Thursday, May 23, 2013
Around 40,000 vehicles travel through the intersection everyday, according to the Northwest Herald.
A group of municipal and county representatives wrote Gov. Pat Quinn last week seeking funds for improvements at the southern intersection of routes 47 and 176 in Lakewood, according to the Northwest Herald. The improvements are meant to improve traffic flow and safety at the intersection, which the Illinois Department of Transportation has ranked as one of the worst in the state, and includes moving Pleasant Valley Road to the south to make a four-way intersection, creating left turn lanes and adding two through lanes, according to the article. The Northwest Herald has more on this article.
Find out where the local internet hot spots are.
Comcast has turned on more than 1,000 wi-fi hotspots throughout the Chicago suburbs as well as several hotspots throughout the McHenry County area. While the hotspots are meant to help Xfinity Wi-Fi customers connect more easily while on the go, the company will be running a promotion that allows anyone to use the hotspots from May 24 through July 4, according to the Chicago Tribune. Local wi-fi hotspots can be found at 2143 Algonquin Road in Algonquin, 8601 Pyott Road Suite A in Lake in the Hills, 2575 W. Algonquin Road in Lake in the Hills and 14 Prosper Court Suite 6 in Lake in the Hills, according to the Comcast website. More hotspot locations can be found by searching the Comcast website. You can also search for a network on your …
Monday, May 20, 2013
All of Illinois is in the "slight risk" category for severe storms.
McHenry County and several other counties in Illinois are under a severe thunderstorm watch until 3 a.m. The following counties are included in the watch, according to the National Weather Service: McHenry, Kane, Lake, Boone, Bureau, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Ford, Grundy, Henry, Iroquois, Jo Daviess, Kankakee, Kendall, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, Ogle, Putnam, Rock Island, Stephenson, Whiteside, Will and Winnebago. The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center placed all of Illinois in the "slight risk" category for severe weather for Monday. Most of Illinois, with the exception of far western portions of the state, is in the "slight risk" category for Tuesday.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends reducing the limit from .08 to .05. Some say it would save lives. Others say it's unreasonable. What do you think? Tell us in the comments section below.
Do you think Illinois needs stricter guidelines for the blood-alcohol threshold for those driving under the influence? On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended states lower the blood-alcohol threshold for driving under the influence from .08 to .05 percent. About 10,000 deaths a year are related to drunken driving. The NTSB says the lower limit would save 500 to 800 lives a year. Officials at the American Beverage Institute called the proposal "ludicrous." It said the average woman could reach the 0.05 percent limit by having one drink. Secretary of State Jesse White said the lowered alcohol limit needs "further study," White's spokesman told the Daily Herald. In 2011, there were 942 DUI arrests in McHenry County…
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The Fox River in Algonquin and McHenry has finally dipped below the flood stage.
At least 800 homes in McHenry County were affected by floodwaters last month, according to the Northwest Herald. Preliminary Federal Emergency Management Agency assessments found that none of the homes could be categorized as having major damage or worse but more than 200 homes did sustain minor damage, according to the Northwest Herald. Of those homes, 56 were in McHenry and 45 were in Port Barrington, according to the article. McHenry County was declared a disaster area following the flooding, which allows the state to provide assets for assistance to the county. FEMA's website has more information on how to qualify for disaster assistance and the steps you need to take to apply for assistance. The Fox River in McHenry reached record …
Gov. Pat Quinn is pushing for 11 Illinois counties to be named major disaster areas.
Thursday, May 9
Governor Pat Quinn today asked President Barack Obama to declare 11 Illinois counties major disaster areas following the storms and heavy rainfall that moved through the state in mid-April. If the governor’s request is approved, residents in those counties will be eligible to apply for grants and low-interest federal loans to help recover from the historic flooding. Counties included in the request are Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Fulton, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, McHenry and Will. “We must do everything possible to help families impacted by this historic flooding as they rebuild their lives,” Governor Quinn said. “Today we are making a strong case to President Obama to help expedite the review and approval process so the people of …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
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Saturday, April 20, 2013
How crazy is it out there right now? Please show us! Upload your pictures of flooding from McHenry County towns here.
Over the past 24 hours, 4.95 inches of rain has fallen in Algonquin, according to an update on the National Weather Service this morning. And the rain is not expected to stop anytime soon. The NWS is predicting more showers over the next 24 hours. What does the scene look like for you? Are there several feet of water outside your home (or, heaven forbid, inside it)? Stranded cars; flooded lawns and streets? If you’re lucky enough not to be too busy dealing with any emergencies right now (and we hope you are), we’d love to see what you see, and our readership likely would as well. If you have any great snapshots/photographs of the flooding around McHenry County today, please share them with us and with your fellow readers. Please also add…
Friday, April 19, 2013
A flood warning remains in effect for McHenry County.
Officials have announced various road closures today in the area because of flooding. As of 11 a.m. on Saturday, the following roads in Algonquin were closed due to water on pavement: Cornish Park remains closed to the public. As of 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning, River Road is closed between Charles J. Miller Road and Lily Lake Road in McHenry due to flooding and overnight ice, according to the McHenry County Sheriff's Office. The area is open to local traffic only and will be closed until further notice, according to the sheriff's office. ----------- The village of Algonquin is continuing to urge motorists Friday to avoid the area surrounding downtown Algonquin due to flooding on roads adjacent to the Fox River, according to a press …
The Fox River in Algonquin is expected to continue to rise in the coming day, causing issues for those living in the area. Village officials are urging motorists to avoid the downtown area.
Widespread flooding Thursday left its mark on the area and could continue to wreak havoc for some McHenry County residents as we head into the weekend — especially those living near the Fox River in Algonquin. The village of Algonquin declared a state of emergency Thursday afternoon as the Fox River rose above its flood stage of 9.5 feet to 11.9 feet. The waters are expected to crest at 14 feet on Saturday before starting to recede. McHenry County also declared a state of emergency Thursday. With more flooding expected, police are urging motorists to avoid the downtown Algonquin area. “We don’t want people near the river getting sucked in and there’s water on the streets,” said Michael Kumbera, Algonquin's assistant village manager. The…