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  • 2015-01-24 18:11:19
    Jim on Dog Dies After Attack in Lake Forest: These situations are traumatic, however a simple solution learned from a mail man who delivered door to door, was to carry a small plastic squirt gun filled with ammonia. One squirt in the face...end of problem. [Read More]
  • 2015-01-24 12:33:04
    B. Friedland on Dog Dies After Attack in Lake Forest: This story is alarming, infuriating and very very sad. I am surprised at the insignificant consequences: a 10 day quarantine? No wonder there are dogs running about, and dog yards with open gates! A few tickets and a 10 day quarantine for killing someone's beloved pet? Are you kidding?
    Stiffer consequences will assure a better behavior on the part of dog owners! Huge fines and the threat of dog removal just might make owners double check their gates, and keep a better eye on their dog!

    Every dog owner should be concerned! As these tragic stories multiply, they will cause public outcry against ALL DOGS, and lead to a restriction of ALL DOGS in public places--leash or not!

    I strongly suggest STRONGER PENALTIES for attacks and
    negligence ! We must nip this in the bud, and we must make our sidewalks safe for humans and pets!

    My deepest sympathy to the family of Ollie. [Read More]

  • 2015-01-24 11:24:23
    Alice on Dog Dies After Attack in Lake Forest: I agree with NDC. A friend and I live and walk in east LF. Knowing the location of the attack would be helpful. [Read More]
  • 2015-01-24 09:08:06
    Terry on Dog Dies After Attack in Lake Forest: I'm so sorry to hear this tragic story about Ollie . While walking my 2 50lb dogs on a leash Tuesday night this week I had a german shepherd come out of someone's home and attack both my dogs. It's terrifying watching, unable to do anything. One of my dogs was ok, the other ended up in surgery with bite lacerations which required sutures. She is doing well now, but it was horrifying. What is making this 10 times worse is the lack of concern from the owner of the shepherd. We have not even received " how is your dog doing"? She said she will pay, but of course wants to meet with the vet first. Really? Of course we had to pay up front, so what are the chances we will see any money back. Animal control has been contacted, however I will never walk down that street again which has the entrance to a forest preserve path, I just don't feel safe on that street. If you are going to own any animal be responsible and take ownership of your pets actions!!!!!! [Read More]
  • 2015-01-24 08:14:21
    Gary Doyle on LB Demo Apps Off To Brisk Start : The truth is, as the economy improves, more demolitions will occur, and ever-larger McMansions will replace what was once Lake Bluff's unique character. Unfortunately, Landmarks Illinois is correct -- our historic preservations ordinance IS toothless. Especially compared to those of neighboring towns like Lake Forest, Highland Park and Kenilworth. The time to act is now, but I don't see much evidence of that action happening. [Read More]
  • 2015-01-23 23:00:45
    Mary on Dog Dies After Attack in Lake Forest: Unfortunately killer dogs are now protected and the horrific tragedies are the NEW abnormal. A child will be harmed if people don't take on this cause and get involved as deaths, dismemberments and permanent disfigurements are on the rise. This organization has fliers you can print out and distribute in your neighborhood to keep people informed. [Read More]
  • 2015-01-23 22:56:50
    Mary on Dog Dies After Attack in Lake Forest: dogs that can get out of a gate and attack shouldn't be kept as pets. Lions are not allowed as pets next door.. BULLY Breeds and their bully deeds are giving children who witness these attacks depression, nightmares and post traumatic stress disorder. The damage to the public is far too great. [Read More]
  • 2015-01-23 20:18:50
    NDC on Dog Dies After Attack in Lake Forest: I am so sorry to hear about this. As a resident of east Lake Forest and owner of a tiny dog you should disclose the general area in which this occurred. If one wants to own hostile dogs, dogs which now have killed, we as residents should be aware where the danger is. This time it was a small dog, will the next time be a small child? Shameful that the owners are allowed to keep their dangerous dogs. [Read More]
  • 2015-01-23 08:51:40
    Lise Dominique on Rabbit Rescue!: Very happy to hear that the bunny rabbit was safely captured by the very rabbit-savvy Toni Greetis and Tamara! "Kennedy" will be on good hands with Red Door Shelter. They do so much good work for so many animals. [Read More]
  • 2015-01-22 10:47:54
    Carol Fry on Can Northfield’s Fry Make 'Idol'?: What a terrific article. Thanks for sharing this with everyone. [Read More]
  • 2015-01-21 11:48:39
    Kristen on Rabbit Seeking Respite: Please contact Red Door Animal Shelter to rescue this bunny! [Read More]
  • 2015-01-21 10:48:09
    DavidF on Rabbit Seeking Respite: If you can get close enough, try throwing a blanket or large towel over it. That should confuse the rabbit long enough to catch it. [Read More]
  • 2015-01-20 21:24:04
    Lisa Spano on Inside the Press Box: Baseball: Congratulations to Brad and his family! [Read More]
  • 2015-01-19 08:59:51
    Larry McCotter on LB Demo Apps Off To Brisk Start : I question whether the Village actually does "strike a balance between property rights and preservation".

    Throughout the decade prior to the 2008 recession, we faced a parade of developers who had their way with our bulk ordinance, zoning laws and historic preservation - maximizing the square footage they could squeeze onto a small lot because they, "were giving consumers what they want".

    They weren't. As luck would have it, now that all the one-story ranch houses have been demolished, guess what turns out to be all the rage among a baby-boom generation with decrepit knees.

    I'd like to suggest that not all "Property Rights" should be considered equal. When we read above that... "builder D.R. Horton Cambridge Homes seeks to demolish the house, sub-divide the lot and build two homes"... at 40 E. Center, I believe that those responsible for Planning and Zoning for the Village be empowered to reject such a mercenary plan as being detrimental to the character of Lake Bluff.

    Janet Nelson's suggestions above are a good start.

    We don't really strike a balance, do we. Historic Preservation always looses out to the interest of developers who have little interest in maintaining the future character of our town.

    Let's empower our Planning/Zoning board to make decisions that respect the "property rights"of legitimate Lake Bluff homeowners while holding transient development interests to a higher standard than we currently do. [Read More]

  • 2015-01-17 13:25:33
    Marc Dumas on Q & A with Paul Pryma: I was a student manager for Coach Pryma in the late 80s at Ignatius and I remember that night at Gordon Tech. Coach is one of the greatest mentors I have ever had. He cut me twice and let me stay on as a manager and worked me to death - but he taught me how to coach, (I coached High school baseball from 1999-2011) how to set up practices, how to deal with parents, how to teach young men to be men. He cares for the people that work for him. He spoke at my confirmation that was held at St Ignatius and to the day he died my father reminded me of that speech. I'm grateful to know him. And I still wear sweater vests because of him.

    Marc Dumas [Read More]

  • 2015-01-16 20:03:53
    Janet Nelson on LB Demo Apps Off To Brisk Start : I am extremely concerned about the future of our Village. I believe the preservation, protection, and recognition of Lake Bluff’s properties is critical to maintaining our character, sense of place and legacy … leading reasons many choose to live in Lake Bluff. Once a building is gone it takes away another piece of our character and history.

    I encourage the Village governing bodies to examine how a change in our ordinances may provide more protection to all homeowners.
    A suggested start would be to revise the demolition application to include and review such items as:

    -- The reason for demolition,
    -- Economic justification for demolition (why restoration or reuse is not economically feasible),
    -- Alternatives to demolition (such as restoration or relocation of the building)
    -- Future site use and its effect on the Village streets cape.

    Janet Nelson
    Historic Preservation Commission, Chair [Read More]

  • 2015-01-16 12:09:48
    Lynette Foss on Stevenson Beats LF Before Packed Crowd: Meanwhile, over in the pool, the Scouts varsity swim team BEAT Stevenson to remain undefeated. The meet was exciting to watch as LFHS swimmers took first place in every event, though Stevenson captured second and third places in nearly every event, so scoring was close. [Read More]
  • 2015-01-16 11:45:28
    Cindy Gaskill on Wilmette Development Faces Neighbors' Ire: "The developer's view" IMHO, is wrong headed.

    This is essentially a historic "working class" neighborhood in Wilmette. The historic style of my1888 is called a "worker's house”, where working people could raise families while employed by Chicago industry (in this case, meat-packing).

    The kind of housing available in R2 districts, not only provides affordable housing for families and individuals to this day, but fills community housing needs of retirees who do not wish and/or cannot afford "a high end" option in Wilmette.

    Companions (medical/family/renters) can also share this housing, in individual apartments. Oregon, for instance, is allowing small cottages for seniors in the back of large tract housing where they can share space with friends and families.

    Research over centuries has proven how important green space is to our satisfaction in life. Such space also provides numerous environmental benefits; trees sequest carbon (deep rooted trees are the best at that); rain / snow events, even if they occasionally flood, are nature's way of filtering water back into the watershed. If you send runoff through pipes then into the sanitation system, what you get is low-quality water recharge. Green spaces provide for wildlife (I spotted a red fox in my yard!), tree houses and gardens (our family had a summer vegetable stand in front of our house rather than a lemonade stand).

    Developer Mark Yates states that Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc. studied the impact of this development on traffic in the village ... which "concluded that the development would have 'a nominal effect’ on the adjacent roadway network.”

    They did not talk to the residents. Throughout our years here, my neighbor across the street and I told each other that we either needed to build a bridge or a tunnel across Wilmette Ave., to get our kids safely across the street. They shared long and ongoing years of close friendships and concurrent adventures.

    Perhaps Kimley-Horn and Associate [Read More]

  • 2015-01-15 19:43:39
    Cindy & Pat DeLany on Daily Grind Is Winding Down: How sad that a landlord has the power to ruin another man’s business.

    The Daily Grind, in Lake Bluff, was built from scratch by Rick Harness and has become a beloved place of business for a great many of us Lake Bluffers and others. Why would anyone want to run him out of town?! Whatever goes into that space will be boycotted by many of Rick’s followers and this whole mess will not be soon forgotten.

    Lake Bluff is losing a great asset to our community. It is truly a loss for everyone. [Read More]

  • 2015-01-15 12:22:17
    Cindy Fey on Wilmette Development Faces Neighbors' Ire: Thanks, Emily! I was wondering about those signs too! Sounds like a BAD idea to crowd so many units on two lots on a busy street. [Read More]
  • 2015-01-14 16:51:55
    Emily Spectre on Wilmette Development Faces Neighbors' Ire: Thanks Christine. That's a great idea. I will definitely give it a try. [Read More]
  • 2015-01-13 11:47:07
    Christine on Wilmette Development Faces Neighbors' Ire: Great story re the housing development on Wilmette Ave. I wondered what those signs were all about!

    Emily---you might want to post the link to Daily Notthshore on the McKenzie FB page (s) for people to sign up and receive this helpful info! [Read More]

  • 2015-01-13 07:09:44
    Ilyse Strongin-Bombicino on Update: Highwood Water Back On: Water service has been restored as of approximately 1 am. Planned operations are normal and additional water assistance is being provided by the City of Highland Park until 7am.

    Water boil order still in effect until at least Wednesday morning. Water samples are being evaluated. It takes 24 hours to get results. We will update customers with results of water samples and boil order alert on the official City website at [Read More]

  • 2015-01-07 16:04:36
    Michael Ebner on Affordable Housing on the North Shore?: Lake Forest: Standing among the Two-Fifths

    A further word, following upon on the DNS post on January 7, 2015, about affordable housing in Lake Forest.

    Among more than 260 municipalities in the six-county metropolitan region in northeastern Illinois, two-fifths of them have enacted affordable housing ordinances.

    Lake Forest, to its credit, stands among the two-fifths.

    To learn more about this, consult Empty Promises: Fair Housing Ordinances in Metropolitan Chicago (2006).

    Empty Promises proffers the following standard: "Stable, open, and inclusive communities depend upon a commitment from municipalities to enforce fair housing practices and to promote the community in an affirmative manner."

    Lake Forest has taken essential steps since 2005 toward developing an affordable housing inventory But also consult (Mike Holtz) Chicago Tribune (June 3, 2013).

    For a discussion of a community resisting affordable housing turn to Laura Phelps, "In Winnetka affordable housing reports sparks residents’ anger," Medill Reports (April 13, 2011).

