TribLocal - Elk Grove Village /elk-grove-village TribLocal – Chicagoland's local news community Wed, 02 Jan 2013 00:48:44 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 101 degrees today? Maybe, maybe not /elk-grove-village/2012/06/28/could-hit-101-today-its-going-to-heat-up-fast/ /elk-grove-village/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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Scorcher: Thursday will be hottest day in nearly 7 years /elk-grove-village/2012/06/27/scorcher-thursday-will-be-hottest-day-in-nearly-7-years/ /elk-grove-village/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.

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Cook County property values going down, but tax bills headed up /elk-grove-village/2012/06/27/cook-county-property-values-going-down-but-tax-bills-headed-up/ /elk-grove-village/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 /elk-grove-village/2012/06/26/harper-exhibit-honors-octogenarian-art-student/ /elk-grove-village/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 /elk-grove-village/2012/06/25/heatwave-expected-to-move-in-by-midweek/ /elk-grove-village/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 /elk-grove-village/2012/06/22/skilling-pleasant-end-to-the-work-week/ /elk-grove-village/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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Winners and losers: Chicago-area casinos 20 years later /elk-grove-village/2012/06/21/winners-and-losers-chicago-area-casinos-20-years-later/ /elk-grove-village/2012/06/21/winners-and-losers-chicago-area-casinos-20-years-later/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2012 11:52:42 +0000 Heather Leszczewicz /des-plaines/?p=45493

The first suburban Chicago casino opened 20 years ago this month, bringing with it hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in taxes, but also stories of gambling addiction and hardship for some area residents.

Joliet’s Empress Casino, which was renamed Hollywood Casino Joliet in 2010, welcomed its first customers in June 1992. Over the next two years, casinos opened in Joliet, Aurora and Elgin. Rivers Casino in Des Plaines opened last July, and gambling expansion talks in Springfield could put new casinos in the north and south suburbs and downtown Chicago.

During the past two decades, the fissure between casino supporters and opponents has remained deep.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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Elk Grove Village approves video gambling /elk-grove-village/2012/06/20/elk-grove-village-approves-video-gambling/ /elk-grove-village/2012/06/20/elk-grove-village-approves-video-gambling/#comments Wed, 20 Jun 2012 17:48:11 +0000 Kara Silva /elk-grove-village/?p=19447

Elk Grove Village is the latest Chicago suburb to allow local businesses with liquor licenses to apply for video gambling permits.

But the businesses will also have to seek gambling licenses from the village, and local authorities are still setting up requirements and fees.

The Village Board, which gave a unanimous nod to video gambling Tuesday night, despite opposition from some local residents and anti-gambling activists, is expected to vote within the next two months on its local gambling ordinance. Mayor Craig Johnson said he anticipates that the fees charges will be “significantly more than $25 per machine.”

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Skilling: Warmest June in 25 years, but relief in sight /elk-grove-village/2012/06/20/skilling-warmest-june-in-25-years-but-relief-in-sight/ /elk-grove-village/2012/06/20/skilling-warmest-june-in-25-years-but-relief-in-sight/#comments Wed, 20 Jun 2012 13:48:39 +0000 Heather Leszczewicz /arlington-heights/?p=49943 The Chicago area will swelter through a third straight day of 90s Wednesday, making June the warmest here in 25 years.

But relief is in sight. The highs will simmer down to the low 80s or even upper 70s Thursday, Friday and Saturday, then the middle 70s on Monday and Tuesday.

Wednesday’s high is expected to be around 94, and that means June will have eight 90s on the books when the summer solstice arrives this evening. The average temperature of 71.9 degrees so far this month is 5 degrees above the norm and the warmest June 1-20 period since 1987.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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Lifeguard on duty: Swim at your own risk /elk-grove-village/2012/06/20/lifeguard-on-duty-swim-at-your-own-risk/ /elk-grove-village/2012/06/20/lifeguard-on-duty-swim-at-your-own-risk/#comments Wed, 20 Jun 2012 12:04:01 +0000 Heather Leszczewicz /arlington-heights/?p=49936

Lifeguards at Pioneer Park pool in Arlington Heights always have to be on alert — for swimmers in trouble, but also for the lifeguard certification agency that could show up at any time to videotape them on duty, conduct a simulated drowning or quiz them on proper rescue techniques.

Pool managers also perform unannounced drills. At one drill Tuesday, a pool manager tossed a baby mannequin into the deep end from outside the view of the lifeguard on duty. The guard calmly but quickly stood up, blew her whistle three times, jumped in and fished out the doll in a matter of seconds.

In response to drowning deaths, lawsuits, improved training and rescue techniques and the proliferation of risk managers, lifeguards at public pools and beaches in the Chicago area appear to receive more rigorous training than ever before.

Many area park districts rely on national certification agencies like the American Red Cross and Jeff Ellis & Associates that focus on constant vigilance to prevent drownings. The training regimens may require off-season instruction, weekly refreshers during the summer and the passage of surprise drills and inspections. Park district insurance companies also typically require audits and intense oversight of lifeguards.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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