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1151 N. State Street | Elgin, IL 60123 CALL. 847.628.2510 WEB.


Downtown Neighborhood Association 10 N. Spring Street Elgin, Illinois 60120 847.488.1456



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DNA First Friday: Art Hop Fox Trot Bikes & Bites on the Fox


Downtown Elgin Harvest Market (every Thursday June 4- October 1) DNA First Friday: Vintage Downtown 6 Grand Victoria Casino (GVC) Concert Series- George Thorogood & the Destroyers with Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot 14 GVC Concert Series - Heart and Los Lonely Boys 16 & 23 City of Elgin Summer Concert Series 19 GVC Concert Series - Peter Frampton and Michael McDonald 20 Elgin Public House Beer Fest


The AfterSet

158 Symphony, 847-608-7570


43 DuPage, 847-742-1180

Bangkok House

11 Douglas, 847-742-1460

Blue Box Cafe

176 E. Chicago, 847-697-2583

Buckingham's Steakhouse

250 S. Grove, GVC, 847-468-7000


Burger King

165 Dundee, 847-742-0443

Chooch’s Pizzeria

64 S. Grove, 847-888-0211

Crave Deli

250 S. Grove, GVC, 847-468-7000

Danny’s Pizza on Douglas

231 Douglas, 847-742-5400

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Prairie Rock Bar & Grill

127 S. Grove,630-883-8799

Prime BurgerHouse 250 S. Grove, 847-531-PRIME



Romance Premium Cafe

Domani Cafe

154 E. Chicago, 224-238-7741

Domino’s Pizza

Solo Restaurant & Wine Bar Extreme Wireless

109 E. Highland, 847-695-8851 233 Dundee, 847-697-3030

Dunkin Donuts

95 Clock Tower Plaza, 847-289-9500

Eaton’s Redwood Inn

13 Douglas 847-662-SOLO (7656)

119 S. Grove, 847-697-6202

Taqueria El Cokito

57 Douglas, 847-888-0000

81 Villa, 847-695-7930

El Faro

9 N. State, 847-888-0161

Elgin Public House

219 E. Chicago, 847-468-8810


15 N. Grove, 847-695-8828

Grand Victoria Casino

27 N. Grove, 847-742-5434

Artistic Framing

25 N. Grove, 847-741-8811

51 S. Spring, 630-880-9467

Medusa’s Jet Nightclub

209 E. Chicago, 847-868-2582

Pastigel Bakery

154 E. Chicago, 847-429-1969 E1

The Centre of Elgin

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HOTI Design & Art Kellenberger Auto 217 Symphony Way, 847-741-5457

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Wall to Wall Retro

Simple Balance Health

Salon Couture

Sophie’s Jewelry

51 S. Grove, 312-254-9807

Senior Service Associates

101 S. Grove, 847-741-0404

Soulful Sparrow

Pittsburgh Paints

Shockey Jewelers 18 Douglas, Gail Borden847-742-0113 Public Library

Tom’s Auto Clinic

S19 Town and Country Gardens D30

207 E. Chicago, 847-606-6284 Kirkpatrick, Jones, Elgin Artspace Lofts Herzog Ins., 19 S. Spring 51 S. Spring, 847-214-2922 847-741-9393

225 E. Chicago, 847-697-3876

221 E. Chicago, 847-468-6012

Elgin Books & Coffee

66 S. Grove, 847-695-2680

Elgin Jewelers

11 N. State, (847) 695-1384

Elgin Key & Lock 201 N. Spring,

Leo’s Salon

213 E. Chicago, 847-980-3975

176 E. Chicago St., 847-488-1465

Ola La Ijorere

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205 E. Chicago, 847- 742-4296

Xcloosiv Boutique

117 S. Grove, 708-774-0407

E10 Janus Ziegler’s Ace Theater 264 Prairie, 847-695-5835 215 Elgin N. Spring, 847-741-5610 Award-winning theater at the Top Notch Tattoo Art Showcase & throughout Elgin. 216 E. Chicago, 847-695-4906

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Martini Room

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Gail Borden Library

Central Barber Shop

156 E. Chicago, 847-695-3458

Elgin Antiques & Uniques

161 E. Chicago, 847 741-0349


270 N. Grove, 847-742-2411

Bella’s Fashions

250 S. Grove, GVC, 847-468-7000

Gail Borden Library, 270 N. Grove 847-488-9486

Floral Impressions

Guge Institue of Wildlife Art

172 E. Chicago, 847-741-2485

In the Neighborhood Fresh


73 S. Grove, 224-828-8849


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Funky Rooster

250 S. Grove, GVC, 847-468-7000

Indulge Show Kitchen

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17 N. Grove, 847-967-2293

118 W. Chicago, 847-742-9032

Art and Soul on the Fox Free Movies in Festival Park DNA First Friday: Kid’s Night Out GVC Concert - Jerrod Niemann and Rodney Atkins Elgin International Festival (iFest)

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DNA First Friday: American Pastimes GVC Concert Series- Boston 4 4th of July Parade GVC Concert Series & Fireworks 7 & 14 City of Elgin Summer Concert Series 16,23,30 Free Movies in Festival Park 18 GVC Concert - Gary Allan 19 GVC Concert - Huey Lewis & the News and Gin Blossoms 21 & 28 City of Elgin Summer Concert Series

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dedication and honor Submitted by city of Elgin

The professional lives of both Christopher Kennedy and Randy Fries are very similar. Both have worked in public safety for the city of Elgin for just under a decade. Both evaluated current procedures and developed methods that made a positive impact on the lives of Elgin residents. Now the two have something else in common. On Tuesday, April 28, both were chosen to receive the American Legion Post 57’s annual Firefighter and Police Officer of the Year recognitions. American Legion Post 57 presents these annual awards to a firefighter and police officer who exceeds their normal duties and shows a pattern of community service and professional achievement. Firefighter of the Year Christopher Kennedy, has been with the Elgin Fire Department for nine years. Over the past several years, he has been involved with the training division, focusing his attention on emergency medical services. In this capacity, Kennedy performed quality assurance checks on patient care reports in an effort to determine where additional training was most needed. After reviewing the records of cardiac arrest victims, Kennedy worked to train department personnel on a different style of managing these types of patients. As a direct result, the department increased the number of patients who regained a pulse and a heart rhythm. Not only did the department’s success increase, but the numbers also surpassed the national average. Kennedy’s Firefighter of the Year recognition was due in part to “the immediate positive impact his contribution has made not only to the department but to the citizens of Elgin,” said Assistant Fire Chief David Schmidt. Police Officer of the Year Randy Fries is a 10-year veteran of the force. He is a longtime member of the Unit for Special Assignments and currently holds the rank of Senior Patrolman. His nomination was based on participation in several high profile cases, individual work ethic and the mentoring and leadership of new officers. Fries used technical skills along with unconventional policing methods to locate and arrest suspects. In many cases he would authorize search warrants for computer records, court authorized GPS trackers and social media accounts in order to determine the location of the offenders. In 2014, Fries took on the management of registration and compliance checks for paroled

