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  • Rauner says he’ll have own plan for making community colleges affordable Jan 23, 2015 6:40 PM
    Gov. Bruce Rauner called Harper College a model for what Illinois’ community colleges need more of: partnerships with employers and training for technical jobs. Rauner mixed his business principles with his education philosophies in a keynote at the unveiling of Harper’s new Career and Technical Education Center after a $38 million renovation. "We should think strategically cradle to career,” Rauner said.

     
  • Bartlett High School hosts middle school robotics meet — underwater Jan 23, 2015 3:24 PM
    "Something always goes wrong" is the running joke in the growing world of competitive robotics, but students taking part in an inaugural meet Thursday at Bartlett High School had one more obstacle than usual to overcome: water.

     
  • Lake Park earns edge in DVC Jan 24, 2015 12:40 AM
    Sometimes it takes a halftime. For Lake Park’s boys basketball team, it took that little break to get back to what it does best — play stifling defense. Limiting Wheaton North to only 6 third-quarter points, the Lancers pulled away to a 61-54 road victory to build a two-game lead atop the DuPage Valley Conference standings.

     
  • Foglia Y shows off expansion Jan 24, 2015 7:39 AM
    Lake Zurich community leaders and others gathered Friday to celebrate the official debut of Foglia YMCA’s latest construction project. Foglia’s gymnasium expansion, which began last April, features a new basketball court with six additional hoops, climbing wall, ropes course and two, 1,000-square-foot multipurpose classroom areas.

     
  • Wheaton boy now the face of fight against childhood cancer Jan 23, 2015 5:23 AM
    Chase Ewoldt, 5, of Wheaton is a special face for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. A brain and spinal cancer patient, Chase was named one of five national ambassadors for the organization. His family hopes it will help them raise awareness about childhood cancer research funding. “There are quite a few pediatric cancer treatments where the side effects border on barbaric," his mom Ellie says.

     
  • COD board says yes to $762,000 Breuder severance deal Jan 23, 2015 7:13 PM
    College of DuPage board members voted 6-1 tonight to end President Robert Breuder’s tenure early with a roughly $762,000 buyout package. Breuder will be paid nearly three times his base salary when he retires March 31, 2016. The dissenter was the vice chairman: “To award a golden parachute to Dr. Breuder is nothing more than a wanton betrayal of our students.”

     
  • Danica Patrick helps launch Edward-Elmhurst ‘Healthy Driven’ campaign Jan 23, 2015 12:02 PM
    There are many ways Danica Patrick tries to stay healthy. She makes a conscious effort to eat good food. She takes walks outside every day, thanks, in part, to her dog. She also considers her job a sport. The NASCAR racer was in Lombard Thursday to introduce Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare’s new Healthy Driven campaign. “Being healthy is something that is of the upmost importance to me," she said.

     
  • Mundelein chief: Wait before reaching, know the police Jan 21, 2015 5:30 AM
    Seeking to strengthen communications with residents after some high-profile cases of police violence across the nation, Mundelein Police Chief Eric Guenther on Tuesday led a frank community discussion about his officers' duties and interactions with the public. Audience members also asked questions like when is the right time to reach for a driver's license during a traffic stop. The answer: Wait until an officer asks for it.

     
  • Glendale Hts. engineer competes defies nerdy stereotype with extreme skating Jan 22, 2015 7:37 AM
    Matt Kawahara says there's a stereotype that engineering and athletics don't mix. “You don't think sports when you hear 'engineer' — you think pocket protector and glasses,” said Kawahara, a structural engineer from Glendale Heights who will compete in an international daredevil ice skating race in St. Paul, Minnesota. “It's basically like a combination of hockey, downhill skiing, and NASCAR driving all put together into one,” he said.

     
  • Vernon Hills officials check progress on new theater Jan 20, 2015 8:02 AM
    The Vernon Hills village board got a preview Monday of the 12-screen AMC Theatre being built at Westfield Hawthorn shopping center. Scheduled to open May 1, the theater considered a centerpiece of a $50 million plan to refresh and rebrand the center as a destination for entertainment.

