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  • Holidays at Friendship Village Dec 18, 2014 7:30 AM
    Holidays at Friendship Village

     
  • Small plates, bold flavors define Oak Brook's El Tapeo Dec 16, 2014 6:03 AM
    Good things come in small packages. And at El Tapeo in Oak Brook they come on small plates as well. Chef Franco Diaz puts a contemporary twist on traditional Spanish tapas at this newer restaurant on the ninth floor of Le Meridien hotel. For a harmonious dining experience, you can't do much better than El Tapeo.

     
  • Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System Finds Creative Ways to Celebrate Holidays with Patients and Staff Dec 17, 2014 7:29 AM
    Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System Finds Creative Ways to Celebrate Holidays with Patients and Staff

     
  • Thieves adopt ‘crash-and-grab’ tactics Dec 15, 2014 4:48 PM
    All the burglars use the same audacious tactics: A vehicle crashes through a storefront in the wee hours and up to six people in dark clothing and ski masks pour out, grabbing whatever they can with the speed of a NASCAR pit crew. Then the thieves dash out over the broken glass to a waiting getaway car. Since September, at least a dozen “crash-and-grab” burglaries have been reported at retail businesses in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

     
  • Slow start in DuPage mayoral races Dec 15, 2014 5:59 PM
    The race for several mayoral seats got off to a slow start Monday in DuPage County, with no candidates emerging to challenge incumbents in Carol Stream and Wood Dale and only one so far in Oak Brook. The filing period for mayor as well as city councils, school boards, park boards, library boards and other elected posts continues through Dec. 22 to set the ballot for the April election. Here’s a quick look at what’s happening in races for mayor:

     
  • Foundation Awards $207,535 in Grants to 29 Area Not-for-Profits Dec 15, 2014 5:38 PM
    Foundation Director of Programs Barb Szczepaniak shared her pleasure with the Foundation’s support of local organizations: “Each of these programs contributes, in its own unique way, to the overall quality of life that makes DuPage a wonderful place in which to live and work. We’re proud to support and strengthen the arts, educational and environmental landscapes in our community.” The following is a list of the not-for-profit organizations that received funding. For more information about these grants, including their amounts and the purposes for which they will be used, please refer to The DuPage Community Foundation website, www.dcfdn.org. Arts and Culture • Anima—Young Singers of Greater Chicago • ArranmoreArts • DuPage Symphony Orchestra • Elmhurst Choral Union • First Folio Theatre • Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art • The Naperville Men’s Glee Club • One Voice Outreach Choir • Salt Creek Ballet • Spirito! • Wheaton Band Festival • Young Naperville Singers Education • CareNet Pregnancy Services of DuPage • The Community House • DuPage Children’s Museum • Junior Achievement of Chicago (partially funded by the Sue Wallace Fund) • KidsMatter (partially funded by Communityworks Endowments and Perma-Seal Funds) • Literacy DuPage • School and Tutors on Wheels • Tri-Town YMCA Environment • SCARCE • The Conservation Foundation (partially funded by the Conrad and Doris Brassine Fund) • The Wetlands Initiative Donor-Advised Grants • Addison Center for the Arts (funded by the JCS Fund) • Chicago Sinfonietta (funded by the JCS Fund) • Community School of the Arts, Wheaton College (funded by the JCS Fund) • Educare of West DuPage (funded by the Perma-Seal Fund) • Elmhurst Art Museum (funded by the JCS Fund) • Naperville Area Humane Society (funded by the Conrad and Doris Brassine Fund) The Foundation also makes grants to DuPage County not-for-profits working in the areas of health and human services as part of its Spring Community Grant Needs Cycle. That most recent cycle awarded $337,356 to 30 organizations this past June. (The list of these grant awards may also be found at www.dcfdn.org.) In addition, the Foundation makes grants throughout the year from its various donor-advised and other restricted funds. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, the Foundation granted more than $3.1 million, representing a 31% increase over the previous fiscal year. 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 $60 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.

     
  • Honor Flight a high point for female WWII veteran Dec 12, 2014 9:42 AM
    By 1945, at the end of WWII, less than three percent of American military personnel were women. Barbara “Bobbie” Merritt was one of them. A resident of Sedgebrook, a senior living community in Lincolnshire, Bobbie achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer inthe Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), serving in Arlington, Virginia.

     
  • Constable: Can this be the meal of my dreams if there's no McWine? Dec 11, 2014 9:03 AM
    I waded through the many menu options, but now the server brings out the entree "of my dreams," and asks if there's anything else he can do for me. I'm tempted to ask what sort of McCab wine goes best with this McDonald's hamburger.

     
  • Cantore focused on the future of DuPage forest preserve Dec 11, 2014 10:16 AM
    Joseph Cantore already has several goals he wants to meet as president of the DuPage County Forest Preserve commission. They include implementing a reorganization of the district and finding an executive director. “I am looking forward to doing the business of the forest preserve,” Cantore said. “There's a lot of issues we've got to get accomplished.”

     
  • The Season of Giving? Dec 15, 2014 3:45 PM
    Just like the holidays, it’s never too early to begin planning for the 2014 income tax filing season. The following are several tax savings strategies aimed at helping taxpayers minimize their income tax bills. As always, please remember to speak with a qualified tax professional about your specific tax situation. Defer your income The basic idea is to shift income out of this year and into next year, thereby allowing you to postpone paying tax on the income for the time being. Here are several common examples of the application of this strategy: • Ask your boss to hold off on paying your bonus until January 2015. • Put more money into your tax-deferred 401(k) retirement plan before year end. • Make tax-deductible contributions to your IRA for the 2014 tax year by April 15, 2015. • Hold off on selling certain “appreciated” assets that will generate a capital gain until after the new year. • If you’re self-employed, delay sending customer invoices for year-end projects until after the new year. Accelerate tax deductible home expenses Owning your home provides two key tax deductions which you can use by year-end to reduce your current year’s tax bill. Make your January mortgage payment by Dec. 31 and deduct the mortgage interest on the extra payment on your 2014 tax return. The same is true for early property tax payments. Be sure to consider the impact, if any, of the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) on the accelerated property tax payment strategy as property taxes are not deductible under the AMT rules. Use a “bunching” strategy for certain types of deductible expenses Medical and dental expenses, to the extent they exceed 10 percent of your adjusted gross income (AGI) and miscellaneous expenses, to the extent they exceed two percent of AGI are deductible. The most common miscellaneous expenses are unreimbursed employee business expenses and investment management fees. To get over this deduction “hurdle,” consider combining eligible expenses. This strategy, known as bunching deductions, will push them into one tax year where you can make maximum tax use of them. Accelerate other deductible expenses into 2014 Unlike medical, dental and miscellaneous expenses, charitable donations are fully deductible without any AGI limitations. Consider making large charitable donations (either cash or non-cash) before year end to obtain the benefit of the deduction on this year’s return. Make sure that you maintain copies of all receipts for your charitable donations in the event of a tax audit. A donor advised fund is an excellent tool for coordinating your charitable giving program.

     
  • McDonald’s to trim menu, examine ingredients Dec 10, 2014 3:09 PM
    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s is planning to simplify its menu and maybe even in the number of ingredients it uses in its food as it fights to hold onto customers. CEO Don Thompson sought to reassure investors Wednesday that changes will help strengthen the chain’s appeal.

     
  • ComEd gets OK for $245 million, consumers see hike in January Dec 11, 2014 11:41 AM
    ComEd today received a rate hike of about $245 million, or about 13 percent less than it had requested from the Illinois Commerce Commission. Consumers should expect to pay more starting in January. “CUB is disappointed in this increase,” said CUB spokesman Jim Chilsen.

     
  • Mueller names director of entertainment, media and sports group Dec 9, 2014 6:01 PM
    Mueller, a CPA and management consulting firm, recently announced that accomplished entertainment and sports industry lawyer Brenda J. (Robinson) Casanave has been named director of the firm’s newly formed Entertainment, Media and Sports Group. Casanave will be based out of Mueller’s Elgin and Chicago office as she advises clients across the country.

