Fireflies

by Natural Resources Commissioner Suzi Myers They’re back!  The wonderous flashing bugs of the summer.  Known by many different names, including lightning bugs and candle flies, fireflies are not bugs, but acutally a beetle. The firefly family, Lampyridae, includes more than 2,000 species worldwide.  We have about 170 species here in the USA, but they… Read More Fireflies

Community Crisis Center Helps Individuals and Families in Crisis

From the St. Charles Mental Health Board The Community Crisis Center was founded in 1975 in Elgin by a group of volunteers who wanted to create a safe place that would be “always home” for individuals and families in crisis, whether that crisis be domestic/sexual violence, economic crisis, or emotional anguish. Over the years, professional… Read More Community Crisis Center Helps Individuals and Families in Crisis

Fox Valley Fire Science Students Shadow St. Charles Firefighters

Six Fox Valley Career Center Fire Science students spent a day training with the St. Charles Fire Department in May. The students signed up for the City’s job shadow program, which invites local high school students to learn more about careers in public service. The students got a behind-the-scenes look at Fire Station #1 and a… Read More Fox Valley Fire Science Students Shadow St. Charles Firefighters

The Ecker Center for Behavioral Health

From the Community Mental Health Board As a trusted behavioral health organization committed to providing care in the community since 1955, Ecker Center for Behavioral Health offers an array of comprehensive services for children, adolescents, and adults.  Ecker’s has two locations in Elgin and satellite offices in St. Charles and Streamwood. Treatment is carefully planned… Read More The Ecker Center for Behavioral Health

One Thing You Can Do to Help Climate Change

by Natural Resources Commissioner Lee Haggas The negative effects of human-caused climate change can no longer be denied or ignored. Chicago-area winters have been gradually getting milder with less snow and higher average temperatures compared to 20 years ago. In the summer, more frequent use of air conditioning is needed to maintain comfort. Numerous scientific… Read More One Thing You Can Do to Help Climate Change