Commission seeking Image Award nominations:
Elgin’s Image Advisory Commission is seeking nominations for its prestigious Image Awards, which recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations that have had a positive impact on Elgin. Awards are available in six categories: individual professional; individual volunteer; projects; organizations or businesses; citizenship award and teen impact. Nomination deadline is January 24. Nomination forms are available at cityofelgin.org/imageawards
or at City Hall.
MLK Day Celebration:
Each year, the City of Elgin Human Relations Commission takes great pride in presenting a weekend of activities celebrating the life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year's events include a food drive, the annual MLK Prayer Breakfast at Hemmens Cultural Center on January 13 with guest speaker Secretary of State Jesse White, and a Youth Leadership Conference at The Centre on January 15. For more information, visit cityofelgin.org/mlk
Elgin High sends three to perform at Hamilton:
Three Elgin High School students performed before the cast and crew of “Hamilton” and more than 1,500 students in Chicago as part of the Hamilton Education Project. Elgin High School juniors Fernanda Palomar, Mollie Geron and Alexandra Sampieri performed a rap that touched on the debate between Washington and Hamilton on the role of both free and enslaved African-Americans in the revolution. Teachers John Devine and Heather Misner presented students with the competition as they studied the founding of America.
Elgin ranks highly as Illinois Safest City:
In a recent survey by SafeHome.org, the city of Elgin was ranked #2 for cities with populations over 100,000, and #11 for cities with a population of 50,000+ on SafeHome.org's study of the Safest Cities in Illinois. Elgin's overall safety score was 86.24 out of a possible 100, ranking it ahead of cities like Aurora and Schaumburg.
City Skate now open:
The ice rink is located in Civic Center Plaza, between City Hall and the Hemmens Cultural Center. Ice rink and warming shelter hours can vary due to weather. Find weekly information on those hours, plus skate rentals, lessons, and more at cityofelgin.org/cityskate. Before you head to the rink, call the Parks and Recreation Hotline at 847-931-6140 (ext. 4) for the latest updates.