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Welcome to South Elgin, a growing, vibrant community on the banks of the Fox River. Located between Elgin and Saint Charles in Kane County, South Elgin is a town brimming with spirit and hometown pride. South Elgin gracefully bridges the gap between small town charm and suburban progress. The village successfully embraces both, creating a true gem among suburban communities. South Elgin boasts a beautiful riverside setting, along with a thriving business community, active organizations, involved citizens, and a host of nearby shopping, entertainment and recreational opportunities.

Visitors and residents alike all find something to love about this town. Anything that cannot be found right in town is just a short trip away. South Elgin has long benefited from a close proximity to major transportation corridors. Residents routinely travel to Chicago for work or recreation and gladly return to their hometown at the end of the day. Of course, with so much to do around town, who needs to look any further?  

Latest Headlines:

People to be thankful for: Cherie Murphy, Elgin
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:53:28 -0500
Cherie Murphy says her contribution to the Elgin community is not about what she's done, but the people she's helped do it. "My strength is that of community connector," said Murphy, 62, who retired in May from her job as assistant to the city manager for community engagement. "It's not that I volunteer more than a whole lot of other people. My function has been connect people to the right people, and to help foster community volunteering."

Dawn Patrol: Bears lose; what's after Black Friday?
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:45:11 -0500
The Bears-Lions game was a turkey. People went shopping. A Campton Hills house was damaged by a fire early Thursday morning. And small, local businesses are urging people to remember them, on Small Business Saturday. Overcast with flurries make for a chilly start to Black Friday.

Add tweets, posts to tools of the new Black Friday trade
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:35:26 -0500
Shoppers loaded with print advertisements and seeking discounts on Black Friday can have extra tools at their disposal by reaching for their smartphones. Retail experts say Twitter and Facebook are the leading social media sites for businesses to keep their brands before customers or to interact with them.

Elgin woman dedicated to helping young volunteers
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:47:21 -0500
Judy Cabrera says one of the most rewarding things about running the Youth United Way program in Elgin is seeing her high school mentees carry the volunteerism torch into their adult life. "I think every person who volunteers, they learn as much as they give," said Cabrera, who co-founded the group in 1997. "There's such a wonderful trade off."

Flu season starts early in Kane County
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:57:22 -0500
This year's flu season started early, and cases are increasing faster than usual, health officials in Kane County are reporting. Kathy Aureden, infection prevention coordinator at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, said people should get flu shots, typically something many don't do this early on.

Suburban police take lessons on diversity, communication from Ferguson
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:36:43 -0500
As tempers continue to flare in Ferguson, Mo., over the death of Michael Brown and a grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who shot him, the controversy has several suburban officials discussing what can be done to prevent such a tragedy here. "Transparency, open communication and trust between the community and local police are paramount," said Round Lake Park Police Chief George Filenko.

Dawn Patrol: Thanksgiving travel tips; Man gets 24 years in fatal crash
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:40:43 -0500
Thanksgiving travel tips for picture-perfect reunions. $2 million bail for Ingleside teen accused in police chase. Mundelein man gets 24 years for causing fatal 2012 crash. Lindenhurst man killed in crash on Route 120 near Lakemoor. Obama takes on Chicago hecklers over immigration policy. Elgin continues to test police cameras in light of Ferguson. Lions' defense big challenge for Bears.

Dawn Patrol: Protests in Chicago after Ferguson cop not indicted
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:39:08 -0500
Grand jury doesn't indict Ferguson cop. Naperville bar security to get more training. FAA avoids taking blame, suggests changes after Aurora sabotage. Teen critically injured in Gurnee crash. Suburbs see slight snow accumulation. Rose, Gasol return in win.

Suburbs see slight snow accumulation
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:43:06 -0500
Gusting winds and small snow accumulations Monday afternoon created some delays at airports and a smattering of crashes throughout the suburbs, including two in Gurnee that sent nine people to area hospitals.

Holiday Homecoming and Electric Christmas Parade light up St. Charles
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:33:53 -0500
Nothing says Christmas like a street lit up by thousands of Christmas lights. At the St. Charles Holiday Homecoming and Electric Christmas Parade, visitors can find their own piece of holiday magic.

Students sought for planned private high school in Batavia
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:46:48 -0500
Former Illinois education superintendent Michael Bakalis says after experimenting with charter schools for years, he now is focusing on developing private schools with a liberal arts focus to better prepare students for college. The first such college prep high school is set to open next fall in Batavia.

Dawn Patrol: Snow on the way; Bears beat Bucs 21-13
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:07:24 -0500
Gusty winds, snow expected in some suburbs today; more than 30 horses reported dead in Crystal Lake-area barn fire; Ppolice: Elgin man fleeing cops ends up in Fox River; new Des Plaines police dog helps recover $30,000 in drug money; faiths unite to celebrate in Buffalo Grove; turnovers boost Bears over Bucs, 21-13

Churches, organizations offer free Thanksgiving meals to people in need
Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:59:26 -0500
Churches, restaurants and service organizations in the suburbs give the lonely, the elderly, the poor, the homeless and those in military service camaraderie and a great meal to be thankful for on our uniquely American holiday of Thanksgiving. Read about these giving people and organizations in our community and be thankful for them.

Other groups offering a free Thanksgiving dinner
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:09:00 -0500
Some churches, restaurants and service organizations treat Thanksgiving as a chance to give the lonely, the elderly, the poor, the homeless and those in military service camaraderie and a meal to be thankful for. Here's a look at a few of the other groups serving a free meal on this special day.

Thanksgiving tradition grows at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:25:43 -0500
After their Thanksgiving celebrations thinned as relatives died or moved on, Dean and Susan Stewart took a different approach. "We started it with people who didn't have traditional Thanksgiving dinners anymore and it started snowballing," said Dean Stewart. This Thanksgiving, the couple will host the 8th annual feast at St. Matthew Church, 24500 N. Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods. Dinner is open to all and participation has more than tripled since its inception to about 100 diners.

Great Lakes soldiers find Thanksgiving home in Palatine
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:18:06 -0500
Some 34 Great Lakes sailors will find a home away from home Thursday at American Legion Post 690 in Palatine, thanks to the organizing efforts of program chair Cindy Altenbach. "Boot camp is tough," said Altenbach of the new recruits, who are given only limited access to phones and social media while in basic training. "For many of them, this is their first holiday away from home."

Lazarus House Thanksgiving Feast celebrates community
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:23:53 -0500
When Lazarus House began serving a free Thanksgiving feast in 1998, the majority of guests were clients, staffers and volunteers. Over the course of 16 years, it's evolved into a community event that serves between 350 and 400 in St. Charles.

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