WBEZ | Palatine http://www.wbez.org/tags/palatine Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 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