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  • Bridal web site offers vendors based in the suburbs Feb 27, 2015 1:00 AM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features, which recently started to expand and offers about 80 companies and vendors in the Chicago and suburban market. The subscription site offers brides a chance to learn about vendors as they plan their weddings.

  • New Naperville mayor could change special events grant Feb 27, 2015 1:00 AM
    The fund that supports festivals and cultural activities in Naperville could be in for a shake-up depending on who wins the race to be the city’s next mayor.

  • Images: Photo Contest Finalists Feb 27, 2015 1:00 AM
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of them and select the finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of Febrary 23.

  • Cop returned to work a year after getting hit by sleepy trucker Feb 27, 2015 5:30 AM
    Illinois State Trooper Douglas Balder commemorated the anniversary of the fiery crash that nearly took his life by doing something he didn’t know he would ever do again. He went back to work full time.

  • Naperville girls to ‘keep helping’ ALS with dodgeball tourney Feb 26, 2015 2:28 PM
    A dodgeball tournament organized by two Naperville students is back for its fourth year after raising more than $40,000 to fight a deadly disease affecting a popular gym teacher’s wife. The Dodgin’ 4 Lou Gehrig’s disease Dodgeball Tournament begins at 5 p.m. Friday at Naperville North High School, 899 N. Mill St., and will raise money for the Les Turner ALS Foundation. Naperville Central sophomores Taylor Morrissey and Delaney Gibbons launched the tournament in 2012 after Denise DiMarzo, the wife of their Meadow Glens Elementary gym teacher Chris Benyo, was diagnosed with ALS. “It’s a really bad disease and we see how it affects Denise and we just want to keep helping raise money for this disease,” Taylor said. ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. It’s better-known as Lou Gehrig’s disease because it took the life of the Yankees baseball great in 1941. The degenerative disease affects the motor neurons that carry signals from the brain to the muscles, telling them to move. When the disease causes motor neurons to die, muscles waste away, but mental function remains intact. Seeing how Benyo and DiMarzo support each other has motivated parents and community members to get involved with the tournament the girls first planned when they were seventh-graders. Julie Romanelli, whose two children went through Meadow Glens, said her business has supported the tournament since it started with silent auction items and now with a donation to cover the cost of T-shirts for volunteers. “They’re just a great couple. For the children and for the community, they’re very inspiring,” Romanelli, a dentist at Maple Park Dental in Naperville, said about Benyo and DiMarzo. “To show the dedication and commitment they have to each other is amazing.” A $5 admission ticket gets spectators in to see 48 dodgeball teams from Naperville-area high schools take aim at each other during the tournament, which begins with an opening ceremony led by radio host Dolly McCarthy featuring the national anthem performed by Wayne Messmer. Tournament organizers say they’ve completed a high school marketing class and joined the DECA business club, both of which have helped them grow the event. After raising $13,000 the first year, the girls want to raise $20,000 this time around. “Seeing how far we’ve come and how it keeps on improving every year is always motivation for us to make it stronger,” Delaney said.

  • Aurora man charged with sharing child porn Feb 26, 2015 5:29 PM
    An Aurora man was arrested this week after police said he downloaded and distributed hundreds of child pornography pictures. Niraj V. Patel, of the 3600 block of Gabrielle Lane in Aurora, was arrested after a seven-month investigation, according to a news release.

  • Naperville man not guilty by reason of insanity in attempted murder of mother Feb 26, 2015 2:35 PM
    A DuPage County judge has found not guilty by reason of insanity a Naperville man accused of attacking his mother with a butcher knife. Alexander Georg was charged with the August 2011 stabbing of his then-52-year-old mother. Georg had just been released from psychiatric care when he chased her into the street in front of their home on Spring Garden Circle and repeatedly stabbed her in the chest and neck, authorities said.

  • Trucker found guilty of most charges in fatal I-88 crash Feb 27, 2015 5:04 AM
    Hanover Park truck driver Renato Velasquez, 47, was found guilty of most charges against him in connection with a fiery crash on Jan. 27, 2014, that killed a tollway worker and severely injured a state trooper near Aurora. “I cannot fathom how someone would not have seen all of that,” Judge Robert Kleeman said. The judge also ruled prosecutors did not meet their burden of proof regarding the charge of Velasquez falsifying his travel logs.

