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  • Glen Ellyn native serves aboard Navy warship in Norfolk

    Updated Oct 12, 2023

    NORFOLK, Va. - Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeffrey Parker, a native of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, serves aboard a U.S. Navy warship operating out of Norfolk, Virginia. Parker graduated in 2013 from Glenbard West High School. The skills and values needed to succeed in the Navy are similar to those found in Glen Ellyn. "The biggest thing I learned in my hometown is to never be satisfied with where I'm at and to always strive for the next big thing," said Parker. Parker joined the Navy fo...

  • Have a smashing good time composting pumpkins

    Updated Oct 12, 2023

    AURORA, Ill. – Jack-o'-lanterns live a short, scary life. That is unless they are catapulted, hurled, or whacked into a compost pile after the spooky season is over! "Green your Halloween" by recycling pumpkins after the holiday at one of more than a dozen University of Illinois Extension Pumpkin Smash community composting events in early November, including Friday afternoon, Nov. 3, in Kane County at McCleery Elementary School in Aurora. Why smash and not trash? Illinois i...

  • Blue Seas Med Spa raises $5,000 for Edward Foundation's Breast Program Fund

    Updated Apr 20, 2023

    (Naperville, IL – Dec. 12, 2022) – Blue Seas Med Spa in Naperville has donated $5,000 to the Edward Foundation's Breast Program Fund. The team spent the month of October raising awareness of breast cancer and entered customers who donated into raffles. Blue Seas Med Spa offers medical aesthetics and skin enrichment services. Learn more at www.blueseasmedspa.com. Since it was established in 1990, the Edward Foundation has raised more than $54 million to support Edward Hos...

  • Elmhurst Hospital maintains straight-A record in Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

    Updated Feb 20, 2023

    The Leapfrog Group has awarded Elmhurst Hospital with an "A" Hospital Safety Grade for the 22nd consecutive time, recognizing it as one of the only 22 hospitals in the country and three in Illinois to be awarded an "A" in every Hospital Safety Grade cycle since 2012. "We're proud of our straight-A streak, but we're also humbled because we realize we have to concentrate even more and work harder to maintain the high level of safety and quality of care we provide every day,"...

  • North High School to Induct Three New Members Into Athletic Hall of Fame

    Updated Jan 6, 2023

    North High School in Downers Grove will induct three new members into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place Saturday, January 7, 2023. The induction ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. in the Purple Gym ahead of the Boy's Varsity Basketball game. The 2023 North High Athletic Hall of Fame inductees include: David Edwards, Jr. - Class of 2015 All Conference Football – Quarterback - 2014 Three Star recruit by 247Sport, ESPN, Rival, and Scout – Football All Area Bas...

  • Chicago Juveniles Charged with Stealing Car from Villa Park Auto Repair Shop

    Updated Dec 7, 2022

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Villa Park Chief of Police Michael Rivas announced today that Judge Anthony Coco has ordered that two Chicago juveniles accused of stealing a vehicle from a Villa Park auto repair shop will be released to the custody of their parent or guardian. The juveniles have each been charged with one count of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle (Class 2 Felony). On December 3, 2022, a Patrol Officer with the Villa Park Police Department observed a crashed vehicle in the parking lot o...

  • Bond Denied for Man Accused of Opening Fire at Yorktown Mall

    Updated Nov 18, 2022

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Lombard Chief of Police Roy Newton announced today that bond has been denied for a man accused of opening fire at the Yorktown Mall last weekend. Ronald Grundy, 22 (d.o.b. 2/18/2000) of Louisville, Kentucky, appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge John Kinsella granted the State’s motion to deny bond. On November 14, 2022, Grundy’s alleged accomplice, Jakobi Kinsey 24, (d.o.b. 8/11/1998) of the 3200 block of W. Douglas Boulevard, Chicago, appeared at a bond heari...

  • DuPage County Launches 211

    Updated Nov 18, 2022

    On Nov. 15, DuPage County launched 211 – a free, confidential information and referral service that will provide a central access point to local health and human services 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Beginning Nov. 15, the 211 line will enable DuPage County residents to use an easy three-digit number to access help by phone – or via the new 211 web address, 211dupage.gov. Anyone will be able to obtain immediate referrals to mental health services, addiction support and rehabilitation, crisis counseling, supplemental foo...

