CLC student-run newspaper nabs slew of awards
The College of Lake County reported that its student-run newspaper, The Chronicle, recently won 18 awards — including four first-place finishes — in competition among community college newspapers throughout the state. The awards were presented at the Illinois Community College Journalism Association’s spring conference, held April 6 in Springfield. Overall, The Chronicle finished in second place in its division in the General Excellence category, second in both News Story of the Year and Headline Writing, and third and honorable mention in Front Page Design. Rachel Schultz, The Chronicle’s news editor in 2016-17, earned first place in both News Columns and Staff Editorials, and second place in Feature Writing. Current editor Diana Panuncial netted third-place awards in both Feature Writing and Sports News, and honorable mention in the Editorial Writer of the Year category. Graphic designer Hannah Strassburger earned first place in Graphics, third place in Editorial Cartoons and honorable mention in Advertising Design. Staff reporter Rhonda Sutton placed first in Feature Photos. In addition, former managing editor Kim Jimenez earned honorable mention in Sports News, lead layout editor William Becker placed third in Sports Columns and staff reporter Demi Richter finished third in News Photography. Over the last 10 years, The Chronicle has won 130 awards in the statewide contest, including 36 first-place finishes. For more information, call 847-543-2000 or visit www.clcillinois.edu.
Village to host open house on Metra Station plan
The village announced that it will host a public open house concerning the Prairie View Metra Station Area Plan from 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 10 at The Arboretum Club, 401 Half Day Road. Community members are invited to drop in anytime during the open house to learn more about the project and provide input on the future of the area. Planning and design firm RATIO Architects has been retained by the village to guide the project, and will take into consideration both the challenges and the opportunities of the area to produce a community-driven vision and plan for the area. RATIO will lead the open house by facilitating interactive stations to generate ideas and gain feedback from the public. The area encompasses incorporated and unincorporated properties that include residential, commercial and open-use space within the general vicinity of the Prairie View Metra Station, and it has experienced growth in recent years. The Prairie View Metra Station Plan is expected to be complete by late 2018. The village’s ultimate goal is to generate a vision and plan that will guide the future of the area. For more information, call 847-459-2500 or visit www.vbg.org.
Fox River Grove
Village offers one-day Spring Clean-Up program
The village announced that it will conduct its Spring Clean-Up program on May 19. All items must be placed curbside by 7 a.m. to ensure pick-up. Accepted items include furniture weighing less than 50 pounds, lawn and garden items (no yard waste), plumbing fixtures, small auto parts (drained of oil and gasoline), bundled construction debris of not more than one cubic yard and weighing less than 50 pounds, and similar types of items typically stored in garages and basements. Automobile batteries, auto parts weighing more than 50 pounds, liquid or hazardous materials (paint, gasoline, motor oil, etc.), bricks, stones and concrete, roofing debris, tires, white goods (appliances, air conditioners, water heaters, etc.), and computers, computer parts or plasma TVs will not be accepted. For more information, call 847-639-3170 or visit www.foxrivergrove.org.
River/Dowell Roundabout Project set to begin
The village announced that the River Road at Dowell Road Roundabout Project is set to begin. The project will reconstruct and realign the existing stop-controlled intersection with a new roundabout to improve safety and operations. Roadway construction is anticipated to begin in mid-May. A closure of Dowell Road at River Road will be required from mid-June to early August with a detour provided. River Road will be open to traffic throughout construction. Construction updates will be available on the McHenry County Division of Transportation (MCDOT) website at www.mchenrycountydot.org. For more information, call 847-526-8764 or visit www.villageofislandlake.com.
Little set to retire as Director of Public Works
The village reported that Barbara K. Little has announced that she is retiring as Deerfield’s Director of Public Works and Engineering, effective June 1. Little has served in the role since June 2000. She previously served as Assistant Village Engineer, beginning in 1989. Accomplishments during Little’s tenure include a complete overhaul of the village’s Wastewater Reclamation Facility to include LEED certification; improvements to Waukegan Road intersections from Lake Cook Road north to Deerfield High School; improvements to Deerfield Road from Highland Park to Saunders Road; attainments of millions of dollars in federal grants for roadways and bridges; upgraded stormwater management systems; a new water system connection with Highland Park; and expanded and upgraded water pumping and storage facilities. For more information, call 847-317-7245 or visit www.deerfield.il.us.
Nippersink Blvd. plan topic of public meeting
The village announced that it will host a Public Information Meeting regarding proposed amendments to Nippersink Boulevard (between Grand and East Oak avenues) from 5-7 p.m. May 15 at the Lakefront Park Building, 71 Nippersink Blvd. The purpose of the meeting is to seek public input and comments on the proposed preliminary design plans. The meeting will be conducted in an open house format. Exhibits will be on display for viewing, and representatives from the village and its consultant will be available for discussion and to answer questions. In addition, written comments may be completed at the meeting or sent to the village by mail until June 15. Inquiries may be directed to Director of Public Works Kealan Noonan at 847-587-8570. For more information, visit www.foxlake.org.
–Lake County News Briefs–