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  • Victory Auto Wreckers to replace its classic car-door-falling-off commercial Jan 23, 2015 4:23 PM
    The iconic television commercial that made Victory Auto Wreckers a household name is slated to end its nearly 30-year run on Chicago airwaves later this year. Victory owner Kyle Weisner says a new commercial is in the works for his Bensenville business. The new ad is expected to debut in late spring or early summer. “Our product has changed,” Weisner said. “It’s important that we get the message out that the product is different.”

     
  • Norwegian National League of Chicago offers scholarships Jan 26, 2015 9:15 AM
    The Norwegian National League of Chicago is offering scholarships and cash prizes to deserving students who are of Norwegian heritage residing in the counties of Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, McHenry and Will.

     
  • Suburban home prices experience strong gains in 2014 Jan 21, 2015 5:26 PM
    The suburban Chicago housing market ended 2014 on a positive note: the number of homes that went under contract in December 2014 increased 19.4 percent over the same period last year, the largest year-over-year increase to date. Home prices also continued to grow, with the median sales price of detached homes up 8.8 percent compared with 2013, according to statistics released today by the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS.

     
  • Bowling for Charity Event at Streamwood Bowl! Jan 21, 2015 7:09 AM
    Bowling for Charity Event at Streamwood Bowl!

     
  • Got an idea for a new Victory Auto Wreckers ad? Jan 20, 2015 8:30 AM
    Do you think you can produce a better TV commercial than the one that made Victory Auto Wreckers a household name? The Bensenville company is holding a YouTube contest to see if amateur directors can improve on the commercial has enjoyed a 30-year run on Chicago airwaves. “They could recreate the commercial in a new, novel way,” said Jesse Padilla, Victory’s marketing director. "They could even take it a completely different way.”

     
  • Bensenville's Victory Auto Wreckers gets a makeover Jan 20, 2015 6:43 AM
    Victory Auto Wreckers is completing a multimillion dollar upgrade of its recycling facility in Bensenville that will allow its inventory to expand from 350 cars to as many as 900 cars. “We're excited for our customers to have a great experience coming out to the yard,” said Jesse Padilla, Victory's marketing director. “It's going to be easy for them to get what they need.”

     
  • Singing Valetine’s or Telegrams Jan 19, 2015 7:18 AM
    Singing Valetine’s or Telegrams

     
  • Moody’s Upgrades Village of Bensenville’s Debt Rating to Aa3 Jan 16, 2015 5:17 PM
    Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded the Village of Bensenville’s General Obligation Unlimited Tax (GOULT) debt rating to Aa3 from A1. Concurrently, Moody’s has upgraded the rating on the Village’s GOLT debt certificates to A1 from A2. The Aa3 rating reflects the Village’s stable financial operations with a substantial increase in reserve levels. Also incorporated into the rating is the Village’s stabilizing tax base, socioeconomic profile, above average debt profile, and manageable pension burden. “We have put a high priority on stabilizing the finances of the Village of Bensenville. It’s nice to see that work being validated by a reputable independent firm such as Moody’s. The bottom line is that better credit ratings ultimately translate into reduced interest costs for the Village. Our taxpayers will save money because of this upgrade.” said Village President Frank Soto. The Moody’s report stated that the Village’s financial operations will likely remain sound, given positive revenue trends and improved local and regional economic conditions. Moody’s also recognized the results achieved by a professional management team recruited in 2009 that has successfully maintained reserves through conservative budgeting and posting annual surpluses of between $1 million and $3 million. Since 2008 expenditures fell from $29 million to $21 million, underscoring efforts by management to control costs. The upgrade report also acknowledged that 65 percent of the Village’s debt would be retired within the next ten years. “The Village of Bensenville has recovered from unprecedented financial setbacks caused by airport expansion and severe economic conditions. The Village Board and our leadership team are disciplined stewards of our public funds. We will continue to work towards one of our fundamental community goals to be financially sound while providing quality customer focused services.” said Village President Soto.

