All posts by Keith Beebe

  • Elburn child uses birthday party to help feed the starving

    ELBURN—Blythe Lundberg celebrated her eighth birthday by having a party and asking her friends to bring supplies for the Animal House Shelter in Huntley, Ill.

    • Posted February 13, 2011
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  • Preparation helps village handle record snowfall

    SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove village officials intent on keeping local roads clear and village residents safe during wintertime had their work cut out for them last Tuesday and Wednesday, thanks to over 20 inches of snowfall.

    • Posted February 11, 2011
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  • Kaneland identifies early budget reduction targets

    KANELAND—It's becoming clearer which areas the Kaneland School District will target in order to reduce its budget.

    • Posted January 28, 2011
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  • Village Board authorizes grant application

    SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Jan. 19 voted 6-0 to authorize an application for a federal IKE grant that will fund drainage improvements in the Mallard Point and Rolling Oaks subdivisions that have been plagued...

    • Posted January 28, 2011
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  • Village Board authorizes electricity referendum

    SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove residents living within the city limits could soon have an electricity supplier other than ComEd.

    • Posted January 14, 2011
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  • SG village members reflect on 2010

    SUGAR GROVE—When Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels looks back on the village's achievements in 2010, images of completed roads and golden arches will easily come to mind.

    • Posted December 31, 2010
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  • Former police chief sues village

    James Linane, who was Elburn's police chief from May 2001 to July 2009, filed a lawsuit on Dec. 3 alleging that the village of Elburn owes him $147,665.48 in accrued unpaid severance, holiday, personal day and sick...

    • Posted December 24, 2010
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  • Elburn businessman sues County Board chairman

    KANE COUNTY—An Elburn resident filed an injunction against Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay regarding pay raises given out to county officials. James MacRunnels, an Elburn businessman and Kane County Board chairman candidate in 2008, filed the injunction...

    • Posted December 24, 2010
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  • John Stewart program aims to expose more students to the arts

    ELBURN—The old adage of turning life's lemons into lemonade might be a tad cliche at this point, but it's a concept that seems to be working just fine for the art department at Kaneland John Stewart Elementary...

    • Posted December 18, 2010
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  • Kaneland School Board approves tax levy

    KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday approved final calculations for the 2010 tax levy with a vote of 7-0, though feelings of dissatisfaction with the levy were voiced by Board member Deborah Grant and at least two...

    • Posted December 17, 2010
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  • SG clown ministry gives back to both fellow clowns, community

    SUGAR GROVE—The United Methodist Church in Sugar Grove boasts a “clown ministry” that pools a portion of its earnings each year to provide clown-training scholarships for people in the community.

    • Posted December 17, 2010
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  • KHS to host its 33rd annual madrigal dinner

    KANELAND—Anyone who fears that the Kaneland High School cafeteria has been transformed into a Medieval Times can rest assured—it's just the 2010 Kaneland Madrigal Dinner.

    • Posted December 9, 2010
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  • SG resident channels Christmas spirit with decorations

    SUGAR GROVE—Jerry Weiss loves the Christmas season—so much, in fact, that he's been in the habit of dressing up both the interior and exterior of his home with a spectacular array of holiday lights and decorations every...

    • Posted December 3, 2010
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  • Clock continues to tick

    Kaneland reviews Intergovernmental Agreement as Jan. 1expiration approaches KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Tuesday reviewed its current Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA), which allows Kaneland to collect consistent land cash payments, capital-impact and transition fees from the nine municipalities within...

    • Posted November 25, 2010
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  • SG holds off on agreement with Kaneland

    SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday delayed a vote that would renew the village's Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the Kaneland School District.

    • Posted November 19, 2010
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  • R Kids Closet expands into larger space

    SG resident's new store makes consignment fashionable Batavia—The need for a new career inspired Vicki Ryan to open the upscale consignment boutique R Kids Closet in Batavia in October 2009.

