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  • Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day Wednesday, March 18, 2015 Feb 26, 2015 11:11 AM
    The Illinois State Rifle Association and IllinoisCarry.com 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 birches.net.

     
  • 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.

     
  • “The New Jim Crow” author to visit Benedictine April 21 Feb 20, 2015 5:34 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.

     
  • Suburban schools announcing Thursday closings due to cold Feb 19, 2015 8:05 AM
    A deep freeze overnight has area school districts again discussing how cold is too cold to attend school — with many Wednesday evening calling it off Thursday. A wind chill advisory continues remains in effect for the suburbs. Temperatures this morning are below zero throughout the suburbs with wind chill readings as low as 30 below zero.

     
  • The Birches hosts dementia educational series for caregivers Feb 17, 2015 6:07 PM
    Every day more than 15 million Americans face the challenge of caring for a loved one with memory loss. To provide information and support to these caregivers, The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills is hosting a dementia educational series which will take place on the third Wednesday of the month from February until May. Each program in the series will run from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at The Birches Assisted Living, 215 55th St. Clarendon Hills. The series will kick off on February 18 with a presentation from psychotherapist and elder care specialist Sharon Boris, LCSW, MSW who will teach audience members how to recognize and cope with caregiver stress. In her presentation, Boris will provide tips for preventing the typical stressors a caregiver faces, as well as tools for managing stress once it hits. On March 18, the series will continue with a presentation from Steve Hiemenz, RPh, MBA, owner of Elm Plaza Pharmacy in Hinsdale, who will discuss how to recognize pain in those with dementia and how to implement a pain management intervention. Hiemenz will also discuss which medications are associated with higher fall risks and how to prevent such occurrences. On April 15, author and community educator Daniel Kuhn, MSW will teach caregivers how to cope with the emotional conflicts that arise while caring for a loved one with dementia. Because caregiving can be emotionally stressful, Kuhn will help audience members find emotional balance by coming to terms with the emotions they face daily in their role as a caregiver. The series will wrap up on May 20 with a presentation by The Birches’ Director of Encore and Memory Care Services Jackie Raschke who will teach caregivers to enjoy and value the precious time they have with their loved one, despite the challenges and stressors they face. Raschke will pull from her extensive professional dementia care experience to provide specific examples of how to support your loved one, encourage their growth, and help them live a purposeful life. Programs in The Birches’ Dementia Educational Series are free and open to the public. Registration is required. To register, call 630-581-7350. 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: birches.net.

     
  • Downers Grove Parish Gives Back to Local Seniors Feb 17, 2015 5:53 PM
    On Monday, Feb. 9, the Humanitarian Service Project (HSP) of DuPage County received 128 “Boxes of Love” that were made and donated by members of Divine Savior Parish of Downers Grove. The Boxes of Love will be distributed in February to 125 local seniors served by HSP’s Senior Citizen Project. Members at Divine Savior collected and purchased hundreds of hygiene products such as facial tissue, tooth paste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, lotion and toilet paper to create these boxes. The products in each box are sufficient to fill a senior’s hygiene needs for three months. As their name suggests, the Boxes of Love were Valentine’s Day-themed and also contained little treats like hot chocolate, so that the seniors could feel as though they were receiving a personal valentine. Divine Savior has been making contributions to HSP for over two decades. They regularly donate groceries to feed needy seniors and families as well as support HSP’s annual Christmas offering. The overall goal of HSP’s Senior Citizen Project is to provide low income seniors with groceries and products that meet their basic nutritional and personal needs. Monthly, drivers deliver groceries to the homes of 125 seniors that include: selections of fifteen fresh fruits and vegetables, seven packages of frozen meat, six bags of non-perishable foods, Pepperidge Farm bread and two bags of paper products. In addition to their groceries, every three months the seniors receive a package of personal care and hygiene products. Contact the Humanitarian Service Project: hsp@humanitarianservice.org. HSP’s website: www.humanitarianservice.org HSP’s blog: humanitarianserviceproject.blogspot.com. About The Humanitarian Service Project: HSP’s mission is to alleviate the pain and suffering that poverty creates in seniors and children living in DuPage and Kane counties, Illinois. Last year during the Christmas Offering Project, 2,014 children received gifts and over 400 impoverished families received groceries. With the Senior Citizen Project, HSP provides monthly food deliveries and secret pal gifts to 125 low-income seniors. The Children’s Birthday Project reaches the youngest underprivileged, making birthdays and Christmas truly memorable occasions for 925 children. Feed the Kids provides 100 low-income families with groceries and fresh produce during the summer months. HSP conducts an annual school supply drive that benefits over 4,000 children by giving supplies to the DuPage Back to School Fair, Kane County’s “Project Backpack” and directly to schools with a high percentage of poverty.

