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  • Wheaton Municipal Band Director Bruce Moss is celebrating his 35th season with the ensemble this year.

    Conductor celebrates 35 years with Wheaton Municipal BandJul 29, 2014 12:17 AM
    When Bruce Moss first took the baton as director of the Wheaton Municipal Band, there were more than a few skeptics. This week, Moss will celebrate his 35th anniversary with the band and those skeptics are long, long gone.

  • Artist Rahmaan Statik works on the portrait of Emiliano Zapata, a famous Mexican revolutionary figure depicted on a 15- by 300-foot mural being painted in Rosemont. Statik is working with a group of local students to install the mural across from the Rosemont Recreation Center.

    Rosemont students, Chicago artist partner to create mural of Mexican cultureJul 28, 2014 5:38 PM
    A group of young Rosemont artists and a Chicago muralist are bringing some color, and pride, to the sides of formerly drab brick industrial buildings near the Rosemont Recreation Center. The 15-by-300-foot mural is a reflection of Mexican culture.

  • Nine-year-old Drew McCarthy of Antioch rides Party with help from instructors Lindsey Weick and Marle Novacnik during the annual Family Summerfest and Participant Horse Show Event hosted by Partners for Progress in Wauconda. The programs’ riders with special needs showcased their riding skills for family and friends.

    Wauconda equine therapy program helps special needs kidsJul 28, 2014 2:30 PM
    Evan Zaloudek, 29, is autistic. Though he is very friendly, he has had problems with speech development and verbalization, said his mother Lorna Zaloudek of Lindenhurst. But in the nine years since he started riding horses at the Partners for Progress barn in Wauconda, she said, Evan’s personality has developed, and his speech has improved. “Since he’s been at the barn, he has just blossomed into this man who talks to anybody and everybody,” Lorna Zaloudek said.

  • District 211 saves millions fighting tax appealsJul 28, 2014 5:31 AM
    Since 1998, Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 has spent $1.06 million fighting the tax appeals of commercial property owners, winning back $12.25 million from settled and withdrawn challenges. "We believe it is our duty and our responsibility," Superintendent Dan Cates said.