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June 02, 2016
NASCAR recognizes Elgin Sweeper for sustainability: Elgin Sweeper was recently recognized by NASCAR as part of their fourth annual Race to Green program, which celebrates the racing industry’s efforts to protect the environment. As the Official Sweeper of NASCAR Green, Elgin Sweeper is present at each NASCAR race event weekend to support their Air Titan equipment with the Elgin Crosswind Specialty Track Sweeper to dry rain-soaked racetracks and dry the tracks during caution periods when necessary.

Altrusa Elgin Honors Woman of the Year: Altrusa International of Elgin honored Betsy Couture at the 67th Annual Woman of the Year Recognition Dinner in May for her active involvement in a number of Elgin organizations, including Elgin Community Network, NorthEast Neighborhood Association and Elgin Historic Preservation Commission. The local Altrusa Woman of the Year Award began in 1950 when Harriet Armstrong was recognized as the first recipient.

Judson University Presents D. Ray Wilson Award: At Judson University’s annual Community Prayer Breakfast in early May, Jeff Turner, owner of In the Neighborhood Deli, was presented with the annual D. Ray Wilson award for his efforts in organizing numerous community wide meals to feed the homeless, including Elgin’s Thanksgiving Community Dinner and the “Have a Heart” Community Dinner.

U-46 Teacher Named Educator of the Year: Holly Yee, a seventh-grade science teacher at Ellis Middle School in Elgin, was named Kane County Educator of the Year at the 41st annual Kane County Educator of the Year Awards in May. Yee is well known for pairing classroom learning and real-world applications, including wading with her students through knee-deep water to identify prairie grasses. She receives a $3,000 grant for use in her classroom. 

4th of July Parade “Going for Gold”: The 2016 City of Elgin/Downtown Neighborhood Association 4th of July Parade steps off Monday, July 4 at 9:00 a.m. at Slade and Douglas Avenues. The Olympic-themed parade will feature a variety of acts, floats, local high school bands and more. The day culminates with Grand Victoria Casino’s free 4th of July concert in Festival Park at 5:30 p.m. with Mark Farner, followed by post-concert fireworks along the Fox River.
Jason Pawlowski, Director - Communications & Events
jpawlowski@elginchamber.com, (847) 741-5660