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  • 2015-04-19 10:40:18
    Terry Darraugh on Concerned About LGBT 'Silence': I agree that this has the unintended consequence of making the kids pick sides when they are there for an education. There is more than enough on their plates and I feel it is unproductive to put such a controversial political issue into the mix. Let's focus on classical education and not forcing one's opinions on others or trying to silence or humiliate those who just want to get an education. Who is bullying who these days? [Read More]
  • 2015-04-18 13:10:06
    Brad Cook on Kindness In The Sauce: To Whom it may concern,

    I am Brad Cook and would like to make an order of

    (Honey)..Please send me the types of honey with price ranges or

    email me with a link to your Hoeny.Also advise if you accept

    credit card payment.

    Best Regards.
    Brad Cook. [Read More]

  • 2015-04-18 08:40:14
    Jen on Concerned About LGBT 'Silence': Dr. Sulentich's excellent letter illustrates several reasons why the school-sponsored "Day of Silence" is a bad idea. (Parents who routinely receive e-blasts from LFHS did not and never have received an e-blast on the "Day of Silence"...this is part of GLSEN's stated strategy. See its website).
    Other reasons are: those attending LFHS come there to learn. Anything that disrupts that process; i.e. remaining silent when called upon in class, shutting down class discussion, preventing teachers or their student assistants from speaking-- does not advance LFHS's educational mission to instill a certain body of math, science, language arts, etc. knowledge. This is especially true this year as the students have been increasingly deprived of important instructional time by PARCC testing. The job of a high school is to instill knowledge during instructional time. Period.
    Second, obviously political discussions--even heated, controversial and divisive ones have a place in high school: during instructional time when the issue is germane to the curriculum. We can all understand that a discussion of Equal Protection under the U.S. Constitution is appropriate in U.S. History class and should be explored in an academic manner. The same discussion would be inappropriate in an English class when the teacher simply wishes to spout off on ideas to a captive classroom of children. In addition, it has been my experience that the students frequently discuss even the most controversial matters with their peers during their free time. This is completely appropriate and preferable to teacher-led propaganda in class, where students can be subtly (or in some cases, overtly) bullied or intimidated by the adult in the room.
    Finally, I have quoted below in its entirety an article by Penny Nance on Breitbart (www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/04/10/the-bitter-irony-of-the-day-of-silence/) which adds many other reasons why a government-funded school like LFHS should completely avoid
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  • 2015-04-17 15:23:57
    Long Time In Lake Bluff on Losing Lake Bluff: Thank you Gary for taking the time to write the story about the house your family lived in on Sunrise. The issues you have raised are challenging. The last couple of years Lake Bluff has received a lot of media coverage as one of the top “seaside communities" to live and raise a family in. One of the unforeseen consequences of this great media coverage is the fact that in recent times we have seen outside builders coming into our community building “spec houses” with no knowledge of our unique architectural history. Change is inevitable. So the question is how do we manage these never ending changes in Lake Bluff with the goal of protecting the unique character of our community.

    Currently the only control to manage these changes is through the Zoning Ordinance. This may control building bulk but has no influence in architectural detail or character. I believe the best solution is to have the Village Board grant the Lake Bluff Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) real authority to review projects for not only demolition of existing buildings but to review the replacement structure prior to granting the demolition permit. The goal would be to maintain architectural continuity while encouraging architectural diversity.

    I know there are people in our community who would see this as an encroachment on their property rights, but the Zoning Ordinance can only do so much. Property rights need to be protected, but the character of our community needs to be protected too. There are numerous examples of communities around the Chicagoland area who have already suffered from what we are now facing such as Hinsdale and Winnetka. These communities have lost what made them charming and unique. It would be unfortunate to have Lake Bluff suffer the same. [Read More]

  • 2015-04-17 11:08:33
    Jacquie B on Spring In Lake Bluff: What a wonderful picture. My godmom, Nan McCabe, loved this event! No doubt she is smiling from heaven! [Read More]
  • 2015-04-17 08:19:38
    MrsH on Spring In Lake Bluff: One of the reasons I love living here! [Read More]
  • 2015-04-17 07:28:53
    Matt Nielsen on Spring In Lake Bluff: I love that the Garden Club volunteers to beautify our downtown area! It is always so nice to see! [Read More]
  • 2015-04-16 08:31:34
    Gary Doyle on Losing Lake Bluff: Thanks Jill. Better incentives to not knock down a house is another way to strengthen our regulations. Thanks for mentioning.

    There is built into the short waiting period a chance for the Village to "dialogue" with the owner in the hopes of talking them out of knocking down a landmarked house. But really, how realistic is it that an owner is going to be talked out of it? [Read More]

  • 2015-04-16 06:41:35
    Jill. Danly on Losing Lake Bluff: Well said Gary,

    We are in the process of renovating our 1886 cottage. I hope there are incentives in place to encourage the homeowner to keep and enhance the original character vs. new construction. I remember walking thru Sunrise and seeing the potential for a 3rd floor great room with priceless views.

