Saturday, August 4, 2012
KickStarter project asks people to help fund a documentary video that would explore the early days of the settlements along the Fox.
Saturday, August 4, 2012
"Let's produce a video documentary about the Fox River and how important it has been in the development of Geneva for over 175 years." That's the opening of the KickStarter website plug to find donors willing to help pay for The History of the Fox River in Geneva, Illinois video program. According to the website, the hope is "to explore the early days of Native American settlements in the Geneva area as well as the economic opportunities the river provided for such businesses as the Butter and Cheese Manufacturing Company, Bennett Mill, Howell Company and the Charles Pope Glucose Company to name just a few." This 20-minute video survey of how the Fox River serves the community of Geneva will also detail the beauty of the river and the many…
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The "modern archeologists" who star in the History Channel show plan to be in Illinois in September, according to a show producer.
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
You know Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz—the duo on the History Channel's American Pickers? The guys who find great joy and a little adventure in treasure-hunting through rural barns and out-of-the-way shops? They are coming to Illinois in mid-September, and producers are looking for good picking grounds. They want colorful characters who value collections and the stories behind them. Specifically, they are looking for old movie posters, unusual transistor or tabletop radios, pinball and slot machines, antique casino or gaming machines, bicycles from the 1940s or earlier, old rodeo items and early Halloween items, among other things, according to producers. Know anybody like that in Geneva? Wolf and Fritz are not interested in farming and …
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Competition aims to capture unique images of Geneva, IL.
Want to be part of a museum exhibition at the Geneva History Center? The Geneva History Center is hosting the 2nd Annual Community Photo Contest and Exhibition. This competition aims to capture unique images of the community and essence of life in Geneva to help preserve images of Geneva for future generations. Photographs can be submitted now through June 1, 2012. A jury comprised of professional photographers will select a total of 25 photographs for display in the Geneva History Center Museum lobby from June 14 through Nov. 1, 2012. Cash prizes include: First place $150, Second place $100, Third place $50. Sponsored in part by the Geneva Cultural Arts Commission and Fox Valley Sudden Values. The contest is open to everyone and the …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Here's the sample Republican ballot for Geneva's East Side.
It's getting close to the March 20 primary. You're wondering who the heck you're going to vote for. Well, if you live on the East Side of Geneva and you're voting in the Republican primary, your sample ballot will look something like what you see below. You can view for yourself by visiting the Kane County Clerk's website, clicking on "More" under the "Elections" header on the left, then "Sample Ballot." You'll need to type in your last name, street number and street name. (Only the first word of the street name is necessary. For example: "Downing" rather than "Downing Place.") Here's a link to the PDF for the Republican primary ballot for Geneva's East Side. But for your convenience, I've re-typed it below. Let me know if you see any …
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Legislator makes rare public address at Elmhurst College Government Forum.
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan said the state has a long way to go to get out of its current financial hole. However, he said legislators made a good start last year by cutting Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposed budget by $2 billion. Madigan made a rare public address to a forum at Elmhurst College and outlined some of the fiscal challenges facing the state, but he offered few election year remedies. Tuesday’s event was the fifth annual governmental forum held at Elmhurst College. Madigan used broad strokes to outline some of the economic concerns facing Illinois, including pension reform, state budget, workers compensation, unemployment and educational reform. Madigan, a Chicago Democrat, said addressing the state budget is the most …
Thursday, December 15, 2011
What do you say? The data reveals that married couples make up barely half of all American households.
The segment of the married U.S. population is about 51 percent, a decline of about 6 percent since the last census in 2000. In Illinois, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates about 52 percent of men, 18 and older, and 47 percent of women, 18 and older, are married. A societal snapshot As the Washington Post points out, the data reflects current conditions; meaning people who are unmarried today may not remain single over time. "(The data) are a byproduct of a steady increase in the median age when people first marry, now at an all-time high of older than 26 for women and almost 29 for men," says the Washington Post. According to an expert cited in The Huffington Post, the reason is twofold: "The fast-growing older population is more likely to …
Friday, December 9, 2011
Check your credit cards and account balances. I-PASS customers may notice unnecessary charges and refunds.
The Illinois Tollway issued a statement at about 10:56 a.m. Friday announcing a software issue that could result in bad charges or refunds. On the morning of Dec. 9, the Illinois Tollway's I-PASS system encountered a software issue and erroneously began a cycle of account charges and refunds to I-PASS accounts that were scheduled for automatic balance replenishment. As a result, I-PASS customers may notice unnecessary charges and refunds from the Tollway on their credit and debit cards. "We are currently working to ensure that all I-PASS automatic replenishment accounts have been correctly refunded," the statement said. "We are also working with our banks to ensure that customers do not incur overdraft fees as a result of this computer …
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Percentage also exceeds No Child Left Behind target of 85 percent. But two schools and the district did not make "adequate yearly progress" as defined by NCLB.
Average scores achieved on state tests by Geneva School District’s students far outpaced the average statewide scores, according to building and district report cards compiled and released recently by the Illinois State Board of Education. The report cards show that 91.2 percent of Geneva’s students tested at or above state standards on all state tests. The state average for students meeting or exceeding standards on state tests is 76.5 percent. Following the state’s graduated growth model for compliance with the No Child Left Behind Act, this year’s target percentage for meeting or exceeding standards was 85.0 percent. The No Child Left Behind Act calls for 100.0 percent of students to meet or exceed standards by 2014. “We are extremely …
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Many of the stories coming from the 'Occupy' camps talk about huge college debt and lack of opportunity. Maybe there's nothing to be done about the job market at the moment. But there ARE options when it comes to college debt.
I’m not sure how I feel about Occupy Wall Street and the other “Occupy” camps springing up, protesting ... I’m not sure exactly what, besides income inequities and anger at Wall Street types. But I have seen calls for student loan forgiveness ... Just because. I’ve seen COUNTLESS video messages and photographs that talk about massive student loan debt coupled with an inability to get a job. Here are two: Some of the notes mention $50,000 or $60,000 or even more in student loans. Add to such stories the news that last year, the amount of student loans taken out crossed the $100 billion mark, for the first time, and total loans outstanding will hit the $1 trillion—that’s TRILLION—for the first time. Students are borrowing twice what they did…
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant literally helps Kane County get the lead out.
Kane County has been awarded a $1.04 million grant by the U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development to address lead-based paint hazards in area homes, and to develop a countywide Healthy Homes Program. The county is one of only 39 jurisdictions nationwide to receive Federal funding. Local matching funds for the program, totaling $260,000, will be provided by Kane County and the cities of Aurora and Elgin. The news was released Tuesday in a joint announcement by Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay and U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren. “We all expect to be safe in our homes, and this funding will directly help Kane County families by providing their children a safe and healthy home environment, where they can flourish without worrying …