     
  • Flexible M.B.A. students discover that profitability, sustainability can co-exist Dec 8, 2014 4:54 PM
    To meet rapidly growing demands for food, fresh water, timber, fiber and fuel, humans have changed ecosystems more rapidly and extensively during the last 50 years than in any comparable time in history, according to a study commissioned by the United Nations. These changes have contributed to gains in human well-being and economic development, but at a cost to future generations in the form of potential disease, abrupt alterations in water quality, the creation of “dead zones” in coastal waters, the collapse of fisheries, shifts in regional climate, and the degradation of tropical forests, coral reefs and dryland ecosystems. The social and environmental challenges humans face in the next 50 years is daunting. But amidst the growing crisis, companies have discovered an opportunity to do business in a way that has a positive social, environmental and financial impact. Companies that have the foresight to become sustainable leaders of tomorrow will be rewarded by record business opportunities and profitability. The Sustainable Business and Leadership concentration in the Flexible Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program at Benedictine University is training tomorrow’s sustainable leaders today. It is one of only two such concentrations available through the nearly two dozen Chicago-area colleges and universities that offer an M.B.A. degree. The concentration focuses on the need for sustainability and profitability. “Too often the need for profit in business is excluded during discussion of sustainability,” said Mark Kozak, M.B.A., business consultant and adjunct professor in the M.B.A. program at Benedictine. “The Sustainable Business and Leadership concentration at Benedictine emphasizes the balance between the needs of business to make a profit while demonstrating concern for the environment. “Those are the three P’s of sustainability … people, planet and profit,” he added. The Sustainable Business and Leadership concentration provides students with an understanding of the broad impact of sustainability, strategic opportunities to make sustainability profitable, and integrate sustainability principles, thinking and action throughout their organizations. Among the courses from which students may choose are “Essentials of Sustainable Leadership,” “Developing Sustainable Leaders,” “Leading Sustainable Organizations,” “Understanding the New Revolution in Sustainability” and “Sustainability as a Driver for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Market Growth.” The Sustainable Business and Leadership concentration at Benedictine differs from programs elsewhere because it is business-centric. “The program is business-focused, as opposed to strictly talking about environmental or people issues,” Kozak said. “Those aspects are important and integral to the whole concept of sustainability, but we lead with a business focus.” The program is most beneficial to professionals who work in the environmental, health and safety areas of business, as well as those in related regulatory and technical fields. “The concentration is a benefit to anyone looking to gain greater perspective on working with others,” Kozak said. “Through a discussion of sustainability, those who strongly support capitalism, environmentalism and social concerns can work together to understand each other’s needs and chart a path that achieves all three.” Benedictine also offers Sustainable Business and Leadership certificate program for students who are unable to complete the M.B.A. program but want to expand their knowledge in the subject area and add a meaningful credential to their resume. “The flexible M.B.A. program at Benedictine offers numerous opportunities for students to expand their skills in an array of interests, one of which is in the area of sustainability,” said Ricky Holman, J.D., assistant professor and chair, Graduate Business Administration. To learn more about the Sustainable Business and Leadership concentration in the M.B.A. program or the Sustainable Business and Leadership certificate program at Benedictine University, contact the Office of Admissions at (630) 829-6300 or admissions@ben.edu.

     
  • Sedgebrook woodworker brings new life to old finds Dec 8, 2014 1:18 PM
    Don Hollenbeck is disturbed by “move-in-ready” home makeover TV shows. “I can’t understand how people can just come into a place with things that someone else has picked out and set up for them,” said the woodworker and resident of Sedgebrook, a senior living community in Lincolnshire.

     
  • Big Mac hurting as customers get pickier Dec 8, 2014 2:46 PM
    Hold the pickles, onions and special sauce. The Big Mac is becoming a victim of finicky tastes.News: As sales continue to slide in the U.S., Oak Brook-based McDonald’s plans to expand a test that lets people build their own burgers by tapping on a touchscreen to pick the bread, cheese and toppings they want. The company says it will bring the option to 2,000 of its more than 14,000 U.S. locations next year.

     
  • Redick picked to fill forest preserve vacancy Dec 5, 2014 4:33 PM
    A former DuPage County Board member who sits on the Illinois tollway board has been nominated to fill a vacancy on the DuPage forest preserve commission. Forest preserve President Joseph Cantore wants Jeffrey Redick to take his former seat on the commission. The board is expected to vote on Redick’s appointment during a specially called commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday morning. “I’m honored that President Cantore considered me for this position,” Redick said Friday.

     
  • Stick to simple healthy hints to stay on track this holiday season Dec 5, 2014 10:52 PM
    Americans gain one to two pounds between the Thanksgiving feast and the New Year countdown. Some do not lose those extra pounds and add weight cumulatively every year. Simple, smart selections this holiday season can help avoid this annual obstacle and set up a positive start to 2015. “The best strategy for the holidays is to aim for weight maintenance,” said Laura Barr, Nutrition and Wellness Educator with University of Illinois Extension.

     
  • American India Foundation’s annual Chicago Gala raises over $950,000 Dec 2, 2014 5:08 PM
    A crowd of more than 500 prominent business leaders, elected officials, and community organizers gathered at Chicago’s Union Station on Nov. 8 to celebrate at the Chicago Chapter of the American India Foundation’s ninth annual Chicago Gala, “Bow Ties and Bangles.”

     
  • Christmas program to serve local families in need Dec 2, 2014 5:44 PM
    In the coming weeks, the Humanitarian Service Project of DuPage County will serve 350 underprivileged, local families with nutritious groceries as well as provide Christmas gifts to needy children and senior citizens through its annual Christmas Offering program. The nonprofit is calling for donations of new toys and nonperishable food to ensure the success of this program.

     
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