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  • Fire damages Darien townhome Jan 4, 2014 12:12 AM
    Firefighters battled a blaze Friday at a townhome in Darien. Several departments responded to the fire at a home on the 7900 block of Knottingham Circle, which rendered the townhome uninhabitable. At 1:52 p.m., the Darien-Woodridge Fire District responded to 911 reports. When the first fire units arrived less than three minutes later, they found heavy smoke pouring from the roof of a four-unit townhome building.

  • Lengthy to-do list for DuPage Forest Preserve District Jan 2, 2014 11:12 AM
    DuPage County Forest Preserve officials have compiled a long list of projects for the district to tackle in 2014, including creating wetlands, improving habitats and repairing historic buildings. “This is my last year and I wanted to make certain that all these various projects the board is looking to do are on the list,” said forest preserve President D. “Dewey” Pierotti, Jr., who is retiring from the commission in November.

  • Look to virtues of health care law Dec 26, 2013 9:55 AM
    A Darien letter to the editor: Now that the issues facing the Affordable Care Act’s website are resolved, I’m hoping our public debate can gop beyond the manufactured hysteria about the law and take a serious look at how it is benefiting health care in this country.

  • Curtain comes down on COD's Buffalo Theatre Ensemble — for now Dec 13, 2013 10:23 AM
    As the College of DuPage prepares to unveil its renovated McAninch Arts Center later this month, a staple of entertainment at the college for 27 years is shutting down the rest of its season. The Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, a professional theatre in residence at the college's Glen Ellyn campus since 1987, has canceled the last two shows of its season as it explores a more sustainable funding model with the college.

  • Images: The Week in Pictures Dec 8, 2013 7:59 PM
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features kids shopping for families in need, people decorating for the holiday season, and hundreds and hundreds of Santas running.

  • Health care panel discusses consequences of Obamacare Dec 7, 2013 5:22 PM
    A few dozen people turned out Saturday afternoon to share their concerns with the health care overhaul known as Obamacare and find out what the future might hold for them in terms of insurance costs and coverage. The forum was held at College of DuPage.

  • Group coming to Glen Ellyn to focus on insurance cancellations Dec 6, 2013 10:49 AM
    A group focusing on people whose insurance has been canceled due to Affordable Care Act requirements is coming to College of DuPage’s Glen Ellyn campus. The nonprofit group called Independent Women’s Voice will launch its “My Cancellation” town-hall tour Saturday to answer questions and “give a voice” to those with canceled health insurance policies, organizers say.

  • I-55 crash victim identified as Crystal Lake man Dec 2, 2013 6:59 PM
    Friends are remembering a 28-year-old Crystal Lake man who died Sunday morning in a two-car crash on southbound I-55 near Darien.

  • One dead in I-55 crash Dec 1, 2013 10:43 PM
    One person died in a two-vehicle crash Sunday on I-55 southbound near Darien, according to officials. The male victim, who has not yet been identified by officials, was a driver of one of the vehicles, according to a news release from the DuPage County Coroner’s Office. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Used Thunderbird was never abused Nov 25, 2013 6:32 AM
    Art Kastl’s father longed to walk into a dealership and drive away in a new car. Because money was tight in 1966, the Darien man's dad was very happy to come home with this used but pristine 1962 Ford Thunderbird.

  • College of DuPage's renovated McAninch center almost ready Nov 25, 2013 6:42 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.

  • Despite concerns, COD makes room for Chick-fil-A Nov 22, 2013 8:16 PM
    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.

  • The McAninch Arts Center sets grand opening, 2014 season Nov 20, 2013 12:01 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 5:00 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 3:33 PM
    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.

  • ‘Breaking Bad’ star called Naperville ‘Nowheresville’ Nov 12, 2013 5:24 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 5:30 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 CC outlasts College of DuPage Nov 12, 2013 11:13 PM
    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 CC hangs on to beat College of DuPage Nov 12, 2013 10:32 PM
    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 4:39 PM
    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.

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