    Michael H. Ebner
    Professor of American History emeritus
    Lake Forest College [Read More]

  • 2015-01-05 10:08:52
    Melissa on Sheridan on Right Road: It is important to note that this high school senior is only 15 years old! He has accomplished much for such a young age. He has such a good heart! [Read More]
  • 2014-12-30 09:43:23
    B. Friedland on Bobcat Hunting In The News: So glad Pat Quinn's reign will soon be over, and I hope it won't be too late for nature's beautiful bobcats. [Read More]
  • 2014-12-21 12:28:00
    Wilbi on lake bluff parade judges 2012: I was adopted from here. born in 1964 [Read More]
  • 2014-12-20 07:47:24
    Hollis Blume on Doc offers holistic healing: I have known Dr. Cari for many years. She is excellent at what she does! Not only have I been a patient of hers, I have also taken my children to her. She is kind, gentle, and very knowledgeable and she is able to pull together many different healing modalities to address any issues one might have. I was glad to see this article as I hope anyone in need of healing might consider seeing Dr. Cari. She really can help you find your path to healing. [Read More]
  • 2014-12-19 10:10:09
    david barkhausen on Don't Raise Taxes, Shields Township: Thanks to all the residents of Shields Township who weighed in with Shields Township Board members to opposed the proposed property tax increase, the increase approved Thursday night by the Board was about 5 percent - much less than the 15 percent or more that was reliably reported to be planned by several of the Board members according to the officials who actively opposed any increase - Trustee Bill Brown (who opposed the 5% increase), Highway Commissioner Scott Anderson, and Assessor Kathy Blahunka. As a result, future Shields Township officials will be limited, under the Illinois tax cap law, to increases that do not exceed annual increases in the Consumer Price Index, and the Board will be forced to reduce expenses this year or in future years fairly significantly in order to balance the budget. [Read More]
  • 2014-12-18 12:34:33
    Gail Hodges on LF-LB Rotary Brings Coats to Nuestro Center: Thanks so much for publishing the article about Rotary and the coats for Nuestro Center today. This is a very special gift for our children, and we appreciate being able to have the Rotary get some public credit for their good work. [Read More]
  • 2014-12-18 09:31:57
    david barkhausen on The (Bald) Eagle Has Landed: Starved Rock State Park is a great, and probably the closest, spot to have a very high probability of seeing a number of bald eagles, especially in the winter. They roost in the trees below the Illinois River dam by the park and can be spotted both from the bluffs on the trails in the park and in the Army Corps of Engineers Illinois Waterway Museum on the other (north) side of the river, which may offer a closer vantage point from which to view the eagles and their nest. The museum also has a telescope. Starved Rock is less than a two and a half hour drive from here. [Read More]
  • 2014-12-06 07:43:22
    Dave Wasserman on Homework: Help or Hindrance?: The new Catholic High School in Highland Park, Chesterton Academy, has a policy of limiting homework to only a few hours a night. They believe in promoting family-time, where family members can actually spend time with their teenage sons and daughters. In fact the school is considering a no homework policy on weekends. Refreshing. [Read More]
  • 2014-11-28 10:47:17
    Jen Richards on Message for the Season: I have seen that barn and it is one of my favorites! (Although I am a red barn person if I had to choose.)
    Thank you for the up close view! I have only had a glimpse of it while driving and have never taken the time to stop and click a pic.
    Keep the photos of beauty and wisdom coming!
    [Read More]
  • 2014-11-27 12:10:13
    Deborah Fischer on Message for the Season: My son Chris offers the following background on the barn:

    Last year I (Chris) was in the Musuem dropping something off when Ms. O'Hara showed me the entire file about Scouting in Lake Bluff. From 1915 to at least the 1980's there were about 3 troops in the Lake Bluff Area - Troop 42 (still active), Troop 45 (at Union Church) and Troop 47 (at Knollwood Fire Dept.). The Barn is actually right by the Roundout Elementary School, near the Lake Forest Oasis. Like Knollwood, I would be safe to assume Roundout is also an unincorporated area. The Roundout Cub Scout Pack there sends it's scouts to Libertyville's Troop once they grow out of the Cub Scout program. Considering that Scouting was once incredibly huge, it would be safe to assume that Roundout also would have had a Troop at this time, but there isn't any evidence to confirm in at the Musem.

    In the early Scouting movements, it was actually encouraged for Troops to build their own Scouting meeting halls (a letter in the Museum shows that Troop 42 actually tried to purchase property from the Village in 1929, but to no avail). What is now the PNC Bank was actually part of a private lot where there had been at one time a meeting hall for Troop 45 in Lake Bluff. It's now long gone. Based off of that information, here's two theories:

    1. That barn was once the meeting hall for the Roundout Troop, which then shut down probably in the 1970's and was sold as private property. If I remember correctly the barn itself is on private property and may be a studio of some sort.

    2. The person who owns the barn was once a Scout and placed the sign up, but considering that the barn itself is so out of place with the rest of the surrounding housing development, the first theory might be the most likely.


    Chris [Read More]

  • 2014-11-26 13:36:35
    Cynthia LaSchiazza on Missing Mail? You're Not Alone: Hey Postal Inspectors. Don't forget Glencoe too which has also had numerous complaints & issues. I had a lost Package in which I "reversed tracked" from the "deliver to" P.O. -- showed the package never left the 60022 location. The so called postal supervisor at that location actually begs you not to call the Inspector's office stating "Give me a chance to look into this for you", to no avail. Also, frequently mis-delivered mail is another big issue. Sounds like cameras & firings are order here too. It would be helpful if the Postal Inspector General would make it less difficult in finding even a website, phone numbers to make these complaints, or they just don't want to take our complaints. Hmmm. [Read More]
  • 2014-11-24 17:01:30
    Michael Ebner on Dr. Edwin C. Salter 1927-2014: Dr. Salter was a welcomed fixture in our neighborhood in the Northmoor subdivision of Lake Forest.

    We often chatted amiably in his front yard when I was out walking.

    He and Mrs. Salter were avid gardeners, maintaining their property meticulously. It was easy to detect that they enjoyed their outdoor chores.

    As the years passed Dr. Salter began inquiring when I was going to retire. When I did so in 2007, he told me he was still attending grand rounds at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Obviously he wanted to stay very well informed, even in his own retirement.

    My wife told me one day, a few years ago, that the moving truck was at the Salter household. That signaled a change for our neighborhood.

    I am certain that many in the community have their own fond memories of Dr. Salter. [Read More]

  • 2014-11-21 08:29:42
    adrienne on More Big News At GazeboNews: Expanded,& Rebranded to Launch Nov. 24: thank you jen and everyone for your kind words! [Read More]
  • 2014-11-21 08:27:30
    adrienne on More Big News At GazeboNews: Expanded,& Rebranded to Launch Nov. 24: Rick

    All of the GazeboNews articles --- 7,000 plus -- have been migrated to the new site (articles from the last 2 weeks will be migrated on Saturday). On Monday, those of you who subscribe to GazeboNews Daily Email will still receive an email, only now it will be from Daily North Shore. As I said in the story that I wrote yesterday -- we are committed to covering Lake Forest and Lake Bluff at the same level and for the long haul. The goal is to expand our coverage area into the other communities and build a similar engagement with the readers there. That won't happen overnight, but we have a great team behind Daily North Shore, and all of us are live, work or live AND work in various North Shore suburbs. Plus there are a lot of regional stories that are of interest to all of us, and we'll be writing those as well. [Read More]

  • 2014-11-21 08:20:57
    Jen Pen Richards on More Big News At GazeboNews: Expanded,& Rebranded to Launch Nov. 24: Happy for you Adrienne!
    I really enjoy your professionalism and look forward to the next step in your path of news delivery!
    [Read More]
  • 2014-11-21 08:02:32
    Rick Lesser on More Big News At GazeboNews: Expanded,& Rebranded to Launch Nov. 24: Adrienne, congratulations to you, John and David. Gazebonews has become an essential part of the community. You are definitely "part of the package". The rest of the North Shore should have a resource as prompt and vital as Gazebonews. Will the old website still exist? You have a fantastic archive of Lake Bluff activities over the last seven years and it would be a shame to lose it. [Read More]
  • 2014-11-20 16:25:03
    Lynette Paulsen on More Big News At GazeboNews: Expanded,& Rebranded to Launch Nov. 24: Terrific, terrific! Congratulations to you Adrienne! I've loved Gazebo since I first "discovered" it 6 years ago. You do a fabulous job of sharing news in a professional, unbiased, non-sensationalistic manner. I'm sure the other North Shore communities will love hearing from you as much as LF/LB does. Well Done! [Read More]
  • 2014-11-20 15:09:48
    adrienne on More Big News At GazeboNews: Expanded,& Rebranded to Launch Nov. 24: Thank you, Art. Yes, I do have help -- lots of talented people behind this new venture! And yes, JWC has my back; he's as excited about this as I am.

    Please continue contributing your thoughtful opinion articles and comments. They enrich the conversation. [Read More]

  • 2014-11-20 15:06:19
    Art Miller on More Big News At GazeboNews: Expanded,& Rebranded to Launch Nov. 24: Congratulations for this expansion and for your inventing something that has really worked. I have confidence that you will make all this work, too! I hope you get some help, and will not try to do everything yourself but I'm sure John Conatser will have your back.

    What a great accomplishment!

    Art [Read More]

  • 2014-11-20 15:02:00
    Rommy Lopat on Reader Forum: Bridging the Historic Gap on Lake Road, Lake Forest: Lake Forest's architectural history is sooo interesting. Thank you, Art, and thank you to the LF Preservation Foundation (Maureen Grinnell) for so well presenting to the HPC the case for preserving the historic visual character of the Woodbine Bridge. While we are told by City staff that the design process for replacing this deteriorating treasure is just beginning , it did not seem to me as if the City's team of engineers and consultants considered preservation to be an equal goal to safety or traffic efficiency.

    Indeed, it was difficult not to compare the City's Woodbine Bridge team's attitude to that of the next HPC meeting presenters: the architects representing the new owners of the historic Deerpath Inn. In contrast to the Woodbine Bridge "city" group, the Deerpath team was actually fretting that they might have to disturb details such as the ivy on the walls and the stucco color of the inn. That degree of sensitivity is what we want to hear from our own staff when it comes to City infrastructure and landscapes.

    I would like to believe that "out of the gate" our City staff would understand the public's desire to restore the Woodbine Bridge down to its most miniscule components. Why even present the idea of widening the bridge for 12' lanes, installing 7' sidewalks on both sides of the bridge, and replacing limestone balusters with "off the shelf" cast iron guard rails and "Victorian" streetlights if those ideas have absolutely nothing to do with how the beloved bridge looks today? Be creative from the get-go! As several HPC members asserted and I paraphrase, "Negotiate with IDOT by showing them designs for a bridge that looks the same but operates safely, not by coming up with a design that operates safely but looks historically...phony".#

    One important component that both HPC and City engineers are, sadly, not directly responsible for is the health and aesthetics of the ravine below the bridge. Woodbine Bridge neighbor, John Dick, brought up some impor [Read More]

  • 2014-11-20 09:55:07
    carl noble on More Big News At GazeboNews: Expanded,& Rebranded to Launch Nov. 24: Way to go. Nice to see the "good guys" win.. Entrepreneurs rule!

    C [Read More]

  • 2014-11-20 09:33:30
    Joel Minster on More Big News At GazeboNews: Expanded,& Rebranded to Launch Nov. 24: I've really enjoyed the local focus of GazeboNews and the information and stories not carried elsewhere. With this expansion of coverage, I'm hoping you can continue this for nearby communites without devolving into just generic, repeated stories pulled from other sources and of little local interest, hidden between large sections of ads. PLEASE don't go the path of Highland Park Patch! [Read More]
  • 2014-11-19 22:12:13
    George Washington on More Big News At GazeboNews: Expanded,& Rebranded to Launch Nov. 24: Nice NEWS and good for you Adrienne [Read More]
  • 2014-11-10 08:17:27
    Sue Slaughter on Lake Bluff 5th Graders Gain New Understanding of Veterans Day: Kudos to Buffy Stauffer and the other project coordinators. What a wonderful way to not just tell out children about the importance of honoring our veterans, but to give them opportunity to learn first hand! [Read More]
  • 2014-11-05 14:18:23
    Michael Kasdin on LBPD Referendum OK'd: I'm so glad. This will be a wonderful thing for all the families in the community. Thank you Lake Bluff voters! [Read More]
  • 2014-11-05 14:18:23
    Michael Kasdin on Lake Bluff Voters OK Park District Referendum: Commissioners Say 'Thank You': I'm so glad. This will be a wonderful thing for all the families in the community. Thank you Lake Bluff voters! [Read More]
  • 2014-10-31 18:09:53
    Willard Helander on Opinion: Are Voters Being Tricked?: The processing of ballots by mail is more complex than just one section of the code. The only step to verify a voter is the signature comparison. For many years three signatures were required to match at two different stages: 1. An application signed by the voter arrives and is compared to the registration record. 2.)Then the ballot would be mailed. 3.) When the voted ballot is returned, the signature on the certificate envelope is matched to the other two. We image the documents, so it is rather smooth to view the records without having legal documents pulled and handled multiple times. A number of other counties have their staff do this. I just spoke with Cook County and they use their staff.

    There is no mention in the election code that verification of the signature on the application be conducted by two election judges representing the two political parties. However, I have consistently required that as I think the process should have no less check and balance than election day. I also do not think it is right to ask our staff to be judge and jury. The code does address the signature verification on the envelope containing the voted ballots at 10 ILCS 5/20-8(g) where it states “the election judge or official” which refers to the election official (and staff) “shall compare the voter’s signature on the certification envelope of that ballot with the signature of the voter on file…”

    The code requires any voter whose signature is determined not to match receive notice before the last day to count a ballot and have the opportunity for a “hearing” to demonstrate the signatures are valid. At the time of the amendment, there was no provisional voting and mail ballots were sent to the polls to be verified and processed by judges. After the election, a postcard was sent to the voter to notify update the signature on the registration record, as it had markedly changed. The statute offered no hearing as the deadline to add ballots was Election Day; no more ballots could [Read More]

  • 2014-10-31 08:49:21
    Janita Reehl on Opinion: Are Voters Being Tricked?: Very interesting and thank you for sharing. This raised some other questions in my mind. I've searched on the State Board of Election site and still am not clear on the process. Would Ms. Helander be able to answer some of my questions?

