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  • COD candidates don’t want Breuder picking replacement Mar 24, 2015 11:11 PM
    With College of DuPage President Robert Breuder a year away from retirement, candidates in the school trustee race are offering differing views on what traits the next president should have. However, several candidates agree the future president of the Glen Ellyn community college shouldn’t be someone who is hand-picked by Breuder.

  • Lombard couple launches healthy lunch business Mar 25, 2015 8:42 AM
    At a time when consumers want their fresh bread baked without “yoga mat” chemicals, a new healthy option is emerging in the school lunch business. WT Cafe, being launched in Naperville by Mimi and Matt Tolkin of Lombard, is offering private schools and summer camps the ability to sell midday meals that include fresh fruits, vegetable-infused sauces, whole grains and an overall emphasis on nutrition. “It’s also part of our mission to educate kids on what they’re eating,” Matt Tolkin said.

  • 15 trucks hit new railroad bridge in Bensenville Mar 25, 2015 3:03 PM
    It was an accident waiting to happen and it did when several trucks collided with a new bridge on Irving Park Road in Bensenville. The resulting traffic mayhem caused the closure of Irving Park at York for four months, which is no joke for commuters and truckers who use the road daily transporting freight to and from O'Hare.

  • ‘The Squeeze’ seeks its place among golf film classics Mar 24, 2015 1:30 PM
    Several top pro golfers ̶̶ Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson ̶̶ have good things to say about a new golf movie, “The Squeeze,” which opens nationally on April 17. If golf fans can’t wait, Len Ziehm recommends attending a March 30 fundraiser for the Illinois PGA Foundation at Bensenville Theater, 9 S. Center St., Bensenville.

  • Lombard nonprofit Watts of Love delivers lights to poorest areas of the world Mar 23, 2015 11:00 AM
    It’s been a little more than five years since Nancy Economou went to the Philippines and saw the face of a girl who would change her life. The preschooler’s skin was mutilated by fire, the result of a burn from kerosene lanterns that are still used as the primary source of light in her village. As a mother of five, Economou was sickened. She quickly realized that providing light to people living without electricity was her calling in life and in 2012, created a Lombard-based non-profit called Watts of Love that has since provided thousands of solar lanterns and headlamps to people in the poorests parts of the world.

  • Arlington Hts. architect builds 13 world landmarks out of Legos Mar 23, 2015 1:58 PM
    Adam Reed Tucker of Arlington Heights is one of only 14 Lego certified professionals worldwide. His work is not child’s play. Tucker is a trained architect, and Legos are his medium. His latest exhibit of 13 world-famous landmarks — built entirely of Legos — is on display at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library through April and drawing big crowds. It opened this month on the first floor beneath the natural light of a skylight. “I love the design process,” Tucker says.

  • Glendale Heights business owners rebuild home after fire Mar 24, 2015 10:06 AM
    Kukec's People features Cindy and Gary Blaski, owners of Allegra Marketing Print and Mail in Glendale Heights, who saw their home of 25 years destroyed in a fire. No one was hurt, but they lost everything. Now he and his wife are putting their lives and home back together and they continue to balance their company needs.

  • Fox Lake fire district seeks tax increase April 7 Mar 23, 2015 5:44 AM
    Citing concerns about aging equipment and adequate manpower at fire stations in unincorporated areas, Fox Lake Fire Protection District officials are going to voters with a tax increase proposal. At issue, Chief Ron Hoehne said, is a need to add at least three full-time paramedics to the ranks and boost funding for the district's vehicle maintenance fund in response to an 8 percent rise in emergency calls last year.

  • Residents witness how DuPage’s water works Mar 21, 2015 10:06 PM
    The public got to see just complex and impressive the Elmhurst Quarry is on Saturday when an estimated 300 people signed up for tours of the flood control facility along Route 83 in Elmhurst. “Some places still flood today, but I can’t imagine what it would be if we didn’t have this facility,” DuPage County Stormwater Management Committee Chairman Jim Zay said.

  • Barrington White House renovations should be done by July 4 Mar 20, 2015 5:15 AM
    With 105 days to go before the public unveiling, work crews at the Barrington White House are busy raising the roof, along with a litany of other tasks, on the 117-year-old building. Despite Mother Nature's wintertime obstacles, “it's doable,” said Chet Busse, a senior project manager with Pepper Construction.

