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January open thread [2011]

1 January 2011 RS 12 Comments

Leath Warehouse, Elgin, IL Leath Warehouse, Elgin, IL (Photo by The Elginite).

January 2011 open thread. Post what you want.

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  1. RS says:


    Preliminary figures show major crimes in Elgin in 2010 were the lowest in at least 20 years.

    Early data shows 2,547 major crimes, a decrease of 2.5 percent over the previous year, according to police Chief Jeff Swoboda. Total crime decreased 5.36 percent.

    Three major crime categories saw increases in 2010. Homicides rose 33.3 percent with four in 2010 and three in 2009. There were 100 robberies last year, an increase of 28 percent. Thefts were at 1,120, an increase of 7 percent.

  2. RS says:

    melissa jenco has a nice summary of what to expect this year in elgin:


    the list includes 311, riverfront construction, artspace construction and lots of other stuff

  3. RS says:

    Elgin is a “great place you’ve never heard of:”

    The 41-year-old Mother Earth News magazine Wednesday named The City in the Suburbs to its fifth annual “Great Places You’ve (Maybe) Never Heard Of” list.

    The Topeka-based magazine has a circulation of more than 450,000 and will feature Elgin with five other towns in its February/March issue, which goes on sale Jan. 25.


  4. RS says:

    I wonder if a community garden might work on this site:


    The monument by itself surrounded by grass looks out of place, but as the focal point of a community garden it would look nice.

    Anyway, hats off to Chuck Keysor and the NWNA volunteers that cleaned up the site.

  5. RS says:

    Illinois Senate President (Democrat) John Cullerton’s son was finally convicted a few days ago after quite a few previous incidents. There was a lot of press attention this time because he was driving a state-issued car. If not for that I’m sure it would have been another slap on the wrist.

    According to the Tribune:

    Garritt Cullerton has been pulled over eight times on Illinois roads since July 2001 for citations that included following too closely, speeding 115 mph in a 65 mph zone and twice previously for driving under the influence of alcohol, according to court records. In some of those cases, according to court records and interviews, he was driving his father’s car displaying the official Senate license plate “6″ that denotes John Cullerton’s North Side legislative district.

    The legislator’s son was not convicted in the previous DUI cases, in 2004 and 2008, but was fined for lesser traffic offenses in both instances. John Cullerton, an attorney, said he “never, ever intervened in any court cases affecting any of my children. And nor would I.”


    “After his son’s arrest, Sen. Cullerton issued a statement, saying the SUV was to be used for state business and that his son, who was employed as a state researcher, was not authorized to drive it. “


    Hmm… “state researcher,” eh? I wonder how he got that job.

  6. RS says:

    Remix this Bob Dylan classic for a chance to win a trip to SXSW


  7. Mike Robins says:

    Hello RS trying to reach Craig for one week on his email, no response, he has my contact info, have him call me today if possible, Thankyou. Your wordpress did not work with my new password sent to me.

  8. rm says:

    Hey guys, where’s the February open thread?

    What else can you be doing in this weather but be staying warm and updating the Elginite?

    On the other hand, it is a great night for reading Whittier’s Snow-Bound.

    “Unwarmed by any sunset light
    The gray day darkened into night,
    A night made hoary with the swarm
    And whirl-dance of the blinding storm”