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  • Home rule referendum tabled—for now

    ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board reversed last week’s Committee of the Whole recommendation by voting to postpone placing a home rule referendum on the March 20 primary ballot.

    • Posted December 23, 2011
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  • Hydraulic repair shop mixes business, pleasure

    ELBURN—Tucked away in a corner of Elburn in one of the industrial areas, there are quite a few businesses that go unnoticed. These large, warehouse-type buildings are on a seldom-traveled street unless you have business there.

    • Posted December 23, 2011
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  • I’ll be home for Christmas

    Elburn resident to return home for Christmas after first tour of duty in Afghanistan ELBURN—Marshall Miles said when his 22-year-old daughter Jessie comes home to Elburn in a few weeks, just in time for Christmas, there are no...

    • Posted December 16, 2011
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  • Voters to decide on home rule status with March referendum

    ELBURN—Elburn voters will be asked whether to allow the village to become a home rule unit with a referendum on the March 20 primary ballot.

    • Posted December 16, 2011
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  • Voters to decide on new tax to pay for police pensions

    ELBURN—Voters in Elburn will be asked to approve a new property tax levy to pay for pensions for police officers. If approved, the new tax would be a separate line item on property tax bills.

    • Posted December 9, 2011
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  • Residents review Elburn Station plans for 23-year project

    ELBURN—An overflow crowd showed up at Tuesday night’s Planning Commission meeting, which included a public hearing on a tattoo parlor opening at 109 E. North St.—it passed—and a request for a sign variance for Napa Auto Parts—that...

    • Posted December 9, 2011
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  • Elburn board approves tax levy increase

    ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board voted to approve a tax levy increase of 24.86 percent, which represents a 22.5 percent decrease from the amount requested last year.

    • Posted December 2, 2011
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  • Apron exhibit at 1840 Farley House

    KANEVILLE—Not long ago, aprons were an everyday part of a woman’s apparel as she worked in the kitchen. It’s main purpose was to protect the dress she wore, since she didn’t have too many, and it was...

    • Posted December 2, 2011
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  • Christmas Stroll to provide good cheer for downtown Elburn

    ELBURN—The folks in Elburn’s business district are busy as little elves getting ready to welcome visitors for the 17th Annual Elburn Christmas Stroll on Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m.

    • Posted November 28, 2011
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  • Elburn mayor elected VP to area government council

    Elburn—Village President Dave Anderson has been elected vice president of the Metro West Council of Government for 2011-12.

    • Posted November 25, 2011
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  • Headstones honor World War vets

    Graves of two veterans no longer unmarked after two-year effort ELBURN—“I still have 42 people that I know are buried in the cemetery, but I don't know where,” Fred Dornback said.

    • Posted November 24, 2011
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  • Elburn Fire Department taking donations to help area families

    ELBURN—Macaroni and cheese, canned and dry soups and personal toiletries such as deodorant and soap are needed for the Elburn Fire Department’s annual collection to help the Elburn Food Pantry.

    • Posted November 23, 2011
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  • Watershed meetings encourage involvement

    ELBURN—The Conservation Foundation and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning met with area planners and interested members of the public at Blackberry Township on Tuesday for an informational meeting as part of a watershed planning effort for...

    • Posted November 18, 2011
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  • Train breakdown stops traffic for 90 minutes

    ELBURN—Elburn residents are used to hearing that train whistle blow and seeing those gates go down as one of the 90 or so trains passing on the Union Pacific line stops traffic.

    • Posted November 18, 2011
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  • Residents can get $50 for snow plow damaged mailboxes

    ELBURN—The Elburn Committee of the Whole on Monday discussed a proposed ordinance that would allow residents whose mailboxes were damaged from a snow plow while streets are being cleared to be eligible for a $50 reimbursement.

    • Posted November 18, 2011
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  • Science fiction a reality as Fermilab beams into the future

    BATAVIA—The scene: Scientists from around the world wait as the particles are readied to be shot through the Earth at unbelievably high speeds.

