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  • Group coming to Glen Ellyn to focus on insurance cancellations Dec 6, 2013 10:49 AM
    A group focusing on people whose insurance has been canceled due to Affordable Care Act requirements is coming to College of DuPage’s Glen Ellyn campus. The nonprofit group called Independent Women’s Voice will launch its “My Cancellation” town-hall tour Saturday to answer questions and “give a voice” to those with canceled health insurance policies, organizers say.

  • Child model from Mount Prospect now has agency of her own Dec 2, 2013 5:58 AM
    Kukec's People features John MacLeod of Kenilworth, who is heading up a new concept in 24/7 news broadcasting, an app that provides local news to your mobile device.

  • College of DuPage's renovated McAninch center almost ready Nov 25, 2013 6:42 AM
    The finishing touches are being put on a 14-month, $35 million renovation at the College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center that marks the biggest improvement project in the facility's 25-year history. More than 1.5 million people have viewed live performances at the MAC since the “community jewel” opened in 1986, officials say, but never before has the facility undergone such a makeover.

  • Despite concerns, COD makes room for Chick-fil-A Nov 22, 2013 8:16 PM
    Despite objections from several students and concerns from some trustees, Chick-fil-A could be serving food by January on the College of DuPage’s Glen Ellyn campus. The school’s board of trustees voted 4-3 to approve a contract amendment that includes it. “While those issues were raised, we were left with the idea that Sodexo had values that were the same as COD," a VP said.

  • The McAninch Arts Center sets grand opening, 2014 season Nov 20, 2013 12:01 AM
    The McAninch Arts Center on the College of DuPage campus announced it will reopen in February after a 14-month, $35 million renovation. Grammy Award-winner Kep Mo performs at the official reopening on Feb. 8, 2014. The grand opening celebration takes place on March 8, 2014 with headliner Jim Belushi and The Chicago Board of Comedy

  • Nybo joins race to succeed Dillard Nov 18, 2013 6:02 PM
    Former state Rep. Chris Nybo says he’s joining the Republican primary race to succeed Sen. Kirk Dillard in the Illinois Senate. Nybo will take on state Rep. Dennis Reboletti, a fellow Elmhurst Republican, in the race. Reboletti announced his candidacy in September.

  • COD bucks trend with 3.3% enrollment boost Nov 14, 2013 3:33 PM
    Enrollment climbed 3.3 percent over the past five years at the College of DuPage, bucking a statewide trend showing declines at most community colleges. A report by the Illinois Community College Board indicates COD was one of just three of the state’s 39 community college districts to see an enrollment increase among full-time equivalent students between 2009 and 2013.

  • ‘Breaking Bad’ star called Naperville ‘Nowheresville’ Nov 12, 2013 5:24 AM
    Bob Odenkirk said that when he was a teen, Naperville "felt like a dead end, like Nowheresville. I couldn’t wait to move into a city and be around people who were doing exciting things.” He went on to find plenty of excitment as a co-star of the hit TV series “Breaking Bad.” We contacted Odenkirk to talk about his childhood, his upcoming "Breaking Bad" spinoff, and his role in "Nebraska," a film out Nov. 22.

  • History skits fed Odenkirk’s acting bug at Naperville school Nov 12, 2013 5:30 AM
    Mentors? Comedian/actor/writer Bob Odenkirk from LaGrange and Naperville has had a few, most notably Second City fixture Del Close. But reaching, way, way back, Odenkirk credited a social studies teacher at Jefferson Junior High School in Naperville with providing the pivotal moment that changed his life.

  • Elgin CC outlasts College of DuPage Nov 12, 2013 11:13 PM
    The Elgin Community College men’s basketball team held off a furious rally in the closing minutes to outlast visiting College of DuPage, 85-81, Tuesday night at the Events Center in Elgin.

  • Elgin CC hangs on to beat College of DuPage Nov 12, 2013 10:32 PM
    The Spartans survived. Elgin Community College’s women’s basketball team built a double-digit lead midway through the second half, then held on for dear life as College of DuPage staged a furious rally. When the dust settled, the Spartans hung on for a 66-64 nonconference victory at the Events Center in Elgin Tuesday night. Jordan Bartelt and Alexa Diaz scored 16 points apiece to lead ECC, which moved to 2-1 on the season. Breanna Venson had 12 points for COD.

  • Man robs Woodridge gas station Nov 6, 2013 9:09 PM
    A man robbed a Woodridge gas station Tuesday night and may be linked to similar armed robberies in DuPage and Cook counties, Woodridge police said.

