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  • Arts in Bartlett and ECC team up to promote community arts Nov 5, 2013 12:00 AM
    Arts in Bartlett, the local nonprofit arts council founded in 2002, has been selected as the pro bono client of Spartan Consulting at Elgin Community College for the fall semester.

  • Solange Sior

    Dabble in the arts as Elgin’s FallBack Arts Festival returns, expandsOct 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    Fighting onstage at the Hemmens. Building a dragon sculpture from clay. Improving your writing, photography or art techniques. These are among the skills you can learn this weekend at Elgin’s FallBack Arts Festival.

  •  Randy Cohen, vice president of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts in Washington, D.C., will speak at Elgin’s FallBack Arts Festival

    Expert to speak on ‘Why Art Matters’ Oct 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Elgin Cultural Arts Commission, in cooperation with the Gail Borden Public Library, will host a town hall discussion on “Why Art Matters” with Randy Cohen at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in the Elgin Room as part of this year’s FallBack Arts Festival.

  • David B. Smith

    David Smith remembered fondly by all Oct 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    In East Dundee, the name David Smith is synonymous with public service, because he was the village’s longtime police chief, its first village administrator and the director of the QuadCom emergency dispatch center in Dundee Township. Smith, 64, died Monday at his East Dundee home after a short battle with cancer.

  •  The Fa family, is played by Haley Dulabaum, from left, Emilie Knieriemen, Elizabeth McKay and Braedon Harder in the Children’s Theatre of Elgin production of “Mulan Jr.”

    Children’s Theatre of Elgin to stage ‘Mulan Jr.’ Oct 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    Travel back in time to third century China as Children’s Theatre of Elgin presents its debut production of Disney’s “Mulan Jr.,” on the Hemmens Cultural Center stage this weekend in Elgin. “Mulan is an inspirational story about staying true to yourself and standing up for what you believe in,” producer Amy Zapata said.

  • ECC Concert Band to perform in concert Oct 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Elgin Community College Concert Band will perform “Something Old, Something New,” under the direction of Jim Kull, Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the ECC Arts Center.

  • Arts in Bartlett benefits from ECC students’ help Oct 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    Elgin Community College students will gain real world experience and perform some community service this semester by providing pro bono services to Arts in Bartlett. “We're thrilled because we are looking to expand and offer more programs,” said Cecilia Green, a founder of Arts in Bartlett.

  • Karen Simpson

    Kane judge to retire in 2014; first candidate announces Oct 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    Kane County Court Circuit Judge Karen Simpson has announced she will retire next year, while Marmarie Kostelny, an associate judge, announced this week her candidacy for the post.

  •  Songwriters Lizz Wright and Raul Midon join forces for a night of jazz, R&B, soul and gospel on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Elgin Community College. For information, visit

    Mix of R&B, Jazz and Blues to hit ECC Arts Center Oct. 26 Oct 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    Lizz Wright and Raul Midon to join forces for a soul nourishing night of jazz, R&B, soul and gospel on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Elgin Community College. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the ECC Arts Center’s Blizzard Theatre located in Building H on the Spartan Drive Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.

  • Future Teachers Club members from Elgin's Larkin High School, left to right, Kailin Sepp, Nathaniel Evans, Emily Fischer and Symantha Clough read to kindergartners at Gifford Elementary School in Elgin. Officials of Elgin Area School District U-46 hope some of the diverse student population will return as teachers.

    Suburban schools aim to increase staff diversity to mirror studentsOct 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 has a 45.7 percentage point gap between the portion of minority students and that of minority teachers. It's a similar story in Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54, Naperville Unit District 203, East Aurora Unit District 131, and others. “Moving forward, we must make a concerted effort to reach out to underrepresented group members," a Round Lake Area Unit District 116 official said.

  • Step forward/step back activity illustrates marginalization Oct 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    In one U-46 diversity training exercise, participants were asked to line up and answer a series of questions, such as whether they had ever been denied a bank loan or had been stopped by police, or if someone clutches a purse tighter upon seeing them on the sidewalk. Based on their individual responses, each employee either moved a step back or a step forward.

  • Elgin CC wins Region IV tennis title Oct 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    Maria Morales Nelson won a singles championship as did the doubles team of Stacy Krach and Natalie Judkins to lead the Elgin Community College women’s tennis team to the Region IC championship Saturday. The Spartans scored 18.5 points to win the title. Moraine Valley was second with 15 and Illinois Valley third with 14.5.

  • ECC College Smart Fair to be held Nov. 9 Oct 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    Elgin Community College will host its annual College Smart Fair from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Nov. 9, in Building E on the college’s Spartan Drive Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.

  • Hoffman Estates Sister Cities hosts three French evenings Oct 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Village of Hoffman Estates Sister Cities Commission is hosting three events with Chef Patrick Guat, Chef Pascal Herbert and three culinary students visiting from the village’s sister city, Angoulême, France.

  • John Lithgow's critically acclaimed, one-man show, “Stories by Heart,” makes its Chicago-area debut Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Elgin Community College Arts Center.

    Lithgow's one-man storytelling show to grace ECC stageOct 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    The art of storytelling doesn't necessarily require a huge production stage, or special effects and props. It can just as easily be captured in a soliloquy at the hands of a skilled performer who engages with every expression, tone of voice and gesture. That's the idea behind John Lithgow's critically acclaimed, one-man show, “Stories by Heart,” which makes its Chicago-area debut Nov. 2 at the ECC Arts Center on the campus of Elgin Community College.

  • Soapboxing on radical-turned-speaker Bill AyersSep 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    Another take or two or more on the decision by Elgin Community College decision to invite former Weather Underground leader Bill Ayers as a guest speaker. Jim Davis, DuPage and Fox Falley news director weighs in, Soapbox style.

  •  William Ayers, controversial former professor and one-time leader in the ’60s and ’70s protest movement, appeared at Elgin Community College Thursday.

    Ayers talk at ECC draws applause, some protest Sep 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    Controversial speaker William Ayers addressed a packed crowd Thursday at Elgin Community College.Ayers, a Glen Ellyn native and retired professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, drew much applause for his comments on problems with the American education system, and a few jabs for his past record as a former leader of the Weather Underground. “Like librarians, I’m pretty much a fundamentalist about reading anything you want or speaking anything you want,” he said.

  • Cohn cancels ECC concert Sep 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    Marc Cohn canceled his Elgin Community College concert on Sunday, Sept. 29, due to a family emergency.

  • Marc Cohn's tour brings him to Elgin this weekend.

    Marc Cohn talks touring, family and not sweating the small stuff Sep 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    Marc Cohn is touring and he's taking requests. But don't bother asking for his signature tune, “Walking in Memphis,” at his Elgin Community College Arts Center performance Sunday.“It's a wasted request,” the 54-year-old singer/songwriter said by phone from his home in New York. “I'm always going to play that song.”

  •  William Ayers invitation to speak this week as part of Elgin Community College’s Humanities Center Speakers Series has led to criticism of the school.

    ECC president defends choice of Ayers for speaker series Sep 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    Elgin Community College President David Sam is defending the school’s choice of controversial figure William Ayers to speak Thursday as part of its annual Humanities Center Speaker Series as criticism of the selection mounts. “We feel it’s important to allow these discussions on college campuses, where issues and topics can be discussed and analyzed in an educational setting,” Sam states."This does not mean the college endorses the viewpoints of the speakers.”

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