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  • TMA’s Zach Mottl Appointed to United States Manufacturing Panel Feb 16, 2015 7:20 AM
    TMA’s Zach Mottl Appointed to United States Manufacturing Panel

     
  • Kohl’s Cares to award $400,000 in scholarships Feb 12, 2015 10:59 AM
    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.

     
  • Fixes likely in Carol Stream farmhouse's future Feb 12, 2015 12:09 PM
    Carol Stream's historical farmhouse could soon be getting a mini makeover.Staff have been authorized to include the costs of slight renovations to the village-owned farmhouse in the village's preliminary budget.

     
  • Oak Brook Park District receives multiple awards in statewide competitions Feb 12, 2015 5:12 PM
    The Oak Brook Park District has been recognized with four statewide awards from the Illinois Park and Recreation Association [IPRA] and Illinois Association of Park Districts [IAPD]. The park district placed in three categories during this year’s IPRA/IAPD Agency Showcase competition, taking home first place in the Green Marketing Category for its repurposed vinyl padfolios. The district also placed first in the Paid Advertisement category and second in the Social Media category. 58 park, recreation and conservation agencies in Illinois entered 271 submissions that were judged during IPRA/IAPD’s annual conference in Chicago on January 22, 2015. The IAPD also selected a photograph taken by Oak Brook Park District’s graphic designer, Greg Wooley, as the first place winner in the Nature Category of the annual IAPD Give Us Your Best Shot Photo Contest. According to Jessica Cannaday, Oak Brook Park District’s marketing manager, the agency works towards creating a responsive, engaging communication strategy that focuses on receiving community feedback and making constituents aware of what is offered at the park district. “We’re very proud that our communication efforts have been recognized as some of the best in our field,” says Cannaday.

     
  • First Detector workshops share key insights on invasive species in Illinois Feb 12, 2015 8:13 PM
    More than 40 horticulture industry professionals and experienced gardeners learned about critical pest issues during the 2015 Illinois First Detector Workshop in Wheaton. Each year, the Illinois First Detector Program presents key information on invasive pests, diseases and plants through workshops in eight locations across Illinois, including the Feb. 3 event at Cantigny Gardens.

     
  • Nicor Gas Wins Awards for Leading in Energy Efficiency, Helping Consumers save Energy Feb 13, 2015 10:05 AM
    In 2010, Jim Jerozal began managing the energy efficiency program at Nicor Gas. Under Jim’s direction, Nicor Gas’ Energy Efficiency Program saved 37 million net therms last year, providing more savings than any other natural gas program in the country.

     
  • Carol Stream names new police chief Feb 11, 2015 5:44 PM
    Deputy Chief Ed Sailer has been named Carol Stream’s new police chief.Sailer, who has served as acting chief for several months, will succeed Kevin Orr, who retired last summer.

