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Clean-up efforts held across the county for Earth Day

Earth Day was celebrated across the county Tuesday with something as simple as a nature hike, to school projects and events, to the simple act of picking up garbage.

Ex-girlfriend testifies Whitfield admitted to murder

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A onetime girlfriend of murder defendant Hezekiah Whitfield testified in court Thursday that Whitfield — shaken after having submitted a DNA sample to police in June 2011 — told her that he had killed Waukegan business owner Fred Reckling years earlier.

Help your neighbors this weekend and get a free T-shirt

About 7,000 Chicago-area folks are expected to do some good in their neighborhoods Saturday during the annual Comcast Cares Day.

SWALCO recycling bins: A new place for that old clothing

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That lonely sock without a partner can stay out of the landfill and find a new purpose now, thanks to the new clothing and textiles community-wide recycling program by the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, which has bins placed strategically across Lake County.

NSSD celebrates 100 years of service

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The North Shore Sanitary District and Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, have something they share in common. Both became centenarians, or 100 years old, this month.

Shooting of armed Wauconda man by police justified

The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office concluded recently that the two officers who fired their weapons killing a man in Wauconda who wouldn’t drop his gun were justified in their actions.

Groundbreaking held for state park Shoreline Stabilization Project

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State Sen. Melinda Bush of Grayslake joked that she was the one who ordered a nice sunny day for the Wednesday morning groundbreaking ceremony of the Illinois Beach State Park Shoreline Stabilization Project at North Point Marina in Winthrop Harbor.

Waukegan’s sales tax hike proposal stalls

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A proposed half-percent increase in the city’s local sales tax to fund a $12.8 million street-improvement project stalled before the City Council this week as aldermen expressed concerns about increasing the tax burden on local consumers and whether the scope of repairs would go far enough.

Talk of the County

Short-term boost: Regarding the article of the front page of the NewsSun “Vista of the city,” Waukegan approves Lake County Criminal Courts Tower project. This project will give Waukegan a short-term, temporary financial boost or shot in the arm, but it will ultimately hurt the image of the city of Waukegan on a permanent long-term basis.

Community Digest

Drug disposal: The Lake County Sheriff’s Office will hold the Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Drug Take Back event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26.

10th District heats up for a close congressional rematch

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With the rematch between Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) and former Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) just over six months away, there is nothing to indicate the race will be less close than the 2012 contest, which was decided by just over one percentage point.

Woman found dead inside North Chicago residence

Officials with the Lake County Major Crime Task Force reported late Thursday, April 24, that a woman was found dead inside a 14th Street residence following reports of gunfire earlier in the day.

No plea deal for man accused in shooting death

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Any chance for a last-minute plea deal appeared to close Wednesday for Round Lake Park resident Jose Rebollar-Vergara, who is scheduled to go on trial Monday for the shooting death of Gabriel Gonazalez, 19, of Zion.

Investigators describe 1994 murder scene at trial

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Crime scene investigators took the stand Wednesday morning in the murder trial of Hezekiah Whitfield, describing graphic evidence of the murder scene inside a Waukegan store where business owner Fred Reckling was bludgeoned to death during a robbery the night of Dec. 8, 1994.

Girl-Wise Conference will empower teens with knowledge

Girl-Wise, a daylong free conference for all girls attending junior high or high schools throughout Lake County, will take place Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the College of Lake County’s Grayslake Campus.

Seven residents named to new North Chicago Citizen’s Advisory Committee

With an eye toward strengthening the relationship between the North Chicago Police Department and the residents it serves, North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham unveiled the names of seven residents who will serve as inaugural members of the newly formed Citizen’s Advisory Committee.