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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?  

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One dead in kayak accident in Geneva
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:48:51 -0500
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GENEVA — One man died in a kayak accident on the Fox River in Geneva, water rescue officials confirmed on site Saturday evening. Geneva Fire Lt. Ted Sciaky said a kayak carrying two young men was too close to the Fox River dam near Route 38 and Water Street when the kayak turned sideways. Rushing water then pushed the kayak over the dam, he said. The two young men in the kayak were plunged into the river, Sciaky said. One young man was ejected from the kayak and the other young man was stuck in the kayak. With the help …

State details what’s ahead for Route 20
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:58:22 -0500
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ELGIN — Work resumed in earnest this week on the state’s four-year project to rearrange the interchange between Route 20 and McLean Boulevard, and improve the nearby bottleneck intersection of McLean and Lillian Street. The first signs this week were lane closures along McLean. But drivers on Route 20 will be able to catch a taste of the project’s benefits as the new, longer exit ramp from westbound Route 20 onto McLean Boulevard and entrance ramp from McLean onto westbound 20 are expected to open at 1 p.m. Friday. One of the project’s main objectives was to prevent traffic from …

Huntley Park District vying for private well
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:46:52 -0500

HUNTLEY — The village board is considering allowing the Huntley Park District a variance in its subdivision regulations to dig a shallow well on its property at Tomaso Sports Park north of Ackman Road. The well will be used to irrigate the ball fields at Tomaso Sports Park. It is an alternative deemed safer than the park district’s past practice of using treated effluent from the village’s water treatment facility, according to Village Engineer Timothy Farrell. The well digging project, if approved, will be under the governance of the McHenry County Health Department. The shallow well is not intended to …

Erin Sarris: ‘I knew something was wrong’
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:46:33 -0500
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Erin Sarris crossed the finish line about 25 minutes before the first bomb exploded. It was the third marathon completed by the Naperville resident, a sales associate at the Naperville Running Company. Her husband Louis, also a runner, was there as a spectator. Sarris, 42, had just finished picking up her paperwork and medal and having her gear checked when she heard the explosion. She said she immediately thought of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York City’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington, DC. “I didn’t know what it was, but I knew it wasn’t thunder, …

Sarah Scanlin: I’m not going to worry about other people doing stupid things
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:45:25 -0500
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Last year, East Aurora teacher Sarah Scanlin ran her first Boston Marathon. The race was a milestone for the avid runner, who has pursued the sport since the age of 8. Ten minutes after she crossed the finish line, however, the milestone memory was crushed. A bomb went off near the finish line, parting the once enthusiastic crowd of spectators, and Scanlin’s experience of running the Boston Marathon was changed in an instant. Which is why the assistant track and cross country coach is traveling back to Boston this week. “I want to have a positive experience, that’s why I’m …

Boston Marathon: ‘Nothing deters us,” Elgin runner says
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:46:22 -0500
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Before chaos ensued, Karin Sheehy of Elgin recalled that the 2013 Boston Marathon was a beautiful day, perfect for running. “I was very pleased with my best Boston finish yet,” she said. “After the explosions, I remember how, for all the chaos that was going on, it was eerily quiet. Just blocks from the finish line on a normally celebratory day, all you could hear was a constant chorus of sirens.” Despite what happened in Boston, two weeks after the marathon, Sheehy ran a large race in Chicago — without hesitation. “Runners are a resilient, strong-minded and bodied lot. Nothing …

Boston Marathon: St. Charles woman running to show support
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:45:57 -0500
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Mandy Ziegler-Youker of St. Charles ran her first Boston Marathon in 2006 and will be back on the course Monday for her second. Of 2013, she said, “I remember one of my coworkers [at Fermilab in Batavia], a fellow runner, calling me and telling me to check the Internet because something horrible happened at the Boston Marathon. I could not stop watching the news reports for the remainder of the day and was glued to CNN until the individuals responsible for such a horrific event were caught. I did know a few people who ran in it, but luckily they …