     
  • DuPage Community Foundation Grant Helps Fund Ray Graham Association’s Monarch Academy Feb 12, 2015 5:21 PM
    Helping people with disabilities and their families is what the Ray Graham Association is all about. The agency’s goal is to discover the right tools to empower each individual to reach, grow, and achieve. One way Ray Graham Association does this is through its Monarch Academy. Monarch Academy, founded in January 2011, just celebrated its four-year anniversary. A post-high school program, Monarch Academy engages its participants in the community in a variety of ways focusing on cultivating their social, recreational and life skills. The program was born from an idea that came from parents of the residents of an independent apartment complex of Ray Graham residents known as “Monarch Living,” located in Elmhurst. “The program provides a menu of options for participants in the day program,” said Kristen Garcia, program coordinator of Monarch Services for Ray Graham Association. This menu includes various social and recreational options for the young adults who are leaving the High School Transition Program for their first experiences in the adult world. The High School Transition Program includes the four years after high school and serves participants up to age 22. “The Transition Program includes teaching participants how to do their own laundry, budgeting and other life skills they might not be accustomed to doing,” added Garcia. “Once the Transition Program is completed, an adult service provider is something that most families try to find for their children. Monarch Academy is a great option for them.” “Our Monarch Academy program really developed with families who worked with us,” said Kathy Carmody, MSW, Ray Graham Association’s chief of staff. “It is the culmination of an idea of what they wanted their children to experience during the day after high school graduation. A key element is the partnership with parents, which I feel is the best part.” Monarch Academy participants range in age from 22 to mid-30s. The goal of the program from the start has been to provide opportunities for the participants to be present and active in a community for a majority of the day. The routine is to have a “home base” in the community where the Monarch Academies are set up—currently one in Burr Ridge and one in Naperville—and spend a good part of the day out and about. Creating partnerships in the communities is critical to the program’s success. “We always work closely with the families to ensure we provide the kinds of activities that they want for their sons and daughters,” said Garcia. The Monarch Academy programming runs from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday - Friday. Currently there are 21 people in the program, 11 in the Naperville location and 10 in Burr Ridge. The Monarch Academy daily schedule consists of educational and recreational sessions such as health and fitness, life skills and coaching, and the arts. Once in the program, participants typically remain until they transition into an employment-based schedule. Each month the participants work with the Monarch Academy staffers to plan the upcoming month’s program. “This helps the participants gain ownership of the program,” said Garcia. “Some of the program participants use different technology to assist them with their disabilities,” said Carmody. “The grant from The DuPage Community Foundation has enabled families with disabilities to really experience the kind of quality services and structure that Ray Graham provides to their children. That’s what’s most satisfying.” “My favorite part of Monarch Academy is that it’s different for everyone,” said Garcia. “I love the friendships and the social connection with people. There are real friendships formed and it provides a meaningful day for people. Without the program, the participants would be at home. They much rather prefer to be in the community and in a small group setting.” “Building relationships is what life is all about,” said Carmody. “This is most evident in the Monarch Academy over any other Ray Graham program and at the end of the day, that’s what people want—to feel a part of something.” The building and establishing of relationships is one aspect of the Monarch Academy which Carmody points out as a unique attribute. “Creating, fostering and carrying on relationships have always been one of the best features of our program,” said Carmody. “The Monarch Academy is a parent’s dream for his or her child. We are helping make that dream come true.” About Ray Graham Association: Ray Graham Association for People with Disabilities is a not-for-profit organization that provides a broad array of services and supports nearly 2,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities such as, cerebral palsy and autism. Services include residential, employment, life skills, and family support at 35 locations throughout DuPage County and the surrounding areas. For more information, visit www.ray-graham.org. About The DuPage Community Foundation: The DuPage Community Foundation seeks to raise the quality of life throughout DuPage County by fostering philanthropy, connecting donors to area needs and building community partnerships. Based on the American virtues of volunteerism and philanthropy, the Foundation fosters a legacy of support for the people of DuPage County by making grants to not-for-profit organizations working in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment, health, and human services. Since its inception, the Foundation has built its endowment to more than $61 million and awarded more than $20 million in grants to not-for-profit agencies serving the residents of DuPage County and beyond. Established in 1986, The DuPage Community Foundation is a publicly-supported 501(c)(3) organization to which contributions are tax deductible. It was created to benefit the people of DuPage County and receives contributions and bequests into a permanent endowment from individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations wishing to make lasting contributions to the people of DuPage. The earnings on these funds are then used, in accordance with donor wishes, for the Foundation’s grantmaking and community leadership activities. For more information about the Foundation, or to arrange future media opportunities, please contact Joelyn Kott, marketing & communications officer, at (630) 665-5556, extension 19, or jkott@dcfdn.org.

     
  • Albright Theatre to hold auditions for “Wonder of the World” Feb 10, 2015 5:45 PM
    Albright Theatre Company will hold auditions for “Wonder of the World” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1, and Monday, March 2. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Callbacks may be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, by invitation only.

     
  • DuPage health officials warn of potential measles exposure Feb 11, 2015 11:49 AM
    In light of recent reported measles cases in Illinois, DuPage County health officials are warning residents about potential exposures to the illness in DuPage. People involved in the reported Cook County cases visited places throughout northern Illinois, the DuPage health department said in a news release.

     
  • Carol Stream’s JustPlay! cut to one day this year Feb 10, 2015 9:17 PM
    Carol Stream Park District’s JustPlay! event will last only one day this year instead of two in an effort to reduce costs and staff involvement with the festival.