    Perhaps the village will consider reaching out to the older homes and lending a hand. Make the homeowner pause and consider alternatives . Lake Bluff deserves the character we still have. It's not too late?? Right? [Read More]

  • 2015-04-15 09:58:05
    Lindsey Nemcek on Seeing A Forest Without The Trees: Thanks for answering my questions about the changes at the Waukegan and Deerpath intersection! [Read More]
  • 2015-04-14 18:25:18
    Stephan Bashkir on New Electrical Supplier On Horizon: How will this merger influence the prices of electricity for people in this area? Generally when mergers happen, it's the consumers that are the ones which are hung out to dry. Hopefully this new company will work with people and their old contracts to help keep rates low and service consistent. [Read More]
  • 2015-04-10 22:36:38
    Second Amendment Defender on Police Discover Assault Weapon Magazines in Resident's Vehicle: Mayor Nancy Rotering can take great pride in how her Assault Weapons Ban has turned this young mans life upside down. The Ammunition Magazines are NOT Assault Weapons Magazines either, they are simply Handgun Magazines, nothing more. These same Magazines are fully Legal to be possessed in every community surrounding Highland Park. [Read More]
  • 2015-04-10 19:57:27
    Jason Ransom on Outrage In Winnetka Over 7-Story Development: I think the people of Winnetka need to decide if they want new revenue through development or continue to have increasing property tax bills year after year. In order to stop aggressive development the people need to accept larger and larger tax bills.

    Do you want others to share your burden or carry it all yourselves? Your choice. In order to preserve the status quo each resident needs to step up and pay more. [Read More]

  • 2015-04-04 09:59:28
    Pepe7 on LFHS Admin Rues PARCC 'Opt-Outs': JEN-

    (would have replied sooner, but this forum has no email notification options that I could find...)

    I agree, but what the Heartland Institute is promoting is poison, not knowledge. Review their literature and make an informed opinion as such, especially their criticism of Common Core. They are living in the dark ages.

    I have less complaints with their independent stance regarding opting out of various testing regimes though. It's their other troglodyte-like views that are truly sick and twisted. [Read More]

  • 2015-04-03 21:04:08
    Marcia Shanin on Should We Carry Secrets to the Grave?: Just love it Jo!! [Read More]
  • 2015-04-01 13:31:32
    Bob Bode on Mayors: 'No' to Fort Sheridan Plans: Seriously, people are concerned about the planting of 50 acres of trees? Since when do we complain about planting trees? Give me a break, planting trees is a good thing, there's plenty of grasslands for birds. Somebody ask the Mayors why additional parking is needed? The high volumes of people going to the forest preserve on weekends are not HP or HW residents. You can't increase foot traffic and restore a habitat at the same time, the bluffs are already trashed! [Read More]
  • 2015-03-30 07:56:57
    No name on People Talk: Will Cubs Win?: No they will never win they
    Need to change their name
    To bad news bear yes referring to a movie m
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  • 2015-03-30 06:24:36
    Rick S on Far Away At Home: Beautiful, and thanks for sharing. Let me add ... we went to Garfield Park Conservatory yesterday during the worst of the wind and rain, and found it to also be a recharge. [Read More]
  • 2015-03-23 13:48:54
    Jen on UPDATE: 32% of Winnetka Kids Skipped PARCC: Why You Can Boycott Standardized Tests Without Fear of Federal Penalties to Your School
    http://www.fairtest.org/why-you-can-boycott-testing-without-fear
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  • 2015-03-23 13:30:53
    Jenny Simpson on Inovasi, Curt's Cafe to Partner: Oh how wonderful! I love it. [Read More]
  • 2015-03-22 17:51:49
    LFHS parent on UPDATE: 32% of Winnetka Kids Skipped PARCC: I was told by those in charge of PARCC refusals at LFHS to keep my child home during PARCC testing by District 115, in order to keep the building quiet for test takers which was not the decision "of our choosing", but rather was the explicit protocol communicated by District 115. [Read More]
  • 2015-03-22 07:36:33
    sibtain raza on Jobs A Boon For Special Ed Kids: "This is my child Zain, He has cerebral palsy and is now 11 years old. He can't walk and talk, just makes noises and laughing a lot as well as smiling. He can't walk or sit on his own, and he hears everything. He's an amazing and wonderful boy. I hope to see him walk or talk one day, it will be my joy and peace! i love him so much." I am thankful for the great work that you do for people, families, and communities. i share my pain full period begin from previous 11 years,when my child mother leave us,with the help of my younger sister aged now 24years we start this very hard and difficult task,many many time we both brother and sister disappointed but carry the survival of young man,here in my country i faced lot of problems also yet and i feel also very alone but one thing is very clear i saw this child became independence,very bad circumstances we faced,today my son are 11 years of age,we are trying for his independence not succeeded but continuous,may be one day we saw his independence,this is my big wish to see him... Almighty God heals all cp children over the world,that type of pages gives the energy to the parent of cerebral palsy children for survival,please pray my son..thanks..Sibtain Raza [Read More]
  • 2015-03-21 12:06:59
    Lake Forest Yankee on LFHS Admin Rues PARCC 'Opt-Outs': Mr. Neil is correct in his assessment of the law and consequences of PAARC refusal. A factual study reveals that Lake Forest School Districts 67 and 115 receive de minimus funding from Federal and State sources. Ironically, in a recent State of the District speech, Mr . Simeck emphasized the fact that the overwhelming bulk of Lake Forest school funding is derived from local property taxes. The Lake Forest testing refusal demonstrates that the Lake Forest families who refused PAARC did their own homework - and refused to buy into the concept that their children would be "hurt" if they did not participate in PAARC. Lake Forest families deserve facts - not spin. [Read More]
  • 2015-03-20 23:58:34
    Teri Steinberg on Jobs A Boon For Special Ed Kids: In one day this post has received almost 100 comments. Because not only are the round that the underdog got a chance to be treated like everyone else, but also because they are hopefull we can help some students in their are to recreate this in a town near you.

