Saturday, March 9, 2013
No-Refusal Weekend: Kane County State's Attorney Joe Mahon: “I will not say which municipalities will participate. I only will announce when we will have the No-Refusal operation."
Want to know where police will be doing random stops on St. Patrick's Day weekend? You might get a Breathalyzer test, but don't hold your breath waiting for an answer to that one. Kane County law-enforcement agencies will work with the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office on a No-Refusal operation during the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day weekend. “This office has a responsibility to prosecute DUI offenders, and to educate the public not to drive when they drink,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said. “As has been our practice, I will not say which municipalities will participate. I only will announce when we will have the No-Refusal operation. “We believe that in past No-Refusal operations, prior publicity has helped to reduce …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
A day before his opponent in the Republican primary holds a press conference on the topic, Kane County Board chairman candidate Kevin Burns puts out a press release endorsing the proposed legislation.
It's curiouser and curiouser, move and countermove time in the race for the Republican nomination for Kane County Board chairman. Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns issued a press release today supporting the "common-sense direction" of two state Senate bills regulating the use of red-light cameras. Not coincidentally, the press release comes about 24 hours before Burns' GOP primary opponent, state Sen. Chris Lauzen, announced he would be holding a press conference on that topic. The press conference is to be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at the northeast corner of the intersection of Randall Road and Williamsburg Drive—one of the two places where red-light cameras have been installed in Geneva. In the Burns press release, the mayor announces …
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Former U.S. Sen. Peter Fitzgerald writes to endorse Chris Lauzen as the GOP nomination for Kane County Board chairman.
Dear Editor, Illinois state Sen. Chris Lauzen is running for Kane County Board chairman. His credentials as fiscal conservative, pro-life, pro-Constitution including Second Amendment rights, and pro-traditional family are impeccable. Sen. Lauzen has served the people of Kane County with distinction for 19 years. We first served together in 1993, as two of the “Fab Five” freshman state senators who came from various business backgrounds and demonstrated independent thinking. We successfully co-sponsored Truth-in-Pensions that took three years to pass both chambers of the legislature and Truth-in-Budgets that took five years to pass before Gov. Jim Edgar signed it into law. Sen. Lauzen has built a solid reputation, on both sides of the …
Monday, December 26, 2011
Voters can meet the candidates running for countywide offices at a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters.
Monday, December 26, 2011
Republican and Democratic candidates in contested primary races for Kane County Board chairman, Kane County circuit clerk, Kane County auditor and Kane County coroner are invited to share their views with voters at a candidate forum at 7 p.m. Mon., Jan. 23 at the Norris Cultural Arts Center in St. Charles. Hosted by the League of Women Voters of Central Kane County, those candidates invited include: Kane County Board Chairman Kane County Circuit Clerk Kane County Coroner Kane County Auditor
Friday, December 16, 2011
Assessment also shows that Kane has the second-youngest population in the Chicago metropolitan area, and the largest proportion of Latino or Hispanic residents of all Illinois counties.
Friday, December 16, 2011
A Kane County health needs assessment has targeted six major threats to the community's overall health. The assessment also reveals that the county has the second-youngest population in the collar counties and the highest proportion of the Hispanic population in the state. At the same time, the fastest growing age group in Kane County is 45-to-64-year-olds, the assessment said. "So, our plan calls on the health system serving Kane residents to focus health improvement efforts across the life span and make sure that services are offered in ways that effectively reach our diverse community," said Paul Kuehnert, executive director of the Kane County Health Department. The Kane County health assessment results pointed to six major threats to …
Monday, December 5, 2011
Kane County may lead the way in electric vehicle standards in the state and Fermi's Tevatron isn't dead yet.
The Kane County Board will be voting on an ordinance in a few months that will set standards for electric vehicles, making it the first governmental body to do so in Illinois. According to a recent article in The Beacon News, a task force including several industry experts has been meeting to draft the content of the ordinance. Following a presentation expected at the January Committee of the Whole meeting, the ordinance will then go to the full board for approval. The county is planning to build charging stations, according to another good story by Chicago Tribune freelance correspondent Clifford Ward, but it is setting the standards so that private enterprise can jump in. That story has been picked up via Tribune syndication in a lot of …
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns lands the top GOP organizer in the state as his campaign chair in the race for the Kane County Board chairmanship.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Kevin Burns announced today that Pat Brady, chairman of the Illinois Republican Party and Kane County resident, has signed on as chairman for his campaign to head the Kane County Board. In a statement to Burns and his supporters, Brady said, “I am honored to be working with Mayor Burns as he seeks to be elected chairman of the Kane County Board.” In speaking of Burns’ qualifications, Brady said, “Kevin has the unique combination of executive experience coupled with a deep understanding of the operations of local government. This will allow him to hit the ground running as Kane County Board chairman.” Brady, of St, Charles, added “Equally, if not more important to me as a Kane County resident, is that Kevin is a leader and a consensus …
Thursday, October 20, 2011
There are compelling arguments on both sides, but the state's funding issues are creating a number of hard choices. How do you weigh in on the Regional Office of Education?
The funding crunch in the state of Illinois is putting some hard decisions in front of legislators and starting a little bit of a tussle among the local agencies and units of local government that want to get paid by the state. Superintendents and other employees of the ROE haven't been paid since June 30. Yet they continue to come to work. Recently, the Kane County ROE has campaigned to get citizens to lobby on its behalf. Meanwhile, municipalities and schools are seeing fewer state dollars coming in on time—and there has been ongoing discussion about eliminating the local share of statewide revenue sources such as the motor-fuel tax. Representatives of the 47 statewide Regional Offices of Education say ROEs are the most efficient and …
Friday, October 14, 2011
It's several months off, but who are you leaning toward to lead Kane County in 2012?
According to the Kane County Clerk's website, the 2012 general primary is Tuesday, March 20. That's plenty of time for others to jump into the race for Kane County Board chairman, but as it stands, there are two Republican contestants: Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns and state Sen. Chris Lauzen. Already, the two have tussled a little bit over the garbage incineration issue, with Burns asking for Lauzen to be more clear in his position and Lauzen calling Burns' interpretation of his position "inaccurate." Although March might seem a long way, it comes up quickly. The last day to register to vote is Feb. 21, and absentee voting goes from Tuesday, Feb. 9, to Monday, March 19. Early voting is Monday, Feb 27, to March 15. So, who do you like? Which is…
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant literally helps Kane County get the lead out.
Kane County has been awarded a $1.04 million grant by the U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development to address lead-based paint hazards in area homes, and to develop a countywide Healthy Homes Program. The county is one of only 39 jurisdictions nationwide to receive Federal funding. Local matching funds for the program, totaling $260,000, will be provided by Kane County and the cities of Aurora and Elgin. The news was released Tuesday in a joint announcement by Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay and U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren. “We all expect to be safe in our homes, and this funding will directly help Kane County families by providing their children a safe and healthy home environment, where they can flourish without worrying …