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  • Mayors: Rauner cuts could lead to property tax hike Mar 10, 2015 7:02 AM
    Suburban mayors testified before a state senate hearing Monday that a proposed reduction to their share of state income taxes could mean drastic cuts to public services like police and fire protection, or an increase in local property taxes.

  • New charitable service organization formed at St. Mary of Gostyn Parish Mar 10, 2015 5:46 PM
    Parishioners from St. Mary of Gostyn (SMG) in Downers Grove recently established a new council of the Knights of Columbus. This is the first time that SMG has had its own council; in the past men from the parish participated in Knights of Columbus councils sponsored by other Catholic churches. “We decided to form our own council because we wanted to develop programs and events that will respond specifically to some of the needs of our parish, in addition to doing charitable works for the community at large,” said Art Kraft, KoC Grand Knight and one of the founders of the new council. SMG Council 16062 installed its inaugural group of officers on March 1 with a Mass and induction ceremony presided by Joliet Diocese’s Auxiliary Bishop Joseph M. Siegel. Some of the Council’s upcoming activities include a food and clothing drive from March 7-22 for the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Wheaton, a St. Joseph’s Table (dinner) event on March 19 at the parish, and assisting in the organization of the parish picnic in the fall. They also sponsor St. Mary of Gostyn’s annual breakfast with St. Nicholas held every December. With more than 16,000 councils and 1.8 million members from around the world, the Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization. The first council was established in 1882 by the Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney at St. Mary’s Catholic parish in New Haven, Connecticut. John F. Kennedy, Mike Ditka, Vince Lombardi, Babe Ruth, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, Speaker of the House John Boehner and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush are just a few of the famous past and present members of the Knights of Columbus. In 2013, the worldwide organization donated more than $170 million along with more than 70 million hours of charitable service to a variety of causes. For more information about Knights of Columbus Council 16062 visit their website at St. Mary of Gostyn is the oldest Catholic parish in Downers Grove, serving the area since 1891. Located in eastern Downers Grove at 445 Prairie Avenue, the parish was established by a small group of immigrants from Gostyn, Poland. Today the parish has more than 2,800 families for a total of 10,000 parishioners. More than 600 children attend its religious education classes and more than 500 students are enrolled in its grade school, which serves students from preschool to eighth grade. In addition, more than 100 ministries provide services to parishioners, the Downers Grove community and neighboring towns, states and countries. For more information about the parish and school, visit their website at

  • The Birches sponsors Alzheimer’s research education event Mar 10, 2015 5:44 PM
    On March 19, The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association and The Community House to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s research. As part of a series of Alzheimer’s Association education events titled “Alzheimer’s Research: Get Informed, Get Involved,” The Birches and The Community House will host a presentation by keynote speaker Kumar Bharat Rajan, Ph.D. from Rush University Medical Center. The presentation will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Community House, 415 W. Eighth Street, Hinsdale. Dr. Kumar Bharat Rajan will discuss current trends, efforts and directions in dementia research and will provide information about the benefits of participation in research and local studies. He will also be awarded a check for $49,957.00 through the New Investigator Research Grant program to fund the first year of his research titled “Role of Activities on Genetic Risk of Neurodegeneration by Race/Ethnicity.” At the end of the presentation, participants will have the opportunity to enroll in the Alzheimer’s Association’s TrialMatch program. The TrialMatch program is a free service provided by the Alzheimer’s Association that matches individuals with Alzheimer’s, caregivers, healthy volunteers and physicians with current Alzheimer’s studies. The Alzheimer’s Association’s TrialMatch database contains more than 225 clinical studies that are being performed at 700 trial sites throughout the country. Clinical trials play an important role in finding new treatments and, ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists have already made great strides in developing treatments for Alzheimer’s. Drugs have been developed that can temporarily improve the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, but more research is necessary to develop treatments that slow or stop the progression of the disease. For clinical trials to be productive, volunteers are needed from a variety of backgrounds. Those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s play an important role in research, but researchers also need volunteers without Alzheimer’s. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, recruiting and retaining trial participants is the greatest barrier to finding new Alzheimer’s treatments besides funding. “I think raising awareness about the need for volunteers in clinical trials is important,” said Birches’ Director of Encore and Memory Care Services Jackie Raschke. “A lot of people would love to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s but don’t know what they can do. TrialMatch gives people a concrete way to contribute.” This event is free and open to the public. To register, call 847-933-2413 or register online at The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills is a premier retirement community dedicated to providing professional services that support its residents’ physical, social, intellectual and spiritual growth. The Birches offers a full calendar of purposeful programs and activities designed to promote a healthy aging lifestyle and a strong sense of community. For more information about The Birches, call 630-789-1135 or visit:

  • Benedictine, John Marshall offer dual M.B.A./J.D. degree program. Partnership gives students competitive edge in business and law Mar 10, 2015 5:50 PM
    Individuals seeking a graduate degree to enhance their careers should consider Benedictine University’s new dual Master of Business (M.B.A.) and Juris Doctorate (J.D.) program with John Marshall Law School. After meeting admissions requirements at both schools, students can take classes at John Marshall toward a law degree and at Benedictine toward earning an M.B.A. “This program is fully integrated for students seeking degrees in both law and business to gain an advantage in today’s global business environment,” said Rick Holman, assistant professor and chair of Benedictine’s Graduate Business Administration program.”Benedictine is providing an opportunity for students who have an interest in the area of management whereby the combination of a law degree and an M.B.A. degree will give them an advantage in the corporate world.” As students continue to grow in business through market uncertainty, global competition, ethical challenges and constant change, the M.B.A. and J.D. dual degree will help Benedictine students develop quantitative, qualitative and legal competence as professionals who can assess business risks and strategic alternatives, Holman said. Students enrolling in the dual degree program can attend classes part-time or full-time. However, full-time law students must attend the first year of law school exclusively at John Marshall. After successfully completing the first year of law school, the student can combine law courses with Benedictine M.B.A. courses for the remainder of the program. Part-time students can attend classes simultaneously at Benedictine and John Marshall. Benedictine University, an accredited, nonprofit private Catholic institution which has been providing graduate business programs to adults for more than 50 years, believes that a quality education and an advanced degree should be both accessible and affordable. Though some other higher education institutions also offer dual M.B.A. and J.D. degree programs, Benedictine’s emphasis on values-based education is a distinct advantage as global corporations place greater emphasis on the correlation between ethical behavior and more sustainable and profitable results. Students within Benedictine’s M.B.A. program can customize their program to fit their needs. Courses are interactive, taught by faculty and instructors who are practicing professionals and provide real-world business planning and strategic management experiences. Both Benedictine and John Marshall accept applications on a rolling admissions basis throughout the year. Applicants seeking information about Benedictine’s M.B.A. program can visit or contact Admissions at or (630) 829-6300.

  • Author appearances: Veronica Roth comes to the Tivoli March 14 Mar 7, 2015 7:00 AM
    Former Barrington resident and best-selling author Veronica Roth will be on hand to help celebrate the movie tie-in of her book "Insurgent" at an author event at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove.

  • Mindfulness and Soul Care Mar 10, 2015 3:00 PM
    Mindfulness is the act of paying purposeful attention to the present moment. It offers us a way to enjoy our lives more and reduce stress through a few simple practices.

  • 2015 Illinois 4-H Junior Leadership Conference Mar 10, 2015 3:00 PM
    More than 100 seventh and eighth grade youth learned ways to improve their leadership skills at the 2015 Illinois 4-H Junior Leadership Conference held Feb. 28 and March 1 at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel in Decatur.

  • “American Ingenuity” theme of Fox Valley Antiques Show Mar 4, 2015 3:29 PM
    “American Ingenuity” will be the theme of the upcoming Fox Valley Antiques Show on March 14-15 in St. Charles. The focus will be on design elements of our past, highlighting the ability of top decorators to incorporate those elements into today’s modern look. Blending “old with new” is currently evident in nearly every decorating magazine, catalog and TV show. Antiques are so commonly used that many of the top stores offer reproductions at prices much higher than the cost of an original.

  • Be bold, get cold for Special Olympics Illinois in Lake Bluff on Saturday Mar 9, 2015 4:11 PM
    Be a fan of brrr-avery! Support Special Olympics athletes by jumping into the waters of Lake Bluff at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7. The funds raised from the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge will benefit Special Olympics Illinois Far West Suburban/Area 2, which serves athletes with intellectual disabilities in DuPage, Kane and Kendall counties.

  • Lincolnshire entrepreneur has worked around the globe Mar 2, 2015 6:50 AM
    Kukec's People features Paul Vosters of Lincolnshire, who is president and chief operating officer for Launchpoint. He talks about growing up in the Belgium Congo and how living in various countries has helped him as a business person.

  • Modern style intersects with history at Fox Valley Antiques Show Mar 10, 2015 5:52 PM
    Come find your original (not a mass-produced, “Made in Taiwan” copy) at the Fox Valley Antiques Show. The gathering will feature 55 dealers from 14 states, bringing a great variety of 18th- to early-20th century antiques to St. Charles on March 14-15.

