Thursday, May 05, 2005

Parking Lot Closures

The City has permanently closed the parking lot on Prairie Street, across from the Prairie Rock Brewery. It will also close the parking lot south of the Crocker Theatre.
The City’s parking lot on Prairie Street, across from the Prairie Rock Brewery, will be permanently closed effective May 4, as the City begins construction on the River Park Place Townhomes.
The City’s parking lot south of the Crocker Theatre building also will be closed to the public beginning May 30th as the City prepares for the demolition of the Crocker building.
Employees and clients who currently park in these lots can park in the angled parking spaces recently created along South Grove Street and Prairie Street or in other off-street lots throughout the Center City area. The City of Elgin monthly parking permits will be honored at these alternative sites. The city will monitor the parking situation on a daily basis and work with the Downtown Neighborhood Association to make modifications as warranted.
City employees are encouraged to park in alternate city owned public lots to help free on-street parking for visitors, clients and customers.
“Center City is undergoing a facelift,” said David Lawry, general services group director. “Parking will be inconvenient but the end result will be beneficial to the entire City of Elgin.”
For additional information contact Lawry at 847-931-5961.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Local Writer Receives Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism

George Houde received a Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism in the Commentary category. It was for a WBEZ story titled "Pulling the Trigger". George has an office in downtown Elgin and once owned The Daily Bean coffee shop.

The Chicago Headline Club's 28th annual awards to Chicago area journalists took place April 29 at the Westin Chicago River North hotel. The competition's categories ranged from in-depth reporting and public service to business, commentary and feature reporting.

The awards are named for Peter Lisagor, late Washington bureau chief of the Chicago Daily News. Reporters and editors from SPJ chapters in five cities reviewed nearly 900 entries published or broadcast in 2004. Plaques were presented for 61 reports, chosen for such attributes as enterprise, accuracy, scope, style and impact.

April "Word on the Street" Newsletter

The April Illinois Main Street newsletter is available.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Carnival Time

Downtown Elgin Carnival

Photo by Kirk Lawler

Location: Civic Center Parking Lot
Highland and Douglas

Thursday, May 5th 5 to 9 pm
Friday, May 6th 1 to 11 pm
Saturday, May 7th 1 to 11 pm
Sunday, May 8th 1 to 8 pm

Unlimited ride special
$15 per person, per day
Thursday 5 to 9 pm
Saturday 1 to 5 pm
Sunday 1 to 5 pm

Street Repairs

Nicor Gas will be permanently patching the streets where new gas lines were run this spring. Work is currently taking place on Spring and DuPage Streets. All streets that were dug up will have the permanent surface completed by Friday.