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Crystal Lake-based School District 155 Board approves new assistant superintendent

CRYSTAL LAKE – The Community High School District 155 Board approved Tom Kim as the new assistant superintendent of human resources, effective July 1. Kim will replace Randy Davis, who has held the position since July 2007 but resigned at Tuesday night’s board meeting for a “personal reason,” director of communications Shannon Pod [...]

Crystal Lake School District 47 changes leadership at Bernotas, North Elementary

CRYSTAL LAKE – Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47 has made changes to three leadership positions at Bernotas Middle School and North Elementary for the 2017-18 school year. Steve Scarfe, principal at North Elementary for the past two years, will become the new principal at Bernotas Middle School and replaces former Princip [...]

Changes to Woodstock hospital could end up costing residents

WOODSTOCK — Centegra Health System’s decision to suspend much of its inpatient care at its 108-bed Woodstock hospital could pose challenges both medically and financially for residents, depending on the extent to which services are affected.    Centegra officials announced Wednesday plans to end intensive care and medical-surgical [...]

New Metra seats will not change direction but will have armrests, built-in cup holders

CHICAGO — Metra announced this week that it will be installing new, modern seats in railcars it rehabilitates and new railcars it purchases, according to a news release from the company. According to the release, the commuter railroad company used a yearlong pilot program to gather input from customers about what they did and did [...]

After May Brexit opening, EU leaders ask: where's the beef?

BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May’s show of goodwill at the European Union summit left the 27 other EU leaders with “thousands of questions” and eagerly awaiting a more detailed proposal on the future right of EU citizens to remain in a departed Britain. Even if some leaders applauded May’s [...]