Elgin Firefighter of the Year Christopher Kennedy

Elgin Police Officer of the Year Randy Fries

violent offenders and murderers within the city. He believes that every case had merit and deserved assistance. “Fries leads by example through his strong work ethic and is a driving force in the productivity of the unit,” said Sergeant Jim Lalley. “His nonstop work style leads and inspires those who work with him.”

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Office of the Mayor David J. Kaptain MAYOR



Dear Residents, As a life-long Elgin native, I have seen first-hand how this great city has changed—both its accomplishments and its growing pains. Although we will continue to evolve and improve, I am incredibly proud of where we are right now in the life of our great city.

However, the provided services are only half the equation. It’s the people who make the real difference. As the “City in the Suburbs,” Elgin builds upon its 160 years of rich diversity and forward-thinking residents, businesses and community activists who contribute to the great success and vitality of Elgin.

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Today, more than 108,000 residents join me in calling Elgin home. This is not surprising with the number of great services we offer—a high quality of life, low crime rate, convenient transportation, variety of housing options and dependable city services. Financially, the city is doing well. Our city government continues to find ways to serve our residents and businesses more efficiently, while maintaining a AAA bond rating. Investments in technology through the 311 initiative promote transparency while providing high quality city services. Whether you have a simple question or need to request a public service, dialing 311 will help you find an answer. The new 311 mobile app adds to the list of convenient ways for residents to connect to our city services.

The city’s strategic renovations and investments in our historic downtown help cultivate a lively entertainment and arts district. There is something for everyone along the Fox River, whether it’s visiting our world-class library, taking in a show at the Hemmens Cultural Arts Center or stopping by one of the many inspiring art galleries. Riverside Drive Promenade is yet another vibrant asset, connecting recreation, retail, multimodal transportation and civic business. A focus on our families and children naturally involved us in Elgin’s Alignment Collaborative for Education (ACE). ACE combines and aligns the resources of local businesses, service organizations and the city for the benefit of our public school students. These stakeholders focus on meeting specific goals for our children including preparing them to learn and succeed, as well as developing a skilled workforce, strong families and healthy communities.


Mayor David J. Kaptain

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It is the community members, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and business leaders that truly drive our community to do bigger and better things each year. As one of the fastest growing cities in Illinois, Elgin’s thriving community will continue to embrace opportunities and position itself for future success. With a diverse housing stock, quality healthcare options, educational opportunities for all ages and good paying jobs, it’s no wonder so many people want to join me in calling Elgin their home.

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By Julie Baker Director of Marketing, Elgin Symphony Orchestra

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The Elgin Symphony Orchestra concerts and events are unmatched for a fun, relaxing and cultural experience. ESO’s concert season includes over 25 fun-filled and affordable performances annually at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin and Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts. Music Critic John von Rhein said of the ESO, “Suburban music lovers no longer have to migrate to downtown Chicago to catch first-rate orchestra concerts.” At the ESO, there is something for everyone to enjoy from traditional, classiJ o h n S t a r k S / j cal music to Broadway favorThe Elgin Symphony Orchestra performs “A ites to Sci-fi Movie music to the Night at the Oscars” at Hemmens Cultural annual Magical Holiday Con- Center in Elgin. certs and Magical Music of Disney concerts! communities. ESO Music Director Andrew Grams Besides the concert weekends prewas hired in May 2013 after a twosented by the ESO, they also engage year conductor search. Since becomthe community through many ing the Elgin Symphony Orchestra programs. Music Director, Andrew Grams has During concert weekends, ESO conducted in many places includpatrons are invited to “Mingle with ing Switzerland, Hong Kong, Spain, the Musicians” after the Saturday New Zealand, Germany, Tasmania, night performances, at an Elgin resand Australia, Maryland, Colorado, Florida, California and the City of Chi- taurant. ESO partners with many rescago. When Maestro Grams travels, he taurants and organizations to help promote strong community relationbrings the name of Elgin to each and every city where he conducts. Maestro ships between our patrons and these Grams was recently named 2015 Con- entities, including Domani Café, Elgin ductor of the Year by the Illinois Coun- Public House, SOLO Wine Bar and Restaurant, Downtown Neighborhood cil of Orchestras. Association, In the Neighborhood Deli Maestro Grams has invited many & Café, Grand Victoria Casino, the talented and celebrated musiElgin Area Chamber of Commerce and cians to the stage from around the many more. nation. When each of these criticallyThe ESO Listeners Club is led by acclaimed artists, such as violinist Music Historian, Jim Kendros, and Philippe Quint, visits Elgin they bring takes place in two locations (Gail great artistic excellence and also a Borden Public Library in Elgin on heightened excitement for the city of Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. and The Elgin and surrounding communities. Greenfields of Geneva on Tuesday For their 2015-2016 season beginfrom 2-3 p.m.) the week of most conning in October, the ESO will present powerful performances with guest art- cert weekends. The Listeners Club is free and open to the public. Attendists such as storied cellist, Lynn Harees listen to an engaging discussion rell, popular actor Damon Gupton, about the music for the upcoming the Lyric Opera’s Carousel star Jenn concert. And, attendees will often have Gambatese, Chicago violinist Rachel a surprise guest attend such as Music Barton Pine, and a Rising Star of the Director Andrew Grams, an ESO musiLyric Opera Laura Wilde. The 20152016 season is entitled: Be Connected. cian or a guest artist! For more information about the Experience ESO. Throughout the seaElgin Symphony Orchestra, visit www. son, ESO will highlight not only or call the admincal connections, but the connection istrative office at (847) 888-4000. they have to Elgin and surrounding

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Elgin Chamber of Commerce

600 members share success By carol gieske

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Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce

When it comes to supporting local companies through marketing and networking opportunities, educational programming and events, the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce is all business. However, when it comes to orchestrating and executing those valuable chamber initiatives, it’s personal. The secret to our success truly is our people. The chamber proudly boasts over 150 volunteers who invest thousands of hours each year at events or behind the scenes serving on various business and economic development committees. The board of directors, consisting of stakeholders from member businesses and organizations, serves as the elected policy body for the chamber. It is responsible for approving the annual Program of Work and supporting budget, acting on committee reports and recommendations, and directing general activities. An executive committee also acts on behalf of the board when not in session. With over 600 member businesses and organizations, from locally owned small businesses to world-renowned

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Elgin City Manager Sean Stegall answers questions during the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce “CEO Unplugged” series at Grand Victoria Casino.