    Regarding absentee ballots, what is the process to verify the authenticity of the ballot, i.e.: was the absentee ballot the only vote submitted? Would this be a manual chore? Is it a bipartisan process? Must every absentee ballot be verified as valid before the election results can be announced? What is the time frame for the local election authorities to process these following the close of the polls?

    When we vote in person at our polling place, we sign in front of a polling judge. Our signature is then compared to the one in the BIG book of registered voters. If signatures match, the paper is removed from the registered voter book and transferred to another table/area where the voter is given a ballot. Once your voter registration is removed from the BIG book, you cannot vote again ( at least not using the same name).

    In the case of the absentee ballot, when one is requested/submitted, is the person's information removed from the BIG book, so as to prevent them from coming into the polling place on election day and casting a ballot in person?

    All of these various options provided for the convenience of the voter certainly raise doubts about the validity of election results.

    Thank you [Read More]

  • 2014-10-30 15:51:11
    Bill Campbell on Enough With The Headless Decor: If we allow terrorist activity to dictate the celebrations of our traditional holidays, doesn't that give them a victory that they crave? The families of their victims certainly deserve our sympathy and sensitivity. The terrorist methods of execution are horrific, to be sure, but they seem carefully planned, staged and publicized specifically to instill fear and horror into our citizenry. Let's remember that ISIS is a small group of violent zealots living in the desert over 6,000 miles away. Their most powerful weapons are a video camera and the internet. Let's not allow them to succeed in turning neighbors against each other during what normally would be a time of fun and frivolity in our community. [Read More]
  • 2014-10-30 10:12:05
    Sue Maggos on Enough With The Headless Decor: Fortunately, I know the entire Hodgkins Family. Anyone would consider themselves lucky to have them as a neighbor. They are a considerate, warm and loving family. It is a shame that people go to such extremes instead of doing what is reasonable. [Read More]
  • 2014-10-30 09:18:11
    Phil Gayter on Enough With The Headless Decor: Actually I thought it was the right thing to do at the time. Thanks for reconsidering the sensitivity issues involved. I probably could have stopped by and told you my feelings, but was actually too shocked at the vision you had installed, (and I am very open minded) to respond coherently. A gut reaction.
    The image of beheadings in the middle east have stayed with and many members of the community.
    Thanks again for listening.
    [Read More]
  • 2014-10-30 07:26:21
    Deb Flanagan on Enough With The Headless Decor: I agree with Debra De Schutter Hodgkins. Why didn't he just come talk to her? [Read More]
  • 2014-10-29 17:36:17
    Debbie Hodgkins on Enough With The Headless Decor: Dear Mr. Gaytor,

    I was so relieved to see that you had written this article for the Gazebo News! I wanted to respond to the anonymous letter my kids found in our mailbox...but that was not possible since you left it unsigned. Please know, Mr.Gaytor, that we are sincerely sorry that we offended you—or anyone—with our decorations. You are clearly very upset and for that I apologize. You will be happy to know that we DO indeed watch the news and make it a point with all of our children to stay informed on current events both nationally and internationally. Caught up in the fun and silliness of Halloween, I did not consider the fact that the zombie head could offend someone, and I agree with you that it was insensitive. I took it down weeks ago.

    Mr. Gaytor, might I request that in the future, if you have a complaint or problem with my home and family, that you contact me directly? Leaving snarky anonymous letters in people's mailboxes is not a very effective means of communication. You could have avoided the need to put your grievances in such a public forum, and published pictures of my home as well! I appreciate your views and would be happy to have a TWO sided conversation with you. C'mon over obviously know where I live.

    Your Neighbor,
    Debra De Schutter Hodgkins [Read More]

  • 2014-10-28 14:41:48
    Deb Fischer on Countdown to a Frightfully Fun Event: Ghost Walk 2014: Kudos to all the people who worked tirelessly to bring Ghost Walk -- and its Alien -- to life!! What a marvelous, fun-filled evening it was!! I can't imagine the number of hours that went into the planning, script-writing, set design, tech-stuff ( LOVED the plane! And the Alien!! Along with all the other amazing things!), and the rehearsals, donations of rooms, buildings, even a home!!, etc. etc. !! What an amazing group of talented people -- of all ages!! -- live in our Village (and thank you, Great Lakes, too!) Our whole family loved it! Thanks again for giving us all such a really neat treat! :-) Deb, Aquiles and Chris Fischer [Read More]
  • 2014-10-28 09:51:50
    David Barkhausen on Life at the Ryerson Home: This is a wonderful exhibit that I recommend as well as a visit to Ryerson Woods at this special time of year. The amateur photographs of Mr. Ryerson of 50 plus years ago are as appealing of those of his professional photographer grandson, Ed Ranney. [Read More]
  • 2014-10-25 12:15:25
    Lynn and Elliot Miller on Opinion: Lease Is More ... For All Of Us: Attention landlord of The Daily Grind! Are you listening to the people of Lake Bluff? We want to continue to be able to shop at this amazing treasure. Please consider the community's wants and needs! [Read More]
  • 2014-10-24 10:43:14
    Jan Hershberger on Opinion: Lease Is More ... For All Of Us: Sounds like Don's Finest Foods all over again... [Read More]
  • 2014-10-24 09:12:29
    Al Boese on Opinion: Lease Is More ... For All Of Us: Jon Rosen presents a well reasoned argument supporting the need and logic of the two parties coming together to negotiate a fair and equitable solution and conclusion to the lease dispute with The Daily Grind. This is not exactly like an ordinary business that can move without burden or hardship, and the loss of such assets represented by the initial tenant improvements is simply unfair.
    Unfortunately, it is the intentionality of the two parties that govern the outcome, not just legal agreements. In this case, it appears that The Daily Grind Operators are well intended and are motivated to renew while the other party is not.
    Hopefully, the landlord will see the value of favorable public opinion to them and the convenience of continuing to have the equivalent of a public utility in The Daily Grind for the community, by coming to terms.
    What is abundantly clear, time is running out.
    [Read More]
  • 2014-10-24 05:35:59
    Barbara Mortimer on Opinion: Lease Is More ... For All Of Us: Amen!!
    In keeping with the ways in which national government does business, we seem to have lost the art of civilized negotiation.
    [Read More]
  • 2014-10-23 14:52:33
    Betty Neerhof on Lake Bluff Family Loses Dog To Fatal Bacterial Infection: What a beautiful, sweet dog. Thank you for sharing your story. My heart cries with you. [Read More]
  • 2014-10-23 08:19:10
    Heather Kerr on Opinion: Irregular and Unsupported Action by Shields Township Supervisor: Dear Residents of Shields Township,

    Mr. Anderson would have you believe that his 'looking it up' trumps decades of attorney Richard Cowen's legal experience, who has the highest peer rated standing in the legal profession for Township law.

    Trustee Goshgarian and I are committed to providing you with the facts and will continue to do so. [Read More]

  • 2014-10-23 07:41:23
    Dan Rogers on Opinion: Irregular and Unsupported Action by Shields Township Supervisor: Mr. Anderson is correct. The vacancy will be filled by the board. Mr. Anderson, when you filled an open position how was it filled???? The entire board interviewed and discussed candidates. Then you were appointed. There is an open process. You as a HARD CORE conservative who I have personally heard talk about open and transparent government should as well be outraged. You can post all the statutes you want, this was done behind closed doors, you know it and as a taxpayer you too should be outraged. [Read More]
  • 2014-10-22 21:28:18
    Tracy Dauterman on Lake Bluff Family Loses Dog To Fatal Bacterial Infection: I saw your story about Mac posted on Facebook. I am so so sorry to hear about this. My husband and I recently had to put our 3 year old golden down due to Lymphoma and it was equally heartbreaking. We took her to the vet thinking she a cold, then found out it was cancer. It's so hard to say goodbye to our pets, they are such a part of our families. Sending love your way. [Read More]
  • 2014-10-22 19:12:18
    Lynne Kennedy on Deer Path Middle School Readies For Community Service Day: Many thanks to the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary Club for underwriting the cost of the buses. We could not do this without your support! [Read More]
  • 2014-10-22 17:24:24
    Scott Anderson on Opinion: Irregular and Unsupported Action by Shields Township Supervisor: I looked up the process to fill a vacancy for a Township position in the state

    statutes. There is NO MENTION of the process described in the Kerr/Goshgarian letter

    above. The statute simply states "the township board shall fill the vacancy by

    appointment," which it did.

    The State Statute reads:

    (60 ILCS 1/60-5)
    Sec. 60-5. Filling vacancies in township offices.
    (a) Except for the office of township or multi-township assessor, if a township

    fails to elect the number of township officers that the township is entitled to by law,

    or a person elected to any township office fails to qualify, or a vacancy in any

    township office occurs for any other reason including without limitation the

    resignation of an officer or the conviction in any court of the State of Illinois or of

    the United States of an officer for an infamous crime, then the township board shall

    fill the vacancy by appointment, by warrant under their signatures and seals, and the

    persons so appointed shall hold their respective offices for the remainder of the

    unexpired terms. All persons so appointed shall have the same powers and duties and are

    subject to the same penalties as if they had been elected or appointed for a full term

    of office. A vacancy in the office of township or multi-township assessor shall be

    filled only as provided in the Property Tax Code.

    Scott Anderson [Read More]

  • 2014-10-22 14:50:13
    Janice Schnobrich on Opinion: Irregular and Unsupported Action by Shields Township Supervisor: Dan Rogers' libelous comments simply confirm the voters' good judgment in rejecting his three attempts to regain the Shields Township Highway Commissioner's position he held for one term.

    Jan Schnobrich [Read More]

  • 2014-10-22 12:42:13
    Mike Adams on Lake Bluff Family Loses Dog To Fatal Bacterial Infection: Cindy - So sorry for your loss! Thank you for spreading the word and helping us all be more aware of this situation! We have a 13 year old Wheaton Terrier and she is outside all the time and loves to "sniff" and dig outside. You, Tom and your family are in our thoughts.
    [Read More]
  • 2014-10-22 08:11:38
    Al Boese on Opinion: Irregular and Unsupported Action by Shields Township Supervisor: Better yet, just eliminate the Township, is serves what purpose? What little it does, except consume taxpayer funds, can be absorbed by the county. Please put it out of it's corrupt misery!
    Al Boese
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  • 2014-10-22 06:31:49
    Dan Rogers on Opinion: Irregular and Unsupported Action by Shields Township Supervisor: Supervisor Maloney should resign now. What she has done is violate the public trust and the openness and transparency we all demand from government. Ex-Trustee Carney should be ashamed of herself. She was present for several trustee replacements during her tenure. She demanded the openness of notifying the public, interviewing willing candidates to serve and selecting the most qualified candidate as a board. Conspiring behind the other board members with Supervisor Maloney is unacceptable!

    There should be an outcry from the public to the Lake County States Attorney’s office and a demand at the Township meeting for the resignation of Ms. Maloney. I have NEVER in the last 20 years seen anything like this from Shields Township. Both Maloney and Carney are part of the START (Shields Township Active Reform Team) that has run the last two election cycles under the guidance of past Illinois State Senator David Barkhausen. Is what they call reform? Maybe this is why Barkhausen left the senate. Unacceptable!

    Dan Rogers
    Past Trustee
    Past Highway Commission [Read More]

  • 2014-10-21 12:04:35
    Cathy Spencer on Lake Bluff Family Loses Dog To Fatal Bacterial Infection: It is a very sad thing to lose a dog. And so suddenly at such a young age, like what happened to your family is extra sad. I am so very sorry this happened.

