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  • 2014-04-13 21:01:49
    Michael Finch on An Otter In The Water: While fishing at Montrose Harbor on 4/12/2014 from the Horse Shoe Pier in Chicago an Otter swam near. Was able to video/picture the Otter. 40 years at the lakefront never seen one before! [Read More]

  • 2014-04-11 10:36:29
    Mike Lynn on What You Should Know About the Route 60 Whole Foods Development Proposal: If you take the time to actually research the recent history of this parcel, you will learn very quickly that the City had a number of opportunities to get a better result. They had a developer in hand initially who proposed a significantly more attractive plan and the City chose to push back to the point of forcing a lawsuit. The result of that unfortunate conflict was the ultimate loss of control to less engaged ownership. The fact is, the Whole Foods is an appropriate use for this commercial corner. It's a challenging site but not impossible. What is most disturbing is the total lack of attention to even one or two of the criteria established for this property. There is an expectation that some of the trees will be removed but not all of them as currently proposed. There is an expectation some commercial use of the property will be proposed but not a big box concept that even Vernon Hills would deny. Finally, the architectural vision suggests little understanding of this area or the people who work and live in this neighborhood. The obvious influence should be the existing historic residence with possible adaptive re-use in some way. We have tremendous talent at our disposal and it would be incredibly disappointing if we chose to sell out the "gateway" at the expense of some retail tax revenue. [Read More]

  • 2014-04-11 07:52:59
    Cindy Brandon on What You Should Know About the Route 60 Whole Foods Development Proposal: Keep things green, open, wild and conducive to the promotion of habitats suitable for wildlife including humans. We have enough stores and have survived this long without more retail esablishments. Why do we need more retail space and parking lots as we watch increasing empty storefronts in all the towns along the northshore of Lake Michigan? What is the impact of these developments on the precious savannah in Mettawa not too far away. How will it affect all the herons that are often visible as one now drives down rt 60? Has it been studied by any environmental groups? What is the forecast for the population growth in this area? Do we need more congestion of traffic on the few east/west corridors? Preserve the open and wild space that buffers us from the west!! [Read More]

  • 2014-04-11 06:08:38
    Michael Ebner on What You Should Know About the Route 60 Whole Foods Development Proposal: Decades ago -- perhaps in 1980 or so -- the city denied a petition for developing a retail center at the northeast corner of Waukegan Road and Kennedy Road (aka Route 60). The petitioner sought to construct a retail shopping plaza. If memory serves me accurately, one of the interested parties was the Wenban Funeral Home, then situated on Deerpath just west of what is now the Midwest Bank in a building it deemed inadequate. Concerns had to do with the fact that the corner of Waukegan and Kennedy roads amounted to a principal gateway into Lake Forest. I thought at the time that this reasoning served the best interest of Lake Forest from an aesthetic perspective. This long forgotten episode also represents something of a precedent for reviewing the development of the corner of Saunders and Kennedy Roads. [Read More]

  • 2014-04-07 21:46:05
    George Washington on Reader Forum: Whole Foods Is Not Lake Forest: Whole Foods is considered to be the one of the finest high end supermarkets in the nation - hardly to be compared to retailers such as Talbots, J Crew or Jos Banks all mid tier bland retailers. Whole Foods is very successful in economic demographic areas that are very similar to Lake Forest. Let's remember, this community has budget issues along with most others across the country. Why do you think the water rates are going up a whopping 50% in on crack? We can use a store that offers the variety, outstanding customer service, and very high quality food selections, not available at any other local grocer. The proposed location is in a commercial office park at the intersection of two major state highways. Just what business or organization is going to re purpose the shell of estate that remaining at this location? Our family often travels all the way to Deerfield Whole Foods and there are many Lake Forest/Lake Bluff residents that do as well. We lost Costco and the economic benefits, hopefully that will not be repeated with Whole Foods. [Read More]

  • 2014-04-07 09:45:46
    Art Miller on Reader Forum: Whole Foods Is Not Lake Forest: Lake Forest's character is many things, and while Whole Foods is a quality national chain store like J. Crew, Jos. A. Bank or Talbots, it is more the character of the proposed setting for Whole Foods that is at issue. The shopping center developer is is proposing on this relatively small parcel for the Route 60 corridor, based on 1970s and 1980s comprehensive planning, a significant--indeed, inappropriate--variation from the norm of 150 ft. set backs from the road. In addition, he proposes demolition of the previously City landmarked 1920s estate house, one of only three along this corridor in Lake Forest. This 150 ft. commercial set back prevails from Route 41 west through Lake Forest and also Mettawa until Route 60 crosses the Des Plaines River into Vernon Hills. Even in that community further west, the later addition of a Target there brought a greater set back and a berm between the store and its satellites and the main road. In this Lake Forest case, for this small parcel and in place of the historic and landmarked mansion, the proposed set back is only 25 ft., with small stores or drive-ins close to the 25 ft. boundary to the street. There is no berm, but only a proposed thin band of trees to shield a large parking lot and presumably brightly-lit establishments from Route 60 at this critical gateway to Lake Forest on the west at the tollway exit: one or only two roadways west of town (the other being Everett). The problem is not the retailer-tenant's name and reputation, but rather it is this particular over-packed, too-visible shopping center's breaking with established norms and the established street-scape along Route 60. This substandard proposed shopping center for this sensitive location is causing the widespread concern. [Read More]

  • 2014-04-07 08:25:01
    Pauline Mohr on Reader Forum: Whole Foods Is Not Lake Forest: Amen. [Read More]

  • 2014-04-07 07:54:32
    Rick Lesser on 'Prescribed Burn' Planned for Stonebridge Woods: Pizzo Associates called yesterday and announced that the Stonebridge burn will be today (Monday April 7) beginning around 10am. Hopefully, all will go safely. [Read More]

  • 2014-04-05 15:47:57
    Bob Broten on Want To Help Small Towns Devastated By Mudslide? Here's How ...: Here is some specific information on making a contribution: North Counties Family Services, P.O. Box 1103, Darrington, WA 98241, memo part of check Memorial Dinners, Tax ID EIN: 80-0594827 Please post a comment if you have any questions and I will make every effort to answer them. Bob Broten [Read More]

  • 2014-04-04 17:02:19
    Bob Broten on Want To Help Small Towns Devastated By Mudslide? Here's How ...: Thank you for your question and I agree. I am in the process of getting this information and will post it here when available. I appreciate your interest in supporting this organization. Bob [Read More]

  • 2014-04-04 10:45:40
    ed holstein on Want To Help Small Towns Devastated By Mudslide? Here's How ...: I assume that Darrington Memorial Dinners Disaster Relief Fund is set up as a 501 ( C ) 3 non profit. If so could Bob provide the tax ID # and a contact name and phone number for DMDDRF it would greatly facilitate donations. I know a lot of people, including me, would like to make donations, but would like to have this information. Thanks for your valuable community service, Ed Holstein, Lake Bluff [Read More]

  • 2014-04-02 13:27:43
    Deb Fischer on This Story Is For The Birders ...: Love your photos! And thanks for all the good info! [Read More]

  • 2014-03-29 10:23:53
    David W. Mattoon on What YOU Can Do When Railroad Crossing Gates Malfunction – A Lake Forest Story: As a volunteer for Operation Lifesaver, I am not allowed to answer the type of questions you pose. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-27 05:30:50
    David Lee on What YOU Can Do When Railroad Crossing Gates Malfunction – A Lake Forest Story: Great article, Adrienne. I have known David for years as a customer and train enthusiast. His explanation was perfect and I now have the knowledge I was too lazy to bother with in the past. I will now also notify authorities of the RR and 911 the next time I encounter such incident. Thank you. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-27 00:27:51
    Robert Pines on What YOU Can Do When Railroad Crossing Gates Malfunction – A Lake Forest Story: Things a REAL railroad Operation Lifesaver (OL) group would ask!!! 1. Why are all OL directors handpuppets of the railroad or government only giving lip service safety messages? 2. Why nothing is ever mentioned by OL that would cost the railroads a penny on the obviously missing safety equipment and track maintenance work? 3. Where are the crossing safety signals for the trains going too fast with no brakes or steering at 1,000s of crossings? 4. Where are the track video monitors for the trains going too fast with no brakes or steering to get the train stopped IN TIME? 5. Why aren't railroads paying at least half for crossing signals because it's their trains going too fast with no brakes or steering while paying the so-called RR directors millions a year. 6. Why the crossing humps trapping big trucks aren't required to be removed? 7. Why the crossing surfaces aren't wider where if a vehicle fish tails on slick road and is trapped at the edge of the crossing surface trap? 8. Why the train cabs aren't required to be lit up like a Christmas tree with emergency vehicle light bars? LOOK AND SEE!! 9. Why the front of trains aren't required to have air bags or something to soften impacts? 10. Why trains don't have better braking systems? OLIs message now shows train brakes obviously suck. 11. Why there are no bidding invitations on the obviously overcharged crossing projects the tax-payers pay the railroads for. $10,000 just to get the equipment to the sight. TRUCKED IN. 12. Why trains are allowed to run in the fog? 13. Why the crossings aren't lit up so drivers can see the black rail cars across the tracks at night? 14. Why railroads remove and steal signals we paid for on closed re-worked crossings? 15. Why $$$millions$$$ of the rail safety budget we pay in is wasted on needless reworks at crossings preventing signals where needed? 16. Why the railroad isn't required to de-ice crossings before they roll the trains? 17. Why the railroad isn't requi [Read More]

  • 2014-03-26 14:50:06
    B. Friedland on Contemplating The Meaning of 'Snow Bird' ...: One of the robins in the threesome, a male, never left town, and was here for the entire winter: “So, how was your trip?” he asked. “Routine”, said one. “Well things were rough here, but not impossible: When it was really cold, I ate berries from the juniper bushes and crab trees. On the warm days, a few frogs, a little snake, a worm or two where there wasn’t ice … Best of all, the humans purchased frozen fruit and left it for me in the bushes!” “Well, good for you!” “Yes, and I think the humans enjoyed doing something other than complaining about the worst of winters!” [Read More]

  • 2014-03-26 10:55:28
    Sandra Noble on Contemplating The Meaning of 'Snow Bird' ...: I dont care what you say about spring, my feed are still cold [Read More]

  • 2014-03-25 11:09:29
    Mary Kay Brunner-Dasse on Message To D-67: Mandarin Immersion Put on Pause For Good Reason: Respectfully I disagree with the Lesley Fisher in her very thoughtful comments. It has been proven that the earlier a child begins language that the area of the brain used is more effective than the older they are. So Kindergarten is a good time to start. Most children in our community have been to preschool and have had an excellent introduction to school and do not need a big adjustment to kindergarten. The socialization within the children's peers and parents will evolve over time with like interests. The MI program has become one well respected on the North Shore and beyond and shrinking it rather than expanding it is a mistake. In Lesley's letter one of the problems is that the other elementary schools do not want the immersion program in their school. This makes Cherokee have the spotlight on it. Good and bad issues get exasperated. What should be done is have an immersion program at Everett and Sheridan. Perhaps Spanish at Everett and another at Sheridan. Our world has truly become global and we as Americans have a new found need to learn other cultures since we do not have the borders that necessarily demand it. The other schools most likely do not want to have an immersion program since the controversy at Cherokee has been unpleasant. If there is a program at each school than the spotlight on Cherokee would diminish and Dist. 67 would definitely become a pioneer in education. So now where do the funds for such a program become realized? I have lived in Lake Forest for 27 years, I have seen that it was not financially feasible to remodel East Campus (LFHS), not feasible to keep West Campus (LFHS) that it should be torn down, not feasible to offer foreign language in the elementary school at all, not feasible to build a new football stadium, and have a sports campus, I could go on and on with all the funds that when someone wants to they can be found somewhere. We are all very fortunate to live in a community that is not lacking for m [Read More]