  • St. Baldrick’s event a celebration of Madison Elementary survivors Mar 20, 2015 6:29 PM
    Friday was a day of celebration at Madison Elementary School in Wheaton. Students, teachers, parents and other family members gathered in the school’s gym to watch 60 participants get their head shaved or hair partially cut off to support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Principal Tim Callahan announced that the school had raised more than $20,000 for the foundation. “You’re doing your best to make sure other kids don’t have to go through what our friends went through,” he said.

  • Aaron Lawlor vs. Michael Nerheim in race to benefit two Lake Co. food pantries Mar 20, 2015 4:50 PM
    Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor and Lake County State's Attorney Michael Nerherim went head to head in the 17th annual Race for Hunger.

  • Muslim parents: Our kids are not terrorists, and we don't want them to fall prey to terrorists Mar 20, 2015 3:03 PM
    Muslim parents and leaders say they don't want their children being labeled “terrorists” by association with fanatics who use a shared religion to justify their fanaticism. They also recognize Muslim youth could fall prey to extremist elements online and via social media. “One of the things we talk about is responsible behaviors online,” said Gihad Ali, youth programs director for the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago. “What not to say. What things to look out for. What are some of the traps, some of the red flags of so-called online friends.”

  • Many firsts, except for a win, for Harvest Christian Mar 20, 2015 12:52 AM
    It was a night of firsts for Harvest Christian Academy baseball under the lights at Judson University in Elgin Thursday. Freshman right-hander Zach Pawelek threw the first pitch in program history against Northeastern Athletic Conference foe Christian Liberty Academy at 6 p.m. Sophomore Ricky Lattanzio smacked the program’s first hit, a long flyball that went for a double when Christian Liberty’s center fielder had trouble gauging it in the lights.

  • Constable: Sounds of love, froggy-style Mar 19, 2015 10:37 AM
    None of their mating calls sounds remotely sexy to the untrained suburban ear. But frogs are important barometers of environmental health, so Cosley Zoo in Wheaton is looking to teach volunteers how to identify who's making all that noise.

  • Marion Jones Townhomes coming down for new public housing Mar 19, 2015 5:12 PM
    One of Illinois’ oldest housing projects is about to be torn down and replaced on the same site in Lake County by a $37 million complex with a senior building and family apartments. Movers and shakers from across Lake County are expected to gather Friday for a ceremony to commemorate the demolition of Marion Jones Townhomes on Sherman Avenue in North Chicago. Marion Jones is owned by the Lake County Housing Authority.

  • Plans for Elgin-made replica Lincoln funeral train car derailed? Mar 19, 2015 1:32 PM
    An Elgin-made replica of Abraham Lincoln's funeral train car will not re-create part of the original funeral trip from Washington, D.C., to Illinois, and it's unclear if it will be part of official commemorative events in May in Springfield. “They've made it quite clear they don't care whether the train is there or not,” said Shannon Brown, director of media and public relations for The 2015 Lincoln Funeral Train.

  • Advice to new Naperville cops: ‘Be another George Pradel’ Mar 19, 2015 6:15 PM
    The best advice two cops and a sergeant received Thursday came from retired officers who attended their swearing-in ceremony to honor Naperville’s iconic Officer Friendly, Mayor George Pradel. The key to being a successful cop, the retired officers said, is to be like Pradel and share his concern for children, his dedication to the community and his caring attitude.

  • What Aurora drummer thought was toothache turns out to be tumor Mar 19, 2015 10:05 AM
    Steve Mores, 57, of Aurora is back to playing drums in his popular cover band Prairie Surfers after a new type of surgery removed a nerve tumor at his brain stem that was causing facial numbness, nausea and difficulty eating. Mores was just the ninth person to have the surgery, being conducted only at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. “We’re hoping that this will change the way we approach these tumors,” said Dr. Orin Bloch, who performed Mores' surgery.

  • College of DuPage board approves PR firm already doing work Mar 20, 2015 9:36 PM
    A Chicago-based public relations firm has been working this month to help the College of DuPage board respond to controversies at the Glen Ellyn campus. But college trustees didn’t formally sign off on the hiring of Res Publica Group until Thursday night. “They should not be hiring a public relations firm at all,” Trustee Kathy Hamilton said.

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