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  • College of DuPage Reaches Historic Headcount and FTE Spring Enrollment Feb 5, 2015 4:19 PM
    Continuing to buck regional and national trends, College of DuPage has recorded its highest-ever spring Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) and total credit headcount enrollment in the College’s 48-year history. The College’s net 10th day FTE is 15,952, up 2.1 percent over last spring. In addition, the College’s net credit headcount (full- and part-time students) is 29,108, up 3.6 percent compared to spring 2014 semester. “These numbers speak volumes,” said COD President Dr. Robert L. Breuder. “College of DuPage employees have accomplished an impressive number of achievements over the past six years, which has resulted in a continued upward enrollment trend in the face of state and national decreases.” Last month, College of DuPage was named the fastest-growing community college in the nation outside of California by Community College Week in a study with data gathered by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, a recent report from the Illinois Community College Board noted that of the 39 community college districts in Illinois, College of DuPage is the only district to grow Full-Time Equivalent enrollment over the past five years. “At a time when an educational return on investment is more important than ever, we have maintained a pulse on local, state and national workforce trends to offer students solid programming options that result in high-paying jobs and promotions through increased credentials,” Dr. Breuder said. “We have differentiated ourselves through our programs, faculty, facilities and innovation. This historic enrollment substantiates our hard work.” Over the past six years, the College has implemented nearly 70 new ICCB-approved certificates and degrees, has significantly strengthened its financial position and recently completed $550 million in campus improvements. In addition, the College has created new programming with six partner universities to offer 12 bachelor degrees on COD’s campus through its 3+1 program, has increased fundraising from $1.2 million a few years ago to more than $5 million last year, and continues to spearhead the issue of two-year colleges offering specialized baccalaureate degrees. “The value College of DuPage provides students and the community is unquestionable,” said COD Chairman Erin Birt. “We continue to differentiate ourselves by offering innovative, timely, accessible and affordable programming. Through hard work and strategic planning, we are realizing our vision of becoming the primary college district residents choose for high quality education.” Among the state’s public colleges and universities, College of DuPage, with more than 28,000 students, is the second largest provider of undergraduate education in the State of Illinois, after University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For more information, please call Joe Moore, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, at (630) 991-6557 or

  • It May Be Winter, but Spring is in the Air at COD Feb 5, 2015 4:01 PM
    Chicago’s wintry mix offers a beautiful winter landscape for the College of DuPage Glen Ellyn campus. Click here for more photos. Weathering some recent high and low temperatures, students are back for spring semester, which began Jan. 14. Registration is still open for spring, with a 12-week session and second 8-week session starting Feb. 5 and March 10, respectively. For more information, call (630) 942-2377 or register online through myACCESS. (Press Photography Network/ Special to College of DuPage)

  • COD to Offer ‘Valentines for Veterans’ Free Photo Portraits on Feb. 7 Feb 5, 2015 4:03 PM
    The College of DuPage Photography Club will take free Valentine portraits of military families on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the McAninch Arts Center, Room 276, on the College’s main campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., in Glen Ellyn. During this event, photography student volunteers will provide a free 20-minute professional portrait session for military families. Participants will leave with a compact disc of images to send to their loved ones in the armed forces. Reservations are required. To sign up, please email JoAnn Hartley at For more information, please contact Professor of Photography Terry Vitacco.

  • GLMV Chamber Names 2015 board of directors Feb 16, 2015 1:41 PM
    The Green Oaks, Libertyville, Mundelein, Vernon Hills (GLMV) Chamber of Commerce named its 2015 board of directors.

  • Take a trip around the world at the 4-H International Festival Feb 12, 2015 1:26 PM
    Each year, the Lake County 4-H Clubs choose countries to learn about and create in-depth displays.

  • D214 Community Education Travel Talks! is Feb. 13 Feb 5, 2015 7:02 AM
    D214 Community Education Travel Talks! is Feb. 13

  • New LED streetlights coming to Lombard, Bensenville Feb 4, 2015 5:30 AM
    Lombard and Bensenville neighborhoods will start to look a little brighter at night, thanks to the ongoing installion of about 800 new LED streetlights. The two communities are taking part in a pilot program to replace every ComEd-owned streetlight fixture with “smart” streetlights, which officials say will consume less energy, improve safety and result in cost savings.