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Realtors get a front seat view during an Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce bus tour to showcase Elgin.

corporations headquartered in Elgin, it takes a team of professionals to support the chamber’s member relations, retention and recruitment efforts.

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The Membership and Retention committees work to grow membership and improve retention by recommending and advising how to promote

membership benefits and providing new member referrals, while the Ambassadors committee strengthens member involvement through educating members about the benefits and services of their membership. Chamber staff and volunteers also coordinate dozens of special events each year, including the monthly CEO Unplugged series the Hablamos Espanol Expo and the Chamberfest Golf Outing. Learn more about how EAC’s committees help serve as the voice of Elgin’s business community at www. or call (847) 741-5660.

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Physical & Wellness Exams Sick Visits Hypertension Management Diabetes Management School/Sports Physicals

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Elgin YMCA

130 years of enriching lives By Dave Burisek

believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together. That’s why strengthening communities is our cause.

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Taylor Family YMCA

The YMCA in Elgin has offered programs and services in Elgin and the surrounding area for more than 130 years providing children, families, and individuals the opportunity to strengthen their spirit, mind, and body. We continue to work hard each day to fulfill our commitment to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Taylor Family YMCA is located in the southwest section of Elgin and serves all or parts of 12 communities in Kane County including: Elgin, Bartlett, Burlington, Carpentersville, Geneva, Gilberts, Hampshire, Pingree Grove, St. Charles, South Elgin, Wayne, West Dundee. Edwards YMCA Camp — our year round resident camp located on beautiful Lake Beulah in East Troy, has provided children and families in Elgin and the surrounding communities a wonderful experience since 1929. At the YMCA, our most important goal is to enrich the lives of children and families in our community ... one child at a time ... one family at a time. As such, the

We are committed to developing the spirit, mind, and body of all, regardless of financial ability, in a positive, healthy, Christian environment through quality leadership, programs, services, and facilities.

personal and social change. • The Y is community-centered. For more than 130 years, we’ve been listening and responding to our communities. • The Y brings people together. We connect people of all ages and backgrounds to bridge the gaps in community needs. • The Y nurtures potential. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.

Our purpose

Our impact

The Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow, and thrive. With a focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the nation’s health and wellbeing, and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

The Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. Every day our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child, and when a community comes together for the common good. Today, the YMCA in Elgin ensures that no one is left out for financial reasons. Each year, the YMCA provides membership and program scholarships to children and families from funds raised in its annual Y for All Campaign, Wine Auction, Annual Dinner, and Charity Golf Outing.

Our mission

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The Taylor YMCA in Elgin takes registration for “Livestrong at the YMCA,” a free, 12-week recovery program for adult cancer patients and survivors that began March 2.

YMCA offers programs in aquatics, fitness, sports, martial arts, and dance, as well as before and after-school child care programs, summer day camps, and a year round resident camp.

Our cause We are a powerful association of men, women, and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility. We

Our strength There is no other nonprofit quite like the Y. That’s because in 10,000 neighborhoods across the nation, we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but to deliver, lasting

Call today. Be seen today. You deserve to live your healthiest life. And Advocate Medical Group wants to help make that possible with same-day appointments so you can get back to the moments that matter.

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Through your personal online connection you can also schedule appointments, refill prescriptions and talk to your doctor. Make your same day appointment at 1.800.3.ADVOCATE

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Elgin Community College

affordable, accountable, accessible

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Elgin Community College

Elgin Community College is dedicated to improving lives through learning by offering comprehensive degree and certificate programs, affordable tuition, small classes, and knowledgeable and caring faculty and staff. The college offers more than 140 career-oriented occupational degrees and certificates, corporate and continuing education programs, and a full complement of pre-collegiate courses and initiatives. The college is also a great place to start a bachelor’s degree, earn summer credit, or begin dual admission with a four-year college or university. Residents who wish to pursue a GED, improve their English, or pursue U.S. citizenship can also find what they need at ECC. ECC’s university-transfer students do better at four-year schools, on average, than the students who start at those schools. ECC boasts 20-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of 15 students. Three out of four ECC career-tech graduates find a job in their fields within one year of graduating, and ECC has increased the number of degrees and certificates its awarded over the past seven years by

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Culinary arts student Manny Espino of Elgin won the ECC-Prime Burger House Burger Competition at the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin. Jessica Bahena of Elgin, left, took second place.

38 percent. The college’s 360-square-mile district is home to 446,224 residents, more than 10,000 businesses, four school districts, and 33 communities. Affordability, accountability, and accessibility remain core foundations at ECC. Tuition remains low at $119 per credit hour. In FY2014, the college offered approximately $19 million in

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Dr. David Sam, president of ECC, addresses the crowd at fall commencement exercises.

financial aid assistance to nearly 6,000 students, while the ECC Foundation awarded 186 scholarships totaling $139,103. ECC is an award-winning institution, earning state and national recognition for everything from its outstanding faculty to its innovative student programs to the college’s overall excellence. ECC has earned honors as:

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• Achieving the Dream Leader College • Aspen Institute’s Top 150 for Community College Excellence • 2014 Central Regional Equity Award from the Association of Community College Trustees But don’t take our word for it. Read what our May 2015 graduates said about their experience at ECC. “Take advantage of the resources, the opportunities, and the experiences you will have at Elgin Community College. My experience at ECC has given me more confidence in my future and what it will bring.” — Paul Lancero, Lake in the Hills “Join clubs, take honors classes, and apply for scholarships. I found that by taking risks and facing my fears, I grew into a confident, motivated student with the leadership skills needed to go on to the next step in my academic journey.” — Karina Nava, Elgin “I would recommend ECC to any student, young or old. Every professor, I feel, truly cares about your success; they will do everything they can to assist you in achieving your goals.” — Justin Kelly, Elgin For information, visit

