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  • Democratic America will survive Obama Oct 19, 2014 12:01 AM
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: The mid-term election means a Republican Senate 51 percent majority. Don’t hold your breath for the next two years waiting for any substantive legislation. But Congressional-Presidential gridlock got us used to that.

  • Oak Brook man donates $50,000 for heroin fight Oct 17, 2014 1:01 AM
    After losing his 18-year-old grandson to a heroin overdose in March, Edward Heil wanted to do something to prevent others from being killed by the drug. On Thursday, the Oak Brook man donated $50,000 to the DuPage Narcan Program, which trains police officers on how to administer the opiate overdose reversal drug Narcan.

  • Images: Photo Contest Finalists Oct 17, 2014 1:01 AM
    Each week, you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of them and select the finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of October 13.

  • Where is Wheaton North’s victory bell? Oct 17, 2014 11:59 PM
    It’s been years since it was last seen, but some members of the Wheaton North High School community are hopeful that the school’s victory bell will be found one day. The likelihood of it showing up this weekend — in time for the school’s 50th anniversary celebrations — is unlikely. There is hope, however, that perhaps an alumni or two in attendance will know more about its whereabouts. The story of the fabled bell resurfaced recently, when organizers for this weekend’s events began discussing school artifacts that could be put on display during school tours, which will run from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

  • ‘Zebra walk’ to help those with immune deficiency Oct 16, 2014 12:30 PM
    The Immune Deficiency Foundation will hold its second annual Walk for Primary Immunodeficiency Sunday, Oct. 26, at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. Registration for the 1.2-mile hike begins at 8:30 a.m. with an opening ceremony at 9:45 a.m. and the walk at 10 a.m.

  • McAninch Arts Center receives LEED certification Oct 16, 2014 4:01 PM
    The McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

  • Opiate overdose reversal drug saves 25 lives in DuPage Oct 17, 2014 11:06 AM
    DuPage County authorities reported Thursday that 25 lives have been saved since the county started a program that equips local police officers with the opiate overdose reversal drug Narcan.

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  • COD Instructor Receives Prestigious Award Oct 15, 2014 4:49 PM
    College of DuPage instructor Dr. Michael Fagel recently received the first ever Security Book of the Year Award by the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) International for his book “Crisis Management and Emergency Planning: Preparing for Today’s Challenges.” “I am honored to receive this award,” Fagel said. “This book was written to educate people and help prepare them for the future. I never thought it would be nominated for anything, much less win.” Founded in 1955, ASIS International is a not-for-profit organization of more than 38,000 security practitioners worldwide, which advocates for the role and value of the security management profession to business, the media, government entities and the public. Fagel was officially recognized during an award ceremony and book signing at ASIS International’s 60th annual conference in Atlanta, GA. He said he was honored to receive this prestigious recognition from admired peers in the field. “The six authors on the committee have published more than 45 notable books between them,” Fagel said. “It was humbling but great to be welcomed into that group.” The author of several published books on topics related to safety and security, Fagel has nearly 40 years of experience working in emergency management, fire services, industrial safety, law enforcement, rescue and government. He is a Homeland Security Analyst at the Argonne National Laboratories, has spent 10 years at FEMA in their Occupational Safety and Health Cadre. Fagel has responded to incidents and disasters such as the Oklahoma City Bombing where he worked as a safety officer and CISD de briefer, and spent over 100 days at the World Trade Center for FDNY at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks. He has provided his skills and experience as a subject matter expert at several organizations including the National Organization for Research (NORC) at the University of Chicago, the National Center for Security and Preparedness (NCSP) at the University of Albany and the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT) at the Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education at Louisiana State University. Fagel also teaches at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Northern Illinois University, Eastern Kentucky University and Aurora University. He has also taught at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and Benedictine University. He has written over 300 articles on safety & disaster planning and served on the National Domestic Preparedness Office SLAG team (NDPO) at the FBI in Washington. Fagel has recently signed on with College of DuPage to teach new classes on Terrorism Planning and Response as well as Homeland Security, at the Homeland Security Training Institute. He said he was impressed with the College’s recently constructed Homeland Security Education Center. “I have taught homeland security all over the world, at numerous facilities; from palaces to tents and all types of classrooms,” Fagel said. “The facilities at the HEC are second to none. They are world class in both design and implementation.” Fagel added that he is proud to be a part of College of DuPage and that the College’s goals align perfectly with his own. “I am proud to be affiliated with the HSTI program at COD.” Fagel said. “I think our mission, which has been my mission since 9/11, is to create a world-class environment for training and educating the leaders of the future and that is what this facility and staff is focused on.” Housing the College’s Criminal Justice and Fire Science/EMS programs, as well as the Police Department, State-certified Fire Academy and the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy, the 66,000 square-foot Homeland Security Education Center is the only comprehensive multijurisdictional training center of its kind in the Midwest. The facility features a wide range of high-tech training spaces including a full-scale indoor street scene, forensics and cybercrimes labs, a hazardous materials leak simulator, a two-story smoke room with moveable walls, a full-size ambulance, an outdoor training tower for confined rescue and rappelling and a command center designed to instruct National Incident Management System protocols. Looking back on his career, Fagel said that the biggest challenge he has faced comes less from the actual threat of emergencies than from the underlying opinion of what safety and security entails. “Safety and security are not just plans; they are a continuous process,” Fagel said. “It’s not just guards, gates and guns; it’s an underlying attitude and approach. Decision makers in organizations need to understand that risk is an ever-evolving threat. Too often, people wait until it’s too late and make poor decisions based on knee-jerk reactions.” Fagel said that through his work he hopes to train the leaders of tomorrow and to train as many people as possible to be “comfortable, cognizant, aware and trained to take over and take care of the next generations.” He added that after all this time working in safety and security, his primary focus and motivating principle is simply to make a difference. “I’m going to do as much as I can for as long as I can for as many people as I can. That’s really what drives me,” he said.

