Thursday, September 24, 2009

Many Kane Co. departments could soon run out of funds

"Basically, it says they can go and ask for more money," Pattelli said. "And if it's denied, the board is going to stop paying their bills."

several departments remain on pace to spend more money than allotted. Finance Director Cheryl Pattelli has sent memos to those departments heads asking what they intend to, and to spell out potential consequences awaiting them.

"I would not be the first sheriff, and I probably won't be the last, to exceed budget and get an adjustment at the end of the year," Perez said of how he'll pay all his bills. Pattelli's memo has Perez between $1.1 and $1.3 million short.

Click on the following for more of the details:  Daily Herald | Many Kane Co. departments could soon run out of funds

Huntley board approves home rule powers

What might be coming to Belvidere if the 2010 census counts over 25,000 residents.  If over 25,000, only a referendum will stop it.  2005 population estimates show a large increase, as the population rose to 24,593 [per wikipedia]

Home rule status, which can be achieved by popular vote or when a town exceeds 25,000 citizens, gives towns greater taxing and regulatory powers.

Huntley can now impose additional sales taxes, and property tax increases are not capped by the rate of inflation, village officials said.

Click on the following for more details:  Daily Herald | Huntley board approves home rule powers

Belvidere’s DUI arrests up 82 percent from last year

"It’s highly unlikely that such big increases in arrests indicate corresponding increases in impaired drivers on the roads in those towns; it just means more of them were being detected and arrested last year compared to previous years

The biggest increases in arrests among the top departments were in Decatur where DUI arrests jumped by 121 percent in 2008 compared to 2007, Roscoe (99%), Aurora (88%), Belvidere (82%) and Orland Park (47%)

.Also, the Rockford Police Department finished first in the state in DUI arrests among municipal departments with 785 arrests for 2008.

Click on the following for more detailsThe Belvidere Daily Republican. - Belvidere’s DUI arrests up 82 percent from last year

Genoa-South Elgin Amtrak route edges out Belvidere

A more neutral view of the Amtrak train decision.

Weber said the research that is needed to prove or disprove Belvidere's contention could not have been finished in time for the stimulus funds application.

Also, the (Genoa) route follows one railroad through its entire corridor," while the Belvidere route would require switching from Metra tracks to Union Pacific tracks to Canadian National tracks, Weber said. "When a train gets handed off from one company to another, we've found that has a negative impact on service dependability."

two construction seasons to upgrade the rail line, build stations, adjust crossing signals to reflect the greater speeds used by passenger trains, build a place for the Amtrak train to park overnight in Dubuque, etc. He said service probably could begin in early 2012.

Click on the following:  Genoa-South Elgin Amtrak route edges out Belvidere :: The Courier News :: Local News

Critics voice concern over video gambling :: Beacon News

Geneva, Il  -- Opponents of video gambling say it would enrich few people, ruin lives, destroy families, create false hopes for independent wealth and harm youth.

"This would make few people rich," said Dr. C. Alfred Patten of St. Charles, a retired senior pastor of Baker United Methodist Church in St. Charles.

Click on the following for more detailsCritics voice concern over video gambling :: Beacon News :: Local News