WBEZ | Palatine http://www.wbez.org/tags/palatine Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en CRAP and the Gender Neutral Bathroom http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-01-22/crap-and-gender-neutral-bathroom-114579 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Gender Bathroom-Flickr-Daily Collegian.jpg" alt="" /><p><div>Thursday on the Morning Shift, we talked about the sensitivity training that staff and administrators at a Palatine school are going through after the district was ordered to<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/transgender-student-be-given-access-girls%E2%80%99-locker-room-114127"> make a girls locker room available to a transgender student.&nbsp;</a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In that story, a high school locker room became a battleground in the fight over civil rights and inclusion. For transgender people, some of the issues at play in that Palatine locker room play out every day in another forum: The public restroom.</div><div><p dir="ltr">According to advocates, public restrooms can be places of stress, harassment, and even violence for the transgender community. Well, one local group, the Chicago Restroom Access Project, has an answer for how to alleviate some of those problems.</p><p dir="ltr">CRAP -- yes, that is the acronym -- is proposing gender-neutral signs for single-stall bathrooms. The group plans to offer the signs to businesses, schools, nonprofits and government offices to create a more welcoming environment for everyone. Kim Hunt of Pride Action Tank tells us all about it.</p><div>&nbsp;</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 16:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-01-22/crap-and-gender-neutral-bathroom-114579 Training Teaches Schools and Parents How to Talk About Transgender Issues http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-01-21/training-teaches-schools-and-parents-how-talk-about-transgender <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Trans Training-phs.d211.org_.png" alt="" /><p><div>This is the first week that a transgender student in Palatine will have access to the girls&rsquo; locker room. This comes after the U.S. Department of Education&#39;s Office for Civil Rights ruled the school in District 211 had violated Title IX by banning the student from the locker room.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Now, the district is taking a step beyond increased access. They&rsquo;re training staff and administrators with the tools of inclusion for gender non-conforming students.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Jennifer Leininger from Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children&rsquo;s Hospital leads this and other trainings in schools.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 16:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-01-21/training-teaches-schools-and-parents-how-talk-about-transgender Transgender Student to be Given Access to Girls’ Locker Room http://www.wbez.org/news/transgender-student-be-given-access-girls%E2%80%99-locker-room-114127 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/211 Trans Web Story.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A transgender student&rsquo;s desire to use the girls&rsquo; locker room at her school has<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/us-says-illinois-school-must-give-locker-room-access-transgender-student-113642" target="_blank">&nbsp;been a source of debate and division</a>&nbsp;in her northwest suburban community for weeks. Federal officials gave Palatine-based Township High School District 211 30 days to reach an access&nbsp;agreement,&nbsp;or risk losing up to $6 million in funding and face possible litigation for violating Title IX gender equality law.</p><p>The board voted 5-2 last week in favor of an&nbsp;<a href="http://adc.d211.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/D211-OCR-Agreement.pdf">agreement</a>&nbsp;that gives the student access to the locker room -- but requires her to change and shower in a separate, private area.</p><p>But questions about the scope of the agreement--whether it applied to the entire district or, just the complainant--led to more confusion and quickly threatened the compromise&rsquo;s implementation. Superintendent Dan Cates expressed anger when federal officials implied it was a district-wide policy.</p><p>In a&nbsp;statement&nbsp;he said he was, &ldquo;outraged by the mischaracterizations in the press by Catherine Lhamon of the Office for Civil Rights, and her blatant disregard for the facts of the negotiated agreement.&rdquo;</p><p>The district called for an emergency meeting Monday to consider rescinding the agreement. Hundreds showed up at Conant High School for public comments before the board met in private to vote. Before the meeting, the OCR sent a letter to the school district&rsquo;s attorneys, to clarify its position.