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Schaumburg Township offering veterans transportation to VA hospital clinic

The Schaumburg Township Transportation Department now provides bus service for veterans to the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Hoffman Estates.

Transportation is available during regular business hours from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. [Read more...]

Cooling center locations available to beat the heat

Department of Human Services Family Community Resource Center
700 S. State Street, Elgin
(847) 931-2700
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday & Sunday

Hanover Township Senior Center
240 S. Route 59, Bartlett
(630) 483-5600
Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Closed Sunday [Read more...]

Schaumburg Township Mental Health Committee seeks associate members

Schaumburg Township’s Mental Health Committee is seeking additional associate members to join the team. Associate members are non-voting members who participate at meetings and assist the committee with special projects.

The committee meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month from September through May. If you are interested, call 847.884.0030 ext. 5201 or e-mail

Hanover Park Police Department an ‘internet safe trade zone’

With the rise in online trading during which buyer and seller must meet to complete private transactions, the Hanover Park Police Department has become a designated “internet safe trade zone.”

Residents seeking a safe place to conduct these transactions are free to utilize the parking lot and/or lobby of the police headquarters, located at 2011 W. Lake St., on a 24/7 basis.

Police personnel may not become actively involved in any transactions unless criminal activity is involved and will not participate in the exchange of cash or the storing/transferring of items. [Read more...]

Pet licensing no longer required in Elk Grove Village

Following a vote earlier this year, Elk Grove Village pet owners are no longer required to license their pets with the village.

With the increase in microchipping, the pet licensing system had become outdated and redundant. Pet owners are still required to have their pets vaccinated against rabies and get a tag as proof, as required by Cook County.

If you encounter a stray pet or lose your pet, contact the Police Department Information Center at 847.357.4100, which will continue to maintain a log book for lost and found pets. [Read more...]

Secretary of State stops paper reminders for license plate renewal

As a cost-saving measure, the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office will no longer mail paper reminders for drivers to renew their license plate stickers.

Visit the Secretary of State’s website to sign up for electronic reminders by e-mail.

Schaumburg Fire offers in-home safety visits for older adults

The Schaumburg Fire Department is introducing a Home Safety Program in an effort to prevent fires and other accidents.

Adults age 65 and older can schedule appointments for members of the fire department to conduct visits, which last between 30 and 45 minutes, and discuss fire safety and fall prevention topics.

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms will be tested to make sure they are working properly. An examination of the property will be conducted to identify any potential safety issues.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, dial 311.

Free child safety seat installations for Hanover Park residents

The Hanover Park Police Department offers free child safety seat installation, by appointment only, for village residents Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. An hour should be allotted for each installation.

For an appointment, call 630.823.5481.

For non-residents, the fee is $35. For court-ordered installations, the fee is $100. [Read more...]

Key dates for the March 2016 primary

  • Feb. 16: Last day to register to vote
  • Feb. 17: First day of grace period registration and voting
  • Feb. 29: First day of early voting
  • March 10: Last day to request a mail ballot, including military and overseas voters
  • March 14: Last day of early voting and last day of grace-period registration and voting
  • March 15: Election Day

For more information about voting in Cook County, including looking up your polling place, visit the Cook County Clerk’s website.

Area warming centers available to keep out of the cold

Triphahn Center (Hoffman Estates Park District)

1685 Higgins Road, Hoffman Estates
(847) 885-7500
Monday – Saturday: 5:15 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Sunday: 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
This location has the potential to become a 24-hour center. Check with police department first. [Read more...]