The Palatine village council this week authorized Village Manager Reid Ottesen to begin negotiating a contract with a Rockford-based real estate firm hoping to redevelop the former Menards site on Rand Road. First Rockford Group is proposing a deal to purchase the property at 1775 N. Rand Road for $3 million initially, plus another $3 million from revenue generated by the new businesses it develops there.
For more than 30 years, Gerald J. "Chic" Anderson was one of the pioneers clearing the way for athletic excellence during the booming growth period for Palatine Township District 211. And before he retired in 1988, Anderson had built a solid foundation at Palatine High School that still thrives today. Anderson, who died Wednesday at home at age 84 after a 20-year battle with Parkinson's disease, was a true champion of high school sports, according to family and friends, and his positive attitude and tireless work ethic were recognized throughout the state and by many national organizations.