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New owners of Cafe Olympic in Crystal Lake discuss plans, transition

As a Crystal Lake native, Rachel Skubiszewski-Mucci has been a patron at Cafe Olympic since she was a little girl.

“There’s something magical about this spot,” she said.

That is why Skubiszewski-Mucci and two of her friends, Anthony Kern and Rosanna Cermak, said they have been in a “whirlwind” since they officially became the new owners of Cafe Olympic on Tuesday.

“It still doesn’t necessarily feel real,” Skubiszewski-Mucci said.



Motion to dismiss lawsuit over rejected project at Huntley Outlet Center site denied

The village of Huntley’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit over the Village Board’s rejection of an industrial project on the former site of the Huntley Outlet Center, 11800 Factory Shops Blvd., was denied by a McHenry County judge Thursday.

The site’s owner, Huntley Investment Partners LLC, and the village have been at odds for months over how to best use the space.

The Huntley Outlet Center was opened in 1994 and was zoned as a C-2 regional retail – planned development district, which is intended to accommodate large


Wonder Lake motorcyclist dies after McHenry crash

A Wonder Lake man died Friday after a motorcycle crash in McHenry.

Police identified the driver as 22-year-old Aaron M. Payuk Wise.

The single-vehicle crash occurred about 3:30 p.m. in the 5200 block of Route 120 near Ringwood Road.


Underwood proposes five-point plant to lower prescription drug costs

Sandy Webber, treasurer of the city of Sandwich, said high prescription drug prices have deeply affected her family over the years.

Webber said her late husband was diagnosed with diabetes in his 20s and was on seven or eight medications to control his blood sugar by his mid-40s. Her husband ultimately lost a battle with cancer in 2016.

Since then, Webber said her daughter has struggled with depression and has been on medication for four years.


Elgin pastor charged with criminal sexual assault

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – An Elgin pastor is accused of sexually assaulting a child he knew, according to a news release from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Elizandro Montoya-Salazar, 46, of the zero to 100 block of North Lord Avenue, Carpentersville, was charged Thursday with criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony and four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony.

Kane County prosecutors allege in charging documents that between Nov. 1, 2018, and Dec.


Owl killings spur moral questions about human intervention

CORVALLIS, Oregon – As he stood amid the thick old-growth forests in the coastal range of Oregon, Dave Wiens was nervous. Before he trained to shoot his first barred owl, he had never fired a gun.

He eyed the big female owl, her feathers streaked brown and white, perched on a branch at just the right distance. Then he squeezed the trigger and the owl fell to the forest floor, its carcass adding to a running tally of more than 2,400 barred owls killed so far in a controversial experiment by the U.S.


Chicago's mayor says police Superintendent Eddie Johnson drinking before incident in car

CHICAGO – Chicago's mayor said Friday that the city's top police officer told her he'd had "a couple of drinks with dinner" before he fell asleep at a stop sign while driving home, an incident that the chief contends was related to a change in his blood pressure medication.

Superintendent Eddie Johnson didn't mention having anything to drink when he spoke to reporters Thursday night, and the department spokesman said officers who responded a 911 call reporting a man asleep in a car at a stop sign didn't observe any signs of impairment.


Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot faces familiar problems as teachers strike

CHICAGO – Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot swept into office this spring declaring it “a new day” for the nation’s third-largest city.


Woodstock School District 200 establishing teacher residency program

Woodstock School District 200 recently received a grant that will help bridge the gap between people who want to teach but lack the certification with teaching jobs that are difficult to fill because of specific requirements.

Through a collaboration with Aurora University, District 200 is launching a teacher residency program for individuals who have bachelor’s degrees in subjects other than education and do not have an Illinois Professional Educator License.

Keely Krueger, District 200 assistant superintendent for ear


Failed raid against El Chapo's son leaves 8 dead in Mexico

CULIACAN, Mexico – Mexican security forces aborted an attempt to capture a son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman after finding themselves outgunned in a ferocious shootout with cartel henchmen that left at least eight people dead and more than 20 wounded, authorities said Friday.

The gunbattle Thursday paralyzed the capital of Mexico’s Sinaloa state, Culiacan, and left the streets littered with burning vehicles.


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