Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The bill, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont), would prohibit all teens 17 and younger from using UV tanning beds.
Legislation to ban minors from using indoor tanning beds was sent to Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday after being approved by the Illinois Senate. House Bill 188, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont), would ban Illinois minors age 17 and younger from UV tanning beds. Currently, minors ages 14 to 17 years old are allowed to tan if they provide a parent's signature. Spray-on tanning is exempt from the legislation, as is phototherapy, which applies to situations where a physician supervises tanning when it is necessary to treat a medical condition. Radogno said in a press release that she sponsored the bill to protect Illinois minors from the serious health risks involved with indoor tanning beds. “Not only do children …
Monday, May 20, 2013
The Palatine Village Council unanimously approved the new ‘Gastro Pub’ which plans to take over the former Mia Cucina Restaurant property at 56 W. Wilson Street in October.
There’s a new ‘Gastro Pub’ coming to town. Tap House Grill was unanimously approved by the Palatine Village Council at its meeting Monday. A special use variation was approved by the council to allow for occasional live entertainment at the restaurant. Approved also was a lease agreement with Village Manager Reid Ottesen - and a redevelopment agreement with Mayor Jim Schwantz, with Tap House Grill owners Scott Ward and Mark Zych, of Restaurants America. The restaurant also was approved for a liquor license. The Village of Palatine owns the former Mia Cucina property at 56 W. Wilson Street, and Tap House Grill will act as a tenant before the new owners have the option to purchase the property after ten years of leasing it. “Tap House Grill…
Sidewalk Days in downtown Palatine, a new subdivision, the forthcoming Tap House Grill and a pending public auction of village-owned property are among the agenda items for tonight's Village Council meeting starting at 7 p.m.
The following items are on the agenda for tonight's Palatine Village Council meeting: For a look at the full Palatine Village Council agenda, click here.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
The Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide high school arts competition sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives. The winner, a Palatine High School senior, will have her artwork displayed in the U.S. capitol.
On Saturday, May 18, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth announced the winners of the 8th Congressional District Art Competition at a Reception in Arlington Heights, Illinois. The competition was open to all high school students living in the 8th congressional district, and students were made aware of the contest by their art teachers. The theme was to depict "nature in the modern world." "I was interested in showcasing how we can have both nature and progress-if we approach the two in a responsible way," Duckworth said during the presentation ceremony Saturday. The first place winner was Alyssa Froehling, a Palatine High School senior, with her submission of “Symbiosis”. Froehling's art work will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. …
Friday, May 17, 2013
The license was denied for Quick Liquor, 2387 N. Hicks Road in Palatine.
Friday, May 17
The Palatine Village Council denied a liquor license for the wife of a man, Muhammad Amjad, who was convicted of selling stolen alcohol and who has had his village liquor license revoked in the past because of that conviction, according to the Daily Herald. The village council believed Amjad was trying to skirt the village's requirements by "gifting" his store Quick Liquor, 2387 N. Hicks Road, to his wife, Sadia Amjad, who applied for the liquor license, according to the Daily Herald. Palatine village code does not allow liquor licenses to be issued to someone who has been convicted of "any federal or state law concerning the manufacture, possession or sale of liquor," according to the article. Read more about this on the Daily Herald …
Passed by a 35-21 vote, the bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Pat Quinn, who has not yet said whether he intends to sign it.
By a vote of 35-21, the Illinois Senate approved legislation on Friday that would allow doctors in the state to prescribe marijuana as pain relief for severe medical conditions. The bill now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn for his signature. According to the Chicago Tribune, the bill covers 33 specific conditions—including multiple sclerosis, cancer and HIV infection—and includes several controls, with a four-year trial program, dosage limits, fingerprinting, background checks and licensed dispensing centers. “This bill is filled with walls to keep this limited,” the paper quoted sponsoring Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton), who urged lawmakers to pass the legislation as a compassionate measure for those suffering with extreme pain. In opposition, Sen. …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Palatine Public Works is handling two projects, one on Slade Street in downtown Palatine, and the second on Helen Drive, which will continue through July.
A couple of areas in Palatine are currently under construction, and drivers may want to avoid to areas entirely, or at least be aware the projects are ongoing. In dowtown Palatine, on Slade Street between Brockway and Greeley, the westbound lane is blocked. Eastbound traffic is able to get through until about mid-June, when only westbound traffic will be allowed. The project, according to Matt Barry, public works director, will include utility replacement and repairs, installation of a new water main and storm sewer, and removing and replacing of sidewalks, curbs and roadway. Once completed, parking in the area will be similar to the east side of Brockway on Slade Street, where the spaces are angled. An additional nine parking spaces …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The Palatine Village Council approved the 2,200 square foot new facility to be located in an old farmhouse at 313 N. Quentin Road. The founder, Barb Weber, wants to help curb the growing population of stray animals in the village.
Barb’s Precious Rescue and Adoption Center, to be located at 313 N. Quentin Road, was approved by the Palatine Village Council Monday. Barb Weber of Palatine, a 25-year health care professional, plans to open the facility in a farmhouse located north of Palatine Road on the east side of the street, south of Colfax. The property closing will occur at the end of May, and Weber said she expects to be up and running by the end of this year after renovations on the property are completed. Weber said the house is a perfect location for what she is trying to accomplish, which includes socializing homeless animals prior to adoption, while addressing what she says is a growing problem relating to stray animals in the village. “You need time to …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Over the past year, the Village of Palatine saved more than $5 million in electricity costs after choosing supplier Integrys. Residents will be receiving information in the mail this week relating to the village’s new contract.
Since June of 2012, savings of more than $5 million have been realized by residential, as well as small commercial energy customers in Palatine-resulting from the village choosing electricity supplier Integrys a year ago. Village Manager Reid Ottesen said the village has executed an extension with Integrys to continue receiving electricity, and the new contract, which starts in June, will be seamless. Changes, Ottesen said, include the options for residents and businesses to downgrade to “brown” or standard/non-green energy. During the first contract, the village was not provided with an option other than the purchase of 100 percent renewable energy. With that added choice, Ottesen said customers would save roughly $7 for the entire year. …
A number of items are on the agenda for the Palatine Village Council meeting tonight, beginning at 7 p.m.
Mayor Jim Schwantz will start off tonight's Palatine Village Council meeting, by recognizing Immanuel Lutheran girls and boys basketball teams for being the 2013 Lutheran Sports Association, Illinois State Basketball Champions. A proclamation also will be made in honor of National Police Week, which is May 12-18. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15, National Peace Officer’s Day, and the week the date falls in as National Police Week. On May 15, United States flag will be flown at half staff at all government buildings, in Palatine and across the U.S. The Palatine Village Council will consider the following: For a look at the full agenda/packet provided by the Village of Palatine, click here.