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  • The new outdoor patio stage is one of the many aspects of the $35 million renovation of the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

    College of DuPage's renovated McAninch center almost readyNov 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    The finishing touches are being put on a 14-month, $35 million renovation at the College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center that marks the biggest improvement project in the facility's 25-year history. More than 1.5 million people have viewed live performances at the MAC since the “community jewel” opened in 1986, officials say, but never before has the facility undergone such a makeover.

     
  •  The College of DuPage’s board of trustees voted 4-3 to approve a contract amendment with Sodexo, the company that manages its food service, that includes plans for a Chick-fil-A inside the cafeteria. The restaurant would take the place of Grill 155.

    Despite concerns, COD makes room for Chick-fil-ANov 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    Despite objections from several students and concerns from some trustees, Chick-fil-A could be serving food by January on the College of DuPage’s Glen Ellyn campus. The school’s board of trustees voted 4-3 to approve a contract amendment that includes it. “While those issues were raised, we were left with the idea that Sodexo had values that were the same as COD," a VP said.

     
  • Jim Belushi, center, and the Chicago Board of Comedy

    The McAninch Arts Center sets grand opening, 2014 season Nov 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    The McAninch Arts Center on the College of DuPage campus announced it will reopen in February after a 14-month, $35 million renovation. Grammy Award-winner Kep Mo performs at the official reopening on Feb. 8, 2014. The grand opening celebration takes place on March 8, 2014 with headliner Jim Belushi and The Chicago Board of Comedy

     
  • GMO food labeling needed for our health Nov 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    A Darian letter to the editor: Just as food manufacturers opposed laws to print nutrition facts on the food we buy at supermarkets, now they are spending millions of dollars to kill ballot measures that would mandate the labeling of foods with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

     
  • COD bucks trend with 3.3% enrollment boost Nov 14, 2013 12:00 AM
    Enrollment climbed 3.3 percent over the past five years at the College of DuPage, bucking a statewide trend showing declines at most community colleges. A report by the Illinois Community College Board indicates COD was one of just three of the state’s 39 community college districts to see an enrollment increase among full-time equivalent students between 2009 and 2013.

     
  • Naperville native Bob Odenkirk played Saul Goodman in “Breaking Bad.” Now a spinoff series “Better Call Saul” is on the way.

    ‘Breaking Bad’ star called Naperville ‘Nowheresville’ Nov 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    Bob Odenkirk said that when he was a teen, Naperville "felt like a dead end, like Nowheresville. I couldn’t wait to move into a city and be around people who were doing exciting things.” He went on to find plenty of excitment as a co-star of the hit TV series “Breaking Bad.” We contacted Odenkirk to talk about his childhood, his upcoming "Breaking Bad" spinoff, and his role in "Nebraska," a film out Nov. 22.

     
  • History skits fed Odenkirk’s acting bug at Naperville school Nov 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    Mentors? Comedian/actor/writer Bob Odenkirk from LaGrange and Naperville has had a few, most notably Second City fixture Del Close. But reaching, way, way back, Odenkirk credited a social studies teacher at Jefferson Junior High School in Naperville with providing the pivotal moment that changed his life.

     
  •  Elgin Community College’s Zach Cooper makes his way around a block by College of DuPage’s Ryan Rader in the first half on Tuesday.

    Elgin CC outlasts College of DuPage Nov 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Elgin Community College men’s basketball team held off a furious rally in the closing minutes to outlast visiting College of DuPage, 85-81, Tuesday night at the Events Center in Elgin.

     
  •  Elgin Community College’s Porsche Griggs shoots over a block by College of DuPage’s Melissa Niggins in the second half on Tuesday in Elgin.

    Elgin CC hangs on to beat College of DuPage Nov 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Spartans survived. Elgin Community College’s women’s basketball team built a double-digit lead midway through the second half, then held on for dear life as College of DuPage staged a furious rally. When the dust settled, the Spartans hung on for a 66-64 nonconference victory at the Events Center in Elgin Tuesday night. Jordan Bartelt and Alexa Diaz scored 16 points apiece to lead ECC, which moved to 2-1 on the season. Breanna Venson had 12 points for COD.

