TribLocal - Libertyville /libertyville TribLocal – Chicagoland's local news community Sat, 05 Jan 2013 05:44:04 +0000 en hourly 1 101 degrees today? Maybe, maybe not /libertyville/2012/06/28/could-hit-101-today-its-going-to-heat-up-fast/ /libertyville/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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Aquanuts Water Shows – Fun, Free Event worth the hour drive! /libertyville/community/galleries/2012/06/aquanuts-water-shows-fun-free-event-worth-the-hour-drive/ /libertyville/community/galleries/2012/06/aquanuts-water-shows-fun-free-event-worth-the-hour-drive/#comments Wed, 27 Jun 2012 14:28:20 +0000 Lisa Neal /palatine/?post_type=community_gallery&p=33814

Twin Lakes Aquanut Water Shows Team Places 5th at the Mercury Open Invite in Janesville Wisconsin

The Aquanut Show Skiing Team placed 5th at the Mercury Open Tournament this weekend. Twelve teams competed at the show skiing season opening tournament in Janesville Wisconsin on the Rock River. Top five teams in order of placement: Janesville, Madison, Wonder Lake, Badgerland and the Twin Lakes Aquanuts.

The 2012 season marks the 40th year of show skiing by the Aquanuts.

This year’s show highlights the 2011 season number one ballet line, 24 girls strong, dancing and skiing during the opening acts of the show. The program also highlights Jarad Meyer, Wisconsin’s 2011 number one trick skier, Kendall Krieger 2011 number two swivel skier, as well as the world champion barefooting Koehler sisters, Ariana and Kailey. The Aquanuts will perform prefab pyramids, four high pyramids, shoe skiing, and 5 men around the boat, trios, and doubles skiing during their shows.

The Aquanuts perform in Lance Park, Twin Lakes Wisconsin, located on the shores of Lake Mary every Wednesday and Saturday nights at 6pm. Shows are free. Stadium seating and concessions are available.

Fourth of July weekend schedule:

Friday Night, 9pm Ski Show under the lights followed by Movie Night in the park, (“Puss in Boots”-free)
Saturday 6 pm, Ski Show, 40th Anniversary Alumni Co Show-Special Treat, talented Alumni from the past 40 years return to Lake Mary and show us the skill that made the Aquanuts Team two time triple crown winners. This show is followed by fireworks over Lake Mary.

Wednesday, July 4th Show, see the 2012 team perform, starting at 6 pm.

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Feed My Starving Children Selects Libertyville for Third Chicago-Area Site /libertyville/community/stories/2012/06/feed-my-starving-children-selects-libertyville-for-third-chicago-area-site/ /libertyville/community/stories/2012/06/feed-my-starving-children-selects-libertyville-for-third-chicago-area-site/#comments Wed, 27 Jun 2012 14:01:26 +0000 Toni Antonetti /gurnee/?post_type=community_post&p=32747

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 –Christian hunger relief organization Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) has signed a letter of intent for a Libertyville location for its third Chicago-area meal-packing site. The other sites, where volunteers age five and older come to hand-pack dehydrated meals for hungry children worldwide, are in Schaumburg and Aurora.

The 18,000 square-foot facility, at Park Avenue Corporate Center, 720-744 E. Park Ave. in Libertyville, will enable more than 100,000 volunteers to pack more than 30 million meals annually for malnourished children around the world.

Based on progress toward a fundraising goal, FMSC expects to open the site in November 2012, six months earlier than originally planned. Minnesota-based FMSC began the private phase of the campaign late last year, and launched the public phase in April. The nonprofit organization has raised $865,000, more than halfway to the goal of $1.55 million. Campaign funds are also being used to open the Schaumburg facility full-time.

“Site layout and schematics have been completed and the zoning and permitting process is beginning. But fundraising is critical to moving forward with the new site. With a third site, Chicagoland volunteers can help us nourish a total of 194,000 children every day for a year,” says FMSC Executive Director and CEO Mark Crea. FMSC meals are used to operate orphanages and schools, as well as in maintenance feeding programs in poor communities

“We are facing growing food needs from our missionary partners worldwide and also have a long waiting list of volunteers,” says Chicago Campaign Chair Dawn Eber, Managing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, FMSC board member and chair of the Chicago Area FMSC Council. “With the expansion, we will be able to nearly triple the volunteers who have an opportunity to pack meals, which can be a life-changing experience, especially for young people. “

Feed My Starving Children produces nutritious meals designed to restore malnourished children to full health. Volunteers hand-pack the meals, and they’re shipped to missions and humanitarian agencies working in 70 countries around the world. In addition to the Chicago-area packing sites, FMSC maintains three packing sites in Minnesota and one in Tempe, Ariz. Since the 2008 opening of a full-time packing site in Aurora, Ill. and the 2010 opening of a part-time site in Schaumburg, Chicagoland volunteers have packed more than 80 million meals. They were distributed to hungry families in Haiti, Kenya, Nicaragua, Swaziland and many other developing nations.

