WBEZ | north suburbs http://www.wbez.org/tags/north-suburbs Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Unreported employment emerges post recession http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-06-24/morning-shift-unreported-employment-emerges-post <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/ed and eddie.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We take a look at the shadow economy five years after The Great Recession. Plus, the differences between two north suburban developments-Fort Sheridan and Glenview&#39;s The Glen. And later, we revisit the music of Paul Burch.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-underreported-employment-rises-years/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-underreported-employment-rises-years.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-underreported-employment-rises-years" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Unreported employment emerges post recession" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 08:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-06-24/morning-shift-unreported-employment-emerges-post Pearl Harbor Day event pulls up old fighter plane, and zebra mussels too http://www.wbez.org/news/pearl-harbor-day-event-pulls-old-fighter-plane-and-zebra-mussels-too-104260 <p><p>Crowds gathered in a north suburban harbor Friday to watch a World War II fighter plane lifted out of Lake Michigan in honor of the 71st anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m just another guy who likes old airplanes,&rdquo; said Chuck Greenhill, the elderly pilot and aviation enthusiast who sponsored the event.</p><p>The plane was requested by the&nbsp;National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida, which plans to restore it. A museum in Glenview has its eye on the plane once it is ready to show. The group of marines providing security at the event expressed pride for being part of the historical restoration of military artifacts. North shore locals also came through to observe.</p><p>Greenhill was joined by his extended family, many of whom are aviation enthusiasts and pilots. He declined to reveal how much it cost him to sponsor the transportation and lifting of the water-logged plane.</p><p>The plane was transported into the harbor so that it could be more easily lifted using a crane.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6800_042-scr.JPG" style="height: 218px; width: 290px; float: left;" title="Pilot Stacey Greenhill stands in front of the rescued Wildcat. (WBEZ/Lewis Wallace)" />The aircraft came up in two pieces because the cockpit had been torn off in the original crash. And much of the body of the aging vessel was covered in zebra mussels, an invasive species that has taken over the Great Lakes in the last two decades.</p><p>&ldquo;The airplane is actually in a really good state of preservation, but what happens is that the mussels are slowly making this a little more difficult to do,&rdquo; said Chuck&rsquo;s daughter, Stacey Greenhill, who is also a pilot. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s only a matter of time before they won&rsquo;t be able to bring them up anymore, or they won&rsquo;t be worth bringing up.&rdquo;</p><p>Removing the tough layers of grayish white zebra mussel shells will be a large part of the job of the preservationists who attempt to restore the plane.<img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6804_059-scr.JPG" style="height: 225px; width: 270px; float: right;" title="Chuck Greenhill is the pilot and aviation enthusiast who sponsored the event. (WBEZ/Lewis Wallace)" /></p><p>Chuck Greenhill said the Wildcat F4 saw combat abroad, but crashed during training in Lake Michigan in 1945.</p><p>&ldquo;Later in the war, they rotated the front line fighters back because they were becoming obsolete and they used them for training,&quot; he said. &quot;It had a take-off accident, and went right off the front of the ship. It had to be quite an encounter, can you imagine, in the middle of Lake Michigan on a December day.&rdquo;</p><p>The training pilot survived the accident.</p><p>&ldquo;These airplanes are really, really important to our being here today,&rdquo;Stacey Greenhill said. &ldquo;These are the tools that helped us win the war.&rdquo;</p></p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 14:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/pearl-harbor-day-event-pulls-old-fighter-plane-and-zebra-mussels-too-104260 Incumbents rule the day in suburban mayoral elections http://www.wbez.org/story/incumbents-rule-day-suburban-mayoral-elections-dnp-84794 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-06/Naperville Riverwalk.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated on 4/7/11 at 11:06am</em></p><p>Voters throughout Chicago's suburbs cast ballots in more than two dozen races for mayor or village president.&nbsp; But amidst budget pressures and uncertain economic times, the response from voters in most communities was: stay the course.</p><p>That wasn't true in every community, of course. Several of the state's largest cities will see new leadership this year - the result of both ballot box rebukes and voluntary retirements.</p><p>In the latter case, Joliet's incumbent mayor Arthur Schultz is retiring after 20 years in office.&nbsp; He'll be succeeded by Tom Giarrante, a retired firefighter and incumbent city councilman.&nbsp; Giarrante defeated eight other candidates on Tuesday to become mayor of Illinois' fourth largest city.</p><p>But in northwest suburban Elgin, longtime mayor Ed Schock lost his bid for a fourth-term in office, as tallies showed challenger Dave Kaptain winning 54 percent of the vote.&nbsp;</p><p>Residents of west suburban Wood Dale also will have a new mayor soon.&nbsp; Voters denied incumbent Ken Johnson's bid for a fourth term, giving the nod instead to Annunziato Pulice.&nbsp; Pulice won a close two-way contest, capturing 51 percent of the vote, following revelations that Johnson owed the village thousands of dollars in unpaid health premiums.