  • 2014-03-21 17:17:17
    John Horton on With All The Talk of Whole Foods … What About The Old Mansion?: There are a number of more appropriate commercial properties along route 41, very close to Lake Forest which would accommodate a Whole Foods store. Just as convenient for most of Lake Forest as some site along route 60. Although it is easy to see that those who work in the city administrative offices off route 60 would love the convenience!) [Read More]

  • 2014-03-21 16:54:46
    Marie DOnaldson on With All The Talk of Whole Foods … What About The Old Mansion?: It seems cynical and short sighted to dismiss exploring he possibilities for adaptive reuse of historically significant buildings in Lake Forest. It is after all, these very things- period buildings, parks, roads and gardens, that set the town apart and have made it the special place it is. The surrounding properties and roads have no bearing on the importance and value of the building, park or garden. It is an entity unto itself. A piece of the historical mosaic. A part of the collection that makes up the whole. For instance, Gorton,- a community center in a residential neighborhood and similarly, Elawa Farm. Both now essential to our unique community and fine examples of it's culture, thought and vision. In recent years, Lake Foresters have become used to the strident, shrill call for wholesale obliteration of historic landmarks to make way for some new scheme conjured up by another special interest group with fast and slick connections to the city council and its various boards. Sadly, there are scars the and blights on our town's landscape to show in evidence of this unintelligent and greedy phenomenon. The now infamous Barat College debacle to mention just one. Blatant expedience is easy to see and it is always ugly...even when it is advocated by the likes of......"George Washington"......himself. (!) ~ Marie Donaldson, Lake Forest. Il. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-21 09:56:06
    Bruce Reid on District 67: Let Mission & Vision Effort Discern Community's Education Goals: Great idea to publish this. In plain language, it provides context that can only be constructive, not only for the debate-du-jour but also for future debates. I am still not thrilled about my property taxes but it's nice to know that the board is lead by someone who is thinking broadly and deeply about the early education of those who will pay the taxes for my Medicare etc. in the future. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-19 08:08:29
    Gary Lawrence on Standing Desks Are Upstanding New Trend at Lake Bluff, Lake Forest Schools: Well, this certainly worked well for Winston Churchill. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-18 22:41:22
    adrienne on Magnet School in Lake Forest? District 67 Mulls Future of Mandarin Immersion: Thank you for your kind words, Jennifer! [Read More]

  • 2014-03-18 17:00:10
    Jennifer Neubauer on Magnet School in Lake Forest? District 67 Mulls Future of Mandarin Immersion: Adrienne, you are to be commended because this is the most information I've read about this important subject anywhere. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-18 16:57:50
    Kirsten Collister on Mandarin Immersion: 'Choice Is A Good Thing': Amy - because at least you still had the choice to send your child to a full day traditional program whereas now I have completely lost my choice to enroll my child in immersion for kindergarten. So my group HAS lost their choice. Your choice was not your preferred choice but at least that option (full day K) was not completely gone for you, whereas the option I want is completely gone for me. I completely understand that sending your child to a school that is not your neighborhood school is not the best choice for your family. (Let's not forget though, that there was a full day K class for 2013-2014, so we don't know for sure that it wasn't going to be an option for 2015-2016.) I agree that better solutions for the traditional families need to be found so that people do have better choice. However, eliminating the immersion program for K is not the right answer because it entirely eliminates choice for one group of parents, which you yourself say should not be done (one group shouldn't get their choice while another group loses). [Read More]

  • 2014-03-18 14:09:04
    laura rukavina on Magnet School in Lake Forest? District 67 Mulls Future of Mandarin Immersion: We do not know that answer. Here in LF we live year-by-year, on a case-by-case basis. If you are lucky enough to be in CH district, and not like the situation, you can apply for a permissive transfer every year in June. Then you wait to see which way the wind blows. I have a question, too. Did Andy go to Lake Forest College and ask if they would install a MI teaching program? Is the state of IL going to put a stop to hiring foreign or out-of-state teachers? Is that the reason there is a new push for magnet, so you don't have to comply? I dont know, but would like to know. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-18 13:54:48
    Amy Pasquesi on Mandarin Immersion: 'Choice Is A Good Thing': I also agree that we should have choices. I, unfortunately, was looking at losing mine with the MI program. I am happy that I now have the choice to send my child to Cherokee, my home school, for full day English. Why should my choice for full day be to send him to Everett or Sheridan? I am not suggesting that the MI program needs to dissolve, but there has to be some changes made before we can go forward. It should not be that one group gets their choice, while another group loses. There is no simple answer here. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-18 09:18:10
    Elizabeth Norton on Magnet School in Lake Forest? District 67 Mulls Future of Mandarin Immersion: I am a parent of an incoming 2014-15 Kindergarten student, and a younger child to follow. Due to the fact we're not yet a part of Dist 67 I'm not extremely knowledgable about immersion, but know the basics. What I'm not clear about is what the plan is once the Mandarin Immersion kids get to DPM? Thank you! [Read More]

  • 2014-03-17 11:26:17
    shannon maguire on Irish Soda Bread From A Swiss-French Bakery? : It really is the best around...and they bake everything fresh each morning... Making soup? Grab a loaf of the Burli will never get better soup-bread experience! [Read More]

  • 2014-03-17 07:04:02
    Rick Surkamer on Irish Soda Bread From A Swiss-French Bakery? : Please give me what crumbs you can, so I may begin to find the path to true Irish Bliss with my coffee this week. Rick [Read More]

  • 2014-03-14 11:27:57
    adrienne on Fitness Together: Three Ways to Effortless Weight Loss: susan--- the Chicago History museum cites 1893 for the World's Columbian Exposition; 1983 was a typo on my end. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-14 11:24:32
    adrienne on With All The Talk of Whole Foods … What About The Old Mansion?: oops--my mistake. it's 1893, not 1983. typos happen, is all. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-14 11:01:23
    Robert Walden on With All The Talk of Whole Foods … What About The Old Mansion?: "are textbook examples of the Tudor Revival, a style that was popular in Lake Forest just after the 1983 World’s Columbian Exposition" Lived in Lake Bluff during that time. Can't believe I missed the Worlds Columbian Exposition" Seems the recounting of historical records should include proof reading. None the less it's sad to see another shopping development destroying such a historically significant structure. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-14 09:30:59
    Susan Layton on Fitness Together: Three Ways to Effortless Weight Loss: Lovely home and wonderful to hear about its history! Just wanted to point out that the Columbia Exposition was held in Chicago in 1883. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-13 23:58:50
    arthur miller on With All The Talk of Whole Foods … What About The Old Mansion?: Thank you, Adrienne, for this excellent story about this historic West Lake Forest landmark. We all can be grateful to the City and to Susan Benjamin's stellar firm for uncovering the history of the charming, emblematic classic local estate. The house is the only one I know built south of the then-proposed new country club at Mellody Farm, in 1929. To the east the Deerpath HIlls neighborhood was laid out specifically for and its landscape oriented to that club that never opened due to the 1929 stock market Crash (fortunately we don't have to worry about things like that any more!). As such it is a unique survivor and emblem of west Lake Forest's distinguished estate heritage along the Route 60 corridor between Route 41 and the Des Plaines River. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-13 22:36:06
    George Washington on With All The Talk of Whole Foods … What About The Old Mansion?: Folks It may be helpful to look at the context of the proposed Whole Foods location. Two major highways, Route 60 and the the tri state tollway entry/exits consisting of something like six lanes of traffic in both directions along 60 just west of the proposed location. There is a large architecturally bland multi story condo to the east, commercial office buildings to the west and commercial office park to the north directly across Route 60. On the southwest side of the tollway in Mettawa is Costco, which had wanted to locate in Lake Forest. The mansion has lost it's appeal as a residential "gentleman's estate" long ago. This is probably why the Miller's sold it. It is not realistic to think it is commercially viable to re purpose the mansion or find yet another charitable Lake Forest White Knight to donate the mansion for the next great community cause. The proposed Whole Food building that is a speciality food store, one of the most respected chains in the US. It would be a huge plus for the area residents to have Whole Foods for both the fine offerings and service they provide as well as the sales and proper tax revenue. It would seem prudent for our various city commissions, council and management to work with Whole Foods rather than being demanding and un gracious to their efforts to build a beautiful building. Perhaps the first effort fell short, but let's hope we can make this happen. As for our family and most of my friends family, we would really like to see Whole Foods here in Lake Forest. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-13 17:09:34
    B. Friedland on With All The Talk of Whole Foods … What About The Old Mansion?: Amazing that this gem of Tudor brick architecture is headed for the chopping block, while that mess of white aluminum siding is proposed to take its place! How sad for Lake Forest that this should happen! Bannockburn was fortunate, indeed, to have gotten Bannockburn Green! ( elegant, beautiful, quality brick architecture ) Why would we in Lake Forest even consider anything less? The renovated mansion (great idea) or new architecture that is in keeping with the style of the historic mansion is the clear choice for this city! [Read More]

  • 2014-03-12 12:45:32
    Laura Rukavina on Mandarin Immersion in Lake Forest Schools: What's Next?: I would like to apologize to the MI parents. It is not fair for anyone to experience what the traditional parents have experienced since MI inception. We were going year by year, with new struggles arising each year. We were opting out of the school with permissive transfers that were conducted 2 months prior to school EACH year with no guarantee. We risk each year our children being at separate elementary schools. We were lied to. Now I know you were as well. That is terrible. People have asked me why I care so much. I cringe at the notion of 'integration'. I encourage all parents to look at how the traditional children are 'integrated'. Not only is it not best practice, that is the crucial age to diagnose Learning Disabilities! The worst scenarios I have ever witnessed pertain to undiagnosed LD's. Fathers in town who lost their jobs in the recession- undiagnosed LD. Teenage recovering heroin addicts- undiagnosed LD. High school drop outs- undiagnosed LD. Suicide- undiagnosed LD. Depression, alcoholism, divorces... Yes, I have seen each and more personally. That is why I care. There is no research to disprove this with integration. As to my bitterness. The beginning of my son's 3rd grade year his social needs that are aligned with his confidence and self esteem were not being met. I had to put up a fight to opt out of the school, undergo unnecessary meetings... An administrator told me, on the telephone, tell my son, "JUST TELL HIM TO GET OVER IT". I wish you all luck with your educational desires and I hope that there is more administrative transparency in the future. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-12 08:17:56
    Carl Noble on Painter Sue MacFarlan is Artisan Guild's 'Artisan of the Year': What a great talent -- and we get to see her work here. Wonderful! [Read More]

  • 2014-03-10 11:21:24
    B. Friedland on A Fresh Start for Graffiti Grill in Lake Bluff: Kudos to Dan Rogers for calling in the experts to improve his restaurant! Dan is a creative perfectionist—you can tell by his landscaping work—so I think the tweaking of his grill will turn out great. I would suggest perhaps a name associated with the original “Rogers Nursery” ? Garden Grill…Rogers’ Garden Grill…might be a start to the brainstorming…? What a great find in Karnazes-Hernandez! [Read More]

  • 2014-03-10 08:24:15
    Nicki Snoblin on Letter from Uganda: The Baby Arrives … By Cell Phone Light: Thank you, Allison, for a glimpse into a life that's so different from our own but shares some of the same joys (albeit with different challenges). [Read More]

  • 2014-03-08 13:08:22
    Harlon Katz on Lake Forest Family Opts Out of ISATs: Well, we get that some people don't want their kids taking the ISATs - fine. But what then is there to determine how well the schools are actually teaching? There is so much grade inflation that every little Johnnie and Jannie are getting straight As that those are no longer meaningful. Also, PART of the reason that teachers don't want testing is that it shows how well their classes are learning. A lack of learning IS NOT just the teacher's problem - there are parental issues as well, but just ignoring the fact of poor performance and passing the kids on has not helped either. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-07 10:24:18
    B. Friedland on Lake Forest Building Review Board Pans Whole Foods Design: I would have to agree with the critics! I am rather surprised that the design went in this direction! What was the architect thinking? It's crowded and un-balanced looking and has a "low-priced, discount store" look about it! When Bannockburn Green was built (on Waukegan Road,) there was no argument that the site was beautifully done. The trees, the bricks the architecture was stately, solid and lovely, and it had a sense of worth to it. It still does. But this rendering of the proposed Whole Foods is atrocious, I must admit! Thank you for this article, Gazebo News! [Read More]

  • 2014-03-07 09:34:09
    Brad W. Andersen on Lake Bluff Hires Michael Hosking For Deputy Police Chief Post: The Village of Lake Bluff should consider itself very fortunate to have Dave Belmonte as our Chief of Police. He has lived and worked in our community for many years and knows many of the residents in the community personally. He also understands the community and what is expected of our police department. I am also very supportive of Mr. Hoskins as our new Deputy Chief. He is also a very professional and respected member of the police community. Congratulations to the Village of Lake Bluff for making such wise decisions. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-07 09:06:13
    Dave Grinnell on Lake Forest Building Review Board Pans Whole Foods Design: Why not echo a retail design that's already well established and preserved in LF: Like Market Square! Seems the current approach is just a typical cookie-cutter to current mall designs. We need something that is in unique and in character with LF. After all, this will be the gateway from the west to LF. We are preserving the past in places like our train stations and spending good money to do so. Design Review Board: Why not mandate to the architects that they start from the perspective of old-world design on the outside, with modern wired-for-the-future technologies and ambiance on the inside? Plus, add more trees/nature landscaping. After all, this is Lake FOREST, right? [Read More]

  • 2014-03-06 21:03:08
    Hollis Blume on The Dark Side of Spring's Thaw … : We have two dogs and pick up their poop no matter what the weather, no matter who's watching, no matter where they choose to do their business. On the rare occasion that we have forgotten a "mutt mitt" of some kind, we have taken the time to go home and return to the scene of the crime, so that no one ends up with a chunk of our family pets' remains in the soles of their shoes. It is absolutely rude that people do not pick up after their pets. But I guess the rules are only for some....don't get me started on people who don't leash their dogs on a walk in the Open Lands....that's just another one of those rules meant for a seldom few, I guess. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-06 12:32:22
    Lynn Hawley on A Sign of Spring ...: While hoping for Spring is likely something we're all doing about now, this robin is no indicator. I've had several robins at my water dish throughout the winter. It seems they never left. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-06 07:39:38
    Barbara Mortimer on A Sign of Spring ...: Dear Jean! (St. Francis...) Thank you for sharing your eye and your love of nature with us! The robin is a vision of hope that winter will soon be behind us and we can enjoy a full blown springtime in northern Illinois! [Read More]

  • 2014-03-04 19:26:30
    Scott Springer on Mandarin Immersion in Lake Forest Schools: What's Next?: Not sure how it works in Illinois, but in Colorado when a family 'opts' out the school takes a 'no score' at a penalty, which lowers the schools rating with the state. Thus putting the principal and teachers' job in jeopardy ...from a Denver HS Principal [Read More]

  • 2014-03-04 18:51:23
    Heather Van Wagner on Lake Forest Family Opts Out of ISATs: Thank you VERY much for this well-written, informative letter. 100% agree on this position. Unfortunately more people don't stand up and speak their minds regarding the direction education in moving in this country. Families need to be more informed, involved and question the people who are supposed to be doing what is best for our children. [Read More]

  • 2014-03-04 09:38:37
    Christina Bhattacharya on Lake Forest Family Opts Out of ISATs: I have also decided to opt out my 7th grader from the ISATs. Unfortunetly, the principal and ISBE will not accept my opt out letter so, my child has to stand up in front of her peers and physically decline the test. Has any one elses children had to endure this when opting out? [Read More]

  • 2014-02-28 09:58:48
    laura rukavina on Mandarin Immersion in Lake Forest Schools: What's Next?: It is over. Except for the fact that taxpayers have to pay the 'clean up' for the next 4 years. Ten years from now we will all be saying, "remember when cherokee had that useless immersion program". To all the angry MI parents, get over it. I am extremely grateful to the BOE and Michael Simek to have the backbone to come out and say this was a terrible mistake. From a cultural perspective, I am so grateful to these people who are disposing of a foreign oppressive government actually giving us money and feeding us propaganda about their greatness and actually influencing what language we instruct in our public elementary schools. And I must thank the BOE for reading ranting emails from me all year long! [Read More]

  • 2014-02-28 09:39:11
    Kristin Ashley on Chilling Out in the Snow ...: Hi Jen! Great shot. At least "somebody" looks cheerful about all this snow! [Read More]

  • 2014-02-28 07:17:22
    Karen Connell on Heinen’s Finalizes Lease For Lake Bluff Store: Happy they are taking on the old Dominick's and pleased that they are hiring the former employees too. I'm looking forward to trying it out. [Read More]

  • 2014-02-28 06:55:51
    Jenny Simpson on Heinen’s Finalizes Lease For Lake Bluff Store: Yay!!!! [Read More]

  • 2014-02-25 15:23:22
    adrienne on Lake Bluff Hires Michael Hosking For Deputy Police Chief Post: Matt -- I asked LB Village Administrator Drew Irvin to address your question. He said: "There is no conflict of interest. It is correct that the Village used Voorhees for our Police Chief search. Mike Hosking has been at Voorhees and took part in the assessment process of candidates. That process resulted in David being selected as our new Police Chief. That was a Village Board decision. "The Village did not retain Voorhees or any other firm with regard to our Deputy Chief position. There is no connection at all between David's appointment and Mike's subsequent appointment as Deputy Chief, except that through the assessment process everybody at the Village was very impressed with Mike's knowledge and ability and so when we began to discuss the Deputy Chief position, we were extremely fortunate to have established a good relationship with Mike." [Read More]

  • 2014-02-25 08:25:12
    Richard Chapman on Lake Bluff Hires Michael Hosking For Deputy Police Chief Post: My family and I moved to Lake Forest 34 years ago because we were impressed with the quality of life and city services in this community not because of lower taxes. Now the city is constantly looking for ways to cut thoses services so they can balance the budget. I would like to see the city work harder at attracting taxable business to our community instead of them going to all the surrounding communities and increase and improve the city services. [Read More]

  • 2014-02-25 07:30:49
    Matt Nielsen on Lake Bluff Hires Michael Hosking For Deputy Police Chief Post: Voorhees Assoc is Michael Hoskings company and the same company who did the interviews of the initial Police Chief candidates. How is this not a conflict of interest? [Read More]

  • 2014-02-25 07:10:10
    Mary Jane Stutz on Emerald Ash Borer Update: Has Bitter Cold Killed Ash Tree Nemesis?: Thanks, Adrienne, for great investigative reporting. You really went out on a limb for this and we appreciate it! [Read More]

  • 2014-02-21 19:24:54
    adrienne on Heinen's Fine Foods Said To Be Opening in Lake Bluff: Deb. yes--- and beeson's nursery will remain open when mariano's opens in a lot adjacent to the nursery. Heinen's apparently is also interested in Lake bluff -- in addition to Bannockburn. [Read More]

  • 2014-02-21 19:16:25
    Deb Fischer on Heinen's Fine Foods Said To Be Opening in Lake Bluff: I thought Heinen's was taking over the former Dominicks in Bannockburn and Mariano's was building new next to Beeson's in Bannockburn .... ? [Read More]

  • 2014-02-21 11:37:43
    Rob Le Clercq on So Long, Old Main: This very painful to watch. [Read More]

  • 2014-02-21 06:42:13
    Laura Alaimo on Meet David Belmonte, Lake Bluff's New Police Chief : Congratulations! We are fortunate to have you. [Read More]

  • 2014-02-20 09:38:09
    Margaret Tatos on Nasty, 'Complex' Storm Headed Toward Lake County: CLIMATE Weather on Planets -----relates with SPACE Weather <-their is a PHONE APP on smartphone NASTY NOT---NORTHERN LIGHTS take a look today before your LAKE COUNTY Lights go out. ANOTHER CME IMPACT: For the second time in 24 hours, a CME has hit Earth's magnetic field. The impact on Feb. 20th at ~0300 UT re-energized a subsiding geomagnetic storm that sparked bright auroras over North America on Feb. 19th. AURORAS OVER THE USA: A minor geomagnetic storm was already in progress during the early hours of Feb. 19th when a CME struck Earth's magnetic field. The impact revved-up the storm and sent Northern Lights spilling across the Canadian border into the United States [Read More]

  • 2014-02-19 15:52:22
    cathy spencer on Lake Bluff's New Marketing Program: North Shore Suburb, Small Town Vibe: The new logo looks like something suited for advertising a dog park, not the Village. [Read More]

  • 2014-02-19 11:07:59
    Margaret Tatos on Local Admen Weigh In On Lake Bluff's Image Makeover: As I am reading this article LAKE BLUFF- Lake bluff residents CLAIM to dislike being LUMPED IN with Lake Forest ---but when asked by a stranger WHERE YOU FROM? Lake Bluff is not "KNOWN" the answer reverts back to I AM with/Lake Forest -whose resident/WHO as a COMMUNITY is known? esteem issue ESTEEM is not changed by ADDING Adjectives that would be like putting TITLES in front of your name DR - PHD HONORARY PASTOR blah blah that you completely never heard the persons REAL NAME he's pastor WHAT was his name? its LAKE BLUFF I thought ALL THOSE ADJECTIVE threw me no one is going to hear - LAKE BLUF is not going to be known THAT_ THIS WAY its a waste time/money its like INDIA building that GIGANTIC FALIC GOLD STATUE for MIllions while its people are "the energy - charm -vibe -character" KNOWN - being KNOWN comes from ENERGY within so why does LAKE BLUFF hide behind LAKE FOREST (or is it the people- residents) which ends up GRAB HAVING a Lake Forester to be KNOWN - seen esteem- psychological issue ADJECTIVES with time/energy to THIS is waste WHO NEEDS TO secretly call- write in to MAGAZINE to be seen -nationally as "HAPPIEST SEA_SIDE TOWN ---LAKE BLUFF" ditch the product for a new one any HS STUDENT can tell you that SIMPLE first FACT in sales and marketing to WORLD I do not know [Read More]

  • 2014-02-16 20:11:38
    Don Russ on No Block Schedule At Lake Forest High School Next Year: Hear, hear! The Bargaining Committee knew a majority of the members would favor block scheduling, so the Committee prevented the vote. LFHS teachers: Replace your leadership with folks who will live up to the promise of the fourth paragraph in the article above! [Read More]

  • 2014-02-16 09:29:52
    Laura Luce on No Block Schedule At Lake Forest High School Next Year: Jennifer, I like the way you think! I couldn't have said it better and it needs to be said. Thank you [Read More]