    It is greatly appreciated that you have shared this story so we can watch out for these symptoms in our dogs too, and maybe avert other dog deaths. I am also appreciating Gazebo News for investigating and bringing us good, balanced facts with the veterinarians help, to help us care for our dogs. [Read More]

  • 2014-10-20 23:20:43
    Lise Dominique on Lake Bluff Family Loses Dog To Fatal Bacterial Infection: Dear Fletcher Family,
    Harvey the Wonder Dog and I have met Mac on our walks and are both so deeply sad to hear about this. Mac was a sweetie-pie and I know you are in so much pain after losing him. Please come and hug and pet Harvey anytime you need a doggie "fix". It always helps me. Again, so sorry....
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  • 2014-10-20 22:12:20
    Bridget Stein on Lake Bluff Family Loses Dog To Fatal Bacterial Infection: Hi. I'm VERY SORRY to hear about Mac. He was a beautiful Dog and I know how painful it is too lose a pet. It's not always easy when to bring your pet into the Vet especially when he was doing somethings like he normally does, but when he doesen't eat then I would especially take my Pug Calvin because if he doesen't eat then I know he dosen't feel well because like your Dog Mac he would eat until he popped if he could. He lives for food !!!!! I've had to put dogs down also and it is very hard, but it was the right thing to do for Mac so, he is no longer suffering and you always have memories and pictures of Mac that nobody can take away from you. Very sorry, Bridget [Read More]
  • 2014-10-20 08:19:02
    Jen Richards on Lake Bluff Family Loses Dog To Fatal Bacterial Infection: Hugs to all!
    This article was hard to read. Heartbreaking.
    Since our dog walks at Mawman and we have deer and coyote in our backyard he is surely at risk.
    We are so sorry for you loss!
    If you see us walking Magnus (English Bulldog) come get a hand lick from him and a hug from us!
    [Read More]
  • 2014-10-17 13:18:14
    Pauline Mohr on Want To Help The Daily Grind? Here's How ...: An escrow account is a good idea. Keep us posted. [Read More]
  • 2014-10-17 08:26:58
    Holli Volkert on Want To Help The Daily Grind? Here's How ...: There are many in the community that I'm sure are interested in helping Rick through this transition. Perhaps an escrow account could be set up at a local bank to assist in this endeavor. [Read More]
  • 2014-10-16 09:40:36
    Julie Capps on Closing The Daily Grind Is Loss For Lake Bluff: Like many others, we are saddened and frustrated by the news of the Daily Grind needing to relocate. Several friends and neighbors have asked, "What can we do to help?". Please note that a fund has been established to assist w/ relocation/moving expenses. Please help spread the word to support Rick. Contributions can be made via the link below: [Read More]

  • 2014-10-14 17:14:59
    Marion Cartwright on Death To Buckthorn ...: Bravo for Lake Forest High School biology students and their teachers. And thank you to Lake Forest Open Lands and Lake Bluff Open Lands for guiding the students and teachers. All of us who bike, hike and commute on the bike path will enjoy the return of a healthy, native landscape. Buckthorn and honey suckle have taken over so much of the bike path. It is wonderful to witness the transformation back to more sunlight, more native flowers and more native prairie grasses. [Read More]
  • 2014-10-13 06:58:49
    Suzy Norman on Barbara Rinella Takes on Benedict Arnold's Wife at DAR Benefit : Do yourself a favor: drop your plans and gather your friends together to see Barbara Rinella perform! She is like a national treasure. This would be a fun event even if you are not a reader or a history buff. What a delightful entertainer. If I still lived there, I would book the first table. Enjoy! [Read More]
  • 2014-10-09 07:45:11
    Barb Karacic on Update: Top Box Foods A Win-Win for North Shore Residents: Top Box is a wonderful opportunity to stretch your dollars and obtain high quality food. This is designed for seniors and people, working or not, who need a break. Please visit one of the three sites starting this Saturday in Round Lake at Calvary Presbyterian Church from 9-11, North Chicago Library on Oct. 15th from 3-5 pm or in Waukegan on Oct. 18th at Carman Buckner School from 10-12. You are able to see the items before you purchase. No questions are asked and no id is needed. Please visit the website [Read More]
  • 2014-10-07 15:10:39
    Jim Smith on Opinion: Lake Forest & Lake Bluff Should Have Banned Assault Weapons : LB and LF (along with Park Ridge and Lincolnwood) should be congratulated on their wise decision to ignore the pleas of people with unreasonable fears about firearms. There is absolutely no good reason for this kind of harassment and discrimination against gun owners.

    Highland Park's decision to enact "assault weapons" regulation has cost the village $90K so far in legal fees. They did cap these by getting a Democrat law firm to take on the case pro bono. However, the case is far from over with reconsideration and appeals likely. If the firearms liberty party eventually prevails, then 42USC1988 kicks in, meaning that Highland Park will pay the other party's legal bills. Chicago has paid millions of dollars to opposing lawyers in their unsuccessful litigation in this area.

    And for what? Its been over a year since the deadline ended for this type of legislation. What horrible things happened in LB, LF, Park Ridge or Lincolnwood that would have been prevented in the bemoaned proposal? [Read More]

  • 2014-10-06 20:42:57
    Bob Shaw on Opinion: Lake Forest & Lake Bluff Should Have Banned Assault Weapons : Liz,

    I couldn't agree more. With all due respect to contrary opinion, I think that everyone should responsibly weigh in on matters which impact the community as a whole. While I may be more outspoken on this issue as a result of being with our daughter and her family (which included one granddaughter who was in the victimized elementary school) in Sandy Hook on 12/14/12, it is very sad to me that our elected officials did not take the Highland Park position. [Read More]

  • 2014-10-06 11:03:53
    Donald E. Russ on Opinion: Lake Forest & Lake Bluff Should Have Banned Assault Weapons : Dan is right: LF and LB should concern themselves with things like local land use and public school administration. RE is right: Guns are addressed by the Bill of Rights.

    Illinois ended municipal meddling on July 20, 2013. Judge John Darrah’s ruling on September 18, 2014 simply reaffirmed that.

    The LVW also takes positions on Global Warming and Obamacare so they are certainly not “non-partisan” but complaint about what we “should have” done 15 months ago “while the window was open” is just sour grapes. [Read More]

  • 2014-10-06 09:29:15
    RE Hafner on Opinion: Lake Forest & Lake Bluff Should Have Banned Assault Weapons : Sorry folks, the people who call for assault rifle bans are ignorant as the AR-15 that they cringe in fear over is by not means military much less an assault weapon. The military is armed with the M-16 and variants thereof which cannot be purchased at your local gun shop. Liberals need to get facts and a life instead of messing their panties over semiautomatic firearms with a synthetic stock. [Read More]
  • 2014-10-06 06:26:05
    Dan Rogers on Opinion: Lake Forest & Lake Bluff Should Have Banned Assault Weapons : As far as LB & LF are concerned....... who cares. Work on things that can help our area. This is a non issue as it relates to LB & LF. Those that have them legally (and I do not) are responsible and no one will ever see them. Those that might use them are not legal anyhow. [Read More]
  • 2014-10-06 00:13:02
    Rolf Sandberg on Closing The Daily Grind Is Loss For Lake Bluff: I remember the days when there was a reason to shop in Lake Bluff. Believe it or not, there was a real grocery store, a pharmacy, a hardware store, a barber shop ... even a laudromat! It is now the most impractical and non-functioning town I know. The loss of the Daily Grind just seals the deal. [Read More]
  • 2014-10-03 15:50:49
    Al Fifhause on University of Chicago Cuts Ties With Mandarin Program: Al Boese, Mandarin is not taught in Lake Bluff District 65. It never has been. [Read More]
  • 2014-10-03 10:13:33
    john dick on Photos of the Week: Bagpipes & Bonfire: For future reference, Bonfire is singular in the name of the event. We only have one fire but 100+pipers and drummers

    John Dick
    Field Marshall [Read More]

  • 2014-10-03 10:02:05
    Cindy and Pat DeLany on Closing The Daily Grind Is Loss For Lake Bluff: PLEASE KEEP THE DAILY GRIND! Rick is great and has always participated in our community activities. He works hard and long days for the benefit of us. His business should stay ~ It's an asset to Lake Bluff!

    Cindy and Pat DeLany [Read More]

  • 2014-10-03 07:21:25
    Christian Erzinger on 7 Things To Do This Weekend in Lake Forest, Lake Bluff & Beyond: Don't forget Ribfest Saturday on the Village Green in Lake Bluff! May be a bit chilly but very tasty. [Read More]
  • 2014-10-01 09:01:28
    Jennifer Mulloy on University of Chicago Cuts Ties With Mandarin Program: Thank you for your story about the University of Chicago breaking ties with the Confucius Institute. The Mandarin program started by District 67 four years ago was a partial immersion program. A full immersion program is defined as having the entire academic day in the second language, partial immersion is defined as having fifty percent or more of the academic day in the second language. The current world language block of the inspiration block at Cherokee is content based language instruction paired with Social Studies and Science. However, the inspiration block model currently in place is considered a language enrichment program, it does not have enough minutes of instruction to be a partial immersion program.
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  • 2014-10-01 08:08:14
    Al Boese on University of Chicago Cuts Ties With Mandarin Program: The real agenda of the Confucius Institute is finally catching up with them as seen by the University of Chicago. One can only hope others do the same, including the Lake Bluff and Lake Forest School Districts, do the same. The agenda goes far beyond Mandarin language immersion, and it is dangerous.

    Al Boese [Read More]

  • 2014-09-30 15:17:04
    Rich Martin on Lake Bluff Pumpkin Chase Courts Elite Runners: There is also late registration on Saturday morning from 6:45 AM until race time for both races - assuming we have not sold out before that time. Bring the whole family to experience this classic Lake Bluff event. [Read More]
  • 2014-09-30 12:26:25
    kaye grabbe on October is Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale Month: Mr. Urrea is an amazing speaker. Do plan to attend his presentation at Lake Forest College October 28.
    And read his book; Lake Forest Library has a number of copies, as well as the ebook, the e audio book and the audio book formats.
    [Read More]
  • 2014-09-26 06:54:21
    Wendy Miller on I Took a Ride on Lake Forest’s Historic Car 553: For train enthusiasts who would like to see an example of more elegant private rail cars, I recently visited the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Il. They have private cars restored in one of their many rail barns. Not much of a 'museum of modes of transportation' enthusiast, I went with little expectation but I found the place full of interesting north shore train history. All these rail cars (over 400 I think) are enthusiastically restored by hours of volunteer efforts. A great place to visit if you have an unscheduled afternoon. [Read More]
  • 2014-09-24 10:17:04
    Jennifer Neubauer on The Church of the Holy Spirit Welcomes Acclaimed Author Eboo Patel:

    Middle East studies in the News

    Obama Adviser Eboo Patel Speaks Alongside Defender of WTC Bombers [incl. Tariq Ramadan]
    See which other controversial characters featured at major Islamic convention

    by Aaron Klein
    July 6, 2011
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    President Obama's faith adviser, Eboo Patel, spoke this past weekend at the main event of a three-day convention held by the Muslim Students Association, or MSA, a controversial group founded by the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Patel appeared on a panel alongside Tariq Ramadan, grandson of the notorious founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, and Siraj Wahhaj, who was named as a possible co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Wahhaj has also defended the convicted WTC bomb plotters and has urged the Islamic takeover of America.

    The MSA event was part of a larger weekend convention in which several U.S. Islamic groups held a series of speaking engagements. The convention was arranged by the Islamic Society of North America, itself an unindicted co-conspirator in a scheme to raise money for Hamas.

    Patel was featured on a panel at what was billed as the "main session" of both the MSA and ISNA conventions. The session was titled "I took the Road Less Traveled by, and that has made all the Difference."

    Adescription of the panel on the ISNA websitestates, "We live in a society in which immersion is encouraged and in which we are often confronted with evil. Muslims have always been challenged, but Islam is a guiding star that can help us overcome these challenges as we strive to remain faithful. We must remain confident and unified as we make our short journey through this life. And sometimes, we must be 'strangers.'"

    Panel participants with Patel were Ramadan, Wahhaj and Islamic author Yasir Qadhi.

    Ramadan's maternal grandfather was Hasan al-Banna, who in 1928 founded the Muslim Brotherhood. Osama bin Lad [Read More]

  • 2014-09-22 15:13:20
    Carolyn Bewalda on Bringing Suicide 'Out of the Darkness' : Once again the community of Lake Bluff has unselfishly given their time in support of suicide prevention. I would like to express just how much your concern and support has meant to our family during these past months since the loss of Benji. You have made a difference in helping us through this difficult time. I hope and pray that the support and donations will work toward preventing this from happening again and again. Thank you sincerely from all of us. With our love, Carolyn, Benji's Grandmother [Read More]
  • 2014-09-21 18:41:25
    Rick Lesser on Stonebridge Does Not Comply With Lake Bluff's Comprehensive Plan: At the Plan Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals hearing, the developer calculated the density of Stonebridge by including the conservation area, but calculated the West Terrace denisty without including the open lands to the west. The open lands are actually a part of the West Terrace. The area was platted as part of the West Terrace but was never built. A true apples to apples comparision needs to include the open lands for both neighborhhods. Stonebridge flunks the test. [Read More]
  • 2014-09-19 23:04:53
    Lynette Paulsen on Can Better Signage Save Lives In West Lake Forest?: It's unusual to have two Lynette's commenting on one issue but this is one I feel strongly about.
    It seems to me to be worth the expense to put electronic crossing arms at the pedestrian crossing at the West Station. Crossing arms will prevent careless and fatal mistakes. These are present at the sidewalk crossings at both ends of the station, but not at the station where probably 90% of the pedestrians cross the tracks. We need a physical barrier to prevent these accidents. I would agree that signage may help and announcements of incoming trains of any type would also help. Probably nothing will prevent a suicide, but these safety precautions would surely decrease the probability of a horrible accident.
    [Read More]
  • 2014-09-19 16:04:18
    Ted Moorman on LFHS Mourns Loss of Jim Gantt: Dr. Jim Gantt was a wonderful teacher and mentor to his students. Memorial visitation will be held at Wenban Funeral Home, Vine Avenue, Lake Forest from 11am till 2pm on Saturday, September 20th. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 23rd at 2pm at the Green Chapel Baptist Church, La Grange, Missouri. God rest his soul. [Read More]
  • 2014-09-19 10:55:30
    adrienne on Can Better Signage Save Lives In West Lake Forest?: Lynette -- Four of the five pedestrian-train fatalities at that station were determined to be accidental. Police and the coroner believe weather, fatigue, unfamiliarity with the station, assumptions that the incoming train would slow down to stop, and use of phones and/or ear buds may have played a role in the commuter accidents in west Lake Forest. Would clear, well-placed signs have prevented any of these? There's no way to know for sure. What is known for sure is that Lake Forest in general has a high train-pedestrian fatality rate, and the west Lake Forest station has a higher accident rate than other stations in the Chicago area. And also that signs cost a lot less than an $8.1 million tunnel. [Read More]
  • 2014-09-19 09:20:00
    Lynette Foss on Can Better Signage Save Lives In West Lake Forest?: I'm all for providing signage to enhance safety, but there isn't a sign anyone can post that can prevent someone from taking their own life, as in the most recent incident in west Lake Forest. As to whether the signs will help prevent accidents, only time will tell. As a Metra rider I observe people hurrying across the tracks without looking both ways, as well as people with their eyes glued to their smartphones instead of the train traffic as they cross. I'm not sure signs will help people take more responsibility for their own safety either. [Read More]
  • 2014-09-18 13:53:06
    Shelley Brown Dittmer on LFHS Mourns Loss of Jim Gantt: So sad to hear that we have lost Jim. I went to school with Jim from 1st grade to high school graduation in our tiny town in Missouri. Even though we have all lost touch in the recent years, Jim will be missed. I am so sad for his students, and close friends. May he rest in peace. [Read More]
  • 2014-09-18 09:57:52
    David Barkhausen on Winter Coats for Kids: Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary Steps In To Help: Boxes of coats cost $108. We hope local residents might consider contributing any amount towards this worthwhile annual project of the Rotary Club of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff with which the North Chicago Rotary Club is also helping. Contributions can be made on the Club's website: [Read More]
  • 2014-09-18 09:11:02
    Sharon Feather on LFHS Mourns Loss of Jim Gantt: Such sad news. Jim Gantt was a wonderful teacher. Our children admired, respected and enjoyed him immensely, as did I. I hope Gazebo will follow up with news on a memorial service. [Read More]
  • 2014-09-17 20:54:14
    Barbara Allen on Support For Stonebridge From A Longtime Resident: Like Ron Wisniewski, I do not oppose development of the property, but I am amazed that developers are allowed to buy first and then muscle our Village Trustees to give them more than what they purchased.