Staying engaged in School district U-46 By Tony Sanders Chief Executive Officer, School District U-46

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Elgin High School students graduate at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. 40 elementary schools, eight middle schools, five high schools, and an alternative program for middle school and high school students. U-46 continues to excel at the state and national level. At our board of education meetings, the “Accent on Achievement” portion of the meeting features students and employees that have achieved first place at the state or national level. Our Dual Language Program has been featured as a model across the U.S. Thirty schools provide Dual Language (English/Spanish) with more than 7,000 students enrolled, and it increases annually as families see the benefits of the program. Nearly 20 years ago, U-46 established our unique PAID ADVERTISEMENT

AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Rehabilitation Hospital adds new technology to hospital’s list of growing programs and services Early on a February morning, the staff at AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Rehabilitation Hospital (ABRH) in Elk Grove Village are preparing for another milestone in the evolution of rehabilitation care in the suburbs. On this day, the installation of a gait track system for helping patients walk is almost complete, and physicians and staff are set to begin training to learn how to use the new system.

In January 2013, ABRH received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Stroke Rehabilitation, becoming one of the first rehabilitation facilities in Illinois to receive such recognition. The two-year certification “is something that we’re very proud of and is a differentiator for us in the market,” Dunkin says. “It is a lot of work for our physicians and staff to meet The Joint Commission’s standards, but well worth the effort as we optimize our care of stroke patients.”

The hospital’s growing list of programs and services includes the Dizziness and The introduction of the system is the Balance Disorders Program, the Runner’s latest in a series of advancements at Clinic and the Cancer Rehabilitation ABRH, which is a partnership between Program, all added in recent years. The Alexian Brothers Health System and the Dizziness and Balance Disorders Program Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). offers advanced assessment and treatment Opened in 2004, the 72-bed hospital offers of vestibular disorders to maximize the convenient access to the same expert care patient’s safety and function in daily life. that has earned RIC the ranking of “Best The Runner’s Clinic uses motion analysis Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. to help runners correct flawed mechanics

Joseph Kim, Clinical Manager, Inpatient Therapy, at AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Rehabilitation Hospital (left), and Karen Goodlow, Clinical Manager, Day Rehabilitation at ABRH, (center), receive instruction from Stephanie Gustin, Director of Education at Midwest Medical Solutions, about using the hospital’s new gait track system.

that can lead to pain and overuse injuries. The Cancer Rehabilitation Program, a collaborative effort with the AMITA Health Cancer Institute, offers the latest oncology rehabilitation care for cancer survivors, aiming to promote optimal function and quality of life.

ABRH has also enhanced patient convenience by offering an RIC Physician Clinic on the hospital’s ground floor. For more information about AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Rehabilitation Hospital’s programs and services, visit: www.alexianbrothershealth. org/arh, or call 847-981-5556.

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“It has been installed on every floor of the hospital in each of the therapy gyms,” says John Dunkin, ABRH Executive Director. “It’s revolutionary technology for rehabilitation. It’s a track-and harness system that safely supports the patient as they’re ambulating, giving the therapist much more freedom to work with the patient and aiding in rehabilitation.” The system frees the therapist’s hands so they can help facilitate proper movement.

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It is an honor and a privilege to serve as chief executive officer of U-46, Illinois’ second largest school district. Our 40,000plus students live in 11 communities across Cook, DuPage, and Kane counties. Nearly half of our students live in Elgin. We are the largest employer in Elgin with more than 4,000 employees, many of whom are residents and parents of U-46 stuTony Sanders dents and graduates. As the parent of two students, I see the commitment to excellence on a daily basis — from our bus drivers, safely transporting thousands of children every day, to the dedicated teachers. They not only instruct our children but also serve as club sponsors, drama or music directors, athletic coaches, mentors to their young colleagues, and committee members to support their schools and our district initiatives. Every year, on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, more than 2,500 students graduate at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, as families celebrate the academic successes of the their children. Like those before them, the Class of 2015 includes outstanding students — Illinois State Scholars, Advanced Placement Scholars, and Golden Apple Scholars. U-46 schools are rich with cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic diversity. Our students come from homes where 100 different languages are spoken. We are fortunate to have a wide variety of programs for students at two Early Learning Centers,

high school academy program. Students at our eight middle schools may apply for admission to the Broadcast, Education and Communications Networks (BEACON) Academy at South Elgin High School; Gifted and Talented Academy at Elgin High School; Science Engineering and High Technology Academy at Bartlett High School; Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Larkin High School; and World Languages and International Studies Academy at Streamwood High School. In February, our community launched a new organization, Alignment for Collaborative Education, created by the city of Elgin, the United Way of Elgin, Elgin Community College, Grand Victoria Foundation, Judson University and others. Students in U-46 and Burlington Central School District 301 will benefit from this collaboration. Working together, we can truly change the lives of our students by creating opportunities and ensuring their participation as part of an educated workforce. In April, the board of education adopted a new strategic plan that will guide our work for the next five years. The four categories in the plan include Student Achievement; Effective and Engaged Staff; Community Engagement; and Efficiency, Excellence and Accountability. One of the eight priorities of the plan states, “We will engage in meaningful and effective relationships with all families and the greater community.” This is a commitment to continue to increase communication and build partnerships across U-46. We invite residents to join one of our many advisory councils or committees. Contact us to learn how you can get involved. See for more information.


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Gail Borden Library a good fit

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ELgin Town SEcTion

Gail Borden Public Library

With summer quickly approaching, the word “fluid” might remind us of vacation destinations such as a swimming pool, a lake or the ocean. Your public library wouldn’t come to mind, would it? According to, the word “fluid” pertains to a substance that easily changes shape — something not fixed or rigid. This definition succinctly sums up Gail Borden Public Library, part of this vibrant community for more than 140 years. Constantly on the lookout for new ways to meet the needs of approximately 147,330 residents in Elgin, South Elgin and portions of Hoffman Estates, Streamwood and Bartlett, Gail Borden Library doesn’t stay in one place for long. Never has this been more apparent than the recent announcement of a South Elgin Branch, to be opened within a year. Thanks to a generous donation from the Hoffer Foundation and other donors, more than 15,500 South Elgin residents living in the library district will have a closer library where they can check out books and DVD’s, attend programs, and use digital resources, computers and study rooms.

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The Gail Borden Public Library’s main location is 270 N. Grove Ave. in downtown Elgin.

