Elgin

Yvonne Boose

The pandemic has forced numerous faith leaders out of the pulpit and into the homes of many via computer screens and other devices. But for some worshipers, internet sermons just aren’t enough.

The King James version of the Bible said, “And he said unto them, ‘Go ye unto all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.’” That’s Mark 16:15. 

Susan Stephens

The City of Rockford has a new casino in the works, and officials will soon evaluate possible sites and construction plans.

State government is granting six new casino licenses as part of the gambling expansion bill signed in May.  One of these is for Rockford, and city government is currently accepting proposals. Mayor Tom McNamara says the proposals include details such as where the casino will be built, and how it will run.

Chris Duffy

Billionaire entrepreneur, "Shark Tank" panelist, and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban discussed some political issues Thursday in Illinois that he might tackle if he went into national politics

Elgin Development Group

A deal has been struck to sell Illinois’ third highest-grossing casino, and that could mean a boon for Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker.

Nevada-based Eldorado Resorts announced Monday a $327.5 million deal for the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin. It’s co-owned by Chicago’s Pritzker family and MGM Resorts.

J.B. Pritzker’s campaign confirmed he holds a 1 percent overall stake in the casino, making his potential payout $3.27 million – pending Illinois Gaming Board approval.

State records show the Grand Victoria grossed $168.7 million last year.

Elgin Woman Shot And Killed By Police On I-90

Mar 13, 2018
Chevelle Clements

An Elgin police officer shot and killed a woman armed with a knife along an interstate outside Chicago yesterday.

The woman has been identified as 34-year-old Decynthia S. Clements of Elgin, officials announced in a press release.

Courtesy of Elgin School District U-46

Gov. Bruce Rauner has been drumming up opposition to the Democrats' school-funding plan, known as Senate Bill 1, by touting how much more money each district would receive under his plan.

He points to Elgin School District U-46, the state’s second-largest school district, as the biggest winner: That Kane County city would gain about $15 million if lawmakers approve Rauner’s amendatory veto

So that district's CEO, Tony Sanders, must be rooting for Rauner's plan, right?

Wrong.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The nation's opioid epidemic has prompted Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin to start enforcing strict rules on what kind of drugs can be dispensed in the emergency room.  

Elgin Expressway To Become A Tollway

Jun 17, 2016
Illinois Tollway

  The Elgin-O’Hare expressway will transition from a freeway to a toll road on July 5th. 

The Daily-Herald reports that users of the  I-Pass transponder will pay $1.25 for the six-mile stretch of road.  Drivers who choose to use cash will pay double that amount.  Officials say funds from the tollway will rehabilitate the existing express route and help construct new ramps at I-290.  

Dem. Moeller Dodges Bullet From Political Mixup

Jan 8, 2016
ilga.gov

Democrat Anna Moeller may have dodged a bullet as she seeks election to hold onto her seat in the Illinois House. The State Board of Elections made a decision yesterday.

Rep. Moeller, who’s from Elgin, registered to run – as a Democrat. She then signed a petition in support of a Republican getting on the ballot to run for Kane County Recorder.

A local woman complained because primary candidates have to align with one party or the other.

Flickr user / Andrew "Chickens" (CC BY 2.0)

Elgin will welcome chickens to 15 backyards in a pilot program.

The city will accept applications in January 2015. Permit holders will be allowed to house four hens but no roosters.

Coops must be at least 25 feet from neighbors' and they can't be visible from the street.

The city will review the program after a year.

O'Dea / WikiCommons

City planners in Elgin are giving the green light to a medical marijuana dispensary. The planning and zoning commission approved a proposal that calls for setting up the facility on Elgin's southwest side.

Elgin Focuses on Future Water Needs

Feb 1, 2013
Mike Moen/pixlr

In our latest Community Close-Up, we look at Elgin. Like most cities, this suburb is faced with a variety of infrastructure needs and challenges. City officials say even one of their points of pride, the public water system, will need attention in the years to come.

Landmarks Illinois

Two northern Illinois structures have made the Landmarks Illinois 2012 list of Ten Most Endangered Places. They are the Freeport City Hall in Freeport and the Fox River Country Day School in Elgin.

The list, now in its 18th year, calls attention to threatened historic resources in need of assistance in the form of responsible stewardship and/or creative reuse plans. The economic downturn, public deficits and a lack of available financing continue to challenge historic sites throughout Illinois.