    The question is whether or not our Village Trustees will vote in favor to change the zoning rules AGAIN. Roanoke is asking to increase density from a previously age-restricted development (LB trustees removed the age restriction already), zoned for 43 detached homes, 28 duplexes and 9 units in the Manor House and Roanoke is asking to increase the density to 98 detached homes.

    If someone purchased a Dunkin Donuts franchise and their business plan was based upon the Village of Lake Bluff to support changing zoning laws to allow a drive-thru along Sheridan Road, I would think the investor was either very foolish or had enough money to risk.

    To expect the Village Trustees to vote in your favor because it suits your business plan is ridiculous - especially if existing neighbors and merchants express a strong oppostion to the change in zoning rules. The existing merchants and neighbors would predict that a change in zoning could negatively impact the investment they have made, and those neighbors and merchants would expect their Trustees to support their interests.

    Roanoke is the second investor to purchase the Stonebridge land with complete disregard of the zoning density of the property they purchased. Did their business plan take into consideration options to build under the current zoning? Was Roanoke forced to purchase the property at a price they could not afford by armed bandits?

    How did Roanoke evaluate the property, purchase it, and then later determine the only way they could make enough profit was to increase the density? Roanoke took on a considerable amount of risk, especially if their success required that the local government should change the zoning definitions of the land.

    I hope Roanoke develops the land and I hope they are successful, ho [Read More]

  • 2014-09-17 10:47:01
    Ron Wisniewski on Support For Stonebridge From A Longtime Resident: I am a homeowner who will be directly impacted by this ridiculously dense plan. While I have no illusions that the land will go undeveloped and while I too think in theory more residents will mean more business for Lake Bluff merchants - the development should comply with the density ordinance. This is triple the density. While I respect the right for all to be heard, especially merchants like Mr. Des Rosier, I hope the Village Board will hear the voices of the residents most directly impacted. Preserving the Jens Jensen garden is nice it really does not matter to those who will have this super high density "pocket community" directly in their lap. With the density proposed this plan won't fit in anyone's pocket. Make the developer do what is right and scale this back to its original size - still way over the zoned density level. That is something that people who do not live nearby seem to easily ignore because it is not in your backyard. [Read More]
  • 2014-09-17 10:36:51
    Max Hartwig on Support for Stonebridge: Growth and more spending at what cost? Decreased property values along Green Bay Road because it will
    be overloaded with up to 200 more speeders, or 200 more cars parked on it during rush hour?
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  • 2014-09-17 10:32:48
    Max Hartwig on Support For Stonebridge From A Longtime Resident: I'm curious. Do you live at the north end of Green Bay Road, where traffic is ALREADY at a standstill DAILY in BOTH directions? As soon as 200 more cars are added to the traffic jam, the traffic flow will be the same as,
    or worse than when Route 41 was detoured through the neighborhood! Property values will drop like a rock.
    [Read More]
  • 2014-09-17 09:05:06
    Katy Ahern on Stonebridge Does Not Comply With Lake Bluff's Comprehensive Plan: I plan to stop by tonight to voice a vocal NO to this new proposal by Stonebridge! This should matter to all in our community since we will all feel the negative impact in so many ways. We have a unique opportunity to say no now before the ball gets rolling. [Read More]
  • 2014-09-16 14:10:10
    David Forlow on Whether They 'Say Yes' or 'No Thanks,' Scots Will Forever Be Part of Lake Forest ...: Breen - We've already been in touch with the LF/LB Historical Society and both have been very helpful (and patient as we've pestered them and dug through their files over the last 3+ years). We plan to share what we have collected with the LF/LB Historical Society and with the Scottish-American History Museum. We are planning a local presentation of our video in conjunction with the LF/LB Historical Society - and will probably set a date for next March. [Read More]
  • 2014-09-16 14:00:06
    Richard Bull on Stonebridge Does Not Comply With Lake Bluff's Comprehensive Plan: Hasn't the decision already been made about Stonebridge? I thought it was to be for people over 50 with no children.

    I guess we will have to trudge over to City Hall and stop whatever "new" plan that is being hatched to overpopulate our town.

    Who wants a stoplight on Green Bay to let all of these people get out of their neighborhood?

    Rick Bull [Read More]

  • 2014-09-16 12:29:54
    Art Miller on Stonebridge Does Not Comply With Lake Bluff's Comprehensive Plan: Like Lake Bluff, Lake Forest has had since the 1970s a comprehensive plan with underlying density zoning, and working with various developers it has saved open space like the east portion of the Jensen landscape at Stonebridge by clusttering housing.

    This has been a tried and true success here in the western part of the city. This is not a radical, new-fangled notion, but one that has succeeded especially at Academy Woods and at the Open Lands preserve on Waukegan south of Deerpath, etc.

    Now the Stonebridge plan uniquely offers to preserve the Stonebridge landmark house by Howard Shaw for the William V. Kelleys (1916) as well, as a community amenity, not as condos, without cost to the village. The underlying density, as in the Lake Forest examples, is in tact. This is a dramatic improvement over the mid 20th C. pattern in the two communities of boring straight streets, with regimented lots often with houses placed centrally on them leaving little useful exterior space.

    Developments like Academy Woods, that contributed to saving Lake Forest Academy two decades ago, leave useful open space for active and passive park use for the new residents. Lake Bluff has two parks, for the West Terrace neighborhood across a busy intersection and for east Lake Bluff at the lake.

    Stonebridge plans already have provided for the passive park on the east part of the property and will have trails, playgrounds, etc. elsewhere on the site and access to the preserved woods to the west and with new access to the west for the rest of that neighborhood.

    This development offers much enrichment for the community, including the number of residents to help fund the amenities--off the larger village tab. The variation from the comprehensive plan is an established local (Lake Forest) way of getting good things like this done! [Read More]

  • 2014-09-16 12:27:16
    Art Miller on Whether They 'Say Yes' or 'No Thanks,' Scots Will Forever Be Part of Lake Forest ...: Presbyterians west of the Hudson, from an 1800 agreement the Congregational Church, worshipped together or in each others' churches. As a result, Presbyterians in Chicago were a mix of both Scots and more socially and theologically conservative Puritan New England descendants. Thus, New Englander Charles B. Farwell ca. 1850 worked for Scot George Smith's Bank, Chicago, as did Scot Sylvester Lind, town and College founder who hailed from the the same part of Aberdeenshire north of the port by that name on the northeast coast of Scotland as did Smith. Both Farwell and Lind, good friends, were Lake Forest founders and funders of the educational institution that became Lake Forest Academy and Lake Forest College. [Read More]
  • 2014-09-16 11:44:40
    Robin Huszagh on Whether They 'Say Yes' or 'No Thanks,' Scots Will Forever Be Part of Lake Forest ...: A very enjoyable read! Thank you David for sharing; as always, you are a wealth of information and knowledge. [Read More]
  • 2014-09-16 11:17:49
    Carol Phillips on Next Stonebridge Public Hearing is Sept. 17: Almost 10 years ago many citizens put much time and effort into a compromise that would allow the developer to build 71 homes in the "backyard", instead of the approximately 30 that zoning allowed. In exchange the developer agreed to restore both the manor house and the carriage house, converting them into condominiums, and to make the entire development "age restricted" so as not to create overcrowding at the schools.

    That mutually beneficial compromise is no more. Although the new developer promised not to ask to increase housing density, they now want 98 homes in the backyard, while wiggling out of their side of the bargain. They plan to tear down the historic carriage house and eliminate all age requirements. And instead of restoring the manor house as condominiums they plan to turn this enormous house into some type of events facility.

    Too many questions remain about the feasibility of this events facility. The manor house is described as "challenged" and "run-down" and it is not even an attractive design. How will the 98 families living in the development feel about paying for the restoration, maintenance, taxes and utilities of a gigantic house they are not living in, and many will seldom use? Where will guests park during the events? What are fire code requirements? Have the developers resolved their own concerns about the challenges of the renovation cost, structural issues, and preservation? What happens if the restoration just isn't feasible?

    Although the original plan seemed like a win/win situation, this new plan clearly is not. It would not be in the Village's best interest to agree to it. Tearing down the manor house, then building 30 homes that the original zoning allowed is the best alternative. [Read More]

  • 2014-09-16 07:16:32
    Breen Inkmann on Whether They 'Say Yes' or 'No Thanks,' Scots Will Forever Be Part of Lake Forest ...: What fantastic photos! Thank you to Mr. Follow for sharing. I think it would be extra special if he shared his collection with the LF/LB Historical Society for display after it displays in Chicago! [Read More]
  • 2014-09-15 18:07:57
    Carolyn Tribble on Closing The Daily Grind Is Loss For Lake Bluff: I am so sorry to hear about the impending closing of the Daily Grind. It has become a Lake Bluff institution in the few years it has been in business. Rick does a great job providing unique food items . He is a force in the community,offering sausage for the Fourth of July Kiwanis breakfast, participating in Taste of LB, having tastings at the farmers' market, and generally being a presence in the community. He has put his heart and soul into this business. Isn't it better to have a going business in the space rather than another empty storefront? [Read More]
  • 2014-09-12 21:17:16
    Benita Myles on Closing The Daily Grind Is Loss For Lake Bluff: I agree with Mr. Kissel. I do hope something can be done to keep Rick in our community we need this type of business.. [Read More]
  • 2014-09-12 07:45:41
    David Kissel on Closing The Daily Grind Is Loss For Lake Bluff: It certainly is sad to hear Lake Bluff will be losing the Daily Grind because of something as seemingly trivial as lease issues. It is incredibly difficult to launch and grow a viable business, and certainly Rick has done that with the Daily Grind. And because Rick has great products and service, the Daily Grind has lots of satisfied customers who want to continue to support him. I find it ironic that with as much time, money and energy the Village Board and developers have spent trying to create viable retail in downtown Lake Bluff, that we actually have a thriving business in the Daily Grind that is being forced out. If it's not too late, I wonder if anything can be done to save the Daily Grind? [Read More]
  • 2014-09-11 20:10:06
    adrienne on The Daily Grind's Lease To End in Early 2015: I was in Inovasi today and asked John des Rosiers about Wisma: He's not expanding Wisma, and he has no claims on, dips for or interest in The Daily Grind storefront space for any of his businesses. Just thought I'd throw this into the conversation to offset at least one of the rumors that's circulating ....

    From Adrienne Fawcett [Read More]

  • 2014-09-07 23:04:25
    Jed Starnes on Amtrak Train Fatally Strikes Man In Lake Forest: I was stuck in this on Sunday evening. I was a passenger on the Amtrak train immediately behind the Empire Builder which struck the pedestrian. Our train and several Metras were delayed for 70+ minutes. When we were released through the scene, there were cops and police tape everywhere, and I counted 18 evidence markers in the station area. There was also an unsettling plastic sheet, containing something on the westernmost set of rails at the Lake Forest station, guarded by three cops. I spoke to someone at Union Station who was on the train that struck the pedestrian, and they said that there was no noticeable sign that they had hit anything, until the train came to a stop, south of the station. [Read More]
  • 2014-09-06 09:38:57
    Rick Lesser on The Stonebridge Easement: No Parking in the Forest: I do agree with my fellow Rick, and share his hope that a compromise can be achieved. Having this land sitting empty creates uncertainty and uncertainty hurts economic value for all of the surrounding area. Of course, the problem with uncertainty is the fear that a high-density development will be approved on the empty site.

