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  • Dundee Township Rotary to throw special Halloween party Oct 22, 2014 1:54 PM
    For the last 15 years, Dundee Township Rotary Club members have been hosting a Halloween party for disabled and terminally ill people. Many who have attended were children, but some special needs adults have also enjoyed the festivities.

  • Good feelings run high at Cantigny cancer walk Oct 19, 2014 4:29 PM
    Wheaton’s Cantigny Park was filled Sunday morning with the kind of celebration that occurs when people band together to do something good. More than 2,000 people participated in the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fundraising walk at Cantigny, organizers said. “It’s a great feeling,” said Dale Lavoy of Oswego, a first-time participant in the walk.

  • Hospital stay inspires Geneva teen to help others Oct 19, 2014 7:18 AM
    Spending 14 weeks in hospital beds and a wheelchair could have ruined the summer for 15-year-old Lindsey McDonald of Geneva, injured when a horse fell on her. But she chose to concentrate on making life a little better for other patients at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, where she noticed other children weren't getting any gifts — “not even a balloon” — and their families struggled.

  • 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.

  • Blood drive at Stevenson High: Oct 16, 2014 4:35 PM
    Stevenson High School’s National Honor Society will hold a blood drive Oct. 24. Friday is the last day to sign up during lunch periods. The event’s theme is “Save a Life, Starve a Vampire.”

  • Effort to help homeless marks 25th anniversary Oct 6, 2014 12:23 PM
    Twenty-five years after a small group of citizens and churches founded PADS or Public Action to Deliver Shelter in an effort to lift up the homeless and dispossessed in the local community, Journeys|The Road Home continues that mission.

  • Lombard cancer patient counsels others on living with the diagnosis Oct 5, 2014 7:00 AM
    Marking the 15th anniversary of the cancer diagnosis that could have killed him, Lombard's Gary Grieger voluntarily immerses himself into a world of sorrow and hope, talking with others who've just learned they have cancer. “I try to help them find a way to be strong,” he says.

  • JOURNEYS lauds laundry aid from medical centers Oct 3, 2014 2:33 PM
    Two days before Northwest suburban homeless shelters’ Oct. 1 opening for the cold weather months, JOURNEYS | The Road Home received word that its primary donator of laundry service would no longer provide clean linens for 13 of its 18 sites. However, two medical centers, which already jointly did laundry for the five other shelters, agreed to take over all the sites.

  • Prospect Heights Police reach out to community Sep 30, 2014 2:56 PM
    Prospect Heights Police will be holding the last Community Outreach Field Trip of the 2014 Summer Program Sunday, Oct. 5. Volunteers made up of Prospect Heights police officer’s, city staff and elected officials and community volunteers will accompany about 40 youths to a Chicago Fire Soccer Game.

  • Libertyville dentist and her staff heading to Kenya on mission trip to help orphans Sep 30, 2014 12:36 PM
    As a local dentist, Meagan Heilman of Libertyville regularly helps children with their dental hygiene, but it’s not every day that she gets to have the same impact on children half a world away. In October, she and two fellow staff members Park Avenue Dental Professionals in Libertyville will do just that.

  • Oakton raises awareness about homelessness on World Habitat Day Sep 26, 2014 12:22 PM
    In honor of World Habitat Day, Monday, Oct. 6, Oakton Community College will call attention to the plight of the homeless by filling the Des Plaines campus courtyard through Friday, Oct. 10, with makeshift shanties built from discarded materials. The event is one of many the college is holding to highlight the problem.

  • Kitchen tours benefit Fox Valley Food for Health Sep 23, 2014 2:59 PM
    Kitchen envy isn’t always a bad thing. This Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., five new, beautiful kitchens in St. Charles and Geneva will be open for tours, with proceeds benfiting Fox Valley Food for Health, a charity that provides healthy meals to people with a serious illness.

  • Charity garage sale Saturday in Arlington Hts. Sep 22, 2014 11:24 AM
    The “Truly Priceless Garage Sale,” which over the last nine years has raised almost $17,000 for charities, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at 303 N. Hickory Ave., Arlington Heights.

  • Sugar Grove teen’s advocacy gives her direction Sep 21, 2014 7:30 AM
    Sarah Feltes of Sugar Grove was just looking for a way to score free tickets to One Direction concerts when she signed up for She read a few articles and watched some videos about topics such as povertyto earn points for a prize drawing. It drew her in and now she's getting a free trip to a concert in New York City and being featured in a video.

  • Nominations open for BG ‘Heart’ awards Sep 7, 2014 4:30 PM
    The Buffalo Grove-Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce is still taking nominations for the 2014 Heart of the Community Awards, which will be presented at the Celebration Gala Event on Nov. 8 at the Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove.

  • Wheaton man continues quest for clean water with Ironman Sep 7, 2014 7:00 AM
    Wheaton resident Steve Spear finished a run across America one year ago to raise money to bring clean water to African villages. On Sunday, he'll continue his mission to raise awareness by attempting his first Ironman. “I’m just going to keep stretching myself,” Spear said of finding the next challenge.

  • Help clean the river: Sep 5, 2014 4:53 PM
    Join the Illinois Water TrailKeepers for the fourth annual Des Plaines River Cleanup. The event is set for 9 a.m. Saturday at Riverwoods village hall, 300 Portwine Road.

  • Dist. 62 Foundation reports at school board meeting Sep 3, 2014 3:27 PM
    Des Plaines Elementary School District 62 Foundation officers Susie Adams and Julie Luck Jensen reviewed the grants that were funded during the 2013-2014 school year and presented the goals for the 2014-2015 school year at a recent school board meeting.

  • Four Boy Scout councils consolidating to increase membership, donations Aug 31, 2014 6:37 AM
    A plan to consolidate four Chicago area Boy Scout councils is underway. "The purpose to doing this is to enable us to have more funds and more of an intelligent use of our resources to bring more kids to programs and bring in demographic areas where we’re underserving and make programming bigger and better,” said Mike Duffee, area president.

  • District 214 considers building community help center Aug 31, 2014 6:42 AM
    One of the projects included in a proposed $45 million worth of capital projects is an idea to work with a church next door to the District 214 administrative office to build a warehouselike community closet that can be used as a food pantry/clothes closet for the needy in the community. Students from all six high schools would go there for community service hours. “We view it as a win for everyone,” Superintendent David Schuler said.

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