  • Bond Set at $100,000 for Postal Carrier Charged with Stealing Checks Intended for Others on His Route

    Updated Nov 14, 2022

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Elmhurst Chief of Police Michael McLean announced today that a postal carrier has been charged with Identity Theft for allegedly stealing more than one hundred checks intended for others from his mail route. Keevon Dockery, 22 (d.o.b. 3/14/2000) of the 7500 block of S. Wolcott Avenue, Chicago, appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge Ann Celine O’Hallaren Walsh set bond at $100,000 with 10% to apply. Dockery has been charged with five counts of Identity Theft and...

  • Rotary Club of Downers Grove to Host Annual Halloween Window Painting Event

    Updated Oct 17, 2022

    On Saturday, October 22 from 9 a.m. to noon, the Rotary Club of Downers Grove and the Downtown Management Corporation will host its annual Halloween Window Painting Event in downtown Downers Grove. The event is intended for children in K-6th grade. The family event has been a tradition since 1966. "The Halloween Window Painting Event has been around so long that some parents are bringing their own grandchildren to participate as the third generation of artists!" said Ann...

  • DCM Wonder Clubs Extend Through the School Year

    Updated Sep 28, 2022

    DuPage Children's Museum (DCM) worked in partnership with the Center for Success to deliver DCM Wonder Clubs, exceptional Arts and STEM programming designed to inspire students to wonder about the world around them and generate solutions to authentic problems. The Center for Success empowers both pre-service college students in education and PK-12 students enrolled in high-need schools in Chicago and Aurora with experiential education that provides access, resources, and...

  • District 58 Board of Education earns 2022 School Board Governance Recognition

    Updated Sep 28, 2022

    The Downers Grove Grade School District 58 Board of Education earned the 2022 School Board Governance Recognition from the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB). District 58's Board is one of only 33 Illinois school boards to earn this prestigious two-year honor. "This recognition is designed to acknowledge those school boards that have engaged in activities and modeled behaviors that led to excellence in local school governance in support of quality public education,"...

  • Judge Orders Detention for Student Accused of Bringing Gun to School

    Updated Sep 26, 2022

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and West Chicago Chief of Police Colin Fleury announced today that a fourteen-year-old male West Chicago High School student has been accused of bringing a gun to school. The juvenile appeared at a detention hearing this morning where Judge Anthony Coco ordered that he be detained until at least his next court appearance. He has been charged with one count of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon in Public – School (Class 3 Felony), one count of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Wea...

  • District 99 Students Receive Grant from the Illinois Press Foundation

    Updated Sep 19, 2022

    Journalism students at South High School in Downers Grove received a 2022 grant from the Illinois Press Foundation and Illinois Farm Bureau. The $1,400 grant will be used to purchase a professional camera and kit for students to take quality photographs. South High is one of 16 grant recipients, including North High School in Downers Grove, from across Illinois this year. "It's so invigorating to see students engaged in journalism and excited about learning the foundational el...

  • FOUNTAINDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY LAUNCHES NEW MISSION, VISION AND STRATEGIC PLAN

    Updated Sep 19, 2022

    BOLINGBROOK, Ill. – Fountaindale Public Library District is setting their sights on the future with the launch of a new mission, vision and five-year strategic plan to help guide them. The library, an innovative community institution committed to serving the needs of their patrons, began their comprehensive strategic planning process in the fall of 2021 when they hired Fast Forward Libraries LLC to facilitate the planning process. "We are very excited to enter this new e...

  • DuPage County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek Announces $585,000 Grant Approved To Expand Paving of Parking Lot at Fairgrounds

    Updated Sep 19, 2022

    WHEATON, IL – DuPage County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek announces that the DuPage County Fairgrounds’ main parking lot will be completely repaved in 2023 thanks to a $585,000 polling place accessibility grant from the Illinois State Board of Elections. A portion of the parking lot was already repaved in 2022 thanks to an initial state grant of $149,000. The Fairgrounds serves as DuPage County’s most popular polling place during Early Voting and Election Day. “Nearly 34,000 people voted at the Fairgrounds during the 2020 General...

  • The Grand Garden opens at The Morton Arboretum Sept. 18

    Updated Sep 18, 2022

    The Morton Arboretum will open its lush, colorful new 2-acre Grand Garden to the public at 1:00 p.m., Sept. 18, as part of its yearlong centennial celebration in 2022. Arboretum President and CEO Gerard T. Donnelly, Ph.D., explained that the garden was designed to showcase the beauty and diversity of plants as a masterful horticultural display. It will be a central attraction for Arboretum guests, located just steps away from the Visitor Center, spanning the length of two...

