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Governor Rauner Signs Tax Credit Bill for 2017 Flood Victims

Political Issues
SB 403 provides credit of up to $750 for eligible taxpayers Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law today a tax credit worth up to $750 for property owners in 18 Illinois counties where flood damages were sustained in July. The bill, signed at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago this morning, creates a natural disaster credit that eligible, affected property owners may apply to their 2017 Illinois income taxes. Included counties are Cook, Lake, Kane, McHenry, Alexander, Clinton, Jackson, Marshall, Union, Woodford, Carroll, Henry, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Rock Island, Stephenson and Whiteside — all of which were declared state disaster areas by the governor last summer. “July’s severe storms pushed rivers and lakes over their banks across a wide swath of Illinois,” Rauner said. “Many home

Mendoza Named Next Superintendent of RLAS-116

Round Lake Area Schools
ROUND LAKE AREA SCHOOLS CUSD #116 ANNOUNCES NEW SUPERINTENDENT FOR 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR The Round Lake Area Schools CUSD #116 Board of Education voted to approve a contract naming Dr. Donn Mendoza as its next superintendent, at their Board meeting on Monday, November 6, 2017.  Dr. Mendoza is no stranger to RLAS-116. He began making a positive impact on the students and staff of Round Lake High School upon his hire at the start of the 2013-14 school year. Dr. Mendoza has served as the Principal of Round Lake High School, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Teaching and Learning and most recently, Deputy Superintendent of PK-14 Education. Great accomplishments have been reached under Dr. Mendoza’s leadership. Some include an impressive increase in the 4-year graduation rate from 72%

2017 Governor’s Hometown Award Recognizes Round Lake Beach Mobile Eye-VIPS

Round Lake Area News
The Village of Round Lake Beach to be Honored at the Old State Capitol November 8, 2017 The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Commission) will present 14 localities with honors for the 2017 Governor’s Hometown Awards program during a special reception at the Old State Capitol on November 8, 2017 at 2 p.m. The Governor’s Hometown Awards program gives formal recognition to communities that contributed to their community’s quality of life via projects that have strong volunteer support, met a need, and made a definitive impact. “We are pleased that through the preliminary round of judging, 14 localities have been recognized as either cup finalists or project winners of the program,” said Commission Executive Director Scott McFarland. “It was clear that many

Round Lake Beach Mother a Suspect in Homicide

Village of Round Lake Beach
Jamie L. Jones, a 29-year-old of the 1800 block of Cedar Lake Road in Round Lake Beach, remains a suspect in a homicide investigation.  On July 2, 2017, the Round Lake Beach police department was notified of the death of 6-year-old Carl Rice Jr. of Round Lake Beach. The death was originally believed to have occurred in the Chicago Police Department Jurisdiction. However, further investigation revealed that the death had occurred in Round Lake Beach. The subsequent investigation revealed that while in Round Lake Beach, Jones caused injuries to Rice while at their home in the 1800 Block of Cedar Lake Rd, that Rice passed away while in Round Lake Beach, and that Jones then took Rice and her other child aboard the train to Chicago to visit relatives. While in Chicago, other family membe

Mano a Mano Announces Leadership Transition

Round Lake Area News
Megan McKenna will become Director of Strategy and Development and Lourdes Shanjani will be the new Executive Director Serving the Lake County community since 2000, Mano a Mano Family Resource Center announces that Executive Director Megan McKenna will now become the organization’s first Director of Strategy and Development and that Program Manager Lourdes Shanjani will become the organization’s fourth Executive Director, effective November 1, 2017. McKenna’s contributions to Mano a Mano as the executive director have been invaluable. Under McKenna’s leadership, the organizational budget has doubled in size and as such the visibility and impact of the organization have expanded significantly. Mano a Mano is pleased to retain her skills, expertise, and passion to serve our communit