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The Illinois Railway Museum, 7000 Olson Road, will host the 28th Annual Vintage Transport Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 5. Antique cars from Model T Fords up to 1990s sports cars will be on display alongside historic motor buses, trucks, electric trolley buses, military vehicles and more.

McHenry County

Clesceri joins staff at State’s Attorney’s Office

The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office announced that Michelle Clesceri has joined the department as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Criminal Division. Clesceri graduated with a Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, in Los Angeles, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California. She then served for 15 years as a Deputy District Attorney in the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, in Santa Ana, Calif. During that time, Clesceri prosecuted numerous felony and misdemeanor jury trials, including those involving robbery, kidnapping, carjacking, gang-related attempted murder, child sexual assault, shaken baby, domestic violence and elder abuse. Most recently, Clesceri was an adjunct professor at McHenry County College, where she developed a paralegal program, wrote paralegal courses, and chaired and appointed members to the Paralegal Advisory Board for the college. For more information, call 815-334-4159 or visit

TLS Veterans to host 2018 Annual Gala Dinner

The TLS Veterans (Transforming Lives through Service to Veterans) 2018 Annual Gala Dinner will be held from 5:30-10:30 p.m. Aug. 11 at Boulder Ridge Country Club, 350 Boulder Drive, Lake in the Hills. The event will begin with cocktails, a wine pull, silent auction and raffle, followed by dinner and dancing. Tickets are $110 each and $1,000 for a table of 10 (no refunds), and sales end Aug. 9. Proceeds from the event are used to support TLS programs designed to impact the daily lives of area veterans and their families. In 2017, TLS (based in McHenry) assisted more than 1,000 individuals by offering shelter, food, clothing, employment, care management, and links to medical and mental health services. To register for the 2018 Annual Gala Dinner, and for more information, call 815-444-6200 or visit

MCC seeks public comments to prep for evaluation

McHenry County College (MCC) announced that it is seeking comments from the public about the college in preparation for a periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). MCC will host a visit (Sept. 24-26) from a team of peer reviewers representing the HLC. The team will review MCC’s ongoing ability to meet the HLC’s Criteria for Evaluation. MCC has been accredited by the HLC since 1967. Over the past year, MCC has been engaged in a process of self-study, conducted through a systems appraisal process, addressing the HCC’s requirements and criteria for accreditation. Public comments must be submitted in writing, and must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution and/or its academic programs. Comments can be submitted by email ( or sent by mail to: Public Comment on McHenry County College, The Higher Learning Commission, 230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, Ill. 60604-1411. All comments must be received in writing by Aug. 27. For more information, call 815-455-3700 or visit   

Fox River Grove

Village seeks downtown properties for redevelopment

As part of the village’s effort to implement a downtown redevelopment project — evident in the adopted Comprehensive Plan of 2007, the Downtown Redevelopment Implementation Plan of 2010 and approval of the downtown tax increment financing (TIF) district in both 2012 and 2015 — Fox River Grove officials have taken steps to acquire downtown properties for future development. The village is initially concentrating its land assembly efforts on the block bordered by Northwest Highway, Illinois Street, Lincoln Avenue and Opatrny Drive (across from the train station). Once the properties are acquired by the village, a new development project will be feasible and the properties will be made available to the development community. Currently, there is no timetable as to when the land acquisition process will be complete. For more information, call 847-639-3170 or visit    


Police Dept. to host National Night Out event

The village announced that the Huntley Police Department, 10911 Main St., will host National Night Out from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 7. The event includes a tour of police facilities, first-responder equipment, a distracted driving course, a bounce house, dunk tank, games for kids, a free drawing for Ring home security equipment and more. National Night Out, a community-building campaign held on the first Tuesday in August, is designed to promote police/community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. For more information, call 847-515-5311 or visit


Village seeks used sports equipment for area youth

The village announced that the Johnsburg Community ReUse It Sports Equipment Program is seeking donations of gently used sports equipment to be used by Johnsburg area youth. Suggested items include equipment for baseball, softball, soccer, football and tennis, as well as gently used footwear for the same sports. Home exercise equipment will not be accepted. Donations of equipment will be accepted at First Midwest Bank, 3805 N. Johnsburg Road, and at Village Hall, 1515 Channel Beach Ave., through Aug. 10. The donated equipment will then be available to area youth — to take home and reuse — from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 11 at Village Hall. For more information, call 815-385-6023 or visit


Railway Museum to host annual vintage vehicle show

The Illinois Railway Museum, 7000 Olson Road, will host the 28th Annual Vintage Transport Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 5. Antique cars from Model T Fords up to 1990s sports cars will be on display alongside historic motor buses, trucks, electric trolley buses, military vehicles and more. In addition to the vehicles on display, the museum will be operating a variety of special equipment, including historic electric trains and street cars. Admission is $15 (adults), $13 (seniors) and $11 (children). To purchase tickets, and for more information, call 815-923—4391 or visit 



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