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The Northwest Herald's "All About" series begins with Algonquin and Lake in the Hills. We look at their histories, their people, and their unique qualities that make them great places to live in, shop in, and visit.

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About the Villages

Village President
John Schmitt

Village Clerk
Jerry Kautz

Village Trustee
Brian Dianis

Village Trustee
Jerry Glogowski

Village Trustee
Robert Smith

Village Trustee
Debby Sosine

Village Trustee
John Spella

Village Trustee
Jim Steigert

Village Manager
William Ganek
Lake in the Hills
Village President
Ed Plaza

Village Clerk
Denise Wasserman

Village Trustee
Stephen Harlfinger

Village Trustee
Ray Bogdanowski

Village Trustee
Paul Mulcahy

Village Trustee
Bob Huckins

Village Trustee
Denise Barreto

Village Trustee
Russ Ruzanski

Village Admin.
Gerald D. Sagona
  • LITH population grew slowly … then exploded

    LAKE IN THE HILLS – For many years, the village’s population and footprint slowly grew. The first re ...
    April 25, 2012 - 10:26 am
  • Historical society works to preserve Ford School

    LAKE IN THE HILLS – Within the past year, volunteers have been working to save a former one-room schoolhouse built in 1886.
    April 25, 2012 - 10:39 am
  • Not just a retail hub

    The retail locations in Algonquin and Lake in the Hills often steal the villages’ respective business spotlights, but both have a healthy group of man ...
    April 24, 2012 - 2:56 pm
  • Algonquin has seen growth, changes

    ALGONQUIN – People began settling in what now is Algonquin in November 1834, two years before they were allowed to be on the land.
    April 25, 2012 - 10:21 am
  • Bypass could change face of downtown

    ALGONQUIN – From its humble beginnings in the 1890s to today, the face of downtown Algonquin has undergone significant of transformation, but at the s ...
    April 25, 2012 - 10:40 am
  • Paths, parks beckon in Algonquin, LITH

    Whether it’s pedaling, splashing, skating or simply admiring the wildflowers that motivates you to take in the great outdoors, Algonquin and Lake in t ...
    April 25, 2012 - 10:45 am
  • Run Thru the Hills race always draws a crowd to LITH

    Mark Rotundo probably could describe every twist and turn of the well-known 10-kilometer running course in Lake in the Hills.
    April 25, 2012 - 10:41 am
  • Despite growth, LITH’s beauty intact

    Marilyn Stark had one thought when her family first arrived at a house on a lake in the middle of farmland.
    April 25, 2012 - 10:40 am
  • Algonquin festivals

    ALGONQUIN FOUNDERS’ DAYS, 53rd annual, July 26-29, Towne Park, 100 Jefferson St., Algonquin. Carnival, Taste of Founders, live bands, cardboard boat r ...
    April 25, 2012 - 10:44 am
  • Labahn-Hain farmhouse recalls LITH’s roots

    LAKE IN THE HILLS – Overlooking Woods Creek Lake is the Labahn-Hain house, a former farmhouse that has been restored and is used for a village prescho ...
    April 25, 2012 - 10:41 am
  • Latest Village News

    July 24, 2014
    • Jessica W. Branham, 42, 1310 Getzelman Road, Hampshire, was charged Monday, July 7, with retail theft.
    July 23, 2014
    LAKE IN THE HILLS – Chicago Grill, a Chicago-style hot dog place, opened its doors this week in Lake in the Hills.
    • A global positioning system was taken from an unlocked vehicle Monday, July 7, from the 300 block of Starwoods Pass.
    July 20, 2014
    To many, spring means yard and garden work. In time past, it was the hardware store where gardeners found their needed tools and seeds. Helm Hardware located in Algonquin depicts the typical hardware store of the late 19th Century. Located along what is today's Route 31, the store was owned by George Helm between 1869 and 1894. The photo, probably taken in the late 1870s, shows (from left) Will Jayne, Dirk Morton, George Helm and Yank Threadgold.

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