More than half of money from East Aurora 2008 referendum still in bank
In the lead up to a 2008 referendum on borrowing $32 million, East Aurora School District 131 officials told of dire consequences if residents failed to approve the tax increase. District officials now say the borrowed money went into a bank account where more than half of it remains while the district continues to borrow for construction projects. [read more]
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Troubled Markham nightclub remains open despite violent record
The Daily Southtown/Chicago Tribune
Police reports and at least nine lawsuits filed against Adrianna's paint a disturbing picture of a nightclub besieged by violence. But Markham officials have never cited the nightclub for anything worse than using a fire hydrant without permission. The city has given tax breaks to the property's developer and spent nearly $40,000 at Adrianna's banquet hall. [read more]
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'Gray areas' put Aurora Housing Authority chief over public agency, developer
The head of the Aurora Housing Authority also heads an affiliated developer that does business with the agency.
"Absolutely, the appearance is maybe there's something that's going on there," said William Powell, chairman of the housing authority board and a member of the development company board. "But we checked the rules and regulations to make sure that we're not doing anything that's underhanded." [read more]
More housing authority coverage: Aurora Housing Authority director leaving for Alaska, 'A questionable expense': Aurora Housing Authority spent thousands on luxury patio, office fireplace
Officer accused in beating has troubled past
The Independent Mail
One of the officers accused of beating a man during a traffic stop in Honea Path had a troubled history at another police department. But that information isn’t visible in Robert Joshua Shaw’s records from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. [read more]
As neighborhood poverty rises, students leave local elementary school
The Independent Mail
As more students in poverty attend the 395-student Easley elementary school, scores on standardized tests drop, officials said. That causes the most engaged parents to send their children to other elementary schools, which causes test scores to drop again, they said.
“It’s just a matter of trying to overcome that image,” said Principal Gary Mohr. [read more]