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  • Jett Kroyman, 6½ months, of Genoa, models a FuzziBunz Pocket Diaper.

    Parents turning to cloth diapers to save money, environmentApr 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Cloth diapers have grown in popularity in recent years as parents are looking for cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and healthier options to diaper their children.

     
  • DuPage Democratic Party Chairman Robert Peickert won his fourth term on Wednesday by defeating Bill Habel of Naperville during the party’s convention in Wheaton.

    Party chairmen keep their seats in DuPageApr 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Robert Peickert has overcome criticism from fellow Democrats and a lawsuit to secure his fourth 2-year term as chairman of the DuPage Democratic Party. The Elmhurst resident defeated Bill Habel of Naperville during the party’s convention at the Wheaton Community Center. “We face many (political) challenges here in DuPage,” Peickert said. “Working side by side, we can handle the challenges that come our way if we are willing to give and take in equal measure.”

     
  • Naperville company can put trucks back on roadApr 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Naperville trucking company whose semi was involved in a fiery fatal crash earlier this year can put its trucks back on the road, a judge ruled Wednesday afternoon. The decision overturned an order by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration earlier this month to shut down DND International.

     
  • Health benefits for future Naperville councils still uncertainApr 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Naperville City Council has taken a step toward eliminating health insurance for council members and mayors as the debate about benefits for elected officials continues. A set of proposals could nearly double council salaries and remove health insurance benefits but allow members to purchase health insurance at full cost. “I think the best way is to wrap everything we receive into an all-in salary with no benefits," council member Steve Chirico said.

     
  • Grant Muren

    Bail reduction denied in Naperville murder caseApr 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Defense attorneys argued Wednesday that the $2 million bail for a 21-year-old man accused of killing his new Naperville roommate is oppressive and unreasonable because their client acted in self-defense. However, the bail will stand, as Grant Muren likely has a “problem with alcohol consumption” and poses a considerable threat to the public, DuPage County Circuit Judge Kathryn Creswell ruled.

     
  • Juan Carlos Hernandez, 39, of Naperville, receives the Fire Chief’s Award from Naperville Chief Mark Puknaitis for his efforts to help evacuate residents of an apartment building that caught fire March 20.

    Naperville man honored for evacuating burning buildingApr 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Naperville man who entered a burning apartment building to attempt to put out the fire and help residents evacuate has been honored for his actions. Juan Carlos Hernandez, 39, banged on doors of the apartment building at 108 Douglas Street after it caught fire about 11:30 p.m. March 20. "My heart told me ‘you’ve got to help people save lives,’” Hernandez said.

     
  • Naperville City Council on Tuesday night approved a $1.8 million contract for the purchase of recycling carts to be delivered this summer. Residents will be able to choose one of three sizes of carts: 32-gallon, 65-gallon, left, or 95-gallon, right.

    Recycling carts coming to Naperville this summerApr 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Naperville is working to increase the amount of recyclables diverted from landfills by ordering larger containers with lids and wheels, and the city will seek ways to provide the carts free to residents. Residents will be given a choice of 32-gallon, 65-gallon or 95-gallon carts, or they can opt out of the program entirely.

     
  • Road signs warn drivers of delays expected to begin Monday on Route 59 in Naperville and Aurora as the road is reduced to one lane in each direction under the BNSF railroad tracks between North Aurora Road and Glacier Park Avenue/Meridian Parkway.

    Route 59 lane closures set to be 'big deal' in Naperville, AuroraApr 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    When the road work season starts in earnest Monday on Route 59 in Naperville and Aurora, drivers can expect delays that they'll have to “get used to.” Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction under the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks beginning Monday. “That's going to be a big deal because that particular road configuration is going to be in place until we're looking at this fall,” city spokeswoman Allison Albrecht said.

     
  • The Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower and the Visitor Center will open for the 2014 season Saturday, May 3, along Naperville’s downtown Riverwalk.

    Carillon concert season features musicians from Netherlands, FranceApr 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Warmer weather means the Naperville Millennium Carillon is open weekends for visitors to climb the tower to see how the instrument is played and take in aerial views of the city. Meanwhile, the summer carillon concert series will debut in June.