  • Lake County 4-H holds International Festival Mar 5, 2015 1:41 PM
    The annual Lake County 4-H International Festival was held Feb. 22 at the Lake County Fairgrounds.

  • Chicago man held on child porn charges Feb 27, 2015 5:45 PM
    An investigation by Cook county prosecutors and Downers Grove police led to the arrest of a Chicago man on charges of child pornography. Rogelio Llaguno, 37, was ordered held on $300,000 bail Thursday after a 12-year took nude photos and sent them to Llaguno on his request.

  • Suburban Home Prices Start 2015 on Solid Note Feb 27, 2015 10:31 AM
    The suburban Chicago housing market posted solid numbers to start 2015, according to statistics released today by the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS.

  • Panel: Low rates, available cash help fuel business growth Feb 26, 2015 6:11 PM
    After several tight years, banks and financial institutions are again opening their wallets to businesses looking for money to grow, and that’s providing unique opportunities for entrepreneurs. according to a panel of experts at the Daily Herald Business Ledger’s Newsmakers Forum on banking and finance Thursday.

  • Long, hard February? Not for DuPage photographers Feb 25, 2015 3:52 PM
    Each week’s DuPage County Neighbor section includes at least one entry in our Photo Finish photography contest. Our photo staff picks some of its favorite submissions to run each week and then one overall monthly winner. This week’s entries sum up our February.

  • Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day Wednesday, March 18, 2015 Feb 26, 2015 11:11 AM
    The Illinois State Rifle Association and will be sponsoring their annual Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day (IGOLD) on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 in Springfield, IL.

  • The Birches hosts “Navigating Healthcare Decisions: Charting the Course” Feb 25, 2015 6:27 PM
    On Saturday, Feb. 28, The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills is hosting a program titled “Navigating Healthcare Decisions: Charting the Course” to provide guidance on making current or future healthcare decisions for oneself or one’s family. The program will take place from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m at The Birches Assisted Living, 215 55th St. Clarendon Hills. Mardy Chizek, R.N. owner of Charism Eldercare Services will discuss ways caregivers can prepare themselves to make the best healthcare choices in all circumstances. Chizek, who is a registered nurse and family nurse practitioner, has worked in hospitals, home care, ambulatory care, and senior care facilities for over 30 years and provides legal and insurance consulting, risk management, operational and administrative consulting services. Bill Wilson, partner from The Law Offices of Wilson & Wilson-The Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law, will offer a legal perspective on making wise healthcare decisions. Wilson, who has practiced law for over 30 years, specializes in Estate Planning, Elder Law, Medicaid Planning, Estate Planning for families with special needs children, probate, and advising profit/nonprofit corporations. Brunch will be served at this free event which is open to the public. Registration is required. To register, call (630) 581-8243. The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills is a premier retirement community dedicated to providing professional services that support its residents’ physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual growth. The Birches offers a full calendar of purposeful programs and activities designed to promote a healthy aging lifestyle and a strong sense of community. For more information about The Birches, call (630) 789-1135 or visit

  • Lextech chosen for Illinois trade delegation to Mobile World Congress Mar 31, 2015 11:03 AM
    DOWNERS GROVE — Lextech is among 15 Illinois technology companies selected to be part of the state’s trade delegation to Mobile World Congress, being held March 2-5 in Barcelona, Spain. Lextech develops enterprise mobile apps to reinvent the way people work and generate billions of dollars in both cost savings and revenue potential for clients including Johnson Controls, Inc., Mondelez International, Inc. and Sunbelt Rentals. Lextech will be exhibiting in Hall 8.1 Stand I 21, and will be demonstrating mobile apps that address industries such as field services, health care, communications and automotive retail. The trade mission is led by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest annual gathering of mobile and related industry C-level executives. The annual conference draws 70,000-80,000 people from more than 200 countries for an exhibition and conference featuring prominent industry leaders. This year’s theme is The Edge of Innovation. “Europeans have long been strong adopters of mobile technology, with nearly 200 million smartphone users and growing,” said Will Scott, president of Lextech. “The demand for enterprise mobile apps in the European Union is expected to increase by more than 200 percent over the next three years. Being a part of the Illinois trade delegation at Mobile World Conference will be Lextech’s introduction to this market, and we are looking forward to meeting potential future business partners.” Lextech executives included in the delegation are Will Scott; Dean Moore, mobile strategist; and David Snelson, U.K. business development associate.

  • Images: Photo Contest Finalists Feb 20, 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 16.

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