Bison out of the traveling suburbs, a Vegas company selected for the Waukegan casino
The itinerant bison of the suburbs
An American bison was seen grazing in West Lake and East McHenry counties, months after escaping from a farm. The animal nicknamed Tyson the Bison got loose in September while being unloaded at a farm near Highway 176 and Darrell Road in Wauconda Township.
Las Vegas company chosen for Waukegan casino
State regulators on Wednesday chose a Las Vegas-based company as the choice to run the long-running Waukegan Casino out of a group led by former Lake County state lawmaker Michael Bond. The Illinois Gaming Board voted unanimously for Full House Resorts and granted it preliminary approval to operate the casino it plans to name American Place.
Notice board approved for the Plains site after all
An electronic billboard that the developers said was part of a food and retail center project on Mannheim Road received a green light from Des Plaines City Council this week. This paves the way for the construction of an Outback Steakhouse, Five Guys restaurant, First Watch restaurant, and an undisclosed cannabis dispensary.
Tunnel under Route 45 to connect the reserves
A tunnel for hikers, cyclists and horse riders under Route 45 near Miller Road in northern Lake County is expected to open before the holidays. The $ 4.8 million project connecting Raven Glen and the Ethel’s Woods Forest Reserves near Antioch includes a 145-foot-long underpass and nearly a mile of connecting trails.
District 203 makes agreement with support workers
The Naperville Unit District 203 School Board unanimously approved a new three-year contract with support workers, ending months of negotiations that had required them to work without a contract since the end of June. The contract, approved at Monday’s board meeting, gives workers a pay rise of $ 1 an hour for each of three years, a one-time bonus of $ 1,000, five additional sick days per year and retroactive pay.
State sues Wheaton preservation council
The Wheaton Historical Preservation Council is being sued by Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, who alleges the council illegally transferred more than $ 300,000 to a board member. board chair, Alberta Adamson, who was also its chief executive officer; Gloria Leetz; and Laurie Warfel are named in the costume, Adamson reportedly received the money.
Closed off-table schools in District 204
The Indian Prairie Unit District 204 Boundaries Committee said Wednesday that neither of the two proposed concept plans called for more school closures. After receiving weeks of feedback, district officials announced that all buildings will remain open in Concept Plan 1 and Concept Plan 3. Another Concept Plan was eliminated earlier in the process.
Pottery store plan moves to Des Plaines
Despite opposition from some residents and two members of city council, a plan to open a cannabis dispensary in downtown Des Plaines is moving forward. The board tentatively approved a conditional use permit for the business on Monday, which was proposed for vacant space at 1504 Miner Street in Metropolitan Square.
No recommendation on affordable apartments
The Palatine Plan Commission was split this week over a developer’s plan to build affordable apartments in the city, so it made no recommendations to the village council, which is expected to consider the matter in January. Northpointe Development, based in Wisconsin, wants to build a two-story, 40-unit building at 874-920 N. Quentin Road
The week ahead: Holiday concert in Schaumburg
The Schaumburg Youth Symphony Orchestra will hold its “Presto! Holiday Concert” Saturday at 7 pm at the Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg. The concert will also include a performance by the Kammerchor Ensemble of the Schaumburg Youth Choir, in collaboration with the Conant Chamber Choir. Tickets cost $ 15, or $ 10 for students and seniors.
The week ahead: Talk to Tom
The Mayor of Lake Zurich, Tom Poynton, will be hosting a ‘Coffee with the Mayor’ event from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Koffee Kup, 30 E. Main St. Poynton will be joined by Deputy Village Director Roy Witherow to the event, which offers residents the opportunity to chat informally with Lake Zurich leaders about issues in their neighborhood or the community at large.
The coming week: the county will buy an armed vehicle
Members of the DuPage County Board of Directors will vote on Tuesday to buy an armored vehicle for the sheriff’s office and MERIT, a county-wide task force investigating major crimes. The purchase of the Bear Cat vehicle would cost $ 315,857. The board meeting will begin at 10 a.m. in Wheaton.
The week ahead: Elgin’s 2022 budget
Elgin City Council will vote on the 2022 budget and three-year financial plan for the city on Wednesday. The vote follows four public debates during municipal assemblies and will be held in the council chamber.