  • 2014-02-14 10:18:00
    Jennifer Neubauer on No Block Schedule At Lake Forest High School Next Year: What troubles me as an LFHS parent is that the union blocked a vote on the issue. It didn't allow it's membership to allow its voice to be heard. So whatever the administration, parents, students believe are best practices going forward can and will be nixed ab initio by a small group of union negotiators for reasons having much less to do with student achievement than with protecting and enhancing many bloated salaries...salaries that could not be commanded by many of these folks in the real world of free-market competition (where innovation and excellence are rewarded and mediocrity and laziness punished). My suggestion is that the district leadership and those with real skin in the game....THE PARENTS AND THEIR KIDS explore ways to get rid of the union, promote and reward excellent teachers and fire lazy ones who are just "phoning it it". Then issues like block scheduling will solve themselves, for the good of the students. The union is protecting itself, not fostering the best interests of its customers, the students. This is the nature of a union and the complete reason for its existence. Remove the union, allow good staff to that's 21st century learning! [Read More]

  • 2014-02-13 19:47:39
    Michael Ebner on No Block Schedule At Lake Forest High School Next Year: I see matters differently. The very fact that the administration has consulted its faculty represents a different dynamic for Lake Forest High School. Such processes are often iterative. Seldom are they resolved on the first try. If the high school administration wishes to achieve its goal, it must continue to deliberate with its faculty. That hasn't happened very much in the history of 115. A top-down model has been the prevailing mode. What the administration pursued -- to its credit -- was a departure from the old way of conducting its affairs. The door isn't shut once and for all. It remains ajar. The two sides may, or may not, walk through it together. Keep trying. Keep interacting. Make adjustments. Listen to one another. And seek to stand upon common ground on the next try. [Read More]

  • 2014-02-13 16:42:42
    Al Boese on No Block Schedule At Lake Forest High School Next Year: Most people do not know much about “Block Scheduling,” a topic that appears to have polarized factions at Lake Forest High School, D 115. Perhaps it is the idea of a new principal, Barry Rodgers, attempting to impose his new scheduling theories on a gun shy community of parents, students and faculty, some may still remember Harry Griffith. Or, perhaps it is the rush to implement a program with only vague and hard to conceptualize values and benefits. Or is it the magic of “Eduspeak,” and gobbledygook from the superior beings in education in an effort to obfuscate the real agenda. I, for one, am put off by such phrases as, “the district remains ‘committed to developing a successful 21st Century classroom model” and will use mobile computing to prepare students “for a new generation of assessments and engage students at the highest levels,’ from Principal Rodgers,” and other such nonsensical phrases. Mr. Rodgers, what is the agenda? What empirical evidence do you offer that confirms the wisdom or outcome for D 115, students, faculty, parents and taxpayers? And finally, what was the rush? The evidence of dashing into programs at any level, Obamacare, or Mandarin total immersion is in, early and quick implementation is not a formula for success, but assured disastrous implementation. Lets all take a quick breath, sit back and let Mr. Rodgers prove his theories, provide solid, long term evidence of success, sufficient to convince his constituencies, and then consider. How about this Mr. Rodgers, why not get acquainted with the district, the students, the faculty and the community, then go for it? Al Boese Lake Bluff, Il [Read More]

  • 2014-02-11 10:36:32
    Deb Fischer on A Year In Lake Forest … In Pictures: Gorgeous!! Thanks so much for creating and sharing that! [Read More]

  • 2014-02-11 08:35:24
    Rosemary Troxel on A Year In Lake Forest … In Pictures: Thank you, Rommy, for giving us hope during these bleak days. Also, thank you for capturing the beauty of our community. [Read More]

  • 2014-02-07 18:30:40
    jack burke on Lake Forest Hardware Still Hard At Work Despite Loss Of Keith Morgan: They are wonderful people and work so hard. They do a great job and I know Keith is very proud of the way they are living through him. [Read More]

  • 2014-02-07 09:51:56
    Pauline Mohr on Lake Forest Hardware Still Hard At Work Despite Loss Of Keith Morgan: A wonderful place to do business. [Read More]

  • 2014-02-07 08:06:34
    John Johnson on Lake Forest Hardware Still Hard At Work Despite Loss Of Keith Morgan: Chris and Mary Jane are doing a great job. Lake Forest Hardware is still my first stop whenever I need something! JJ [Read More]

  • 2014-02-05 17:31:25
    Lise Dominique on Do You Drive Downtown For Work? Lisë Needs A Ride ...: Thank you , Adrienne for reaching out on my behalf. That was very kind of you and yet another example why I love the Lake Bluff/Lake Forest community. While I have been fortunate enough to have offers for rides from a handful of members of the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Community Church, I can't even use them yet. On Monday my surgeon told me I'm still a couple of weeks away from working downtown. So, I'm going to try again when I can. Thanks again, I truly appreciate the effort! [Read More]

  • 2014-02-05 17:14:12
    Lise Dominique on Tooting Lake Bluff Adman's Super Bowl Ad for Heinz: This was a cute ad and I liked it a lot. Straight and simple. I remembered the product, and isn't that the point? [Read More]

  • 2014-02-05 15:57:06
    Jennifer Neubauer on Lake Bluff Family Seeks Bone Marrow Donors For National Registry: This is a great cause and a great family. Eric Stephen Bower's legacy of giving to others is carried on by his wife and daughters. It if very easy to donate on the site if you are unable to register in the bone marrow registry. God bless. [Read More]

  • 2014-02-05 09:34:24
    Jacquie Berkshire on Lake Forest High School Varsity Dance Team Wins National Championship: Congratulations, Ladies! You make us proud! [Read More]

  • 2014-02-04 16:36:56
    Sue Slaughter on Lake Forest High School Varsity Dance Team Wins National Championship: Impressive. Great job, ladies! [Read More]

  • 2014-02-04 08:55:41
    Jen Richards on Lake Bluff Family Seeks Bone Marrow Donors For National Registry: Thank you Bower family for your advocacy and continued hugs and prayers. Thank you Graham for the reminder. Although my cell phone number and email are the same, I have moved 4 times since I registered! I went an updated my information on the site - and moved my donor card into the new wallet I now carry. I registered during a Team in Training event I participated for while fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. (Go Team!) It's an honor to be registered. It does take just a few minutes and is not uncomfortable at all. The other thing I hope others will do is become organ donors! That gift can save so many lives! [Read More]

  • 2014-02-03 21:04:54
    Graham Wilson on Lake Bluff Family Seeks Bone Marrow Donors For National Registry: Wonderful inspirational story- and this made me log on to our Bone Marrow account and update my brides and my contact info. [Read More]

  • 2014-02-03 06:44:21
    Nicki Snoblin on Meeting Planned for Proposed Senior Housing Center in Knollwood: With all due respect to the village, this is a matter that impacts Knollwood directly. Knollwood residents appreciate that the property owner has reached out to those most affected for their feedback. As it's in unincorporated Lake County, we will be working with LC planning, Building and Development to ensure that the well-being of our residents is a primary concern. [Read More]

  • 2014-02-02 14:11:47
    Jen Richards on Tooting Lake Bluff Adman's Super Bowl Ad for Heinz: I love the ad and also the way GN reported about it. What a great article title and use of humor explaining the...noise! [Read More]

  • 2014-02-02 13:56:16
    Jennifer Kasdin on Lake Forest Plan Commission: Public Notice On Amberley Woods - Whole Foods Property: Why doesn't the Whole Foods move into the former Dominick's store in Lake Bluff? [Read More]

  • 2014-02-02 09:49:02
    Al Boese on Tooting Lake Bluff Adman's Super Bowl Ad for Heinz: Mike Goldsberry, also of Lake Bluff, has a commercial ad for WeatherTech Auto & Truck Floor Liners playing during the 2014 Superbowl. [Read More]

  • 2014-02-02 09:23:43
    Jenny Simpson on Tooting Lake Bluff Adman's Super Bowl Ad for Heinz: I like it!! [Read More]

  • 2014-02-02 09:21:05
    Susie McMurray on Tooting Lake Bluff Adman's Super Bowl Ad for Heinz: Love your ad, Gary. Simple & true sells ! -s [Read More]

  • 2014-02-02 08:59:28
    Rosemary Troxel on Tooting Lake Bluff Adman's Super Bowl Ad for Heinz: LOVE IT! [Read More]

  • 2014-02-01 13:00:14
    Rick Lesser on Meeting Planned for Proposed Senior Housing Center in Knollwood: Does Lake Bluff have any say in this? The property is in unincorporated Lake County, but is within 1 mile of the Village border. I don't know enough to be for this proposal or against it (although Terry Weppler is a friend and the Mayor of Libertyville), but I'd like to think that the Village is looking at this proposal and will have some voice in the process. [Read More]

  • 2014-02-01 10:17:07
    B. Friedland on Update: Lake Bluff, Lake Forest Moving Toward Emergency Services Consolidation: It might be helpful for residents to see a step by step scenario of what it would be like to have this new system. In an emergency, a Lake Forest resident: ... calls 9-1-1 ... a dispatcher in Lake Forest responds and the location of the call is on a screen …the dispatcher sends the emergency vehicles to the location So now we are told that the dispatcher will be in Glenview. Will the Glenview dispatcher see the location of the residence on an electronic screen, and not need to know the Lake Forest streets? Will the emergency vehicles still remain in Lake Forest? Won't they know where they are going? More clarification might make it easier for residents to deal with this "money saving" change, and hopefully rest easy! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-31 07:37:50
    Mary Sperzel on New Charitable Thrift Store Opening in Lake Forest; Donations Welcome: Can't wait, welcome back! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-31 07:05:08
    shannon duffy on 'Upscale Rummage' Needs New Warehouse Space: I wonder if the Dominics space in lake bluff would work this year!!! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-30 15:33:22
    jennifer romans on Lake Forest Plan Commission: Public Notice On Amberley Woods - Whole Foods Property: Whatever happened to the open lands we were supposed to have on Rte 60 ? I distinctly remember voting in favor of a tax increase in order to purchase that land, this is so disappointing. There are plenty of underutilized, already developed land that could be used in place of open habitat. [Read More]

  • 2014-01-30 07:51:14
    Barbara Mortimer on Decking The Bench For Winter in Lake Bluff : Nice handiwork. I see that Mother Nature is now crafting in scalloped edges! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-28 11:12:23
    Eileen Weber on Many Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Businesses Are Open During Cold Spell: Lake Forest Flowers is OPEN regular business hours 9am - 5pm. Stop by and smell the spring flowers! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-27 19:05:59
    Rick Lesser on Many Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Businesses Are Open During Cold Spell: Lesser, Lutrey, McGlynn & Howe, LLP is open during regular business hours. If you're freezing to death, come'on in and make out a will! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-25 11:20:05
    Jen Richards on New Charitable Thrift Store Opening in Lake Forest; Donations Welcome: This is so exciting! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-24 11:39:36
    Heather Wojda on Lake Forest High School Teachers To Vote On Block Scheduling : In planning future scheduling changes and improving our high school we must take into consideration the overwhelming body of compelling evidence showing that later school start times correspond with teen sleep needs, improve health, quality of life, emotional wellness, and school performance. Later start times have been accomplished without moving the end time of school and in many districts has saved on transportation costs. U.S Education Secretary Arne Duncan has spoken out in favor of later school start times. "Common sense to improve student achievement that too few have implemented: let teens sleep more, start school later." Read more: As a community we need to educate ourselves regarding teens natural sleep patterns and the research that has been completed on the subject. Data can be found on the following websites: [Read More]

  • 2014-01-24 10:48:48
    Catherine Dillon Driscoll on Lake Forest High School Teachers To Vote On Block Scheduling : Question: Is block scheduling the same concept that the Lake Bluff Middle School has used in recent years? LBMS used longer English periods daily, but had A B and C days with different schedules per day. This resulted in Everyday Math being taught every other day, which caused students to slip in math. Pros? Cons? Similarities? Differences? [Read More]