     
  • Learn what it takes to get ideas into laws Feb 16, 2015 8:58 PM
    4-H members in Illinois will learn how ideas become law during a mock debate in the Chambers of the Illinois House of Representatives March 27-28 in Springfield. Delegates will debate mock bills using the same process used by real legislators in the Illinois House and Senate, including use of the House microphones and voting buttons to determine the fate of various bills. 4-H members who were at least 14 years of age by Sept. 1, 2014 may register online at go.illinois.edu/4hgreatdebate by March 13.

     
  • Toms-Price hosts “Professional Secrets to Container Gardening” in March Feb 16, 2015 7:26 AM
    Toms-Price hosts “Professional Secrets to Container Gardening” in March

     
  • TMA’s Zach Mottl Appointed to United States Manufacturing Panel Feb 16, 2015 7:20 AM
    TMA’s Zach Mottl Appointed to United States Manufacturing Panel

     
  • Kohl’s Cares to award $400,000 in scholarships Feb 12, 2015 10:59 AM
    Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program recently announced it will award nearly $400,000 in scholarships and prizes to more than 2,500 students who have made a positive impact on their communities.

     
  • Oak Brook Park District receives multiple awards in statewide competitions Feb 12, 2015 5:12 PM
    The Oak Brook Park District has been recognized with four statewide awards from the Illinois Park and Recreation Association [IPRA] and Illinois Association of Park Districts [IAPD]. The park district placed in three categories during this year’s IPRA/IAPD Agency Showcase competition, taking home first place in the Green Marketing Category for its repurposed vinyl padfolios. The district also placed first in the Paid Advertisement category and second in the Social Media category. 58 park, recreation and conservation agencies in Illinois entered 271 submissions that were judged during IPRA/IAPD’s annual conference in Chicago on January 22, 2015. The IAPD also selected a photograph taken by Oak Brook Park District’s graphic designer, Greg Wooley, as the first place winner in the Nature Category of the annual IAPD Give Us Your Best Shot Photo Contest. According to Jessica Cannaday, Oak Brook Park District’s marketing manager, the agency works towards creating a responsive, engaging communication strategy that focuses on receiving community feedback and making constituents aware of what is offered at the park district. “We’re very proud that our communication efforts have been recognized as some of the best in our field,” says Cannaday.

     
  • First Detector workshops share key insights on invasive species in Illinois Feb 12, 2015 8:13 PM
    More than 40 horticulture industry professionals and experienced gardeners learned about critical pest issues during the 2015 Illinois First Detector Workshop in Wheaton. Each year, the Illinois First Detector Program presents key information on invasive pests, diseases and plants through workshops in eight locations across Illinois, including the Feb. 3 event at Cantigny Gardens.

     
  • Nicor Gas Wins Awards for Leading in Energy Efficiency, Helping Consumers save Energy Feb 13, 2015 10:05 AM
    In 2010, Jim Jerozal began managing the energy efficiency program at Nicor Gas. Under Jim’s direction, Nicor Gas’ Energy Efficiency Program saved 37 million net therms last year, providing more savings than any other natural gas program in the country.

