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Moving Picture: Elgin man gives back to God and churchEdward Hayes of Elgin has been on a long road to recovery from his drug addiction. But he firmly believes God kept pursuing him, leading him back to a better life. Now he helps clean after meals at Vineyard Church in Elgin, the very place where he got so much help from others, and from God. And he's trying to pay back what he has received. “As long as I wake up every morning, I will be here to help out,” he says.Last Updated Mar 7, 2014 1:54 PM
Victim identified in fatal Aurora crashUpdated Mar 7, 2014 1:59 PM
Aurora police have identified the 56-year-old woman who was struck and killed by a car Thursday morning while walking along Randall Road just south of Sullivan Road on the city’s west side. The victim, Frances E. Kuntz, whose last known address was on the 1800 block of Lilac Lane, suffered massive injuries as a result of the crash, police said. She died during surgery at an Aurora hospital.
Should voters get say in charter schools?Updated Mar 6, 2014 10:18 PM
A new proposal would give local voters a chance to say whether they want a charter school in their district. Last year 18 suburban school districts rejected adding a proposed online charter school in the area.
New app offers consumer protection for devicesUpdated Mar 6, 2014 2:30 PM
Bob Hanson of Cary wants to make sure consumers have enterprise-quality protection on their devices. That means, get a free download of ViaProtect, an app that offers technology, on the same level used by businesses, in order to protect your privacy and avoid identity theft, said Hanson, vice president of sales for Oak Park-based ViaForensics.
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- Tim and Susan Campbell of Rolling Meadows sample slices of Lou Malnati's famous deep-dish pizza at the 5th annual Clearbrook Around the World Food Tasting presented by Meijer. Lifetime Treasures Photography
- Students from Aurora Christian School celebrated Arbor Day on Friday, April 26. The city of Aurora provided the students with oak tree seedlings and ComEd advised the students how far away the oaks should be planted from power lines. ComEd
- Students from SciTech Discovery Kindergarten and Preschool perform during the Aurora Public Library's Groundbreaking Ceremony on May 1. The two organizations will team up again on June 15 when Aurora Public Library sponsors a Preschool Information Fair at the museum from 9 a.m. until noon. Parents and caregivers can gather information about area preschools and also find early childhood resources. Free admission to the museum will be offered to those attending the fair with a preschooler. Amy Roth
- Firefighter Kevin Leverence with the Aurora Fire Department reads a book to children assembled at the Eola Road Branch of the Aurora Public Library on Oct. 7 for Bedtime Storytime. Leverence and several of his coworkers gathered to teach the children about fire safety. Firefighter Mike Hoffman suited up in his firefighting garb complete with oxygen tank so children would know what a firefighter in action looks like. They told the children that although a firefighter may look scary, he is there to help them escape a fire. (Photo by Amy Roth) Amy Roth
- Will Lindsay (center), Republican candidate running for secretary of state, talks with Keith Wheeler of Oswego (left) and Ben Marcum of Bristol on Monday during a campaign kickoff in Sugar Grove. (Nicole Weskerna Nicole Weskerna
- Our family pet taking his place on his bed looking out the window. Isabel Trujillo
- The Pro-Life Action League hosted Christmas caroling around an empty manger outside of the Planned Parenthood in Aurora on the Saturday before Christmas. Sharing the hope of life-saving alternatives with women considering abortion, the pro-life carolers visited five different abortion providers in Chicago and four in the western suburbs (Aurora, Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, and Hinsdale). Details at www.prolifeaction.org. courtesy of Pro-Life Action League
- Dr. Dean M. Park, D.M.D. and his Geneva Smiles Dental Staff all decided to wear red today in support of National Wear Red Day! One of our Dental Assistant's family members suffers from heart disease and we wanted to show our support by participating in such a wonderful day of support! Dr. Dean M. Park's practice has been in Geneva, IL for over 3 years now. Located at 477 S. Third Street, Suite 142 Geneva IL 60134. Kristen Sommerfeld/Office Manager
- Geneva Rotary hosted its annual holiday party for over 80 clients of the Association for Individual Development. Many AID staff also attended this special event. The party featured a delicious turkey dinner, entertainment, Santa Claus and his helpers and presents for all was held Dec. 17 2013. AID clients and Geneva Rotary look forward to this special day many months in advance. Special thanks to all Geneva Rotary members, volunteers for the event and sponsors. Many pictures of the event held at First Baptist Church Geneva - West Campus are in the club photo albums at this website and also on the club Facebook page. Geneva Rotary is a service club for persons who live or work in Geneva or the surrounding area - guests and potential new Rotarians are always welcome at our meetings. Visit www.genevarotary.org David Nelson
Many of the veterans shown who reside at Windsor Park, a Covenant Retirement Community in Carol Stream, will have their service photo and other memorabilia on display in the community's Centrum beginning Friday, Nov. 8. Intended to honor all veterans, the show is open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Nov. 15. Windsor Park is located at 124 Windsor Park Drive. Captain Richard Blackburn, first row center, holds a book of his memoirs. He received the French Legion of Honor for valor in one of the main campaigns during WW II in France. Visitors can also view a world map with pushpins designating where each veteran served. Windsor Park residents plan this display each year. Those involved in 2013 are Harman Barnard, Ray Smith, Charlie Ochs, Ralph Weldon, Bill Anderson, Stan Johnson, and Herb Clausen.
