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Group Advocating For Positive Referendum

Dist. 23 Community Members Hit Streets To Share Information Ahead Of Election

A grassroots committee is hitting the streets and advocating for voters to support a $25.5 million referendum during the March 19 primary election, which if approved, would help result in the implementation of full-day kindergarten in Prospect Heights Elementary School Dist. 23. The school board in December unanimously approved a resolution placing a question on the ballot, which will ask […]

River Trails School District 26 Staff Honored By Illinois State Board Of Education


The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) recently announced the over 500 Illinoisans honored for their extraordinary contributions to education across the state through its annual Those Who Excel & Teacher of the Year Awards.  Three staff members from River Trails Elementary School Dist. 26 in Mount Prospect were among those honored.  Jackie Pasillas, a kindergarten assistant at Prairie Trails […]

FanFest Embarks At Library This Weekend


Calling all Whovians, book nerds, Swifties, culture vultures, and all other fans and stans. Join the Mount Prospect Public Library for FanFest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at the library, 10 S. Emerson St.  This family-friendly event will feature games, crafts, virtual reality, trivia, and more, all featuring favorite fandoms. Some of the events include bingo, […]

Semi-Truck Rollover Reported On I-90 Ramp To Arlington Heights Road

Area fire departments responded to a semi-truck rollover reported on the off-ramp from westbound I-90 to Arlington Heights Road today. Reports came in at approximately 2 p.m. of the rollover. Responding firefighters reported the truck on its side completely on the off-ramp. First responders anticipated remaining on the scene until the truck could be uprighted. The condition of the truck’s […]

Mount Prospect Salutes ‘Shining Star’ Jim Parker

Jim Parker, a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1337, recently received the village’s Star Spangled Banner Award that recognizes a Mount Prospect resident who demonstrates pride in America through service, attitude and commitment. “I’m so honored to get this award,” Parker said. “I go to the banquet every year because I know people who are receiving an […]

Dist. 23 Celebrates Cultures With Heritage Night


Prospect Heights School Dist. 23 will host Heritage Night from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight (Wednesday) at MacArthur Middle School, 700 N. Schoenbeck Rd., Prospect Heights.  This is an opportunity for students and families to travel around the world — all in one night, without leaving Prospect Heights.  Families from Dist. 23’s diverse cultures will bring items that represent their […]

Firm Studying Dist. 57 Buildings

Report To Determine If Referendum Needed For Full-Day Kindergarten

By late spring or early summer, Mount Prospect Elementary School Dist. 57 board members are expected to decide on whether or not they will go out for a referendum to implement full-day kindergarten ahead of a state mandate that stipulates all elementary school districts provide the programming by the 2027-28 school year. With the passage of House Bill 2396, beginning […]

Fire Causes $300,000 Damage To Des Plaines Home; No Injuries Reported

No one was injured in a Saturday afternoon fire in the northern part of Des Plaines that caused more than $300,000 in damage making the house uninhabitable. On Saturday afternoon at approximately 2:31 p.m. the Des Plaines Fire Department was dispatched to a reported attached garage fire at 1320 Middleton Ct. on the city’s north side. Also responding were units […]

‘Knight Out’ At Prospect


The Prospect High School Band Boosters will host the 5th Annual Dynamic Duo Knight Out at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, in the Prospect Field House, 801 W. Kensington Rd., Mount Prospect. This event is for boys ages 3-10 and the Wonder Women in their lives. It features live music, games, inflatables, giveaways, food and more. Those attending can come […]

Arterial Bike Network Open House Feb. 21


The village of Mount Prospect has installed 28 miles of on-street bike routes since adopting a Bicycle Plan in 2012. Public works is entering the project’s next phase and would like public input. From 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, people can stop by the Community Center at village hall and tell officials where they would like to see […]