     
  • DuPage Community Foundation Grant Helps Fund Ray Graham Association’s Monarch Academy Feb 12, 2015 5:21 PM
    Helping people with disabilities and their families is what the Ray Graham Association is all about. The agency’s goal is to discover the right tools to empower each individual to reach, grow, and achieve. One way Ray Graham Association does this is through its Monarch Academy. Monarch Academy, founded in January 2011, just celebrated its four-year anniversary. A post-high school program, Monarch Academy engages its participants in the community in a variety of ways focusing on cultivating their social, recreational and life skills. The program was born from an idea that came from parents of the residents of an independent apartment complex of Ray Graham residents known as “Monarch Living,” located in Elmhurst. “The program provides a menu of options for participants in the day program,” said Kristen Garcia, program coordinator of Monarch Services for Ray Graham Association. This menu includes various social and recreational options for the young adults who are leaving the High School Transition Program for their first experiences in the adult world. The High School Transition Program includes the four years after high school and serves participants up to age 22. “The Transition Program includes teaching participants how to do their own laundry, budgeting and other life skills they might not be accustomed to doing,” added Garcia. “Once the Transition Program is completed, an adult service provider is something that most families try to find for their children. Monarch Academy is a great option for them.” “Our Monarch Academy program really developed with families who worked with us,” said Kathy Carmody, MSW, Ray Graham Association’s chief of staff. “It is the culmination of an idea of what they wanted their children to experience during the day after high school graduation. A key element is the partnership with parents, which I feel is the best part.” Monarch Academy participants range in age from 22 to mid-30s. The goal of the program from the start has been to provide opportunities for the participants to be present and active in a community for a majority of the day. The routine is to have a “home base” in the community where the Monarch Academies are set up—currently one in Burr Ridge and one in Naperville—and spend a good part of the day out and about. Creating partnerships in the communities is critical to the program’s success. “We always work closely with the families to ensure we provide the kinds of activities that they want for their sons and daughters,” said Garcia. The Monarch Academy programming runs from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday - Friday. Currently there are 21 people in the program, 11 in the Naperville location and 10 in Burr Ridge. The Monarch Academy daily schedule consists of educational and recreational sessions such as health and fitness, life skills and coaching, and the arts. Once in the program, participants typically remain until they transition into an employment-based schedule. Each month the participants work with the Monarch Academy staffers to plan the upcoming month’s program. “This helps the participants gain ownership of the program,” said Garcia. “Some of the program participants use different technology to assist them with their disabilities,” said Carmody. “The grant from The DuPage Community Foundation has enabled families with disabilities to really experience the kind of quality services and structure that Ray Graham provides to their children. That’s what’s most satisfying.” “My favorite part of Monarch Academy is that it’s different for everyone,” said Garcia. “I love the friendships and the social connection with people. There are real friendships formed and it provides a meaningful day for people. Without the program, the participants would be at home. They much rather prefer to be in the community and in a small group setting.” “Building relationships is what life is all about,” said Carmody. “This is most evident in the Monarch Academy over any other Ray Graham program and at the end of the day, that’s what people want—to feel a part of something.” The building and establishing of relationships is one aspect of the Monarch Academy which Carmody points out as a unique attribute. “Creating, fostering and carrying on relationships have always been one of the best features of our program,” said Carmody. “The Monarch Academy is a parent’s dream for his or her child. We are helping make that dream come true.” About Ray Graham Association: Ray Graham Association for People with Disabilities is a not-for-profit organization that provides a broad array of services and supports nearly 2,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities such as, cerebral palsy and autism. Services include residential, employment, life skills, and family support at 35 locations throughout DuPage County and the surrounding areas. For more information, visit www.ray-graham.org. About The DuPage Community Foundation: The DuPage Community Foundation seeks to raise the quality of life throughout DuPage County by fostering philanthropy, connecting donors to area needs and building community partnerships. Based on the American virtues of volunteerism and philanthropy, the Foundation fosters a legacy of support for the people of DuPage County by making grants to not-for-profit organizations working in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment, health, and human services. Since its inception, the Foundation has built its endowment to more than $61 million and awarded more than $20 million in grants to not-for-profit agencies serving the residents of DuPage County and beyond. Established in 1986, The DuPage Community Foundation is a publicly-supported 501(c)(3) organization to which contributions are tax deductible. It was created to benefit the people of DuPage County and receives contributions and bequests into a permanent endowment from individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations wishing to make lasting contributions to the people of DuPage. The earnings on these funds are then used, in accordance with donor wishes, for the Foundation’s grantmaking and community leadership activities. For more information about the Foundation, or to arrange future media opportunities, please contact Joelyn Kott, marketing & communications officer, at (630) 665-5556, extension 19, or jkott@dcfdn.org.

     
  • Chicago Botanic Garden show focuses on orchids Feb 10, 2015 1:11 PM
    Visitors to the 2015 Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden will encounter an exotic bloom that has a place in most kitchens. Vanilla, the world’s most popular flavoring, comes from Vanilla planifolia, the only orchid of roughly 30,000 known species to have agricultural value.

