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  • 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.

  • New exhibit tells history of Elmhurst in modern ways Mar 5, 2015 12:40 PM
    "By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst," a new exhibit at the Elmhurst Historical Museum, uses technology and historic artificats to tell the city's nearly 165-year-old history.

  • 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.

  • Budget-friendly fun: Hounds of Finn, Gospel Extravaganza sing Mar 3, 2015 12:27 PM
    The Minnesota-based band Hounds of Finn will play folk plus Celtic and Americana music Saturday, March 7, at Lombard's Maple Street Chapel. It’s Gospel time when the Elmhurst College Gospel Choir hosts its Gospel Extravaganza Saturday. Performers include the more-than-50-member Joshua’s Troop, with hip-hop, urban and contemporary gospel songs.

  • 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.

  • NIU Law Dean Rosato Perea named to 2015 Lawyers of Color Power List Mar 12, 2015 7:31 PM
    Northern Illinois University College of Law Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea has been named to the 2015 Lawyers of Color Fourth Annual Power List, a comprehensive catalog of the nation’s most influential minority attorneys and nonminority diversity advocates.

  • Predict the Oscars Contest names winner at York Theatre Feb 27, 2015 11:05 PM
    Movie stars graced the red carpet, acceptance speeches were made and the 2015 Oscars ceremony has now come to a close. After hours of sorting and counting, Classic Cinemas is proud to announce the winners of the annual “Predict the Oscars” contest. Elmhurst resident Joanne Sells takes home the prize for the York Theatre, and will receive a yearlong movie pass for one valid at any Classic Cinemas theatre, and two passes to the Brookfield Zoo.

  • Author appearances: Mary Doria Russell signs books in Gurnee Feb 27, 2015 10:10 AM
    Mary Doria Russell, author of "Epitaph," discusses her book at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at the Warren-Newport Public Library, 224 N. O'Plaine Road, Gurnee. Visit

  • Suburban O'Hare Commission hires consultants to help battle airport noise Feb 27, 2015 8:35 AM
    A group of towns near O'Hare International Airport has hired two consulting firms to assist them in their battle against airport noise. The Suburban O'Hare Commission, a group of 11 governmental entities in Northwest suburban Cook County and northern DuPage County, announced Thursday the hiring of aviation experts who will provide the group technical data and help lobbying federal, state and Chicago officials in hopes of reducing airport noise, officials said.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Breaking the Code Feb 23, 2015 10:17 AM
    Breaking the Code (BTC) is a research-based prevention simulation that highlights the existence and harmfulness of a hidden and unchallenged bullying social structure.

  • Oak Brook-based IMRF launches new website, corporate brand Feb 23, 2015 10:39 AM
    The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) – the best-funded statewide public pension in Illinois – launched a new and improved website and corporate brand earlier this month. The new website,, features a modern design, easier readability, enhanced navigation, and much more. IMRF – the state’s second-largest public pension plan with 400,000 members and nearly 3,000 employers – also adopted a new logo and brand color scheme that better symbolize its successful pension plan model and status as a national leader in the public pension industry. “We took a thoughtful, structured approach to ensure our new website meets the needs of active members, retirees and units of government participating in IMRF,” said IMRF Executive Director Louis W. Kosiba. “No matter what you are looking for, the new website will make it easier than ever to find what you need as quickly as possible.” The modernized website provides information about IMRF’s retirement plans written in clear and concise language. In addition, the site includes the option of displaying text in larger sizes for improved readability. The website also features a robust search function to help more accurately pinpoint articles that answer users’ questions – as well as a mobile version of the site compatible with smartphones or tablets. In advance of the launch, IMRF sent a website preview to a random sample of 6,000 members, retirees and employers to collect feedback on site changes. Of the IMRF members and retirees who responded, about 93 percent described the new website as either “very easy” or “easy” to navigate. In addition, about 96 percent agreed or strongly agreed that the website text appeared “easy to read.” Of the employers who responded to the survey, 97 percent found the website “very easy” or “easy” to navigate. “We’ve been looking forward to adopting an intuitive, user-friendly navigation system for some time now,” said Kosiba. “Also, our staff can now manage the website more efficiently and instantaneously share important public announcements.” New logo, website reflects IMRF’s commitment to excellence The new IMRF brand and logo reflect the plan’s focus on customer service. Over the last decade, IMRF has consistently ranked in the top 15 percent of participating public pensions for overall customer service, according to a CEM Benchmarking, Inc. study. The new logo, for example, symbolizes the horizon of opportunities available to IMRF members and retirees. The arc represents the guidance, direction and pathway that IMRF provides. “Whether you’re an IMRF member, retiree or participating employer, our new logo reinforces that IMRF is with you on every step of your journey toward a secure retirement,” said Kosiba. “Retirees should think of our new logo as our sacred promise to continue to provide financial security.” For an overview of the new website, please watch the video series here: About IMRF The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) was created by the Illinois General Assembly. Since 1941, IMRF has partnered with local units of government to provide retirement, disability and death benefits for public employees. With a funded status of 97 percent and $34 billion in assets, IMRF is well-funded and sustainable. Today, IMRF has about 400,000 members and serves nearly 3,000 different units of government, including towns and villages, libraries and park districts, and counties and school districts (non-teaching personnel). The average member who retired in 2013 had 22 years of service and received an annual benefit of about $16,500. For more information, visit

  • Images: IC Catholic Prep vs. Christ the King, girls basketball Feb 19, 2015 9:08 PM
    IC Catholic Prep played Christ the King in Class 2A sectional final girls basketball in Elmhurst on Thursday.

  • 'The New Jim Crow' author to visit Benedictine April 21 Mar 12, 2015 10:02 PM
    The impact of racial injustice in the American legal system will be the focus of a free lecture by civil-rights-lawyer-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at Benedictine University. She is the author of the 2010 book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness.” In advance of her presentation, Benedictine is encouraging members of the public to join a communitywide reading group and series of weekly discussions related to the book and its theme.

  • 400 dancers in Des Plaines Dance Idol competion Feb 21, 2015 1:07 PM
    More than 400 dancers from 18 studios and three independent dancers participated in the annual Des Plaines Dance Idol Competition at Prairie Lakes Community Center. “This is the seventh year of Dance Idol and it is exciting to see how this dance convention has become what it is today,” said Nancy Suwalski, cultural arts supervisor for the Des Plaines Park District.

  • Dining events: Lou’s Pizza Factory opens in Arlington Heights Feb 18, 2015 6:00 AM
    Lou’s Pizza Factory recently opened under co-owners Lou Castiello and Jeffery Staadt in the space formerly occupied by the 30s Pizza Factory. Lou’s serves pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and calzones, all-you-can-eat crab legs and gluten-free items. Join Francesca’s Amici’s Taste of California five-course wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25.

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