    Call me. Teri Steinberg 773-793-4541 I'll help pay it forward for another young adult. I do no want money. I want to flood companies with employees like my son in every town USA. [Read More]

  • 2015-03-19 21:45:33
    Marcia Wilheim on After The Funeral, What Next?: Jim and Dorothy are very special people and I was fortunate to know them both before we needed Jim's services. It was always a special treat to run into Jim at the Jewel and hear his latest story. And Dorothy gave me what was probably the best career advice of my life. Fond memories of them both. LF/LB were extremely fortunate to have this wonderful family in the neighborhood. Wishing you both the very best, always!!! [Read More]
  • 2015-03-19 09:27:11
    Kelly Hutchinson on After The Funeral, What Next?: Thank you and your wonderful group for taking care of all our loved ones, over the years. You gave all of us Peace! Enjoy yourself! [Read More]
  • 2015-03-18 19:32:46
    Forest Bluff Wood Elf on LFHS Admin Rues PARCC 'Opt-Outs': The constitution does not specifically grant the Federal Government with any powers regarding education. Therefore, all power to legislate public educaton is a right reserved for the states, not the Federal Government. Yet the Federal Government insists on regulating education even though it has no constitutional powers that give them that right. The Federal Government then taxes me, and borrows money that my children will have to repay, and then tells me it will give our money back to us in the form of state grants only if we comply with unconstitutional Federal mandates.

    Meanwhile, the last three sitting Presidents have refused to enforce the laws on the books regarding immigration, contrary to their obligations as outlined in the US Constitution they are under oath to support. In fact, the current President has issued orders contrary to laws on the books as passed by Congress.

    To add insult to injury, the U.S. House, seemingly unaware that the U.S. Constitution reserves affairs of state and treaty making to the President of the United States, invites the president of a foreign power to speak in the House chambers, against the wishes of the President. Subsequently, they have issued a letter directly to a foreign power in an effort to undermine ongoing treaty negotiations currently being lawfully negotiated by the Department of State under the direction of the President.

    Do we live in a constitutional republic if nobody can follow the rules? [Read More]

  • 2015-03-18 17:28:15
    JEN on LFHS Admin Rues PARCC 'Opt-Outs': Knowledge is power, not poison, Pepe7. [Read More]
  • 2015-03-18 15:53:04
    Pepe7 on LFHS Admin Rues PARCC 'Opt-Outs': It's certainly no huge surprise that a LF women's repub group would bring in someone from the Heartland Institute to further poison the local taxpayers regarding Common Core and associated required testing. They still feel that archaic methods such as rote memorization and multiplication tables will suffice to prepare their grandkids for future employment and educational opportunities ROTFL. [Read More]
  • 2015-03-17 17:27:42
    Diane Nelson on Life Time Fitness Has New Owner: Are there any reasonable priced health clubs in the general Glenview area with classes and swimming pools? [Read More]
  • 2015-03-17 09:36:14
    Monty Neill on LFHS Admin Rues PARCC 'Opt-Outs': There is no basis for the claim that schools will lose funding if more than 5% of students refuse to take the PARCC tests. Not meeting the 95% threshold means that under No Child Left Behind a school could not make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and if this occurred for two years or more a school would face sanctions. However, Illinois has a waiver that eliminates the sanctions. In short, nothing will happen if more than 5% refuse. So, congratulations to parents who would not subject their children to the testing regime. For more information on why students can opt out without fear of harm to their school, see http://www.fairtest.org/why-you-can-boycott-testing-without-fear. [Read More]
  • 2015-03-16 13:28:55
    Ward Johnson on How To Help Monarch Butterflies: SavaOurMonarchs.org
    You can get FREE milkweed seeds at SaveOurMonarchs.org. Just click on get Seeds. Ward Johnson
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  • 2015-03-16 11:48:18
    Mona Miller on How To Help Monarch Butterflies: First, just a little correction. Butterflies make chrysalis and moths make cocoons both make pupa.

    The article is correct in stating that there has been a huge decline in the Monarch butterfly population. We can make a difference to help Monarchs when we plant milkweeds and other nectar sources. Creating habitat will also help other wildlife including other pollinators.

    Monarch Watch, University of Kansas, (http://www.monarchwatch.org/) has their "Bring Back the Monarch Campaign." The Xerces Society (http://www.xerces.org/) has a milkweed finder page and also resources to help pollinators.

