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Mayor David Kaptain
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Apr 02

The Outdoor Event Season is Upon Us

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 2:24 PM by Mayor Kaptain

With winter behind us, the community is anxious to hear about the many events, concerts and festivals being planned for the summer season.  In addition to the five large city festivals (Valley Fox Trot, 4th of July Parade, Art and Soul on the Fox, International Fest and Nightmare on Chicago Street), the city also hosts Concerts in the Park at Wing Park and Movies in the Park at Festival Park throughout the summer. Our staff is busy again this year, planning a spectacular lineup of events that will offer something for all ages.

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Mar 03

Elgin IS the City in the Suburbs

Posted on March 3, 2014 at 11:33 AM by Mayor Kaptain

Long term strategic planning by city leaders- past and present- is paying off for our community and proving that Elgin truly is the City in the Suburbs.

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Dec 17

Education is the Proven Key to Success

Posted on December 17, 2013 at 11:01 AM by Mayor Kaptain

Sometimes we are our own worst critic. People in the community often claim that education in Elgin is not as good as it should be. But while we recognize there is room for improvement,  we also need to celebrate our successes. Recently, our community was honored by U.S. News and World Report, who rated U-46 Elgin High School as one of the top 10% of high schools in the nation.  We are very proud of our students, parents, teachers and administrators who all contributed to this prestigious recognition.

U.S. News and World Report used a 3-step process to determine its list of best high schools including: 1) Looking at reading and math scores on high school’s proficiency tests to see if students were performing better than statistically expected for the average student in the state; 2) looking at whether the school’s least-advantaged students (African American, Hispanic and Low-Income) were performing better than the average for similar students in the state; 3) Looking at college-readiness performance using Advanced Placement test data.

Over the last several months, I have been working with local school officials from U-46, District 301, ECC and others to talk about ways we can help assure that all children in Elgin receive an excellent education. We all celebrate this recognition of Elgin High as a confirmation that we are well on our way to achieving our goal.