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By Noah Festenstein | December 16, 2022

Acting mayor and Prospect Heights Ald. Matthew Dolick (5th) filed to re-run for his spot on the city council Friday. According to Deputy City Clerk Karen Schultheis, Dolick arrived at Prospect Heights City Hall today (Dec. 16) to submit his candidate packet for 5th Ward alderman. Dolick stepped in as acting mayor after former mayor Nick Helmer unexpectedly passed away […]

By Noah Festenstein | December 16, 2022

A pedestrian fatally struck by a vehicle Friday, Dec. 9 has been identified as 82-year-old Rolling Meadows resident Rosina Stanzer Loew. At approximately 4:45 p.m. that day, according to Rolling Meadows police, first responders were called to the 2100 block of Kirchoff Road for a 2012 Toyota Prius that allegedly struck Loew, who at the time was walking her dog […]

By Noah Festenstein | December 16, 2022

With an ode to nostalgia for the holidays, Arlington Heights Memorial Library (AHML) has partnered with a Long Island, NY, museum to temporarily display 12 original arcade video game machines for free play until Jan. 15. Most of the biggest amusement-based companies during the early 1900s were stationed in Chicago — amongst them was Gottlieb and Co. In 1931, David […]

By Noah Festenstein | December 16, 2022

Rolling Meadows City Council may need to prepare for a ward shake-up come the April 2023 election. Five positions are up for grabs, including mayor as Joe Gallo’s term is about to expire, and if he chooses to re-run, who would oppose Ald. Lara Sanoica (7th) who this week announced her bid for mayor. Nominating petition submissions began Monday, Dec. […]

By Noah Festenstein | December 16, 2022

Candidate filings for various Arlington Heights board positions are still active until Monday, Dec. 19 at 5 p.m. This includes four board of trustee positions, three library board positions and three park board positions. According to Arlington Heights Village Clerk Becky Hume, five candidates have filed for the four expiring trustee terms. Trustees whose four-year terms are expiring are Mary […]

By Noah Festenstein | December 13, 2022

All city council positions are up for grabs in the local April 4, 2023 election. Positions on the ballot are for mayor, treasurer, city clerk, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th wards. Candidates have until Monday, Dec. 19 at 5 p.m. to file their nominating petitions. As of Monday, Dec. 12 at 5 p.m., a combined seven individuals had filed, […]

By Noah Festenstein | December 13, 2022

A pair of familiar girls basketball foes matched up in Park Ridge Friday night, Dec. 9, in the host Maine East Blue Demons (1-7) and Maine West Warriors (4-5). The Warriors of Des Plaines took an early commanding lead and never looked back in their 48-19 victory over the Blue Demons. Persistent turnovers by East helped West claim the first […]

By Noah Festenstein | December 12, 2022

Ushering in preliminary expectations for the local April elections, three existing Wheeling Village Board members turned in their nominating petitions for reelection as candidate submissions began at 8 a.m. Monday. Currently, three village trustee positions are up for grabs as their four-year terms are expiring. Candidates who filed on the first day (Dec. 12) during the same time at 8 […]

By Noah Festenstein | December 12, 2022

Despite unexpected delays and material strikes elsewhere in the region, Elk Grove Public Works anticipates the village’s new tall, oval-shaped water tower, under construction at Busse Road and Oakton Street, to be fully operational by fall 2023. Built on concrete bases, the new steel shell will replace an aging tower at 701 W. Pratt Blvd. near Tonne Road. According to […]

By Noah Festenstein | December 09, 2022

Wheeling Fire Department and Long Grove EMTs received life saving and company citation awards at the Dec. 5 Wheeling Village Board meeting for firefighters who saved the life of a 48-year-old female succumbing to cardiac arrest. Wheeling Fire Chief Mike McGreal presented the awards to all involved in the Aug. 30 incident where they received a 9-1-1 call for an […]

By Noah Festenstein | December 09, 2022

An ordinance was approved by Wheeling Village Board members that prohibits non-electric vehicles from parking at electric vehicle charging stations across town, stipulating a $100 fine and towing for anyone who violates the new ordinance. According to the village, the $100 fine would come with a possible tow for non-electric vehicles parked at the charging stations. The ordinance regulates both […]

By Noah Festenstein | December 09, 2022

After public surveying, a master plan has been approved for one of Wheeling’s most coveted areas along Milwaukee Avenue between Lake Cook and Hintz roads. Known as “Restaurant Row”, the historic strip of vast culinary options — over 20 in all — is ripe for improvements, according to a presentation made at the Monday, Dec. 5 village board meeting. Known […]

By Noah Festenstein | December 09, 2022

Metra Police told Journal & Topics Friday afternoon the driver of the car struck by a westbound Union Pacific Northwest Line Metra train Thursday, Dec. 8 was a 90-year-old woman who said she was stuck between the closed gates. Metra police said the vehicle was hit at the rear-end passenger side, and the driver was sent to a local hospital […]

By Noah Festenstein | December 09, 2022

Lightning sometimes strikes twice, as a story 141 years in the making continues with the replenishment of a historical Wheeling artifact: the Zion German Presbyterian Church bell. Over the years, the bell has seen it all, including being struck by lightning twice and sitting on a sidewalk for five decades. Yet for its historical significance, the bell still holds value […]

By Noah Festenstein | December 06, 2022

With the deadline looming to submit nominating petitions to appear on the next local election ballot, former Ald. Richard Hamen discussed his run to return to Prospect Heights City Council, stating he plans to be on the ballot in April. “I’ve spent the last year and a half recovering from a spinal injury from a car accident,” Hamen told the […]

By Noah Festenstein | December 02, 2022

A 24-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman were found with gunshot wounds in the 1500 block of Silver Lane near Dundee Road and Route 53 in unincorporated Palatine Thursday night, Dec. 1. Cook County Sheriff’s police responded at approximately 9:45 p.m. to reports of gunshots fired. Upon arrival, police stated they found the male with a gunshot wound to his […]

By Noah Festenstein | November 30, 2022

Arlington Heights ushered in its holiday season on Black Friday, Nov. 25, with the annual lighting of over 80,000 lights in North School Park. “We have a lot to be thankful for here in the village of Arlington Heights, lots of exciting things happening here for the holiday season,” said Mayor Thomas Hayes from the podium. Then, after a countdown […]

By Noah Festenstein | November 29, 2022

The annual candlelight ceremony to remember victims of impaired or reckless driving crashes will be held at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Mission in Rosemont Wednesday, Dec. 7. Co-hosted by Executive Director of Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) Rita Kreslin, the ceremony is also hosted by Secretary of State Jesse White. It is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. in […]

By Noah Festenstein | November 29, 2022

It was a magical Thanksgiving week for both Prospect and Elk Grove high school marching bands as they drove down to Orlando, FL, for a chance to perform in front of the Magic Kingdom castle Thursday, Nov. 24. Four schools from Illinois got the distinct experience in sharing the stage to perform Disney music. The schools were given the songs […]

By Noah Festenstein | November 29, 2022

Prospect Heights City Council voted to change the name of its monthly city council workshop meetings to “regular meetings.” “We are going to change all city council meetings to regular city council meetings,” Acting Mayor Matthew Dolick said. “We are not going to address regular workshop items there. We are going to have a workshop meeting at least twice a […]



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