    I’m also very sympathetic to Cathy’s good point. The Manor House is a 100 year old building that has now sat empty with no heat or a/c for the last six winters. The building screams “Money Pit!” Unquestionably, this is a beautiful and historic structure, but personally I doubt if it is economically viable to resuscitate. The developer’s representative, at a recent Rotary Club meeting, estimated that the monthly homeowner’s assessment would be about $500, in large measure to pay for the maintenance and upkeep of the Manor House. That’s a hefty burden. I don’t know whether that is in addition to or a part of the annual $295 for the Conservation Easement. [Read More]

  • 2014-09-05 10:35:23
    Cathy Spencer on The Stonebridge Easement: No Parking in the Forest: The new developer of Stonebridge wants to put 98 housing units in the backyard area of the property. The former plan that was approved after much time, public debate and meetings, was to put 71 housing units in the backyard (43 single family, 28 duplexes) and, housed inside the historic structures, 14 units in the Manor house and Carriage House.

    There is a big difference between 98 backyard units and 71.

    The reason given for the necessity for building so many units is the reason of "hardship". The restoring and maintaining the Manor House will be a huge expense. Creating formal Jens Jenson gardens, and restoring and maintaining the open space in front are also going to cost money. There have to be enough houses built to pay these costs, and enough residents living back there that are going to have to pay an assessment to maintain these things after the developer is gone.

    The parking item could be a major issue. Parking for many cars takes a lot of space. And the plan just does not have this taken care of.

    There is a tipping point where it is just not economically feasible to save the mansion.

    I am very appreciative of the front conservation easement being saved, and that that is a done deal. That has been a great accomplishment with good efforts of many. But the restoration/maintenance of the mansion I fear is causing too much burden. I am in favor of letting the developer demolish the mansion and the carriage house (hopefully saving the tower), and simplifying the formal gardens. This should make it less risky economically, and to lower the density drastically, perhaps down to 27 units.

    From the Village letter dated August 15, I copied and pasted the following:

    Existing Zoning:

    PRD Ord. #2006-28 as

    amended by Ord. #2011-7

    (removed age restriction); and Estate Residence District (E-1).

    Purpose of Petition:

    Amend existing PRD Ordinance (Ord. #2006-28) to:

    construct 94 detached single-family residen [Read More]

  • 2014-09-04 15:22:46
    Rick Surkamer on The Stonebridge Easement: No Parking in the Forest: As resident who has lived at 4 different addresses in our village, was foolish enough to move to LF for a time. and now have moved back, one only asks that we strive to find "the way" to sound development work for both the community as a whole and the developer.

    If one looks back at our growth as a village and our basis for the fiscal ability to sustain our community, we must recall that we have supported wise and thoughtful development over a number of decades. Beginning with my first home we built in 1967 in Knollwood Heights, the East Terrace with Chicago Construction, the West Terrace, Tangley Oaks and its sister Armour Woods, development at the Bath and Tennis property, annexation of the Sanctuary, development of various estate properties along Moffett Road, the industrial, retail, and office park at 43 and 176, others I am sure I missed, and of course our new opportunity Stonebridge.

    We need to strive to find the way that benefits both the community as a whole and the developer. This should not be a win lose or a dead end for development. As that risk is there today. Please note, in full disclosure, that I have no interest in the developer or his or her affiliate relationships, or as a neighbor who will be next door to me. Rather I speak as a resident who has seen and understands the way forward this Village has followed, and how we are able to maintain that very special community we live in today. Find the way please. [Read More]

  • 2014-09-04 15:17:04
    Tracy Burns on The Daily Grind's Lease To End in Early 2015: I just returned from vacation and was hugely disappointed to learn that Rick had lost his lease. Ever since the Daily Grind opened, I have enjoyed shopping at this local - within walking distance - butcher. Whenever I shop there, I am confident that I am getting the best quality meats and fish to be found - the organically raised salmon is the best I've ever had, and Rick's bacon is awesome - and I feel good supporting this small, Lake Bluff business. If the Daily Grind closes, it's not just Rick and his family that lose, we all lose. That being said, wherever the Daily Grind chooses to relocate, I will continue to be a customer. [Read More]
  • 2014-09-03 15:12:18
    Steve Boylan on Update: What Is This In The Lake … ?: At the risk of sounding like a lunatic, several years ago (1966) I was an eye witness to a spectacle on the WIS side of Lake Michigan that I can never forget. A friend and I were wading in the shallow water near the Illinois/ Wisconsin border and we both saw giant (Plesiosaurs) feeding on the super abundant alewives which were so thick around our ankles that we could hardly see the sand bottom.

    I call them Plesiosaurs because that is what they looked like, at least as far as we could tell. There were at least 10 and maybe a dozen of them ranging in size from small ones with side fins 5-6 feet long to the largest which had fins (or flippers) more than 20 feet long. The biggest ones would arch part of their bodies out of the water (the mid section) and the distance from point to point entry in the water was over 100 feet. We never observed their heads or tails but the part of their bodies that were out of the water was at least 100 feet long.

    It was an overcast afternoon day, very windy, with rough whitecaps and seas of 10 feet or more and there were no boats present as far as we could see. The distance from shore to the animals was only 150 yards or less and the creatures were perfectly visible and obviously feeding on the abundant alewives. There was a young man floating on an inflatable air mattress just a few yards inshore of the creatures and when we finally got his attention and pointed beyond him he immediately fell off the air mattress and swam like hell for our position on shore.

    He was screaming the whole way and when he finally made it to us he was incoherent and wouldn`t stop to talk to us about what he had seen but jumped in his car and was gone. We observed the animals for at least 10-12 minutes and then they submerged and were gone. [Read More]

  • 2014-09-03 08:08:03
    Breen Inkmann on Local Grandma Shares Secret To Happy Families: I would love to get a hard copy for my parents as well, they don't own Kindles (not the tech-savviest of Grandparents) - but I think this would be wonderful for them - they are such a presence in my children's lives and I could not agree more about the importance of our older generations! [Read More]
  • 2014-09-02 18:57:59
    Stu Scholly on The Daily Grind's Lease To End in Early 2015: This is going to be a big blow to Lake Bluff. You don't find amazing places like the Daily Grind very often and rarely one that becomes part of the community like they have been. The Grind has been one of my weekend rituals for a long time, giving me an excuse to discover the Other Door, the Spice Merchants and Inovasi. However, the primary destination was always the Daily Grind. If they do not renew the Daily Grind lease, that other business from me disappears too. I suppose Lake Bluff will become even more like Lake Forest with a revolving door of merchants that can't make it until all that is left is banks and real estate firms that provide no tax base. Good luck with that Lake Bluff. [Read More]
  • 2014-09-02 10:42:27
    Carol Ann Carter on Local Grandma Shares Secret To Happy Families: Mrs. Gould, Would you have a hard copy of your book that we could add to Lake Bluff Library's adult nonfiction collection? I don't see a print edition available on Amazon. Thank you, Carol Carter [Read More]
  • 2014-09-01 07:42:56
    ellen verlen on The Daily Grind's Lease To End in Early 2015: Thank you Catherine for stating what I think many of us are thinking. Our village just completed 'branding' Lake Bluff. Our taxpayer money was spent to determine the image the village wants to portray. The Daily Grind couldn't be more in keeping with this image.

    While it is clear that Rick and his family are an important part of this town and provide an important service the DG possess something more intangible that even the same business in the same spot could never possess. It has heart and soul. This can't be cooked up by someone through marketing and PR.

    I realize there are times where things are 'just business' but something here seems amiss. WIth the closing of the music store there are now 2 open storefronts in the downtown.

    Unfortuantely the DG cannot just move given the buildout costs. In addition, if there is any truth to the idea that John and Inovasi/WISMA are taking the space are they planning to operate a butcher shop/deli? We probably don't have room for more than one of these in our village.

    What would be great is if Mr. Douglass and the village board would give us some comment. As far as I know there is no 'for lease' listing yet for the DG space. There are still 5 months left until this deal is done - wouldn't it be nice if these two parties could mediate some sort of resolution? [Read More]

  • 2014-08-30 07:40:28
    Catherine Driscoll on The Daily Grind's Lease To End in Early 2015: Diversity in business ownership in the Village of Lake Bluff is good for everyone! I love John and the whole WISMA team, but should one business entity that already controls three prime retail spaces take over a fourth? Seems a bit foolish to put so many eggs in one basket, particularly in a small village with a limited number of retail spaces. Lake Bluff is fortunate to have 100% of its retail locations filled. (Look at Western Ave in LF for what we don't want.) It's hard to rationalize removing a well-respected, profitable and unique business from the retail landscape.

    Rick and the Daily Grind have become a core part of the fabric of Lake Bluff. The Daily Grind provides a much-needed butcher/ grocery service in town, and has helped fill the gap left when the Village Market closed as a go-to spot for kids after school. Not only do they provide access to excellent foods with big smiling faces, Rick and his team have been generous supporters of local groups and nonprofits.

    But this is not our decision to make. It's a negotiation between landlord and lessee. I hope that the landlord in control considers residents' feedback. And I hope that the Village of Lake Bluff Board weighs in if there is a concern about having so much retail space under the control of one business entity. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-28 17:50:12
    Susan Anderson on The Daily Grind's Lease To End in Early 2015: I am another DG backer. Let's hope Mr. Douglass reads and reacts to the voices of our community. Diversity is key. We don't need more Wisma, this shouldn't be personal, it's good business and what is good for Lake Bluff. [Read More]
  • 2014-08-27 14:50:25
    Rommy Lopat on Deadly Summer For Trees in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff: Helpful article, Adrienne. I might add that homeowners truly need to call the arborist to cut down their trees way before they are completely denuded. Once the Ash is weak (it's by nature very brittle), tree climbers may refuse to climb the tree because they are insured, but not for such high risk or they are just want to play it safe regardless of insurance. I also have heard that once a tree falls on a structure, insurance companies may tell the homeowner that all the rest of his Ash trees must come down--right away--or their insurance will not cover additional damage.

    We took down 24 trees and treated 5 starting six years ago (those trees look better than ever: the insecticide must have killed all the inflammations in the trees), so we know the financial pain of EAB. But getting ahead of it may spare even greater costs. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-27 11:16:38
    tom & Grainne Minzenberger on The Daily Grind's Lease To End in Early 2015: Our family moved to Lake Bluff over 40 years ago and also remember all the great shops that made this town a real village. The Daily Grind is that kind of shop. Rick Harness has the best meat available in this area, and losing him would not only hurt his customers, but the surrounding merchants as well! We need more shops like his in this town. [Read More]
  • 2014-08-26 11:43:28
    Andrew Hunt on The Daily Grind's Lease To End in Early 2015: First of all, thanks to Gazebo News for putting this article on the website. I wasn't sure if it would happen when I submitted a news tip, but I am grateful that it did. It is a sensitive matter I realize, but this is a HUGE community issue and deserves to the see some daylight as one man's decision can and will affect not o a man's livelihood, but also our town.

    I want to go on record and say the Rick Harness and The Daily Grind has been one of the most enjoyable parts of downtown Lake Bluff that I can remember. Heading down to "Ricks" to get stuff for dinner has become a bit of a tradition with us and it truly hurts me to think that it might go away. The Daily Grind draws a lot of business into downtown Lake Bluff and provides a sorely needed service. To be honest, I would like see it expand, not fade away (the Grateful Dead reference is for Rick!) I can not envision anything better going into that space...period. While I have not done an official poll to get exact numbers, I suspect that much of the LB community would be in agreement that The Daily Grind should stay.

    I completely understand the fact that at the end of the day, any landlord can choose to not renew a lease either for cause or simply "because." So is with that in mind that would I would like to make a personal appeal to Mr. Douglass. While it is fully within your legal rights to deny another lease, please let The Daily Grind stay where it is. It is the right thing to do for the community. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-26 09:51:58
    Joan Cordeniz on The Daily Grind's Lease To End in Early 2015: I am so disappointed in this news. The Daily Grind is a unique asset to the community. There isn't another independent butcher for miles. In my experience, the quality of the meat at the Daily Grind exceeds the quality of what is available from our local grocers.

    Mr. Harness's operations bring far more retail choices to Lake Bluff consumers than what (I am guessing will be) a probable expansion of Wisma can offer. Mr. Douglass's other tenants rely on the synergy created by the mix of establishments to generate customers, and the Daily Grind generates daily foot traffic from Lake Bluff, Lake Forest and beyond. Mr.Douglass's decision to not renew the lease of the Daily Grind does not serve his other tenants or the community very well.

    I hope Mr. Harness can find another, affordable space in the area. If not, I will happily take my business to whatever community offers him a good opportunity. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-25 13:50:12
    Patrick Grimmer on The Daily Grind's Lease To End in Early 2015: WE LOVE THE DAILY GRIND! Please dont take our lamb chops away! [Read More]
  • 2014-08-25 06:23:40
    Barbara Gewalt on The Daily Grind's Lease To End in Early 2015: My husband, Dave and I are long time residents of Lake Bluff. We have always enjoyed the unique amenities of this small village. Since the DG opened in 2007, we were frequent, if not daily, shoppers. The quality of the meats and seafood are not to be found in the near environs. We felt fortunate to be able to have this ready access to quality within walking distance. The DG has been a friendly face with great service in a business where this is rare. We sincerely hope that a solution could be worked out so that our community can continue to provide these special businesses that bring in foot traffic from other areas as well as our own, and make Lake Bluff the vibrant village that it is. [Read More]
  • 2014-08-24 17:10:43
    Marcia James Wilheim on Margaret Reuter : When my late husband and I lived on East Sheridan Road the Reuters were good acquaintances, and I always felt it a privilege to be in their company.

