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  • Not beholden to Madigan, Dems Oct 31, 2014 1:01 AM
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: This letter is in support of Heidi Holan who is running for District 46 state representative. She has helped at trail and park cleanups and many volunteer community projects. She has great ideas and is reasonable.

  • Elk Grove Theatre Presents “Raiders of the Lost Ark” Oct 31, 2014 7:36 AM
    Elk Grove Theatre Presents “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

  • Local author encourages children to stretch their imaginations Oct 31, 2014 10:39 AM
    Linda Brodine, St. Charles resident and children’s book author, has published a second volume of Quilt-Stories titled “Gramma, Please Tell Us More Stories!” This second helping of Quilt-Stories reunites the kids, grandkids, and a variety of animal friends for even more surprises. Book two is also fully illustrated by Judy Gilmour, a Yorkville resident, artist and retired teacher.

  • Benedictine students rank in Global Top 100 for Business Strategy Game Oct 31, 2014 4:54 PM
    Graduate students in Benedictine University’s flexible Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program recently earned a series of “Global Top 100” rankings while participating in the Business Strategy Game (BSG), an online exercise that parallels the functioning of the real-world athletic footwear market. More than 12,000 students and 400 teams in 40 countries compete in the BSG, but Christopher Drevalas of Naperville, Alison Hunter of Oswego, Lauren Linares of Willowbrook and Adam Nelligan of Naperville, scored high enough to be recognized as Top 100 Global Teams in the competition for successfully managing their companies for six out of nine weeks during the spring quarter as part of their “Strategic Management” course. Students who participate in the game develop valuable real-world business skills, and it allows them to make a variety of different business decisions in an environment that replicates a competitive business atmosphere. “The students learn to work as a team and make decisions that affect the financial health of the company utilizing all of their training at Benedictine,” said John Draut, an instructor in the University’s M.B.A. program. “This helps them to further develop lifelong business skills that cannot be gained solely in the classroom with me lecturing to them about theory.” Participants make decisions related to plant operations, distribution and warehouse operations, workforce compensation, online sales, traditional sales, marketing and finance. They are challenged to craft and execute a competetive strategy that results in a respected brand image, keeps the company in contention for global market leadership, and produces good financial performance as measured by earnings per share, return on investment, stock price appreciation and credit rating. Both Drevalas and Hunter were so successful with their company, “Beats Bare Feet,” that they were invited to compete alongside other Global Top 100 teams in the prestigious Business Strategy Game Invitational. In the end, the team placed sixth in the Industry 1 division. “It made me realize just how much goes into a successful product,” Drevalas said. “There is the actual production of the product including where to produce it, how much to pay employees, training and materials to use, etc. Beyond that, you have to consider marketing – not just to the end consumer but to the actual stores to get them to carry your product.” “I would definitely recommend other students participate in the Business Strategy Game,” he added. “It becomes fun and at least for me, it got the competitive side of me going which makes it seem less like work. From an educational standpoint, it opens your eyes to everything that goes into running a business.” The Business Strategy Game is one example of several hands-on learning experiences Benedictine utilizes to encourage students in the University’s business programs to apply real-world skills. In other classes, students prepare and present marketing plans for local businesses and have access to Bloomberg Professional service, a financial monitoring system used by central and commerical banks, investment institutions, government agencies and law firms in more than 160 countries. “The Business Strategy Game was not only a great learning experience, but it was fun,” said Hunter. “It was a well-crafted, hands-on learning tool that brought the entire M.B.A. experience to life in a fun and meaningful way.” At Benedictine, we promise our students an affordable and attainable undergraduate and graduate education infused with the Benedictine values that creates better learners, better leaders and better world citizens. Student learning and success is our first priority. For more information about Benedictine’s graduate business programs and to enroll, contact the Office of Admissions at (630) 829-6300, or visit For a listing of courses and schedules, visit

