The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois on March 9, 2008 · Page 108
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The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois · Page 108

Arlington Heights, Illinois
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Sunday, March 9, 2008
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SFXTTIONl DAILY IIF.RAM) SubUftM SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2008 F1 Coffee and hot chocolate help hardy souk weather cold St. Charles 9 St. Patrick's Day parade STORY BY NANCY nfrin-@dnHyhfmld.cmn 'PHOTOS BY LAURA STOECKER blorr>ter® D espite snow flurries, temperatures in the low 20s and a stiff breeze that could bring tears to the eyes of a leprechaun, the St. Patrick's Day parade went off Saturday afternoon in St. Charles without a hitch. More than 80 units — including veterans groups, Cub Scout packs, dancing Irish lasses and bagpipe veterans — showed up to march briskly down Main Street. One high school marching band begged off because of the cold. Miss Illinois Ashley Hatfield rode under blankets on the Chamber of Commerce float, while Grand Marshall Rob Johnson, CBS co-anchor, rode on a float sponsored by McNally's Irish Pub. Because of an early Easter diis year, the parade was moved up a week, increasing the chance for wintry weather. Some celebrants avoided the cold by watching from inside. "We all had a craving for coffee," joked Heather Mendel, 14, who was with her sister Lauren, 10, and a group of friends from Wredling Middle School in St. Charles. They had staked out a window table at Starbucks at First Avenue, where a crowd was buying coffee and hot chocolate. Kay Delaney of St. Charles, who had dyed her hair green, was with her neighbor Kathy Pulelo and Kathy's daughter Jill inside the coffee shop before the start of the parade. Delaney said she was definitely watching the parade outside, but she couldn't help thinking of last year. "It was so gorgeous," she said wistfully. Top, Grace Quinn, 8, of St. Charles sits curbside Saturday with siblings and friends on Main Street in downtown St. Charles for the annual St. Patrick's Day parade. Included in those marching in the parade were The Bagpipes & Drums of the Emerald Society of the Chicago Police Department, above, and The Chicago Stock Yard Kilty Band, which was founded in 1921. Also in the parade was Mitchell Krolikowski, 18 months, of St. Charles, right, who was with his mom, Danielle, walking with the St. Charles Mothers Club. Sean Bench, 30, a resident of St. Charles since October, didn't let the cold stop him from watching the parade in a tartan plaid kilt, which he had ordered online. "I had to wear it; it's just a couple of hours," he reasoned. Bench is of Irish descent, and he watched the parade in Sedona, Ariz., last year. "It was a little warmer," he said. Michael Hahn of Geneva was the sole member of his family present to watch his 9-year-old daughter march with her cheerleading group. "She was really thrilled, but I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for her," Hahn said. The parade was dedicated to the memory of Vaughn Olson, who was a 15-year member of the St. Charles police force when he died last year from injuries suffered in a car crash. Olson had helped organize other St. Patrick's Day parades. for new census BY HARRY HITZEMAN Let the knockin' begin so more cash from the state can roll in. Elgin city leaders are poised to begin a monthlong census of several new subdivisions March 24. When the final tally comes in by August, it could lead to about $2.2 million more in state funding for die next two years before the next national count in 2010. Janice Ward, Elgin senior planner, said the city hoped to conduct the partial census last summer, but mapping problems at the U.S. Census bureau led to a delay. "We're very happy it's starting now," she said. New subdivisions on the east side are Mulberry Grove, Neutrenton Place, Fieldstone, River Park Place, Princeton West, Woodland Meadows, Countryfield Townes, McKenzie Woods, Oak Ridge and Castle Creek. West side subdivisions are Bowes Creek, West Point Gardens, Tall Oaks, West Ridge, Madison Homes, Tuscan Woods, Creekside, The Reserve, Edgewater, Waterford, Providence, Copper Springs, Remington Meadows, Shadow Hill, Remington at Providence and Sandy Creek Estates. The new count could allow Elgin to receive about $1.1 million more annually in state funding, such as the motor fuel tax state and income tax, which are doled out based on population. In 2000, Elgin's population was listed at 94,784. Based on housing permits, city officials believe the current population is at least 105,000. "That's a conservative estimate," Ward said. Holding a special partial census is a common plan for municipalities to cash in on more state funding that is based on population. Some smaller towns use the census to get a count of more tiian 25,000 people, which is the threshold for Home Rule authority and greater taxing power. For Elgin, the partial census — which will be completed primarily on nights and weekends — is clearly the former. "There has been so much growth," Ward said. "It's mainly to get back revenues from the state." In 2006, city leaders considered a full census. But that idea was shelved because of the $1.7 million cost, plus the city would have had to elect two more council members. That election likely won't happen until after the 2010 census. No bail for dad in 5-year-old girl's death BY MELISSA JENCO injrnco@<lailyliemUl.rum A man charged with murdering his 5-year-old daughter is being held without bond, in what Cook County authorities say could be a death penalty case. Judge Lauren Gottainer Edidin ordered Elmyr Lawson, 37, of 9205 Potter Road in unincorporated Maine Township, held without bond during a hearing at the Skokie courthouse Saturday. Lawson is charged with two counts of first-degree murder for allegedly suffocating his daughter, Kae, with a towel in their home Thursday. Lawson admitted killing the child because she had messed up her toys, Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart said Friday. The Cook County medical examiner's office conducted an autopsy and declared the official cause of death as suffocation and ruled it a homicide, a spokesman said Saturday. In asking that Lawson be held without bond, Assistant Elmyr Lawson Kae Lawson State's Attorney Michele Gemskie said he exhibited "brutal and heinous behavior" and that the preschooler's death was a "prolonged and agonizing way to die." Gemskie said Lawson is eligible for the death penalty, but did not say if they would seek it. Lawson's attorney, Richard Wing, said his client has a history of mental problems and was on a "plethora of medications," some of which were being taken properly and some not. Daily Hera Id FOUNDED 1872 Daily Herald (USPS 032020) is published daily by Paddock Publications Inc. 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