    During the last two years of my husband's life I took care of him in our home and rarely got out to Women's Club and other Village activities. Margaret made several calls during that time, usually bringing a small bouquet of flowers as well as a basketful of good cheer.

    There must be countless people whose lives were touched and improved in one way or another by Margaret and Dick Reuter. I'm so glad I was one of them.

    Marcia Wilheim, Ruidoso, New Mexico [Read More]

  • 2014-08-24 11:59:38
    Gwen Palmer on The Daily Grind's Lease To End in Early 2015: I think that this is about Wisma talking over the space. [Read More]
  • 2014-08-22 17:51:05
    Rick Surkamer on The Daily Grind's Lease To End in Early 2015: I echo almost all comments above. The Diversity of retail in our community is what has and will set us apart. The unique proposition of the Daily Grind and their commitment to our community is a rarity, and should not be cast aside lightly. Let us hope either a compromise, or a plan B can be developed by bother owners. As Lake Effect and DG bring a wonderful service to our village everyday. [Read More]
  • 2014-08-22 15:25:35
    Delmon & Sherry Grapes on The Daily Grind's Lease To End in Early 2015: Since The Daily Grind opened in 2007, it has been our source for excellent meat and seafood as well as convenience items. A reliable, independent butcher and his shop is a rarity these days. The quality of meat and seafood is unmatched anywhere in this locality. The owner, Mr. Rick Harness, fits well with the "small-town" aura of Lake Bluff. The Daily Grind often participates in local events, which further the small town atmosphere.

    The loss of this shop will diminish Lake Bluff as such a village, continuing the decrease in small town amenities. We well recall that over the years the small town grocery closed, the local pharmacy closed, the clothing store closed, the convenience store closed, the hardware store closed. We still have a yard-stick from Lake Bluff Hardware imprinted - "free deliveries - phone 419" - from the days before Lake Bluff got dial telephones.

    We hope that The Daily Grind can remain as a Lake Bluff business and continue to provide residents with an alternative to Jewel, Fresh Market, and Sunset Foods. We'd rather know our butcher than not! [Read More]

  • 2014-08-21 16:28:06
    Matthew Noble on Lake Bluff Plans Public Hearing For Stonebridge Development : What was the outcome of the presentation for the response to the Proposed Development Plan? Have any capacity studies been undertaken to eveluate the level of units the site can reasonably accommodate and the impact on traffic and access with one entry / exit point. Thank you for keeping us informed. [Read More]
  • 2014-08-20 09:40:06
    Ronald P. Ohlendorf on New Home Rising At Lake Bluff's Wimbledon: Hello Ann: My father, Karl H. Ohlendorf (deceased) was a math or science teacher there perhaps during Mr. Williams time (the early 1960s or late 1950s). Are there any yearbooks online from then? Do you know
    who I could ask for records to confirm it going that far back? Any help from anyone would be appreciated greatly, thank you.
    [Read More]
  • 2014-08-18 16:51:04
    Deborah Fischer on It Takes a Universe … : Marvelous story! Kudos to Mary Jane Stutz for recognizing a need and reaching out to the Universe so quickly! One of my favorite things about our community is how generous and willing to help out everyone is. Best wishes to Sami Haltom as she begins her exciting freshman year and so glad that so many people rallied to make it possible! [Read More]
  • 2014-08-18 15:13:03
    Karen Burhans on Update: What Is This In The Lake … ?: The Greenland shark has been found in the St. Lawrence Seaway. Greenland sharks are cold water sharks. Bull sharks don't do well in cold water. But, that doesn't mean that one couldn't have taken a trip upstream or up the East coast. Have you people had any Sharknados lately;-) [Read More]
  • 2014-08-15 09:43:35
    adrienne on Update: What Is This In The Lake … ?: Tom -- that is a good question. The photographer, Michal Furmanek, talks about this is in the most recent story

    Furmanek said the object’s pattern of movement was very lifelike; he is confident it was not a surfboard, toy or other floating debris. “The shape from both the side and up front looks like a dorsal fin," he said. "What’s even more puzzling, it behaved like a living creature – within the two minutes between the first (front view) and the third (the best view of the fin) photo, it not only traveled through almost the whole frame of the picture from the right to the left side of it, but it also turned around (!) and it submerged deeper into the water (you can not see the whole fin in the 2nd picture but you can in the 3rd with its characteristic bent shape.” [Read More]

  • 2014-08-15 09:06:27
    Chris Patterson on Whole Foods Still In Play In Lake Forest: This property went through an exhausting amount of intense scrutiny initially because it was the last meaningful parcel left. Let's be honest here, there are no architectural treasures on the other three corners and the notion that this property should somehow now be held to a perceived higher standard is disingenuous. The developer was not denied the ability to build a Whole Foods, he was denied the setback he wanted and did not succeed in convincing the city that his proposed design justified more relief than was already offered. Good design and some level of tree preservation might have changed some minds on the setbacks. The developer chose to clear cut the trees and totally disregard the architectural character that was already established for this development. It's true, there are too many people with unrealistic opinions on preservation of the site but the notion that children in the area will be damaged by not having a grocery store on this site is just as irrational. If the developer cannot find a way to make this all work here, then perhaps others may find a way in the future. [Read More]
  • 2014-08-14 17:15:38
    Patrick Grimmer on Whole Foods Still In Play In Lake Forest: I whole-heartedly agree with Mr Cook!

    Lets do something useful for the families of Lake Forest. We need to revitalize the area. Lake Forest is turning in to a ghost town because of this mentality that the old crap needs to be preserved. We need a real supermarket. That property is currently a waste of space. We have lots beautiful and preserved open lands, state parks, and plenty of "historic estates". We need to develop this area for the families that are trying to raise children and run households in the area. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-14 16:42:05
    Thomas Singel on Update: What Is This In The Lake … ?: Mrs Fawcett should ask Furmanek if the object was moving. Since the water was still, a floating object would be as well. A Bull shark must be moving .

    Do "We need a bigger boat?" [Read More]

  • 2014-08-14 16:02:18
    Carl Kitzerow on Fox Nation Recruiting Indian Guides & Princesses: This is a fantastic program. I spent 10 years in the program with both a dtr and son and really had some quality time with my kids.It gave them a respect for nature and camping. My daughter spent months in South and Central America and was very comfortable with adverse conditions. The camping was one of the best experiences of my kids' lives.
    My time with my kids was tremendous and I also forged many friendships that I still have today.
    Ah Ho!
    [Read More]
  • 2014-08-14 11:40:35
    Eric Grenier on Comedian Robin Williams Had Ties To Lake Forest and Lake Bluff: I'm curious if anybody knows if Williams actually lived in Lake Bluff, too, or if this is just a misinterpretation of "Lake Forest/Lake Bluff area" by the Chicago Tribune (who got his age wrong in the 2004 article). [Read More]
  • 2014-08-14 09:59:32
    adrienne on Who's The Best Volunteer In Lake Forest?: Peg -- I agree. It's going to be hard to narrow the field. This is a very philanthropic and giving community! [Read More]
  • 2014-08-14 09:19:34
    eric doane on Update: What Is This In The Lake … ?: To me it looks like the tail fin of either a large King Salmon or a Steelhead (rainbow trout), both speices of fish tend to feed on the surface early in the morning. Some charter boats this season are catching 20lb + Kings & 15 lb + steelheads.... the cooler water temps have brought the bigger fish in toward shore as the follow the bait fish. [Read More]
  • 2014-08-14 08:40:23
    peg ciccarelli on Who's The Best Volunteer In Lake Forest?: Hi Adrienne,
    The blessing of living in Lake Forest/Lake Bluff, is that there are many people who would be the perfect choice for this award. It's great that another organization will recognize our community's giving spirit.
    [Read More]
  • 2014-08-14 07:32:27
    Pauline Mohr on Whole Foods Still In Play In Lake Forest: Worrisome all around. [Read More]
  • 2014-08-14 02:38:15
    Patrick Cook on Whole Foods Still In Play In Lake Forest: What negative impact would be felt if Lake Forest were to lose 400 out of its millions of trees? Would anyone notice the absence of one historic house in a city with dozens of historic houses? Anyway, what about this house is of such great historical significance to begin with? These arguments could not be more stale and tiring. What would be an acceptable development in return for the loss of 400 forgettable trees and a moldy old house? The first North American branch of Harrod's, perhaps? Don't hold your breath!

    Our real estate tax bills are high; everyone would benefit from some relief. The proposed development sits at an intersection where thousands of cars speed by at 45mph daily, in an area where a commercial development of some sort is expected. Opposition to this project reeks of out-of-touch, absurd snobbery, and I for one am equal parts amused and disgusted by the outcry. It's impossible to satisfy those who will be dissatisfied with any result. At some point the Village must give up pursuing such a fool's errand and do right by the city at large. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-13 19:23:51
    Ann Breidenstein on Comedian Robin Williams Had Ties To Lake Forest and Lake Bluff: Debby - good catch. My aunt was a teacher there when he was a student and told the family that he was a very bright student. She later became Principal of the school. She retired in 1969 (she passed away in 1992). [Read More]
  • 2014-08-13 10:09:31
    Guin Grimstad on Update: What Is This In The Lake … ?: And from National Geographic, an article about the reintroduction of freshwater Lake Sturgeon in the past 10-15 years:

    "So, starting in 2003, Smith and a team of nonprofits, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and native tribes set up the streamside rearing facility, which raises juvenile fish and releases them back into the rivers. So far they’ve sent 116 young fish back into the river, where they’ll eventually end up in Lake Michigan."

    Looks like this may be really good news! [Read More]

  • 2014-08-13 10:05:57
    Guin Grimstad on Update: What Is This In The Lake … ?: It may be a Sturgeon? Check out picture of Sturgeon here:
    The dorsal fin looks pretty similar, but I don't know enough about Sturgeon to know if this is a real possibility. They seem to be released in the Wolf River every spring, and the Wolf is connected to Lake Michigan, but boy would that be a trip!
    [Read More]
  • 2014-08-13 07:50:02
    Cliff Jenks on Update: What Is This In The Lake … ?: I live in Lake Bluff and operate a charter fishing business in my retirement. Back in May, I was setting lines behind my boat and saw a fish that was well over 6 feet in length. It looked just like a shark, but I just assumed it must be a sturgeon. I was just off of Waukegan harbor, not that far from Fort Sheridan beach. I have been fishing in Lake Michigan for over 25 years and have never seen anything like this fish, it looked just like shark. [Read More]
  • 2014-08-12 23:08:56
    Steve Butzlaff on Comedian Robin Williams Had Ties To Lake Forest and Lake Bluff: Deerpath School was the sole public Junior High for Grades 7 & 8. Gorton School Grades 5 & 6 remained for years as the sole Lake Forest Middle School until the current west wing expansion was built. I equally had fond memories attending Deerpath during the years mentioned in the article. All of our class pictures were also taken on the rear steps that remain today.

    The original Deerpath Junior High Building was expanded to the North Side after the years mentioned. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-12 16:21:47
    Debby Penar on Comedian Robin Williams Had Ties To Lake Forest and Lake Bluff: Robin Williams lived in Lake Forest until he was in 8th grade, not 8 years old. Deerpath was a middle school at the time. [Read More]
  • 2014-08-11 12:22:20
    adrienne on JWC Media Purchases GazeboNews: Michael

    Thank you for your kind words and insights. You and many other readers are important contributors to the fabric of this local news site.
    [Read More]

  • 2014-08-08 09:31:45
    Elizabeth K. Miller on Red Tail Hawk: On Closer Inspection: The artist should be seriously confident, too. Excellent work on a great animal! [Read More]
  • 2014-08-06 22:48:23
    Michael Ebner on JWC Media Purchases GazeboNews: is an immensely important local news source thanks to the enterprise of its intrepid founder Adrienne Fawcett.

    It is the first media outlet that I consult each and every morning.

    Without the residents of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff would not know about key issues confronting their communities.

    Most recently Adrienne ran a fact-filled report on why the passenger underpass has not been constructed under the Milwaukee Road railway tracks on Waukegan Road.

    Likewise,'s on-the-ground reporting about the tragic drowning of a swimmer in Lake Michigan kept readers informed all day long.

    It also reported key aspects of the contretemps involving the Mandarin immersion program in District 67.

    Local news is changing. Daily newspapers have reduced and watered downs local coverage. Weekly newspapers cannot keep pace with the rapid flow of events that are reported in the second decade of our new century.