     
  • Robert Marshall

    New appeal in Naperville police chief pension caseApr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    The benefits package for Naperville police Chief Robert Marshall remains in question nearly two years after he was named to the position. The Illinois attorney general’s office has filed an appeal seeking to stop Marshall from collecting a police pension while he also is being paid as chief. Filed April 4, the appeal follows a March 6 ruling by DuPage County Judge Paul Fullerton that Marshall should continue to receive his police pension while also getting his chief’s salary. His salary is $154,775 a year, while his annual police pension is $104,129.

     
  • Willette T. Duncan

    Woman who kicked Naperville cop pleads guiltyApr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Chicago woman who started her new year off on the wrong foot when she kicked a Naperville cop was sentenced Monday in DuPage County. Willette T. Duncan, 27, of Chicago pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated battery of a police officer and was admitted into the state’s attorney’s office’s pretrial diversion program for nonviolent first-time offenders.

     
  • Parent support groups forming in NapervilleApr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Naperville-based nonprofit is helping parents find support through the formation of Conversation Circles to address issues of raising children in various stages of their lives. “We are here to build relationships and support so that parents learn that they don’t have to parent alone,” said Diane Overgard, project coordinator of ParentsMatter, which is offering Conversation Circles beginning this month.

     
  • Midwest Sports Academy is planning its first “Who’s Got Next” 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, set for July 18-19.

    Midwest Sports Academy to host basketball tourneyApr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Midwest Sports Academy invites teams of all ages and skill levels to participate in the first "Who's Got Next" 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament July 18-19.

     
  • Umpire Gordon Heinemann, of Villa Park, waits out the delay as storm clouds, lightning, and strong winds put a hold on the Dundee-Crown at Hampshire baseball game Saturday.

    Images: The Week in PicturesApr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features images of unpredictable spring weather, a World War II vet finally getting his medals, and the Easter Bunny in a helicopter.

     
  • Jeni Rogers, a fifth-grade teacher at Prairie Elementary School in Naperville, is a serious educator who works first to build an emotional bond with her students. Walk into her classroom, Principal Tracy Dvorchak says, and you'll see kids learning in many different ways but, “inevitably there's laughter and joy.”

    After nearly three decades, teacher Jeni Rogers knows how to reach her studentsApr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    After nearly three decades in the classroom, Naperville teacher Jeni Rogers knows what makes kids tick. She believes in building emotional bonds with her students based on mutual caring, respect and trust. “In a lot of ways,” Principal Tracy Dvorchak says, “Jeni is the heart and soul of this school.” Here's how she does it ...

     
  • Procrastinators can Celebrate! Scientists Say it’s in Your GenesApr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    If you’d rather put off until tomorrow what could be done today, blame your parents. Researchers have discovered there may be a genetic reason for these tendencies, genetically linking procrastination and impulsivity which suggests they can be inherited.

     
  • Paul Hinterlong

    Naperville to consider cutting health care for councilApr 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Naperville City Council recently ended cellphone and Internet stipends for future council members and discontinued eligibility to participate in public pensions, but the discussion about compensation isn't over. The focus has shifted to health care. “It occurred to me that our own employees that we have that are part-time don't get the same benefits we do,” council member Paul Hinterlong said. “If we consider ourselves part-time, why are we better than our employees?”

     
  • Naperville libraries planning renovations for business incubator, teen spaceApr 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Naperville Public Library is working with an architect to reshape its three buildings with the reasons that residents come to the library in mind. And those reasons don’t necessarily include books. “What we find now is we have people coming to use our space almost as much as anything else,” said Julie Rothenfluh, executive director.

     
  • Rain barrel contest onApr 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Naperville Park District invites residents to enter its Decorate Your Rain Barrel contest.

     
  • Megan McCarthy-Cook of Hoffman Estates looks for clothes at Deer Park's Coldwater Creek store in this file photo. The Deer Park store, and others owned by Coldwater Creek, will be closing due to the company's bankruptcy.

    Coldwater Creek stores to closeApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Sandpoint, Idaho-based Coldwater Creek Inc. said Friday it has file for voluntary Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del., and plans to close all of its stores, including those in Deer Park, South Barrington, Geneva and Naperville.

     
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