  • Senator Mark Kirk Endorses Bob Schillerstrom For President Of Dupage Forest Preserve

    Updated Sep 18, 2022

    Former US Senator Mark Kirk endorsed Bob Schillerstrom for DuPage County Forest Preserve President, Wednesday night, in front of a large group of supporters and friends. "I enthusiastically endorse and support, my friend Bob Schillerstrom, for DuPage Forest Preserve President. Bob has very capably served the people of DuPage County and has demonstrated his leadership and his integrity in every position he has held. Bob's passion for the preservation of our natural resources...

  • Bond Set for Cook County Trio Charged with Burglary from Oak Brook Nordstrom Rack and Fleeing Authorities in a High-Speed Chase

    Updated Sep 18, 2022

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Oak Brook Chief of Police Brian Strockis announced today that bond has been set for a trio of individuals accused of stealing merchandise from the Nordstrom Rack store near the Oak Brook mall. Doniesha Chew, 23 (d.o.b. 7/13/1999) of the 800 block of E. 153rd Street, Phoenix, Terrance Reed, 37 (d.o.b. 5/8/1985) of the 6000 block of S. Indiana Avenue, Chicago and Jaquay Shines, 25 (d.o.b. 1/4/1997) of the 6800 block of S. Throop Street, Chicago, each appeared at a bond hearing t...

  • Avelar Encourages Residents to Apply for Utility Bill Assistance

    Updated Sep 4, 2022

    State Rep. Dagmara “Dee” Avelar, D-Bolingbrook, is reminding constituents in need to apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP helps low-income households pay for home energy services such as heating and electricity. “As summer winds down and temperatures begin to drop, home heating becomes even more important for people to live safely and comfortably,” Avelar said. “All families deserve adequate heating and access to other energy services, no matter their financial status or other circumsta...

  • Safe Suburbs Names Mazzochi Elected Official of the Year

    Updated Sep 4, 2022

    Westmont, IL… State Representative Deanne Mazzochi (R-Elmhurst) is proud to announce Safe Suburbs USA recently named her Elected Official of the Year. “I am thankful for this award and am grateful that such organizations exist to raise awareness and take action against the rising crime rates in our suburbs. As a member of House committees that involve crime and public safety, the conversation lately in Springfield has become too one-sided. We should always look for opportunities for reform within the criminal justice sys...

  • Bond Set at $250,000 for Woodridge Man Charged with Disarming Police Officer at Woodridge Target

    Updated Sep 4, 2022

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Woodridge Chief of Police Brian Cunningham announced today that bond has been set for a Woodridge man accused of disarming a police officer after allegedly stealing merchandise from a Woodridge Target store. John Crowder, 29 (d.o.b. 10/30/1992) with an unknown address, appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge Ann Celine O’Hallaren Walsh set bond at $250,000 with 10% to apply. Crowder has been charged with one count of Disarming a Peace Officer (Class 1 Felony), one...

  • Edward-Elmhurst Health: Elmhurst woman discovers BRCA gene, takes health into her own hands

    Updated Oct 6, 2021

    Like most people, Mary Bis knew she wanted to live a long and healthy life, she just needed some additional measures to help get her health under control. Bis, 44, of Elmhurst, has a family history of cancer. While her mother was going through treatment, her mother's internal medicine physician, Diane Fabrizius, M.D., suggested Bis and her siblings get tested for the breast cancer gene (BRCA). "We did it together. Most of my family members got tested for the BRCA gene,...

  • DuPage County Health Department announces Pool Safely Day on July 15 to promote water safety

    Updated Oct 6, 2021
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    On Thursday, July 15, the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) and more than 30 Illinois agencies and organizations will participate in the first annual Pool Safely Day to raise public awareness around water safety and prevent child drownings. "As families enjoy beaches, pools, lakes, and other bodies of water, we urge parents and caregivers to be particularly vigilant and Pool Safely to keep children safe and avoid any potential tragedies this summer," said Karen Ayala,...

  • Bond Set for Two Accused of Naperville Murder

    Updated Sep 6, 2021

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Naperville Interim Chief of Police Jason Arres announced today that bond has been set for two individuals charged with first-degree murder following an altercation in a Naperville parking lot this past week. Robert Chatman-Jones, 20 (d.o.b. 12/25/2000) of the 300 block of 24th Street, Bellwood, and Desire Gray, 19 (d.o.b. 5/12/2002) of the 1900 block of Ashwood Lane, Aurora, each appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge Ann Celine O’Hallaren Walsh set bond at $4 m...

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