Elgin

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Elgin will welcome chickens to 15 backyards in a pilot program.

The city will accept applications in January 2015. Permit holders will be allowed to house four hens but no roosters.

Coops must be at least 25 feet from neighbors' and they can't be visible from the street.

The city will review the program after a year.

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City planners in Elgin are giving the green light to a medical marijuana dispensary. The planning and zoning commission approved a proposal that calls for setting up the facility on Elgin's southwest side.

Elgin Focuses on Future Water Needs

Feb 1, 2013
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In our latest Community Close-Up, we look at Elgin. Like most cities, this suburb is faced with a variety of infrastructure needs and challenges. City officials say even one of their points of pride, the public water system, will need attention in the years to come.

Landmarks Illinois

Two northern Illinois structures have made the Landmarks Illinois 2012 list of Ten Most Endangered Places. They are the Freeport City Hall in Freeport and the Fox River Country Day School in Elgin.

The list, now in its 18th year, calls attention to threatened historic resources in need of assistance in the form of responsible stewardship and/or creative reuse plans. The economic downturn, public deficits and a lack of available financing continue to challenge historic sites throughout Illinois.