The South Elgin Branch will be located at a convenient location, 121 S. McLean Blvd., where the library will be purchasing a condo unit within a larger building. The library space within that building will be 4,275 square feet, about half the size of the Rakow Branch. The South Elgin Branch will have different operating hours than those of the Main Library and Rakow Branch. Plans are for the new branch to be open between 35 and 40 hours each week. And the best news of all — because of the donations and strategic planning, the South Elgin

Branch will open without a tax impact. Gail Borden Library’s Rakow Branch provides another example of the library’s flexibility in meeting the needs of the community. From its LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification to its location adjacent to marshlands that draws all kinds of wildlife, the branch has represented environmental awareness since it opened in the western portion of the library district in 2009. These features along with a 24/7 outside DVD dispenser, Zen gardens and cozy living room have

made the branch a popular facility. However, at 10,000 square feet, the size of the branch lent it to small-scale planning when it came to programming, as it is much smaller than the main library. But almost five years after opening, requests for more Branch programs increased. Library staff have enthusiastically responded with creative programs on alpacas, frog calling and butterflies. When it comes to the annual summer reading challenge, Gail Borden Library doesn’t hesitate to reach out and get the community involved. And get involved it does — with Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain, School District U-46 CEO Tony Sanders and Elgin Symphony Orchestra Music Director Andrew Grams, among many others, appearing in the READ to the Rhythm Summer Reading Challenge video and on the library’s newsletter cover. There are many other ways the library is constantly changing to remain fresh for the customers it serves — increasing Library on the Go services to visit more preschoolers, offering training and materials on the latest technology, and hosting exciting new exhibits at the Main Library. We are proud to serve this vibrant and ever-changing community.


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Elgin Police Chief Jeff Swoboda

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Elgin and promote safety for its residents, businesses and visitors.” The Crime Free Housing Unit is another example of a partnership success. This unit strives to meet the needs pertaining to rental properties and their neighborhoods. Officers in this unit combine both proactive and reactive approaches that focus

on communication, education, and investigation. Hoping to mirror the success of this unit, the Security Through Surveillance program was established. STS is a program in which the police department partners with businesses and homeowners to prevent and solve crime through the use of surveillance

technology. “We have developed a program where surveillance cameras can be registered with the police department. By participating, officers will have awareness as to camera placement throughout the city in the event video footage is necessary to assist with an investigation,” Swoboda said. To meet more personal needs, many social service-type programs are in place, too. “From Kids United to our Senior Services programs, we try our best to identify where a partnership with the police department will be beneficial and work hard to fill that need,” Swoboda said. “We can only be successful if the community meets us halfway — and this is an area in which Elgin excels.”

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Community outreach is one of the Elgin Police Department’s main objectives. Officers attend and host many meetings each month in an effort to better understand what Elgin’s residents are experiencing in their neighborhoods. In return, they offer information from the police department to keep the community up-to-date with crime problems and trends. Elgin Police Chief Jeff Swoboda believes that the best defense against crime is an informed citizen. “Now more than ever,” Swoboda said, “we cannot succeed without the help from our Elgin community. The officers and civilians of the department work to create, foster and grow partnerships within the community they serve. This has been an objective since the early 1990s. “The Resident Officer Program of Elgin — a program where officers live in and work directly with identified neighborhoods — was the first program developed in our community policing initiative. Since then, we’ve worked to create more opportunities to involve the community in our mission — to enhance the quality of life in

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Kane County Forest Preserve District

Get back to nature By Valerie Blaine

Elgin Town SEcTion

Forest Preserve District of Kane County

No matter where you settle in the Fox River Valley, you’re not far from nature’s beauty. In Elgin, Burnidge Forest Preserve provides more than nine miles of trails through 600 acres of natural areas. Beautiful oak woodlands with centuries-old trees, rolling hills blanketed in prairie wildflowers, and wetlands brimming with wildlife are all part of this preserve. The Paul Wolff campground, located in Burnidge Forest Preserves, offers camping opportunities for both vehicle and tent campers from May 1 through Oct. 31. For more information about camp site availability and conditions, call our campground hotline at (630) 444-1200. Tyler Creek Forest Preserve, located at the intersection of Route 31 and Davis Road in Elgin, is easily accessible for a quiet getaway or gathering with friends and family. One of the first forest preserves in Kane County, Tyler Creek has provided a lovely spot for picnicking, hiking, and bird watching for generations. It’s a natural gem in the midst of urban development. St. Charles comprises over 1400

acres of forest preserves. Highlights of these natural areas are LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve and Tekakwitha Woods Lloyd Wright in 1907. The Forest Preserve. On the Villa, listed on the National west side of the Fox River, Register of Historic Places in LeRoy Oakes Forest Pre1984, is now a museum dediserve is a mosaic of high cated to the story of the Fabyquality woodland, prairie, ans. It is operated by Preservacreeks, and wetlands. An tion Partners of the Fox Valley active habitat restoration and supported by the Friends program here has been B r i a n H i l l / b hill@d a ilyher a ld . co m ¬ of Fabyan. Also on the Fabyan ongoing since the 1970s, and the flora and fauna Diane Nelsen snaps a picture for Nelia, front, and Shannon Ries Estate is the Japanese Garden, designed in traditional tea draw nature enthusiasts of Elgin at Tyler Creek Forest Preserve in Elgin. garden style by Taro Otsuka year-round. LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve also serves as home to Forest Preserve. On the east side of the in 1910. On the east side of the river, the iconic Fabyan Windmill towers Fox River is Tekakwitha Woods ForCreek Bend Nature Center, the hub of est Preserve with a winding network of above the landscape. The Windmill, the Forest Preserve District’s environkept in impeccable shape by a dedimental education program. Email pro- foot trails through the fields and forcated group of volunteers, is listed as The beautiful ested ravines. a National Historic Site. For hours and Geneva’s Fabyan Forest Preserve is Creek Bend house is available for weda multifaceted — and must-see — pre- tour information, call (630) 232-5980. dings, meetings, showers, and other Elgin, St. Charles, and Geneva are gatherings. For information on private serve. Part of the large country estate wonderful places to enjoy nature’s of George and Nelle Fabyan in the rentals, call 630-444-3064. Showings beauty. Enjoy a walk on wooded trails, early 1900s, the area is rich in natural are Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m., othertake a bike ride, or a settle in for a quiet and cultural history. The Fabyan Villa wise by appointment. is perched above the river valley on the morning of fishing in your local preCultural gems such as the Durant serves today. For details and maps, west bank of the river. This house was House Museum and Pioneer Sholes visit School are also located at LeRoy Oakes redesigned for the Fabyans by Frank