  • 2014-01-24 10:05:54
    adrienne on Do You Drive Downtown For Work? Lisë Needs A Ride ...: thank you jen, mary jane and t-ann -- nice to hear from you. Please pass the story around. I have a feeling there's someone out there who can help Lise get to work if we just get the word out to enough people. It takes a village! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-23 12:08:44
    adrienne on Do You Drive Downtown For Work? Lisë Needs A Ride ...: Lori -- Lise will work around the driver's hours. [Read More]

  • 2014-01-23 09:51:58
    Lori Pepper on Do You Drive Downtown For Work? Lisë Needs A Ride ...: What are her working hours? [Read More]

  • 2014-01-23 09:20:06
    Jen Richards on Do You Drive Downtown For Work? Lisë Needs A Ride ...: So sorry to hear about the injuries! I am heart warmed by the community outreach. What a wonderful way to use the forum of a local news source. Thank you Gazebo News! I wish I could help but I know someone will be blessed by this opportunity to serve. Lake Bluff is a great place to live! We are a community that cares. This is a great reminder of that fact. [Read More]

  • 2014-01-23 08:09:48
    Mary Jane Stutz on Do You Drive Downtown For Work? Lisë Needs A Ride ...: Thanks, Adrienne, this is one more way that The Gazebo News helps our community! My friend Lise needs transportation to work and the thoughtful volunteer drivers will benefit from her delightful company. [Read More]

  • 2014-01-23 07:45:05
    T-Ann Pierce on Do You Drive Downtown For Work? Lisë Needs A Ride ...: While I work in Lake Forest and cannot offer a ride into the city, I wanted to take a moment and thank you for writing on Lise's behalf. As a newcomer to the area, I have been blessed with countless acts of kindness from friends and neighbors in both communities. Your post was a perfect example of what makes living in LF/LB special. Thank you. [Read More]

  • 2014-01-20 22:05:59
    Bonita Friedland on Lake Forest Library Fire Update: We are fortunate to have such a thorough, timely and responsive reporter in The Gazebo News! We asked for further information, and you provided it! Thank you! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-20 11:04:32
    adrienne on Lake Forest Library Fire Update: alice -- thank you for asking the important questions! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-20 09:49:00
    Alice Moulton-Ely on Lake Forest Library Fire Update: Thank you for looking further into this and providing helpful information! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-18 14:25:56
    Rick Lesser on Property Taxes in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff: How We Stack Up: While helpful, this chart is somewhat misleading. An $800,000 house in Mundelein is a much larger house than an $800,000 house in Lake Forest. The real question, to me, is how much comparable houses are taxed. The higher land costs in Lake Forest make the tax rate (based on a percentage of the house price) look low, while in reality the owner of a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in Mundelein may pay less in real estate taxes than the owner of a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in Lake Forest. [Read More]

  • 2014-01-18 07:39:16
    Janice Wolterj on Target's Plans For Lake Bluff Are On Target: Target's people implyed all along that they would be paying for all the road changes they were proposing. When ask point blank they would babble on for few minutes about the fact that they the changes could not happen without IDOT approval so the additional lanes to Shagbark and 176 plus the turn lane on Waukegan were really just proposals. Eventually someone did answer Target when ask "who is paying for all this unneeded road construction?" Looks llike our tax dollars will be hard at work helping out another corporation. I wonder how many other "facts" will change before this nightmare becomes a reality. Shame on Senator Morrison for spending money so foolishly. I will remember this next election season. [Read More]

  • 2014-01-16 17:08:12
    Glenn Kalin on Lake Forest Junior Tennis Player Selected For U.S. Team: Anyone who knows Elysia won't be surprised to read this. She's been an outstanding athlete FOREVER! I just regret not sticking around long enough to teach her a different game. Mr. Kalin [Read More]

  • 2014-01-16 11:07:40
    RIck Lesser on Judge Mitch Hoffman Named To Lake County Circuit Court: This is good news for Lake County. Judge Hoffman is an outstanding jurist. He is always prepared and listens to all sides before making a ruling. I've often seen him wrestle with difficult cases, trying to reach a just result. It's good to see hard work and diligent effort rewarded. [Read More]

  • 2014-01-16 08:21:15
    Rosemary Troxel on The Weather Is Confusing ...: Snowmen---here today, gone tomorrow. If they could just stick around another day Frigid temps would guarantee another week's stay. [Read More]

  • 2014-01-16 08:21:10
    B. Friedland on Broken Light Bulb Sparks Fire At Lake Forest Library : I would love to know how the broken light bulb would cause a fire! Was it hot? Is there a chemical in the bulb? [Read More]

  • 2014-01-16 06:23:10
    Alice Moulton-Ely on Broken Light Bulb Sparks Fire At Lake Forest Library : It would be interesting to know how a broken light bulb causes combustion. [Read More]

  • 2014-01-15 18:10:51
    Don Russ on The Weather Is Confusing ...: Ambivalent season, frosty limbo; tropical ferns in Hillary’s window? [Read More]

  • 2014-01-09 10:03:42
    CL Brandon on Feeding The Birds … Feeding On The Birds: I have ten feeders in my yard in Lake Bluff. It is also a registered wildlife habitat. Two days ago I watched a hawk just like the one you photographed get two birds in my yard in the same day. It was so cold. I guess they have to eat too but it made me sad and made me wonder whether my secure habitat that has supported multiple broods of wrens in the spring and summer was just a "hawk deli." Feeding birds in winter and migrating birds all year are very important activities. When birds return or head for South America and Canada these feeders help support them on their long trips. The book "Songbird Journeys" by Miyoko Chu captures the fascinating story of migratory birds that connect your yard with exotic places around in the world. [Read More]

  • 2014-01-09 09:41:49
    David Barkhausen on Feeding The Birds … Feeding On The Birds: I told Cathy that's probably a sharp-shinned hawk, though it could be a Cooper’s. The latter is bigger. In any case, it’s a juvenile, judging from bird book pictures. Apart from the difference in size (10-14 inches in length for the sharp-shinned and 14-20" for the Cooper’s) and the Cooper’s longer tail, they look very much alike. Both go after small birds and small mammals like chipmunks. You can see them with some frequency in the winter darting around our neighborhoods or sitting on a branch or on the ground eyeing their next potential prey. [Read More]

  • 2014-01-07 08:43:50
    Jeff Yehle on Brave Enough … Or Crazy Enough … To Venture Outside?: Adrienne, Tell your daughter to try the water experiment using boiling hot water. My boys did that yesterday and it is fun to watch, and a good science lesson. Jeff [Read More]

  • 2014-01-06 09:26:45
    Deb Fischer on Feeling Homesick For Lake Bluff? This Might Make It Worse ...: Betsy, Good idea! We'll try! Deb [Read More]

  • 2014-01-06 06:41:47
    Betsy Conrad on Feeling Homesick For Lake Bluff? This Might Make It Worse ...: Deborah, thank you for capturing the ambience of Lake Bluff over the holidays! Can you do a Fall version of the "lLights of Lake Bluff?" Everyone loves the Fall decorations here, as well! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-05 17:42:16
    adrienne on Happy New Year and Site Update From GazeboNews: thank you kelly -- stay warm! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-05 17:06:23
    KELLY LILJA on Happy New Year and Site Update From GazeboNews: WE LOVE GAZEBO NEWS! Keep up the good work ADRIENNE! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-05 13:55:20
    Lise Dominique on Feeling Homesick For Lake Bluff? This Might Make It Worse ...: Deborah, This is just lovely and thank you for chronichling Christmas 2013 in our quaint, unique village. I feel fortunate to live here every single day. [Read More]

  • 2014-01-05 07:54:56
    Carole Stroh on Feeling Homesick For Lake Bluff? This Might Make It Worse ...: Thank you for this delightful display. A neat idea! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-04 18:35:46
    Jenny Simpson on Feeling Homesick For Lake Bluff? This Might Make It Worse ...: Just beautiful! Loved it. Thank you. [Read More]

  • 2014-01-04 17:21:02
    Jackie Graham on Feeling Homesick For Lake Bluff? This Might Make It Worse ...: So pretty - what a beautiful thing to do. Thoroughly enjoyed watching - almost made me forget the cold! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-04 13:13:49
    Willemina Kooijmans on Feeling Homesick For Lake Bluff? This Might Make It Worse ...: What a lovely pictures! It makes me feel homesick. We lived in the area for three years and loved it. We are very pleased to see these pictures. My best friend Anne Gousha from Lake Bluff sent this to me. Thank you! Love from The Netherlands. Wille mina Kooijmans. [Read More]

  • 2014-01-04 11:12:41
    adrienne on Happy New Year and Site Update From GazeboNews: Lois, Thank you for your note! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-04 10:45:15
    Lois Kelly on Happy New Year and Site Update From GazeboNews: Thank you, Adrienne. Happy New Year to you and your staff. You do a great job with your local news posts! [Read More]

  • 2014-01-02 08:29:13
    Gary Doyle on Tell Lake Forest City Council Your View On Assault Weapons!: Or, rather than forwarding the article, do as I did and send your own note to all the names on the list, with your own thoughts. Central among mine was that while I don't live in Lake Forest, my kids go to and have gone to high school there, and a ban on assault weapons is a no-brainer given the events of Sandy Hook and Columbine. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-28 13:49:15
    laura rukavina on Lake Forest's Mandarin Immersion Divides Cherokee School Into 'Us vs. Them': A classic example of mandarin immersion parents and their elitist attitudes. Look at The mi parent council claim we are most likely having problems in LF because mandarin parents are more wealthy and better educated! Hence, our lower class selves natural resentment of them in the same school with us!! [Read More]

  • 2013-12-27 09:41:56
    Kristin Welu on Obituary For Mary Tuckey Requa: There was no one on this earth finer than Tuckey Requa. She was one of my best friends . We met at LFHS,singing,and sang together with my twin our whole lives. I loved her very much,and will miss her always. With Love,Kristin Welu [Read More]

  • 2013-12-21 11:44:12
    Kevin Riley on Lake Forest's Mandarin Immersion Divides Cherokee School Into 'Us vs. Them': Laura Rukavina- thank you for being the voice of reason and reality on this thread. What is the end goal of a child being immersed in Mandarin? To grow up and eventually move overseas? Sorry but I am not raising my children to become ex-pats. For those of you that think that learning Mandarin will give them a leg up in the business community in this country that is a false assumption. People learn English to come here, not the other way around and there is no shame in being proud of that fact. We live in the greatest country in the world and that is why others emigrate to the US. Lisa Franklin - yes it is true that your tax dollars help fund the special education programs in District 67. However you comparing those programs to the Mandarin program is ignorant. Under the law, every child has a RIGHT to receive a public education within the least restrictive environment. Learning Mandarin is not a right but a privilege, an OPTIONAL PROGRAM and therefore should not be funded by taxpayer dollars. If you want your child to learn Mandarin then it should be funded by those participating in the program not the taxpayer base. It is not unlike an ELECTIVE surgery - good luck getting the insurance company to pay for that! Taxes are meant to fund the necessary and required programs, not those programs into which a small subsegment of the population opt in to participate. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-20 19:55:08
    Bob Meyers on Lake Bluff Picks David Belmonte To Be New Police Chief: The obvious choice--great experience, education, well respected by all, and one of our own! Congratulations, David, and congratulations to Lake Bluff for the selection. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-20 19:00:31
    Laura Rukavina on Lake Forest's Mandarin Immersion Divides Cherokee School Into 'Us vs. Them': Of course many of the young children love mandarin immersion! It is like being in theater class 1/2 the day. The teachers are young and very animated. They sing songs to learn, they use exaggerated expressions and dance movements. They also do a lot of artwork with Chinese characters - this is right up some alleys - sounds like a fun day at school. I wonder if we took a poll of children in 3rd grade entering 4th next year, how many actually still love it. If the parents love it and are so passionate, I would be ok with stepping aside with a bowl of popcorn just to see it implode on its own. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-20 14:57:32
    Dan Rogers on Lake Bluff Picks David Belmonte To Be New Police Chief: Congrats to Dave, his wife Brenda and his entire family!! The Village is very lucky to have Dave! [Read More]

