Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The bill, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont), would prohibit all teens 17 and younger from using UV tanning beds.
Legislation to ban minors from indoor tanning beds was sent to Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday after being approved by the Illinois Senate. House Bill 188, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont), would ban Illinois minors age 17 and younger from UV tanning beds. Currently, minors ages 14 to 17 are allowed to tan if they provide a parent's signature. Spray-on tanning is exempt from the legislation, as is phototherapy, which applies to situations where a physician supervises tanning when it is necessary to treat a medical condition. Radogno said in a press release that she sponsored the bill to protect Illinois minors from the serious health risks involved with indoor tanning beds. “Not only do children not realize there …
Monday, May 20, 2013
The Lake County Forest Preserve District's overall budget for 2013-14 decreased $12.4 million over the last fiscal year.
Monday, May 20
To keep more than 30,000 acres of forest preserves in Lake County safe, clean and open for people to enjoy, the Lake County Forest Preserve District Board of Commissioners adopted a reduced fiscal year 2013-2014 budget of $101.5 million at its May 14 meeting. For the fifth consecutive year, total forest preserve property tax revenues collected are projected to decrease substantially due to declines in Lake County’s equalized assessed value (EAV), and because of the district's conservative budgeting practices and wise use of available fiscal resources. The overall budget decreased $12.4 million (11 percent) from the previous year, primarily due to an $11.4 million (21.5 percent) decrease in the capital budget. Of property taxes collected in…
Friday, May 17, 2013
Passed by a 35-21 vote, the bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Pat Quinn, who has not yet said whether he intends to sign it.
By a vote of 35-21, the Illinois Senate approved legislation on Friday that would allow doctors in the state to prescribe marijuana as pain relief for severe medical conditions. The bill now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn for his signature. According to the Chicago Tribune, the bill covers 33 specific conditions—including multiple sclerosis, cancer and HIV infection—and includes several controls, with a four-year trial program, dosage limits, fingerprinting, background checks and licensed dispensing centers. “This bill is filled with walls to keep this limited,” the paper quoted sponsoring Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton), who urged lawmakers to pass the legislation as a compassionate measure for those suffering with extreme pain. In opposition, Sen. …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Bring the family out to the Libertyville Golf Course's grand opening Saturday.
The Libertyville Golf Course will hold its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18 featuring a $1 million hole-in-one contest, activities for kids and free pizza and soda. Under a 10-year lease agreement with the Village of Libertyville, the golf course is managed and operated by the BCS Golf Group-Studio 59, which is upgrading the facility to include new synthetic greens, tees and practice area. "This isn't your father's AstroTurf," said Studio 59 owner, Blair Subry on the Studio 59 website. Installation of the new turf was delayed after the April flooding but is expected to be completed in a matter of weeks, reported the Daily Herald. Another new feature of the golf course will be an indoor putting studio with a video …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Mayor Terry Weppler, Village Clerk Sally Kowal and Trustees Todd Gaines, Jay Justice and Richard Moras were all sworn-in for their new terms at Tuesday night's village board meeting. Congratulations, everyone!
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The festival is slated for Aug. 24 in Central Park.
Picture this: It's a warm August evening. As the sun's rays fade, you're soon surrounded by glowing hot air balloons. Now imagine this taking place right here in Lake County. The Village of Grayslake is planning to host its first-ever hot air balloon festival, Color Aloft!, on Aug. 24 in Central Park. The event is set to feature six balloons, along with live entertainment and a few food vendors. "Our goal is to try to build community spirit, to make it a memorable event," said Grayslake Trustee Bruce Bassett. The hot air balloon festival idea came about almost as a joke, Bassett explained. He was chatting with recently-retired resident Pat Klemens at Emil's in Grayslake one day and "I said, 'We should put you to work, maybe get a new event…
Saturday, May 11, 2013
North Shore Congressman, who has been reaching out to students since January, calls local academic achievement a reason so many of Illinois’s top schools are in the 10th District.
Since taking office in January, Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) has visited six schools in the 10th Congressional District and met with students in other places including his offices in Washington and Lincolnshire. When asked by students at Learn Charter School at Great Lakes May 3 about educational opportunities, Schneider was quick to point out students from the District attend nearly half of the state’s top 20 high schools. Earlier: Kirk, Durbin, Schneider Tour New School as Sequester Removes Shine “Nine of the top 20 public high schools in Illinois educate students from the 10th District,” Schneider said referring to the fact local schools were ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News and World Report. Those schools are Deerfield High …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Gov. Pat Quinn is pushing for 11 Illinois counties, including Lake County, to be named major disaster areas.
Friday, May 10
Gov. Pat Quinn asked President Barack Obama this week to declare 11 Illinois counties major disaster areas following the storms and heavy rainfall that moved through the state in mid-April. If the governor’s request is approved, residents in those counties will be eligible to apply for grants and low-interest federal loans to help recover from the historic flooding. Counties included in the request are Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Fulton, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, McHenry and Will. “We must do everything possible to help families impacted by this historic flooding as they rebuild their lives,” Gov. Quinn said. “Today we are making a strong case to President Obama to help expedite the review and approval process so the people of …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Former Congressman plans to run for 10th District seat he lost to Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) in a November squeaker.
Former Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) wrote in a letter to supporters today he will run for the United States House of Representatives in the 10th Congressional District in 2014, a seat he lost to Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) in November. “With deep reflection, and strong support from you … I’ve made the decision to step forward and run in 2014 to represent the 10th District of Illinois,” Dold wrote in the letter. Earlier: Is Dold Seeking 2014 Rematch With Schneider Dold was elected to represent the north suburban District in 2010, defeating Dan Seals in a close contest. In his bid for reelection last year, he lost another close race, this time to Schneider in a redrawn district that carved out his Kenilworth home. Dold ran for …
Monday, May 6, 2013
As North Shore Congressman leads group of 25 on JUF mission to Israel, they observe live fire in Syria from vantage point on Mt. Hermon.
When Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) led a mission of 25 people to Israel last week for the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago (JUF), the group expected to get a special look at the country others do not often see. What none of them expected was to observe was a battle in the Syrian civil war but that is exactly what happened when the group visited an Israeli observation point atop Mt. Hermon on the Golan Heights only 25 miles from Damascus. Earlier: Schneider Experiences Role Reversal Three Syrian towns were in clear view not too far from the Israeli border. “We were standing there as a battle broke out,” Schneider said. “No one in our group had ever experienced live fire before in a military conflict,” David Golder of Glencoe, …