  • COD Concealed Carry Class Nov. 8 Oct 15, 2014 4:46 PM
    College of DuPage will offer the second session of its new Concealed Class on Saturday, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov. 9. This previously sold-out 18-hour class will cover all elements of state-required training including basic principles of marksmanship; care, cleaning, loading and unloading of a concealable firearm; firearm safety; state and federal laws relating to ownership, storage, carry and transport of a firearm; and weapon and handling and legal qualification. In addition, students will gain hands-on, real-world experience through the use of a state-of-the-art concealed carry firearm simulator and the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) inside the four-dimensional immersion “street scene” within the Homeland Security Education Center. This class will be led by certified concealed carry instructor and distinguished firearm expert Michelle Quesada. She has trained at Fort Benning with the U.S. Army Rangers and the U.S. Air Force Pistol Service Teams and is recognized through the NRA as a Double Distinguished Expert Marksman, shooting over 600 perfect rounds in one day to complete her first Distinguished award. In addition, Quesada is NRA certified to teach Basic Pistol and Personal Protection Inside and Outside the Home and has held the NRA appointment of Chief Range Safety Officer. To attend this class, students must be 21 or over, currently possess a valid Firearm Owner Identification Card, a valid Illinois state I.D. or driver’s license, and be physically capable of safely and effectively operating a firearm. To ease the Illinois CCL application process, electronic fingerprints and a digital photo will be offered to participants for an additional cash only $60 fee. A Concealed Carry class designed with an emphasis on issues related specifically to women and the concealed carry law will be offered on Dec. 6 and 7. Click here for more information about the CCL class at College of DuPage. Click here for more information about Concealed Carry licensure in Illinois.