  • Giuliana Rancic coming to Naperville after Oscar flap Feb 27, 2015 5:30 AM
    Reality TV star and E News! host Giuliana Rancic, who made headlines for what some considered racist comments about Disney star Zendaya Coleman's hair during a review of the Oscar-night red carpet on “Fashion Police,” will be in Naperville in April to sign copies of her new book.

  • Why keep renewing Breuder contract? Feb 25, 2015 12:01 AM
    A Naperville letter to the editor: I read Erin Birt’s opinion that the COD board of trustees issuing the buyout for Dr. Breuder was their best option. That may be so, but what none of the trustees seem to be addressing is how they got themselves into this situation.

  • Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day Wednesday, March 18, 2015 Feb 26, 2015 11:11 AM
    The Illinois State Rifle Association and will be sponsoring their annual Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day (IGOLD) on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 in Springfield, IL.

  • Judge denies courtroom cameras in Naperville murder trial Feb 25, 2015 2:59 PM
    A DuPage County judge has denied a request by Chicago-area print media and television news channels to have cameras in the courtroom for next week’s murder trial of Daniel Olaska. Olaska, 30, of the 1500 block of Foxhill Road in Naperville, is accused of stabbing Spring Brook Elementary School teacher Shaun Wild in the heart with a pocket knife after stabbing Wild’s friend, Willie Hayes, during a Feb. 4, 2012, confrontation at Frankie’s Blue Room in downtown Naperville.

  • Get tickets for annual Geneva Wedding Walk Feb 24, 2015 12:09 PM
    These cold winter months are the hottest planning time for brides-to-be. The seventh annual Geneva Bride Wedding Walk will be held on Sunday, March 1, and is the perfect opportunity for brides to visit every type of wedding vendor on their list. The Wedding Walk kicks off at 11 a.m. at the Herrington Inn & Spa at 15 S. River St. Admission includes an infinity scarf, tote bag, and favors from the vendors.

  • Naperville lottery winner sets record, has record Feb 26, 2015 5:48 AM
    A 70-year-old Naperville resident named Jesus Davila Jr. on Tuesday claimed the largest jackpot in Illinois Lottery history — a $265 million prize. But Davila, a retired driver, also spent 12 years in prison on a drug conviction, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections. As Lottery Director Michael Jones said during a check presentation ceremony Tuesday in Chicago, “Anything can happen.”

  • Budget-friendly fun: Brass Ambassadors perform in Lake Forest Feb 24, 2015 1:02 PM
    Five professional brass instrumentalists perform classical, Dixieland and march selections as the Brass Ambassadors of the Great Lakes Naval Band perform in concert at the Village Church of Lincolnshire.

  • Green STEM Tour to visit Knoch Knolls Nature Center Feb. 27 Feb 25, 2015 6:25 PM
    Middle school and high school teachers from DuPage County will visit Knoch Knolls Nature Center on Friday, Feb. 27 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. as part of an all-day workshop by SCARCE (School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education), a Glen Ellyn based nonprofit organization. The tour will be the first since the Naperville Park District received notice in mid-February that the Knoch Knolls Nature Center achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

  • Naperville panel: Diversity brings ‘something amazing’ to business Feb 23, 2015 5:23 PM
    Diversity can come in any number of forms and panelists at a Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce event Monday encouraged business people to embrace them all. Welcoming diverse characteristics brings a variety of ideas, which leads to success, panelists said. “The world is changing and requiring us to embrace perspectives different from our own,” panelist Mario Lambert said. “It’s hard to do that if you don’t have the right diversity of perspective and thoughts and creativity.”

  • Images: The Week in Pictures Feb 23, 2015 2:48 PM
    This edition of The Week in Pictures gallery features Daily Herald staff photos of a woman with lizards on her head, people getting ashes on a train platform on Ash Wednesday, and everybody dealing with the cold in their own way.

  • Craft beers driving success of Naperville’s Winter Ale Fest Feb 23, 2015 1:02 PM
    Naperville's Winter Ale Fest returns Feb. 28 to Frontier Park for the second year and he expects to draw roughly 4,000 participants. Last year’s inaugural fest drew about 2,500 in the middle of a punishing winter.

  • A Naperville man won $265 million, but who? Feb 23, 2015 11:12 PM
    An unidentified Naperville man won the $265 million prize, the largest in Illinois Lottery history, according to an ABC 7 report.

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