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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
New breakfast spot Nora’s Cafe opens in Naperville Dec 16, 2014 9:47 AM
Four-year-old Nora Besiri, namesake of the new Nora's Cafe in Naperville, likes the pancakes, and other customers have been enjoying the omelettes, skillets, fresh-cut hash browns and house-made chips the restaurant has been serving since it opened Nov. 3. "This has been a dream of ours to have our own," Nora's owner Tim Besiri of Westmont said about the new restaurant. "You can tell it's not a chain; it's a family-oriented small business."
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 email@example.com.
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.
Honor Flight a high point for female WWII veteran Dec 12, 2014 9:42 AM
By 1945, at the end of WWII, less than three percent of American military personnel were women. Barbara “Bobbie” Merritt was one of them. A resident of Sedgebrook, a senior living community in Lincolnshire, Bobbie achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer inthe Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), serving in Arlington, Virginia.
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.
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.
Christmas program to serve local families in need Dec 2, 2014 5:44 PM
In the coming weeks, the Humanitarian Service Project of DuPage County will serve 350 underprivileged, local families with nutritious groceries as well as provide Christmas gifts to needy children and senior citizens through its annual Christmas Offering program. The nonprofit is calling for donations of new toys and nonperishable food to ensure the success of this program.
Fox Lake Theatre Presents Free Screening of “The Polar Express” Dec 2, 2014 4:07 PM
Celebrate the holiday season at the Fox Lake Theatre with a FREE screening of “The Polar Express.” This special show is slated for Saturday, December 13, 2014, at 10 AM at the Fox Lake Theatre, located at 115 Town Centre Lane in Fox Lake. The film is sponsored by the Lions Club. Santa will be on hand to greet children before the film.
Santa Hustle Chicago 5K to benefit ACS, Toys for Tots Foundation Dec 2, 2014 6:16 PM
The Santa Hustle Chicago 5K is comin’ to town this weekend-don’t miss out on all the jolly fun! Picture thousands taking to the streets and pathways of Chicago’s beautiful lakefront, outfitted in Santa hats and beards as holiday cheer overtakes the windy city!
Extension offers tips on choosing perfect Christmas tree Nov 25, 2014 9:46 PM
Selecting the perfect Christmas tree this holiday season is simply a matter of following a few steps. “When I was growing up, we would often cut down a Christmas tree growing on my grandparents’ farm,” said Ron Wolford, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. “Today you can purchase trees from garden centers, pop-up lots, big box stores, and Christmas tree farms. The following tips can help you select a fresh tree for your home and keep it looking its best throughout the holiday season.”
Top ten tips for holiday food safety Nov 24, 2014 6:53 PM
As families and friends across Illinois makes plans for their holiday feasts, the Illinois Poison Center is offering its top ten tips for proper food handling techniques this season. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 76 million people experience foodborne illness each year.
COD honors inaugural class of Distinguished Alumni Nov 25, 2014 5:08 PM
The College of DuPage Foundation recently honored eight alumni for their outstanding achievements as part of the 2014 Inaugural Distinguished Alumni Reception.
Self-published authors can enter Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author contest Nov 20, 2014 9:02 PM
Illinois authors who have self-published an adult fiction book may enter the second year of the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author project until Monday, Dec. 15. The Soon to be Famous Illinois Author project is being coordinated in collaboration with the Illinois Library Association and Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) and is supported by the American Library Association Digital Content Working Group, the Public Library Association (PLA), Illinois Heartland Library System.
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