  • Downers Grove Family Celebrates 5th Birthday While Raising Money and Awareness for Apraxia Oct 15, 2014 4:43 PM
    Three years ago, Nevaeh was diagnosed with a neurological speech disorder called apraxia, something her mother, Nichole Latori, nor grandmother, Terri Murrin had never heard of. After spending the past three years researching the disorder and finding the best treatment for Nevaeh, Terri and Nichole decided to change this lack of awareness. On September 12th and 13th they hosted an Apraxia Fund Raiser Yard Sale. They filled Terri’s garage, front yard and 5 tents with items donated for sale. Every person who came to the sale was given information about Childhood Apraxia of Speech is very challenging and complicated neurological speech disorder in children. This little known disorder makes it difficult or impossible for children to accurately produce sounds, syllables, and/or words despite having a good understanding of language. The family raised $1,902.00 and a family member’s company will be matching that amount. A total of $3,804.00 will be donated to the Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech on Saturday, October 18th which also happens to be Nevaeh’s 5th birthday. The Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech is held across the country as a means to heighten awareness and funding. Proceeds from the walk will benefit the local apraxia programs through The Apraxia Connection and national programs and research of the Childhood Apraxia of Spreech Association of North America (CASANA).

  • Nine years for woman who supplied fatal dose of heroin in Wheaton Oct 15, 2014 4:55 PM
    A 34-year-old Summit woman was sentenced to nine years in prison Wednesday for supplying her friend with a fatal dose of heroin in 2012 in Wheaton. Jennifer Nere will be required to serve 75 percent of the sentence before being eligible for parole. She also will receive credit for 419 days already spent in custody, DuPage County Judge Daniel Guerin said. Nere was just the second person to be charged with, tried and convicted on drug-induced homicide charges in DuPage. A jury of 12 also convicted Nere in August of the lesser charge of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. “This is not a typical case of homicide as we know it,” said Assistant State’s Attorney Jae Kwon. “It’s sad all the way around. This case has devastated multiple families.” Nere brought heroin to her friend, 32-year-old Wheaton resident Augustina Taylor, during the late-night hours of June 27, 2012, following a family party celebrating Taylor’s release after a year in prison. In the early morning hours of June 28, 2012, Taylor was found dead in her mother’s bathroom. Her death was ruled an overdose from a mixture of cocaine and heroin. Guerin called the interaction between Taylor and Nere that night a “deadly game of Russian roulette.” “But the focus today is not on the victim’s actions. For that she lost her life,” Guerin said. “And the defendant must pay with her freedom.” A teary-eyed Nere addressed Taylor’s family when given a chance to speak. “I’m very sorry. That was a stupid decision that I made,” Nere said. “I never want to touch drugs again. I miss my kids more than anything.” During the trial, prosecutors played a video and read a letter in which Nere admitted to bringing Taylor the “rock and blow” in an old sock she had previously used to wipe blood from one of her own track marks. Nere’s attorney, David Gaughan, sought the minimum sentence of six years. “The best hope to come from this tragedy is that Jennifer gets out and helps the next Tina or Jennifer get off drugs or keeps the next Tina or Jennifer from getting into drugs,” Gaughan said. Prosecutors said the case is yet another difficult story about the use of heroin in the county. “While we have made some progress in educating the public about the dangers of heroin use, we continue to see an alarming rate of heroin overdose deaths,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin said in a news release. “The circumstances of this case are particularly disheartening considering that the defendant and the victim were friends.”