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Presence St. Joseph Hospital

advanced procedures, compassionate care By Kim waterman

Elgin Town SEcTion

Presence St. Joseph Hospital

The road to good health is paved with big and small steps. Presence St. Joseph Hospital is here to help you along the journey. The hospital’s progressive technology and compassionate care provides a firm foundation to preserve and improve the health of the communities with regard to their physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being. Ranked one of the best hospitals in Illinois by U.S. News & World Report, Presence St. Joseph Hospital is continually improving by offering advanced procedures and treatments, including: • Virtually Scarless Surgery — More than one million people in the U.S. have their gallbladder removed each year due to gallstones, inflammation or infection. Most are performed with traditional laparoscopy, but at Presence St. Joseph Hospital you can have your gallbladder removed with one tiny incision. With DaVinci Single Site surgery, the scar is nearly invisible, but the results are very apparent: Quicker recovery, less time in the hospital, less blood loss, and significantly less pain. • Breathe Easy — Presence St.

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Joseph Hospital is the first in the region to offer Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT), a revolutionary outpatient procedure for people with severe asthma. BT decreases asthma exacerbations by reducing airway smooth muscle. With less smooth muscle, the airways constrict less, reducing asthma attacks and making breathing easier. • Saving Limbs — Peripheral Artery



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Disease (PAD) is a common circulatory problem in which plaque builds up inside the arteries and obstructs blood flow to the lower limbs and feet. Patients who develop PAD usually notice hip, leg or calf pain when walking. In more advanced cases, PAD can lead to the development of open sores that do not heal, or in extreme conditions may require amputation of the

affected limb. • Comprehensive Cancer Care Close to Home — Patients at the Bob & Edna Meadows Regional Cancer Care Center receive advanced care and stateof-the-art technology delivered by an elite group of caregivers who work together to assure care is individualized and well-planned. In addition to these new technologies, the hospital offers a full range of high quality preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic services including acute inpatient care, outpatient care, home health and educational outreach. Advanced care services include a nationally recognized cardiac program, certified Primary Stroke Center, the Elgin area’s only hyperbaric oxygen chamber, behavioral health, and a comprehensive rehabilitation center. When seconds counts, the Elgin community counts on Presence St. Joseph Hospital’s emergency services, a state-designated Level II Trauma Center and a designated pediatric waiting area. And for minor emergencies, the ExpressCare program gets you home and healing faster. Presence St. Joseph Hospital is at 77 N. Airlite St. Call (847) 695-3200 or visit

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Downtown Neighborhood Association

diverse entertainment, business connections By Deirdre white

ELgin Town SEcTion

Downtown Neighborhood Assocation

The Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin, a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization, promotes the economic vitality of Elgin’s central business district through, economic development, special events, historical preservation and promotions. Because of this, the DNA is a vital organization not only to downtown Elgin, but to the entire city of Elgin, and beyond. The DNA is the first stop for individuals and businesses, alike, looking to dine, shop, work, play, live and grow in downtown Elgin. Our staff provides one-on-one assistance to business and property owners by facilitating site selection, guiding applicants through the city’s permitting and licensing processes as well as the City’s incentive programs. The DNA also promotes Elgin’s central business district through our active social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, in addition to, the DNA’s very popular “Top 10” and “Weekend Reminder,” e-newsletters.

We keep both publications fresh and relevant so the reader can rely on them to plan a their family celebrations, special date night, group outings, girl’s night out or perhaps to discover what events are in the works, such as the Fourth of July Parade, Downtown Pub Crawl, Nightmare on Chicago Street, the DNA’s Harvest Market, or maybe even the popular winter event, the DNA Window Wonderland. Downtown Elgin, an educated and diverse urban area that boasts a cool, edgy, retro vibe, is part of a larger region that supports a population of 109,000. Elgin’s downtown neighborhood offers its pick of local theater groups, such as Janus Theater Company, Elgin Theatre Company and Elgin Summer Theatre, just to name a few. In addition, downtown Elgin is home to Elgin ArtSpace Lofts, Side Street Studio Arts, and Elgin Symphony Orchestra. Every day of the week you can be guaranteed to find something that will pique your interest and certainly entertain your spirit. A nice compliment to our art scene is the diverse selection of eateries,

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bars and shops. Whether you are looking for a finely crafted stout, or a perfectly shaken Martini, you will find it in downtown Elgin. We are the home of award-winning pizza, outdoor dining, international flavors, world’s best shakes and causal and fine dining options. After a meal, take a stroll through our beautiful streets and discover trinkets and treasures you will not find in a big box store. We are also a destination for Vegasstyle slots, table games, restaurants and entertainment, all available at the

Grand Victoria Casino. And this summer, the Grand Vic brings us Fourth of July fireworks and a concert series that includes Heart, Peter Frampton, Boston, Gary Allen and Jerrod Niemann, just to name a few. The Downtown Neighborhood Association is proud of all the local businesses that bring to the community entertainment, activities and a vibrant downtown area that you can all call home (even if you are just visiting). Stop by — it’s happening right here in Downtown Elgin.

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Advocate Sherman Hospital

Partner in health By Tonya lucchetti-Hudson

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Elgin Town SEcTion

Advocate Sherman Hospital

Advocate Sherman Hospital works with local organizations to improve health, wellness and literacy in the community To improve the health of the communities it serves, Advocate Sherman Hospital partners with organizations in ways that, at first glance, may seem to have nothing to do with health — like giving newborn babies library cards. Through a partnership with Gail Borden Public Library, all babies born at Sherman Hospital who live in the library district are able to get their own library card within their first few days of life as part of the Baby’s First Library Card program. Families are invited back to the library to check out books, and also receive a free gift basket of educational goodies donated by local businesses. Baby’s First Library Card is one of the many ways Sherman Hospital partners with local community organizations and schools to promote literacy and education for Elgin area families — the building blocks for a successful and healthy life.

