Lake County News Sun Latest news from Lake County News Sun Online en-us (Editor) Lake County News Sun 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ City OK’s $81.5M County Courthouse expansion ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:42:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:48:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Community Digest ]]>

Public Housing scattered sites has 163 homes (single family, duplexes and townhomes) located in different locations throughout Lake County. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:48:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Clean energy forum urges Waukegan, North Chicago residents to act ]]> Lead story image

WAUKEGAN — 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. More than 50 people showed up to the forum where the groups explained that an Illinois’ renewable portfolio standard (RPS) law, passed in 2007, requires 25 percent of the state’s power to come from clean sources by 2025. But … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:48:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:48:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Former police chief’s trial faces yet another delay ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:46:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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? ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:46:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Antioch emergency volunteer charged with battery ]]> Lead story image

An Antioch Township emergency services volunteer was charged with battery for allegedly having “inappropriate contact” with a fire station employee. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:34:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 issuance of a single licensed residential hauler. Some of these benefits include a dramatic reduction of truck traffic, which causes undue wear and tear on the Village’s streets, and uniformity of contracts and pricing. Similar to electric aggregation, when all residents garbage service is collectively provided by the same company, residents realize the best possible price. Based upon resident feedback, the Village secured additional benefits in this contract such as continuing the annual spring cleanup, weekly bulk item pickups, Christmas tree pickup, and free unlimited recycling, as well as a discounted rate for seniors. Advanced Disposal was awarded the contract after completing a competitive RFP process. Its proposal provided residents with the highest level of service at the most competitive price. Residents who have other waste hauler providers are encouraged to pay for their current services through May 31. Effective June 1, Advanced Disposal will become the only residential waste hauler in the Village. During the last two weeks of May, Advanced Disposal will be delivering refuse and recycling toters to each residence. All single-family and multi-family (6 units or less) dwellings as well as mobile home parks and homeowners associations are included in this contract beginning June 1 this year. Beach Park residents will receive additional information regarding itemized pricing and service schedules in the coming weeks. For more information, visit ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:43:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:41:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:42:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Illinois Beach Sunrise Rotary Club celebrates 15 years ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:48:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Community Digest ]]>

Libertyville Bank & Trust will host Community Shredding and Electronics Recycling events in April and May at some of their community bank locations. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:43:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ People on the Move ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:49:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:43:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Talk of the County ]]>

Cruel move: I don’t think removing cigarettes from soldiers fighting overseas makes any sense. It is hard enough for one to quit smoking under the most ideal situation. Removing cigarettes from the valiant men and women on the front lines is cruel. How often do you sneak a smoke, Mr. 0bama? ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:45:16 -0500