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  • Local park districts receive state funds for land buys and improvements Jan 8, 2015 11:03 AM
    Ten DuPage County park districts received funds to purchase land and make park improvements from the $26 million that Gov. Pat Quinn announced Jan. 3 would be relased through the state's Open Space and Land Acquisition and Development program.

     
  • The Birches hosts author talk and book signing with caregiving expert Cheryl Kuba Jan 13, 2015 5:31 PM
    On Thursday, January 22 at 7 p.m., The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills will host a program by gerontologist and author Cheryl Kuba titled “Navigating the Journey of Aging Parents: A Road Map to Successful Caregiving.” Kuba, who has over 20 years of experience in the eldercare industry, will help audience members navigate the challenges of caring for an elderly loved one by addressing difficult topics such as personal care, driving, and Alzheimer’s disease. Kuba will also share research insights from her book Navigating the Journey of Aging Parents: What Care Receivers Want which examines how it feels to be dependent and elderly through the first-person accounts of older adults who rely on the care of a loved one, friend, or stranger. As of 2013, 40 percent of U.S. adults were caring for a sick or elderly family member. According to statistics provided by the CDC, 30 percent of these caregivers said they needed help keeping the person they care for safe, 30 percent said they had difficulty finding time for themselves, and 29 percent said they struggled to balance work and family responsibilities. By providing caregivers with the information and resources they need to care for their loved ones, Kuba hopes to reignite their passion for caregiving, help them enjoy the last chapter of their loved one’s life, and teach them how to balance caregiving responsibilities with other life responsibilities. “Family caregivers must become empowered to take care of themselves first, and take back their lives,” said Kuba. “The same principle that is used in airline safety has to happen on a personal level— put on your own oxygen mask first, before you help others.” Kuba’s expertise in eldercare comes from her advanced education in gerontology, her professional experience in executive-level positions in the senior living industry, and her personal experience caring for her own aging parents. “Navigating the Journey of Aging Parents: A Road Map to Successful Caregiving” will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Birches Assisted Living located at 215 55th St., Clarendon Hills. The program is free and open to public. The first forty families to register and attend this program will receive a free signed copy of Cheryl Kuba’s book Navigating the Journey of Aging Parents: What Care Receivers Want compliments of The Birches. To register, call 630-581-7350. The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills is a premier retirement community dedicated to providing professional services that support its residents’ physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual growth. The Birches offers a full calendar of purposeful programs and activities designed to promote a healthy aging lifestyle and a strong sense of community. For more information about The Birches, call 630-789-1135 or visit: birches.net.

     
  • Suburban Law Enforcement Academy Graduates Class of 52 Recruits Jan 7, 2015 5:44 PM
    The Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at College of DuPage recently graduated 52 recruits representing 39 police agencies in Northern Illinois. The ceremony honored the recruits for completing 12 weeks – 480 hours – of basic law enforcement officer training which began this past fall. Six special awards were presented to the recruits. Deputy Sheriff Justin Hill of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office was presented the Firearms Proficiency Award and the George Graves Award for being selected as the most distinguished recruit by his fellow officers in the class. Officer Gerard Gannon of the Round Lake Beach Police Department earned the Academic Achievement Award. Officer Brett Darst of the Northlake Police Department won the Best Overall Physical Fitness Award. Officer Jamie Goschey of the Batavia Police Department received the Most Improved Physical Fitness Award. Officer Andrew Switalski of the Evergreen Park Police Department earned the Leadership Award. All award winners received plaques with their names engraved. The graduating recruits are as follows: Eric Babczak, Willowbrook Police Department Chase Bending, Glenview Police Department Timothy Breslin, Streamwood Police Department Ryan Butcher, Arlington Heights Police Department Michael Dailly, Elk Grove Village Police Department Brett Darst, Northlake Police Department Melissa Douglas, Harper College Police Department James Etchingham, Palatine Police Department James Friel, Northbrook Police Department Seth Frontone, Deerfield Police Department Gerard Gannon, Round Lake Beach Police Department Antonio Garcia, Hoffman Estates Police Department Jamie Goschey, Batavia Police Department Ryan Grahn, Oak Forest Police Department Alexander Guevara, Evergreen Park Police Department Steven Guther, Elk Grove Village Police Department Fredrick Hailer, Carpentersville Police Department Justin Hill, Lake County Sheriff’s Office Zane Holland, Wheaton Police Department Mark Johnson, Elk Grove Village Police Department Christopher Jones, Bensenville Police Department Brett Kielbasa, Woodridge Police Department Henri Krueger, College of Lake County Police Department Jason L’Amas, Tinley Park Police Department Kevin Lamb, Buffalo Grove Police Department Crystal Marshall, South Holland Police Department James Martino, Willowbrook Police Department Michal Mazur, Glenview Police Department Michael McCullough, Montgomery Police Department Matthew G. McDonald, Crystal Lake Police Department Elizabeth McGuire, Wilmette Police Department Adam D. McMahon, Round Lake Beach Police Department Shannon McMillon, Buffalo Grove Police Department Thomas B. Molloy, Elk Grove Village Police Department Russell Monk, Wilmette Police Department Michael Munoz, Wheeling Police Department Patrick O’Donnell, Oak Lawn Police Department Alexandra Ovington, Round Lake Police Department Nathan Parks, Hoffman Estates Police Department Bhavik Patel, Oakton Community College Police Department Lidia G. Patitucci, Naperville Police Department Michael Pignato, Lincolnwood Police Department Alex Prafke, Cary Police Department Eric Quinones, Cary Police Department Nelson Rodriguez, Round Lake Police Department Joseph Salinas Sr., Kane County Sheriff’s Office Eric Sarat, Darien Police Department Daniel Schahczinski, Wilmington Police Department Christopher Stearns, Mount Prospect Police Department Andrew Switalski, Evergreen Park Police Department Bradley Vos, Skokie Police Department Quintana Ward, Evergreen Park Police Department College of DuPage Senior Vice President Thomas J. Glaser and Associate Dean of Continuing Education/Director of the Homeland Security Training Institute Thomas Brady offered their congratulations to the graduating recruits. Trustee Dianne McGuire represented the College’s Board of Trustees. The keynote speaker was Chief Stephen Schmidt of the Elk Grove Police Department. The ceremony was held in the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage. For more information on the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy, visit the web site at www.cod.edu/slea.

