HINCKLEY-BIG ROCK—On Jan. 27 at approximately 8:10 a.m., Kane County Sheriff’s Deputies, Sugar Grove Police, Big Rock Fire Department and Sugar Grove Fire Department responded to a report of a school bus crash on Granart Road, between Rhodes and Dugan roads in unincorporated Big Rock Township.
SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service remind the public that the service’s recent action removing federal Endangered Species Act protection for gray wolves in portions of the Midwest has changed the status of wolves in Illinois..
AURORA—Heartland Blood Centers, a nonprofit medical organization servicing 38 area hospitals, is struggling to meet the needs of patients with O Negative blood type in area hospitals.
KANE COUNTY—Super Bowl Sunday is a celebration of football; a popular day to gather and party with family and friends.
GENEVA—Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice, a nonprofit organization offering support for those with life-threatening illnesses and the bereaved, is offering a series of programs in February for those who have experienced the death of a family member or other loved one.
Batavia—The Hansen-Furnas Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit, charitable organization, announces the scholarship applications for the 2012-13 school year are now available.
Sycamore—The Arnold and Mildred Erickson Charitable Foundation, Inc., administered by The National Bank and Trust Company of Sycamore, is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 academic year.
AURORA—Children of Illinois veterans, who are enrolled or have been accepted to any University of Illinois campus (Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, and Springfield), can now apply for the “Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver,” according to state Sen. Chris Lauzen (R-Aurora). The completed applications must be returned by March 1.
IEMA encourages participation in Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Feb. 7
SPRINGFIELD—More than 152,000 Illinois residents have already registered to participate in a multi-state earthquake drill, and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is encouraging even more groups and individuals to join in the second annual “Great Central U.S. ShakeOut” on Feb. 7.
CHICAGO—Illinois transportation and law enforcement officials urged motorists to prepare for winter driving conditions.
KANE COUNTY—The Kane County Healthy Places Coalition is urging homeowners to have their homes tested for the presence of this odorless, tasteless and colorless gas as part of National Radon Awareness Month.
Kane County—Dr. Kimberly Rudloff, DVM, accepted an offer of employment as Kane County’s new Veterinarian/Administrator for the Kane County Animal Control Department. Dr. Rudloff will begin her duties on Monday, Feb. 6, at an annual salary of $88,000.
Sugar Grove ends Mallard Point drainage negotiations
SUGAR GROVE—The solution to the drainage problems in the Mallard Point and Rolling Oaks subdivisions in Sugar Grove just became more complex.
Additional opportunities to take safety courses in 2012
SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is reminding snowmobile operators and riders to take extra caution this year when the snow begins to fall in Illinois.
Kane County—The Agency on Aging of Northeastern Illinois is seeking a Kane County resident or person employed in Kane County to represent the county on its Advisory Council.
Three-city adventure race chooses Aurora area
Regional—The land and water trails of the Aurora area were key in determining the location of an inaugural adventure race planned for the region on May 27.
AURORA—As widely reported on Jan. 6, the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Kidd rescued an Iranian fishing boat that had been commandeered by suspected pirates just days after Tehran warned the United States to keep its warships out of the Persian Gulf.
Solar power system now operational at Midwest Groundcovers
St. Charles—Midwest Groundcovers’ 99-acre nursery in St. Charles now utilizes 37.5 kilowatts (kW) of solar energy.
Kane County—The Kane County Board voted Tuesday to authorize an agreement with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3966 concerning the 45 Health Department union employees who were laid off Nov. 8, 2010.
The Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival kicked off the new season with Lee Murdock’s Hometown Concert. The event took place on Saturday at the Kaneland High School auditorium. Murdock (left) had a special guest, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician Jim Post.