</p><p>In the end, the board voted to uphold its agreement, saying it was the best course of action for the student while balancing the needs of all the district&rsquo;s teenage students.</p><p>A spokesperson for the OCR, Dorie Nolt said, &ldquo;We are pleased that the district has chosen to live up to the binding agreement it made and to its obligations under federal civil rights law.&rdquo;</p><p>But while the governing bodies involved in the matter have come to terms, many still have concerns about how it will be implemented, and or enforced; and its impact on the student and her community.</p><p><strong>&lsquo;Student A&rsquo;</strong></p><p>At the center of this story is a young transgender woman.</p><p>Though, she&rsquo;s only been heard from through her representation at the<a href="http://www.aclu-il.org/">&nbsp;American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois</a>. She is referred to, in various statements and documents, as &ldquo;Student A,&rdquo; and her exact high school has not been identified in order to protect her privacy. The student was born male but has identified, and lived, as a female for several years.</p><p>District 211 has five high schools with over 11,000 students. Student A&rsquo;s parents said that their daughter was, at times, inconsolable when she was denied access&nbsp;and therefore&nbsp;treated differently than other girls.</p><p>In mid-November, they anonymously posted a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.aclu-il.org/our-child-is-a-girl/">letter</a>&nbsp;to the ACLU&rsquo;s website, titled, &ldquo;Our child is a girl.&rdquo; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>They explained that they too struggled to understand that gender identity is different from one&rsquo;s sexual orientation.</p><p>&ldquo;If she was segregated, forced to use separate facilities, it would signal to others that it was acceptable to treat her differently,&ldquo; they wrote.</p><p>The family says it went to great lengths to ensure Student A would not be discriminated against: They legally changed her name and obtained a passport which identified her gender as female and documented medical treatments for gender dysphoria.</p><p>Her parents said that some of the opinions and comments on their daughter&rsquo;s case have been &ldquo;hurtful and difficult to read&rdquo; but are, overall, pleased that the issue was in the public discourse.</p><p>&ldquo;We are hopeful that those with open minds and hearts will come to a place of acceptance,&rdquo; her parents wrote.</p><p><strong>Community Response</strong></p><p>Parents like Hannah Garst have found their community at the center of a controversial and,&nbsp;at-times&nbsp;hostile discussion. Garst lives in Palatine, and her two children will go to the district&rsquo;s high schools.</p><p>Garst said she supports the transgender student.</p><p>&ldquo;Separate is not equal,&rdquo; Garst said. &ldquo;As a parent and as a member of the community, I think that when we discriminate against any one of our students or any one of our citizens, it has a negative effect on all of us.&rdquo;</p><p>She also thinks the school could have handled the situation differently.</p><p>&ldquo;I really hope that the school takes the opportunity to educate all the students and to help them understand what does transgender mean,&rdquo; Garst said. &ldquo;As educators, no one&rsquo;s in a better position to engage and educate both the public and these students about trans issues.&rdquo;</p><p>But not everyone agrees with Garst. One of the most vocal groups at the meetings was one called Parents for Privacy.</p><p>On its<a href="http://d211parentsforprivacy.weebly.com/">&nbsp;website</a>, the group states, &ldquo;Any access, even so-called &lsquo;restricted access&rsquo; with the condition of using privacy curtains, still does not protect the basic privacy rights of minor girls in the locker room...Allowing students to use opposite-sex restrooms and locker rooms seriously endangers students&rsquo; privacy and safety, undermines parental authority, and violates other students&rsquo; free exercise rights.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Moving Forward</strong></p><p>The school district has until January 15,&nbsp;2016&nbsp;to provide the student access to the locker room. Additionally, District 211 must consult with a third-party expert in gender identity within 30 days. The agreement also states that the district does not admit any violation of federal law.</p><p>The ACLU&rsquo;s John Knight represents the student&rsquo;s interests in the matter.</p><p>&ldquo;We are thrilled that this agreement has stayed in place, (but) we are not at all happy with the district&rsquo;s handling of this matter and their public statements about my client,&rdquo; Knight said.