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 …
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. …
Government teacher Andy Conneen created the bill proposing that 17-year-olds be able to vote in Illinois primaries, the Stevenson Daily Digest reports.
Friday, May 17
Seventeen year olds could soon be voting in Illinois primary elections, thanks to a bill proposed by a Stevenson High School teacher. Government teacher Andy Conneen created the bill titled “Suffrage at 17”, the Stevenson Daily Digest reports. The Illinois Senate approved the bill on Wednesday by a vote of 43-9. It would allow 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections, but only if they turn 18 by the time of the general election, the Chicago Tribune reports. Governor Pat Quinn supports the bill. If passed, Illinois would be the 13th state to allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries, the newspaper reports. Related Articles: Andrew Conneen Named Teacher of the Year Finalist
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The village was recognized for its comprehensive annual report.
Tuesday, May 14
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the Village of Lake Zurich by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. The Village’s CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive spirit of full disclosure to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. “We are very pleased with the hard work and professionalism of our Finance Department under …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Village Facebook page is ramping up.
The Village of Lake Zurich Facebook page is becoming more active with the help of Michael Duebner, village director of information technology. The page will have udpates several times per week, it was announced at last week's village board meeting. Since last week's village board meeting, the page has grown its likes from around 50 to more than 100. Check out the Village of Lake Zurich Facebook page.
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 …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Village seeks resident for seat vacated by Village President Tom Poynton.
Lake Zurich Village President Tom Poynton is looking for one more trustee to fill out the new village board. The trustee seat was vacated as Poynton became village president and his trustee seat was not up for re-eletion. The appointed trustee will serve through April 2015. Village residents with an interest in serving as a village trustee may submit a letter of interest along with a resume to the Mayor, Tom Poynton at 70 E. Main St, Lake Zurich, IL 60047 no later than June 1, 2013. For additional information, see the village website. The trustee will be nominated by Poynton and confirmed by the village board.
The swearing-in ceremony for new Village President Tom Poynton and newly elected trustees was held Monday.
A new village board was sworn-in, at Monday night's Lake Zurich village board meeting. Village President Tom Poynton, who won the seat from Suzanne Branding in April, introduced the new board members, Jim Beaudoin, Dan Stanovich, and Mark Loewes, as well as returning trustee Jeff Halen and village clerk Kathleen Johnson. Dana Rzeznik is also on the board; she was not up for re-election. "We have seven or eight people living in seven or eight different neighborhoods. That is the most representation we've had. It's a testament to those who want to make Lake Zurich better. I hope we can take the spirit of election night with the with the energy we had there and the spirit of these new people and get Lake Zurich "Poynton" in the right …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Did you miss the public hearing on grade separation in Barrington? View the video explaining the alternatives online.
Public comments are still being accepted on Phase 1 concept plans for a Route 14 grade separation from the CN Railway. Whether you prefer an overpass, an underpass or no grade separation, let your thoughts be known on the comment form which is being accepted through May 9. The village of Barrington has been working with IDOT in Phase 1 developing concept plans for a Rte. 14 grade separation. At the public hearing, April 25, the two proposed alternatives were presented, an overpass or an underpass. The pluses and minuses of both an underpass or an overpass were explained at the public hearing. Those who could not attend the April 25 meeting can watch the attached video presentation explaining the project. Visual documents from the …