Mount Prospect wants input on STAR line plan

Published1/16/2009 12:03 AM

If you have not had a chance to study proposals for the Suburban Transit Access Route or STAR line that Metra has proposed, you may be surprised to learn that it affects Mount Prospect.

All of the recent publicity about the sale of the EJ&E railroad line out west and concerns about how that sale will affect the proposed STAR line have left many people thinking that the STAR line will only connect the western suburbs, from Joliet to Hoffman Estates.


But the proposed line would also turn east near the Sears headquarters and run down the middle of the Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) to Rosemont and O'Hare International Airport. And one of the stops along the way is expected to be at Busse Road and the Northwest Tollway at the southern edge of Mount Prospect.

The village has been hard at work with the Regional Transportation Authority to plan for this eventuality. Officials have been evaluating the current level of Pace and Metra transit services, usage and access to them, and potential redevelopment opportunities in the area of the proposed Busse Road STAR line station.

If you are interested in hearing more about this project and providing input on the recommendations the village has included in its draft plan, you will have your chance to do both when members of the village's Community Development department hold a community workshop at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the Mount Prospect Public Library, 10 S. Emerson St.

Phone Clare O'Shea, senior planner, at (847) 818-5312 if you have any questions.

Lincoln Birthday concert

The Northwest Symphony Orchestra will present the second concert of its 57th season at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 18, in the theater of Maine West High School, 1755 S. Wolf Rd., Des Plaines.

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The concert will feature music by American composers who lived during and after President Lincoln's time including Aaron Copland, Dudley Buck, John Paine, Charles Ives, George Chadwick and Louis Gottschalk.

The Arlingtones barbershop quartet will make a special appearance and Mel Zellman, radio personality formerly of WFMT, will serve as narrator.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students. Children under 14 are free when accompanied by an adult.

Animal adoption a success
Congratulations are due to Millie's Hallmark owners Bob Dooley and Bill Reddy who donated more than $1,700 to the Mount Prospect Emergency Food Pantry last month, thanks to their second annual "animal adoption program."

Dooley and Reddy purchased plush polar bears and seals in various sizes and offered them for "adoption," complete with adoption papers. All of the proceeds from the program were donated to the food pantry. They also donated some of the animals to the Human Services department's toy drive.

"With the economic downturn and more and more people out of work, the need for donated goods is greater than ever," said Nancy Morgan, director of Human Services for the village. "The effort that this business put forth to help those less fortunate was incredible."

Millie's Hallmark is located at 1024 S. Elmhurst Road, Mount Prospect.

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