  • PM Prime Steakhouse Hosts Supper Club Events Feb 5, 2015 9:46 AM
    Don your fedora or your pill box hat and get ready for the PM Prime Supper Club. Guests will step back in time to an era of straight-up martinis, silk suits and the sounds of Sinatra crooning in the background.

  • Bensenville Approves New Comprehensive Plan Feb 3, 2015 5:00 PM
    After months of dialogue with Stakeholders, the Village of Bensenville Board of Trustees approved a new comprehensive plan to guide growth and development within the community. The previous comprehensive plan was approved in 1980 and was dated in terms of the planning area and changing regional transportation infrastructure. Typically a comprehensive plan is written to provide guidance for a community to work towards its vision over the next 10 to 20 years. The Village capitalized on an opportunity offered by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), when it was awarded a Local Technical Assistance grant. CMAP and Village staff worked together on a collaborative planning process to refine the future land use vision in Bensenville. “I would like to thank CMAP for awarding Bensenville their Local Technical Assistance grant.” said Village President Frank Soto “This plan creates the framework to guide the Village in redevelopment decision-making. It is also a valuable economic development tool that will communicate our vision for re-investment by the development community.” The Bensenville Comprehensive Plan process benefited significantly from recent planning grants, including the 2011 RTA Transit Improvement Plan and Station Area/Corridor Study and the 2013 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy funded by the FAA to ensure the Village leverages benefit from the expanding O’Hare International Airport. The Comprehensive Plan will help strategically implement the recommendations of these independent planning studies. Topic areas addressed in the comprehensive plan include land use, transportation, infrastructure, parks and open space, housing, retail/commercial development, and community image and identity. The planning process included three phases, with public input being a key component of each phase. The first phase involved a thorough analysis of the existing conditions within the community using information gathered through one-on-one stakeholder interviews, steering committee meetings, focus group workshops, public meetings, review of previous studies, and available data. Phase two focused on creating a vision for the future of Bensenville by identifying goals and objectives based on findings from the Phase 1 analysis and a public visioning workshop. The final phase combined efforts from previous phases to create the comprehensive plan document containing policies, programs, and action steps to be undertaken in order to achieve the community’s future vision for the Village of Bensenville. “This planning process will position our community to be ready for new private sector investment. Our preparation and exceptional location will differentiate the Village of Bensenville as new redevelopment opportunities gain traction in an improving economy,” stated President Soto. The plan can viewed on the Village website at

  • LifeSource calls for blood donation awareness during Black History Month Feb 3, 2015 10:48 AM
    In honor of Black History Month, LifeSource is highlighting the importance of blood donation among African-Americans. Thirty-seven percent of the population is eligible to donate blood, yet fewer than 10 percent actually donate. Less than one percent of these blood donations are from African-Americans.

  • Redhawks Registration is Now Open Feb 5, 2015 7:21 AM
    - Open to residents of ALL Northwest suburbs - Practice starts August 1st - All coaches are ASEP certified - All kids welcome - NO tryouts, NO cuts! - Feeder program for all District 211 High schools - Mandatory play time - Little Scholars Program rewards for academic success - Payment plans available - Free camps on Sundays in June and July - Games on Saturdays and Sundays

  • O’Hare Paintball moving from Bensenville to Palatine Feb 3, 2015 5:30 AM
    The Palatine village council approved a plan to allow a Bensenville-based paintball company to open an indoor facility in the village and could allow an outdoor course provided that it passes a noise test this summer. “It is not as loud as people are assuming it is going to be, so I feel perfectly fine about what happened tonight,” the owner said.