For more information, call Windsor Park at (630) 510-5500.
Those pictured (left to right) are:
First row: John Weber, Henry Nelson, Jim McLuskie, Roy Comstock, Clarence Aronson, Eunice Blackburn, Richard Blackburn, Ray Smith, Matt Leonard, Warren Larson, Eugene Young, Donald White, Robert Baptista.
Second row: Bob Muzzy, Howard Headley, Reg Gerig, Len Buck, Dick Rung, Robert Fox, Check Lewis, Clayton Barker, Howard Morey, Wallace Alcorn, Charles Ochs, Stan Yohe, Edward Ayers, Dick Gerig, Jason Johnson, Wayne Cook.
Third row: Bob Doenges, Bill Anderson, David Blomberg, Jim Carr, Bill Taetzsch, Ralph Welton, Stan Johnson, Glenn Heck, George Saunders. Jim Steere
"I have a secret to tell you!"
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CKI sponsor, Naperville Evening Kiwanis President Walt Kelly, presents a sponsorship check to North Central College CKI members, Desury Parades - President NCC CKI, Adam Lapinsky - Past President, members and CKI District chair persons Megan Schmaker - Family Relations Chair and Maci Mitchell - Spastic Paralysis Chair and District Secretary.
Circle K International (CKI) is the premier collegiate and university community service, leadership development, and friendship organization in the world. Circle K clubs are organized and sponsored by a Kiwanis club on a college or university campus. CKI is a self-governing organization, elects its own officers, conducts its own meetings, and determines its own service activities. CKI blends community service and leadership training with the opportunity to meet other college students around the world. Ed Rosenberger Kiwanis Member
- Mount Prospect's very own Lee DeWyze, who won American Idol in 2010, will perform at the Cures Gala event on Oct. 26, benefiting the nonprofit Gateway for Cancer Research. Having lost his grandfather to cancer, Lee is a long-time supporter of cancer research. The musician has generously donated an autographed guitar, an autographed CD and shirt, and two tickets to his upcoming concert in Chicago. These items are being raffled to the public through Oct. 26. Raffle tickets are available for $25 each online at DemandCuresToday.org/Lee Gateway for Cancer Research
- Shannon Thompson (center), Special Events & Promotions Manager, Northern Illinois Food Bank, accepts a check for $1,400 from Lifesource staff members Dominika Janiga and Andrew McElroy. The donated food was gathered at LifeSource's 19 Chicagoland area donor centers in December as part of its "Triple Your Giving" promotion. Photo courtesy of LifeSource
- Community Service Hours play a large part in the lives of Naperville Evening Kiwanis members L to R, Fred Graham, Mike Markowicz and Larry Craig. The Naperville Evening Kiwanis, volunteer work hours to the Naperville Park District in maintaining Veterans Park,located at 303 E. Gartner Road, Naperville, IL. Naperville Evening Kiwanis is a service organization, dedicated to giving hours of service, back to the community. Kiwanis meets Monday evenings at 6:00 p.m., on the 3rd floor of the Education Building, Edward Hospital. Floyd Mallory
- The work of Bunky Echo-Hawk, Pawnee/Yakama artist from Oklahoma will be featured in the neXt gallery Celebrates Ēkwabet's 25th Birthday Bunky Echo-Hawk
- Scout arrived at Casey's Safe Haven horse rescue in Elburn looking for a new beginning. Scout and other horses and ponies are available for adoption. Please visit www.caseysil.org Alexis
This was captured at Northern Illinois University Convocation Center in DeKalb at sunset. Jodi Dirks of Face to Face Photography
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