    If you need any help creating habitat, hobbyists are welcome to join our conservation group on facebook called "Raising Butterflies and Moths for Conservation." [Read More]

  • 2015-03-16 09:01:01
    Christine on Where To Get Your Irish On: This article (re the Irish shop) is very helpful as I am looking for a local place for Irish products. I would have loved it more if you put the address and phone number in the article. [Read More]
  • 2015-03-15 21:31:05
    Paul Cherubini on How To Help Monarch Butterflies: Migratory monarchs are not disappearing and in need of "rescuing". They can still be filmed by the hundreds in hundreds of GMO farmland habitats across the upper Midwest,. Example: Lamberton, Minnesota is in the heart of GMO crop farmland and Univ. of Minn. employees shot this video last September: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32usE8vikxA Some GMO crop farmers in the Midwest are themselves posting photos of large gatherings of monarchs on their farm property like this South Dakota farmer did on Sept. 4, 2014: https://www.learner.org/cgi-bin/jnorth/jn-query-byday?1409942868 Those butterflies grew up on the millions of milkweed plants still grow in the 100,000's miles worth of the upper Midwest's rural gravel farm road ditches. [Read More]
  • 2015-03-14 05:58:21
    Rhonda Costa on Place in the Sun: Let's face it there's no time like Summer time for kids, adults and families overall. Your programs look exciting, fresh and educational. International tennis camps for experienced players in Spain offer more of the same - steady play, international friends, language and competition to improve ranking spots. Have a terrific Summer everyone! [Read More]
  • 2015-03-13 09:21:06
    Momma DeBoom on LF's DeBoom having a blast on the ice: Thankyou Bill McLean, for the kind words about Willa. She certainly will (as we will) miss
    this super hockey community upon graduation. #GoScouts #2MoreWins #UnitedCenter #StrongGirls
    #SayItAin'tOver #ScoutIceHockey
    [Read More]
  • 2015-03-09 17:08:25
    Carl Jasienieci on MYA Taps Sharp for Award: Thomas was also recently named 2015 Board President of the Year by the Illinois Council of Orchestras [Read More]
  • 2015-03-09 15:35:00
    Kim Hand on Glenview OKs Fair Housing Amendment: Diane,
    My name is Kim Hand and I am the Senior Services Coordinator with the Village of Glenview through North Shore Senior Center. My direct line is 847.904.4366 to discuss other options for housing.
    Kim Hand
    [Read More]
  • 2015-03-06 14:11:21
    Carol O'Brien on Jagadeesh thrives as a puck feeder for Giants: great article... [Read More]
  • 2015-03-06 10:54:27
    Diane N elson on Glenview OKs Fair Housing Amendment: As a Glenview homeowner for over 18 years and a business owner who has been deeply affected by the 2008 downturn of the economy, it saddens me and makes me angry that with all the new housing in Glenview there
    has been little accommodation for seniors like me to find subsidized housing or housing that doesn't have a
    years long waiting list that I can afford at this time. In my eighty first year and being foreclosed on, I cannot
    find suitable housing although I have been on several waiting lists since 2011. I think this is disgraceful in a
    village that is wealthy and evidently gives lip service to its so called equality of treatment for seniors. A few
    apartments in The Glen' Thomas Place have recently been allocated for subsidized housing but who even knew about them before they were filled. This is a very serious situation that I hope someone will look into.
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  • 2015-03-06 10:40:01
    Immerse on Update: Is Deerfield 'Killer' Innocent?: Lake County State’s Attorney Michael G. Nerheim what are you doing? Do your job! Don't show yourself a corrupt prosecutor. Letting innocent people rot in prison does not make you a successful professional, quite the opposite. Clean the police practices!

    How many other people has medical examiner Eupil Choi hurt with his obvious lack of expertise? He demonstrated his complete incompetence. All his cases should be reexamined. People deserve more than his ignorance. He needs to answer for his actions before the jury. [Read More]

  • 2015-03-05 17:05:35
    Kevin Reiterman on Senior Spotlight: Playing at the Next Level: Hi James.

    Rachel has been added to our Senior Spotlight.

    Sorry that we left her off earlier.

    Regards,

    Kevin Reiterman
    Sports Editor
    Daily North Shore/North Shore Weekend [Read More]

  • 2015-03-05 16:02:55
    Michal Furmanek on Fort Sheridan: Man vs. Nature?: In my opinion, plan B is a disaster (mostly for the birds, since a large portion of the invaluable grassland habitat will be replaced by an oak savanna). Plan A, on the other hand, is a TOTAL disaster, it ruins it for everybody except maybe some local residents who will finally have the lake for themselves.

    The thing that bugs me most as someone who loves photography, birding and walking the trails of Fort Sheridan FP is the plan of replacing large portion of the western grassland with an oak savanna. That would basically change the prairie into a narrow grassy strip around the creek. We would likely never see the rare endangered birds breeding in that area: Henslow's and Grasshoper Sparrows, Dicksissels. It would have an impact on other species' breeding populations too. I know we would get a few more chickadees and woodpeckers once the trees grow, but those species already have plenty of habitat elsewhere!

    Fort Sheridan is a fantastic place for birding. It has 226 species on its ebird list (!), and most of them were recorded in the last couple of years. It's one of the few MOST IMPORTANT BIRD SPOTS in Lake County, along with Waukegan Beach and Illinois Beach Park! LCFPD has done a wonderful job restoring the place years ago and enabling all that bird diversity, why ruin it now with an oak savanna? The open grassland is often used during migration by raptors - Harriers, Kestrels, Rough-legged Hawks and other birds of prey that need to feed on their long, trecherous journeys across the country. It is used by Red-tail and Cooper's Hawks in the breeding season. If you stand in the parking lot late in the fall on strong western winds, it's probably the best place in Lake County to see Bald and Golden Eagles migrating overhead. Last fall there were about 50 Bald Eagles counted there during a hawkwatching effort by raptor enthusiasts!

