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Dist. 15 holds budget forum:

Palatine Township Elementary District 15 will hold a budget information forum for community members from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Sundling Junior High, 1100 N. Smith St., Palatine. The focus will be on possible expenditure reductions for the 2012-13 school year. Participant feedback on solutions to the structural deficit also will be discussed. District 15 faces up to a $10 million deficit next year. A similar forum for staff will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit ccsd15.net.

Meetings on home rule vote:

Informational meetings about a referendum on whether Prospect Heights should become a home rule community begin this week. The first meeting will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at city hall, 8 N. Elmhurst Road. The second will be 1-3 p.m. March 3 at the Rob Roy Community clubhouse, 270 Country Club Drive. Leonard Digate, a member of the city's finance committee, said that after a short presentation, most of the time will be for questions. Several city officials will attend the first meeting. For information call city hall at (847) 398-6070 or email Digate at ldigate@hotmail.com.

Senate candidates to speak:

Julie Morrison and Milton Sumption, 29th State Senate District candidates in the Democratic primary to replace retiring incumbent Susan Garrett, will speak to the Wheeling Township Democratic Organization at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, 1310 W. Northwest Hwy, Arlington Heights. Topics include the 2012 campaigns and the state of the state. State Rep. Elaine Nekritz, who is running for re-election,also will appear. Email info@wheelingdems.com for more information.

Palatine award event:

The Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its third annual Key to Success Awards and Installation Dinner Thursday, Jan. 26, at Cotillion Banquets, 360 S. Creekside, Palatine. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres start at 5 p. …