  • Chef du jour: Pastry chef mentors online students Oct 28, 2013 3:27 PM
    After attending culinary school at the College of Dupage, pastry chef Susie Wolak worked as executive pastry chef for the Metropolitan Club in Chicago and at the Hilton in Northbrook. Now she shares her knowledge with students around the world at chef-mentor for the Hoffman Estates-based Escoffier Online Culinary Academy.

  • COD to build second homeland security training facility on campus Oct 22, 2013 5:37 AM
    College of DuPage is moving ahead with the second phase of its training center for emergency response agencies. The 35,000-square-foot Homeland Security Training Institute will be at the site of the college's Open Campus Center west of Lambert Road in Glen Ellyn. “It's long overdue,” said Mike Casey, the academy's director, who was hired in June after 26 years with the ATF. “I applaud Dr. Breuder for taking the initiative to see this gets completed.”

  • Wheaton College has playoffs in mind Oct 23, 2013 12:10 AM
    The Wheaton College football team is in a familiar position, but it is hoping to change the ending. Just as it was last year, the Thunder is ranked in the top 15 nationally with two of its toughest games to come. However, the team hopes to force its way into the playoffs and avoid being left on the outside looking in like it was last year.

  • COD picks familiar face as art center’s interim director Sep 23, 2013 5:33 PM
    A familiar face in the region’s performing arts community is about to take center stage at the College of DuPage. Diana Martinez, whose resume includes stops at Second City, the Paramount Theatre in Aurora and Pheasant Run in St. Charles, has been hired as the interim director of COD’s McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn.

  • Aurora native wins 'Big Brother' Sep 19, 2013 8:21 AM
    In a controversial season marked by homophobic and racial slurs, openly gay contestant and Aurora native Andy Herren was named the winner of “Big Brother” Wednesday night.

  • Klaas retires as COD coach Sep 10, 2013 10:45 PM
    For the first time in 35 years Don Klaas will not be leading the men’s basketball team at College of DuPage. The Hall of Fame coach has announced his retirement, leaving as one of the winningest coaches in junior college history. During his tenure at COD, Klaas had a record of 743-382, highlighted by his Division III National Championship team in 2001-02, the same year he was awarded the National Coach of the Year. Klaas was so successful at COD the school named its home court for him. He was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001 and the National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame the following year. The athletic department has given no hint as to who might succeed Klaas. While the regular season is still months away, the first scrimmages of the year usually take place in October. The Chaparrals are coming off a13-19 season. Wheaton College: Senior all-conference kick returner Justin Swider has been named the CCIW special teams player of the week. Swider helped lead Wheaton College to a 48-27 victory over Benedictine Saturday night with a combined return total of 146 yards and one touchdown. With his team down 13-10 in the second quarter, Swider returned a Benedictine kickoff 93 yards into the end zone. The touchdown gave the Thunder a lead that would never be given back. North Central: Following a dominating performance Saturday, North Central’s John Crain has been named NCAA Division III men’s cross country athlete of the week. In what may be a prelude to November, Crain finished the 5-mile course in 25:36, more than 15 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher at the Hanover College Madison Kiwanis Invitational. The Cardinals hope to return to this same course in November for the national championships, where they look to win a third consecutive championship. Crain, an All-America, helped lead North Central to the invitational team title as well as his individual title. This is the first year that the athlete of the week is being named at a national level. Benedictine: Two Benedictine athletes received conference recognition this week following strong performances. Both Candice Cuppini, volleyball, and Nikki Jhanji, soccer, were named NACC player of the week in their respective sport. Cuppini helped lead the Eagles to a weekend sweep of North Central and Lake Forest with a combined 36 kills. The Eagles beat North Central in straight sets then downed Lake Forest 3-1 to sweep the annual Red and Black Triangular. Jhanji, a senior forward for Benedictine, helped her team to a second-place finish at the Sal Vacarro tournament over the weekend. Jhanji scored three goals of her own during the tournament and was involved in all three goals during a 3-1 victory over North Central.

  • Willowbrook-area man gets jail, probation for having child porn Sep 4, 2013 1:42 PM
    A DuPage County man has been sentenced to 180 days in jail and four years of probation for aggravated child pornography possession, authorities said Wednesday. Andrew Quinn, 34, of the 17W300 block of Birnam Trail near Willowbrook, also must register as a sex offender, according to court records.

  • North Central returns high hopes for season Sep 3, 2013 11:22 PM
    The season hasn’t even started yet but already North Central has a target on its back. After a 2012 season that saw a share of the CCIW title, the automatic playoff bid and a trip to the second round in the playoffs, the Cardinals have been picked as the preseason conference favorite.

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