     
  • Mueller Financial Services honored with Five Diamond Eagle Firm Award Jan 16, 2015 3:37 PM
    Mueller Financial Services, Inc., headquartered in Elgin, was recognized for its outstanding achievements at 1st Global’s recent annual national conference held at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

     
  • Waterleaf to Host Hall and Walt Wine Dinner on Feb. 12 Jan 16, 2015 5:12 PM
    Waterleaf Restaurant in Glen Ellyn will host an exclusive Hall and Walt Wine dinner on Thursday, Feb. 12. “In the cold of a Chicago winter, we invite guests to Waterleaf to taste of the sunshine of California’s Napa Valley and Sonoma County,” said Waterleaf General Manager Jean-Pierre Leroux. “This exclusive evening features a delicious menu complemented by the wonderful wines of this distinctive Pacific Coast winery.” Following a reception at 6:30 p.m. featuring 2013 Hall Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, the first course includes Seared Scallops, fig caponata, preserved meyer lemon and grapefruit-melon sabayon paired with 2012 Walt Chardonnay, La Brisa, Sonoma County. The second course offers Lamb’s Lettuce with strawberries, brie, binoche, hazelnuts and raspberry vinaigrette paired with 2012 Walt Pinot Noir, La Brisa, Sonoma County. The third course features Coffee Crusted Beef Short Rib with glazed baby carrots, crisp shallots and coffee scented just paired with 2011 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley. The fourth course includes Artisanal cheeses and toast points with marmalade paired with 2011 Hall “Kathryn Hall” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley. The final course is Flourless Chocolate Cake with chocolate sorbet and morello cherries. The price of this exclusive four-course, five-wine dinner is $80 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required for this event. To make a reservation for this exclusive Hall and Walt wine dinner at Waterleaf, call (630) 942-6881. Based in Sonoma, California, Hall and Walt Winery specializes in the production of artisan Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Owned by husband and wife team Craig Hall and Kathryn Walt Hall, the winery’s vineyards span nearly 1,000 miles in some of California’s most distinctive growing sites, including Anderson Valley, Sonoma County, Sta. Rita Hills and the Willamette Valley. The winery follows a philosophy of non-interventionist and organic farming practices winemaking that allows the wines to naturally reflect the character of the sites in which the grapes are grown. In addition, the winery uses hand and selective harvesting techniques that ensure only the cleanest and ripest fruit is used. In 2009, the winery became California’s first to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. Waterleaf, led by Leroux and Executive Chef Nadia Tilkian, is located on the College of DuPage campus in the Culinary & Hospitality Center, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn. Featuring moderately priced brunch, lunch and dinner options, the restaurant’s menu contains offerings developed with locally-sourced ingredients. The contemporary light-filled dining room has a modern décor and dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a beautiful view of a scenic lake. Its walls display a collection of black-and-white lithographs by renowned American artist Richard Serra, and there is a cozy bar area to enjoy cocktails and light snacks. Waterleaf has earned Diner’s Choice Awards for Best Ambience, Best Overall, Best Service, Fit for Foodies and Special Occasion on OpenTable.com, where it maintains a 4.6/5.0 rating. Most recently, Waterleaf received its third consecutive Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. This award, given annually to restaurants in the U.S. and 65 countries worldwide, confirms that Waterleaf’s beverage program is consistent with its dining concept, style and price point. In addition, Waterleaf recently received a three-star “Excellent” review from Chicago Tribune’s renowned food critic Phil Vettel. For more information and to make reservations, call (630) 942-6881 or visit www.waterleafrestaurant.com.

     
  • COD Testing Welcomes New Partnership Jan 16, 2015 5:24 PM
    The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) recently admitted the National College Testing Association (NCTA) to its membership. “The Testing Centers at College of DuPage are dedicated to enhancing student success by providing comprehensive, accessible testing services,” said COD Coordinator of Specialized Testing Services Jarret Dyer. “All centers are committed to maintaining the highest compliance with NCTA’s Standards and Guidelines. As an institutional member of NCTA, the College is extremely pleased with this new partnership.” Founded 35 years ago as a consortium of 11 associations, CAS is dedicated to fostering and enhancing student learning, development and achievement. The organization creates and delivers standards, guidelines and self-assessment guides designed to lead to a host of quality programs and services. CAS membership currently comprises 41 professional organizations reflecting a wide range of student oriented functions across higher education. Members of the NCTA include testing professionals in post-secondary institutions and other professional testing venues, as well as companies with test-related products and services. The NCTA promotes professionalism and quality in the administration of testing services and programs, including issues related to test administration, test development, test scoring and assessment. Currently, the NCTA has more than 2,000 members, representing more than 60 post-secondary institutions and more than 40 corporations and certification agencies in the U.S. and Canada. College of DuPage Testing Centers are located in Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream, Naperville and Westmont. Click here for more information.