  • 2013-12-20 12:29:07
    Benita Myles on Sun Rise Over Sunrise in Lake Bluff: What a Super Photograph.! Thank you for sharing. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-20 10:16:47
    Rick Lesser on Lake Bluff Picks David Belmonte To Be New Police Chief: Great choice for Lake Bluff. David understands the needs for a community-oriented police department. I'd also like to add congratulations to retiring Chief Gallagher, who has been an exemplary leader for the LB Police. Chief Gallagher's use of the CALEA Accreditation process to provide a benchmark and teaching system for the Department has proven invaluable. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-20 09:54:15
    Tom Tincher on Lake Bluff Picks David Belmonte To Be New Police Chief: Congratulations Chief Belmonte. And kudos to the Lake Bluff Village Board for recognizing and rewarding a dedicated public safety professional right here in our village. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-20 08:12:15
    Mary Jane Stutz on Sun Rise Over Sunrise in Lake Bluff: Way to go, Billy! Beautiful! I saw this and wanted to take a picture but was not ready with the camera. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-20 07:50:39
    Lu Ellen Bold on Lake Bluff Picks David Belmonte To Be New Police Chief: Way to go Lake Bluff.... Excellent decision!! Congratulations Chief Belmonte [Read More]

  • 2013-12-20 07:43:26
    Nicki Snoblin on Lake Bluff Picks David Belmonte To Be New Police Chief: Congratulations to Mr. Belmonte and to Lake Bluff. Dave is a man of exemplary professionalism and integrity who genuinely places the best interests of his community first, and he will continue to serve Lake Bluff well. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-20 06:33:59
    David Lee on Lake Bluff Picks David Belmonte To Be New Police Chief: This is the perfect decision for the town and all should be proud of the elected officials who accomplished it. David is well respected by the community, merchants and the force he will now command. Congratulations! [Read More]

  • 2013-12-19 15:53:55
    laura rukavina on Lake Forest's Mandarin Immersion Divides Cherokee School Into 'Us vs. Them': Lisa Franklin, How extremely ignorant you are!! Wow, what a stupid thing to say, makes me laugh:) [Read More]

  • 2013-12-19 14:12:50
    Jeffrey Alan on Lake Forest Food & Wine To Close; Courtyard Wines To Relocate: Sad to see them go. But their note did not mention anything about the new owners raising the rent. All it said was that the rent was too much to afford. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-18 09:15:45
    Sue Hetzel on Tell Lake Forest City Council Your View On Assault Weapons!: I could not agree more with your article. There is no reason to carry any assult weapon or concealed gun to, for example, the BMW Golf event etc.! Lets help our police keep order. Lets help our children and us to a safer environment. Assult weapons belong in the military or with the police who are trained. Easy access to these weapons makes for mistakes with these weapons to happen more easily. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-17 21:50:45
    Russ Ervick on Bernie's Book Bank Reaches Two Million Mark: We love Bernie's Book Bank [Read More]

  • 2013-12-17 21:12:14
    Laura Rukavina on Lake Forest's Mandarin Immersion Divides Cherokee School Into 'Us vs. Them': Unless you have a medical degree, Jen, you have no business saying the things you are saying. For those who want to learn more about the LASIC committee, the 'moderator' Andy hired is Dale Truding. This is a public school, if parents would like this program, they need to pay for it. I am not interested in my tax dollars paying for this. I am also waiting to see what will be cut in the budget to cover the extra costs and all the special specials for a small group of very special children with parents with very high ambitions for them. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-17 09:24:26
    Scott Harvey on Lake Forest's Mandarin Immersion Divides Cherokee School Into 'Us vs. Them': Mr. Curry fails to indicate that full day kindergarten is also offered at the two other elementary schools in District 67, Sheridan and Everett. The cost is also $4800 but there is no Mandarin immersion provided. Thus, the assertion that "Half day immersion in Mandarin is provided at an additional cost: $4800 per student in tuition," is false. This only is provided to some kindergarten students at Cherokee. Many other parents in this district, including myself, have paid the full day kindergarten tuition of $4800. This tuition only provides an additional half day of regular instruction with the same teacher, and not the addition of a second Mandarin speaking teacher. I will state I have no issue with Mandarin instruction in principal and don't dispute it's potential merits. Also, after K there are no additional costs for the Mandarin immersion charged to parents but clearly the program costs more. Perhaps the Mandarin program parents are willing to continue paying tuition after K which would likely fund the program? [Read More]

  • 2013-12-16 06:46:41
    Lisa Spano on Lake Bluff School Board 65 Announces $2 Million Net Savings to Taxpayers : Is this truly a letter of 'sincere thanks' or a jab at the former school board? I, personally, am thankful for all school board members, past and present. I realize that you have contributed a great deal of your time with intentions of making the best decisions for our schools and students. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-14 15:26:24
    elizabeth norman on Tell Lake Forest City Council Your View On Assault Weapons!: Saturday, December 14th's Chicago Tribune: So far this year, there have been 28 shootings on U.S. school grounds during school hours, including Friday's incident at Arapahoe High, according to a tally kept by the gun control advocacy groups Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense. There is no reasonable explanation for a civilian to use an assault weapon. It is so disrespectful to the lives taken last year at Sandy Hook Elementary School that local communities, states and the country haven't put into place gun control legislation. It was put forward ... but then the elected officials didn't follow the will of the people who elected them and it failed. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-14 14:36:25
    David Forlow on Lake Bluff School Board 65 Announces $2 Million Net Savings to Taxpayers : A huge thank you to the Dist 65 School Board, Dr. Sophie and Dist 65 staff. About 5 years ago, a back loaded debt schedule (which included multimillion dollar balloon payments and significant increases in the interest rate to be paid) was put in place. As a result, Dist 65 was facing debt payments which were scheduled to more than double over the next few years. Our current school board members rolled up their sleeves and went to work to find solutions to this problem. Together, they worked very hard and have taken steps which will save the District as much as $2.8 million dollars over the remaining life of the current debt. The Board has also fleshed out a badly needed long-term plan to help guide decisions. They have taken steps to finally put in place a spend policy. All will benefit from these actions – our schools, students and residents. There is still much work still to be done but the board are moving in the right direction. It has been particularly gratifying to see that a new tone has been set within the Board and Dist 65. Previously, attempts by some residents to give input had been flatly rebuffed. Current board members have not only listened to input but have reached out to seek information and ideas. Sincere thanks, David Forlow [Read More]

  • 2013-12-14 09:44:18
    Judy Pierce Tascher on Coyote and Deer Face Off In Lake Bluff's West Terrace Neighborhood: Great Picture. That coyote and his pack are in our neighborhood in Knollwood as well. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-12 09:47:26
    George Hickey on Lake Forest's Mandarin Immersion, A Gift That Keeps On Giving: Well said Carol. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-11 11:35:22
    Sara Hoogasian Pickus on Lake Forest Food & Wine To Close; Courtyard Wines To Relocate: Devastating! What a surprise....the new owners of Market Square have RAISED THE RENT! our community headed down the path of losing all our privately owned stores and restaurants, because of exorbitant rent increases? What kind of charm and character will that bring to Market Square, when it looks like a ghost town? This is so sad and disappointing to hear!! [Read More]

  • 2013-12-11 10:38:03
    Rob Le Clercq on Lake Forest Food & Wine To Close; Courtyard Wines To Relocate: Just what is the foot print of Market Square? That might indicate the future of the present tenants. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-11 08:59:09
    madonna merritt on Lake Forest Food & Wine To Close; Courtyard Wines To Relocate: This is crushing news. The new look made me not want to dine in...not inviting. But the food and the convenience made it worth a carry out. Also moving the wine out back made it less convenient and less necessary for me to visit....could you combine the two again in a smaller space, offer 2 types of chicken salad, one with and one without grapes, offer old tuna salad but a new recipe as well and soup, soup, soup....and make it a warm inviting place like before. We will then eat in. Thank you....please don't give up. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-11 05:38:19
    Richard Bull on Shields Supervisor Seeks Input From Taxpayers On Tax Levy: Supervisor Maloney, It is evident from your comments that I fall into the "urban legend-style folklore" camp.(Thanks for not actually using my name as an example of a "low information voter"!) I am heartened by your comments regarding the changes that have been made, especially in the long term liability department. Keep up the good work! Merry Christmas, Rick [Read More]

  • 2013-12-10 17:44:37
    Jennifer Mitchel, a really happy Mandarin mom!!! on Lake Forest's Mandarin Immersion: The Other Perspective: Our daughter chose to start the Mandarin program on her own in 2nd grade and we couldn't be more pleased. It is very impressive to offer such an advanced type of program for children at such a young age. I applaud the LF school system for offering it. The people in LF still have a choice to put their kids in the program or to put them in the traditional program. I don't see why people who are not in the program are so consumed with eliminating something that doesn't really effect their own children? Let those who want to explore new options do so! [Read More]

  • 2013-12-10 15:16:49
    Janice Schnobrich on Shields Supervisor Seeks Input From Taxpayers On Tax Levy: Statement for the Shields Township December 12, 2013 Meeting At their monthly Board meeting on Thursday, the Shields Township Board will make its most important decision of the year when they determine the property tax levy for the coming year. During each of the last four years, the previous Shields Township Board systematically reduced the property tax levies for the Township’s general fund – resulting in a total reduction of 40%, which was good news for Shields Township taxpayers. In the Shields Township campaign last April, both sides expressed strong support for this reduction, apparently indicating that they would continue this policy and would not raise the property tax levy once the election was over. It’s important for the Board members now to keep their election promise and maintain the Township’s general fund property tax levy at no more than its current level and to reduce expenses to balance the budget. Moving the office to smaller and less expensive space with much lower utility costs would be a good first step, and this is apparently in the works. In general, eliminating Township activities that are not mandated by state law, as was also promised during the campaign, will save both program and personnel expenses. The new food pantry at the North Chicago High School provides a model for partnering with existing private food pantries in the Township and eliminating the one that occupies Township office space and takes up significant staff time. Allocating money now spent on very small grants of non-mandated “Emergency Assistance” directly to other agencies that provide the same kind of assistance would avoid the current imbalance between the very small amount of aid distributed and the personnel expenses incurred by the Township in determining who should receive it. Between these kinds of savings in the supervisor’s office and those that can be found in the assessor’s office, there should be no problem in balancing the [Read More]

