BGHS cheerleading coach Siegal nets national award
Buffalo Grove High School (BGHS) announced that competitive cheerleading coach Jeff Siegal is one of 23 high school coaches throughout the country selected as a 2017 National Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School (NFHS) Coaches Association. Siegal, coach of the Buffalo Grove competitive cheerleading team since 2011, led the Bison to IHSA (Illinois High School Association) state championships in 2013, 2015 and 2016, a second-place finish in 2014 and a third-place finish in 2017. He previously led Elk Grove High School’s cheerleading squad to five consecutive state titles, beginning with the sport’s inaugural state finals in 2006. The NFHS has annually recognized high school coaches through its awards program since 1982. The latest awards program recognizes coaches for the 2016-17 school year. For more information, call (847) 718-4000 or visit www.bghs.d214.org.
Library to host program with author of Al Capone book
The Deerfield Public Library, 920 Waukegan Road, will host Al Capone and the 1933 World’s Fair, a special program for adults, from 7-8 p.m. Feb. 14. Presented by William Hazelgrove, author of the 2017 book, “Al Capone and the 1933 World’s Fair: The End of the Gangster Era in Chicago,” the program will explore the darkest days of the Great Depression when Chicago was desperate to rid the city of organized crime, including Al Capone, who rose to infamy as the leader of the Chicago Outfit during the era of Prohibition. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. To register, and for more information, call (847) 945-3311 or visit www.deerfieldlibrary.org.
Village earns nod as Best Place to Live in Illinois
The village announced that Schaumburg has been ranked the Best Place to Live in Illinois by Money Magazine. This new ranking complements the village’s recent designation, in October 2017, when it was ranked ninth among 100 cities across the country in offering a healthy economy, affordable homes and a high quality of life to make Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live in the U.S. list. Representatives from Money Magazine used data from that ranking and then selected the top places in all 50 states that paired strong economic and educational performance with affordability, convenience, safety and a pleasant way of life. Money Magazine only considered communities with populations between 10,000 and 100,000, and then eliminated any place that had more than double the national crime risk, less than 85 percent of the state’s median household income or a lack of ethnic diversity. The greatest weight was placed on economic health, cost of living factors and public school performance. For more information, call (847) 895-4500 or visit www.villageofschaumburg.com.
Village offers free STI screening, services at library
The Evanston Health and Human Services Department is partnering with Howard Brown Health and the Evanston Public Library to provide free sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening in the Evanston community for the second year in a row. Services include HIV prevention counseling and rapid HIV screening (finger prick), as well as confidential syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia screening. These free services will be offered from 3-7 p.m. on the second Monday of every month, beginning Feb. 12, in the Newberry Room (second floor) at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. Individuals interested in participating are encouraged to walk in; no appointment is needed. Screening is confidential, and if necessary, participants will be connected to treatment and partner services. Individuals can choose to be treated alone or with their partner. Howard Brown Health, a Chicago-based, federally qualified health center, is a national leader in sexual health, working to eliminate healthcare disparities in the LGBTQ community. For more information on the STI screening program, send an email to Outreach@howardbrown.org, call or text the city at (847) 448-4311 or visit www.cityofevanston.org.
Triton College to host Veterans Resource Fair
Triton College announced that student veterans, as well as veterans throughout the community, are invited to attend the Veterans Resource Fair — presented by Triton College Career Services — from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 21 in Room B-204/210 at the Triton College Student Center (located on the west side of campus), 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. A wide range of companies and organizations will be on hand to share information and help connect veterans with a variety of services and resources, including housing assistance, disability and pension claims, health screenings and more. Admission is free and includes a free lunch for all veterans. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3805 or visit www.triton.edu.
Village receives positive financial audit report
The village reported that auditors from Sikich LLC recently recently presented the Tinley Park Village Board with the findings of its months-long independent financial audit, which included a review of the village’s internal controls and policies, and procedures. A Sikich representative offered a “clean, unmodified opinion,” meaning the village’s financial statements for the fiscal year ending April 30, 2017 are free from material misstatements — generally regarded as the best possible outcome of a financial audit. The audit report showed an unrestricted cash balance of $22.7 million for its business funds (such as sewer and water) and an unrestricted cash balance of $42.8 million in government/general funds. Because the village administered less than $750,000 in federal grants, a separate federal reporting audit was unnecessary. For more information, call (708) 444-5000 or visit www.tinleypark.org.
–Cook County News Briefs–