“Advocate Sherman Hospital is committed to leading health in the communities we serve,” says hospital President Linda Deering. “To do this, we need to look at the barriers to health in our communities — lack of literacy and education are big ones.” Research suggests that low literacy is associated with poor management of chronic health conditions such as diabetes and hypertension, as well as increased hospitalizations and mortality. According to the Center for Healthcare Strategies, about 50 percent of American adults have difficulty understanding and using health information to make appropriate health decisions. Patients with low literacy skills have a 50 percent increased risk of hospitalization and add an estimated $230 billion to the country’s annual health care costs. “We see how important literacy is to health every day,” says Deering. “We send people home with treatment plans, nutrition plans and medication instructions, and their outcomes are dependent upon how well they understand and follow them.” Deering feels Sherman Hospital

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does a good job of explaining information while patients are in their care, however, the patient or caregiver needs to be able to understand and manage the care plans on their own at home. “If we really want to change the health of our communities, we R i c k W e s t / need to get to the root Dolly Woodruff, birth registrar at Advocate Sherman cause of the issue,” Hospital, gives Arianna Carlisle and her newborn son, Ethan Hayes, his first library card 18 hours after he Deering says. was born last year. In addition to programs like Baby’s First Library Card, Sherto consumer-centric care, from a focus man Hospital supports early literon treating sickness to maintaining acy and education through the Elgin wellness, it is critical people become Partnership for Early Learning and active participants in managing their the United Way of Elgin’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library — a program own health. “We’re no longer in the business of that provides Elgin children a free just waiting for the sick to show up at book a month from the time of birth our doors,” Deering says. to age 5. “We are forging partnerships to eduDeering also serves as board chair cate about disease prevention and for the newly established Alignment maintenance to help people avoid Collaborative for Education. As the health care paradigm contin- costly health care interventions and improve their quality of life.” ues to shift from hospital-centric care

The Literacy Connection


Hundreds of volunteers, thousands of hours By carolyn chadwell

for ESL learners

The Literacy Connection

Learner Achievements from Fiscal Year 2014

The Literacy Connection is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that helps adults acquire fundamental literacy skills and learn to read, write, speak and understand English. Learners are provided tutoring services free in the 16 communities we serve.

• 141 improved their score on standardized tests • 103 attained consumer skills • 96 increased involvement in their children’s educational activities • 60 improved employability skills • 40 got a job or better job • 10 got a driver’s license • 3 achieved citizenship

Mission The Literacy Connection is dedicated to helping adults in the northwest suburbs reach their literacy goals through one-on-one volunteer tutoring and small group instruction.

Learner Characteristics

Program Statistics from Fiscal Year 2014 • 165 tutors volunteered 10,691 hours • 282 adults were tutored in the volunteer and family literacy programs • There are 525 dependent children of adult learners • Average waiting list for programs was 130 students • Average wait time was 13 months


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day with the girls, a great date night, or a quick trip with the kids, they all happen at Algonquin Commons Mall. Voted one of the best shopping centers for McHenry County, we have everything to make life just fabulous. Our easy-access, open lifestyle center has 9 dining options, over 50 national stores, local boutiques and fun seasonal entertainment options! Fashion Fix For a fabulous day of fashion, Algonquin Commons is staffed with friendly professionals ready and willing to help you with all of your shopping needs. There are stores with everything from hip kids fashions, to great up-to-date looks for women to sports gear or new jeans for the family. To keep up-to-date on the latest sales and fashions visit our website at Nightlife and Great Dining Who doesn’t love a night on the town every-once-in-a-while? Especially when it is close to home with world-class food

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and great entertainment. Nine dining options give you many choices for a great lunch with friends or an intimate date night. There is everything from Thai, to Mongolian, to Mexican, American, Coastal, Italian and juicy burgers. After dinner there are places for outdoor drinks, sports enthusiasts, live band entertainment and much more. Watch the Algonquin Commons’ Facebook page for great entertainment and dining information at Everyday Needs Who has time to run everywhere for your regular household needs? At Algonquin Commons it is onestop-shopping from groceries, to pets, to school supplies or beauty products. Visit Algonquin Commons today to experience fabulous.

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A “typical” adult learner in the program in 2014 was a 43-year-old married Hispanic mother of two children. She was from Mexico, where she attended nine years of education. She lived in Elgin and was employed fulltime, but her family income was less than $30,000/year. For more information, contact us at or (847) 7426565. We are located on the second floor of the Gail Borden Public Library; 270 N. Grove Avenue, Elgin 60120. Visit to learn more..



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Elgin Cultural Arts Commission

artistic renaissance By Sean Hargadon

It has been said the City of Elgin is experiencing an artistic renaissance. Whether it’s theater, music, dance or film — painting, sculpture or photography — the arts keep growing and expanding within the “city in the suburbs.” There is something for everyone. If you prefer something more traditional, facilities like the Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin Community College Performing Arts Center, and the Elgin Academy Rider Center offer performances by such Elgin stalwarts as the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Elgin Theatre Company, Elgin Master Chorale, Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra and Children’s Theater of Elgin. These perennial companies continue to deliver high quality performances to audiences near and far. They also form a solid foundation that compliments a whole host of other artistic projects taking place in Elgin. In just two years, Side Street Studio Arts has emerged as one of the “go-to” places in downtown Elgin. This unique gallery/performance space has hosted

countless events ranging from live painting competitions, theater performances, art shows, kids programs, and classical and rock concerts, featuring the very popular Battle of the Bands each summer. Speaking of music, a vibrant local music scene has developed downtown with a range of folk, punk, and alternative performances being offered at Rediscover Records, Blue Box Café, Gasthaus, Danny’s, Chooch’s, and Next Door Theater. On a larger scale, the Grand Victoria Summer Concert series continues at Festival Park adjacent to the Fox River. The series will expand this year to include Heart, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot, Peter Frampton, Michale McDonald, Boston, and Huey Lewis and the News. Art & Soul on the Fox also returns this summer. The annual event sets up downtown and includes more than 80 artists presenting works in all mediums. Around the corner is the mixeduse Elgin Artspace Lofts. This building provides live/work space for artists and will feature “Fez Fest” by local artist Dave Metzger, a pop culture event

