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Recent articles by James:

Fentanyl use in illicit drug supply continues to fuel rise in fatal Kane County overdoses

The rate of opioid deaths in Kane County doubled in the last decade, and county officials are trying to determine a multi-pronged approach to bring the numbers down. → Read More

Kane County poised to ease campaign contribution limits

County board members will vote next week on a change to an ethics ordinance first created in 2010. → Read More

Kane County poised to ease campaign contribution limits

With a third Kane County state's attorney ruling the county board's ethics ordinance incompatible with state law, a new county board is poised to undue campaign contribution limits put in place to restrict the influence of money on county politics. → Read More

Kane County eyeing first property tax increase in a decade

The amount of property tax money residents give to Kane County may increase from $7.47 to $33.35 next year, depending on the outcome of one of several remaining decisions county board members have to make about the 2023 budget. → Read More

Kane Co. health director says worst of the pandemic is over as schools open

Kane County public health officials did not raise fears over the potential for more COVID outbreaks as schools reopen this week despite the county remaining in a "high" level of community transmission. → Read More

Elgin police chief voices opposition in final task force meeting

The final meeting of Elgin's community task force on policing showed opposition by city law enforcement to some of the key aspects of the citizen recommendations, which will now go before the city council. → Read More

Republican county board members torpedo plan for new sales tax in Kane County

Kane County Republicans outmaneuvered Democrats on the county board this week to kill a plan that could have created a new county sales tax. The money would have funded state-mandated justice reforms. It's unclear where that money will come from now. → Read More

Racial division on Elgin police task force cloud final stages of its work

Having debated and voted on some 64 recommendations for how to improve the relationship between minority groups and the Elgin Police Department, the city's citizen's task force on policing is ready to move on to its next phase. → Read More

Elgin mass shooter denied medical release

A gunman who murdered two people and wounded 16 others at an Elgin pub 21 years ago has been denied medical release from prison. → Read More

Elgin developments would double traffic near Otter Creek Elementary School

The second of two Elgin residential development projects that will double the traffic on the southwest side's Hopps Road faced opposition this week from long-time residents near Otter Creek Elementary School. → Read More

After nearly 20 years of planning, more than 3,000 homes coming to west side of Elgin

One of the larger housing developments in Elgin's recent history will break ground this fall after 20 years of planning. Once complete, the project, nearly 20 years in the making, will expand the city's west side with more than 3,000 single-family homes and apartments. → Read More

Elgin mass shooter seeks medical release from prison

Victims' families opposed to request. → Read More

Costs to end cash bail in Kane Co. drop, but officials still eyeing possible new sales tax

Kane County will spend the month of June trying to find money to pay for $21.4 million in new judicial system costs coming over the next three fiscal years. The added expense is mostly to hire more county staff to handle the implementation of the state's SAFE-T ACT. → Read More

Facing reelection, Kane County Board shuns raises, but others get pay hikes

Kane County Board Members voted against giving themselves raises, but they did vote to keep the health insurance benefits they receive despite being part-time employees. In a related move, the sheriff, clerk and treasurer will all receive raises and cost-of-living pay increase each of the next four fiscal years. → Read More

With rise in COVID-19 hospital numbers, Kane County officials advise graduation precautions

After a drop in COVID-19 cases to start the spring, Kane County Public Health officials are dealing with an upswing in May that is resulting in hospital stays and calls to take precautions at school graduations. → Read More

Kane County plans to address quality of life, economic needs with remaining COVID-19 funds

Kane County officials have now created a framework for spending the remaining federal COVID-19 relief funds they've received. If all of the individual pieces are approved, county residents could see better water quality, flood relief, new business growth and booming tourism. → Read More

Controversial LIV Golf tournament in Sugar Grove gets mixed support from Kane County

The LIV Golf series is the most controversial name in the sport right now, but an event coming to Sugar Grove received the endorsement of Kane County this week. Some county officials abstained from the vote given the nature of the tournament's funding. → Read More

‘It was straight out of a movie’: Local men recognized by Kane County for heroic efforts

Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain honored the men during the May 10 County Board meeting. → Read More

'It was straight out of a movie': Local men recognized by Kane County for heroic efforts

March was a month for heroism in Kane County as three area residents put their safety on the line to assist sheriff's deputies during two incidents, including one an official described as "straight out of a movie." → Read More

Kane Co. will lower Longmeadow toll in absence of more state help

Kane County's Longmeadow Parkway will fully open in 2023 with a reduced toll but a toll nonetheless. And county residents will now be on the hook for the future maintenance of the 5.6-mile parkway. → Read More