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  • St. Charles awarded $100,000 DCEO grant Dec 8, 2014 9:07 PM
    The city of St. Charles has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The DCEO administers and oversees nearly 10,000 grants each fiscal year and partners with businesses, local governments, nonprofit organizations, workers and families to enhance the state’s economy.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Johnson goes from movie usher in a tux to Classic Cinemas CEO Dec 8, 2014 5:00 AM
    Kukec's People column features Chris Johnson, the new CEO of Classic Cinemas, who talks about his early days of wearing a tuxedo while working as an usher in his family'owned cinemas with film reels and free popcorn refills were the rage.

     
  • Police: St. Charles man in fatal crash was high on heroin, distracted by phone Dec 8, 2014 4:45 PM
    A 23-year-old man was high on heroin and distracted by his cellphone when he crashed head-on into another car in St. Charles last month, killing a female driver. Joshua Spudich admitted to police he snorted heroin just before driving and was looking at his phone when he crashed and killed Susan Gorecki, 65, according to a search warrant for his phone and vehicle, where police also found a syringe. Spudich faces up to 14 years in prison if convicted.

     
  • Santa takes back seat to huskies in St. Charles Dec 7, 2014 4:51 PM
    To the two dozen kids and their parents at the Hickory Knolls Discovery Center Sunday morning, the arrival of Santa Claus was secondary to his mode of transportation. Most young eyes were on the Siberian Huskies that muscled Santa’s sled to the excited crowd from an adjoining wooded area.

     
  • 2 years in, video gambling a boon for business, local government Dec 7, 2014 7:30 AM
    The numbers tell the story of video gambling's legalization in Illinois two years ago: More than $10 billion statewide has been poured into 20,552 machines. On a local level, Fox Lake -- population 10,537 -- has netted $317,000, and its average business has raked in almost $185,000. The state's cut of that action was almost $1.6 million.

     
  • Add resources, fight domestic violence Dec 7, 2014 12:01 AM
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: It is imperative that local agencies develop assistance programs and increase domestic violence resources in response to the high demand for these services, the majority of which are for women and children. Violence against women is a problem that threatens women’s long term physical, sexual and psychological well-being.

     
  • Third quarter costly to St. Charles North Dec 7, 2014 8:22 PM
    Going to the halftime break can be good for some teams and bad for others. St. Charles North had a good first half but countered with a poor second half. “It’s something that has been a plague for us this year,” said North Stars coach Tom Poulin. It struck again Sunday as St. Charles North built a 36-26 halftime lead against St. Patrick from Chicago at the Ridgewood Shootout in Norridge, only to lose 71-57.

     
  • Images: The Week in Pictures Dec 7, 2014 6:39 PM
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features Daily Herald staff photos of police departments shopping for toys with kids, many people donating gifts, and the splendor of lighting a big Christmas tree, representing about 20 local communities.

     
  • Norris Arts Center board turns blame on St. Charles school district Dec 6, 2014 7:29 AM
    Norris Cultural Arts Center board members say they are not wasting money set aside to promote the arts in St. Charles and that it’s partly St. Charles Unit District 303’s fault it hasn’t staged more performances. “Maybe it seems like we’re not doing all we can, but we’re doing the best we can in the current situation,” one board member said.

     
  • Heun: Rave reviews for Geneva’s new Barrel + Rye restaurant Dec 6, 2014 8:12 PM
    Dave Heun says the new Barrel + Rye restaurant on Third Street in Geneva had enjoyed brisk business in its early going.

     
  • Barnes & Noble, Literacy Volunteers team up for holiday book drive Dec 5, 2014 11:54 AM
    Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Geneva Commons has named Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley the recipient of their holiday book drive. From now to the end of December, customers will have an opportunity to donate children’s books and games when they check out.

     
  • Consider volunteering with AID Dec 5, 2014 11:11 PM
    Enrich the lives of adults with developmental disabilities and other special needs by becoming a volunteer with the Association for Individual Development. AID offers many volunteer opportunities in the Aurora, Elgin, Batavia and Yorkville locations. Currently the need is most great between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

     
  • Images: Photo Contest Finalists Dec 5, 2014 1:01 AM
    Each week, you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of them and select the finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of December, 1.

     
  • Gerald Subaru joins in 2014 “Share the Love,” selects CASA Kane County as “Hometown Charity” Dec 5, 2014 10:33 PM
    Gerald Subaru recently announced that they will be participating in the 2014 “Share the Love” program that offers the opportunity for new car buyers to select a charity in their community to receive a $250 donation.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 9-foot menorah to light up Elgin as part of world’s largest Hanukkah observance Dec 9, 2014 2:20 PM
    Chabad Jewish Center of Elgin will ignite a public 9-foot menorah erected at Gail Borden Public Library, followed by a communitywide celebration on the first night of Hanukkah, which falls on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

     
  • Anderson Animal Shelter holds collection drive Dec. 13-14 Dec 9, 2014 11:56 AM
    Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin is asking you to help them raise funds by cleaning out your closet and home of any unwanted jewelry, clothing, accessories, handbags, shoes, bedding and linens, bath items, electronics, toys, small furniture, small appliances, books, magazines, CDs and more.

     
  • AID receives grant toward ‘Living Room’ program Dec 9, 2014 11:56 AM
    The Association for Individual Development is the grateful recipient of a $24,925 grant from the INC Board, NFP to be used towards the “Living Room” program.

     
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