The “Jingle Bell Jam!” is one of many musical J o h n S t a r k S / The Children’s Theater offers high quality performances in events in Elgin. Elgin. local and national filmmakers. The showcasing the fez in art, history, and Elgin 360 Photography Club is a pop culture. Down the street, the Elgin Art Show- group of amateurs and professioncase will have a new look and logo this als that provides workshops, seminars and supports local events through summer just in time for an upcomphotography. ing season of dance, music and theAdding to this mix of activity is ater performances from Janus Theanother year of Nightmare on Chicago ater Company, Independent Players, Street. “Nightmare,” as it has been Heartland Voices and Core Project called is a like a horror movie come Dance. to life. The one night festival takes Out on the fringe, the Elgin Fringe over the streets of downtown Elgin, Festival will return for its second year, where cars are overturned, windows after its highly successful debut. This dynamic event features more than 100 are boarded up, debris is scattered throughout the streets, and everyone performances over four days. Groups from across the country will perform at is dressed up as their favorite horror unique venues throughout downtown. character. When you put it all together, Elgin There will also be visual art on display continues to remake itself through the and activities for families and kids. arts, one event and one artist at a time. And whether it’s digital or celluThis is good for the community, good loid, Elgin is quickly becoming a desfor local business, and good for peotination for photography and film. ple looking for place where creativity The Elgin Short Film Festival returns thrives. Please join us. this fall and will feature films from


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SAINT EDWARD CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL Celebrating 73 Years of Educational Excellence

• College Preparatory School • AP and Honors Classes • 22 Varsity Sport Teams • Daily Mass and Student Retreats

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Elgin: Fascinating history, news stories By Jerry Turnquist Daily Herald columnist

This special section is filled with all kinds of news and activities in Elgin, but life in our city was very different years ago. An “alien list,” the sale of an iconic Elgin building, and the controversy over a proposed baseball field were just some of the stories making news Jerry Turnquist in years past. Here’s a look at those and other stories that made headlines in late spring and early summer 100, 75 and 50 years ago.



Crowded City Jail A total of 1,517 people — all men — who were housed in the city jail over an unspecified two-month period set a record for the period according to city officials. The overnight guests, who were provided a place to sleep on the floor and given a roll and a cup of coffee in the morning, were also directed by police to leave town. Housing and feeding the men — described

as “tramps” — at the police station had greatly cut down on begging at area homes, city officials added.

Women Candidates “Women know the needs of boys and girls better than men because both at home and school they are entrusted with their care,” said one of the two women candidates running for the school board. “It would also be an advantage to teachers to have a member of their own sex on the school board,” she added. The women candidates, who were part of a slate that included several men and which advocated more community use of school buildings, lost handily to the incumbents.

Racine, Ottawa and Streator, said the park would also benefit the community as a place for city teams as well as high school students to play. Baseball also made the news as Elgin police announced a “war” on baseball pools — a form of gambling said to be especially commonplace at many Elgin businesses.

Triplets Graduate

1940 Petunia Won

Baseball Controversy “It is simply outrageous that they should choose a spot so close to our beautiful park for their baseball field,” said a representative of a local women’s group, about plans to locate a “Bi-state Field” across the street from the city’s west side Wing Park. In addition to the noise from fans, the women also objected to the “hoodlums” who would be present. Promoters of the new Elgin field, which eventually drew teams from Aurora, Freeport,

The triplets’ mother said she allowed the children to appear in an advertisement for a special type of baby food they used when they were younger, but shunned any further attention since she wanted her children to lead normal lives.


In an age in which most students did not complete high school, Elgin High School was proud to announce the graduation of triplets Jeanette, David and John Ress from the school. Born and raised in the city, the students said their success was due to liking many of the same things and also helping each other with schoolwork — though the boys admitted Jeanette was the “boss.”

The vote was unanimous. The official Elgin city flower was the petunia. Recommended by various garden groups, the selection was approved by the Elgin City Council which requested residents plant petunias in their gardens and flower boxes. The city parks commissioner also pledged his support to work with various organizations who wanted to achieve the “City Beautiful” by planting more trees, shrubs and flowers.

School District Cuts “It has been deemed advisable to reduce costs in departments not deemed absolutely essential,” said a school board member in advocating plans to eliminate band, orchestra and choral programs from the district. The budget reductions were part of

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“retrenchments” made by the board which had also cut the school year from 9 to 8½ months. One citizen suggested the district cut “domestic arts, art, and athletics” instead while another proposed a tax increase. “I’ve lived in Elgin 36 years and yet to see the town warm up to any tax proposals,” retorted one woman.


James Roche later became president of General Motors. One of the top executive’s first jobs was as a co-owner of a gas station on Elgin’s east side.

Classic Films Moviegoers had their choice of two notable films, “Gone with the Wind” and “The Grapes of Wrath,” which debuted in proximity at the city’s Crocker Theater. Admission to “The Grapes of Wrath” was the normal price of 20 cents for adults and 10 cents for children. Tickets to the highly rated “Gone with the Wind” generally required reserved seats and admission prices increased to several times the normal amount.

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The Elgin National Watch Co. announced it sold its iconic main plant on National Street near South Grove Avenue for an undisclosed amount of money. Officials said that operations of the 100-year-old Elgin company had been moved to a plant on Fleetwood Drive on the west side and to Elgin, South Carolina — a town originally named Blaney that renamed itself “Elgin” to attract the company. While there was some speculation that a shopping center would be built on the site — which would eventually happen — nothing publicly had been announced.

GM President After beginning his career at a young age as a statistician with the Cadillac Division, James Roche a 1923 graduate

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of Elgin High School, assumed the role as president of General Motors Co. Born and raised in Elgin, one of Roche’s first ventures into the business world was GAIL BORDEN co-owning a PUBLIC LIBRARY gas station at James Roche, shown Dundee Ave- in his 1923 Elgin High nue and Kim- School yearbook ball Street on picture. Elgin’s east side. Roche was also said to have acquired an early interest in automobiles through an association with an uncle who owned the Chandler and Cleveland car business in the 1920s.


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Saying it was succumbing to the increased congestion in the Chicago area, the 50-mile Elgin-Chicago Bike Race decided to call it quits after 38 years. Beginning in front of the Elgin National Watch Co. not far from the current Grand Victoria Casino the bikers raced north on Route 31 through West Dundee, Carpentersville and Algonquin to Cary. They then turned southeast on Route 14 and traveled through Fox River Grove, Barrington, Palatine, Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect, Des Plaines and Park Ridge, before ending one-half mile east of Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago. Some said organizers should have continued the race by moving it to a forest preserve or the former Elgin Road Race course .

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Foreign born Elginites who were not yet citizens were requested by the mayor to add their name to an “Alien list” he was compiling. The top official said he was doing so as an “Americanism activity” and to aid authorities in “curbing any subversive elements.” The Elgin city clerk said there were likely several hundred people living in the city who were not American citizens, adding that about 500 Elginites had been naturalized in the past ten



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