  • National Title Solutions’ Anthony Latham and Team Bring Home The Hardware at the IMBA Best In Business Awards Gala Oct 15, 2014 4:31 PM
    The Illinois Mortgage Bankers’ Association has bestowed its prestigious “Best Title Insurance Account Representation” award to Naperville’s Anthony Latham, Owner/President of National Title Solutions at the 2014 Best In Business Awards gala last week. At the October 2 event, hosted at the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook, three of National Title Solutions’ Naperville team were nominated for 2014 awards: NTS Business Development Officer Carol McCarthy, and NTS Account Executive Lisa Rinando for “Best Title Insurance Account Representation,” Rinando for “Best Title Insurance Company Closer,” and Latham for “Best Title Insurance Account Representation” and top honor “Star Leadership Award,” for his exemplification of “the highest standards of service, ethics, and dedication to the mortgage industry… outstanding leadership and business innovation,” among other notable achievements, according to Latham’s 7 years in business with National Title Solutions have provided the foundation for excellence in the industry that facilitate his success and esteem within the business and customer base. “National Title Solutions is one fo the few consumer-driven title insurance companies -- we’re focused on consumers and their edification with regard to their title insurance options,” explains Latham. “We’re a one-stop shop -- we hold all licenses here, so we don’t farm projects out to other states, which means we’re hands-on and all of our work is done locally, so we can give customers a better deal and work to fulfill their precise needs when they’re buying, selling, or refinancing.” As noted on IMBA’s Facebook page and website (, the Illinois Mortgage Bankers Association (IMBA) is a not-for-profit trade association comprised of approximately 165 companies and institutions whose business interests revolve around residential and/or commercial mortgage lending. IMBA (pledges) commitment to promote and safeguard the best interests and welfare of the membership and the public it serves. Latham was also nominated for IMBA’s “Best Title Insurance Account Representative” at the 2013 Best In Business Awards, and he hopes to continue the awards & recognition trend into next year. Appreciation, consistency, and continued customer-focus are the order of the day for National Title Solutions, “…especially when we’re kind of the new kid on the block,” says Latham, noting that he brought NTS to Naperville from Florida in 2010. National Title Solutions is headquartered in Woodridge with multiple satellite locations in Naperville; find them at or call (800)NTS-2700. “Most consumers don’t know that they have the right to choose their title insurance company when they’re buying or refinancing,” notes Latham; “Our motto is ‘Exceptional Service is Standard,’ and that says it all.”

  • Illini to honor Wheaton’s Grange with Gray Ghost uniforms Oct 15, 2014 3:11 PM
    In a tribute to Wheaton football legend Harold “Red” Grange, the Fighting Illini will wear “Gray Ghost” uniforms for the Oct. 25 Homecoming game against Minnesota.

  • Tools For Brain Health Are In Your Kitchen Oct 15, 2014 4:33 PM
    Food can be one of the most effective weapons in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease, University of Arizona College of Medicine professor Marwan Sabbagh, M.D., recently told an audience at Windsor Park, a faith-based, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community administered by Covenant Retirement Communities. This is good news for people of all ages. Dr. Sabbagh explained that neurodegeneration begins 25 years before symptoms appear. A researcher, educator and practicing physician, Dr. Sabbagh is director of research at Banner Sun Health Research Institute, one of the world’s most prominent Alzheimer’s disease research institutions. He co-authored “The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook” and was in Carol Stream to conduct an educational seminar entitled “Tools for Brain Healthy are in Your Kitchen,” for senior adults at Windsor Park. “According to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in 10 Americans 65 and older has Alzheimer’s disease,” says Karen Larson, executive director at Windsor Park “While we can’t change some risk factors, mainly age and heredity, we can change others. Dr. Sabbagh explained how simple, yet beneficial changes in our diet help could help prevent Alzheimer’s and improve our memory.” Although there is still no cure for the Alzheimer’s disease, Dr. Sabbagh explained that research has shown that consuming specific foods that are high in specific nutrients can lower the risk of cognitive decline. He noted that foods that contain thiamine, pyridoxine, folic acid or cyanocobalamin can help fight brain diseases. Dr. Sabbagh provided tips on easy ways to adopt a brain healthy diet. They include: • Reduce the intake of food high in fat and cholesterol. • Consume a diet rich in dark vegetables and fruits. • Include herbs, fruits and vegetables with high Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity scores. • Eat fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids. • Follow the guidelines of a Mediterranean diet. “Brain health begins in the kitchen,” states Sabbagh. “Incorporating the correct fruits, vegetables and spices, such as cloves or rosemary, into your meals and making small changes to your diet can have a dramatic affect on your memory and brain health.” Dr. Sabbagh noted that a nutrient like resveratrol can be found in unexpected foods and is available as a supplement. A naturally occurring phytoalexin found in red wine, resveratrol has been shown to have anti-cancer, anti-aging and life-prolonging effects. Recent research published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry shows that it also has the power to enhance memory and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s.