  • St Stephen Culinaires present the 4th Dinner in the series; Oriental Dinner Feb 2, 2015 9:23 AM
    .St Stephen Culinaires present the 4th Dinner in the series; Oriental Dinner

  • Not Too Late-Register for NAMI Family to Family Class Feb 3, 2015 7:11 AM
    Not Too Late-Register for NAMI Family to Family Class

  • Carol Stream’s American Litho Launches Year-Long Campaign to Fight Cancer Feb 2, 2015 4:37 PM
    American Litho, one of the region’s fastest-growing commercial printing and direct marketing firms, has announced its goal to raise $20,000 for the cancer fight in 2015. Proceeds of the year-long campaign will benefit the American Cancer Society (ACS), says campaign leader Frank Arostegui, himself a cancer survivor and member of the ACS Regional Leadership Board for the DuPage (Illinois) County area. “ACS is a leader in funding research, patient support and education aimed at ending all forms of cancer,” says Arostegui. “We’re proud to be their partner in the fight to save lives.” With more than 300 staff members in Carol Stream, Illinois and a sales and customer service team in Detroit, ALitho will tap the full power of its workforce to raise funds at Relay For Life of Carol Stream on Saturday, June 27. The event takes place at Ross Ferraro Town Center, at the corner of Gary Avenue & Lies Road. Joe Bulgarelli, a member of ALitho’s sales team and resident of St. Charles, Illinois, has volunteered to serve as co-captain of the Relay team. “We can’t wait to get started and we know there will be plenty of support from employees, friends and the community,” Bulgarelli says. But raising funds is just the start, says ALitho President Mike Fontana. “We’re going to make sure employees and their families know how to reduce their own risks for developing cancer,” he adds. “We’re hoping to share some of the tools we create with other businesses in the Carol Stream, St. Charles and Bloomingdale area.” “All of us have been affected by cancer in some way – whether we’ve faced a diagnosis ourselves or watched a loved one struggle with it,” Fontana points out. “We need to support wellness education and programs that provide real help for cancer patients.” Fontana said the company is proud to support ACS programs such as Road to Recovery, which provides free rides to cancer treatment for patients who can’t get there on their own, and the 24/7 hotline (800-227-2345) for cancer patients, caregivers, family and friends. To help employees learn more about cancer prevention, ALitho will host a series of wellness events, including an April lunch-and-learn focused on simple steps to reduce risks. A cookbook featuring healthy recipes will be published this summer, followed by an ice skating event organized by ALitho employees who play and coach hockey. The company also plans to field a team for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a morning walk that will take place Sunday, October 18 at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois. “We’re planning a series of ‘wear-your-jeans-to-work’ days and a special pink-out event to get people involved in Strides,” says Arostegui. “Throughout the fall we’ll share information about nutrition, physical activity, smoking cessation and other ways that women and men can stay healthy for life.” Arostegui is a frequent contributor to ALitho’s company blog, where he recently shared the story of his cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery. He will serve as a leadership host of the ACS Black & White Ball on Saturday, February 28. More information about ACS programs, services, and fundraising events is available at or by calling 800-227-2345 anytime, day or night. American Litho ( is a leading provider of commercial printing, direct mail and packaging solutions for top brands across the U.S. The company provides a full range of web, sheet-fed, wide-format and digital printing services from its plant in Carol Stream, Illinois, along with data analytics, postal logistics, warehousing and multichannel programs for integrated marketing needs.

  • Kohl’s Cares to award nearly $400,000 in scholarships Jan 30, 2015 5:36 PM
    Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program recently announced it will award nearly $400,000 in scholarships and prizes to more than 2,500 students who have made a positive impact on their communities. Nominations for kids, age 6 to 18, will be accepted Jan. 30 to March 13 at “Children around the country are doing inspiring work in their communities every day and Kohl's is proud to reward these future leaders through the Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program,” said Bevin Bailis.

  • High school students can Explore ACES March 13-14 Jan 30, 2015 10:24 PM
    High school students can learn more about the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at “Explore ACES” on March 13-14. This student-run event introduces both prospective and admitted students to ACES faculty, academic offerings, and student organizations. More than 100 exhibits showcase academics, research, and student development opportunities. Students can also learn about study-abroad programs, how ACES graduates are using their degrees, and tips on applying for more than $2.5 million in scholarships within the College of ACES.

  • County fairs contribute to local economies Feb 2, 2015 1:41 PM
    Charlotte Roberts, 4-H member of Chain of Lakes 4-H club and Teen Ambassador represented Lake County at the annual meeting of the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs (IAAF).

  • St. Hubert Catholic School Earns Award at Future Citiy Competition Jan 27, 2015 7:25 AM
    St. Hubert Catholic School Earns Award at Future Citiy Competition

  • 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.”

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