Kurt Begalka, Northwest Herald

Kurt Begalka

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Past articles by Kurt:

Begalka: McHenry County played an important role in fighting another health scourge

The ongoing war against COVID-19 got me thinking about another battle in the early 1900s. → Read More

Begalka: Saving the past isn't tough if you keep up presently

The reason so many historic structures are getting torn down is because saving them is excruciatingly complicated. → Read More

Begalka: Vote your conscience for our nation, past and present

At long (oh my God) last, we are approaching Election Day. → Read More

Begalka: Decision makers should step up and embrace common sense for Coventry House

The military call it “defense in depth,” a strategy whereby the goal is to delay rather than prevent a foe from advancing. It is the same strategy being employed by Canadian businessman Edward Gong and his company, Edward Harvard Holdings – owner of the 1.5 million-square-foot Motorola manufacturing facility on Route 14 in Harvard. → Read More

Begalka: Historical precedent suggests hard choice could be right choice

Nothing like a pandemic to get people to rethink their priorities. → Read More

Begalka: Making change difficult

First there was a coin shortage and now the mail may not go through? What would my Uncle Reinne have said? My grandfather’s brother loved to jingle coins in his pocket – particularly if he had good day at the track. → Read More

Begalka: Context key when envisioning statues with 20/20 hindsight

You’d think the author of the Emancipation Proclamation would be above reproach when it concerns civil rights protests. Not so. → Read More

History: Context key when envisioning statues with 20/20 hindsight

You’d think the author of the Emancipation Proclamation would be above reproach when it concerns civil rights protests. Not so. → Read More

Begalka: Gas station attendant bill stuck in park

As of May 22, Arkansas took top honors for having the lowest average price for a gallon of regular gas, according to AAA. Its $1.601 paled next to Illinois’ $2.212 per gallon – second priciest in the nation. Only California drivers ($2.841 per gallon) paid more. → Read More

History: Gas station attendant bill stuck in park

As of May 22, Arkansas took top honors for having the lowest average price for a gallon of regular gas, according to AAA. Its $1.601 paled next to Illinois’ $2.212 per gallon – second priciest in the nation. Only California drivers ($2.841 per gallon) paid more. → Read More

Begalka: At war with a virus

Retooling manufacturing during a time of war – and let’s be honest, that’s what the battle against COVID-19 is, it’s nothing new. And thanks to companies nowadays, it’s nothing old. → Read More

Begalka: Learning from our pandemic past

During these unprecedented times, it is worth remembering that the world went through something just as deadly in 1918 – perhaps even more so considering the double whammy of World War I-related injuries and prevalence of tuberculosis. → Read More

Begalka: Keeping our past present requires imagination, commitment

A developer wants to turn what some previously characterized as a bug bed-infested flophouse, into a uniquely historic destination. → Read More

Begalka: Sick and tired of medical mayhem? Do your homework

Back in the day, a person could find out a lot more about local hospitals. And that is a good thing. After all, it’s not like you are going in for an oil change. → Read More

Begalka: History key in keeping any downtown new, vibrant

Huntley is in the unique position of being able to re-image its downtown, and Village Manager Dave Johnson said that historic preservation will integral to that plan. → Read More

Begalka: You've come a long way baby, but there's more

There are many types of “snake oils” out in the marketplace. Some, unfortunately, can kill you. → Read More

Begalka: Trains brought 'our boys' home, could be on track to take you places

The Midwest High Speed Rail Association is advocating for a “fast-track initiative” that would create a network of reliable passenger trains branching out from Chicago. It estimates that $233 million will be needed to extend services through Elgin and Huntley to Rockford by rebuilding the Union Pacific track and connecting it with the Metra Milwaukee West track at the Big Timber Road station. → Read More

Begalka: Citizens court a courthouse for posterity

Perhaps there’s just something about courthouses in this county. → Read More

Begalka: You have the power to save small businesses, large silos

This has been a year of economic body blows, especially in Illinois, where ongoing budget and debt issues have kept us down on the mat more often than not. → Read More

Begalka: Cary says 'bull' to rumors it wants to demolish historic cattle building

Village officials said the one-of-a-kind, historic building that houses Cary’s governmental offices and police station is here to stay. → Read More