    • Posted November 12, 2010
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  • Holm secures KHS record at State race

    Peoria—“Bittersweet” would be an accurate term to describe Kaneland senior Trevor Holm's performance at the IHSA boys cross country 2A State Finals on Saturday at Detweiller Park in Peoria.

    • Posted November 11, 2010
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  • Howland sets season best at state

    Peoria—A two-year layoff from cross-country running didn't seem to have much of an effect on Kaneland High School's Jen Howland at the IHSA 2A State Final on Saturday in Peoria.

    • Posted November 11, 2010
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  • Harlem Wizards exhibition comes to HMS

    Sugar Grove—Anyone interested in seeing a little bit of basketball wizardry and showmanship on the hardwood should check out the Harlem Wizards entertainment group's exhibition against the Kaneland Dream Team on Thursday, Nov. 11, at Harter Middle...

    • Posted November 10, 2010
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  • Village approves supplemental for 2009 MFT Program budget

    SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday voted 5-0 to approve a supplemental to the 2009 motor fuel tax (MFT) program budget for a street repair plan that exceeded its expected cost.

    • Posted November 5, 2010
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  • Open house will focus on Route 47

    SUGAR GROVE—Local residents can learn more about the Route 47 improvement study during an Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) open house on Wednesday, Nov. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sugar Grove Community House.

    • Posted October 31, 2010
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  • Division Drive extension expected to spur growth

    The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a construction agreement to extend Division Drive to Galena Boulevard, which village officials hope will promote commercial growth at the intersection and diversify the village’s tax base.

    • Posted October 22, 2010
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  • Recycling programs vary among villages

    SG/MP/ELB/KNVL—The concept of recycling rarely comes across as complex. After all, what’s so difficult about placing plastics and paper in a separate bin when you are putting the garbage out?

    • Posted October 22, 2010
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  • Village and Prairie Glen developer compromise

    SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Oct. 5 amended the agreement between the village and the Prairie Glen developer, The Windham Group Inc.

    • Posted October 15, 2010
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  • Small-town settings are local writer’s inspiration

    UGAR GROVE—Just about every detail of Tammy Schmidt’s life has taken place locally. She grew up in Sugar Grove, was the editor for the Kaneland Krier, earned a degree in English from Northern Illinois University and student-taught...

    • Posted October 15, 2010
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  • Students sound off on plan

    Proposal for 8-period days has opposition KANELAND—The average class period will be much shorter for Kaneland High School students under a more traditional schedule slated for 2011-12.

    • Posted October 15, 2010
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  • Crash victim recovering after several surgeries

    Youth hit by truck suffered life-threatening injuries SUGAR GROVE—Julio Gallegos didn’t know what to expect on Aug. 11, 2010, when he received word that his 13-year-old son Uriel had been involved in an accident while riding his bike...

    • Posted October 1, 2010
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  • WCC hopes to establish a Fab Lab

    SUGAR GROVE—The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Mobile Fabrication Laboratory—Fab Lab—exhibit at Waubonsee Community College gave attendees a glimpse of the computer-controlled machining shop’s ability to design and build just about anything the mind can imagine.

    • Posted September 27, 2010
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  • School acre annexed on Harter Road

    Village also changes the parcel’s zoning SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday annexed an additional acre of Kaneland School District property along Harter Road.

    • Posted September 24, 2010
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  • Golf outing raises funds for schools

    Kaneland Foundation invites community members to event KANELAND—Looking for a great excuse to hit the golf links before fall starts?

    • Posted September 12, 2010
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  • Village gives parking access to health clubs

    Sugar Grove—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday voted 5-0 to approve a planned unit development amendment that would grant the health club Division One a permitted-use access to parking.

    • Posted September 10, 2010
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  • Hometown girl rocking the suburbs

    ELBURN—Ask any musician about when they first became inspired to sing or pick up an instrument and they’ll likely tell you it happened sometime during childhood, perhaps after hearing a great song on the radio or seeing...

    • Posted September 5, 2010
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