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  • Fishing column ‘sings’ enthusiasm Oct 31, 2014 4:29 PM
    A Villa Park letter to the editor: Even though I’m not a fisherman, I applaud Mike Jackson for his fishing column in the Oct. 23 Daily Herald. His column literally “sings” with enthusiasm for fishing. That’s why it’s fun to read.

     
  • Have a safe and spooky Halloween with safety tips from Illinois Poison Center Oct 28, 2014 5:59 PM
    With children across Illinois set to hit the streets for trick-or-treating, the Illinois Poison Center is urging parents and guardians to be cautious about Halloween products like dry ice and cosmetics that could prove dangerous if used improperly.

     
  • Clearbrook Cuisine Curbs Suburban Appetites Oct 27, 2014 7:27 AM
    AOIIs “Focus on College” on Nov. 12 in Prospect Heights

     
  • Villa Park police look for man accused of indecent exposure Oct 23, 2014 4:14 PM
    Villa Park police are asking for help to find a man who has asked women for directions before exposing himself, authorities said. The first exposure was reported about 9 a.m. May 12 near Washington and Yale streets, police said Thursday. The second was at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday near Washington and Cornell, authorities said.

     
  • COD, Easter Seals celebrate 15-year photo collaboration Oct 20, 2014 4:24 PM
    Celebrating a 15-year collaboration between College of DuPage and Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region, the college recently hosted a reception, highlighting student photographic works featuring Easter Seals clients.

     
  • Berlin rejects DuPage clerk candidate’s request for investigation Oct 20, 2014 1:06 PM
    DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin says there's no evidence to support a claim that county clerk candidate Paul Hinds improperly used county employees to notorize his nominating papers.

     
  • Hunger walk in Lombard helps people at home and around world Oct 19, 2014 5:38 PM
    More than 150 people took part Sunday in the Great Prairie Trail CROP Hunger Walk, now in its 31st year. Funds raised by the event, which is organized by a number of churches in the Lombard/Villa Park/Addison areas, are used to fight hunger and other problems both locally and on a global scale.

     
  • Great Prairie CROP Walk to combat hunger Oct 17, 2014 8:44 AM
    DuPage-area residents can walk to put a dent in hunger Sunday, Oct. 19, as part of the 33rd Great Prairie Trail CROP Hunger Walk.

     
  • Aurora man seriously injured in Naperville crash Oct 17, 2014 4:52 PM
    Two people were injured, one seriously, in a Friday morning crash at the intersection of 75th Street and Book Road in Naperville, police said. One of the drivers, Nikhil Siony, 45, of Aurora, had to be extricated from his vehicle by Naperville firefighters and was airlifted to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove with serious injuries, authorities said.

     
  • Villa Park teen memorialized with tree-planting ceremony Oct 17, 2014 5:43 PM
    A tree-planting ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at Willowbrook Park in remembrance of a 17-year-old who died this past March in a hit-and-run crash. Emilio Perez would have been a senior at Willowbrook High School in Villa Park this year. His family is planting a tree at the park across the street from the school to remember Emilio in a positive way. “He was a very kind, loving kid,” said his aunt, Dolly Alvarez. “At his funeral there were so many young people that came and told stories about Emilio that just showed how much he cared about people."

     
  • Endorsement: Yes to Villa Park roads Oct 17, 2014 1:01 AM
    The Daily Herald recommends Villa Park residents vote yes to a tax increase to provide funding for much-need road repairs and maintenance.

     
  • Former Maywood cop: ‘I never forced myself on her’ Oct 16, 2014 5:41 PM
    The former Maywood police officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman in March 2012 in a Villa Park hotel room maintained Thursday, sometimes in graphic detail, that the sexual encounter was consensual. Deon Sams faces between 10 and 60 years in prison if found guilty of all the criminal sexual assault and official misconduct charges he is facing. “I never forced myself on her,” Sams said. “I never forced myself. She was awake the whole time and she never said no.”

     
  • McAninch Arts Center receives LEED certification Oct 16, 2014 4:01 PM
    The McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

     
  • Our HOMe Improvement Donates Carpeting to Clearbrook Oct 16, 2014 7:14 AM
    Our HOMe Improvement Donates Carpeting to Clearbrook

     
  • Woman: Maywood cop ‘took something from me’ Oct 15, 2014 7:49 PM
    A 36-year-old Bellwood woman testified Wednesday that she “dozed in and out” of consciousness as she was being sexually assaulted by a Maywood police officer in March 2014 in a Villa Park hotel room. The woman, locked out of her Bellwood home and with no working cellphone in the early morning hours of March 24, 2012, said a marked Maywood squad was initially a welcome sight.

     
  • Forgotten Chicagoans rediscovered; 8,000 names identified in Chicago cemetery records Oct 15, 2014 6:22 PM
    The names of more than 8,000 people who may have died penniless or without family in the long forgotten Cook County Cemetery have been rediscovered and are now available free to the public. The Cook County Cemetery was located at what is now the intersection of Irving Park Road and Narragansett Avenue on Chicago’s Northwest Side between 1861-1922.

