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  • Sue Mayernick, director of Early Childhood programs for District 54, talks with community leaders about the importance of early education.

    Law enforcement leaders says early education lessens crimeApr 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    Schaumburg Police Chief James Lamkin and others underscored the need for early children education by visiting a Schaumburg classroom this week and reciting statistics that say the earlier school starts, the less likely kids are to turn to crime as adults.

     
  • Photo caption: (from left) Katherine Hamann of The Arc of Illinois, Sen. Dan Kotowski, (28th legislative district) Rep. Moylan (D) 55th, and Robert Okazaki, Executive Director of Avenues, (2nd from right) are joined by the six residents of the Des Plaines group home. Laura Miles Lockwood

    Senator Kotowski and Rep. Moylan tour Avenues to Independence group home Apr 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    In an effort to ensure that state funding will continue to support the homes and work programs of Avenues to Independence, a non-profit agency serving adults with developmental disabilities, Executive Director Robert Okazaki welcomed Senator Dan Kotowski (28th legislative district) and Rep. Martin J. Moylan (D) 55th District to tour one of Avenues’ group homes in Des Plaines on April 21.

     
  • Rose Kurutz, Emily Kulaga, Nell Jakoniuk, and Rohan Balchandani, carry the historical fact stuffed Easter eggs onto the filed at Prairie Lakes while the crowd waits. Lisa Haring

    Cracking the Mystery of Hometown HistoryApr 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    For six students in the District 62 Central School Children of High Intellectual Potential (CHIP) Program, the study of the history of their hometown has allowed them to time travel through the ages to better appreciate and understand the evolution of Des Plaines.

     
  • Coach Josh Fischel works with Gamma-level students during rehearsal at the Oakton Ice Arena for the upcoming Park Ridge Park District Ice Show.

    Go figure: Olympics spark fever for learning to skateApr 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Every four years it happens. Glued to the television for two-plus weeks, you and your family watch the winter Olympics and are fascinated by the elegance and athleticism of the figure skaters. Suddenly one of your children announces, “I want to do that.”

     
  • Piano Soloist Leah Dominy

    Orchestra Finishes 20th Season with Gershwin ClassicsApr 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    PRCO concludes its 20th season with American in Paris, Rhapsody in Blue, and Bolero

     
  • Which way to go? While heading to my car I noticed the in and out parking lot arrows at the Naperville Municipal Center and thought they made for a clean graphic monotone image. I held my camera over my head to get the most downward angle I could. While culling the images I decided to pick a frame where my feet showed, I thought it added something. This photo was published in the Perspective column in the print edition.

    Images: The Week in PicturesApr 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features a lot of Easter activities, including several portrayals of Jesus, and several appearances of the Easter Bunny.

     
  • A group of witnesses and emergency responders resuscitated Mount Prospect resident Jim Maglieri, third from left, after he suffered a heart attack on March 20.

    Witnesses, police help save Mount Prospect man after heart attackApr 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    When Jim Maglieri of Mount Prospect gives a speech at his daughter's wedding next month, he's likely to mention how close he came to missing it. Maglieri suffered a heart attack while driving in Park Ridge on March 20, and was pulled from his car unconscious and without a pulse. The fast action of numerous responders saved his life.

     
  • Footlighters Theatre Company Auditions for TarzanApr 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Footlighters Theatre Company is casting actors, singers, and dancers, ages five to adult, for their summer musical production of Tarzan.

     
  • Julia Krecu, 11, and her mom share a cup of tea at the annual Tea for Two on April 12 at Prairie Lakes Community Center. Lisa Haring

    How About a Lovely Cup of Tea?Apr 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Sixty little ladies and their mothers, grandmothers, and aunts, dressed up in spring florals and straw hats, enjoyed a spot o’ tea and sweets at the 10th annual Des Plaines Park District Mother Daughter Tea on April 12, 2014, at Prairie Lakes Community Center.

     
  • St. Martin’s Episcopal Church to Host Blood Drive on May 3rdApr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Des Plaines will host a blood drive on Saturday, May 3rd in memory of Sadie Elizabeth McCann, a 3 1/2 year old girl who passed away in November 2013.

     
  • Procrastinators can Celebrate! Scientists Say it’s in Your GenesApr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    If you’d rather put off until tomorrow what could be done today, blame your parents. Researchers have discovered there may be a genetic reason for these tendencies, genetically linking procrastination and impulsivity which suggests they can be inherited.

     
  • Laura Meehan recently opened Callie’s Cuties, the western suburbs’ first nut-free bakery. Amy Weiland

    Nut free bakery opens in western suburbsApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Families with nut allergies can now outsource birthday cakes, wedding cakes, holiday treats, and much more thanks to a new nut free bakery in the western suburbs.

     
  • Mayor Ruben Pineda meets citizens following the 2014 State of the City Address at City Hall. Krista Coltrin

    West Chicago Mayor Delivers 2014 State of the CityApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Mayor Credits "Thoughtful Planning and Strategic Foresight" For City's Solid Financial Position in the 2014 State of the City Address

     
  • A Scholarly ExampleApr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Glenbard West graduate Janet Vazquez is currently in her second semester at the College of DuPage thanks to a full two-year scholarship presented to her by Glen Ellyn Infant Welfare. Each spring the GEIW scholarship committee works closely with the counseling staffs at Glenbard West and Glenbard South to award full time two year scholarships to graduating seniors.

     
  • Sanjib Sahoo

    From India to Naperville, CTO aims to keep innovatingApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Kukec's People features Sanjib Sahoo of Naperville, who went from humble beginnings in India, to Naperville and Chicago, where he heads technology for TradeMonster.

     
  • Current West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission chair Anni Holm pictured working on Plasti-City piece in 2008. Photo credit Tony Abasolo.

    ommission Members Bring Backgrounds to Volunteer AppointmentsApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Commission Members Bring Impressive and Accomplished Backgrounds to Volunteer Appointments

     
  • Downtown retailer celebrates first anniversary with expanded products and services. Courtesy of Little Details

    Downtown Retailer Celebrates First AnniversaryApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Downtown Retailer Celebrates First Anniversary

     
  • Photo: Students from Park View and East Prairie battling it out on Wednesday, April 2nd. Karina Guico

    Local Students Compete in “Battle of the Books” at MGPLApr 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Teams of 6th-8th graders from five local schools compete in a "Battle of the Books" at the Morton Grove Public Library.

     
  • Paul Vallas, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, told the Daily Herald editorial board he doesn’t support having local schools pay more for teachers’ pensions.

    Vallas: Don’t ask local schools to pay for pensionsApr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Gov. Pat Quinn’s running mate says he doesn’t like the idea of making local school districts pay more of the cost of their teachers’ and administrators’ retirements. The hot-button idea to save the state millions of dollars has lingered in Illinois for a few years now much to the chagrin of local school officials.

     
  • Play 18 holes at Lake Park Golf course. The par-3 course opens April 5. Lisa Haring

    Lake Park Golf Course Opens for the SeasonApr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Lake Park Golf Course, 1015 Howard Street, opens for the season on April 5. The 18-hole, par three sporty course overlooks Lake Opeka and has holes that range from 50 to 115 yards.

     
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