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  • High school drinking still strikes a chord Aug 17, 2014 5:01 AM
    When it comes to teens and drinking and enforcement thereof, everyone seems to have a strong opinion -- as evidenced by the tumult over the suspension of about 30 athletes at Glenbard West High School, writes Jim Davis, DuPage and Fox Valley news director.

     
  • Town shuts down; school boss quits; horse racing ban Aug 10, 2014 1:00 AM
    Soapboxing: A reporter's busy week runs the gamut from a town shutting down to horse racing in McHenry County; the heroin epidemic rages on; pension payouts approach salaries. Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director, tackles these topics.

     
  • Never too late to enter our fave letters sweepstakes Jul 28, 2014 9:57 AM
    Getting a spot to watch a Glen Ellyn parade. Bemoaning how we abound with "driverless cars." A "coward" who peppered a yard with mothballs to harm a dog. All are topics for our annual favorite letters feature, writes Jim Davis, news director for the DuPage and Fox Valley editions.

     
  • Heroic cabbie, oil change guys and COD Jul 21, 2014 3:38 PM
    DuPage/Fox Valley News Director Jim Davis gets on his Soapbox about heroes who drive cabs and work at Jiffy Lube -- and the war of words at College of DuPage.

     
  • Survey says: Naperville snobbish, New Lenox boring Jun 22, 2014 3:10 PM
    Naperville boasts on its website no fewer than 113 awards the city has won. But will it list its latest distiction: fourth-snobbiest town in the nation, according to a real estate blog that also named Rolling Meadows the second-most boring town in the state. Jim Davis, former longtime Naperville resident and DuPage/Fox Valley news director, sorts through the debate.

     
  • Semi-iconic Route 59 full of traffic tales Jun 15, 2014 9:55 AM
    From a "diverging diamond" on I-88 to Roma D'Italia in Bartlett, Route 59 has its share of interesting tales, says Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director.

     
  • Despite troubling news, there’s plenty to inspire Jun 8, 2014 4:28 PM
    Amid much troubling news, even in the suburbs, there's still an ample supply of uplifting -- if not necessarily happy -- stories, says Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director. From college kids biking across the nation to fight cancer to the reaction to our profile of a Wheaton family who lost their teen son to heroin, there's a strong message of hope and resiliency.

     
  • Digital age makes for ‘dream quinceanera’ Jun 1, 2014 7:04 AM
    Brandy Huerta of Carpentersville won two Facebook contests, making possible her selfless 15-year-old daughter's "dream quinceanera." Living in a digital age was key, but it's still an old-fashioned heartwarming story, writes Jim Davis, news director for the DuPage and Fox Valley editions.

     
  • Wheaton family still sees ‘hope’ despite son’s fatal heroin overdose May 25, 2014 5:01 AM
    Rather than turn inward and feel sorry for themselves, a Wheaton family wants to tell of their teen son's fatal heroin overdose in hopes that others will learn not to give up on loved ones in the throes of addcition, writes Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director.

     
  • Fittest Loser contest helps us move the needle May 19, 2014 10:18 AM
    A fun event -- our sixth annual Fittest Loser Challenge -- can underscore some serious problems and how we can make a dent in them as a team, writes Jim Davis, news director for the DuPage and Fox Valley editions.

     
  • Making the world a better place — 2 hours at a time May 11, 2014 3:43 PM
    On Monday, May 12, 10,000 people in metropolitan Chicago will meet in more than 1,050 discussion groups aimed at building better and stronger communities. The Daily Herald is leading five such sessions -- in Downers Grove, two in Elgin, and in Libertyville and Schaumburg, writes Jim Davis, news director for the DuPage and Fox Valley editions.

     
  • Why your mayors want you riled up over pensions Apr 20, 2014 5:01 AM
    Suburban mayors have a daunting task: Convincing the public and the first responders who work for them that the pension system is seriously, if not fatally, flawed. Part of the argument for pension reform is that retirements for police and firefighters can be much sweeter than that of John Q. Public. It seems clear that something has to give, says Jim Davis, news director for the DuPage and Fox Valley editions.

     
  • Candy, movies in school. What’s district’s view? Apr 13, 2014 1:54 PM
    An overreactive parent who needs to get a life? A concerned mom making a good point about nutrition? A non-story? Irresponsible, one-sided journalism? All of these views were expressed about our story on the West Dundee mother objecting to teachers passing out candy and showing "Toy Story" during recess, reports Jim Davis, news director for the DuPage and Fox Valley editions.

     
  • Candy, movies in school: What’s district’s view? Apr 14, 2014 1:37 PM
    An overreactive parent who needs to get a life? A concerned mom making a good point about nutrition? A nonstory? Irresponsible, one-sided journalism? All of these views were expressed about our story on the West Dundee mother objecting to teachers passing out candy and showing "Toy Story" during recess, reports Jim Davis, news director for the DuPage and Fox Valley editions.

     
  • Photo shoot turns into something special Mar 23, 2014 6:27 AM
    A half-hour Daily Herald photo shoot led to some bonding and some likely additional good needs from 10 high school students we already were honoring for their good deeds, says Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director.

     
  • Stuff you might not know about the Daily Herald Mar 16, 2014 2:18 PM
    Did you know: The Daily Herald has run almost as many reader-oriented events this year as it did in all of 2012? That the newspaper prints more than 189 million copies a year, including those for Shaw Media? That we produce chamber of commerce guides in Chicago, the North Shore, Milwaukee and even California? If not, DuPage/Fox Valley News Director Jim Davis is thrilled to tell you all about it.

     
  • Daily Miracle: Outlet malls and aging theaters Mar 9, 2014 8:32 AM
    Outlet mall status reports from Aurora, Gurnee and Huntley; DuPage courthouse ministries, perils of lead paint in Aurora and Elgin; saving downtown theaters in Wheaton and elsewhere -- all of these are stellar examples of how our beat reporters contribute to the daily quest for a Page 1 "centerpiece," says Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director.

     
  • From hoarding to government overload Feb 24, 2014 12:09 PM
    Sunday Soapbox. DuPage/Fox news director Jim Davis waxes profound on animal hoarding, Illinois' bounty of government (and what the Better Government Association is doing about it) and a Kane County official's high-profile health screen.

     
  • Should Chicago Symphony play in a preserve? Feb 9, 2014 5:00 AM
    Who could possibly argue against the Chicago Symphony Orchestra setting up shop in a DuPage Couny forest preserve? For one thing, it's illegal. For another, it would set a precedent of building on land supposed to be preserved as open space. But will the lure of a cultural treasure like the CSO be impossible to resist? asks Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director.

     
  • Now online: Bare knuckles political brawl! Feb 2, 2014 5:00 AM
    Did one candidate call his rival "stupid"? A contentious session between challengers for a seat in the state legislature underscores the value of a new Daily Herald feature: unedited audio recordings of our candidate endorsement sessions. Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director explains.

     
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