     
  • COD to Host Scholar Visit Day on Feb. 3 Jan 16, 2015 5:25 PM
    The College of DuPage office of Admissions and Outreach invites current high school students to Scholar Visit Day on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 5 p.m. in the Student Resource Center, Room 2000, on the College’s main campus in Glen Ellyn. This event is free and open to the public. “We are thrilled to offer current and prospective students the wonderful opportunity that scholarships can provide,” said COD Board Chair Erin Birt. “While COD is well-known for providing incredible value through top-notch academics at an affordable price, we are pleased with the opportunity to provide eligible students with some additional relief from the financial burden of earning a college education.” Aimed at 2015 high school graduates in College District 502 with a 3.80/4 or 4.75 grade point average or a composite ACT score of 27 or higher, this free session will offer information about scholarships that are available to College of DuPage students, including types of scholarships, qualifying standards and the application process. In addition, a tour of the College will precede the presentation. For more information and to RSVP, call (630) 942-3000 or email scholarvisit@cod.edu. Click here for more information on scholarships at College of DuPage.

     
  • COD’s Global Flicks Film Festival Begins Feb. 4 Jan 16, 2015 5:27 PM
    Global Flicks, a festival of eight award-winning international films, will be presented on Wednesdays, Feb. 4 to March 25, in the Belushi Performance Hall of the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., in Glen Ellyn. Global Flicks is co-sponsored by the COD Field and Experiential Leading, Study Abroad and Global Education programs and the McAninch Arts Center. The films will be shown at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Films are shown in their original language with English subtitles, and each screening concludes with a moderated discussion of the film and its subject matter. Additionally, Waterleaf, the fine-dining restaurant at COD’s Glen Ellyn campus, will provide a pre-show themed prix fixe menu at 5 p.m. In addition, the College’s Continuing Education program will offer a themed lunch and casual film discussion at Wheat Café, the student-operated restaurant, at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, (“Waste Land”) and Wednesday, March 4 (“La Vita E Bella”). For more information, call the MAC Ticket Office at (630) 942-4000 or click here. “Omar” (Palestine) – Feb. 4 Directed by Hany Abu-Assad Academy Award Nominee 2014 for Best Foreign Language Film, “Omar” is a gripping thriller about betrayal, suspected and real, in the Occupied Territories. Omar is a Palestinian baker by day who climbs over the separation wall to visit his girl Nadja. By night, he risks his life with friends to strike at the Israeli military. Arrested after the killing of an Israeli soldier, Omar becomes an informant beginning a dangerous game. Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad has made a dynamic, action-packed drama about the insoluble moral dilemmas and choices facing those on the frontlines of a conflict that shows no sign of letting up. (97 min.) Vivir es facil con los ojos cerrados (Living is easy with eyes closed)” (Spain) – Feb. 11 Directed by David Trueba It is 1966 in Spain. English teacher and die-hard Beatles fan Antonio resolves to go on a road trip to Almería to meet John Lennon, who is shooting a film there. On the journey, he picks up two young runaways: Bethlehem – a pregnant girl fleeing a convent, and Juanjo – a boy escaping a dictatorial father. ‘Living is easy with eyes closed,’ from Lennon’s “Strawberry Fields Forever,” evokes the spirit of the 60s while reflecting on a time in Spanish history when dreams seemed impossible. (108 min.) “Waste Land” (Brazil) – Feb. 18 Directed by Lucy Walker Filmed over three years, “Waste Land” documents renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from Brooklyn, to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. He photographs an eclectic band of “catadores,” self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. With collaboration from these inspiring characters, Muniz creates photographic images using garbage that reveal the dignity and despair of the catadores, who begin to re-imagine their life. This documentary shows the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit. (99 min.) “Wadjda” (Saudi Arabia) – Feb. 25 Directed by Haifaa al-Mansour Wadjda, a 10-year old Saudi girl living in Riyadh, dreams of owing a green bicycle that she passes every day. She wants to race against Abdullah but riding bikes is frowned upon for girls and Wadjda’s mother refuses to buy the bike. Wadjda raises the money herself by entering a Koran competition at school. She wins, but is told that the money will instead be donated to Palestine on her behalf. This is the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first feature-length film by a female Saudi director. Wadjda presents a vivid window into a corner of the globe where cinema has been all but silenced. (98 min.) “La Vita e bella (Life is Beautiful)” (Italy) - March 4 Directed by Roberto Benigni In 1930s Italy, a carefree Jewish book keeper named Guido has a perfect life marrying a lovely woman from a nearby city. They have a son and live happily together until the occupation of Italy by German forces. In an attempt to hold his family together and help his son survive the horrors of a Jewish Concentration Camp, Guido imagines that the Holocaust is a game and that the grand prize for winning is a tank. (116 min.) “Brat (Brother)” (Russia) - March 11 Directed by Aleksei Balabanov Danila Bagrov returns home after serving in the Russian Army. Not satisfied in the small town, he moves to St. Petersburg to be with his older brother and start a new life. He discovers his brother is a contract killer and gangster, and is forced into the criminal world. This gangster film depicts the problems of Russia in the 1990s: crime, poverty, disaffection of the Russian youth and failing families brought about in the aftermath of the Soviet collapse. (99 min.) “The Wind that Shakes the Barley” (Ireland) - March 18 Directed by Ken Loach Set in rural Ireland in the 1920s, this war drama tells the fictional story of two County Cork brothers Damien and Teddy O’Donovan who join the Irish Republican Army to fight for Irish independence from the United Kingdom. While one brother started as a socialist and changes to adopt the ways of war, the other brother mellows after experiencing the endless suffering of war. The brothers oppose each other during the Irish Civil War just years later. (127 min.) “The Lady” (Burma) - March 25 Directed by Luc Besson Based on the true story of Aung San Suu Kyi (Nobel Peace Prize, 1991), the Lady is an epic love story about Suu Kui and her husband Michael Aris, and their extraordinary sacrifice of family happiness for a higher cause. Despite distance, long separations and a dangerously hostile regime, their love endured. “The Lady” follows the peaceful quest for democracy in Burma by Suu Kyi who was held under house arrest for more than fifteen years by military junta.(132 min.)