    Best wishes to Adrienne Fawcett for continued success in her new business arrangement. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-06 12:01:56
    adrienne on JWC Media Purchases GazeboNews: Kevin and Barb -- thank you for your kind words! [Read More]
  • 2014-08-06 12:01:16
    adrienne on JWC Media Purchases GazeboNews: Lois -- We will stay true to the mission of covering news and stuff about Lake Forest and Lake Bluff! I love this job and love engaging with the community. [Read More]
  • 2014-08-06 11:41:37
    Barb Moore on JWC Media Purchases GazeboNews: Congratulations Adrienne!! You have worked so hard! I am thrilled for you!!! [Read More]
  • 2014-08-06 10:07:23
    Kevin Considine on JWC Media Purchases GazeboNews: It's impressive to see what you have built. This is a fitting tribute... our community is much better off as a result the terrific work that you have done (and will continue to do)... thank you Adrienne. [Read More]
  • 2014-08-06 08:40:03
    Lois Kelly on JWC Media Purchases GazeboNews: I hope that under new management Gazebo News actually will stay true to its mission of covering the intimate little stories of our wonderful communities of Lake Bluff and Lake Forest. I hear the Elvis Presley song, "Don't you do what your big sister did", running through my mind. "The Lake Forester" is big sister here. Don't cave in, Adrienne! -- By the same token, congratulations for taking your project to the next level!! [Read More]
  • 2014-08-05 16:33:18
    cathy spencer on Taking Time to Stop and Smell The Cone Flowers ...: What a beautiful butterfly and nicely done photo!

    About the hummingbird moth: Hornworms (the kind that eat tomatoes) turn into “Hummingbird” Moths
    Adult stages of hornworms are known as sphinx, hawk, or “hummingbird” moths. [Read More]

  • 2014-08-05 09:33:40
    adrienne on Taking Time to Stop and Smell The Cone Flowers ...: Bonita -- I think so; thank you, I added the word "tiger" to the name in the story. [Read More]
  • 2014-08-05 09:18:38
    Bonita Friedland on Taking Time to Stop and Smell The Cone Flowers ...: What a glorious photo to start the day! Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you !
    Those colors are dreamy--is that the "Tiger Swallowtail"?
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  • 2014-08-01 16:02:32
    Rommy Lopat on Lake Forest City Council: Whole Foods Plan Is Half Baked: As an update, at last night's LF Plan Commission meeting, Comm Dev Director Cathy Czerniak stated that the "Conway Market / Whole Foods" shopping center is an "active petition" for two reasons: one, the City Council only proffered advice to the developer but did not vote and 2) the developer has not officially withdrawn. In fact, Czerniak said the developer is "in discussions". She did not say with whom.

    Having watched this process over many months, I continue to regret the City's handling of the situation. Allowing any developer or property owner to contemplate the demolition of a landmarked house and clear cutting of 400 trees is unconscionable, not to mention cramming so much building onto a way too small space. (Imagine a Whole Foods, four single-story 6000 sq ft homes, and a 350 car parking lot in a space the exact size of Forest Park!).

    The planning process is woefully inadequate. The Route 60 Corridor's Comprehensive Plan needs updating, and the City Council needs to be apprised of what is in the plan. All of our "gateways" look sorrowful (thistles, weeds, buckthorn, construction debris) and need attention, but this one is arguably the most important to preserve in its greenness.

    The Special Use that allowed an office building on the Whole Foods site should have been revoked long ago. (imagine if you got a permit to build a new house and garage. You build the house but not the garage, then sell the property, all of which happens years after the permit was granted. The new homeowner would have to get a new permit to build the garage, but in this case, the landowner apparently does not have to start from scratch. Why?) The problem is that the traffic and other studies compare the shopping center to an office center rather than to existing conditions, skewing the results significantly.

    And needless to say, having two Plan Commissioners recuse themselves, making a quorum tougher to obtain, for the duration of the process is not fair to developer or [Read More]

  • 2014-07-29 20:22:10
    Thomas Dickelman on Lake Bluff Bike Race: What Goes Around And Around, Comes Around: Deb mentions the many volunteers it took to put on the Criterium and Block Party. The simple truth is that were it not for extraordinary and selfless leaders like her, signature Lake Bluff events like the Criterium, Block Party and the 4th of July Parade would never happen. Kudos to Deb for her devoted leadership! [Read More]
  • 2014-07-29 08:40:34
    Nicki Snoblin on Lake Bluff Bike Race: What Goes Around And Around, Comes Around: Speaking as someone who typically doesn't care in the least about bike racing, I'm amazed at how exciting it is to watch these races, right here in Lake Bluff! This is a huge undertaking for a small town, and it was done spectacularly well. My hat's off to the people who had the vision to conceive the possibilities and the determination and energy to make it all happen. [Read More]
  • 2014-07-21 09:40:42
    carl noble on Lake Forest Composer Debuts Sequel To 100-Year-Old Story: Folks, do you realize how good this fellow is? He's stunning. For those that believe that there are no modern classical composers that write beautiful music, you are in for a BIG surprise. Check out this for starters,

    Amazing. [Read More]

  • 2014-07-21 08:15:17
    Debbie Saran on Photographer Captures Century Of Life And Architecture In And Near Lake Forest: Congratulations, Caitlin! We can't wait to see the exhibit when we are back in town! Good luck on Friday! [Read More]
  • 2014-07-21 07:20:09
    W. Douglas Gilpin, Jr. FAIA on Photographer Captures Century Of Life And Architecture In And Near Lake Forest: I'm sorry that I will miss the Beautiful LiFe exhibit. I was back in Lake Forest after too many years, and also toured the house and grounds of Shaw's Ragdale...first time since my mid-60s childhood years. I took a number of photos in and around Lake Forest, including Sylvia's Market Square Fountain statue. I hope that the exhibit will also be featured on-line.
    W. Douglas Gilpin, Jr. FAIA Architect
    Charlottesville, VA & Block Island, RI
    [Read More]
  • 2014-07-17 20:51:26
    Mike Steiner on 'Veterans Closet' Serves U.S. Veterans In Style: Fantastic service to those who served our country!
    Please share with others!
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  • 2014-07-17 12:47:32
    Bonita Friedland on Lake Forest Train Fatalities: What About The Tunnel?: I wholeheartedly agree with David. Think about all the people who are on headphones, or with a phone to their ear, or in conversation with someone as they exit the train! They are not paying attention, but just walking, talking, walking, talking…! And what would happen if the crowd were so large that backing up was a problem?

    Yes, we need a tunnel, and in order for it to work, it needs to be the only way to cross the tracks... [Read More]

  • 2014-07-17 08:51:00
    David Grinnell on Lake Forest Train Fatalities: What About The Tunnel?: Along with many other passengers at the West LF train station, I've regularly started to cross the pedestrian pass about 100 yards north of the train station just as the train I'm on leaves the station. No more! The issue is this: We start to cross in back of the northbound train as it pulls out of the station; thinking it's safe to cross. As the train blocks the view looking north, a southbound train can come roaring through the station as we all cross to get to our cars in the lots. Fortunately, the times this has happened, nobody has been hit. Yet! But they sure jump back and some have only feet between them and impact. This current train/pedestrian intersection is clearly a potential disaster waiting to happen. I hope the tunnel becomes a reality and that the above-ground walk through will be eliminated! My learning is to wait well after the train leaves the depot and to look both ways before crossing, no matter if bells are clanging or not. [Read More]
  • 2014-07-17 08:28:03
    Chris Patterson on Lake Forest Mayor Explains City Council's Decision on Whole Foods Mall: The Council did not turn down the Whole Foods, they turned down the way they wanted to do it. We can all agree the setback issue could be addressed with creative planning. The developer basically wanted to clear cut the site and attempt to convince everyone the building designs they proposed were attractive. The fact is the proposed design was not all that great. Whole Foods is certainly a worthy "gateway" user for this corner but the developer has treated as if this were Vernon Hills. Retail will work there but we do not have to compromise our standards just because the property owner wants to maximize their return. It's a 10-acre site and the developer should be in a position to make it work. If it does work for them, there are others that should be able to. [Read More]
  • 2014-07-15 15:07:31
    Patrick Grimmer on Lake Forest Mayor Explains City Council's Decision on Whole Foods Mall: Its a shame that the stodgy old rich guys on the counsel are holding that property hostage. This is why the area is aging and dying. Who wants to bring their family to an area that has no decent grocery options, no movie theatre, no place to shop. If you have a buckets of money you can find an investment bank or financial advisor in lake forest, but there is no place to take your kids to the movies or out for a decent meal. We need the counsel to make it easier for business to get started. [Read More]
  • 2014-07-15 09:47:38
    Michael Ebner on Lake Forest Mayor Explains City Council's Decision on Whole Foods Mall: I read the mayor's statement with great interest.

    It is clear to me that Whole Foods would have benefitted the financial circumstances of Lake Forest.

    But other values -- environmental, planning, and historical -- entered into the decision-making mix of our elected municipal officials.

    The closely observed outcome sets Lake Forest apart from the mainstream as to how local decisions of consequence are formulated.

    It was commendable to have the city council hear a multitude of opinions on the prospect of developing this consequential topic.

    And it was courageous to walk away from approving the Conway Market development. [Read More]

  • 2014-07-14 16:45:38
    Pat Cook on Lake Forest Mayor Explains City Council's Decision on Whole Foods Mall: Shorter version: we'll do what we want because we're in charge. [Read More]
  • 2014-07-12 12:33:42
    Rick Lesser on Lake Forest City Council: Whole Foods Plan Is Half Baked: Don't forget Pasquesi Home & Garden and Lake (Bluff) Forest Sports Cars. Lake Bluff does not turn up its nose at retail. [Read More]
  • 2014-07-09 16:03:45
    Kevork M Derderian on Lake Forest City Council: Whole Foods Plan Is Half Baked: Knauz, Costco, and Whole Foods. The trend is clear. The neighbors of Lake Forest will continue to get the benefits of Lake Forest residents spending in their markets. [Read More]
  • 2014-07-04 06:45:11
    Steve Hardy on New Coffee Shop to Open in Lake Bluff on Fourth of July: You stole my idea!!!! :) This sounds great and I look forward to patronizing the shop. Best of luck! SHOP LOCAL everyone!!!! [Read More]
  • 2014-07-03 18:26:50
    adrienne on Lake Forest: A Deadly RR Town: Art: Prof. Savage saw your comment and did some calculations for combined communities that would have both the UP-North and Milwaukee North lines running through them. In general they make Lake Forest look even worse as most of these other communities have much lower rates.

    Here is the data. It shows (1) the combined municipalities used, (2) the 2004-12 combined pedestrian fatality count, (3) the combined 2010 census population, and (4) the implied annual risk per 10,000 population:

    Lake Forest: 8 -- 19,375 -- 0.46
    Highland Park – Highwood – Deerfield – Bannockburn: 6 --54,976 --0.12
    Winnetka – Kenilworth – Wilmette – Northfield – Glenview: 9 -- 91,899 -- 0.11
    Glencoe – Northbrook: 3 -- 41,893 -- 0.08 [Read More]

  • 2014-07-02 14:25:41
    art miller on Lake Forest: A Deadly RR Town: This is an excellent survey of the topic of pedestrian accidents in the Chicago area with a focus on Lake Forest. It cites an in-depth study by a Northwestern Prof. Savage that helps address the imbalance of data on pedestrian vs. vehicle deaths on the tracks.

    One factor not included is the land area covered by the community and with it the number of lines through that area. Lake Forest is the only North Shore community extending from the lakefront and the UP/Metra North Line west across CP and Milwaukee Road (Metra Northwest) lines to the Tollway (I 294). Thus there are two Lake Forest stations on two Metra lines.

    How does Lake Forest compare to a combined Highland Park and Deerfield, to a Glencoe and Northbrook or a Winnetka and Glenview (the last also an Amtrak stop)? These would be comparable areas, but with different demographics--Lake Forest being relatively low in residential density and relatively high in worker-nonresident commuter use. [Read More]

  • 2014-07-01 11:51:47
    adrienne on West Lake Forest Train Fatality: Why Did It Happen Again?: Thank you, Paul. These are hard stories to write ... I can't imagine what it's like for the families of the victims to live through this loss. [Read More]
  • 2014-07-01 10:06:29
    Paul Foght on West Lake Forest Train Fatality: Why Did It Happen Again?: In the best tradition of local news reporting, you have honored the memory of the victim and revealed the probable causes of his accident in one concise article. We will all look forward to the forthcoming coverage of the other rail deaths. [Read More]
  • 2014-06-26 11:22:52
    Colleen Easter on Pedestrian in Train Fatality Was From Chicago: You are so right Lynette. Mark Worden was my very close friend and whenever I mention the Lake Forest Train Station, I get an immediate reaction from most people - regarding its safety record, that it has been re-designed several times already, and death/accident record the question regarding its safety.

    There have been so many train deaths in the last few years especially in this area. While it may have been safer in years past, people are now focused on their cell phones or have earbuds in listening to music or however they may be plugged in, that we need to have additional safety measures put in place to protect them.

    The crossing arms should be MANDATORY for all pedestrian crosswalks that are in the area of trains. [Read More]

  • 2014-06-25 17:03:02
    Colleen Easter on Coroner: Lake Forest Train Fatality Was Likely Accidental: Either Dr. Rudd was misquoted or he does not know all of the facts. Also, Dr. Rudd should NOT assume what Mr. Worden may or may not have been thinking nor what he may or may not have been aware of at that time. To my knowledge, he had never been to that train station before.
    Freight train was coming from the south and heading north
    Metra train was southbound coming from the north
    This is the Lake Forest Metra station which has one of the highest rates of fatalities and incidents on the Metra lines
    There are no markings anywhere telling you which way is north or south and no safety gates for pedestrians
    [Read More]

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