    LCFPD mentions restoration as a way to protect engangered species. My question is: what species ? Certainly not birds/animals [Read More]

  • 2015-03-05 10:48:02
    Kimberly Beck on Fort Sheridan: Man vs. Nature?: We are so fortunate to enjoy bird-watching and hiking at Fort Sheridan! What a treasure. I hope the community will participate in the discussions of how to best preserve the ecosystems of this open land, ensuring it will continue to support migratory birds as well as birds that depend on grassland and open forest habitat. I also hope the Forest Preserve district staff will inform the public of any upcoming meetings to discuss the future of Fort Sheridan. [Read More]
  • 2015-03-04 13:50:18
    Jessica Kane on Update: Is Deerfield 'Killer' Innocent?: I think this is a horrible injustice. If you believe in her innocence please go sign my petition to reopen the case! https://www.change.org/p/the-supreme-court-retry-melisa-calusinski

    You can also contact the lake county state attorney to plead for a new trial.
    http://lcsao.org/contact-us
    This poor young woman was convicted with almost no evidence and the evidence they had was false. She deserves her freedom and at the very least a new trial. [Read More]

  • 2015-03-04 11:35:27
    Adrienne Fawcett on Rummaging for Tables: Rich -- you can email Renee at moveovermartha@comcast.net. If you'd prefer to call her I can give you her cell number --email me at adrienne@jwcmedia.com [Read More]
  • 2015-03-04 10:06:13
    Rich Chapman on Rummaging for Tables: Adrienne, How do we contact Renee if we can or are willing to help
    Rich
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  • 2015-02-27 11:22:05
    Harold A. Maio on Money Well Spent: ----eliminate the stigma of adolescent depression.

    You mean from your mind? That is what I read, it is in your mind. It is you teaching it.

    Your page, your words, your responsibility.

    Eliminate it from your mind, your paper.

    Harold A. Maio, retired mental health editor
    khmaio@earthlink [Read More]

  • 2015-02-27 09:37:40
    Carl Noble on Clean Sweep for LF Artisan: Congrats to Lori. Great products, Great gal. Delighted that she received this award. [Read More]
  • 2015-02-27 05:22:24
    Luke on HP OKS E-Cigarette Rules: I think it is only right that e cigarettes are treated in the same manner as tobacco cigarettes, after all who wants to get addicted to nicotine ! [Read More]
  • 2015-02-26 21:00:06
    Michael Ebner on New Digs for LF-LB Historical Society: This is wonderful news for an outstanding not-for-profit, home-grown organization.

    The LF-LBHS, led by executive director Janice Hack, has achieved a great deal via its ever-changing exhibition programs as well as its public outreach initiatives.

    It also has gained the trust, and ongoing support, of a spectrum of local residents who identify themselves with this essential organization. [Read More]

  • 2015-02-25 11:08:17
    Susie McMurray on The Buckthorns 20th Anniversary Event: For those of you who missed The Buckthorn CD Release Party at Lovell's, please join us at Froggy's French Cafe' in Highwood, Friday, February 27, one seating at 6:00 PM. 847-433-7080. 306 Greenbay Rd, Highwood, IL $50 inclusive menu.
    Please check the buckthorns.com for more information.
    Thanks!
    [Read More]
  • 2015-02-24 09:33:12
    Dave Grinnell on Crying Dog Left Outdoors For Hours, Police Say: How someone could tie up a dog and forget about it is unforgivable. If found guilty, the owner should be made to sit in the cold tied to the same table for the same time. Punishment fits the crime. [Read More]
  • 2015-02-20 23:05:45
    James West on Senior Spotlight: Playing at the Next Level: Rachel West, New Trier senior, committed to and accepted at, University of Chicago, women's basketball [Read More]
  • 2015-02-18 18:47:27
    David Sitko on Paul C. Heidkamp: I only knew Paul through playing tennis with him over the past few years, but the brief time I did know him was a true pleasure. Win or lose, we always had a great time playing together and all the credit goes to him for that because of his fun and upbeat nature. I always looked forward to being on the court with him doing something we both loved. He would always tell me about his daughters and he was just such a proud father. My deepest sympathies go out to them, his wife and everyone else who has had the pleasure of knowing Paul. [Read More]
  • 2015-02-18 12:47:39
    Derek Payne on Paul C. Heidkamp: This is tragic news! Shannon, Gwenna and Bronwyn, my sincere condolences. Love Derek [Read More]
  • 2015-02-18 10:32:36
    Mary Shea on Beach House At Issue In Wilmette: Yes, public opinion was taken and then ignored by the staff, WPD board and expensive consultants who added their own large scale embellishments to the proposed plan. Following the community hearings, elements appeared in the plan that no one had even conceived of, such as the multi-tiered parking structure at the beach. This was after citizens said "no new large buildings in the park." Citizens stated they wanted a natural park setting, not more cement nor multiple roofed structures replacing trees. No one wanted a permanent metal fence at the beach which has been already installed. The Lakefront Plan was said to be "conceptual" until one day it wasn't and a vote was taken without the further promised citizen input on the "final" plan.