  • 2013-12-10 15:09:04
    Cynthia Maloney on Shields Supervisor Seeks Input From Taxpayers On Tax Levy: We are projecting our reserve at the end of our current fiscal year, ending 2/28/2014, to be $719,616.00. The Assessor and I are proposing an estimated budget of $800,181.00. The Road and Bridge Levy is separate, and the Highway Commissioner Scott Anderson is preparing his levy request. He has told me he's planning to levy the same as last year plus the cost of living increase of 1.7% which is allowed by law under the tax cap. Shields has had no official policy on what is an appropriate amount of cash to have on hand (in CD's and money market checking) but we are working on that. The range being discussed is from 3 to 12 months of operating reserves. This will be on the agenda for Thursday's meeting for the Trustees to discuss. To respond to Mr. Bull's comments, the Supervisor is now a part-time position and is ineligible for benefits, with a salary of $30,000. The Assessor will be part-time too, starting January 1st, Her salary has been set at $50,000, with no benefits. The Highway Commissioner's salary has been set at $30,000, also with no benefits. The Clerk earns $6,000 and receives no benefits either. All of the Trustees are serving with no salaries or honoraria of any kind and receive no benefits. So that should answer his concern about the Supervisor being eligible for a pension. The township performs three services as mandated by the Illinois General Assembly: Road maintenance in the unincorporated areas, assessment of property taxes, and general assistance. The food pantry is operated by Phoenix Rising Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) associated with the township. There are other permitted services that the township offers, such as processing passports, which we do as a service to the community. We use the income generated (service fee, charged everywhere your passport would be processed) to fund the Phoenix Rising Foundation. It's good that people are asking questions! There is a lot of urban legend-style folklore associated with the township...that [Read More]

  • 2013-12-10 10:49:04
    John Looper on Lake Forest's Mandarin Immersion, A Gift That Keeps On Giving: Did a chinese girl break your heart and that's why you're so bitter about mandarin being taught in school? Perhaps that explains the bug up your arse. You obviously don't get out much, which is why I'm going to assume you've never been on a plane, as the safety video usually has a "welcome" message in mandarin, english, spanish, french your point that spanish is spoken everywhere we travel also holds true to mandarin. I speak fluent spanish. and guess what, rarely use it. As I said before, simply because YOU hire spanish speaking housekeepers does not negate the importance of mandarin. " Only a remote chance to use Mandarin most on the planet," ARE YOU SERIOUS???? China has 1.4 BILLION people! BILLION!! whereas USA only has 317 MILLION!!! that means china makes up 19% of the ENTIRE WORLD's population whereas USA only makes up 4%! "a remote chance" my arse. there are over a BILLION more people in china than there is in the USA! I'm sure my reply will go WAY over your head as it is hard to reason with bitter bigots. PLEASE get out and travel more! [Read More]

  • 2013-12-10 09:43:23
    Richard Bull on Shields Supervisor Seeks Input From Taxpayers On Tax Levy: Dear Fellow Township Residents, It pleases me to see that our Board is holding the line on taxing us but must take exception to the "there isn't any fat to cut" comment. Shields Township is sort of like an appendix, nice to have, a pain to get rid of but not really necessary. It is a throwback to when Illinois was quite young and served a valid purpose then. In the last century it has been, for the most part, overlapped by other municipal governments that serve the same purposes that Shields was originally created for. I urge all residents to attend and ask pointed questions about defined benefit pension plans, the fact that the Supervisor qualifies for a pension after serving just two terms, and each and every line item on the budget. I am making no friends on the Board but in a nutshell Shields Township is a municipal body looking for a place to govern and within State law should be reduced to a shell and their tax revenues should follow. Sincerely, Rick Bull [Read More]

  • 2013-12-10 09:42:30
    Ed Detgen on Shields Supervisor Seeks Input From Taxpayers On Tax Levy: Is it possible for taxpayers to review the budget proposals vs previous 3 years expenses in advance, or to get a summary of changes proposed year to year to justify the budget levels? Asking a general question about whether to raise or lower taxes without any details is not useful if you are asking for informed and thoughtful comment and support. Budgets generally represent priorities recognizing that there is never enough resources to fund all ideas and requests. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-10 08:11:55
    Fred Townsend on Shields Supervisor Seeks Input From Taxpayers On Tax Levy: Thanks for the information. This seems to be a sound policy. Could you inform us on how much is in the reserve, what accounts the reserve is in, and where it came from? Fred Townsend [Read More]

  • 2013-12-09 21:01:31
    Carol Whites on Lake Forest's Mandarin Immersion, A Gift That Keeps On Giving: Kevin Riley - If you took the time to do your research, you will know that the the Illinois State Board of Education Implementation Grant Program selected Cherokee Elementary to be the recipient of $150,000 in support of its Mandarin Immersion program, which is a significant source of revenue for ANY academic establishment in ANYONE's books. As for your final question, I would also posed the same question to you: "How do you help your child with their homework if you don’t know" SPANISH (or any language OTHER than English for that matter)? Why is learning Mandarin a threat to you but not Spanish or French or Italian or any other language? What do you have against Mandarin Immersion but not Spanish Immersion or French Immersion or Italian Immersion? If Cherokee had chosen a Spanish Immersion program instead of Mandarin Immersion would all your aggravation and angst dissipate? [Read More]

  • 2013-12-09 12:41:28
    Kevin Riley on Lake Forest's Mandarin Immersion, A Gift That Keeps On Giving: Carol- how is this program a source of revenue? What will be sacrificed when the grants are not there? Are the parents of mandarin students going to step up and fund? How do you help your child with their homework if you don't know Mandarin? [Read More]

  • 2013-12-09 06:23:03
    Deann Zoghlin on Lake Forest's Mandarin Immersion: The Other Perspective: Thank you Jennifer for a piece supporting the immersion program. This was a huge change for our school so I think we all knew the first few years would cause some pain and adjustments like most big changes do. The benefits though are so worth. The district is brininging in children that would normally have gone to private schools and families even moving into our town because of the immersion option. There was a very good program on worldview on WBEZ last week, talking about how schools throughout Europe are changing their required secondary language to Mandarin because of the business and money they see now moving from East to West. My daughter loves the program but it is definitely not for everyone. She spends twice as long doing homework at night than any of my other 3 children did in 2 nd grade. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-08 21:34:38
    Lisa Franklin on Lake Forest's Mandarin Immersion Divides Cherokee School Into 'Us vs. Them': Laura, I am grateful that this community is offering the immersion program. The mandarin program is something that Lake Forest should be very proud of, and if it can be extended to all of the elementary schools, more the better. I have read many of your posts and note your comments, in particular, about your children who are apparently learning disabled children, as well as a your concern over your tax payer dollars. With all due respect, I don't have any learning disabled children, and my hard-earned tax payer dollars are being used to pay for your children's programs in our school district. But unlike you, I don't care. It's worth it. I am going to support your kids because we live in the same community together, and, in return, I expect you to support mine. Please stop creating the division that you complain so much about. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-07 20:34:20
    Jennifer Mulloy on Lake Forest's Mandarin Immersion Divides Cherokee School Into 'Us vs. Them': For those of you curious about struggling learners and second language learning through immersion there is a book available " Struggling Learners & Language Immersion Education" by Tara Williams Fortune at the University if Minnesota. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-07 08:35:35
    Al Boese on Lake Forest's Mandarin Immersion, A Gift That Keeps On Giving: Universality is a matter of relevance, Mandarin is universal in China, no where else, while Spanish is universal where we live and in our backyard; it is spoken everywhere we travel in this country. Millions of employees and employers, people we encounter every day, converse in Spanish, not Mandarin. The point I was attempting to make, to maintain competence with a language, it must be used. Only a remote chance to use Mandarin most on the planet, while Spanish can be employed daily, thus retained. If that is racist I must consult a different dictionary. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-06 15:06:30
    Hannah Emmanuele on Lake Forest's Mandarin Immersion: The Other Perspective: Nicely said, Jennifer. While I truly applaud the considerable work of the LASIC Committee (and the courage of leadership to create it), no matter how worthy its conclusions, program by program, piecemeal planning is ineffective and likely won't resolve the underlying turbulence. I suspect this struggle will continue to plague us until leadership communicates an inspiring, compelling vision for all our students in all our schools and can confidently articulate how Mandarin Immersion (and other laudable programs) fits within the context of that broader cohesive plan. At least then individuals can agree or disagree with the plan and the district's core values rather than pitting against one another inside our neighborhood school. Bottom line, parents and community members want assurance our schools know what they're doing and have all our kids' backs, that all our children can experience a world class learning journey. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-06 11:59:42
    John Looper on Lake Forest's Mandarin Immersion, A Gift That Keeps On Giving: YOU, Al Boese of Lake Bluff, are a racist troll. Obviously you have not stepped out of Lake Bluff to know that Mandarin IS a universal language just as spanish. Of course you would prefer spanish so your children can give orders to the maids, lawn mowers and poor desperate men you probably pick up from the home depot parking lot to do work you find beneath you. This commentary peppered with racism, classism and just plain ignorance from you, was quite sad to read. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-06 11:32:22
    Cathy Spencer on Reported Cougar Sighting At Botanic Garden: Truth Or Tale?: Because a sighting is considered "unconfirmed" by the IDNR does not mean it is not real. Below is an example of an "unconfirmed" cougar sighting that occurred in North Chicago about 2 weeks before a cougar was shot in Chicago in 2008. There were multiple other "unconfirmed" cougar sightings down the North Shore before the cougar was shot on the north side of Chicago. Why this particular North Chicago incident was not confirmed, I have to wonder because of the footprints it left behind (the video shows these clearly). It is not good enough to have credible witnesses. One must have what is considered "proof", meaning a footprint, or a photo, scat, or other DNA or physical evidence. What evidence, I wonder, is there that says 99.9 percent are not cougars? I wonder if there is tangible proof that they are coyotes and designer dogs? Makes one wonder. Life is very mysterious. Here is the link to the video from 2008: Search is on for north suburban cougar Monday, March 31, 2008 Sarah Schulte More: Bio, Facebook, News Team NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. (WLS) -- A search is underway for a cougar that has been spotted roaming suburban North Chicago since last Friday. Police have received at least three calls from people who saw the large animal. "The head of this animal, well, you see stuff like that in the zoo. It was huge," said Officer Steven Shilata, North Chicago Police. Shilata says his brush with the cougar was the scariest moment of his career. He was sitting in his squad car last Friday afternoon when the cop became a witness. "I was just sitting with my head down finishing up a report, and out of the corner of my eye, I saw this huge cat. I didn't know it was a cougar, lion, tiger," said Shilata. As with any threatening suspect, he got out of the car and took aim while calling his sergeant on the radio. "He was frantic, you know. It was intense. He asked me for permission to shoot it [Read More]

  • 2013-12-06 10:44:40
    Ann Walters on 25 Stores in 25 Days: Lake Forest Book Store: Thanks, Nicki! We are so happy you stopped in and that you were pleased with what you found. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-06 10:19:11
    Carol Whites on Lake Forest's Mandarin Immersion, A Gift That Keeps On Giving: Al Boese - I find it interesting that you say "from the outset, this was not about Mandarin, it was about elitism and bragging rights" and then follow up with the statement "for starters, why Mandarin and not Spanish". Are you implying that if an alternate language was selected (e.g. Spanish), that the immersion program would then become acceptable in your eyes and no longer be a program based on "elitism and bragging rights"? If your opinion on the immersion program is "not about Mandarin" as you claim, then why are you implying that having a Mandarin Immersion program is associated with "elitism and bragging rights" but a Spanish Immersion program will not carry that same connotation? Also, please clarify how "the haves (Mandarin Students) are taking from the have not’s (non-Mandarin students)" given the immersion program is funded primarily by grants and is a major source of revenue for Cherokee Elementary School as a whole. If the immersion program was Spanish-based (which seemed to be more acceptable to you) instead of Mandarin-based then would this cease "the haves .. taking from the have not's" and the "class warfare" in your eyes? Lastly, it is obvious that one would not likely practice mandarin if one lived in the enclosed / bubbled world you clearly live in. A limited bubbled life where you describe "all laundry’s are Korean, and there are not that many Chinese restaurants, plus, they mostly speak other dialects like Cantonese. Spanish, ubiquitous, spoken everywhere and by many. It is likely to be encountered multiple times, every day, and you just may need the language when speaking to an employee someday." Heaven forbid anyone in Lake Forest ever even CONSIDER entertaining the idea of venturing outside of your bubbled life to other parts of the country or world (like Beijing, Hong Kong, Taiwan, New York, Italy, California or even someplace closer like Chicago itself) where I can guarantee that NOT "all laundry's are Korean" and t [Read More]

