Former federal prosecutor says Urlacher pardon sent agents' work 'up in smoke'

The Herald News - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 00:05
With this week's pardon of Casey Urlacher, the Mettawa mayor indicted last year on federal charges of gambling conspiracy and conducting an illegal gambling business, months and possibly years of work by federal agents and prosecutors likely "went of up smoke," according to a former assistant U.S. attorney.

Suburban Cook County restaurants likely to resume indoor dining Saturday

The Herald News - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 23:27
Suburban Cook County and Chicago restaurants are likely to resume limited indoor service Saturday as key COVID-19 infection and hospitalization metrics in those areas continue to decline.

Some suburban movie theaters reopen, while others hold off

The Herald News - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 23:27
Several suburban movie theaters reopened Friday with a mix of new and classic films after the Illinois Department of Public Health relaxed some COVID-19 health and safety mitigations.

Round Lake OKs health benefits for former police officer who shot Grayslake man

The Herald News - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 23:22
A Round Lake police officer who has been on disability after she fatally shot a man in 2016 will receive health care coverage from the village.

Naperville District 203 to rebate taxpayers $10 million in surplus funds

The Herald News - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 23:21
Faced with an unexpected surplus after schools shut down last spring, Naperville Unit District 203 plans to repay taxpayers a total of $10 million to help ease the financial burden of the COVID-19 crisis.

State education officials oppose legislation's new graduation requirements

The Herald News - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 23:08
New high school graduation requirements that are part of an omnibus education bill passed during the lame-duck session are drawing criticism from some members of the Illinois State Board of Education. Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expected to sign the bill.

Durbin, Pritzker raise concerns over long-term care vaccinations

The Herald News - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 23:05
Both Gov. J.B. Pritzker and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin expressed concerns Friday over how rollout of vaccines are going at the state's long-term care facilities.

L.A.-area homebuilder snatches up land to build 1K homes in Mesa, Goodyear

Real Estate News - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 22:30
A California homebuilder on a fast growth track in metro Phoenix has purchased more land to build more than 1,000 lots in Mesa and Goodyear. Here's what's on the drawing board for this publicly traded homebuilder.

Homeowners Get Mortgage Relief With Congress' Stimulus

Plainfield Home Inspector News - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 22:30
A local business just shared an update with your community. Check out their featured post on Patch.

St. Charles high schools see increase in failing grades

The Herald News - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 22:10
Both St. Charles Unit District 303 high schools gave more failing grades during the first semester compared to recent years, but the failure rate decreased in December and January.

Local Job Listing: Cintas

Plainfield Home Inspector News - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 21:31
Check out the latest local classified added by your neighbor. (This post was contributed by a community member.)

Billy Williams reflects on Hank Aaron's legacy, Alabama baseball roots

The Herald News - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 21:19
Cubs all-time great Billy Williams reflects on growing up with Hank Aaron.

Gail Borden library buildings to reopen Monday with safeguards

The Herald News - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 21:18
With Kane County now in Tier 2 pandemic mitigations, the Gail Borden Public Library District plans to reopen its three buildings Monday with several safeguards in place.

New Mattamy Homes CEO is bullish on these metro Orlando submarkets

Real Estate News - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 21:12
Mattamy Homes was one of the nation's 25 most-active homebuilders in 2020, according to Builder Magazine.

Austin's unemployment rate dropped to 5.1% in December

Real Estate News - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 20:41
The Austin metro ended 2020 with a positive trend in its unemployment numbers. The December 2020 unemployment rate for the Austin metro dropped to 5.1% with roughly 65,000 people out of work, according to data from the Texas Workforce Commission and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That compares to a seasonally adjusted rate of 6% in November. Though the area's unemployment numbers continue to swing, last month's rate is trending closer to pre-pandemic levels, which hovered around 3%. The…

SAHA cancels plan to bring private developer into contested Alazán Courts project

Real Estate News - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 20:38
The housing authority will instead develop and manage the project on its own after an outpouring of opposition from the surrounding community.
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