    Yes, the Gillson beach house may need to be replaced, suggesting less than adequate construction 43 years ago. But it need not be replaced with this gigantic beach house complex which some say resembles a suburban bank. We can seek a design more appropriate to the setting.

    Yes, Gillson infrastructure is in need of repair. Maintenance has been deferred for years because the WPD had a large scale plan for the lakefront in mind and was willing to let roads deteriorate while waiting for its implementation. The staff outlined its expansive wish list in 2009 in the Lakefront Plan Analysis Report. Some of us objecting to the Lakefront Plan have been involved and following developments since that time. Our suggestions and objections were ignored during the planning process. The citizens simply wanted a sidewalk and instead we are presented with acres of cement walkways and widened roads. There is already an ADA nature center at Keay Park. Why is it necessary to pave over grass for another ADA nature walk when the "nature" has been systematically removed from Gillson for "security reasons" by the WPD? Recently a citizen found it necessary to write the WPD to request a small berry bush be planted at Langdon to attract bird [Read More]

  • 2015-02-17 09:49:30
    Gail Hodges on Lunar Landscape ... or Lake Forest?: Terrific photos! These remind me of the view from the water plant a number of years ago, when the lake ice had been pushed to the Lake Forest shore and piled up in huge banks of ice chunks, much like something from the old movie "Ice Station Zebra." [Read More]
  • 2015-02-11 08:24:11
    gerry seedyke on Jeff Shields: I am looking for Genie Shields. Genie, so long ago you and Jeff and your dear family were members of a neighborhood childcare group on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. called All of Us. Do you remember how scared Comfort was of the Easter Bunny and how you spent long hours at night teaching a group of us how to operate a potter's wheel. Thank you for sharing your talent. Thank you for all the work on the cookbook, the pottery lessons, the warmth and caring of the young children, and the belief that men and women in a supportive community could work together to help care for the youngest members of our families. I am longing to communicate with you. If you get a moment, please call or email. I was saddened to hear of the passing of Jeff but it was no surprise that your family dealt with this loss in an intelligent, caring, and loving way. The FrontLine piece was inspiring . It showed you are still teaching and sharing your experiences- helping us all in this human venture .

    Gerry Seedyke
    1023 Farrow Drive
    Charlottesville, Virginia
    22901
    202- 297- 3769
    gerryseedyke@gmail.com [Read More]

  • 2015-02-10 06:45:00
    Cathy Lemieux on Chuck Gudbrandsen: 1924 - 2015: I met Chuck when we started to attend the Community Church. Chuck went out of his way to make us feel welcome. He remembered our names and always gave us a big welcome. Chuck was a one-man welcoming committee! We are better for having known him. [Read More]
  • 2015-02-09 20:19:48
    Gross Pointed on Opinion: Say Yes To Wilmette Beach Restoration: I'm lost here. There will be a huge amount of concrete and ugly buildings littering the beach, but somehow this shows 'environmental responsibility'? What is so 'natural' about putting concrete on a beach?

    Aren't the same Park District Board members who have not been maintaining the beach structures for many years now, also advocating for new structures? Who will maintain these, since they don't maintain them now? [Read More]

  • 2015-02-09 19:50:24
    PhDScientist on Medical Marijuana Heading to the North Shore?: I'm a Scientist with a strong interest in Cancer research. The evidence of the value of Marijuana as a life saving medicine is now so strong that the need to remove Marijuana from Schedule 1 has become a moral imperative.

    This weekend over 3,000 Americans died, in pain, of Cancer. Today, tomorrow and every day after that, 1,500 more Americans will die, after suffering horribly, from it. Every single minute another American dies of Cancer. Every American Cancer patient deserves the right to have safe, legal, and economical access to Medical Marijuana. Every single one.

    Americans who need Medical Marijuana shouldn't be used as "Political Footballs" Please call the Whitehouse comment line at (202) 456-1111 and ask that the President take immediate action to remove Marijuana from Schedule 1 so American Physicians in all 50 states can prescribe it.

    Oncologists have known it for more than a quarter of a Century that Marijuana is a "wonder drug" for helping Cancer patients.

    The American Society of Clinical Oncologists wants Marijuana removed from Schedule 1. So does the American Medical Association, the professional society of all Physicians. A strong majority of Americans want Physicians in all 50 states to be able to prescribe Medical Marijuana. So do their Physicians., Cancer patients can't wait.

    The need to immediately, completely, legalize Marijuana throughout the world is one of the most pressing moral issues of our time, because of its medical benefits and because of the damage prohibition causes to America and to the world.

    Complete legalization is critical -- its vital that there aren't "strings" or "hoops" that Cancer patients and others who need Medical Marijuana are forced to jump through.