     
  • Local Soroptimist Club Offers GED Grant Feb 9, 2015 4:56 PM
    Chicago Suburbs —Women who currently attend G.E.D. courses and who are seeking financial assistance to complete certification can now obtain an application for this award. The G.E.D. Grant is Soroptimist International of Suburban Chicago’s cash award that honors the women completing their equivalency to improve their lives and those of their family. Applications are available by contacting Soroptimist International of Suburban Chicago (SISC) via e-mail at siofsuburban.chicago@soroptimist.net . SISC will give two cash awards that cover the cost of the test. Deadline for completed applications is April 1, 2015. The winners will be honored at a luncheon in May where their checks and grant certificates will be awarded. Soroptimist International of Suburban Chicago is a volunteer organization for business and professional women dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Founded in 1989, the Suburban Chicago club is part of Soroptimist International which has over 90,000 members in more than 120 countries and territories who contribute time and financial support to community-based projects that benefit women. In addition to the G.E.D. Grant, Soroptimist International of Suburban Chicago has three additional awards for women and girls. For more information about the awards, our local programs and Soroptimism visit our web site at si-suburbanchicago.org .

     
  • Service dogs help people in wheelchairs navigate winter Feb 9, 2015 5:42 AM
    Snow-packed sidewalks, icy pavement, dirty slush and bitter cold all conspire to make it tough sledding for people who use wheelchairs in the suburbs. But women training this week hope to get through it all with a pull from their new companion dogs.

     
  • Images: Photo Contest Finalists Feb 6, 2015 1:00 AM
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of them and select the finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of February 2..

     
  • Believe Project: $100 to a woman at church who brings smiles despite her troubles Feb 6, 2015 5:31 AM
    The daily winner of $100 through the Believe Project is Becky Casey of Carol Stream, who will give it to a woman at her church who brings a smile to everyone's face, despite all of her struggles.

     
  • Nominations Accepted for 2015 Woman of Distinction Feb 5, 2015 4:15 PM
    In celebration of Women’s History Month, College of DuPage is accepting nominations for the 2015 Woman of Distinction Award. Named for former COD History Professor Adade Wheeler, the award has been given annually since 1983 to individuals who have made significant contributions to the personal and professional advancement of women through education, advocacy and motivation. Nominees must reside, work or volunteer within Community College District 502. Priority is placed on activities that are beyond the scope of the workplace. Nominations must be received by Monday, March 3. Forms are available by clicking here. The Award Ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in the Student Resource Center, Room 2000, on the Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd. A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Mary Jean Cravens at cravens@cod.edu or Julia diLiberti at dilibert@cod.edu.

     
  • Presidents’ Issue New Report on Granting Baccalaureate Degrees for Various Fields Feb 5, 2015 4:17 PM
    Illinois Council of Community College Presidents NORMAL Illinois community college presidents approved a recommendation urging the community college system be allowed to grant four-year baccalaureate degrees for nursing and other applied career areas at their meeting on Friday, January 30. “This recommendation, which took nearly one year to study and prepare, shows our community colleges can be the place where students can earn the degrees close to home which is important to their families and communities,” said Thomas Choice, the president of the Illinois Council of Community College Presidents. The study recommends community colleges be authorized to grant four-year degrees for applied careers and nursing degrees. Illinois would join 21 others states already offering these four-year degrees. Illinois officials have discussed the concept and experiences for families in other states for several years. “Our study indicates many employers across the state need a workforce with a higher level of education. Community colleges are uniquely positioned with their strong industry and workforce relationships to provide these programs” said Carl Sandberg College President Lori Sundberg. Sundberg chaired the committee that wrote the report. The Council will work with the Illinois Community College Trustees Association, the Illinois Community College Board, the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the legislature to ensure the necessary steps to move forward. Choice, who is president of Kishwaukee College in Malta Illinois, noted the report recommends the addition of these programs be managed without any additional state funding. It is anticipated that the variable tuition program already used by many community colleges for career and technical degrees would be used for these four-year degrees. The applied baccalaureate degrees would cover fields like automotive, respiratory therapy and dental hygiene among others.

     
  • 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 moorej7718@cod.edu.

     
  • 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)

     
  • 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.

     
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