Cook County briefs

Published: 3/14/2009 12:01 AM

Des Plaines River receding

The Des Plaines River near Des Plaines is at 5.55 feet and is expected to be below flood stage, 5 feet, at 7 a.m. today, according to the National Weather Service. City public works employees will be picking up sandbags from the following locations: Big Bend at the cul-de-sac, Big Bend and Hawthorne Lane, Junior Terrace at Hawthorne Lane, and River Drive and Stewart Avenue.

Severance for fired top cop

A severance package for Schaumburg's recently fired director of police Richard Casler is still being negotiated, Village Manager Ken Fritz said. The package under discussion is different from the four months' pay originally offered, and is based on a proposal by Casler's attorney. While the village is under no obligation to offer severance to an at-will employee, Fritz said there's always a desire to make such a separation as amicable as possible. Casler has accused officials of firing him over the insurance costs for his treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which they deny. The reasons for Casler's dismissal are being kept confidential as a personnel matter, but are separate from the reasons for the police department's current restructuring, Fritz said.

Candidate forum today

The League of Women Voters will host a daylong candidates forum today at the Arlington Heights Village Hall, 33 S. Arlington Heights Road. Candidates running for Arlington Heights trustee and mayor, Northwest Suburban High School District 214 school board, Arlington Heights Park District, Arlington Heights Memorial Library board and Wheeling Township should all be there. The event is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. and end around 2 p.m. The forum will be shown live and rebroadcast on the village's access channels, Channel 6 on WideOpenWest and Channel 17 Comcast. Those attending may park on any level of the municipal garage.

St. Pat's celebration coming

Chicago native Liz Carroll and her Irish performance partner John Doyle will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights just hours before an appearance the next day for President Obama at the White House's annual St. Patrick's Day luncheon. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi invited them to play at the luncheon in honor of the president's Chicago roots. Tickets for Monday's performance are $35. Call (847) 577-2121, or go to