  • Marcel’s Culinary Experience, Glen Ellyn, Announces New Gift Boxes, Private/Corporate Event Options Oct 31, 2014 4:52 PM
    Marcel’s Culinary Experience (, a gourmet retail store and recreational cooking school in downtown Glen Ellyn, is gearing up for the year-end holidays with new gift boxes and private event options. “With the improving economy, our customers are getting into holiday mode earlier this year. Many weekend evenings already are booked with corporate and family holiday parties, and we’ve been getting inquiries about gift baskets and boxes for a while,” says Marcel’s Proprietor Jill Foucré. With gift giving and entertaining in mind, Marcel’s staff has assembled six collections of small-batch specialty foods, starting at $75, that come attractively packaged in a Marcel’s branded box for pick up at the store or shipment anywhere in North America. Themes include Taste of Italy, Party Starter and Marcel’s Favorites (as selected by the staff). Many items are made by Chicago area and regional purveyors. “We also can create custom-designed gift baskets or boxes, based on a customer’s preferred theme and budget, and we can even include a bottle of wine,” says Foucré. She encourages individuals and corporate event planners looking to create fun, food-oriented holiday parties, private group classes and other special events to contact her soon, especially if they have a specific date in mind. “Weekends are booking up quickly, as is the entire month of December,” she says. Since its September 2011 opening, Marcel’s has been the site of an increasing number of private events, including birthday and anniversary parties, baby and bridal showers, club meetings, corporate team-building outings, and company celebrations of all types. With its beautifully appointed, professional quality kitchen, skilled chefs, and wide choice of menus, Marcel’s lends itself to a variety of event themes and formats. Options range from cocktail parties to demonstration and participatory cooking classes for all skill levels (including kids and teens) to seated meals and everything in between. “Guests can create an unforgettable meal under the guidance of one of our professional chefs, or they can sit back, relax, savor a glass of wine and watch as our chef takes the reins on their culinary journey,” says Foucré. The Marcel’s staff works with each host to tailor the menu, beverages and guest participation levels according to the specific budget. Events typically range from 10 to 60 people, depending on format and events for smaller groups are available as well. In addition to food and beverages prepared and served at each event, guests receive copies of the featured recipes, a Marcel’s apron, and a 10% discount on all purchases made at Marcel’s that day. For more information about gift boxes or hosting a party or other event at Marcel’s Culinary Experience, stop by the store at 490 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn, call 630-790-8500 or visit

  • Handel’s Messiah Performance Continues His Tradition of Charity Oct 31, 2014 4:43 PM
    Elmhurst Choral Union and Orchestra perform the Christmas classic, Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, December 14 at 3:00 p.m. in Hammerschmidt Chapel on the campus of Elmhurst College. In the spirit of performances from Handel’s lifetime, the concert benefits local children. A portion of ticket sales goes to ChildServ, a Chicagoland charity. ChildServ serves more than 2,600 children and their families each year in DuPage, Kane, Lake, and Cook Counties. Their 11 sites include a Chicago location focusing on foster care, early childhood education and family counseling, and group homes in Naperville, Downers Grove, Lisle, and Wheaton which house previously abused or neglected children. “We are happy to partner with ChildServ and, like Handel did, let music make a difference for kids in need,” said James MacDonald, Elmhurst Choral Union’s conductor. The concert also includes “Foundling Hospital Anthem”, written by Handel for a London orphanage where many early benefit performances of Messiah had taken place. Guest soloists Kimberly Eileen Jones; Sarah Holman, Cornelius Johnson, and Scott Uddenberg join ECU and a professional orchestra under the direction of James MacDonald. Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and $10 for youth (ages 7-22). To order tickets, visit or call 800-838-3006. Complimentary shuttle bus service from the college parking lot on Alexander Boulevard will be available. Elmhurst Choral Union is an auditioned volunteer choir, performing choral masterworks of all eras. The concert is funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

  • Glen Ellyn Rotary 28th Annual Citrus Sale Oct 31, 2014 4:47 PM
    Make someone happy- purchase fresh ruby red grapefruit or navel oranges today. All proceeds from this sale are used for local community grants and scholarships. Fresh citrus makes a great gift for family, friends or employees. Each 40lb box of citrus is $38. Half cases and combination oranges and grapefruit cases are available. Place your order before December 1, 2014 at (click on 2014 Citrus Sale on the left). Citrus will be available for pickup at the Village Links Golf Course Friday, December 12 from 1-5pm and Saturday, December 13 from 9am-1pm.

  • West Nile virus risk project results to be revealed at public meeting Oct 31, 2014 6:23 PM
    The DuPage County Health Department will host a public meeting on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 from 1 to 1:45 p.m. to provide research results regarding West Nile virus risk in DuPage County and the model developed to improve the health risk assessment process.

  • Suburban teen releases song/video for Chronic Pain Awareness Nov. 2 Oct 31, 2014 6:12 PM
    A local 14-year-old girl wrote, recorded and released a song on iTunes and a music video on YouTube to create awareness for reflex sympathetic dystrophy, also known as complex regional pain syndrome. The song, written by Danielle Stratton, is about her struggle with chronic pain over the last four years.