     
  • COD Receives $14,600 Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant Jan 7, 2015 5:48 PM
    The Motorola Solutions Foundation has awarded a $14,600 grant to the College of DuPage Foundation in support of the formation and launch of the Citizens Public Safety Academy (CPSA), which will begin in January of 2015. Offered through the College’s Continuing Education program and the nationally-renowned Homeland Security Training Institute, the CPSA at College of DuPage will provide public safety training to community members in three course offerings, including an 8-week certificate program, quarterly senior citizen seminars and an Advanced Citizens Emergency Response program which is an 8-week supplement to an existing Community Emergency Response Team training program offered through local townships. Through this grant, the CPSA is prepared to train approximately 800 participants in 2015 through three components: the Citizens Emergency Response Academy (100 participants), the Senior Citizens Crime Prevention Series (600 participants) and the Citizens Public Safety Academy (100 participants). For more information, contact Leah Cameron at (630) 942-3427 or cameronl@cod.edu.

     
  • Free tax help offered at College of DuPage Jan 7, 2015 5:50 PM
    College of DuPage is offering free assistance with electronic preparation of state and federal tax returns on Saturday mornings, Feb. 21 through April 11, on the College’s main campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., in Glen Ellyn. Sessions are from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays, Feb. 21 and 28; March 7, 14, 21 and 28; and April 11, in the Berg Instructional Center, Room 1514. Students in Accounting 2200, under instructor supervision, will help students, staff and community members prepare 1040 IL, 1040 and Schedules A-B forms. Free assistance is also provided for schedules C-EZ and small Schedule Ds (three items or less). Participants must bring tax information, the previous year’s return and account numbers if participants would like direct deposit. For more information, please call (630) 942-3400.

     
  • Help The Birches Send Love and Gratitude to U.S. military members Jan 7, 2015 5:41 PM
    With February fast approaching, The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills is preparing to send Valentine’s Day care packages to deployed members of the U.S. military through its 2nd annual “Hearts and Heroes” campaign. Last year, 31 care packages were sent to U.S. military members. This year, The Birches hopes to increase that number to 50 care packages with the help of community members. If you’d like to help The Birches send love and gratitude to deployed U.S. military members for Valentine’s Day consider participating in the “Hearts and Heroes” campaign in one of the following ways: • Provide the address of a deployed military member who would appreciate a care package. The Birches is eager to send care packages to as many soldiers as possible, but needs your help identifying their names and addresses. If you know a deployed member of the military who would appreciate a care package, please email the individual’s name and APO/FPO address to Jackie Raschke at jraschke@birches.net. • Donate valentines or letters to military members for the care packages. • Volunteer your time to help Birches residents decorate care packages or make valentines. Volunteers are always appreciated. Contact Jackie Raschke at 630-570-6175 or jraschke@birches.net for a list of available dates. • Donate money or any of the following supplies: lip balm, cushioned insoles, baby powder, non-aerosol travel size toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion), toothbrushes, decks of cards, used or new CDs and DVDs, board games (small enough to fit in the shoe box), puzzles, reading and writing materials, non-perishable food that will sustain high temperatures, chewing gum, or socks. The Birches’ “Hearts and Heroes” campaign is part of the Birches Gives Back program, a new initiative dedicated to making a difference in the community through acts of service. The Birches’ Director of Encore and Memory Care Jackie Raschke started the Birches Gives Back program as a way for Birches residents to contribute something meaningful to the greater community. “Doing good deeds for others and knowing we are putting a smile on peoples’ faces is very rewarding,” said Raschke. “It’s a win-win; it makes the residents happy and it brightens the day of someone in need.” Donations and supplies can be dropped off in the front lobby of The Birches Assisted Living at 215 55th St. Clarendon Hills until January 16. If you have questions about The Birches’ “Hearts and Heroes” campaign, please contact Jackie Raschke at jraschke@birches.net or 630-570-6175. The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills is a premier retirement community dedicated to providing professional services that support its residents’ physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual growth. The Birches offers a full calendar of purposeful programs and activities designed to promote a healthy aging lifestyle and a strong sense of community. For more information about The Birches, call 630-789-1135 or visit: birches.net.

