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  • Camp coordinator Michele Christensen swims in a kiddie pool during Wet Day at the Spotlight Youth Theater summer camp Tuesday at The Chapel in Libertyville. The week-long camp focuses on voice, drama and dance as they prepare for the presentation of “Surfin’ the High Seas” on Friday.

    Images: The Week in PicturesJun 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features a foot race in mud, deaf girls scouts signing the Pledge of Allegiance, and sinking cardboard boats.

  • The Country Cruisers dance team win firstJun 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    New competitive country/western dance team wins first place in their first dance competition sponsored by United Country Western Dance Council, which manages dance competitions worldwide.

  • Country Dancers to show their moves in TV spot Jun 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Country line dance teams from Chicago Suburbs will demonstrate their moves to promote the Travel America Summer Festival at The Morton Arboretum, to be held during the July Fourth holiday weekend.

  • Jeffery M. Leving and Jeffrey Parness

    NIU law professor to kick off ‘Chicago Counterpoint TV’ July 1Jun 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Season opener of Chicago Counterpoint TV on July 1 will focus on a law the state legislature is considering to expand the definition of fatherhood, allowing more men to legally assume the role.

  • The work of Bala Thiagarajan is featured in the 12th Annual Arts Festival in Bartlett.

    Sunday picks: Art in the park in BartlettJun 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    More than 50 juried artists display and sell their work for the 12th Annual Arts Festival this weekend at Bartlett Park. See comics, tabletop gaming items, art, retro toys and more at the Lake Count-I-Con pop-culture expo at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center in Round Lake Beach.

  • A way to get tougher on human traffickingJun 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: On June 20, Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report, which ranks 188 countries on their efforts to combat human trafficking, including the United States. This incredibly important diplomatic tool is compiled each year by the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office).

  • Kurt Bestor performs as part of the National Piano Conference at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake Saturday, June 28.

    Weekend picks: Tickle the ivories with Kurt BestorJun 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Musicians Kurt Bestor and Danny Wright share the bill for the Saturday show Piano Goes Broadway, part of the weekend-long National Piano Conference at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake. Fans of 1990s films like “Encino Man,” “Bio-Dome” and “Son-in-Law” won't want to miss comedian and actor Pauly Shore performing this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. See comics, tabletop gaming items, art, retro toys and more at the Lake Count-I-Con pop-culture expo at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center in Round Lake Beach.

  • Sean Keys, left, of Naperville, helps load brush in the back of a truck at Wheaton’s Lincoln Marsh as part of the Jack and Jill of America, Inc. teen leadership conference service day.

    Visiting teens dig in to help DuPage-area communitiesJun 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Teens from eight states did all sorts of cleanup work -- including pulling weeks and mulching trails -- in DuPage-area communities Friday as part of their service day activities at the Jack and Jill of America Inc. leadership conference at Wheaton College.

  • U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Wheaton Republican, lost his bid to replace House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California as the No. 3 Republican in the House.

    Roskam: Whip race ‘was a regional issue’Jun 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    A week after losing his bid to become the No. 3 Republican in the U.S. House, Rep. Peter Roskam of Wheaton said his position as a Republican from a Democratic-leaning state proved to be the deciding factor. “When it all came down to it, it was a regional issue,” Roskam said this week. “And the argument that prevailed was we need a southern member or we need a red state member to sit at the leadership table.”

  • Justin Ahrens of Batavia gets a hug from his mom, Nancy Brenczski, of Joliet, after finishing the 15-day Wheels4Water bike ride earlier this month. The ride started in Boston and ended 1,207 miles later in Chicago. Ahrens and his team raised more than $93,000, which will provide water for life for more than 2,300 people in Lira, Uganda.

    Moving Picture: Batavia man’s bike ride helping AfricaJun 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Justin Ahrens of Batavia conceived the Wheels4Water ride from Boston to Chicago to raise money to supply water for life for 1,000 people in Uganda. He and his team more than doubled their goal and now Lifewater International will be able to supply a lifetime of water to more than 2,300 people with the more than $93,000 raised.

  • Dan Cronin

    DuPage County wins award for reform effortsJun 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    DuPage County’s push to reform and consolidate local government has earned the county national recognition. The National Association of Counties has given an Achievement Award to DuPage for its ACT (Accountability, Consolidation and Transparency) Initiative. The award means that NACo has deemed the initiative to be a county government program that’s innovative and enhances services for residents, officials said.

  • Touch a Life will hold its fifth annual garage sale this weekend in Wheaton to raise funds for a rehabilitative care center in Ghana.

    Wheaton garage sale benefits children in Ghana through Touch a LifeJun 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    It’s a small world and getting smaller. For proof, look no further than this weekend when a Texas-based charitable organization will hold a garage sale in Wheaton to raise money for children in Ghana. Such an international exchange of volunteers and resources is common for Dallas-based Touch a Life, a not-for-profit group with an emphasis on international aid.

  • Thirteen college-bound students recently received scholarships from the Finishing Contractors Association of Illinois. Pictured are, front row, from left, Jessica Palmer, Danica Dragoo, Austin Vogel, and Alexander Procaccio for Danesa Tamayo; and back row, Ken Ober, George Cote, Emily Dolata, Jami Dahl, Andrea Cardinal, and Mark Palmer.

    Painting contractor association awards 13 scholarshipsJun 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Finishing Contractors Association of Illinois (FCAI) recently awarded 13 college bound students scholarships during their Scholarship Awards Event.

  • Suburban Law Enforcement Academy Graduates Class of 51 RecruitsJun 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at College of DuPage recently graduated 51 recruits representing 37 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 spring.

  • Jude and Alicia Aulie search for an envelope Thursday near the corner of Front Street and Wheaton Avenue in downtown Wheaton. The Downtown Wheaton Association and Ivy restaurant sponsored a “hidden cash dash” by hiding six envelopes filled with $40 cash and a $10 Downtown Wheaton gift certificate.

    Pedestrians search for hidden money in downtown WheatonJun 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    Several pedestrians strolling the streets of downtown Wheaton Thursday weren’t just enjoying the warm, sunny weather. They were on the hunt for six hidden envelopes labeled with the Downtown Wheaton Association logo. Each was filled with a pleasant surprise: $40 cash and a $10 Downtown Wheaton gift card. “It’s something that’s fun and it’s a nice way to say thank you to our patrons,” said Downtown Wheaton Association Executive Director Paula Barrington.

  • Harlan Teller

    NIU names Harlan Teller interim VP for marketing and communicationsJun 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    Northern Illinois University appointed NIU alumnus Harlan Teller to the position of interim vice president, overseeing the university’s Division of Marketing & Communications for the next two years.

  • Literacy tutor helps student gain citizenshipJun 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Glendale Heights woman from Guatemala was finally able to learn English and become an American citizen after 17 years in this country thanks in part to a grant given by DuPage Community Foundation to Literarcy DuPage.

  • Body of Wheaton woman found in riverJun 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    The body of a Wheaton woman missing since a weekend boating accident on the Illinois River has been found, Grundy County coroner’s officials said. Emily Anne Hendricks, 24, was pronounced dead at about 12:35 p.m. Wednesday.

    Summer-long child safety campaign helps parents, grandparents and caregivers create kids’ identification cards and install child safety seats

  • COD Fashion Students Earn Honors During Spring Fashion ShowJun 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    Eight Fashion Studies students at College of DuPage earned honors during the spring fashion show “Dazzle.”

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