     
  • Classic Cinemas presents annual “Predict the Oscars” contest Jan 15, 2015 5:41 PM
    The award season has begun, and Classic Cinemas has announced its annual “Predict the Oscars” contest for the 2015 Academy Awards competition! The nominees were announced on Jan. 15, and it’s time to pick your favorites to win.

     
  • Suburban towns to hire experts to combat O'Hare noise Jan 14, 2015 6:09 AM
    A coalition of suburban towns is assembling a panel of experts to fight noise from O'Hare International Airport. Members of the Suburban O'Hare Commission, a group of 11 governmental entities in Northwest suburban Cook County and Northern DuPage County, could hire technical and legal aviation consultants as early as next month who will provide advice on ways to make the skies less noisy.

     
  • DuPage County towns join forces to fill Dominick’s vacancies Jan 14, 2015 2:47 PM
    Six DuPage County communities are working together to fill large retail vacancies they’ve been dealing with for more than a year — the grocery stores formerly occupied by Dominick’s. Bartlett, Bensenville, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Wheaton and Woodridge are combining forces to recruit potential new grocers or other large retailers. “By combining our resources, we can offer conveniently the information needed for their market assessment," said Jason Zawila, a planner who coordinates economic development efforts for the village of Woodridge.

     
  • PM Prime Steakhouse Offers Truffle Dinner Jan 14, 2015 10:17 AM
    On Wednesday, January 28 at 6 p.m., PM Prime Steakhouse will host a special six-course dinner exploring one of the most sought after culinary treasures: The Truffle.

     
  • Sedgebrook’s Squires Club honors Lambs Farm partnership Jan 19, 2015 9:02 AM
    Since the opening of Sedgebrook senior living community in Lincolnshire nearly ten years ago, residents of nearby Lambs Farm for people with disabilities have provided waste management services to residents of Sedgebrook.

     
  • Pyke: O'Hare noise rising as suburban election issue Jan 12, 2015 3:29 PM
    The jet cacophony from new runways at O'Hare is making noise in some municipal elections, but whether the suburbs can apply leverage against Chicago and the Federal Aviation Administration is an open question.

     
  • Student Trustee Named Certified Student Leader at National Leadership Conference Jan 7, 2015 5:43 PM
    College of DuPage Student Trustee Omar Escamilla (right, Hanover Park) is congratulated by Board of Trustees Chair Erin Birt for being named a Certified Student Leader at the National Center for Student Leadership Conference. Only 5,000 student leaders world-wide have received the NCSL certification since 1994. Escamilla attended the conference this past November, where he completed a leadership portfolio. Click here to learn more about Escamilla’s experience at College of DuPage.

     
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