  • 2013-12-06 09:18:30
    Deann Zoghlin on Lake Forest's Mandarin Immersion, A Gift That Keeps On Giving: I have a child in the Mandarin program. She loves the program. We love the program. She has many friends at Cherokee who are in the program and many that she plays with at recess that are not. I have read many things lately that have been put out there about the program that are just untrue. Anyone who has taken the time to attend the many parent meetings that have been offered know this. In the car yesterday I was listening to World View on WBEZ and the topic was countries who are switching their mandatory second language to Mandarin because the money is now coming East to West and they don't see that changing. I believe Lake Forest school district has given our kids an amazing opportunity if they wish to take it. The program is not right for all kids. My second grader spends more time studying than my 4th or 6th grader, but if a child enjoys the program I do believe it is an amazing opportunity and I'm glad to live in a district that has given it to us. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-06 08:35:56
    Jennifer Mulloy on Lake Forest's Mandarin Immersion Divides Cherokee School Into 'Us vs. Them': Dear Ms. Rukavina, I have a degree in Special Education with a focus on Learning Disabilities. In addition, I myself have LD and my husband is dyslexic. (A true dyslexic cannot connect the sound and symbol making the acquisition of language through phonics based instruction virtually impossible.) Due to our LD and the method and age of which traditional language is introduced in the U.S.we were unsuccessful in acquiring a second language. The beauty of learning a language like Mandarin is that it is picture based not phonics based, which is easier for many students with LD to learn. The confidence that comes from being successful in the ability to read and write in Mandarin then carries over into an LD child's English instruction. I am grateful to the administration for providing such an opportunity for my child and all children in Dist. 67. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-06 08:25:18
    Jennifer Mulloy on Lake Forest's Mandarin Immersion Divides Cherokee School Into 'Us vs. Them': Mr. Boese, Research by such experts as Dr. Tara Fortune at the University of Minnesota (She has studied language instruction across the globe for over 30 years) demonstrates that immersion instruction in any language is the most successful model for near native acquisition of a second language. Traditional language instruction across the U.S. Is on the decline, but immersion programs are on the rise. Immersion may not be the right choice for every student, but how fortunate are we to live in a community that has the resources to provide choice! [Read More]

  • 2013-12-06 08:16:38
    Nicki Snoblin on 25 Stores in 25 Days: Lake Forest Book Store: I stopped in yesterday evening and was pleased to find an unusual book that will be a perfect gift for someone on my list who's hard to buy for. I was impressed by the range of gift items the store is now carrying, and the displays of both books and non-book gifts are enticing. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-05 23:50:00
    Georgia Michaels Kyriacou on Lake Forest's Mandarin Immersion, A Gift That Keeps On Giving: Xenophobia Mr. Boese. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-05 22:16:55
    Debra Mehren on Sheriff's Office ID's Body Of Missing Gurnee Woman in Libertyville: Holy Cow, So sad. I want to know what is in the water. This is the third woman's suicide in the last year and several men expired by train collisions. Not to mention the handful of male teenagers suddenly gone and violently. There might be several themes provoking each age group or gender but in one year the deaths are overwhelming [Read More]

  • 2013-12-05 22:14:48
    Georgia Michaels Kyriacou on Lake Forest's Mandarin Immersion Divides Cherokee School Into 'Us vs. Them': Thank you for sharing Lisa Franklin. I, too, have a child in the Mandarin immersion program who also loves it. You are so right that the elitist milieu pre-dates this program and I agree with Mr. Curry's conclusion that those who are complaining are transferring their own feelings onto the students to the detriment of the community at large. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-05 22:09:39
    Georgia Michaels Kyriacou on Lake Forest's Mandarin Immersion Divides Cherokee School Into 'Us vs. Them': Thank you Mr. Curry for your insights and fact-based analysis; something sorely lacking in the underlying article. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-04 10:03:30
    Nini Lustig on Generous Donations Support Shields Township Mission: I also just wanted to give a shout out to the wonderful students and families at Lake Bluff Middle School and District 67 Schools, and the members of Union Church of Lake Bluff, and our community who supported our HUGS Food Drive that delivered 50 Thanksgiving dinners, 2 caseloads of miscellaneous food items and gift cards to the Shields Township Food Pantry and hundreds of additional meals and food to seven other pantries in the area! A HUGE THANKS from all of us at LakeCountyCares! [Read More]

  • 2013-12-04 09:53:50
    Sherry Adams on Generous Donations Support Shields Township Mission: Wonderful article, Cynthia!! So nice to read a happy and positive story for a change!! [Read More]

  • 2013-12-04 09:17:41
    Joan Harrington on Lake Forest High School Choirs: Jingling Bells At Lake Forest's Tree Lighting: The LF High School choir was the best ever. A big thanks to whomever provided the wonderful sound system. Our family enjoyed singing along with the great selection of Christmas and holiday songs. Hats off to Tim Hasket and the talented students who so generously gave up their holiday evening to spread cheer to so many families at this lovely traditional tree lighting. The Christmas wreaths and plants at the Pasquesi Market in the background added a lovely touch to the festivities. [Read More]

  • 2013-12-03 12:09:09
    Karen Paul on Hydrant Artwork By Lake Bluff Artist Sandie Bacon Supports Fallen Firefighters: I am truly proud to represent Sandie and she did a great job for Meijer! [Read More]

  • 2013-12-03 05:36:34
    Barbara Mortimer on Hydrant Artwork By Lake Bluff Artist Sandie Bacon Supports Fallen Firefighters: Sandie's work is always so inspiring and creative! She makes the world a more beautiful place by sharing her sense of vivid color and realism to all that she creates! [Read More]

  • 2013-11-29 12:18:36
    Benita myles on It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas ...: WOW! My family and I appreciate your efforts to keep Lake Bluff so beautiful. The garden club keeps LB decorated not only for special holidays but through out the entire year. Thank you so much. [Read More]

  • 2013-11-29 11:08:01
    Terry Lesser on It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas ...: Thank you to all of you for making our village beautiful and festive for the holidays!! Lake Bluff truly is a wonderful life for all of us who live here. Terry Lesser [Read More]

  • 2013-11-28 09:28:25
    Mayre Press on Looking To Help Washington, IL, Tornado Victims? Here's How: Thank you for sharing this information. I think that many people prefer to give donations to local groups when a disaster strikes. I've seen on TV news how the Washington (IL) churches have been their to support people since the storm. Feel that my donation go to a group that knows the best ways to help and that there is a people-to-people connection. [Read More]

  • 2013-11-27 12:32:47
    Ellen Granda on Reader Forum: Time To Dismantle Shields Township Food Pantry: Every tax payer believes their tax dollars should be wisely and efficiently. To say that there is fragmentation in the delivery of food via food pantries is true. To say there are inefficiencies is true. To say we should abolish our food pantry because it is inefficient is abhorrent. It is the role of elected officials to problem solve when faced with difficult situations. It is not responsible leadership to abolish a needed entity solely because it is inefficient. Ms. Schnobrich, if you feel strongly about this issue, please create a task force to tackle the issues you have raised. I assure you that your electorate would go to great lengths to help you improve what you see as a grave inefficiency. Improving how we deliver programs is vital. Recognizing and solving problems is good governance. But the absence of governance is just as bad. Government for the people, right? Governance is not just about protecting one segment of the population to the detriment of the other. Mature, thoughtful leaders look for solutions, not to destruction as the solution. How sad that on the eve of Thanksgiving Ms. Schnobrich should speak about turning our backs on those individuals who need our help more now than ever. Wouldn't it be so much more caring to ask our community to remember those individuals who are in need of food? That would be good governance that I could respect and get behind. Ms. Schnobrich, if you want solutions, ask for help. If you want to destroy our community's well-being and service orientation, keep it up. Our community is a growing rarity in this country. We can work together, independent of our political persuasions. Don't take us down the rabbit hole where the world is distorted and hateful. Call for leadership to make things better. I assure you members of our community will step forward. Ms. Schnobrich, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving and encourage you to go tomorrow to a soup kitchen. Bless the inefficacy of soup kitchens, foo [Read More]

  • 2013-11-27 12:21:57
    Debi Kiddle on Reader Forum: Time To Dismantle Shields Township Food Pantry: As a former employee of the township, one of my responsibilities included making sure the pantry was well stocked and manned for pantry days, so I know a bit about the topic. First off, the main reason I am a former employee, is that the salaries and budget were so drastically cut, I made poverty level wages and certainly not enough to sustain myself, so I needed to move on. That is how the cycle begins folks. Make sure you don't pay living wages, so working people depend on government and privately funded aid. The need in Shields is very real and not only to those living outside of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff borders. The minimal amount of time spent making sure there was food for those in need cost the average taxpayer less than a dinner at the Deerpath or any other high end restaurant in town. Per the Northern IL Food Bank, there are 76,376 residents in Lake County living under the poverty level, with 30,450 of them children. I have been stunned to see how much time and energy has been spent on trying to dismantle Shields programs. Even children who don't have to worry about their next meal have stepped up to the plate and worked very hard to fund raise for what they perceive to be a cause worth fighting. I believe we need to follow their example and just stop the nonsense. We need local pantries and Shields has incredible volunteers stepping up to the plate to ensure expenses are kept low. As we go into the season of thanks and giving, ask yourself the hard questions about what is truly important and then live it. Those less fortunate are counting on it. [Read More]

  • 2013-11-27 09:28:18
    Arthur Miller on Reader Forum: Time To Dismantle Shields Township Food Pantry: The suggestion is not to stop helping, but to reorganize township funding to simplify the process for the needy and cut administrative costs so that more can be delivered directly. This is a timely suggestion worthy of review, careful study of costs and systems, serious informed comment based on detailed facts. The township's history of high costs, marginal services and neglect of core functions like preservation of property tax records even when urged not to dispose of them (most recently 1938-78) is lamentable. Other groups with documented track records of success at delivering services and meeting responsibilities would be preferred providers. [Read More]

  • 2013-11-27 07:00:00
    Lisa Spano on Reader Forum: Time To Dismantle Shields Township Food Pantry: Poverty and hunger is, unfortunately, a growing problem. The Shield's Township food pantry provides assistance and resources to those needing help to feed their families. While other organizations may be more efficient, this food pantry provides a wonderful source of good will and community spirit and a valuable outlet for our youth to learn the importance of giving back and helping their neighbor. The Lake Bluff Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts both have annual events to collect food for the Shields Township food pantry. The Moe Kneseley family also holds a food drive each year in Knollwood around the holidays. Many other church and school groups volunteer and donate food to the pantry. In my opinion, I cannot think of a better use of "office space". Ms. Schnobrich has had an axe to grind with Shields Township for many years. She could and should focus her energy in a more positive manner. For someone to ask to dismantle a community food pantry, especially at the start of the holiday season, is very Grinch-like. [Read More]

  • 2013-11-25 19:20:48
    Elizabeth Mescher on Lake Forest Should Not Grant Special Permit For Walden Road Home: I think that it is sad that this is what you care about, instead of the education of these students. Honestly, it's a little sickening and pathetic. This whole article is. [Read More]