Forge Club razed, Haymarket sues Itasca, Great America chairman mourned
Forge Club shaved
The Forge Club, a members-only retreat with rustic charm for 43 years in Vernon Hills, was demolished on Wednesday. Work on the site at 634 S. Milwaukee Ave. continued through the week as the area is cleared for a fifth building in the South Lake industrial hub.
Haymarket sues Itasca
Haymarket Center on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit against the village of Itasca, claiming authorities violated civil rights laws by rejecting plans for a drug addiction treatment and recovery center in the DuPage County town. . The lawsuit asks a federal judge to allow Haymarket to move forward with what defenders say is a desperately needed rehabilitation center.
Tenant charged with setting fire to his house
Authorities charged an 80-year-old man with aggravated arson on Monday, accusing him of setting a fire Jan. 7 that damaged a multi-unit apartment complex in Arlington Heights. Paul C. Strusiner, who police say lived at the 96-unit complex, is charged with the crime which carries up to 30 years in prison if convicted.
Greater America loses its beloved president:
The theme park industry was reeling from the death Sunday of Charles “Hank” Salemi, president of Six Flags Great America in Gurnee. Colleagues in industry, roller coaster enthusiasts, tourism and local officials remember Salemi as someone who led Great America and Six Flags with flying colors.
New kind of game room in the suburbs
Electric Gamebox aims to be the next evolution in group entertainment, and gaming enthusiasts in suburban Chicago will soon be the first in the state to experience it. Illinois’ first location begins a soft opening at Oakbrook Center in Oak Brook on Saturday, January 22, with an official opening event on February 3.
Elgin’s crime rate at 50-year low
Elgin’s crime rate hit a 50-year low in 2021, Police Chief Ana Lalley told members of Elgin City Council on Wednesday. Elgin recorded 1,293 “Group A” crimes in 2021, a decrease of 9% from the previous year. By comparison, there were 2,659 serious crimes in 1972, despite a population about half of what it is today, and 4,905 in 1989.
The Batavia cinema could reopen
The former Randall 15 cinema in Batavia could show films again by the end of the year. Mayor Jeff Schielke confirmed Wednesday that Emagine Entertainment would be the new operator. The new space will feature a 94-foot-wide screen called Emax as part of the remodel.