</p><p>And if the student changes her mind about using the privacy curtains, Knight said he feels confident that the OCR defend her wishes.</p><p>&ldquo;At the moment, no other transgender student has come forward and said, &lsquo;I&nbsp;want&nbsp;access,&rsquo;&rdquo; Knight said. &ldquo;If that happens, then I would expect OCR would demand equal treatment for those students.&rdquo;</p><p>The school district will be monitored until June 30, 2017.</p><p>Ultimately, Knight said, &ldquo;we just need to see how this plays out.&rdquo;</p><p><em>Meredith Francis is a news desk intern. Follow her</em>&nbsp;<em><a href="https://twitter.com/mmlfrancis" target="_blank">@MMLFrancis</a></em></p></p> Thu, 10 Dec 2015 14:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/transgender-student-be-given-access-girls%E2%80%99-locker-room-114127 Chicago-Area School Considering Settlement in Transgender Discrimination Case http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-12-02/illinois-school-might-settle-transgender-teen-locker-room-use <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/1202_high-school-lockers-624x351.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="attachment_97077"><img alt="School officials in Palatine, Illinois are reportedly considering a settlement in a discrimination case brought by a transgender high school student who wants unfettered access to the girls' locker room. (David Cosand/Flickr)" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/media.wbur.org/wordpress/11/files/2015/12/1202_high-school-lockers-624x351.jpg" style="height: 349px; width: 620px;" title="School officials in Palatine, Illinois are reportedly considering a settlement in a discrimination case brought by a transgender high school student who wants unfettered access to the girls’ locker room. (David Cosand/Flickr)" /><p>School officials in Palatine, Illinois, are reportedly considering a settlement in a discrimination case brought by a transgender high school student who wants unfettered access to the girls&rsquo; locker room.</p></div><p>The <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-04/battle-brewing-over-use-high-school-locker-room-transgender" target="_blank">school had been requiring the student to use a private restroom </a>or curtained-off areas in the girls&rsquo; locker room. Federal education officials <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/us-says-illinois-school-must-give-locker-room-access-transgender-student-113642" target="_blank">ordered the school district to eliminate all barriers</a> to full access by today or risk losing millions of dollars in federal funding.</p><p>Chicago Tribune reporter&nbsp;Duaa Eldeib&nbsp;has been covering this case and speaks with&nbsp;<a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/12/02/transgender-locker-room-case" target="_blank"><em>Here &amp; Now&lsquo;s </em></a>Jeremy Hobson.</p></p> Wed, 02 Dec 2015 13:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-12-02/illinois-school-might-settle-transgender-teen-locker-room-use U.S. says Illinois school must give locker room access to transgender student http://www.wbez.org/news/us-says-illinois-school-must-give-locker-room-access-transgender-student-113642 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/3111086451_91879a4b16_o_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A suburban high school in Chicago is the<a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-04/battle-brewing-over-use-high-school-locker-room-transgender" target="_blank"> center of a debate</a> about how to accommodate transgender students without singling them out. At issue is whether a student who identifies as female can use the girls locker room in the same fashion as other female peers do.</p></p> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 15:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/us-says-illinois-school-must-give-locker-room-access-transgender-student-113642 A battle is brewing over the use of a high school locker room by a transgender student http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-04/battle-brewing-over-use-high-school-locker-room-transgender <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/locker room Kate Ter Haar.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Students aren&rsquo;t being treated equally in one high school locker room in Northwest suburban Palatine, according to the federal government. School administrators are requiring a transgender student to shower and change behind a curtain, separate from the other players on her soccer team. The superintendent is defending the practice, even after the<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/us-says-illinois-school-must-give-locker-room-access-transgender-student-113642" target="_blank"> Department of Education said it violates anti-discrimination laws.