    "Charlottes web" is NOT the solution. Cancer patients and people who suffer from chronic pain need THC, not just CBD. The "Berkeley study", where 96% of stage 4 Cancer patients who had a wide variety of Cancers achieved remission, used high dose Medical M [Read More]

  • 2015-02-09 13:45:34
    Eryn SD on Heartland Shelter Adopts Month of Love Promotion: I ADORE my dog from Heartland! They are one of the best shelters I've ever been to and they take WONDERFUL care of their animals until they are matched with a forever family. I can't speak highly enough of the staff & volunteers there! [Read More]
  • 2015-02-08 09:34:38
    Polly Richardson on At the Next Level: LF's Ben Simpson: Awesome, Ben! [Read More]
  • 2015-02-08 06:43:27
    lindjoy Shirley on Boys Roundball Roundup: Is it conceivable that a report of local games can
    be written without the use of "war" and "war images".
    There are enough real wars going on in this world without
    describing activities of our kids with such language.
    [Read More]
  • 2015-02-05 22:38:03
    Mary Shea on Wilmette Lakefront Divides Town: As 37 year neighbors of Gillson Park we have been interested and involved in the Lakefront Plan since its inception.
    In 2010 before any meetings were held, the staff issued a memo stating their wish list. On it was a new $5.5 million dollar beach house. One has the sense that the WPD plan was in place as early as 2009 when the Lakefront Plan Analysis was published by JJR for the WPD. Many expansive ideas were expressed by the WPD staff in the Lakefront Plan Analysis.

    Indeed, the Wilmette community was invited to several meetings which were totally orchestrated by the consultants and commissioners who decided when enough was said and shut down further discussion. Apparently the meetings were held for the WPD to be able to say the citizens had a voice.

    The Lakefront Commission, comprised of citizen volunteers met over a two year period. In their 2011 Summary Report they expressly and unanimously stated their recommendation that the park be maintained as a natural setting. "Maintain and improve current built elements but don't add any major new ones." "No more cars in park." A beach house at Langdon was not recommended. The overarching sense the Lakefront Commission got from the citizens was that people generally like the current amenities and natural features of the park. No major changes were recommended, no new additions, rather updates and improvements of existing ones.

    It was surprising when the plans were finally unveiled after the "alternatives phase" and JJR stated they had never received any recommendations from the Lakefront Commission. The first iteration of the Plan had a beach house which the architect said was 3-4X the present one, but he could not give real dimensions.
    What is the reason to expand the beach house 3-4X? The Lakefront Commission used words like "existing footprint" when referring to building in the park. Our community has not grown. We have only 10,000 households. We realize that many non-Wilmette residen [Read More]

  • 2015-02-05 13:26:51
    Kelly Hutchinson on Dog Missing in Highland Park: thank you so much for using your social media exposure for a lost dog....... [Read More]
  • 2015-02-05 12:07:04
    Courtney Wimmer on Nantucket Flavor on the North Shore: So excited for the open House on Friday at 6:00 pm! [Read More]
  • 2015-02-05 11:38:50
    Todd Burgener on Chuck Gudbrandsen: 1924 - 2015: What a delightful guy. I came to know Chuck just a little through church and the LF Fitness Center; where, just a couple of years ago, he approached me as I was hanging in the gutter of the crowded pool after a swim workout. He, wearing cycling shorts style swim suit and nothing more, looked down at me from the deck and barked "Get moving or get out!" and shuffled off with a smile on his face and his shoulders shaking in laughter. It was to the hot tub he was heading I think. [Read More]
  • 2015-02-05 10:16:16
    Maria Malin on Good Grief: Thank you for this awesome coverage of our high school grief support group, Adrienne! We are happy to report that the kids want to meet every two weeks now so anyone interested in joining can email Lauren or me to find out the dates of the next meetings. Thanks again. [Read More]
  • 2015-02-04 11:47:15
    Susan E. Mroz on Archie Stevenson, Age 90: I was just looking through my old photographs this very morning and came across a picture taken 1974/1975 when I worked for Mr. Stevenson and the F.P. Smith Wire Cloth Company in Franklin Park.
    I sat down at my computer to see if I could locate Mr. Stevenson and a phone number to call and chat. So very sorry to hear of his recent passing. What a beautiful article and picture about Mr. Stevenson!

    He hired me when I was on the work program from West Leyden High School. I helped out with office work. He was such an energetic, "kind" man that I had the great pleasure working for. He truly cared about his employees. Looking at my photo that includes: Mr. Stevenson, Gene P., Margaret, Mr. Wright, Molly, Fred M., Doug, Bill and myself (Susan) - what an awesome group of individuals for a young women at the time to work with! Good memories! My sympathy to Mr. Stevenson's family.

    Always remember Mr. Stevenson with a mug on his desk loaded with ice cubes! [Read More]

  • 2015-02-02 07:17:52
    David Miller on Chuck Gudbrandsen: 1924 - 2015: Terrific article about a terrific guy. I have known Chuck and Peggy since I had his children in the classes at LFHS. And Centerstage in Lake Forest could always count on them both to be in the audience for every show. They always sent such nice, supportive notes afterwwards. Truly a life well lived. Mathew Koch's video is a treasure. [Read More]
  • 2015-02-01 19:25:23
    beth hodgen gudbrandsen on Chuck Gudbrandsen: 1924 - 2015: I am constantly amazed and grateful for the support dad had and the friendships he made in the LF/LBRC.

    You are caring, talented, swift-of-feet friends, and I am grateful for you in the lives of my parents.

    Should we all be so blessed.

    Thank you. [Read More]

  • 2015-02-01 15:20:03
    Michael Ebner on Chuck Gudbrandsen: 1924 - 2015: I had the very good fortune -- circa 2000 -- to encounter Mr. Gudbrandsen in the Ruffolo Barber Shop at the METRA station.