    • Posted November 13, 2011
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  • Public Works contract goes to Wisconsin company

    ELBURN—In a 4-3 vote, the Elburn Village Board on Monday voted to award a public works contract to a company in Wisconsin after more debate on labor disputes and keeping the work closer to home.

    • Posted November 11, 2011
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  • Good deed, good food, good company

    Northside Pub holds charity raffle Nov. 12 ELBURN—More than 17 area businesses have contributed various gift items, such as rib eye steaks, turkeys, restaurant certificates and Chicago Bears items for a raffle this Saturday, Nov. 12, at the...

    • Posted November 11, 2011
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  • Area families break bread together thanks to ‘the bread man’

    ELBURN—Every other Monday, Lee Newtson of Sycamore meets his friend Vic DuFour at Papa G’s Restaurant in Elburn.

    • Posted November 6, 2011
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  • Hatcher goes door to door

    State Representative Kay Hatcher (left) visited Schmidt’s Towne Tap in Elburn on Wednesday to collect signed petitions from constituents helping get her name on the ballot for a re-election bid in the 50th District.

    • Posted November 4, 2011
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  • Waiting game

    Elburn woman puts life on hold while waiting for second lung transplant ELBURN—Like many college graduates who still live at home, Cassie Stanley is looking forward to the day when she can get out on her own and...

    • Posted October 30, 2011
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  • Bid dispute delays Well No. 3 repairs

    ELBURN—The Elburn Committee of the Whole on Monday tabled a recommendation to award a public works contract to the lowest bidder after objections from a labor management organization and questions from the board on the vast difference...

    • Posted October 28, 2011
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  • Village gets $100,000 grant for land use updates

    ELBURN—After initially being approved to receive a $15,000 grant to update the village’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan, the Chicago Metroplitan Agency for Planning decided that wasn’t enough, and awarded the village of Elburn a full grant in...

    • Posted October 22, 2011
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  • Satisfy your ‘sweet tooth’

    ELBURN—Nearly every week last summer, Village Administrator Erin Willrett was asked the same question: when will the bakery open on Main Street?

    • Posted October 21, 2011
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  • Regardless of life’s journey, Elburn is always home

    ELBURN—No matter where life took him, Larry Martin always ended up back in Elburn. Martin celebrated his 90th birthday last month.

    • Posted October 16, 2011
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  • New bike trails, picnic shelter at Elburn Forest Preserve

    ELBURN—Elburn Forest Preserve has been expanded to include 168 acres and has seen some new improvements that are receiving kudos from users.

    • Posted October 8, 2011
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  • Village says goodbye, wishes Nevenhoven safe trip to Afghanistan

    ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board on Monday took a moment to recognize Superintendent of Public Works John Nevenhoven, who attended his last board meeting before leaving for active duty in Afghanistan.

    • Posted October 7, 2011
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  • Beer boot, pumpkin races new for annual Aleburn

    ELBURN—The third annual Aleburn beer and wine event on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 1 to 6 p.m. will offer some new events this year for all ages.

    • Posted October 2, 2011
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  • Elburn liquor sales may begin earlier

    ELBURN—A request by Jewel/Osco to begin selling liquor earlier in the day was approved by the Elburn Committee of the Whole and is head- ed to the Village Board next week for approval.

    • Posted October 1, 2011
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  • ‘Ink’-ling of change

    ELBURN—The Elburn Committee of the Whole agreed to send a request for a downtown tattoo parlor to the Village Board for approval.

    • Posted September 30, 2011
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  • Last downtown lot still on the market

    ELBURN—Advertised as the “last buildable lot on Main Street in Elburn,” the parking lot at Shannon and Main is getting a few nibbles, but so far, no buyers.

    • Posted September 23, 2011
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  • Blackberry Creek to get crosswalks, signage to slow down motorists

    ELBURN—Motorists traveling through Blackberry Creek in Elburn will need to pay more attention when passing through the subdivision as the village takes some cautionary measures to alert drivers of pedestrian and bike traffic.

    • Posted September 23, 2011
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