</a></p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/gretchhammond">Gretchen Hammond</a>, senior reporter with the <a href="https://twitter.com/WindyCityTimes1">Windy City Times</a>, walks us through the <a href="http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Palatine-school-board-segregates-transgender-student-/53148.html">details of the story</a>.</p></p> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 12:35:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-04/battle-brewing-over-use-high-school-locker-room-transgender Palatine's deathly, intergalactic secrets http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/palatines-deathly-intergalactic-secrets-106723 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F88481381" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/FOR%20WEB%20palatine%20topper%202.jpg" title="(WBEZ/Logan Jaffe)" /></p><p>The village of Palatine sits about 30 miles northwest of Chicago. It&rsquo;s marked with a water tower you can see from I-90.</p><p dir="ltr">Like a number of our suburbs here, Palatine was founded around the 1830s by settlers leaving Chicago&rsquo;s Fort Dearborn, who walked along various Indian trails until they found the right spot.</p><p dir="ltr">That spot, now Palatine, had its own trading post and railroad station by the 1850s. And the population kept growing. Now, Palatine is home to about 70,000 people. And it&rsquo;s also home to the state&rsquo;s largest space-themed roller rink, and a mini golf course located in the basement of a funeral home.</p><p dir="ltr">Sandra Levin bought <a href="http://www.orbitskate.net/">Orbit Skate Center</a> in 1992. In this audio clip, she talks about why she bought a skate center, of all places, and what that means to her:<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F88450687" width="100%"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr">We also meet Ryan Breede, an employee at the rink who&rsquo;s been skating for about 15 years. We convince him to teach us some skate tricks. Surprisingly (not), we&rsquo;re both pretty rusty. And yes, we do operate a camera on a tripod on roller skates. But Justin Bieber and disco lights keep us motivated. You should really just watch this whole ordeal on your own:<iframe align="middle" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" scrolling="no" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/QP5JIMg1soo" width="560"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr">All of those new moves really work up our appetite. We want energy for the trek ahead: the journey into the basement of Ahlgrim Funeral Home.</p><p dir="ltr">So we get a bite at a place suggested by Sandra, our roller rink owner: <a href="http://www.thepalatineinn.com/">The Palatine Inn</a>. She adds there is a museum of the village&rsquo;s history in the restaurant, and that maybe we would find it useful for our story.</p><p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/FOR%20WEB%20palatine%20inn.jpg" style="float: left;" title="The Palatine Inn (WBEZ/Logan Jaffe)" /></div><p dir="ltr">Turns out, the museum is more of a one-wall grid of framed pictures once used in a calendar featuring some of Palatine&rsquo;s memorable history. This includes a human pyramid of Palatine&rsquo;s Mens Athletic club from 1918, mustached men playing cards at a saloon in 1900, an aerial view of the village from 1929.</p><p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image ">We stick around for the food. The Palatine Inn is the type of place where matzoh-ball soup, a BLT and rice pudding just seems like the right choice.</div><p dir="ltr">Around 2 p.m., we start heading to <a href="http://www.ahlgrim.com/">Ahlgrim Funeral Hom</a>e, but get sidetracked by <a href="http://www.spunkydunkers.com/">Spunky Dunkers</a> along the way. Spunky Dunkers is a doughnut shop owned by three sisters who have kept the place in its original everything. It&rsquo;s clean and cozy and lined with chrome bar stools under big windows. Newspaper clippings and photos of past employees are spaced evenly throughout the walls.</p><p dir="ltr">One of the workers, Doreen, has been there for about 10 years. She says she&rsquo;s not really a doughnut person, but she sticks around for the customers. Sometimes they go to brunch in a nearby town or play cards on weekends. She says her customers would kill her if she quit.<img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/FOR%20WEB%20ahlgrim%20hole.jpg" style="float: right;" title="Ahlgrim Acres is the mini golf course in the basement of Ahlgrim Funeral Home (WBEZ/Logan Jaffe)" /></p><p dir="ltr">We finally get to Ahlgrim Funeral Home. We were excited about coming here long before we even started our drive: It came up in a search of mini golf places one day, and we&rsquo;ve been scheming how to get here ever since.