    He told me, at some considerable length, about parachuting into Normandy a few days in advance of D-Day. His squad was immediately greeted by French Resistance fighters, who were expecting them.

    The assignment of his squad involved working all night to cut German communication lines in advance of the Allied invasion on D-Day.

    All of the foregoing -- I must say -- fails miserably on my part to capture the passion and details Mr. Gudbrandsen shared with me.

    Whenever I encountered him thereafter I knew, with certainty, that here was a person of uncommon experiences. I've always considered myself so very fortunate to have had an opportunity to have had that single conversation with him. [Read More]

  • 2015-01-30 09:09:13
    Perry Walcott on Kenilworth Mulls Ban: I was the City Engineer for Highland Park for five years and the Deputy Director of Pubkic Works for sixteen years. Ravine erosion was an ever-present issue. Fortunately Highland Park had a strong steep slope ordinance in place. I could always tell when ravine home owners had gone to the bottom if their ravine and looked up. Shock, concern and some recognition that resolving erosion issues would become a very major and costly problem for them. Close proximity to the ravine accelerates erosion because the soil is disturbed and will deteriorate at a faster than normal rate. [Read More]
  • 2015-01-29 14:47:11
    Joan D on Dog Dies After Attack in Lake Forest: Where did this attack take place? I live in the 900 block of Walden where the Wed. incident took place. Both attacks are horrific. I am now afraid to walk in my neighborhood. Dogs that attack should be removed from the community and the owner given a hefty fine. [Read More]
  • 2015-01-27 10:00:14
    Adrienne Fawcett on Dog Dies After Attack in Lake Forest: The Lake Forest Police Department reports that it was a Siberian Husky, and that the attack took place on the 900 block of Walden Lane. The dog did not live on that block, however. The incident took place two or three blocks away from where the dog lives (and I don't know where exactly the dog lives) [Read More]
  • 2015-01-26 13:29:43
    Jane Hunter on Dog Dies After Attack in Lake Forest: You promised an update with breed and location. Please follow up. We want to know for for our safety. [Read More]
  • 2015-01-26 11:00:58
    Cathy Spencer on Dog Dies After Attack in Lake Forest: Lake County Animal Control (I spoke with Joe) recommended to me to carry and air horn. A PetSmart man recommended citronella spray (you can buy this online). They use it to break up dog fights in PetSmart, he said. It does not hurt dogs, but can break up low to medium level fights. I also carry this.

    A dog attack like described might not be able to be prevented by these things as they happen so fast and out of the blue.

    There are many online articles you can read about surviving a dog attack. One idea is a pop out umbrella, or carrying a garbage can lid like a shield around with you. Also, I have used the tip for one dog that actually worked, "THE VOICE OF GOD". In a low very loud slow voice like James Earl Jones, say "STAYYYYYYY BAAACCCCKKKK!!!!!". Use a hand signal of "Stop" at the same time.

    I have researched these things because of being attacked recently while raking my front lawn, and other times in Lake Bluff, living in fear of going out walking my dogs. My dogs and I have been charged at numerous times by off leash dogs in Lake Bluff.

    It seems incredible that we do not yet have a "leash law" here. Actually, Lake County has a leash law, and they were surprised that Lake Bluff was not enforcing it. I asked if Lake Bluff was exempt, and it was Joe at Lake County Animal Control said in his opinion we are not exempt. The Village of Lake Bluff claims, however, that because we have "home rule", we do not need to have a leash law.

    Please do not take my word for it. Call the Village if you are concerned about this and ask them. This is why we have so many dogs roaming off leash. There is not even a definition for what "under control" means! [Read More]

  • 2015-01-26 10:47:29
    Ms. DeBorah Anderson on Arturo A. Olivera: Dr. Olivera, there are no words to render upon a family who is grieving from the loss of Arturo, Jr. Know that my prayers and heartfelt condolences come to you all with the comforting arms of our Lord, Jesus Christ surrounding you. I ask the Lord for peace during this time.
    Ms. DeB
    Internal Medicine, AIMMC
    [Read More]
  • 2015-01-25 15:07:08
    Adrienne Fawcett on Dog Dies After Attack in Lake Forest: I know the breed and exact location of the attack are important questions. That information will be available when the police are done with their report/investigation. [Read More]
  • 2015-01-25 10:25:46
    Doreen on Dog Dies After Attack in Lake Forest: I want to know the breed of the dogs. [Read More]
  • 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. http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/ [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 www.CityofHighwood.com. [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.

    Thanks!

    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 DailyNorthShore.com 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 DailyNorthShore.com 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 DailyNorthShore.com 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 DailyNorthShore.com 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 DailyNorthShore.com 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 DailyNorthShore.com 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 DailyNorthShore.com 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 Opinion: 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 DailyNorthShore.com 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 DailyNorthShore.com 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 DailyNorthShore.com 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 anytime....you 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.
    Mike
    [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
    [Read More]
  • 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....
    [Read More]
  • 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:

    https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/46s5/moving-equipment-expenses?utm_source=facebook [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 www.topboxfoodsexpress.com [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.
    Fondly,
    [Read More]
  • 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: http://www.campus-watch.org/article/id/11521

    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
    WorldNetDaily
    July 6, 2011
    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=319021
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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: www.lflbrotary.org. [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?
    [Read More]
  • 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]

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