     
  • COD Instructor Receives Prestigious Award Oct 15, 2014 4:49 PM
    College of DuPage instructor Dr. Michael Fagel recently received the first ever Security Book of the Year Award by the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) International for his book “Crisis Management and Emergency Planning: Preparing for Today’s Challenges.” “I am honored to receive this award,” Fagel said. “This book was written to educate people and help prepare them for the future. I never thought it would be nominated for anything, much less win.” Founded in 1955, ASIS International is a not-for-profit organization of more than 38,000 security practitioners worldwide, which advocates for the role and value of the security management profession to business, the media, government entities and the public. Fagel was officially recognized during an award ceremony and book signing at ASIS International’s 60th annual conference in Atlanta, GA. He said he was honored to receive this prestigious recognition from admired peers in the field. “The six authors on the committee have published more than 45 notable books between them,” Fagel said. “It was humbling but great to be welcomed into that group.” The author of several published books on topics related to safety and security, Fagel has nearly 40 years of experience working in emergency management, fire services, industrial safety, law enforcement, rescue and government. He is a Homeland Security Analyst at the Argonne National Laboratories, has spent 10 years at FEMA in their Occupational Safety and Health Cadre. Fagel has responded to incidents and disasters such as the Oklahoma City Bombing where he worked as a safety officer and CISD de briefer, and spent over 100 days at the World Trade Center for FDNY at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks. He has provided his skills and experience as a subject matter expert at several organizations including the National Organization for Research (NORC) at the University of Chicago, the National Center for Security and Preparedness (NCSP) at the University of Albany and the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT) at the Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education at Louisiana State University. Fagel also teaches at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Northern Illinois University, Eastern Kentucky University and Aurora University. He has also taught at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and Benedictine University. He has written over 300 articles on safety & disaster planning and served on the National Domestic Preparedness Office SLAG team (NDPO) at the FBI in Washington. Fagel has recently signed on with College of DuPage to teach new classes on Terrorism Planning and Response as well as Homeland Security, at the Homeland Security Training Institute. He said he was impressed with the College’s recently constructed Homeland Security Education Center. “I have taught homeland security all over the world, at numerous facilities; from palaces to tents and all types of classrooms,” Fagel said. “The facilities at the HEC are second to none. They are world class in both design and implementation.” Fagel added that he is proud to be a part of College of DuPage and that the College’s goals align perfectly with his own. “I am proud to be affiliated with the HSTI program at COD.” Fagel said. “I think our mission, which has been my mission since 9/11, is to create a world-class environment for training and educating the leaders of the future and that is what this facility and staff is focused on.” Housing the College’s Criminal Justice and Fire Science/EMS programs, as well as the Police Department, State-certified Fire Academy and the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy, the 66,000 square-foot Homeland Security Education Center is the only comprehensive multijurisdictional training center of its kind in the Midwest. The facility features a wide range of high-tech training spaces including a full-scale indoor street scene, forensics and cybercrimes labs, a hazardous materials leak simulator, a two-story smoke room with moveable walls, a full-size ambulance, an outdoor training tower for confined rescue and rappelling and a command center designed to instruct National Incident Management System protocols. Looking back on his career, Fagel said that the biggest challenge he has faced comes less from the actual threat of emergencies than from the underlying opinion of what safety and security entails. “Safety and security are not just plans; they are a continuous process,” Fagel said. “It’s not just guards, gates and guns; it’s an underlying attitude and approach. Decision makers in organizations need to understand that risk is an ever-evolving threat. Too often, people wait until it’s too late and make poor decisions based on knee-jerk reactions.” Fagel said that through his work he hopes to train the leaders of tomorrow and to train as many people as possible to be “comfortable, cognizant, aware and trained to take over and take care of the next generations.” He added that after all this time working in safety and security, his primary focus and motivating principle is simply to make a difference. “I’m going to do as much as I can for as long as I can for as many people as I can. That’s really what drives me,” he said.

     
  • COD Concealed Carry Class Nov. 8 Oct 15, 2014 4:46 PM
    College of DuPage will offer the second session of its new Concealed Class on Saturday, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov. 9. This previously sold-out 18-hour class will cover all elements of state-required training including basic principles of marksmanship; care, cleaning, loading and unloading of a concealable firearm; firearm safety; state and federal laws relating to ownership, storage, carry and transport of a firearm; and weapon and handling and legal qualification. In addition, students will gain hands-on, real-world experience through the use of a state-of-the-art concealed carry firearm simulator and the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) inside the four-dimensional immersion “street scene” within the Homeland Security Education Center. This class will be led by certified concealed carry instructor and distinguished firearm expert Michelle Quesada. She has trained at Fort Benning with the U.S. Army Rangers and the U.S. Air Force Pistol Service Teams and is recognized through the NRA as a Double Distinguished Expert Marksman, shooting over 600 perfect rounds in one day to complete her first Distinguished award. In addition, Quesada is NRA certified to teach Basic Pistol and Personal Protection Inside and Outside the Home and has held the NRA appointment of Chief Range Safety Officer. To attend this class, students must be 21 or over, currently possess a valid Firearm Owner Identification Card, a valid Illinois state I.D. or driver’s license, and be physically capable of safely and effectively operating a firearm. To ease the Illinois CCL application process, electronic fingerprints and a digital photo will be offered to participants for an additional cash only $60 fee. A Concealed Carry class designed with an emphasis on issues related specifically to women and the concealed carry law will be offered on Dec. 6 and 7. Click here for more information about the CCL class at College of DuPage. Click here for more information about Concealed Carry licensure in Illinois.

     
  • Trial to begin for former cop charged with assaulting woman in Villa Park Oct 14, 2014 12:45 PM
    The trial of a former Maywood police officer accused of picking up a woman while on duty and later sexually assaulting her at a Villa Park hotel will begin Wednesday. DuPage County Judge George Bakalis will preside over the bench trial of Deon Sams, 40, of Bolingbrook.

     
  • “Run, Walk & Roll” Oct. 26 to benefit Marklund Oct 14, 2014 5:14 PM
    Get ready to "Run, Walk & Roll" for Marklund! Registration is still being accepted for Marklund’s second annual 5K/1 mile event which is set for Sunday, Oct. 26 in Geneva. “Last year, nearly 600 people participated in our inaugural event and helped us net $30,000 for programs and services for our clients so we're looking forward to growing that number this year!,” said Stephanie Heinz, Development Coordinator at Marklund.

     
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