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Roberta Thomas reflects on her career as Grayslake library director

Roberta Thomas led the Grayslake Public Library through many changes, from designing and constructing its building to increasing outreach to promote its services and expanding the idea of what a library can offer. She retired in June after 24 years as director, providing patrons the services they’ve requested while remaining fiscally responsible. “I’ve loved being […]

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Gary O’Reilly is calling it a career after four decades in the furniture industry

O’Reilly entered the furniture business in 1972 as a worker bee in Fox Lake. A few years later partnered with a buddy in their own store in Round Lake Beach. That pairing dissolved and O’Reilly in the summer of 1977 opened a tiny showroom in Libertyville. He stayed 24 years, expanding to 31,000 square feet. […]

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Triple-record breaking roller coaster, Maxx Force, coming to Great America in 2019

Maxx Force will be the fastest launch coaster in North America. It will feature the fastest inversion and highest double inversion of any roller coaster in the world, according to a news release from Six Flags. “The new Maxx Force coaster is in a class all by itself, launching riders from 0 to 78 miles […]

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Labor Day Travel: Steady Gas Prices

“With Labor Day approaching, motorists could see a small swing toward higher gas prices, but any jump should not last past the holiday weekend,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokeswoman. The current national average for a gallon of regular gasoline sits at $2.84, the AAA Fuel Gauge Report indicates. In Indiana, the average cost per gallon […]

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Young Ambassadors Board opens Application Process for 2018-2019

Lake County State’s Attorney Michael G. Nerheim announced that Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office’s Young Ambassadors Board (YAB) applications are now available. Students in grades 8-12 are eligible to apply. Applications are available online at www.lcsao.org and are due on September 7, 2018, at 5 p.m. Late applications will not be considered. Applications may be mailed or dropped off to: […]

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Gov. Rauner gives car sharing innovation a boost in Illinois

Gov. Bruce Rauner said today that he sides with consumers on the issue of car sharing in Illinois. The innovative new service, where people rent cars from peers for short periods of time, often by the hour, gives consumers added mobility choices and is likely to result in lower prices. With his amendatory veto of […]

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Lake County Employees Spent Thousands Of Taxpayer Dollars On Food And Fun

An examination of a year’s worth of statements from county-issued credit cards shows outlandish spending among some Lake County government employees, including a $2,000 steakhouse dinner. CBS 2 uncovered hundreds of county workers using tax dollars in an unchecked spending spree. Lake County has issued 260 procurement cards to employees, and CBS 2 found tens-of-thousands […]

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Convicted Gurnee felon pleads guilty to having handgun

A Gurnee man will serve prison time after pleading guilty to having a loaded handgun in a van police suspected he was using to deal drugs. Christopher Czajkowski, 24, of Gurnee, entered a plea deal Tuesday and pleaded guilty to possession of a weapon by a felon. He was sentenced to six years in prison. […]

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Lake County-area men arrested for solicitation

The Lake County Task Force went undercover at a Waukegan hotel after it used a web-based operation and utilized a classified advertising website that is regularly used as a medium for prostitution, according to a release from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. One of the Lake County “johns” that was arrested for solicitation — Andrew […]

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No need for state to set minimum salary for Illinois teachers

Lawmakers said last spring that new teachers in Illinois made on average about $39,000 a year. And the average teacher salary in the state was $64,516 in 2017, according to the Illinois State Board of Education. But those salaries also largely depend on where in the state these teachers work. The cost of living in […]

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Hainesville sponsors free civil war encampment, battle

The annual civil war encampment and battle will be Sept. 8 and 9 in Hainesville. Visitors to the free event will see Union and Confederate military encampments, infantrymen and cavalry, personalities of the time including Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, and a narrated battle re-enactment complete with smoke, Civil War-era guns and canons, all performed […]

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Antioch Incident Linked to Gurnee Shooting Death

Two crime scenes, two vehicles and one long barrel rifle. Sgt. Chris Covelli, spokesperson for Lake County Major Crime Task Force said, “The information they had is somebody was going door-to-door soliciting asking for money.” When Antioch officers tried to conduct a traffic stop, the male driver refused and instead rammed the police squad car […]

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Woman Shot While Fleeing Police with a Long Gun in Gurnee

Lake County Major Crimes Task Force spokesman Christopher Covelli said Wednesday afternoon that because both the Antioch and Gurnee cases involved a long gun and occurred two days after the bank robbery involving such a weapon, authorities “are looking to see if there is a connection.” Covelli said the woman was shot by Gurnee police […]

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Police Surround Antioch Home After Police Squad is Rammed

Police activity has shut down part of Route 83 in unincorporated Antioch between Grass Lake and Beach Grove roads. All District 34 schools are on soft lockdown until the situation is resolved, officials said. This includes one school in Lake Villa and four in Antioch. According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, a driver rammed […]

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Masked Pair Rob Gurnee Bank Monday Using an AK-47

Two suspects who wore red face masks and used an AK-47 rifle are being sought following what the FBI described as a takeover-type bank robbery in Gurnee late Monday morning. According to an FBI statement released Tuesday, the white couple escaped in a blue 2015 to 2018 Nissan Rogue from the Norstate bank at 5384 […]

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Accused RLB Cultural Center Treasurer Seeking a Plea Deal

The former treasurer of the Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center Foundation accused of stealing more than $10,000 from the nonprofit organization is prepared to accept a negotiated plea deal if she is accepted into the county’s alternative prosecution program, attorneys said in court Tuesday. Debra Knill, 46, previously pleaded not guilty in Lake County […]

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Extended Ramp Closures at Grand & US 41 in Gurnee

IDOT announced that extended ramp closures will take place at Grand Avenue (IL 132) and US 41, beginning, weather permitting, Tuesday, May 29. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that extended ramp closures will take place at Grand Avenue (Illinois 132) and Skokie Highway (U.S. 41) in Gurnee, beginning Tuesday, May 29th, weather permitting. […]

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District 116 Considering iPads for all HS Students

The Round Lake Area Unit 116 board is considering giving an iPad to every student at Round Lake High School next year and increasing the number of district middle and elementary school students with devices as well. If the board were to go ahead with the plan, it would be the second expansion of its […]

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Dr. Constance Collins Named Superintendent of the Year

Round Lake District 116 Superintendent Constance Collins, who retires at the end of June, was named Superintendent of the Year by her peers Wednesday night. The honor came as a shock to Collins who gave a speech earlier during the Lake County Superintendents End-of-the-Year Recognition Dinner as one of four soon-to-be retirees. From the beginning […]

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