Nationally, FMSC expects to nearly double its meal production from 133 million meals in 2011-2012 to 235 million by 2014-2015.

Each meal costs 22 cents to produce and 93% of all donations directly support the food program. All meals are packed by volunteers, who, along with donors, pay for 100% of FMSC meals. FMSC receives no government aid.

To donate and join the campaign visit

A Christian non-profit founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children tackles world hunger by sending volunteer-packed, nutritious meals to nearly 70 countries, where they're used to operate orphanages, schools, clinics and other building blocks of healthy communities. Last year FMSC produced 133 million meals, maintained its seventh consecutive four-star rating from Charity Navigator and spent 93% of total donations directly on feeding the hungry.

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Advocate Condell Partners With Libertyville Students On Clothing Collection /libertyville/community/stories/2012/06/advocate-condell-partners-with-libertyville-students-on-clothing-collection/ /libertyville/community/stories/2012/06/advocate-condell-partners-with-libertyville-students-on-clothing-collection/#comments Wed, 27 Jun 2012 13:59:52 +0000 Sarah Toomey /libertyville/?post_type=community_post&p=43801 A group of Libertyville High School students with an interest in medical careers is already making a difference to Emergency Room patients at Advocate Condell Medical Center.
The Medcats group has been collecting and delivering donated clothing for use by patients after they are discharged from the Emergency Department. The group also is stocking Condell’s Pediatric ED with crayons and activity books to keep young patients and visitors distracted and comfortable.
The 20-member group meets twice a month during the school year to learn about the medical profession and health care, with an emphasis on community service. This spring, students collected clothing, which is given to trauma patients whose clothing has been damaged or must be left behind for a police investigation.
“Our trauma patients have suffered tremendously when they come to our ED,” said Jody Jesse, RN, Director of Emergency Department Nursing. “They appreciate very much having clean clothes to wear home. It’s a comfort, and in cases of assaults, it can help restore dignity.”
The clothing and art supply drives are the latest collaboration between the Medcats and Advocate Condell. Students also have helped out at community events, and attend occasional lectures at the hospital by physicians and other clinicians who give a glimpse into the medical field.
The club began in 2011, when students Jason Leib and Rankin Draa approached Libertyville High School nurse Cameron Traut.
“The primary goal is to give students a chance to learn about the field of medicine, whether they are interested in a career or are just curious.” Traut said. “We feel community service is an important part of our club, too.”
Leib, the club’s co-leader, got involved to explore a possible career in surgery.
“My experience with the club has helped solidify my decision to pursue medicine as a career,” Leib said. “Helping people, as a doctor or through the community service we do now, is really rewarding.”
About Advocate Condell Medical Center
Advocate Condell Medical Center is the leading provider of comprehensive medical and surgical services in Lake County, with state-of-the-art heart, neurosurgical, maternity and emergency services. Condell's emergency department is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in Lake County, Illinois. It also features the only dedicated pediatric emergency department in the county. Condell holds accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers for cardiac patients, and is accredited by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. Advocate Condell is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best hospitals in the Chicago metro area for superior results in patient safety and health outcomes.

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Lake County Board member Aaron Lawlor selected as Edgar Fellow /libertyville/2012/06/27/lake-county-board-member-aaron-lawlor-selected-as-edgar-fellow/ /libertyville/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 /libertyville/2012/06/27/state-sen-schmidt-allowed-back-home-but-no-contact-with-neighbors/ /libertyville/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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Scorcher: Thursday will be hottest day in nearly 7 years /libertyville/2012/06/27/scorcher-thursday-will-be-hottest-day-in-nearly-7-years/ /libertyville/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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Libertyville Junior Woman's Club Scholarship Award /libertyville/community/stories/2012/06/libertyville-junior-womans-club-scholarship-award-2/ /libertyville/community/stories/2012/06/libertyville-junior-womans-club-scholarship-award-2/#comments Mon, 25 Jun 2012 07:12:50 +0000 Lisa Roti /libertyville/?post_type=community_post&p=43779 The Libertyville Junior Woman's Club is pleased to announce the recipients of their annual scholarship awards.

Miss Madeline Bartsch of Libertyville, a 2012 graduate of Vernon Hills High School, has won the 2012 Margaret Chickey Outstanding Female Student Award. This award consists of a $1,500 scholarship to be used for the upcoming academic year. Miss Bartsch plans to attend Valparaiso University in the fall to study secondary education.

Ms. Nancy Craig of Round Lake Park, a working mother as a school bus driver at a local school bus company, has won the 2012 Outstanding Working Mom Scholarship Award. This award is a $1,000 scholarship to be used for the upcoming academic year. Ms. Craig is currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Psychology at North Park University in Chicago.

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Heatwave expected to move in by midweek /libertyville/2012/06/25/heatwave-expected-to-move-in-by-midweek/ /libertyville/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 /libertyville/2012/06/22/skilling-pleasant-end-to-the-work-week/ /libertyville/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.


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