The Boston area showed its strength in the wake of the marathon bombings, and in turn it strengthened the nation's resolve to defeat those who seek to do us harm.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Monday, April 15, 2013
468,000 pounds of meat have been pulled from store shelves. The recall impacts Illinois consumers.
Manda Packing Company has recalled 468,000 pounds of meat, including some that was sold in Illinois, the Huffington Post reports. The roast beef, ham, turkey breast, tasso pork, ham shanks, hog head cheese, corned beef and pastrami have all been pulled from store shelves due to possible listeria contamination, the USDA reports. The meats were produced between Feb. 27 and April 9 with various “sell by” dates. The meats were sold under multiple brand names that can be found on the USDA’s website. The recalled meats were shipped to stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.
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Sunday, April 14, 2013
Residents of our state will soon have the right to carry concealed weapons in public, but that doesn't mean safety is guaranteed.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Check out the top 10 rated shopping in Vernon Hills, based on Yelp reviews. Did your neighbors get it right?
Websites like Yelp have empowered the everyday customer to become their local neighborhood's critic, praising and damning behind the anonymity of a computer screen. So what do your neighbors have to say on Yelp? Based on Yelp's highest-rated star ranking, here are the top 10 shopping desinations in Vernon Hills. Related: Yelp's Top 10 Restaurants in Vernon Hills: Do You Agree? Do you agree or disagree with the Yelp top 10 list? Let us know in the comments' section.
State legislature may consider whether to move to a graduated income tax rate, meaning those who earn more would pay more.
Did the tax man take a big bite out of your wallet this month? With tax season almost behind us, let's take a look at an issue before the state legislature — should Illinois switch from a flat income tax rate to a graduated rate? The last year Illinoisans escaped paying income tax to the state was 1969. Just seven states still collect no income tax. Thirty-four states use the graduated income tax system, while eight others join Illinois in imposing one rate on all. Our friends at Reboot Illinois put together a graphic look at various aspects of the flat tax vs. graduated tax debate, excerpted here on Patch. Check out the full graphic at RebootIllinois.com. Want to know more? This article is posted throughout the Chicago-area Patch network…
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Are you paying more for child care in Vernon Hills than you have in the past?
The cost of child care has risen dramatically over the last 25 years according to a U.S. Census Bureau report. According to the report, child care costs have nearly doubled since 1986. The average weekly child care payment for a family with children under the age of 15 and a mother who works full-time is $148. Those numbers rise to $179 per week for those with children under the age of 5. Most families choose to have a relative care for their child, with about 42 percent of kids under the care of a grandparent or other relative. More than 32 percent of families opt for an organized care facility like day care or preschool, the Census Bureau reports. Have something to say about local daycare centers? Share your reviews through the Patch …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
In recognition of March 14 being National Pi Day, Patch wants to know where to get the best slice in Vernon Hills—and yes, pizza counts!
March 14 is unofficial holiday known as National Pi Day because the numbers in the month and date correspond with the first three digits of π (3.14), according to timeanddate.com. Pi is a name given to the ratio of the circumference of a circle to the diameter, meaning for any circle you can divide the circumference by the diameter and always get exactly the same number, which is approximately 3.14159, according to math.com. By the way, March 14 is also Albert Einstein’s birthday. Wonder if he had a favorite type of pie—apple, cherry, pizza? Tell Us: Who's got the best pie in Vernon Hills? Got a great recipe? Share it in the comments!
Patrons of the Cook Memorial Library District are invited to participate in a technology needs survey through March 24.
Do you have an opinion or suggestion for how to improve technology at Cook Memorial Library? Let them hear it! Through March 24, the library is conducting a brief on-line survey to measure patrons’ technology needs, which will help the library board identify priorities for the 2013–14 budget. To take the survey, go to www.cooklib.org or click on the survey link above. The Cook Memorial Library District includes the Apsen Drive Library in Vernon Hills and Cook Park Library in Libertyville.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Were you satisfied with the village's services? Or do you think there's room for improvement?
Tuesday's snow storm dumped a good half-foot or more of the white stuff across the region, which resulted in an old-fashioned "snow day" for many. While residents were digging out their vehicles, driveways and sidewalks, plows were working to clear the roadways. Patch wants to know how you rate the snow removal service in Vernon Hills. Take our poll and share your comments. Related: