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  • Elmhurst Summer Recreation Open House Jan 6, 2015 5:32 PM
    Numerous camps and organizations will display their summer program information. The goal of the open house is to provide parents a ‘one stop shop’ for summer recreational and educational programs. It makes the search quick and efficient allowing families to discover camps they might not realize are out there. This early planning event will ensure spots in camps that fill quickly and give families the opportunity to receive discounted fees for early registration. What a great way to get your summer plans under way! This open house will be held on January 28, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at York High School, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst, IL. This is a FREE event open to all Elmhurst families and neighboring communities. Bring your children.

     
  • Local hunger organization launches fundraising campaign Jan 6, 2015 5:34 PM
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Tina Koral 630-730-6996 tinakoral@yahoo.com Local hunger organization launches fundraising campaign Glen Ellyn, IL - January 5, 2014 – The GardenWorks Project, a local volunteer-led organization dedicated to fighting hunger by providing families in need with resources to grow food at home is using the crowd-sourcing website, Indiegogo.com, to raise funds for their 2015 growing season. The GardenWorks Project’s goal is to build 40 new gardens at the homes of families who are in need of food pantry services. These families receive a cedar raised-bed garden, soil, compost, plants and seeds, and a mentor to teach them the basics of organic home food production. The organization has set a fundraising goal of $6000, and offers a variety of “perks,” or gifts, for each contribution that include garden seeds, t-shirts, gardening and cookbooks, and even a raised-bed garden which a volunteer will fill with soil and plant for the donor. “Online crowdsourcing has been a very effective method of fundraising for us in the past. It’s easy to contribute, and we have perks that people enjoy,” said The GardenWorks Project Executive Director, Tina Koral. “These funds will allow us to continue the work that means so much to families experiencing food-insecurity in DuPage County.” For more information on The GardenWorks Project, and to access the Indiegogo fundraising page, visit www.gardenworksproject.org. About The GardenWorks Project is a volunteer-led nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing food insecurity in Chicago’s west suburbs by providing families in need of food assistance with home vegetable gardens and educational resources. We help families who would otherwise be unable to grow their own food because of financial need, disability, or advanced age. More information is available at: www.gardenworksproject.org ###

     
  • The Zonta Club of Oak Brook announces scholarship availability Jan 6, 2015 5:28 PM
    Applications for the 2015 Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award are now available from the Zonta Club of Oak Brook, IL. The application can be downloaded and completed directly from the club webpage: http://www.zonta-oakbrook.org/Awards.html. Applications should be mailed to the club mailbox (as listed in the application) to the attention of Donna Joss and must be received by February 28, 2105. Applicants aged 16-19 on the 1st April each year, living in a Zonta district/region at the time of application are eligible to apply. The local winning recipient will earn an award of $1000 from the Zonta Club of Oak Brook. Her application is then forwarded to District 6 (comprising clubs in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana) for consideration of a higher prize amount. The goal of the Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award Program is to encourage more young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing a young woman’s commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to the advancement of the status of women. Applicants are asked to write about their voluntary commitment to their school and to their community and to reflect on the problems limiting the advancement of the status of women in their own country and worldwide. The Zonta Club of Oak Brook is just one of over 1200 clubs in 63 countries and geographic areas. More information about our membership and activities can be located on our webpage: http://www.zonta-oakbrook.org Zonta International, founded in 1919, with world headquarters in Oak Brook, is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.

     
  • Oak Brook police closing roads near mall for pro-law enforcement rally Sunday Jan 4, 2015 10:08 AM
    Oak Brook police will close roads surrounding Oakbrook Center mall at noon today in preparation for a pro-law enforcement demonstration that organizers hope will be attended by thousands. The Blue Ribbon Walk Chicagoland is scheduled to take place at noon in the area of Route 83 and 22nd Street.

     
  • 5 things to do this weekend in the suburbs Jan 2, 2015 12:40 PM
    If you have any energy left from the busy holiday season, you might want to set aside time this weekend to see one of two departing suburban musicals or to get ideas at a camping show for when winter finally gives way to spring. Here are five ideas of things to do this weekend in the suburbs.

     
  • Your 2015 Guide to the Suburbs: It’s our best advice, but share yours too Jan 1, 2015 7:30 AM
    Want to make the most of 2015? Daily Herald Editor John Lampinen introduces a special New Year's Day guide to living, working and playing in the suburbs.

     
  • The DuPage Community Foundation Announces 2015 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards Grant Guidelines and Applications Available Dec 29, 2014 4:52 PM
    Three Spirit of Volunteerism grants will be awarded to recognize organizations which have implemented successful volunteer programs and have leveraged volunteers to enhance organizational outcomes. The amount of the grants will be $10,000, $20,000 and $30,000. Most not-for-profit organizations serving DuPage County residents are eligible to apply. For grant guidelines or to determine eligibility, visit www.dcfdn.org and click “Grant Guidelines” under the Spirit of Volunteerism Awards section to the right. Established in 2011, the Spirit of Volunteerism Awards were created as a means to say “thank you” to the volunteer and staff leaders of DuPage County not-for-profit organizations for their tireless efforts to help raise the quality of life for our community’s residents during these challenging economic times. Specifically, the Spirit of Volunteerism Awards seek to recognize organizations that have successfully leveraged volunteers to enhance their organizational outcomes. “Not-for-profit organizations rely heavily on volunteers and have become quite creative in the ways in which they engage them to deliver their programs and services,” said Barb Szczepaniak, Foundation director of programs. “The Spirit of Volunteerism awards provide an opportunity to recognize and reward the contributions of volunteers for the critical impact they have on individual organizations and the community as a whole.” The application deadline is 5 p.m. on February 15, 2015. Recipients will be selected by a review committee which is comprised in part of donors who have financially supported the award. Questions about the application process may be directed to Szczepaniak at barbs@dcfdn.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 $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.

     
  • Master Gardener presents tools and tips for BodySmart Gardening Dec 26, 2014 7:29 PM
    This winter, join University of Illinois Extension to become a “BodySmart” Gardener, and find out how you can prevent aches and strains and make gardening more enjoyable. Presented by award-winning DuPage County Master Gardener Jan Hanson, the “BodySmart Gardening” workshop will focus on techniques to prevent injury while working in the yard.

     
  • Waddle & Reed Christmas event benefits children in need Dec 26, 2014 7:33 AM
    Waddle & Reed Christmas event benefits children in need

     
  • Gift Wrapping for Patients is Serious Business at Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System Dec 23, 2014 8:01 AM
    Gift Wrapping for Patients is Serious Business at Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System

     
  • Elk Grove Theatre Presents “The Shining” January 13 Dec 23, 2014 7:59 AM
    Elk Grove Theatre Presents “The Shining” January 13

     
  • Virginia Lake Elementary students illistratue children’s holiday book Dec 22, 2014 7:43 AM
    A Good News Story

     
  • COD Board of Trustees Approves Tax Abatement Dec 19, 2014 5:23 PM
    The COD Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Thursday night to approve a tax abatement in District #502, essentially declining a $1 million dollar increase in next year’s operating budget. Prior to voting, members of the board expressed confusion about the proposal presented to the board by the College’s Chief Financial Officer, Tom Glaser. In brief remarks, he explained the measure would freeze the property tax levy for the school district in the coming year. The nearly five hour meeting included a lengthy closed session, and board members continued to squabble about the Trustee’s policies for public comments. Board vice chair Kathy Hamilton reiterated her objections to assigning agenda-related comments to the start of the meeting and general comments to the end of the meeting, stating “It is a sad commentary on the Board’s regard for First Amendment Rights.” The administration also reported on a survey project outsourced to Comiskey Research, which compared District #502 community perceptions about the College of DuPage to survey results from a previous study. Comiskey reported on results from 400 respondents, including their views about four year bachelor’s degrees at COD. After the presentation, Trustee Hamilton questioned the survey methods and how its questions were framed. Hamilton stated that she rejected the results and Comiskey’s conclusions. The Board also approved a contract with the Scott Marquardt group for lobbying services, and discussed and approved in a 6 to 1 vote an audit of WDCB, the campus radio station (Hamilton voted no). During the meeting, more than a dozen community members and college employees spoke during public comments, based on concerns about expenditures, transparency, and the size of the boardroom and seating provided for the public. Several speakers responded to a November speech by Trustee Dianne McGuire in which she defended the COD Board of Trustees and read a poem by Martin Niemoller. Matthew Tyrmand, Deputy Director of American Transparency, stated that he visited from New York in order to address her comments. He said, “McGuire used rhetoric evoking Nazi Tyranny in a comparison with those who would demand honesty and integrity in government. Those that invoke Nazis in a spending debate have no place IN government and especially in a position of trust in a public educational institution.”

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

     
  • Annual MLK breakfast will feature leader of interfaith youth movement Dec 19, 2014 5:33 PM
    Eboo Patel, Ph.D., whose Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) organization is focused on building the interfaith movement on college campuses nationwide, will be the featured speaker at the 20th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast hosted by Benedictine University and College of DuPage on Monday, January 19, 2015. The breakfast will be held from 8:00-9:30 a.m. in the Main Dining Room of the Krasa Student Center on the campus of Benedictine University. Patel, named by U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Leaders of 2009,” is the founder and president of IFYC. The author of several books, Patel is also a regular contributor to The Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, NPR and CNN. He served on President Barack Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and earned a Ph.D. in the Sociology of Religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. Patel serves on the Religious Advisory Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations, on the board of directors for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, on the National Committee of the Aga Khan Foundation USA, and on the Department of Homeland Security’s Faith-based Security and Communications Advisory Committee. Both Patel and the IFYC were honored with the Roosevelt Institute’s Freedom of Worship Medal in 2009, and he was recently awarded the Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize, which is given to an individual to enhance awareness of the crucial role of religious dialogue in the pursuit of peace. The King Breakfast, which honors the legacy of the civil rights leader and celebrates diversity, is one of the largest events of its kind in the state. More than 500 community leaders and citizens attend annually. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund. The event is sponsored by Nicor Gas. For more information and tickets, call the McAninch Arts Center at (630) 942-4000 or visit http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?pid=7882739. Tickets are $25 each.

     
  • Oak Brook-based IMRF Receives Excellence Award Dec 19, 2014 5:41 PM
    Illinois Performance Excellence announces Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund of Oak Brook, IL is a recipient of the 2014 Silver Award for “Progress toward Excellence” for demonstrating effective, systematic, well-deployed approaches that respond to the multiple requirements to most of the Criteria. Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund will be formally honored at the 20th annual award recognition ceremony, “Saluting Excellence,” on March 26, 2015, held at the Abbington Banquets located in Glen Ellyn. “Congratulations to Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund and all of its employees for its commitment to an on-going journey to excellence,” says Darcy Davidsmeyer, President and CEO of Illinois Performance Excellence. “IMRF is taking the lead in its industry to address organizational performance and process/resource alignment with the outcome for better efficiencies, focus and overall results.” Recipients of the ILPEx Silver Award go to those organizations which have demonstrated effective, systematic, well-deployed approaches that respond to the multiple requirements to most of the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. 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 96.7 percent and $33 billion in assets, IMRF is well-funded and sustainable. Today, IMRF has about 400,000 members and retirees, 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 any organization committed to excellence by improving the products or services it provides its customers, clients or members, the task of identifying and implementing the best approach can appear daunting. There are innumerable books and videos on the best management practices. The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund has found the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence as implemented by ILPEx to be the most successful and comprehensive approach for developing the culture and infrastructure necessary for meeting our customer service goals. Our members deserve the best and ILPEx is helping us to meet that challenge. IMRF is honored to be recognized for its progress toward excellence as it receives a Silver Award. This recognition and the feedback report support and reinvigorate our efforts to become a world class organization,” said Louis W. Kosiba, Executive Director, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. About Illinois Performance Excellence (ILPEx) ILPEx was founded in 1994 to nurture, develop and highlight excellence by bringing individuals and organizations together, to learn from each other, to share best practices for organizational change and process improvement. As a 501 (c)(3), ILPEx’s mission is to advance Illinois organizations’ capability and knowledge of performance excellence by delivering consultation, instruction and assessments within the framework of the Criteria for Performance Excellence. For more information on how your organization can benefit from services provided by Illinois Performance Excellence, visit www.ilpex.org, or call 630-637-1595. For more information on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, visit www.nist.gov/baldrige/.

     
  • 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

     
  • Quarters no longer on a roll during modern laundry days Dec 15, 2014 5:05 PM
    Started in 1960, the Coin Laundry Association headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace remains on the cutting edge of that industry, with one exception. The most modern Laundromats don't use coins.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Live Blogging at College of DuPage Board of Trustees Meeting December 18, 2014 Dec 15, 2014 5:39 PM
    Volunteers from the College of DuPage Faculty Association (CODFA) will live-blog the College of DuPage Board of Trustees Meeting on Thursday evening, December 18, beginning at 7pm in Student Services Center room 2200. CODFA bloggers cover Board of Trustees meetings in order to keep their own members informed of Board activities and decisions, as well as to share information with the larger community served by the College of DuPage. Citizens unable to attend the board meeting can read the blog at this link: http://codfaculty.org/blogs/bot/. The board packet can be downloaded from the college website starting 48 hours before the meeting. See http://www.cod.edu/about/board_of_trustees/. Among the possible items of interest to be discussed at this board meeting are the questions about President Breuder’s contract raised by the Edgar County Watchdogs, spending at The Waterleaf (COD’s French restaurant) by the administration, and the reported increase enrollment numbers at COD. Previous meetings have seen an escalation of conflict among the trustees themselves, as well as between trustees and citizens, over President Breuder’s conduct during his tenure at the college.

     
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