     
  • Got an idea for a new Victory Auto Wreckers ad? Jan 20, 2015 8:30 AM
    Do you think you can produce a better TV commercial than the one that made Victory Auto Wreckers a household name? The Bensenville company is holding a YouTube contest to see if amateur directors can improve on the commercial has enjoyed a 30-year run on Chicago airwaves. “They could recreate the commercial in a new, novel way,” said Jesse Padilla, Victory’s marketing director. "They could even take it a completely different way.”

     
  • Bensenville's Victory Auto Wreckers gets a makeover Jan 20, 2015 6:43 AM
    Victory Auto Wreckers is completing a multimillion dollar upgrade of its recycling facility in Bensenville that will allow its inventory to expand from 350 cars to as many as 900 cars. “We're excited for our customers to have a great experience coming out to the yard,” said Jesse Padilla, Victory's marketing director. “It's going to be easy for them to get what they need.”

     
  • Glenbard South shows it can win a close game Jan 21, 2015 12:01 AM
    Close games haven’t been kind to Glenbard South’s boys basketball team. Tuesday night, however, was a completely different story. The Raiders surrendered a second-half lead but took over in overtime to beat Timothy Christian 60-52 in their Metro Suburban Conference crossover in Glen Ellyn.

     
  • Stevenson High students honor MLK through public service Jan 19, 2015 5:35 PM
    About 200 Stevenson High School students traveled to eight sites across Lake County for volunteer projects on Monday, completed the Lincolnshire school's second annual Day of Service. It was again scheduled to coincide with Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

     
  • Extra-tired Benet prevails in extra period Jan 19, 2015 11:35 PM
    From somewhere, Benet’s boys basketball team found the energy. Even when the Redwings’ fourth game in three days went to overtime against Wheaton Warrenville South, they dug that much deeper. Benet didn’t make a field goal in the extra period, but 13-of-14 free-throw shooting allowed the Redwings to survive a 71-62 slugfest in the third-place game of the WW South Martin Luther King tournament.

     
  • Fox confident his straight talk will help Bears Jan 19, 2015 8:19 PM
    Bears head coach John Fox, who helped turn around struggling teams in Carolina and Denver, knows exactly what is needed to transform a 5-11 Bears into a playoff contender. “It's people,” Fox said Monday morning at his introductory news conference at Halas Hall. “It's finding the right kind of people. We look for smart, tough people that condition themselves to be the best they can be."

     
  • What Bruce Rauner can do without the Legislature Jan 18, 2015 7:30 AM
    Rauner has tried to promote the idea of bipartisanship in his first week in office. But what will be be able to do alone? Aside from executive orders, he doesn’t have to spend the money lawmakers give him. And he has broad powers to direct his agencies.

     
  • Lombard library director’s goal: New library Jan 18, 2015 7:45 AM
    From the time she interviewed for her new job last year, Barb Kruser has made no secret of her desire to have a new library built in Lombard. The new library director hasn’t even been on the job for six months, but she has already hit the ground running, making changes in the existing Helen Plum Memorial Library and starting the process of possibly getting a referendum on the ballot for a new building in 2017.

     
  • Elementary teams join Naperville robotics competition Jan 17, 2015 5:02 PM
    Elementary teams joined the fray for the first time at the WiredCats VEX Robotics Competition on Saturday at Neuqua Valley High School. Fifteen groups of students as young as third-graders competed in a robotics game called Highrise, in which they used a robot they built in cooperation with another team’s robot to score points during short challenges.

     
  • New Ronald McDonald House ready to open in Winfield Jan 17, 2015 7:34 AM
    The new Ronald McDonald House is scheduled to open Sunday across the street from Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield. The new 19,000-square-foot, two-story house will support families of hospitalized children at CDH, the CDH Proton Center in Warrenville, Delnor Hospital in Geneva and other area hospitals. "We are thrilled to provide a new place for families to stay and connect with others while they’re living through some of life’s most trying times," said Doug Porter, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana.

     
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