     
  • Local hunger organization launches fundraising campaign Jan 6, 2015 5:34 PM
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Tina Koral 630-730-6996 tinakoral@yahoo.com Local hunger organization launches fundraising campaign Glen Ellyn, IL - January 5, 2014 – The GardenWorks Project, a local volunteer-led organization dedicated to fighting hunger by providing families in need with resources to grow food at home is using the crowd-sourcing website, Indiegogo.com, to raise funds for their 2015 growing season. The GardenWorks Project’s goal is to build 40 new gardens at the homes of families who are in need of food pantry services. These families receive a cedar raised-bed garden, soil, compost, plants and seeds, and a mentor to teach them the basics of organic home food production. The organization has set a fundraising goal of $6000, and offers a variety of “perks,” or gifts, for each contribution that include garden seeds, t-shirts, gardening and cookbooks, and even a raised-bed garden which a volunteer will fill with soil and plant for the donor. “Online crowdsourcing has been a very effective method of fundraising for us in the past. It’s easy to contribute, and we have perks that people enjoy,” said The GardenWorks Project Executive Director, Tina Koral. “These funds will allow us to continue the work that means so much to families experiencing food-insecurity in DuPage County.” For more information on The GardenWorks Project, and to access the Indiegogo fundraising page, visit www.gardenworksproject.org. About The GardenWorks Project is a volunteer-led nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing food insecurity in Chicago’s west suburbs by providing families in need of food assistance with home vegetable gardens and educational resources. We help families who would otherwise be unable to grow their own food because of financial need, disability, or advanced age. More information is available at: www.gardenworksproject.org ###

     
  • Your 2015 Guide to the Suburbs: It’s our best advice, but share yours too Jan 1, 2015 7:30 AM
    Want to make the most of 2015? Daily Herald Editor John Lampinen introduces a special New Year's Day guide to living, working and playing in the suburbs.

     
  • Waddle & Reed Christmas event benefits children in need Dec 26, 2014 7:33 AM
    Waddle & Reed Christmas event benefits children in need

     
  • 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

     
  • Virginia Lake Elementary students illistratue children’s holiday book Dec 22, 2014 7:43 AM
    A Good News Story

     
  • 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.”

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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/.

     
  • Hinsdale District 86 Announces Class of 2015 Illinois State Scholars Dec 19, 2014 5:44 PM
    Hinsdale Township High School District 86 today is pleased to announce that 364 students from the Class of 2015 have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars. The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is the state agency that recognizes the top Illinois high school students annually with this distinction. Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top 10 percent of high school seniors from 671 different high schools across the state. Selection is based on SAT, ACT or Prairie State Achievement Exam scores, and/or class rank at the end of the junior year. High school guidance counselors work with ISAC to determine the winners. This year, over 18,000 students statewide received this honor. “We commend these students for achieving the honor of Illinois State Scholar,” said Assistant Superintendent for Academics Pam Bylsma. “Each individual has the right to be proud of earning this recognition as one of the leading scholars in our state, for each achieved this accomplishment by working hard to excel in academic classes and on standardized tests. Their steadfast commitment to a rigorous academic career in District 86 is worthy of our deepest admiration. We congratulate them all, confident that as they continue on the path to college and beyond, their quest for learning will serve them well in the years ahead.” ISAC encourages Illinois families to utilize the many resources available on its website, www.ISAC.org, including a calendar of free financial aid and college access events, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion workshops to assist in the application process, as well as applications for grants and scholarships administered by ISAC. In addition, students can find out how to access free one-on-one assistance and mentoring in the college admissions process. For the full list of District 86 Illinois State Scholars go to http://www.hinsdale86.org/Press%20Releases/Hinsdale%20District%2086%20Announces%20Class%20of%202015%20Illinois%20State%20Scholars.pdf

     
  • 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

     
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