</p><p>CPA David Gonzalez won election to an open seat in Chicago Heights over Alderman Joe Faso.&nbsp; The south suburban community has had an interim mayor since the death of then-mayor Alex Lopez in August 2010.</p><p>Challenger Gopal Lalmalani defeated incumbent John W. Craig in the race for Oak Brook Village President, and in the open mayoral seat in Rolling Meadows, former city councilman Tom Rooney sailed to victory against Jonathan Trapani.</p><p>In a battle of ballot nicknames in Prospect Heights, Nichaolas "Nick" Helmes handily defeated incumbent Dolores "Dolly" Vole with better than 70 percent of the vote.</p><p>But elsewhere, it was business as usual for many other communities as incumbents cruised to re-election in races for mayor and village president, many of whom ran unopposed.</p><p><strong>Schaumburg</strong></p><p>In Schaumburg, long-time incumbent village president Al Larson faced his first challenge in more than 15 years but emerged victorious over 31-year-old challenger Brian Costin.&nbsp;</p><p>Much of the campaign focused on the village's recently instituted property tax, as well as the village's ownerhip of the Schaumburg Flyer's baseball stadium and the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center.&nbsp; Costin criticized the village property tax, and he argued that the stadium and convention complex should be privatized.</p><p>Larson, 72, has led Schaumburg for 24 years and his victory on Tuesday returns him to office for another four-year term.</p><p><strong>West Suburbs</strong></p><p>Tuesday night also proved to be a big one for Naperville's four-term incumbent mayor George Pradel.&nbsp; He defeated two other challengers to win a fifth term in office, which Pradel says will be his last.&nbsp;</p><p>In nearby Wheaton, Mayor Michael Gresk defeated Councilman John Prendiville in his bid for re-election.&nbsp; Gresk garnered 53 percent of the vote to Prendiville's 47 percent.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>South Suburbs</strong></p><p>While voters in Joliet selected a new mayor, incumbents won the day in several other south suburban communities, including Country Club Hills, where voters elected Mayor Dwight Welch to a seventh term in office.</p><p>In Harvey, Eric Kellogg also won re-election, though he failed to win a majority of the vote in a five-person contest.&nbsp; A recent controversy over a vote that made Kellogg superintendent of Harvey's public schools and allegations of corruption swirled during his most recent term in office.</p><p>Meanwhile, John Ostenberg cruised to a record fourth-term as mayor of Park Forest by a two-to-one margin, but the race for mayor of University Park was much closer.&nbsp; With absentee ballots not yet counted, Vivian Covington holds onto a razor-thin lead over Joseph Roudez.</p><p><em>Correction:&nbsp; An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Gopal Lalmalani as the incumbent in the race for Oak Brook Village President.&nbsp; He was the challenger.</em></p></p> Wed, 06 Apr 2011 14:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/incumbents-rule-day-suburban-mayoral-elections-dnp-84794 Book explores the impact of the Brat Pack and John Hughes http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/book-explores-impact-brat-pack-and-john-hughes <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/brat-pack.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On this special encore edition of the program, &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; revisited segments that speak to Chicago&rsquo;s connection to film&hellip; and film, to Chicago. Take, for instance, the late filmmaker John Hughes. Hughes directed cult classic films, like &quot;The Breakfast Club&quot; and <em>&quot;</em>Sixteen Candles&quot; in the very place where he grew up &ndash; Chicago&rsquo;s northern suburbs. Those movies went on to become box office hits, and provide cinematic comfort to the '80s generation and beyond.&nbsp; Hughes has been a huge champion of the world&rsquo;s nerds and outcasts on the silver screen at the movies and beyond. His characters run the gamut of tortured teenaged souls. Even his jocks, preps and pretty girls struggle to find their own identities while dealing with family, friends and lovers. Writer <a href="http://www.susannahgora.com/" target="_blank">Susannah Gora</a> takes her connection to John Hughes&rsquo;s films a little more seriously than most of us. In fact she&rsquo;s written an entire book about it &ndash; called &quot;<a href="http://www.bratpackbook.com/bpb/index.html">You Couldn&rsquo;t Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes and Their Impact on a Generation</a>.&quot; When we spoke with Gora earlier this year, she told us that Hughes&rsquo; big break came from an unlikely opportunity.</p></p> Tue, 28 Dec 2010 15:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/book-explores-impact-brat-pack-and-john-hughes Dold wins in the 10th http://www.wbez.org/story/10th-district/dold-wins-10th <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2010-November/2010-11-02/Robert Dold via Dold For Congress.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Republican businessman Robert Dold has won the state's only open congressional seat by narrowly defeating three-time Democratic candidate Dan Seals.</p><p>With 94 percent of precincts reporting on Tuesday, Dold had 51 percent of the votes, compared with Seals' 49 percent. The race was closely watched and means Illinois now has a Republican majority congressional delegation for the first time in seven years.</p><p>Dold is the owner of a suburban Chicago pest control company. The 10th congressional district stretches north of Chicago. It has been largely Republican but had recently been trending Democratic.</p><p>Five-term Republican Congressman Mark Kirk gave up the seat and won President Barack Obama's old Senate seat on Tuesday.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 01:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/10th-district/dold-wins-10th