News briefs from Lake Forest and Libertyville.
Officers join force
The Lake Forest Police Department inducted three new officers on Aug. 5. They are Rico Stringer, Dan Markus and Dominick Bellino.
They join the 34-person department and are the first hires under the city's lateral hiring agreement, which was authorized in 2012. Stringer formerly was with the North Chicago Police Department. Markus was with the Chicago Police Department, and Bellino was with the Richmond Police Department.
The lateral hiring agreement allows officers from other departments to move to a new department without having to go through new recruit training.
Gov. Pat Quinn announced last week that $687,000 in grants will go to two hospitals in Lake and McHenry counties as part of the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, according to a press release from the governor's office.
The Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville will receive about $325,000 for a new nurse call system and new neuro microscope. Centegra Hospital in Woodstock will receive about $362,000 to relocate and renovate an infusion center, and to renovate the radiography and fluoroscopy rooms.
That money is part of the $24.3 million set aside for this fiscal year to address capital construction projects outside of the Chicago metro area, according to the release. So far, the program has given $150 million to private hospitals for capital projects.
"It is crucial that hospitals have the most up-to-date facilities and equipment to deal with the health care needs of Illinois residents," Quinn said. "These grants will help Lake and McHenry county hospitals provide better service to their patients."
Meetings streamed live?
Community High School District 128 Superintendent Prentiss Lea said the school board is considering having meetings live streamed online and to have all of the public documents available on the school board's website.
The district oversees Libertyville and Vernon Hills high schools.
All documents that are made available at any school board meeting or committee meeting would be available for public viewing.
Lea said they are going to have cameras installed in the next few months so people can watch full board meetings and committee meetings.
Local 5k signup
The Libertyville Twilight Shuffle 5k is expected to draw more than 1,000 runners for the annual race on Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. in Libertyville on Newberry Avenue. The race goes through the east side of Libertyville.
Runners can register until Aug. 28 at signmeup.com/9152. Adults register for $35 and anyone between the ages of nine to 17 registers for $25. A post-race party will be at Mickey Finn's in downtown Libertyville.