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  • Master Gardener presents tools and tips for BodySmart Gardening Dec 26, 2014 7:29 PM
    This winter, join University of Illinois Extension to become a “BodySmart” Gardener, and find out how you can prevent aches and strains and make gardening more enjoyable. Presented by award-winning DuPage County Master Gardener Jan Hanson, the “BodySmart Gardening” workshop will focus on techniques to prevent injury while working in the yard.

     
  • Slates make municipal races interesting in Winfield, Bensenville Dec 22, 2014 6:45 PM
    Hot municipal races are shaping up in several DuPage County communities, including Winfield, Bensenville and Oak Brook, in advance of the April 7 election.

     
  • Gift Wrapping for Patients is Serious Business at Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System Dec 23, 2014 8:01 AM
    Gift Wrapping for Patients is Serious Business at Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System

     
  • Elk Grove Theatre Presents “The Shining” January 13 Dec 23, 2014 7:59 AM
    Elk Grove Theatre Presents “The Shining” January 13

     
  • 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.”

     
  • Governor’s Office announces early childhood grants, Illinois to receive $80 million over four years Dec 22, 2014 6:34 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn announced last week the Illinois recipients to receive funding through a competitive federal grant program from the U.S. Department of Education and Health and Human Services.

     
  • 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.

     
  • COD to Host Express Registration Event and Spring Sampler Day on Jan. 10 Dec 19, 2014 5:34 PM
    College of DuPage will host an Express Registration Event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10, in the Student Services Center Atrium on the College’s main campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., in Glen Ellyn. In addition, the College’s Continuing Education program will host its Spring Sampler Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110. Both events are free and open to the public. During the Express Registration Event, representatives from College of DuPage will assist participants with registration and provide information about services and activities at the College. Individuals from the following offices will be on hand to answer questions: Access and Accommodations, Admissions, Adult Fast Track, Campus Central, Career Services, Cashiers Office, Continuing Education, Counseling and Advising, Financial Assistance, the Learning Commons, the Library, Records, Regional Centers, Registration, Student Life (open for student IDs), Testing, and the COD branch of U.S. Bank. In addition, the $20 application fee will be waived for any attendees who apply to COD during this session. To register, click here. The Spring Sampler Day includes a sneak preview of upcoming enrichment and professional development programs offered by the COD Continuing Education office. During this event, participants will have an opportunity to explore courses such as craft beer making, Tai Chi, Recipe for Writing a Family Memoir, Skin Care, CDL Truck Driving, Adobe Creative Suite, Brain Health and more. In addition, Sampler Day will include raffle prizes, free chair massages, discounts and free lunch. To register and for more information, click here.

     
  • 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/.

     
  • New HVAC Installer Technician Certificate to be offered at CLC Dec 15, 2014 3:54 PM
    A new 18-credit, flexible Fast Track-HVAC Installation Technician Certificate is being launched by the College of Lake County’s Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology program in January 2015 (pending approval by the Illinois Community College Board).

     
  • 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.

     
  • Wheaton Warrenville South mourns cross country coach Tom Todd Dec 12, 2014 7:21 PM
    The Wheaton Warrenville South High School community is mourning the death of a beloved cross country coach and science teacher. Tom Todd died Wednesday afternoon at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago after a two-year long battle with lymphoma. He was 61. Boys cross country parent coordinator Keena Anderson described Todd as a big man with a strong presence, but a “soft, wonderful heart.”

     
  • Christmas Sharing donates items to 900 Wheaton Warrenville families Dec 10, 2014 5:57 PM
    Hundreds of families in need living within the boundaries of Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 will go home with food, clothes, toys and gift certificates this weekend thanks to Christmas Sharing of Wheaton Warrenville.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Chimney fire damages Warrenville home; no injuries reported Dec 7, 2014 5:53 PM
    A Warrenville family escaped harm Sunday after fire broke out in the chimney of their home, authorities said. Warrenville Fire Protection District firefighters called to the residence on the 29W600 block of Ridge Drive at about 12:30 p.m. arrived to find fire coming through the roof of the structure.

     
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