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  • 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.

     
  • Lombard Arts Coalition Exhibits at NUHS Art Gallery – Artists’ Reception February 22nd Feb 12, 2015 5:17 PM
    The National University of Health Sciences Art Gallery celebrates the works of talented local artists with The 2015 Lombard Arts Coalition Member Fine Art Show. This exhibit is on display through April 6th. A special Artists’ Reception will be held at the gallery on Sunday, February 22nd from 1 to 3 p.m. to honor the featured artists and their works. This reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Artists will be on hand to talk about their works. The show will be judged ahead of time with awards presented at the reception to the winning artists. Fine art originals and prints will be available for purchase. Artists participating in this exhibit include Dalia Abdelaziz, Blanca E. Campos, and John & Jeanne Grek of Westmont; Mijeong Field, Jangyul Park, and Pat Pope of Downers Grove; Dylan Martin, Don W. Meyer, and Eve Reed of Lombard; Marj Nicoletti and Mary Yezek of Woodridge; Peter Sausen of Glen Ellyn; and Stefanie Taranto of Wheaton. These artists present a variety of styles and they work in media which include oils, collage, acrylic, mixed media, colored pencil, and more. The NUHS Art Gallery, which is managed by Lombard Arts Coalition, can be found inside Clinic Building B of National University of Health Sciences, 200 E. Roosevelt Road in Lombard (the intersection of Roosevelt Road and Highland Avenue). The exhibit is free and can be viewed by the public during normal clinic operating hours – Monday thru Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information about future exhibits at the National University of Health Sciences Art Gallery or about joining Lombard Arts Coalition can be found on the organization’s web site, www.LombardArtsCoalition.com, or by calling LAC at (331) 645-3992.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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 trustee candidates focusing on pension issue Feb 12, 2015 11:32 PM
    Oak Brook Village Board candidates are adamant the village doesn’t need a municipal property tax — or any other new taxes for that matter — to address its growing pension obligations.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Suburban attorney sentenced for stealing millions Feb 10, 2015 7:10 PM
    A disbarred Burr Ridge attorney with offices in Oak Brook was sentenced Tuesday to nearly six years in prison for stealing more than $2 million from her clients. Kathleen Niew, who was disbarred in 2013, pleaded guilty last June to 10 counts of wire fraud in federal court.

     
  • Oak Brook village president hopefuls focus on pensions Feb 9, 2015 5:30 AM
    The candidates in the three-person race for Oak Brook village president are proposing differing ways to address the town’s growing pension obligations. However, all the candidates say they oppose levying a property tax for Oak Brook, which relies on sales tax revenues to pay for village services.

     
  • Food scares cost McDonald’s in China, Japan; sales fall Feb 9, 2015 9:11 AM
    Food-quality scares are hurting McDonald’s in China and Japan, where weakness contributed to a key global sales figure falling 1.8 percent. The world’s largest hamburger chain said sales dropped 12.6 percent in January at locations open at least 13 months in the division that includes the Asia region. That overshadowed a 0.4 percent rise at U.S. locations and a comparable 0.5 percent increase in Europe.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Local Soroptimist Club Offers GED Grant Feb 9, 2015 4:56 PM
    Chicago Suburbs —Women who currently attend G.E.D. courses and who are seeking financial assistance to complete certification can now obtain an application for this award. The G.E.D. Grant is Soroptimist International of Suburban Chicago’s cash award that honors the women completing their equivalency to improve their lives and those of their family. Applications are available by contacting Soroptimist International of Suburban Chicago (SISC) via e-mail at siofsuburban.chicago@soroptimist.net . SISC will give two cash awards that cover the cost of the test. Deadline for completed applications is April 1, 2015. The winners will be honored at a luncheon in May where their checks and grant certificates will be awarded. Soroptimist International of Suburban Chicago is a volunteer organization for business and professional women dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Founded in 1989, the Suburban Chicago club is part of Soroptimist International which has over 90,000 members in more than 120 countries and territories who contribute time and financial support to community-based projects that benefit women. In addition to the G.E.D. Grant, Soroptimist International of Suburban Chicago has three additional awards for women and girls. For more information about the awards, our local programs and Soroptimism visit our web site at si-suburbanchicago.org .

     
  • Healthy Lombard Will Honor Four Health Heroes at February 28 Fitness Fair Feb 9, 2015 4:51 PM
    Healthy Lombard is pleased to announce it has selected four Health Heroes for 2015. They are Geoff Cottrell (Lombard), Matt McGrath (Woodridge), Donna Nosek (Lombard), and the Westin Hotel of Lombard. The award honors individuals and worksites that have made a noticeable effort to improve their personal health and wellness during the past year, or that have made positive, healthy changes in their work environments. The award winners will be recognized at the 2015 Healthy Lombard Fitness February Fair, February 28, 2015 at the Yorktown Center Mall at 1:20 p.m. from representatives of the Kiwanis Club of Lombard, which is sponsoring the awards, and Supernova, the Chicago Red Stars Soccer Team’s Mascot. All members of the greater Lombard area community are invited to attend The Fitness February Fair from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. It will feature health-related displays, free health screenings, and the opportunity to participate in interactive presentations. The main sponsors of this fun health and fitness event are Adventist Health Partners, Balance Weight Loss Centers, and Elmhurst Memorial Medical Group. In addition to 37 exhibitors, there will be stage performances that will change every 20 minutes and are being sponsored by Elite Training. There will also be a jump rope and a hula-hoop contest. Other Healthy Lombard Partners who have provided financial supports of this event include Bob Goldin State Farm Insurance, DuPage Medical Group, Fit4Mom, Health Track Sports and Wellness, Juice Plus, Lexington Square of Lombard, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Lombard Lilac VFW Post 5815, Lombard Park District, Lombard Pharmacy, NxStage Kidney Care, Points To Wellness, Inc., Premier Chiropractic and Wellness Center, Revolution Physical Therapy & Weight Loss, and Sky Centers Martial Arts. Healthy Lombard is a 501c3 Foundation established in 2009 to address childhood obesity and promote a healthy lifestyle for everyone, through its “Triple A” approach of Awareness, Activities and Achievement. Questions or requests for additional information can be directed to jay@healthylombard.com

     
  • Former President of Oak Brook-based IMRF Board of Trustees Elected to Second Term as Employee Trustee Feb 9, 2015 5:05 PM
    Evanston resident Natalie Copper – who has previously served as president, vice president and secretary of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) board of trustees – was elected to her second term as employee trustee. Copper has served as an employee trustee since January 2010. Her new, five-year term began Jan. 1. As the second-largest and best-funded public pension in Illinois, IMRF administers a defined benefit plan of retirement, disability, and death benefits for 3,000 municipal employers – including towns and villages, libraries and park districts, and counties and school districts (non-teaching personnel) – and covers about 400,000 members. At the end of 2014, IMRF had $34 billion in assets and was 97 percent funded on a market basis. The plan does not receive any state funding. Members of IMRF’s independent eight-member board of trustees serve without compensation in five-year staggered terms. The board includes four executive trustees elected by participating units of government, three employee trustees elected by participating IMRF members and one annuitant trustee elected by IMRF retirees. Copper is a school-age child care site-coordinator for the Dawes School in Evanston School District 65. “As a long-time member of the IMRF board of trustees and former board president, Natalie understands how our diversified investments provide long-term benefits to our members,” said IMRF Executive Director Louis W. Kosiba. “This experience will serve us well during her current tenure.” 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 www.imrf.org.

     
  • David C. Miller begins first term on Oak Brook-based IMRF board of trustees Feb 9, 2015 5:02 PM
    North Shore Sanitary District Deputy Treasurer and Assistant General Manager David C. Miller was elected to the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) board of trustees as an executive trustee. His five-year term began Jan. 1. As the second-largest and best-funded public pension in Illinois, IMRF administers a defined benefit plan of retirement, disability, and death benefits for 3,000 municipal employers – including towns and villages, libraries and park districts, and counties and school districts (non-teaching personnel) – and covers about 400,000 members. At the end of 2014, IMRF had $34 billion in assets and was 97 percent funded on a market basis. The plan does not receive any state funding. Members of IMRF’s independent eight-member board of trustees serve without compensation in five-year staggered terms. The board includes four executive trustees elected by participating units of government, three employee trustees elected by participating IMRF members and one annuitant trustee elected by IMRF retirees. Miller, a resident of Chicago, earned a bachelor’s degree in finance, investment and banking, and a master’s degree in risk management from the University of Wisconsin. “Our plan’s financially sound management provides a sustainable retirement income for public workers who serve local units of government,” said IMRF Executive Director Louis W. Kosiba. “David’s background and financial experience in municipal government will enable the fund to continue to focus on providing long-term benefits to our members during his tenure.” 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 www.imrf.org.

     
  • Wild weekend? Bullriders, Monster Jam coming to 'burbs Feb 7, 2015 8:25 AM
    Make it a wild weekend with bucking broncos at the Sears Centre or Monster Jam at the Allstate. Or, check out a classical concert, a winter wonder event or a musical look at marriage. These are just a few of the events this weekend in the suburbs.

     
  • State puts Oak Brook Park District Improvement Project and Playground Donation on Hold Feb 5, 2015 3:59 PM
    The $400,000 Open Space Land Acquisition and Development [OSLAD] grant that was slated to fund a portion of the Oak Brook Park District ball field renovation project has been put on hold by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. A letter from the IDNR dated January 27, 2015, stated that the grant was on hold and requested the park district “NOT incur any costs related to this project until further notice.” While the Oak Brook Park District plans on submitting the executed contract to the grant administrator, the contract will be held until further instructions are received from the Governor’s Office. As part of the park improvement project, the Oak Brook Park District planned to donate a $25,000 piece of playground equipment to Butler School District 53. The school district has been without a playground since June of 2013 when its existing play structure was deemed unsafe and removed. The donation of the playground equipment was contingent on redeveloping its current location in Oak Brook Park District’s Central Park. “While we have some concerns, we are optimistic that we will still receive the necessary funding and the project will move forward, just at a later date,” says Laure Kosey, Executive Director of the Oak Brook Park District. The Governor’s Office is reviewing the grants, but no definitive timeline is available for a decision at this time.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Art show at Lisle Savings Bank to raise funds for Benedictine scholarship Feb 5, 2015 4:21 PM
    The artwork features photographs from students in senior lecturer Vince Lucarelli’s Digital Photography class that is currently on display through February 27 in the bank’s recently unveiled “Gallery on Main.” Located at 4720 Main Street in downtown Lisle, the Gallery on Main is part of the bank’s plan to turn its obsolete walk-up area into a community space focused on promoting the work of local students and artists. The public is invited to a reception from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 21 at the Gallery on Main to view and purchase any of the student images on display. Light refreshments will be served and Lucarelli and William Scarlato, professor of Fine Arts at Benedictine, will be available to offer their insights into the artwork. Benedictine’s longstanding presence in the community and the need to help students manage college expenses, made it a natural choice for one of the gallery’s first exhibits, said Barb Richards, marketing and community relations director for the Lisle Savings Bank. “It has always been in the bank’s core values to promote education, and it is our intention that the gallery be used with the intention of promoting students and their work,” Richards said. Benedictine’s Fine Arts Award was established to recognize and appreciate the time, talent and dedication of Fine Arts and Studio Art majors. The artwork on display includes several semesters of student work. Interested buyers may purchase artwork at $50 per piece. For more information, contact Richards at (630) 432-6044.

     
  • GLMV Chamber Names 2015 board of directors Feb 16, 2015 1:41 PM
    The Green Oaks, Libertyville, Mundelein, Vernon Hills (GLMV) Chamber of Commerce named its 2015 board of directors.

     
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