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June 11, 2019

Elk Grove Rotary Fest ready to kick off summer festival season

Elk Grove Rotary Fest ready to kick off summer festival season

Five days of food and fun get underway Wednesday, when Elk Grove Rotary Fest begins on the Elk Grove Village Rotary Green, 164 Lions Drive.

The fest kicks off at 6 p.m. Wednesday with the opening of the food court and carnival rides, along with a 6:30 p.m. performance by the Rob Post Band featuring Jim Cunningham.

Other acts scheduled to perform include Eliminator at 6:30 p.m. and Lava Rock at 8:30 p.m. Thursday; Heart to Heartbreaker at 6:45 p.m. and Rob Tuffcurls & The Bench Press at 9:30 p.m. Friday; Cowboy Jukebox at 5:30 p.m., 97.nine at 7:45 p.m. and Sixteen Candles at 10 p.m. Saturday; and Rosie & The Rivets at 3:15 p.m. and Chicago Tribute Anthology at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Other highlights include a car show from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

The annual Hometown Parade, which was usually held the Saturday of Rotary Fest, for the first time will be held in conjunction with the village’s Oktoberfest at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Last year’s parade was canceled due to extreme heat.

For a full schedule and more information on Rotary Fest, visit

Published at Tue, 11 Jun 2019 20:47:44 +0000

Schools now allowed to use e-learning on emergency days

Schools now allowed to use e-learning on emergency days

School districts statewide now can use snow days and other emergency days for e-learning, according to new legislation signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday.

That means instead of spending time on snowball fights and tobogganing down sledding hills on snow days, students would use those hours more productively learning in an online classroom.

The new law expands e-learning flexibility and reinstates the minimum requirement of five hours of instructional time during a school day — a provision that sunset in 2017.

Exceptions to the five-hour instructional day requirement are students enrolled in dual-credit courses or participating in supervised career development experiences, youth apprenticeships and in blended learning programs, such as what Huntley Community School District 158 offers at the high school level.

“Illinois students will continue to have access to important career-connected learning opportunities both in and outside of the classroom,” State Superintendent of Education Carmen Ayala said. “Thoughtful discussions among ISBE (Illinois School Board of Education), school administrators, lawmakers, educators, and other stakeholders resulted in a solution that meets our twin goals of flexibility and accountability.”

The law also allows school districts to use two of the 176 instructional days for parent-teacher conferences.

Some suburban school districts have been using e-learning to move curriculum forward so students stay on track during inclement weather and other unexpected events.

“The academics and assignments focus on what students are working on at the time of the e-learning day,” said Colleen Pacatte, superintendent of Gurnee District 56, which was among three suburban districts to participate in the state’s e-learning pilot program. “By the time you start adding days to the end of the school year, kids are checked out, families are checked out, and everybody knows that they’re jumping through hoops. An e-learning day is more meaningful than adding days at the end of the school year.”

The state board of education established the e-learning pilot program in 2015. E-learning was to be used on no more than five school days per year and would count as attendance days without the need to add emergency days to the end of the school year, per state statute.

District 56, West Chicago Community High School District 94 and Leyden High School District 212 participated in the pilot program from 2015 to 2018. Each of the districts adopted programs that met needs of all students, including those in special education and English Learner programs. They used the internet, telephones, texts, chat rooms and other electronic communication methods for instruction and interaction among teachers and students, according to the state board’s case study.

Published at Mon, 10 Jun 2019 22:19:19 +0000

Daughter charged with killing parents in suburban Chicago

Daughter charged with killing parents in suburban Chicago

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — A suburban Chicago woman is being held without bond on first-degree murder charges filed in the death of her parents.

Cook County prosecutors say 43-year-old Deborah Jane Martin of Arlington Heights repeatedly stabbed her father, 72-year-old David Martin, and mother, 71-year-old Anne Martin early Saturday.

During Monday’s hearing, Assistant State’s Attorney Lorna Amado-Chevlin said a journal found next to bloody clothes on Deborah Martin’s bed includes several references to killing her parents.

Amado-Chevlin said a 911 call by Anne Martin alerted police to the murders. A recording of the call captured the mother moaning, gasping for air and pleading with her daughter to stop her attack.

Amado-Chevlin says police found David Martin lying on the floor near the living room, while the mother was found in the kitchen.

Anne Martin was a teacher at Wheeling High School, while David Martin worked at Motorola. Both were retired.

Published at Tue, 11 Jun 2019 00:25:00 +0000