Mount Prospect To Name New Deputy Police Chief Soon

After two years in his current position and 30 years overall in law enforcement, Mount Prospect Deputy Police Chief Joseph Garris is retiring March 1, according to Village Manager Michael Cassady. Finding a replacement within the department, Cassady said, will be a collaborative decision between himself and Police Chief Michael Eterno. A selection is expected to be named sometime in […]

Village Decides To Rehab Fire Station 11 In-House

Will Not Use Nicholas & Associates To Oversee Project

After further consideration, the village of Mount Prospect will not use general contractor Nicholas & Associates to oversee the build-out of Fire Station 11 on Algonquin Road, previously home to the Elk Grove Rural Fire Protection District.  Instead, Village Manager Michael Cassady said build-out and improvements to that station will be done in-house by public works, with some trade work […]

Identify Name Of Mount Prospect Bicyclist Who Was Fatality Hit On Stretch Of Golf Road In Des Plaines

Forty-one-year-old Allan Beyderman of Mount Prospect, who was riding a bicycle early Tuesday morning, Feb. 13, eastbound on Golf Road in Des Plaines, was struck by a car and killed. The location of the incident was east of the Union Pacific overpass between River and East River roads. There is no bike lane in this area, said police. Over the […]

Trustee Talks Vote Against Village Manager’s Pay Hike

Mount Prospect Village Manager Michael Cassady received an increase in his annual salary, as well as a $30,000 bonus, during the Tuesday, Feb. 6 village board meeting. The vote by village trustees was not unanimous, however.  Trustee Augie Fillippone voted against increasing Cassady’s salary from $275,000 to $293,000, which equates to a 6.5% increase from 2023, in addition to a […]

Dist. 214 Names Kendrick Associate Superintendent For Student Services


Township High School Dist. 214 has named Kara Kendrick as its new associate superintendent for student services, effective July 1 with a starting annual salary of $211,064. According to district officials, Kendrick brings a wealth of relevant experience to her new role, having served as associate principal for student services for Prospect High School since 2018 and having previously worked […]

Harper College Seeks Volunteers For Free Ultrasounds


The Harper College Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs are seeking volunteers to be scanned by students who are preparing to work in a hospital setting.  Volunteers will help prepare students to perform critical ultrasounds that can save lives. Available ultrasound exams include echocardiograms of the heart (participants must be 18 or older) and obstetrical ultrasounds (participants must be at least 18 […]

‘Best Neighbor’ Award Goes To Ward

The Shining Star Best Neighbor Award goes to John Ward, who helps make his 200 S. Pine Street block in Mount Prospect a better place to live. This award, presented annually by the village, is intended for a Mount Prospect resident or business that exemplifies the meaning of a good neighbor. Ward grew up in Des Plaines and used to […]

Private Water Company Asks ICC To Increase Rates; Could Cost Local Customers $30 More Per Year

Illinois American Water, which provides water and sewer service to some neighborhoods in the Northwest suburbs, recently filed a rate request with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC), that if approved, would increase the amount of money residential customers would pay by approximately $30 per month. Company officials say that the proposed hike would reflect its plan to spend $557 million […]

Suburban Man, Down On His Luck, Wins $1 Million

While not everyone has a special someone to celebrate with, one man from Northlake is swooning over his own “lady luck”: a $1 million jackpot prize on an Illinois Lottery scratch-off ticket. “After I scratched the winning ticket, I completely panicked,” shared the winner, who has requested to stay anonymous. “I immediately felt my life change. I almost didn’t go […]

Mount Prospect Bicyclist, 41, Killed When Car Strikes Him On Golf Road In Des Plaines: Police

A 41-year-old man from Mount Prospect, who was riding a bicycle early Tuesday morning, was struck by a car on the 1900 block of Golf Road in Des Plaines. According to Des Plaines police, the incident occurred when a 2017 Ford F250, being driven by a 40-year-old male from Des Plaines, struck a bicyclist while traveling eastbound on Golf Road. […]

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