Friday, July 27, 2012
Dedication for memorial barn honoring Grant Fruin, Kevin Ziller and Jennifer Kearns is planned at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1 at the McHenry County Fairgrounds, 11900 Country Club Road in Woodstock.
Grant Fruin, Kevin Ziller and Jennifer Kearns were 4-H kids from rural Huntley who spent every summer at the McHenry County Fair. The three childhood friends grew up going back and forth from their families’ farms and were active in the Huntley Pioneer 4-H Club. Each one met with a tragic death. Fifteen-year-old Grant died suddenly in August 2009. Kevin, 21, died in a car accident in July 2010. Earlier this year, Jennifer died in a car accident. She was 19 years old. The close-knit Ziller, Fruin and Kearns families each suffered the loss of a child but turned to each other and the community to memorialize their “little angels.” The families are ready to unveil the renovated livestock barns at the McHenry County Fairgrounds on the first …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
New hospital expected to bring $152 million to local economy.
Michael Fisher was excited to learn Centegra Health System won approval for a Huntley hospital, even though he lives in Crystal Lake. “We absolutely need more facilities out here,” he said, having lunch with his three daughters and his mom, who lives in Huntley. Centegra Hospital-Huntley will be closer to his own home, he said. Centegra Health System received approval this week from the Illinois Health Facilities Services and Review Board for a 128-bed hospital at Haligus and Reed roads. Businessman Jim Drendel, whose family has been in Huntley for a generation, also was happy to hear the news this week. It’s a good fit for Huntley, especially with the population at Sun City, he said. While the hospital will fill a need for hospital beds …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Six reported in rural McHenry County since May.
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating multiple hay barn fires that have been occurring in rural McHenry County since May. The sheriff’s office is trying to determine the origin of six fires and is looking into possible criminal activity involving the fires, according to a release. Barn fires have been reported in rural Woodstock, Marengo and Harvard, deputies said. Kane County and Boone County authorities have also reported fires within their borders, the release stated. So far, the investigation has found one fire is suspicious, authorities said. McHenry County sheriff’s deputies are working with local police and fire departments and the state fire marshal. Sheriff's deptuies are investigating the following fires: The …
Centegra officials thank community for outpouring of support.
Firefighters. Students. Moms. Professionals. Officials. The list of people testifying at an Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board public hearing last year on Centegra Health System's plan for a Huntley hospital was long. Huntley Fire Chief James Saletta was one of the people who testified in favor of the hospital. At the time, he said having a hospital close by was a matter of life or death for some patients. It was good news for the Huntley Fire Protection District to learn the IHFSRB approved the $233 million, 128-bed hospital on Haligus and Reed roads. “We are excited because the biggest thing is our transport times will be cut in half,” Deputy Chief Ken Caudle said. Currently, the transportation time is 20 minutes to …
Centegra ready to move ahead with plans.
Now that Centegra Health System has approval from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board for its Huntley hospital, officials are ready for the next phase. Centegra will now proceed with its final engineering and design components, said Susan Milford, Centegra Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning, The preliminary plans, developed by Kahler Slater Architects, based in Milwaukee, Wis., for the $233 million hospital feature 100 medical surgical beds, an eight-bed Intensive Care Unit, a full-service emergency department with a Level II trauma center, Level II special care nursery and non-invasive cardiology services. Plans include a helipad for transporting patients with the most critical needs and a dedicated women’s…
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
State health board approves plan for a Huntley hospital on Centegra Health Care campus at Haligus and Reed Roads.
A flurry of emails gave Rita Slawek the exciting news that she had longed to hear. “Everybody was like, yeah! We got it,” said Rita Slawek, president of the Huntley Area Chamber of Commerce. The news Tuesday that the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board approved Centegra Hospital-Huntley spread through Huntley via social media and word of mouth. “People are excited,” said Slawek, who attended a hearing in December 2011 where the board narrowly rejected the plan. Tuesday’s news more than made up for that disappointment. The review board approved a Certificate of Need (CON) for a $233 million, 128-bed hospital at Haligus and Reed Roads by a vote of 6-3. “Centegra Health System has been an outstanding partner for many years …
Check out this sneak peak of this weekend's performance of Mystic Legends.
Mystic Legends, an Indian dance tribute to the Wisdom of the Ancients premieres Sunday, July 29 at 6 p.m. as a fundraiser benefitting the organization UPS for Downs. The performance will be at the Cutting Hall Performance Arts Center in Palatine, 150 E. Wood Street. Ticket prices range from $20 to $95 for adults, $12 for children aged four to 12 and $2 for children three and under. Tickets are still available for purchasing on the Cutting Hall website.