Thursday, May 23, 2013
Find out where the local internet hot spots are.
Comcast has turned on more than 1,000 wi-fi hotspots throughout the Chicago suburbs as well as several hotspots throughout the McHenry County area. While the hotspots are meant to help Xfinity Wi-Fi customers connect more easily while on the go, the company will be running a promotion that allows anyone to use the hotspots from May 24 through July 4, according to the Chicago Tribune. Local wi-fi hotspots can be found at 9541 Ackman Road in Lake in the Hills, 2143 Algonquin Road in Algonquin, 8601 Pyott Road Suite A in Lake in the Hills, 2575 W. Algonquin Road in Lake in the Hills and 14 Prosper Court Suite 6 in Lake in the Hills, according to the Comcast website. More hotspot locations can be found by entering your zip code above or …
Monday, May 20, 2013
All of Illinois is in the "slight risk" category for severe storms.
McHenry County and several other counties in Illinois are under a severe thunderstorm watch until 3 a.m. The following counties are included in the watch, according to the National Weather Service: McHenry, Kane, Lake, Boone, Bureau, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Ford, Grundy, Henry, Iroquois, Jo Daviess, Kankakee, Kendall, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, Ogle, Putnam, Rock Island, Stephenson, Whiteside, Will and Winnebago. The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center placed all of Illinois in the "slight risk" category for severe weather for Monday. Most of Illinois, with the exception of far western portions of the state, is in the "slight risk" category for Tuesday.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends reducing the limit from .08 to .05. Some say it would save lives. Others say it's unreasonable. What do you think? Tell us in the comments section below.
Do you think Illinois needs stricter guidelines for the blood-alcohol threshold for those driving under the influence? On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended states lower the blood-alcohol threshold for driving under the influence from .08 to .05 percent. About 10,000 deaths a year are related to drunken driving. The NTSB says the lower limit would save 500 to 800 lives a year. Officials at the American Beverage Institute called the proposal "ludicrous." It said the average woman could reach the 0.05 percent limit by having one drink. Secretary of State Jesse White said the lowered alcohol limit needs "further study," White's spokesman told the Daily Herald. In 2011, there were 942 DUI arrests in McHenry County…
The governor will speak at an annual fund-raising event for the Democratic Party of McHenry County.
Wednesday, May 15
Gov. Pat Quinn will speak this Saturday evening at the 8th Annual Thomas Jefferson Dinner in Huntley, which is an annual fund-raising event for the Democratic Party of McHenry County. The event will kick-off at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Sun City Prairie Lodge, 12880 Del Webb Boulevard in Huntley. “It will be a great evening as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Illinois granting women the right to vote for president. We are also honoring the contributions of local women to our democracy,” said Michael Bissett, the party chair for the McHenry County chapter. “Having Governor Quinn join us ampliﬁes the excitement and anticipation for our annual event.” Quinn's appearance marks the ﬁrst time the ggovernor has attended the event. Past …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Gov. Pat Quinn is pushing for 11 Illinois counties to be named major disaster areas.
Thursday, May 9
Governor Pat Quinn today asked President Barack Obama 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,” Governor Quinn said. “Today we are making a strong case to President Obama to help expedite the review and approval process so the people of …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
U.S. News & World Reports released its high school rankings this week.
While Huntley High School did not make this year's U.S. News & World Report's best high schools list, three other McHenry County high schools did. Cary-Grove High School ranked 50th in the state while Richmond-Burton High School was ranked as the 53rd best school in Illinois and Marengo High School came in as the 61st best high school in the state, according to the rankings, which were released Tuesday. U.S. News analyzes data from the 2010-2011 school year from more than 21,000 schools located in 49 states and the District of Columbia to determine the rankings. All of the McHenry County schools ranked above the Illinois average on math and reading proficiency while Richmond-Burton and Cary-Grove also ranked above average for college …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Check out this luxury home currently on the market in Lake in the Hills.
Address: 126 Boulder Drive in Lake in the Hills Cost: $1,495,000 Bedrooms: 5 Baths: 7 Square footage: 9,122 square feet Built: 1991 Get more information and see more photos on AOL Real Estate.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
How crazy is it out there right now? Please show us! Upload your pictures of flooding from McHenry County towns here.
Over the past 24 hours, 4.95 inches of rain has fallen in Algonquin, according to an update on the National Weather Service this morning. And the rain is not expected to stop anytime soon. The NWS is predicting more showers over the next 24 hours. What does the scene look like for you? Are there several feet of water outside your home (or, heaven forbid, inside it)? Stranded cars; flooded lawns and streets? If you’re lucky enough not to be too busy dealing with any emergencies right now (and we hope you are), we’d love to see what you see, and our readership likely would as well. If you have any great snapshots/photographs of the flooding around McHenry County today, please share them with us and with your fellow readers. Please also add…
Thursday, April 18, 2013
From interstates to local roads, our map provides updates on closures and high-standing water in your area.
From the Wisconsin border to the south side of Chicago and into the western suburbs, local roads, interstates and highways were closed Thursday because of flooding. Click through the pins above to see which roads in your area — or on your route to and from work today — have been closed due to flooding or have high-standing water. Police are encouraging drivers to avoid roadways with standing water. If you come upon an area with high-standing water or that is closed, add that information to our map by visiting this link. Otherwise, let us know about the closure by commenting below. Drivers are asked to beware of high-standing water on roadways. The water on a roadway can be deeper than it appears and can cause a vehicle to stall or be …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Alexander Leigh Center for Autism seeking volunteers to help paint its Crystal Lake school.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Wednesday, April 17
The Alexander Leigh Center for Autism is seeking help from the community to paint its school at 620 N. Route 31 in Crystal Lake, according to a post on Crystal Lake-Cary Patch. ALCA is a non-profit, full day, year-round therapeutic day school approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. The day school serves children 3-15 years old with autism spectrum disorder, OHI, multiple disabilities, developmental delay and/or intellectual disability. The center also serves preschool age children, 3-5 years old in its development learning center, a half day program. ALCA is based in Crystal Lake, Illinois and serves McHenry and collar counties. Organization: Alexander Leigh Center for Autism Causes: Educational, Kids Date(s): Schedule a date …