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4 charged in year-old murder of woman in South Barrington forest preserve /barrington/2012/06/21/4-charged-in-year-old-murder-of-woman-in-south-barrington-forest-preserve/ /barrington/2012/06/21/4-charged-in-year-old-murder-of-woman-in-south-barrington-forest-preserve/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2012 22:54:48 +0000 Kara Silva /barrington/?p=31876 Police say they have pieced together the murder of a man found strangled nearly a year ago in a pond in a South Barrington forest preserve.

Waukegan Police said three men and one woman were charged Wednesday in the death of David Campbell, 27, a Waukegan resident who was found July 6, 2011 in the Penny Road Forest Preserve in Cook County.

Read more at chicagotribune.com.

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