Boston Marathon: St. Charles runner ‘compelled to go back’
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:46:10 -0500
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Eugene “JJ” Schmidt of St. Charles recalled that he still has a mix of feelings about last year’s Boston Marathon. “My mantra continues to be the switch from a day of elated feelings to one of numbness, one where there was mental confusion on how to process the events that were taking place,” Schmidt said. Schmidt, who works at Fermilab, heads an informal runners group called JJ and Pals that had 10 people in the race in 2013 (including Tammy Hartje), most of whom will be back again to run Monday. He had already completed the course and was waiting …

Boston Marathon: St. Charles runner - ‘I still get emotional about it’
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:45:37 -0500
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In 2013, Tammy Hartje of St. Charles was just a few hundred yards from completing her first Boston Marathon, when one bomb, then another detonated. “It’s affected me a little more now. I still get emotional about it,” Hartje said of that day. Hartje said memories still scare and anger her. She has a hard time watching television and visiting the Internet when stories related to last year’s race appear. “I had that day ripped away from me,” she said. So close to the finish line last year, authorities made runners stop and reverse course. She also saw some of …

Hampshire runner ‘going back to take care of unfinished business’
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:49:59 -0500
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HAMPSHIRE — Jeannie Howle of Hampshire was 1,400 feet from the finish line of the annual Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, when two explosions only seconds apart killed three and injured 264 people. While such an experience might keep someone from ever competing again, Howle is flying to Boston this weekend to compete once more in the marathon. “Going back will be very emotional for me,” Howle said. “I’m going back to take care of unfinished business.” Last year, Howle said she was running for Matt Kartheiser, a 23-year-old Hampshire resident who has been fighting cancer. He is currently …

‘I have to put all the pieces together’
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:45:47 -0500

When Aurora resident Abby Omerza thinks about running last year’s Boston Marathon, her emotions are still mixed. “It’s really hard to put into words,” Omerza said Wednesday. “Most of what I remember was just what a wonderful day it was. It was so beautiful, all the people out there are cheering for the runners. It was such a good experience for myself, but everything that happened afterwards was so hard, and so sad...I wish the day would have ended the way it had began.” Omerza will not be heading back to Boston this year. For her, the Boston Marathon was …

Cops: Elgin man sold drugs to undercover officer
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:45:05 -0500

Bail was set at $500,000 Friday for an Elgin man accused of selling heroin and cocaine to undercover officers. Joshua B. Bibbins, 36, of the 200 block of Michigan Street, was charged with Class X felony counts of manufacture or delivery of cocaine and manufacture or delivery of heroin within 1,000 feet of a specific location, and Class 1 and Class 2 felony counts of the same. According to police, Bibbins and an unidentified codefendant sold heroin to an undercover officer on March 25. Bibbins was identified as the source for the heroin, police said. Then, on April 9, the …

Fox Valley racers stay strong
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:45:15 -0500
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The two bombs that exploded near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon last April killed three people and wounded dozens.  Many Fox Valley marathoners regularly travel the 1,000-mile plus trek to participate in the storied race. Area runners who were at  last year’s race recall the explosions and the emotions that followed and how they’re moving on. …

Kickin’ it: Dundee club to hold footgolf event
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:49:40 -0500
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Been wanting to give footgolf a try? Now you have an opportunity, thanks to the Dundee Township Park District. An introductory event to kick off the season for the hybrid sport that combines soccer and golf will be held Saturday, May 31, at the Bonnie Dundee Golf Club, 270 Kennedy Drive, Carpentersville. Registration check-in is from 2 to 2:30 p.m., with a shotgun start at 3 p.m. The $20 per person cost includes green fees and a T-shirt. An optional golf cart is an extra $9 per person. Tom Mammoser, executive director of the Dundee Township Park District, said times …

More construction  starting on Stearns
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:44:35 -0500
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SOUTH ELGIN — So you thought traffic-construction headaches in the area where Route 25, Stearns Road and Dunham Road twist together had ended when the Stearns Road Bridge and its 4.6 miles of new roadway opened three years ago? You were wrong. Lane closures in that area will begin again Monday as the Illinois Department of Transportation starts finishing up one last detail of the four-year, $165 million project. The original work, between 2007 and 2010, built a new bridge across the Fox River and extended Stearns Road into what used to be named “McDonald Road” west of the river. …

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