December 25, 2012 4:48PM
Updated: February 24, 2013 2:09AM
Policies approved: As part of an ongoing college effort to minimize textbook costs, the College of Lake County board has approved a new policy that encourages the CLC bookstore to offer students a variety of options buying, renting and library check-out, as well as electronic and print formats. The bookstore has offered a rental program for the last two years, and popular textbooks are already available for library check-out. The policy change aligns policy with current practices. The board also approved a new graduation policy that removes the requirement for students to file a petition to graduate. A new degree audit system will now electronically track degree and certification completion. And, trustees approved two policies that comply with Illinois’ Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. Under the policies, all employees who suspect child neglect or abuse are required to report it to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services as are students in academic programs leading to positions as child care workers or teachers.
RTA grant: Highwood’s Transit-Oriented Development Plan is in line for an RTA grant. The project will create a transit-oriented development plan for an approximate half-mile radius of the Highwood Metra Station, which is also served by Pace Route 472. The plan will develop strategies to increase residential and commercial densities and add new business that will improve transit ridership.
Parking law: The City Council has clamped down on offenders that park, stand or stop on the west side of Birch Avenue. The situation is unique in that the city line between Waukegan and Park City runs down the middle of Birch Avenue, and the street is often crowded with buses, cars and standing passengers that board tourist buses for gambling day trips to Milwaukee. The ordinance will now prohibit any vehicle parking, stopping or passenger standing on Park City’s side of the street. Park City residents living there have complained for some time about the traffic nuisance, so aldermen adopted the ordinance, including slapping heavy fines of up to $750 daily on violators. Police have been instructed to frequently patrol the area.
Alderman leaves: Long-time Ward 2 Ald. Paul Christianson, who recently purchased a home in Waukegan, has left the City Council. Christianson was instrumental in the development of the city’s Public Works Department. Mayor Pannell has appointed Fabiola Ortega as interim alderman to fill the vacancy.