Monday, May 13, 2013
The festival is slated for Aug. 24 in Grayslake.
Picture this: It's a warm August evening. As the sun's rays fade, you're soon surrounded by glowing hot air balloons. Now imagine this taking place right here in Lake County. The Village of Grayslake is planning to host its first-ever hot air balloon festival, Color Aloft!, on Aug. 24 in Central Park. The event is set to feature six balloons, along with live entertainment and a few food vendors. "Our goal is to try to build community spirit, to make it a memorable event," said Grayslake Trustee Bruce Bassett. The hot air balloon festival idea came about almost as a joke, Bassett explained. He was chatting with recently-retired resident Pat Klemens at Emil's in Grayslake one day and "I said, 'We should put you to work, maybe get a new event…
Friday, May 10, 2013
While planning your weekend activity in Lake County, check out the Visitors Bureau for a deal.
From museums to theaters to restaurants, the Lake County Visitors Bureau has a coupon for you.
Monday, April 29, 2013
The event will support the museum's plan to open a permanent location in Lake County.
For the past eight years, the Busy Brains Children's Museum has been trying to find a permanent location for exhibits that stress the power of play. The museum's hands-on exhibits have traveled to various venues around Lake County since the museum's inception in 2004, visiting places like fairs and day care centers. Now, however, the Busy Brains Children's Museum is close to purchasing property, including a building, in Lake Villa. The museum will hold its fourth annual fundraiser May 4 at the Lehmann Mansion, 485 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lake Villa. The event, which will be held from 7 to 11 p.m., will feature a cash bar, live music, silent auction and 50/50 raffle. Proceeds from the "Brain Builder 2013: Mingle at the Mansion" event will help …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
The Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists and three victims' advocates recently received accolades relating to their service to victims of drunk and distracted driving crashes, along with their families.
Sunday, April 28
The Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) was presented with several Victim Service Awards from Anita Alvarez Cook County States Attorney as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week on April 23. The Cook County State’s Attorney Office recognizes teams, individuals, programs and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in support of crime victims and victim services. Three AAIM advocates and the organization were recognized for promoting the rights of crime victims, and advocating on their behalf with compassion and commitment for victims of impaired driving. AAIM Honorees were: Twyla Blakely, Cathy Stanley and Sharon Johnson. Accepting the award on behalf of AAIM was Board of Director Bob Cebrzynski. “We were …
Monday, April 22, 2013
As the flood waters begin to recede, Lake County continues efforts to aid residents in recovery efforts.
Monday, April 22
The Lake County Emergency Operations Center remains open as the county continues to coordinate with government agencies on flood response efforts. As of Monday morning, the Des Plaines River at Gurnee had crested and water is slowly receding. The Chain O'Lakes/Fox River is expected to crest sometime today. Officials estimate structures on an estimated 4,000 to 4,500 parcels across the county have been impacted by the floods. Current Conditions Chain O'Lakes/Fox River System The Chain appears to be cresting today. Tributaries remain full or nearly full, and there is limited capacity for additional stormwater runoff. The forecast calls for potentially between 0.5 inches and 0.75 inches Tuesday and Wednesday. It is not expected to …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
How crazy is it out there right now? Please show us! Upload your pictures of flooding from Lake County towns here.
What does the scene look like for you? Are there several feet of water outside your home (or, heaven forbid, inside it)? Stranded cars; flooded lawns and streets? If you’re lucky enough not to be too busy dealing with any emergencies right now (and we hope you are), we’d love to see what you see, and our readership likely would as well. If you have any great snapshots/photographs of the flooding around Lake County today, please share them with us and with your fellow readers. (Please put a detailed caption on it so that we know where it’s from!) And feel free to share your stories in the comments. You can upload photos and video by using the “Upload Photos and Video” link above. Thanks in advance for sharing! Please stay safe!
From interstates to local roads, our map provides updates on closures and high-standing water in your area.
From the Wisconsin border to the south side of Chicago and into the western suburbs, local roads, interstates and highways were closed Thursday because of flooding. Click through the pins above to see which roads in your area — or on your route to and from work today — have been closed due to flooding or have high-standing water. Police are encouraging drivers to avoid roadways with standing water. If you come upon an area with high-standing water or that is closed, add that information to our map by visiting this link. Otherwise, let us know about the closure by commenting below. Drivers are asked to beware of high-standing water on roadways. The water on a roadway can be deeper than it appears and can cause a vehicle to stall or be …
Monday, April 15, 2013
This year the Lake County Division of Transportation is celebrating 100 years of service to Lake County.
In this video from LCTV, learn how a transportation system that started as dirt roads has become an impressive network of safe and efficient roadways, intersections, roundabouts and bike paths. Prior to 1913, most of the roads in Illinois were dirt roads and inclement weather made them nearly impossible to navigate. Because of this, a movement arose to "get Illinois out of the mud," according to the Lake County Division of Transportation. At that time, roads within the state of Illinois were the responsibility of the individual townships. Under the Tice Act of 1913, the responsibility for building the road system shifted from the township to the county, under the direction of a county superintendent of highways. LCDOT will be adding …
Friday, April 12, 2013
Area voters reported little to no wait at polling places for the April 9 local election.
On April 9, just 17.62 percent of voters made it out to the polls in Lake County to vote in the this year's consolidated election, according to the Lake County Clerk's website. Voter turnout in Tuesday's consolidated election was higher in suburban Cook and McHenry counties, but it was an average turnout for a local election in Lake County. Since 2005, turnout in Lake County has ranged from as low as 15.04 percent of voters casting their ballot in 2011 to as high as 21.90 percent voting in 2009, according to the elections results archive from the Lake County Clerk's website. Comparably speaking, during last November's presidential election, 71.18 percent of registered voters made it to the polls in Lake County. Other counties also …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Data from Lake and Cook counties shows low voter turnout for many local races.
Did you vote in the April election? If so, you were in the vast minority, according to unofficial tallies from the Lake and Cook county clerks’ offices. There are 19,674 registered voters in the Lake County portion of Buffalo Grove. Of those, only 1,315 cast ballots in the village trustee race, according to data from the Lake County clerk’s website. That’s less than 7 percent voter turnout. The numbers were only slightly higher in the Cook County portion of Buffalo Grove, which claims 9,562 registered voters. Of those voters, 8.2 percent cast ballots in the trustee race. The three incumbent candidates for Buffalo Grove’s village board were the only ones whose names were listed on the ballot. While it’s not yet clear how many of the …