TribLocal - Lincolnshire /lincolnshire TribLocal – Chicagoland's local news community Mon, 17 Dec 2012 18:03:34 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 101 degrees today? Maybe, maybe not /lincolnshire/2012/06/28/could-hit-101-today-its-going-to-heat-up-fast/ /lincolnshire/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 /lincolnshire/2012/06/27/lake-county-board-member-aaron-lawlor-selected-as-edgar-fellow/ /lincolnshire/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 /lincolnshire/2012/06/27/state-sen-schmidt-allowed-back-home-but-no-contact-with-neighbors/ /lincolnshire/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 /lincolnshire/2012/06/27/scorcher-thursday-will-be-hottest-day-in-nearly-7-years/ /lincolnshire/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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Heatwave expected to move in by midweek /lincolnshire/2012/06/25/heatwave-expected-to-move-in-by-midweek/ /lincolnshire/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 /lincolnshire/2012/06/22/skilling-pleasant-end-to-the-work-week/ /lincolnshire/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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2012 Taste of Lincolnshire /lincolnshire/community/stories/2012/06/2012-taste-of-lincolnshire/ /lincolnshire/community/stories/2012/06/2012-taste-of-lincolnshire/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2012 08:53:40 +0000 Jessica /lincolnshire/?post_type=community_post&p=18716

Taste of Lincolnshire to be held July 13, 14 and 15

The Greater Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce announces the 12th annual Taste of Lincolnshire to be held at 100 Village Green in Lincolnshire. It begins at 4pm on Friday, July 13th, and continues through 5pm, Sunday, July 15th.

This year’s event is truly the taste for all ages! There will be an array of local businesses, cooking demonstrations, food sampling and wine tasting.

A host of restaurants will offer a variety of food and signature drinks for purchase. New this year will be a “beer tent” featuring a selection of brews.

Live music will be performed all three days, and participating this year will be the 101.9fm “The Mix” road crew who will provide entertainment on Sunday.

Sponsorships and exhibit space are still available for local businesses to showcase their brand as well as for direct sales. Space is limited so if you are interested please contact us as soon as possible.

Additional information available at http://lincolnshirechamber.org/thetaste or check out our Facebook page “2012 Taste of Lincolnshire”
Contact: Jessica Bacik, Executive Director
Greater Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce
Phone: (847) 793-2409
Email: executive.director@lincolnshirechamber.org

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Visit Lake County Wins a Bronze Telly Award /lincolnshire/community/stories/2012/06/visit-lake-county-wins-a-bronze-telly-award/ /lincolnshire/community/stories/2012/06/visit-lake-county-wins-a-bronze-telly-award/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2012 08:38:57 +0000 Anthony Haag /gurnee/?post_type=community_post&p=32699 Visit Lake County Wins a Bronze Telly Award
33rd Annual Telly Awards honors the very best commercials, videos, films and Internet work

Lake County, IL, June 14, 2012 – The winners of the 33rd Annual Telly Awards have been announced, with Visit Lake County taking home a statuette for their “Let The Ride Take You” TV spot. The spot won a Bronze Telly (second place) in the Travel/Tourism category. With nearly 11,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this year’s Telly Awards has been one of the most successful and competitive in the long history of the Telly Awards.

In “Let The Ride Take You”, produced by ad agency Davis Harrison Dion, Lake County spotlights the variety of attractions and destinations that are “just a short ride away” in Lake County. Focusing on “the ride” the television spot featured rides through Lake County via different vehicles including a classic red convertible, a canoe, golf cart, waterslide and roller coaster. “The Ride” targeted a broader audience focusing on the variety of offerings Lake County has during the summer for kids and the whole family.

"We are extremely excited to have received this prestigious recognition," said Maureen Riedy, president, Visit Lake County. "The TV spot was the cornerstone to a tremendously successful ad campaign last year, and is so visually engaging, that we have expanded the concept for this summer’s campaign to include even more rides you can take in Lake County.”

For additional information, or to find out more about Lake County, please visit our website at www.visitakecounty.org.

About Lake County
Visit Lake County serves as the champion for tourism and the official destination marketing organization for Lake County, Illinois and represents municipalities, hotels, attractions and hospitality related businesses throughout the county. The agency provides travel resources and services for visitors and event planners to enhance the economic impact of travel spending in the county.

About The Telly Awards

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and web commercials, videos and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

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Winners and losers: Chicago-area casinos 20 years later /lincolnshire/2012/06/21/winners-and-losers-chicago-area-casinos-20-years-later/ /lincolnshire/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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Skilling: Warmest June in 25 years, but relief in sight /lincolnshire/2012/06/20/skilling-warmest-june-in-25-years-but-relief-in-sight/ /lincolnshire/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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