  • Conservation Foundation land purchase only temporary protection from gas station complex Oct 15, 2014 4:36 PM
    Signs were put up at the northeast corner of Route 53 and Butterfield Road imploring voters to “save this land” in support of the Butterfield Park District’s Open Space referendum to permanently preserve the land from development. If voters don’t pass the Nov. 4 referendum, the land would be put back on the market for sale. And that could put the development of a large convenience store and 10-pump gas station at the location back in play. The Butterfield Park District is holding a public information meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at their offices at 21W370 Butterfield Rd., Lombard to answer questions residents may have about the referendum. The Conservation Foundation stepped in to help park district residents find a way to purchase the land at the corner of Route 53 and Butterfield Road, after a request was presented to the DuPage County Board for permission to build what would become DuPage County’s largest gas station complex. The non-profit organization has agreed to hold onto the property for a year while the district works out a way to buy it. In August, the Butterfield Park Board agreed to place a referendum on the ballot for $2,850,000 to purchase and improve the land, and to make other needed improvements on their remaining six park sites. The area in question sits across from Hidden Lake Forest Preserve, is adjacent to existing open space and the park district headquarters. “We often do this sort of thing to help park districts and other agencies purchase the land for preservation,” Conservation Foundation President/CEO Brook McDonald said. “But it’s not a done deal. If the referendum doesn’t pass, we will be forced to put the land back on the market to recoup our costs. We can’t afford to take that kind of financial hit.” The Conservation Foundation took out a loan and paid $1.5 million for the land after a request was made to the DuPage County Board by Buck’s Inc. to build a mega-gas facility on the empty lot. The company filed a lawsuit in April against the county when it denied that request. The lawsuit was dropped after The Conservation Foundation’s purchase. McDonald predicted it would be difficult for the county board to deny another request for the development on that piece of land if the referendum fails. “This isn’t a done deal,” McDonald said. “This land is not yet protected. The voters in the park district will have to decide on Nov. 4 whether they want it as open space or a mega development. It simply boils down to that.” The question voters will see on the ballot reads: Shall the Butterfield Park District, DuPage County, Illinois, acquire, maintain, improve and protect the land at the Northeast corner of Illinois Route 56 and Illinois Route 53 for nature areas, open space and park and recreation purpose, improve trails, outdoor parks amenities, gardens and passive recreation areas, accessibility, safety, and programming space for children and adults through said Park District and issue its bonds to the amount of $2,985,000 for the purpose of pay the costs thereof? =================== The Conservation Foundation is one of the region’s largest and oldest private conservation organizations -- with more than 4,000 members and donors, and more than 500 volunteers who contribute 20,000 hours per year. Work is focused in DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will Counties to preserve and restore nature in your neighborhood. Find out more at

  • Forgotten Chicagoans rediscovered; 8,000 names identified in Chicago cemetery records Oct 15, 2014 6:22 PM
    The names of more than 8,000 people who may have died penniless or without family in the long forgotten Cook County Cemetery have been rediscovered and are now available free to the public. The Cook County Cemetery was located at what is now the intersection of Irving Park Road and Narragansett Avenue on Chicago’s Northwest Side between 1861-1922.

  • Cantigny hosts DuPage breast cancer walk Sunday, Oct. 19 Oct 15, 2014 2:30 PM
    Nearly 1,500 local breast cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers, businesses representatives and community members will unite at the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk of DuPage County. The walk is Sunday, Oct. 19, at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. “The fight to end breast cancer starts with a single step, and this event brings us one step closer to a cure,” says Emily Lipinsky, senior manager of community events for the American Cancer Society.

  • “Let’s Sing” Sunday Night Hymn Sing featuring John Innes Oct 15, 2014 6:00 PM
    "Let's Sing about Faith, Hope and Love" is the theme for the 16th semi-annual Sunday Night Hymn Sing. The Orchard Evangelical Free Church will host two identical Hymn Sings featuring John Innes on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 2:30 and 6 p.m.

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