</p><p dir="ltr">The funeral home itself is familiar to people in Palatine - it&rsquo;s been around since the 1960s. But not everybody knows there&rsquo;s a death-themed mini golf course and arcade in the basement.</p><p dir="ltr">Bradford Hein, Ahlgrim&rsquo;s funeral director, explains how this whole thing got started and why it seemed a natural fit to open a golf course in the basement:<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F88451183" width="100%"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr">He goes on to explain the creative ways to bury people these days:<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F88451594" width="100%"></iframe></p><div id="PictoBrowser130418140311">Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer</div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.db798.com/pictobrowser/swfobject.js"></script><script type="text/javascript"> var so = new SWFObject("http://www.db798.com/pictobrowser.swf", "PictoBrowser", "620", "470", "8", "#EEEEEE"); so.addVariable("source", "sets"); so.addVariable("names", "Palatine, IL: April 18, 2013"); so.addVariable("userName", "chicagopublicmedia"); so.addVariable("userId", "33876038@N00"); so.addVariable("ids", "72157633277356060"); so.addVariable("titles", "on"); so.addVariable("displayNotes", "on"); so.addVariable("thumbAutoHide", "off"); so.addVariable("imageSize", "medium"); so.addVariable("vAlign", "mid"); so.addVariable("vertOffset", "0"); so.addVariable("colorHexVar", "EEEEEE"); so.addVariable("initialScale", "off"); so.addVariable("bgAlpha", "90"); so.write("PictoBrowser130418140311"); </script><p><span id="cke_bm_202S" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><i>Rob Wildeboer is the criminal and legal affairs reporter for WBEZ.&nbsp;Logan Jaffe is a web and multimedia producer for WBEZ and Curious City. Follow her&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/loganjaffe" target="_blank">@loganjaffe</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/WBEZCuriousCity" target="_blank">@WBEZCuriousCity</a>.&nbsp;</i><span id="cke_bm_202E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p></p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 13:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/palatines-deathly-intergalactic-secrets-106723 Amid football concussion concerns, Palatine mayor plans flag league for younger players http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-12/amid-football-concussion-concerns-palatine-mayor-plans-flag-league <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_kids_football_todd_j_vanemst.jpg" style="width: 620px; height: 463px" title="Kids are going to play football. Can it be safe? (AP Photo/Todd J. VanEmst)" /></div><p>Giving our youngest football players a chance to play the sport they love the right way &mdash; safely &mdash;&nbsp;is the aim of one former pro and suburban mayor.&nbsp;Palatine Mayor Jim Schwantz, a former NFL linebacker who racked up time with the Bears, 49ers&nbsp;and Cowboys, plans to launch the&nbsp;<a href="http://nwffl.org">Northwest Flag Football League&nbsp;</a>for young suburban athletes starting in August 2013.</p><p>Schwantz said he saw a&nbsp;gap for players at a vulnerable age, third through sixth grades, with only tackle football available in his area. Not that Schwantz doesn&rsquo;t believe in tackle football &mdash;&nbsp;he has coached it for two years. However, he sees risks that could be avoided.&nbsp;According to Schwantz, most players in this age group are not ready for the physical demands of the game. &quot;Studies show kids don&rsquo;t have the muscle strength in [their] necks to support helmets until they get older and stronger,&quot; he said.&nbsp;</p><p>When it comes to football, the biggest worry for most parents is the potential for concussions.&nbsp;&quot;Any time there is a collision with your head there is a potential to have damage,&quot; said Schwantz. &ldquo;You can fall and hit your head with flag football, but we will do our best to eliminate those instances from happening.&quot;</p><p>Schwantz will do his best to minimize the potential for concussions in his league, which will be managed with scripted plays, using various stations to train and develop the players as athletes. Schwantz and other high level coaches will closely monitor every aspect of the two-a-week sessions. Although kids in Schwantz&#39;s league will&nbsp;scrimmage, they won&#39;t play games against outside opponents; this gives them time to stress fundamentals. &ldquo;You can work on game plans, you can work on routes, work on plays and defense,&quot; said Schwantz. &quot;The emphasis is on the individual training to make sure they are ready to go.