     
  • LaunchPoint Hires David Chandler Chief Financial Officer Feb 12, 2015 5:30 PM
    ITASCA, IL (Feb. 6, 2015) – LaunchPoint, parent company of Discovery Health Partners and Ajilitee, announces the appointment of David Chandler to the position of Chief Financial Officer. Chandler, of Hinsdale, brings more than 20 years of experience in progressive financial leadership roles at healthcare, software and technology companies, including overseeing IPOs and managing complex financial operations companies with SaaS-based applications and software services. Most recently, Chandler served as Chief Financial Officer of CareXtend, the first online marketplace designed to help reduce personal health and wellness spending. Chandler’s strong background as a strategic visionary with sound technical, analytical and operational skills in varying dynamic and entrepreneurial environments made him an ideal fit for LaunchPoint, according to CEO Terrence Ryan. “We are very happy to have Dave’s expertise guide us as we move forward with the next phase of LaunchPoint’s growth,” said Ryan. “We will rely on his ‘big picture’ perspective of the complexities and challenges emerging healthcare software companies face in today’s post-reform landscape.” Prior to CareXtend, Chandler served as Chief Financial Officer for an IT services company, Fruition Partners, the largest implementation partner for ServiceNow SaaS applications. Chandler was also SVP of Finance &Operations, Americas for Razorfish - Americas, a $400M digital marketing firm. Additionally he has held leadership roles including Corporate Controller and Sr. Director of Financial Planning at Diamond Technology Partners. Chandler attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut and received his Masters of Management from the J.L. Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. About LaunchPoint LaunchPoint operates businesses that provide cloud-based solutions, software, and services for healthcare organizations. Its two divisions are Discovery Health Partners, provider of payment integrity software and solutions for healthcare payers, and Ajilitee, a healthcare information and analytics consulting business. LaunchPoint was named the 100th fastest-growing company on the 2014 Inc. 500 list and #14 in Healthcare. More information is available at www.launchpointcorporation.com, www.ajilitee.com and www.discoveryhealthpartners.com. # # #

     
  • West Dundee art therapist enjoys all art forms, even belly dancing Feb 9, 2015 7:20 AM
    Kukec's People features Tricia Saviano Hammer of East Dundee is an art therapist and licensed counselor working on a Ph.D., who owns and operates Artisticology at 111 W. Main St. in West Dundee. She’s also an artist herself ... and a belly dancer.

     
  • Realty Group CEO recognized with industry honors Feb 6, 2015 10:59 AM
    Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group’s Chief Executive Officer Nancy Nagy has been named to the 2014 Swanepoel Power 200 list. The Swanepoel Power 200 is a comprehensive roster of leading CEOs and senior executives whose leadership and experience drive the real estate industry and their organizations.

     
  • Presidents’ Issue New Report on Granting Baccalaureate Degrees for Various Fields Feb 5, 2015 4:17 PM
    Illinois Council of Community College Presidents NORMAL Illinois community college presidents approved a recommendation urging the community college system be allowed to grant four-year baccalaureate degrees for nursing and other applied career areas at their meeting on Friday, January 30. “This recommendation, which took nearly one year to study and prepare, shows our community colleges can be the place where students can earn the degrees close to home which is important to their families and communities,” said Thomas Choice, the president of the Illinois Council of Community College Presidents. The study recommends community colleges be authorized to grant four-year degrees for applied careers and nursing degrees. Illinois would join 21 others states already offering these four-year degrees. Illinois officials have discussed the concept and experiences for families in other states for several years. “Our study indicates many employers across the state need a workforce with a higher level of education. Community colleges are uniquely positioned with their strong industry and workforce relationships to provide these programs” said Carl Sandberg College President Lori Sundberg. Sundberg chaired the committee that wrote the report. The Council will work with the Illinois Community College Trustees Association, the Illinois Community College Board, the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the legislature to ensure the necessary steps to move forward. Choice, who is president of Kishwaukee College in Malta Illinois, noted the report recommends the addition of these programs be managed without any additional state funding. It is anticipated that the variable tuition program already used by many community colleges for career and technical degrees would be used for these four-year degrees. The applied baccalaureate degrees would cover fields like automotive, respiratory therapy and dental hygiene among others.

     
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