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  • Ex-DuPage state’s attorney reflects on Topinka fondly Dec 10, 2014 5:38 PM
    Joe Birkett, a former running mate of Judy Baar Topinka, remembered the Topinka as a hardworking, staight-talking public servant who always was looking for the best deal for the taxpayers. “She was a great leader,” Birkett said. “She was one of a kind. My heart goes out to her family and all of her friends. It’s a great loss for them and for Illinois.”

     
  • Three local educators vie for $1 million, world recognition Dec 10, 2014 11:16 AM
    Three suburban teachers are among the top elementary and high school educators in the world and are vying for a $1 million prize. Sixteen of the 50 finalists for its Global Teacher Prize are from the U.S. That includes Jacqueline Lopushonsky of Wheaton, Paul Solarz of Arlington Heights and Mark Vondracek of Gurnee.

     
  • 3 area teachers finalists for $1 million global prize Dec 9, 2014 12:02 PM
    Teachers from Gurnee, Wheaton and Arlington Heights are in the running for a $1 million prize being dubbed the Nobel Prize for exceptional teaching. In a news release Monday, the Varkey GEMS Foundation says there are 16 U.S. teachers among the 50 finalists for the “World's Best Teacher” award.

     
  • Two DuPage panels each welcome a new member Dec 9, 2014 5:27 PM
    The DuPage County Board and county forest preserve commission welcomed new members Tuesday when they both filled vacancies on their respective boards. Karyn Romano of Glen Ellyn has been appointed to finish the term of the late Jerry “JR” McBride on the county board. Meanwhile, Jeffrey Redick of Elmhurst has been appointed to forest preserve President Joseph Cantore’s former seat on the forest preserve commission.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Lisle woman’s charity offering ‘date nights’ for special needs caregivers Dec 7, 2014 11:01 AM
    Parents of kids with special needs say they're thankful for Becky Pundy of Lisle, who has created Respite Endowment Organization, a nonprofit that provides them with rest, education and opportunities. “We feel like she has insight that most people don’t have,” Jeremy Curran of Naperville said. “She knows these sort of things don’t fix themselves overnight. It’s not just with the child, it’s with all aspects of your life — care of the child, social life, marital or relationship life. She sees all the aspects that having a special needs child affects.”

     
  • Images: The Week in Pictures Dec 7, 2014 6:39 PM
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features Daily Herald staff photos of police departments shopping for toys with kids, many people donating gifts, and the splendor of lighting a big Christmas tree, representing about 20 local communities.

     
  • Jury finds DuPage sheriff’s office not guilty of gender discrimination Dec 5, 2014 5:31 PM
    The DuPage County Sheriff’s Office has been found not guilty of gender discrimination in a federal lawsuit filed in 2010 by former employee Susan Kuttner. A jury deliberated for less than two hours Thursday at the close of the four-day trial in federal court, according to the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Holiday festivals spreading good cheer throughout DuPage Dec 4, 2014 4:17 PM
    If you had any doubt the holiday season is upon us, a plethora of activities this weekend in DuPage County should guarantee visions of sugar plums dancing in your head. Here’s a quick look at some of what’s happening ...

     
  • Come see what’s new at the Tivoli Bowl Dec 4, 2014 6:39 PM
    Check out the newly renovated Tivoli Bowl and make it your destination for holiday parties, fundraisers as well as an afternoon or evening of bowling.

     
  • Pierotti reflects on 20 years as DuPage forest preserve president Dec 4, 2014 9:50 AM
    Through a period of dramatic change for the DuPage County Forest Preserve District, the one constant was D. "Dewey" Pierotti. The 80-year-old Addison resident served for two decades as president of the forest preserve commission. The Pierotti era at the forest preserve officially came to an end on Dec. 1 when the former attorney began his retirement from public life.

     
  • Book presentation with author Mary Anne Phemister Dec 3, 2014 5:35 PM
    Windsor Park, a faith-based, notnprofit continuing care retirement community administered by Covenant Retirement Communities, will host author and Windsor Park resident Mary Anne Phemister for a book launch and signing event on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 3 p.m.

     
  • Bethany Lutheran hosts Julotta service Dec 3, 2014 8:09 PM
    On Christmas morning, join Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln in Batavia, for an authentic Swedish worship at 9 a.m. Dec. 25. Visiting pastor Magnus Hillbo, a native Swede and trained opera singer, will deliver the sermon in English. The readings and hymns will be in Swedish. A Swedish breakfast will be served at 8 a.m.

     
  • Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group’s West Suburban Offices to Serve as Toys for Tots Donation Sites Dec 4, 2014 7:23 AM
    Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group’s West Suburban Offices to Serve as Toys for Tots Donation Sites

     
  • DuPage forest preserve hires former chief judge Dec 2, 2014 4:14 PM
    Former DuPage County judge John T. Elsner says he retired from the bench for the chance to represent the DuPage County Forest Preserve District. On Tuesday, forest preserve commissioners unanimously approved the appointment of Elsner as the head counsel for the district. Elsner, who until this week served as chief judge of the 18th Judicial Circuit, was nominated for the job by forest preserve commission President Joe Cantore. “The forest preserve is moving in a different direction,” Cantore said. “He (Elsner) is going to assist us in moving in that direction.”

     
  • Visitors see plenty of reds — and whites and pinks — at Cantigny Dec 2, 2014 4:15 PM
    It was a day to see red. Lots and lots of red. Roughly 350 visitors got the chance to visit the Cantigny Park greenhouse Tuesday to check out the Wheaton facility’s one-day-only Shades of Crimson poinsettia display.

     
  • COD president to receive 2014 CASE Region V Chief Executive Leadership Award Dec 2, 2014 6:02 PM
    College of DuPage President Dr. Robert L. Breuder will receive the 2014 CASE Region V Chief Executive Leadership Award on Dec. 16 at the annual CASE V conference in Chicago.

     
  • 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.

     
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