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  • College of DuPage Fastest-Growing Community College in Nation Outside California Dec 19, 2014 5:28 PM
    College of DuPage is the fastest-growing community college in the nation outside of California among colleges with enrollments greater than 10,000 students, according to a recent report by Community College Week magazine. Based upon total headcount enrollment figures from fall 2012 to fall 2013, College of DuPage grew 9.4 percent, from 26,156 students to 28,627 students. This ranks College of DuPage sixth nationally behind five California schools. Click here to see a detailed chart (scroll down to “Enrollments 10,000 or Higher”). Community College Week used data gathered by the U.S. Department of Education through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). “This is a reflection of the excellent work happening at College of DuPage,” said COD President Dr. Robert L. Breuder. “Our students recognize the high quality education they are receiving from us while understanding the economic value of attending a community college.” The Community College Week report comes on the heels of five-year numbers released by the Illinois Community College Board. Of the 39 community college districts in Illinois, the report shows that College of DuPage is the only college district to grow Full Time Equivalent Student (FTES) enrollment over the past five years. Between fall 2010 and fall 2014, COD grew FTES enrollment by 6 percent. During that same period, the state’s 39 community college districts were down a total of 13.1 percent. The ICCB report also shows growth at College of DuPage between fall 2013 and fall 2014. During this time, no other Illinois community college district added more headcount than College of DuPage, which increased by 849 students, a gain of 3 percent. The state (aggregate of all 39 community college districts) was down in credit headcount by 4 percent. During this same period, College of DuPage had the largest FTES growth of any Illinois community college district, up 293 FTES or 1.8 percent. The state (aggregate of all 39 community college districts) was down 4.8 percent in FTES. “College of DuPage is clearly headed in the right direction,” said Erin Birt, Chair of the COD Board of Trustees. “Through careful listening and strategic planning, we understand what our students and community need, and we continue to work hard to provide a top quality educational experience.” For more information, please contact Joe Moore, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, at (630) 942-2371 or moorej7718@cod.edu

     
  • 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.”

     
  • Celebrating art — not politics — at state senator’s Villa Park office Dec 18, 2014 10:32 AM
    State Sen. Tom Cullerton doesn't claim any art expertise, but he wanted to contribute the storefront space in his Villa Park office to the community. Gallery 338 opened last summer and is exhibiting portraits of children during December for the holidays.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Waterleaf Offers Exceptional Prix Fixe Value Dec 19, 2014 5:38 PM
    Waterleaf is offering an exclusive prix fixe dinner menu Wednesdays through Sundays with a special three-course menu at a reduced price. Featuring options that change weekly, Waterleaf’s prix fixe menu is available year round and offers a flavorful choice of three appetizers, three entrees and three desserts made from fresh, locally grown ingredients. “We are pleased to provide a fantastic opportunity for our guests to pamper their palates and try something new,” said Waterleaf General Manager Jean-Pierre Leroux. “This winter, guests don’t have to wait until Restaurant Week to come in from the cold and experience a superb three-course meal overflowing with sumptuous flavors and provided at an unbeatable price.” Waterleaf will host an exclusive Valentine’s Day dinner on Saturday, Feb. 14. Guests can choose from a variety of offerings from the Restaurant’s a la carte menu. In addition, the adjacent Inn at Waters Edge is offering a Romance Package throughout the month of February. The overnight stay for two includes a complimentary bottle of champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and a continental breakfast. The price for two guests is $179 plus tax per night. For more information and to make reservations, please call (630) 942-6881 or visit www.waterleafrestaurant.com. Waterleaf, led by Leroux and Executive Chef Nadia Tilkian, is located on the College of DuPage campus in the Culinary & Hospitality Center, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn. Featuring moderately priced brunch, lunch and dinner options, the restaurant’s menu contains offerings developed with locally-sourced ingredients. The contemporary light-filled dining room has a modern décor and dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a beautiful view of a scenic lake. Its walls display a collection of black-and-white lithographs by renowned American artist Richard Serra, and there is a cozy bar area to enjoy cocktails and light snacks. Waterleaf has earned Diner’s Choice Awards for Best Ambience, Best Overall, Best Service, Fit for Foodies and Special Occasion on OpenTable.com, where it maintains a 4.6/5.0 rating. Most recently, Waterleaf received its third consecutive Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. This award, given annually to restaurants in the U.S. and 65 countries worldwide, confirms that Waterleaf’s beverage program is consistent with its dining concept, style and price point. In addition, Waterleaf recently received a three-star “Excellent” review from Chicago Tribune’s renowned food critic Phil Vettel. Waterleaf is widely recognized as the dining destination of choice for foodies and wine aficionados living in and visiting Chicago’s western suburbs. For more information and to make reservations, call (630) 942-6881 or visit www.waterleafrestaurant.com.

     
  • 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

     
  • 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/.

     
  • District 88 mourns longtime school board member Dec 15, 2014 5:08 PM
    DuPage High School District 88 is mourning the death of longtime school board member and former president Mark Johnson. Johnson, who was diagnosed with bone cancer in the spring, died Saturday with his family by his side, according to a statement released Monday by the district.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Address school funding, taxes together Dec 14, 2014 5:01 AM
    A Villa Park letter to the editor: Last spring, a senator from downstate introduced a plan that would change how the state funds its schools, siphoning money away from many suburban school districts and giving it to Chicago and downstate schools. I voted against this plan in the Senate.

     
  • Villa Park man charged with DUI after crash Dec 9, 2014 3:19 PM
    Authorities have announced aggravated drunken driving charges against a Villa Park man who was involved in a Nov. 28 single-vehicle crash that left him and his passenger injured. Jose A. Ortiz-Barocio, 25, has been charged with felony aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol and no valid driver’s license, according to a statement released Tuesday by the Villa Park Police Department.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Sedgebrook residents honor veterans with ceremony Dec 8, 2014 9:31 AM
    In a solemn and inspiring ceremony, Sedgebrook residents honored veterans today: those now living beside them at the Lincolnshire retirement community, those lost in the four wars during their lifetime and all those who served in our military and their families.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Boy, 6, dies after apparent accidental shooting Dec 6, 2014 11:06 PM
    A 6-year-old boy who lived near Villa Park has died after authorities believe he was accidentally shot Friday night. Michael Cattron was pronounced dead at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy on the boy is set for Sunday morning.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • CLC Children’s Learning Centers earn state quality award Dec 15, 2014 8:50 AM
    The Children’s Learning Centers at the College of Lake County’s Grayslake and Lakeshore campuses have been recognized by the state as Gold Circle of Quality centers.

     
  • Missing Villa Park woman found safe Dec 3, 2014 4:12 PM
    A Villa Park woman who went missing a few days ago has been found unharmed, police said Wednesday.

     
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