  • Glen Ellyn Park District voters to soon decide fate of indoor aquatic center Oct 31, 2014 10:23 AM
    In a few days, Glen Ellyn Park District voters will decide whether to pay $13.5 million to add an indoor aquatic center to the Ackerman Sports and Fitness Center. The park district is asking voters in the Nov. 4 election for permission to borrow the money to build a pool facility that officials say would serve swimmers of all ages and ability levels in programs such as parent-tot lessons, aquatic fitness, open swim and competitive swim teams.

  • Hope and change can begin anew Oct 30, 2014 12:01 AM
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: We have had and continue to have a dismal failure of leadership in this country.

  • The Tech Doctors Inc. earn Microsoft Silver Small, Midmarket Cloud Solutions Competency Oct 30, 2014 4:17 PM
    The Tech Doctors Inc. in Wheaton announced it has achieved a Silver Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions competency, demonstrating its ability to meet Microsoft Corp. customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment.

  • Fine Line show features holiday gifts by top artists Oct 30, 2014 5:35 PM
    Mark your calendar for Christmastime at the Fine Line Show and Sale, Dec. 5-13. This annual juried event in St. Charles showcases the best of our members’ artistic talents, and offers a wide range of unique holiday gifts.

  • How Glen Ellyn students dressed up to celebrate All Saints Day Oct 30, 2014 5:33 PM
    This is a time of year when ghosts and goblins frequently take center stage, but on Thursday much more saintly figures were roaming the hallways of St. James the Apostle School in Glen Ellyn. Sixth-graders wore costumes to honor a variety of saints they’ve been studying and participated in a prayer service to celebrate All Saints Day.

  • Sleep Out Saturday to raise money for the homeless on Nov. 1 Oct 29, 2014 9:03 AM
    Bridge Communities will sponsor its 11th annual Sleep Out Saturday on Nov. 1 to raise money for housing and other programs for homeless families in DuPage County.

  • Sleep Out Saturday raises awareness, money for ‘hidden homeless’ Oct 29, 2014 5:30 AM
    On Nov. 1, about 2,000 kids and adults are expected to take part in Bridge Communities' biggest fundraiser of the year, Sleep Out Saturday. The event begins with a 7 p.m. rally in the organization's parking lot. Participants will then head out to more than 75 “sleep out” sites throughout the county, where they will spend the night outside in cardboard boxes, tents or cars. “We’re creating an opportunity for people to really feel what that is like to be a homeless person," said Jennie Gates, manager of special events for Bridge Communities.

  • Have a safe and spooky Halloween with safety tips from Illinois Poison Center Oct 28, 2014 5:59 PM
    With children across Illinois set to hit the streets for trick-or-treating, the Illinois Poison Center is urging parents and guardians to be cautious about Halloween products like dry ice and cosmetics that could prove dangerous if used improperly.

  • DuPage board members pay tribute to McBride Oct 28, 2014 5:53 PM
    Jerry “JR” McBride was a politician who cared little about the politics that came with being a DuPage County Board member, friends say. On Tuesday, those who had served with him on the county board remembered McBride as someone who became an elected official to do good things and help others. “He was about doing what is right,” former board member Jeff Redick said. “That’s what made him so important to this board. He always put the needs of other people before himself.”

  • Cor Cantiamo to perform premiere of new sacred work Nov. 7 in Naperville Oct 27, 2014 3:47 PM
    Chamber choir Cor Cantiamo, conducted by Eric A. Johnson, will perform the world premiere of Swiss-French composer Richard Dubugnon’s “Psalm 10” in a choral concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7, at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Naperville. Completed earlier this year, Dubugnon’s “Psalm 10” for unaccompanied, mixed-voice choir and soprano soloist was commissioned by nonprofit, classical sacred music foundation Soli Deo Gloria Inc. of Glen Ellyn for its Psalms Project, a collection of contemporary choral works based on the Book of Psalms.

  • DuPage candidates strongly differ on stormwater fee Oct 27, 2014 3:05 PM
    A state law that gave DuPage County the ability to impose a stormwater utility fee continues to divide county board candidates. District 4 county board incumbent Grant Eckhoff says he would support adopting the fee as a way to pay for flood relief projects throughout DuPage. But Jeremy Custer, Eckhoff’s challenger in the Nov. 4 election, is opposed to the fee.

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