&quot; The mayor hopes players that want to compete in high school will use this as a stepping stone into tackle football. His league aims to give young players the option to grow and mature without &quot;falling through the cracks.&quot;</p><p>The mayor&#39;s concern is also personal: Schwantz&#39;s son is in eighth grade and plans to follow his dad&rsquo;s footsteps to play football at Fremd High School in Palatine. When I asked the former linebacker if he worries about concussions with his son, he said yes &mdash; there is a concern. If his son were to suffer a concussion, Schwantz said both he and his wife would monitor the situation closely before they allow a return to the field, noting that any subsequent concussions would be risky if they didn&rsquo;t manage the initial one. Schwantz is not alone in his concern: His son, he said, is also watched by &ldquo;my wife, my brother, my parents, my in-laws.&quot;</p><p>&quot;We had a bunch of eyes on one kid,&rdquo; Schwantz said.</p><p>The league will practice at Harper College&#39;s facilities in Palatine, but space like this is hard to come by. Local fields are filled with soccer, lacrosse and other sports, so unfortunately, any future expansion of a league like this could be problematic.</p><p>Some football enthusiasts think flag football doesn&rsquo;t give a kid the true essence of the game. But this former high school, college and professional player wants to give kids an alternative for the right reasons: &ldquo;letting kids play football safely and learn teamwork, dedication, hard work and perseverance &mdash; the life lessons you learn in football.&rdquo;</p><p>I think he has the right idea.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout">@CRayeStout</a>&nbsp;and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame">Cheryl Raye-Stout #AtTheGame</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-12/amid-football-concussion-concerns-palatine-mayor-plans-flag-league Suburban Palatine to confront Preckwinkle over how money is spent http://www.wbez.org/story/cook-county-board-president-toni-preckwinkle/suburban-palatine-confront-preckwinkle-over-how-m <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//IMG_6401.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is scheduled to visit a suburb Monday where some residents want to secede from the county. Board President Preckwinkle said she's looking forward to the visit to northwest suburban Palatine.</p><p>"I expect to be warmly received tonight in Palatine and to have an interesting dialogue with the residents," Preckwinkle said.</p><p>Preckwinkle said her plan to cut the county's sales tax will hopefully put her in good graces with the town.</p><p>Meantime, Jack Wagner sits on the Palatine Village Council.</p><p>"I'm just going to ask her point blank, 'Can you give me, kind of, an outline of where the $19-$20 million a year we figure we send to the county is actually spent on,'" Wagner said.</p><p>Wagner said he's looked into what it would take for Palatine and other northwest suburbs to secede, but he says it's not likely to happen soon. He lost his bid for re-election last week.</p></p> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 18:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/cook-county-board-president-toni-preckwinkle/suburban-palatine-confront-preckwinkle-over-how-m Annexation may relieve County budget woes http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-01/annexation-may-relieve-county-budget-woes-83167 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Palatine unincorp flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Mayor-elect Emanuel&rsquo;s real counterpart in county government is dealing with an estimated budget shortfall of $487 million. In her <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ccachicago.org/sites/default/files/CookCountyTransitionReport_2010.pdf">transition report</a> last December, Cook County Board President <a target="_blank" href="http://www.co.cook.il.us/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_0_331_0_0_43//ccWeb.Leadership/LeadershipProfile.aspx?commiss_id=406">Toni Preckwinkle</a> floated some ideas on how to close that budget shortfall. One of those involves making nearby towns responsible for unincorporated land. This would relieve Cook County of some financial burden. But what would annexation involve and how would it affect its residents? <br /> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uic.edu/cuppa/pa/faculty/hendrick.html"><br />Rebecca Hendrick</a> is an associate professor of political science at University of Illinois at Chicago. She has a book coming out this fall about the financial situation facing municipalities and she joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>by phone.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 01 Mar 2011 14:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-01/annexation-may-relieve-county-budget-woes-83167