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  • 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/.

     
  • 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

     
  • Northwest suburban police blotter Dec 12, 2014 11:29 AM
    Burglars entered four unlocked vehicles around 8 p.m. Dec. 5 at Centennial School on the 200 block of Stearns Road in Bartlett and stole a GPS, CDs, cellphone charger, cash, debit cards, cellphone, wedding ring and a pair of earrings. Value was estimated at $3,100.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Heartland Voices presents its 16th Christmas program Dec 12, 2014 9:45 PM
    Heartland Voices, an Elgin-based adult choral ensemble, presents its 16th Christmas program at 3 or 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at First United Methodist Church in Elgin, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at Shepherd of the Prairie Church in Huntley. Selections include the Dale Warland arrangement of the “Wexford Carol,” a 12th-century Irish carol most likely of dancing origin, and Rollo Dilworth’s “Sistah Mary,” one of a very few African-American Christmas spirituals that recounts the birth of Christ from the perspective of a slave. Heartland Voices presentations also will include works by Durufle, Powell, Spencer, Hovland, and Kirkpatrick. The music not only spans the centuries, but the many moods of Christmas.

     
  • U-46 high school students named Illinois State Scholars Dec 12, 2014 11:16 PM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 is pleased to announce 249 high school students were named 2015-2016 Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

     
  • GreenRoom Improv signs on for extended stay at Hemmens Dec 12, 2014 11:39 PM
    GreenRoom Improv has extended its stay as resident improv group at The Hemmens Cultural Center through December 2015! For over 14 years GreenRoom has been performing their unique, family-friendly improv show for thousands of people both old and young alike and they will continue to hold the popular First Fridays Improv each month at the Hemmens’ lower level 200-seat Cabaret Theater in the Round.

     
  • Images: Holiday Happenings Friday Dec 12, 2014 10:03 PM
    See holiday happenings in the suburbs of Chicago from Friday, Dec. 12 , 2014

     
  • Westminster Christian School announces Illinois State Scholars Dec 12, 2014 11:00 PM
    Westminster Christian School Principal Carolyn Palmer is pleased to announce that Angela Bavaro from the graduating class of 2015 has been recognized as an Illinois State Scholar. Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top 10 percent of high school seniors, hailing from 671 different high schools across the state.

     
  • ECC board candidates can file nominating papers Dec. 15 Dec 15, 2014 9:23 AM
    Two six-year terms for the office of trustee at Elgin Community College District 509 will be elected at the Consolidated Election held April 7, 2015. Prospective candidates can begin filing nominating papers on Dec. 15.

     
  • Sign up for Literacy Connection’s McHenry County Human Race 5k Dec 9, 2014 4:41 PM
    Registration is now open for The Literacy Connection’s McHenry County Human Race 5k on April 26 at McHenry County College. Sign up now for a special rate through Dec. 31.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 162 adults wait for a Literacy Connection tutor Dec 8, 2014 1:04 PM
    The Literacy Connection needs more tutors. Sadly, 162 adults remain on the waiting list to share their goals with someone who can tutor them. Can you give just 1-2 hours per week to help someone achieve their goals in 2015? You will impact your life and someone else’s life in a profoundly positive way.

     
  • Believe Project: $100 for nurse to buy coats, hats for kids Dec 8, 2014 5:30 AM
    The Daily winner of $100 through the Believe Project is Laura Ehrhardt of Bartlett. She is a school nurse in Elgin Area School District U46 who wants to buy coats and hats for kids in need at the schools she serves.

     
  • Wines to Help Make The Season Bright Dec 8, 2014 4:51 PM
    For the past 35 years Lynfred Winery in Roselle has been warming up the holiday season with its spiced Christmas wines. The tradition was started by Lynfred founder Fred Koehler. Koehler’s family came to the Chicago area from Germany around the turn of the 19th century. In their homeland of Germany his winemaking family used to make warmed, spiced wines in the winter months to keep warm on frosty evenings. When he decided to open his winery in Roselle in 1979 he knew he wanted to carry on the family tradition with his own versions of mulled wines. 35 years later, Lynfred Winery’s Chilean winemaking team of Andres Basso and Rodrigo Gonzalez, carry on Fred’s vision and legacy with the Christmas Red, Christmas White and Glogg wines. Christmas Red wine is red wine steeped with cinnamon, orange and lemon peel, clove, allspice and nutmeg while the Christmas White features cardamom, cinnamon, oranges and clove. Lynfred also features a Glogg wine that is fortified with Port wine, and quite frankly, even better than grandma’s homemade Glogg! The Lynfred mulled wines are easy to serve; open the bottle, simmer the wine in a pan or crock pot and serve (did we mention how delicious the house will smell?). The Lynfred Christmas ($10) and Glogg ($12) Wines are available at Lynfred Winery in Roselle. The winery is on extended holiday hours and is open daily from 9 am to 9 pm through December 23rd. ### Lynfred Winery is the oldest and largest, continuously-operating, family winery in Illinois, producing over 70 varietals and 30,000 cases of fine wine per year. Since 1979, Lynfred Winery has offered guests the finest vintages, gourmet cuisine and luxurious lodging. Lynfred is truly one of Chicago’s most unique attractions. 15 South Roselle Road, Roselle, IL 60172 630.529.9463

     
  • Johnson goes from movie usher in a tux to Classic Cinemas CEO Dec 8, 2014 5:00 AM
    Kukec's People column features Chris Johnson, the new CEO of Classic Cinemas, who talks about his early days of wearing a tuxedo while working as an usher in his family'owned cinemas with film reels and free popcorn refills were the rage.

     
  • New police chief to take helm in Algonquin Dec 9, 2014 2:30 PM
    Algonquin is getting a new police chief after nearly 30 years. Deputy Chief John Bucci has been tapped to take over the reins from Police Chief Russell Laine, who has been chief since 1985 and will retire from the post Dec. 15. Bucci will be sworn in Dec. 16. “I’m very honored and excited about the opportunity,” said Bucci, 42, of Poplar Grove.

     
  • Drawing conclusions about Ferguson Dec 8, 2014 5:01 AM
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: I would like to offer my opinion regarding the events in Ferguson, Mo. After listening to both sides on national television for the last few days as well as the parents of the slain teenager, I have come to conclude the following:

     
  • Sedgebrook residents honor veterans with ceremony Dec 8, 2014 9:31 AM
    In a solemn and inspiring ceremony, Sedgebrook residents honored veterans today: those now living beside them at the Lincolnshire retirement community, those lost in the four wars during their lifetime and all those who served in our military and their families.

     
  • Many Northwest suburbs ring in the holidays Dec 5, 2014 11:51 PM
    It was a big day Friday in the Northwest suburbs for ringing in the holiday season as four towns held Christmas tree lighting parties. Events took place in Bartlett, Des Plaines, Hanover Park and Streamwood. Only one tree lighting remains, that in Barrington, which will be held as part of a big weekend festival. The event is at 5 p.m. on Cook Street in the middle of downtown.

     
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