     
  • Prosecutors of Darien triple murder honored Oct 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    A team of DuPage County prosecutors who secured convictions against two men charged with a triple murder are being honored by the Chicago Crime Commission. Assistant State’s Attorneys Joe Ruggiero, Bernie Murray and Mandy Meindl will receive the Mitch Mars Prosecutorial Excellence Award at the commission’s 2013 Stars of Distinction dinner Nov. 6.

     
  • Chef Susie Wolak infuses cream with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger before stirring it into puréed pumpkin for her fall crème brûlées.

    Chef du jour: Pastry chef mentors online students Oct 28, 2013 12:00 AM
    After attending culinary school at the College of Dupage, pastry chef Susie Wolak worked as executive pastry chef for the Metropolitan Club in Chicago and at the Hilton in Northbrook. Now she shares her knowledge with students around the world at chef-mentor for the Hoffman Estates-based Escoffier Online Culinary Academy.

     
  • COD to build second homeland security training facility on campus Oct 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    College of DuPage is moving ahead with the second phase of its training center for emergency response agencies. The 35,000-square-foot Homeland Security Training Institute will be at the site of the college's Open Campus Center west of Lambert Road in Glen Ellyn. “It's long overdue,” said Mike Casey, the academy's director, who was hired in June after 26 years with the ATF. “I applaud Dr. Breuder for taking the initiative to see this gets completed.”

     
  • Wheaton College has playoffs in mind Oct 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Wheaton College football team is in a familiar position, but it is hoping to change the ending. Just as it was last year, the Thunder is ranked in the top 15 nationally with two of its toughest games to come. However, the team hopes to force its way into the playoffs and avoid being left on the outside looking in like it was last year.

     
  • Marcos Osoteo

    Darien man gets 5 years for stabbing mom with fork Oct 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    A Darien man was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for stabbing his 81-year-old mother in the face with a meat carving fork. Marcos Osoteo, 54, pleaded guilty but mentally ill to aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

     
  • Diana Martinez

    COD picks familiar face as art center’s interim director Sep 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    A familiar face in the region’s performing arts community is about to take center stage at the College of DuPage. Diana Martinez, whose resume includes stops at Second City, the Paramount Theatre in Aurora and Pheasant Run in St. Charles, has been hired as the interim director of COD’s McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn.

     
  • Ali Akel

    DuPage hate crime convict re-sentenced to two years in prison Sep 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    A former Darien man who was convicted of a hate crime for attacking a black man in a gas station was resentenced Thursday to two years in prison after he admitted violating his probation. Ali Akel, 35, failed to report as required to a probation officer the last two months. He also went to Wisconsin without permission to leave the state, DuPage County prosecutors said.

     
  • Andy Herren, an Aurora native, won the 15th season of “Big Brother” Wednesday night.

    Aurora native wins 'Big Brother' Sep 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    In a controversial season marked by homophobic and racial slurs, openly gay contestant and Aurora native Andy Herren was named the winner of “Big Brother” Wednesday night.

     
  • Klaas retires as COD coach Sep 10, 2013 12:00 AM

     
  • North Central returns high hopes for season Sep 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    The season hasn’t even started yet but already North Central has a target on its back. After a 2012 season that saw a share of the CCIW title, the automatic playoff bid and a trip to the second round in the playoffs, the Cardinals have been picked as the preseason conference favorite.

     
  • David and Kristen Berryhill

    Christian singer finds calling with Rolling Meadows firm Sep 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    Kukec's People column features Kristen Berryhill of Palatine, a singer of Christian music, who also co-owns Archadeck of Chicagoland in Rolling Meadows. The firm builds patios, decks and other outdoor settings.

     
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