All posts by Keith Beebe

  • SG plan will highlight path connections

    SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday reviewed the draft of a bicycle and pedestrian path connectivity plan for both recreation and short-distance travel in the community.

    • Posted August 20, 2010
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  • A pirate’s life for she (with photo gallery)

    Childhood adventures and fantasies often evolve into laughable, semi-cherished memories that fade well before adulthood. But for Sugar Grove resident Alyssa Huber, her memories of dressing up in costumes and pretending that her front porch was a...

    • Posted August 19, 2010
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  • Roof project delays could mean hot school days

    KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday assessed the progress of District 302’s summer construction projects, including a new roof for the high school, whose construction has been delayed because of frequent rain.

    • Posted July 30, 2010
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  • Economic development remains top village goal

    SUGAR GROVE—At the top of the Village of Sugar Grove’s strategic goals list are enhancing economic development and restoring the village’s reputation with both residential and commercial developers.

    • Posted July 23, 2010
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  • Kane County postpones Health Department cuts

    COUNTY—County officials on July 13 postponed making a decision on proposed Kane County Health Department budget reductions for 30 days, offering a mini reprieve for several programs and as many as 62 employees whose positions will be...

    • Posted July 23, 2010
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  • Lazarus House is Marcusson’s legacy

    ELBURN—When Elburn resident Darlene Marcusson steps down from her position as Lazarus House executive director at the end of 2010, it will not be because she can no longer handle the 14-hour days she has grown accustomed...

    • Posted July 16, 2010
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  • Baseball trial proceedings to begin

    Family’s lawsuit alleges Elburn sports organization was negligent by Keith Beebe ELBURN—The pretrial conference in a lawsuit against the Elburn Baseball and Softball organization is set for Friday, July 9, with Kane County Circuit Court Judge Stephen Sullivan presiding.

    • Posted July 9, 2010
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  • SG board authorizes Bliss project

    Sugar Grove—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday voted unanimously to authorize an intergovernmental agreement with Kane County for a Bliss Road improvement project.

    • Posted July 9, 2010
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  • Tower to enhance fire-science program

    KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board has set aside land on the high school’s campus for a new training tower for the Fox Valley Career Center (FVCC) fire-science program.

    • Posted July 9, 2010
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  • Storm chaser

    ELBURN—Brad Hruza was fascinated by clouds and storms while growing up in Iowa. And his interest in inclement weather only grew stronger when he was exposed to an abundance of lightning and tornadoes after moving to Illinois...

    • Posted June 25, 2010
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  • Postal union leader questions ‘company’ motive for consolidation

    SUGAR GROVE—The U.S. Postal Service has approved, at the district level, its proposal to consolidate local collection-mail processing as a cost-saving measure.

    • Posted June 19, 2010
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  • Military film features former KHS athlete

    It’s unlikely that any young boy hoping to someday become a soldier is also dreaming of someday appearing in a U.S. Department of Defense video, but that’s exactly what happened to former Maple Park resident Shaun Kramer.

    • Posted June 18, 2010
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  • Groomers, others organize Lions Park event

    ELBURN—Six local pet-minded businesswomen organized Paws All Day in Elburn on June 12 at Lions Park in Elburn to introduce local dog and cat owners to the wealth of services available to keep pets healthy.

    • Posted June 18, 2010
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  • Paws All Day in Elburn highlights pet health

    ELBURN—A Great Dane named Smokey nuzzled his handler, Jennifer Ratcliffe, as she spoke to visitors from a booth at Paws All Day in Elburn on Saturday.

    • Posted June 18, 2010
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  • Homeowners must finance flooding improvements

    SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board decided on June 15 that the village will establish a special service area (SSA) in the Mallard Point and Rolling Oaks subdivisions, which have been plagued by drainage problems.

    • Posted June 18, 2010
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  • New ordinance regulates wind-energy structures

    SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on June 1 unanimously approved a renewable-energy ordinance, which will define regulations for all small wind-energy systems constructed in the village.

    • Posted June 4, 2010
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  • Video gambling ban reversed this month for unincorporated Kane

    COUNTY—It seemed like local video gambling would never see the light of day after Elburn voted to ban poker and blackjack machines from its bars and restaurants in September 2009.

    • Posted June 4, 2010
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  • Some bars that can have gambling machines don’t want them

    County—Now that Kane County reversed its video gambling ban, making it legal in unincorporated areas of the county, establishments in those areas need to decide whether or not it’s worth the time and effort to install the...

    • Posted June 4, 2010
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  • Decision on wind devices expected

    The Sugar Grove Planning Commission on May 19 recommended that the Village Board approve a renewable-energy ordinance, which would allow the Sugar Grove Township to install a wind turbine tower at the road and bridge building on...

    • Posted May 28, 2010
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  • SG Village Board is bee-side itself

    Sugar Grove—The Sugar Grove Village Board on May 18 chose to not move forward on a resident couple's application to amend a zoning ordinance currently making it illegal to keep bees in a residentially zoned area.

    • Posted May 28, 2010
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  • Krauspe elected as school board president

    KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday unanimously elected Board Secretary Cheryl Krauspe as the new board president.

    • Posted May 28, 2010
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  • Site offers parking since restaurant demolished

    SUGAR GROVE—The property located at 270 Main St. in Sugar Grove has experienced several changes over the last 20 years, from its days when the property was known as “The Pointe,” “Duffy’s,” and then “J.R.’s Retreat.”

    • Posted May 28, 2010
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  • New bylaws for library

    SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Library Board on May 13 changed several library bylaws to make it easier for the board to outline its officers’ responsibilities and to navigate a budget expected to tighten considerably during the next...

    • Posted May 21, 2010
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  • PeepGov.com offers close look at lawmakers

    ELBURN—A new website makes it easier for people to keep track of the business their local lawmaker is conducting in the U.S. Capitol.

    • Posted May 21, 2010
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  • Identity theft incidents on the rise in SG

    SUGAR GROVE—Are you comfortable sharing your credit or debit card information with a waiter, sales clerk or an Internet site? If so, you might want to rethink your approach to financial privacy.

    • Posted May 14, 2010
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  • Board supports Northwest water planning

    Sugar Grove—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday was the latest municipality to confirm its support of the implementation of the Water 2050 plan, which will seek to satisfy an expected increase in supply and demand for...

    • Posted May 7, 2010
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  • SG Library to host student art show in January

    SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Public Library in January will play host to 40 student artworks selected by the Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA) for the 2010-11 IAEA Student Show—a traveling showcase displaying the finest examples of artwork...

    • Posted January 2, 2010
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  • Keith Beebe’s 2009 NFL Mock Draft

    The NFL Draft is a spectacle where teams get together to play Russian roulette in front of millions watching live television; throwing unnecessary amounts of money at their selections and sending die-hard, dedicated fans into angry, uncontrollable...

    • Posted April 21, 2009
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  • Fresh and close to home

    An integral part of country living is local food sources, and the options around the Elburn area offer a lot of variety.

    • Posted March 5, 2009
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  • Police promote Alive at 25 driving program for teens

    The Alive at 25 safety program is a class intended to educate teens who are in drivers education, plus people who have received traffic tickets, about the great responsibility a person has when they are behind the...

    • Posted January 25, 2009
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  • Dude, where’s my mall?

    If a mall could be on life support, it's likely the plug would've been pulled on the Charlestowne Mall in St. Charles years ago.

    • Posted January 15, 2009
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