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Waukegan calls for sales tax hike to fund $12M road repair program

With one aldermen describing street repairs as “a monster we’ve got to put our arms around,” the City Council is considering an increase in Waukegan’s local sales tax to generate revenue for a $12.8 million infrastructure-improvement program.

Zion man guilty of home invasion to be sentenced May 5

A May 5 sentencing date was set Wednesday for a Zion man charged with firing a gun into a room where a woman and children were hiding after he broke into a Gurnee hom

Community Digest

Public Housing scattered sites has 163 homes (single family, duplexes and townhomes) located in different locations throughout Lake County.

Clean energy forum urges Waukegan, North Chicago residents to act


Commitments for energy-saving improvement to the way Waukegan and North Chicago residents get their energy were made at a Tuesday night forum by the Clean Power Lake County group, which is made up of the Sierra Club, the NAACP Lake County Branch, Faith in Place, Fuller Center for Housing, the Citizens Utility Board and Christ Episcopal Church of Waukegan.

Million-dollar-fraud case takes police to Disney World

Officers from the Lincolnshire Police Department recently took a business trip to the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando to investigate the theft of more than $1 million from a Lincolnshire business.

Former police chief’s trial faces yet another delay


Officials hope the theft of government funds case against former North Chicago Police Chief Michael Newsome will be concluded this summer after the latest in a series of delays has resulted in a new trial date of June 6.

Talk of the County

Costner irony: Do other area residents see the irony of the movie “Draft Day”? Kevin Costner plays a general manager of a professional sports team who will do whatever is necessary for his team to succeed. This compared to his real-life lack of involvement in letting his own Lake County Fielders team go down the tubes?

Antioch emergency volunteer charged with battery


An Antioch Township emergency services volunteer was charged with battery for allegedly having “inappropriate contact” with a fire station employee.

City OK’s $81.5M County Courthouse expansion


The horse trading that went on in clearing a path for the nine-story, $81.5 million Lake County Criminal Courts Tower project was revealed last week when the Waukegan City Council voted unanimously to approve its end of the deal.

Beach Park becomes a single waste-hauler community

Beach Park’s Village Board of Trustees approved an ordinance regulating garbage service Thursday, April 10. Additionally, the Board selected Advanced Disposal to become their first residential single waste hauler to provide refuse, recycling, and landscape waste removal services to all residents of Beach Park. The Village estimates this new service could provide each household with an average annual savings of $100 to $200 and a total of $3.5 to $5 million savings to residents, village-wide, over the five-year contract period. The decision to transition to a single waste hauler was made due to the multiple benefits that arise from the

Downed elevator causes delay in plea agreement

A negotiated plea agreement is being finalized for a Kenosha, Wis., man charged with animal torture and aggravated animal cruelty, attorneys indicated in Lake County Circuit Court Tuesday.

Lake Forest to consider new $500 DUI tow fee

Lake Forest is considering charging people arrested with driving under the influence on city roads a new $500 administrative fee to tow their vehicle.

Illinois Beach Sunrise Rotary Club celebrates 15 years


It’s not called the Illinois Beach Sunrise Rotary Club for nothing. The service club, which includes members from Beach Park, Winthrop Harbor and Zion, meets every Thursday at the crack of dawn.

Community Digest

Libertyville Bank & Trust will host Community Shredding and Electronics Recycling events in April and May at some of their community bank locations.

People on the Move


Gurnee: Community Trust Credit Union executive Michelle Caldwell received the 2013 Spirit of Service Employee of the Year award from the Illinois Credit Union System at its 84th Annual Convention, recently.

Judges remind public to use services at law library

To commemorate National Library Week, April 13-19, Lake County Circuit Court judges are reminding Lake County residents of the services available at the William D. Block Memorial Law Library.