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  • Holidays at Friendship Village Dec 18, 2014 7:30 AM
    Holidays at Friendship Village

     
  • Watchdog: Deal helps Medinah club, could hurt neighbors Dec 17, 2014 5:30 AM
    A settlement deal that promises backloaded assessment reductions for Medinah Country Club this year through 2016 could wind up meaning higher taxes for neighboring property owners over the next three years. But officials who negotiated the deal argue the 17 government agencies that receive property taxes from the golf club potentially saved the same taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in future legal bills by settling.

     
  • Annual MLK breakfast will feature leader of interfaith youth movement Dec 19, 2014 5:33 PM
    Eboo Patel, Ph.D., whose Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) organization is focused on building the interfaith movement on college campuses nationwide, will be the featured speaker at the 20th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast hosted by Benedictine University and College of DuPage on Monday, January 19, 2015. The breakfast will be held from 8:00-9:30 a.m. in the Main Dining Room of the Krasa Student Center on the campus of Benedictine University. Patel, named by U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Leaders of 2009,” is the founder and president of IFYC. The author of several books, Patel is also a regular contributor to The Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, NPR and CNN. He served on President Barack Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and earned a Ph.D. in the Sociology of Religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. Patel serves on the Religious Advisory Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations, on the board of directors for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, on the National Committee of the Aga Khan Foundation USA, and on the Department of Homeland Security’s Faith-based Security and Communications Advisory Committee. Both Patel and the IFYC were honored with the Roosevelt Institute’s Freedom of Worship Medal in 2009, and he was recently awarded the Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize, which is given to an individual to enhance awareness of the crucial role of religious dialogue in the pursuit of peace. The King Breakfast, which honors the legacy of the civil rights leader and celebrates diversity, is one of the largest events of its kind in the state. More than 500 community leaders and citizens attend annually. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund. The event is sponsored by Nicor Gas. For more information and tickets, call the McAninch Arts Center at (630) 942-4000 or visit http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?pid=7882739. Tickets are $25 each.

     
  • Waterleaf Offers Exceptional Prix Fixe Value Dec 19, 2014 5:38 PM
    Waterleaf is offering an exclusive prix fixe dinner menu Wednesdays through Sundays with a special three-course menu at a reduced price. Featuring options that change weekly, Waterleaf’s prix fixe menu is available year round and offers a flavorful choice of three appetizers, three entrees and three desserts made from fresh, locally grown ingredients. “We are pleased to provide a fantastic opportunity for our guests to pamper their palates and try something new,” said Waterleaf General Manager Jean-Pierre Leroux. “This winter, guests don’t have to wait until Restaurant Week to come in from the cold and experience a superb three-course meal overflowing with sumptuous flavors and provided at an unbeatable price.” Waterleaf will host an exclusive Valentine’s Day dinner on Saturday, Feb. 14. Guests can choose from a variety of offerings from the Restaurant’s a la carte menu. In addition, the adjacent Inn at Waters Edge is offering a Romance Package throughout the month of February. The overnight stay for two includes a complimentary bottle of champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and a continental breakfast. The price for two guests is $179 plus tax per night. For more information and to make reservations, please call (630) 942-6881 or visit www.waterleafrestaurant.com. Waterleaf, led by Leroux and Executive Chef Nadia Tilkian, is located on the College of DuPage campus in the Culinary & Hospitality Center, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn. Featuring moderately priced brunch, lunch and dinner options, the restaurant’s menu contains offerings developed with locally-sourced ingredients. The contemporary light-filled dining room has a modern décor and dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a beautiful view of a scenic lake. Its walls display a collection of black-and-white lithographs by renowned American artist Richard Serra, and there is a cozy bar area to enjoy cocktails and light snacks. Waterleaf has earned Diner’s Choice Awards for Best Ambience, Best Overall, Best Service, Fit for Foodies and Special Occasion on OpenTable.com, where it maintains a 4.6/5.0 rating. Most recently, Waterleaf received its third consecutive Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. This award, given annually to restaurants in the U.S. and 65 countries worldwide, confirms that Waterleaf’s beverage program is consistent with its dining concept, style and price point. In addition, Waterleaf recently received a three-star “Excellent” review from Chicago Tribune’s renowned food critic Phil Vettel. Waterleaf is widely recognized as the dining destination of choice for foodies and wine aficionados living in and visiting Chicago’s western suburbs. For more information and to make reservations, call (630) 942-6881 or visit www.waterleafrestaurant.com.

     
  • Chain bringing ‘fast-casual pizza’ to Naperville, Schaumburg Dec 18, 2014 3:56 PM
    Defining the concept of “fast-casual pizza” is the biggest challenge for Pie Five Pizza, a restaurant chain expanding to the area with a store to open February in Naperville. “One of our biggest challenges is letting people know what we are,” said Chris Smith, senior vice president and a former Naperville resident. “They don’t know what fast-casual pizza is.”

     
  • ‘Peter Pan’ to fly into Naperville in January Dec 16, 2014 12:31 PM
    Magical Starlight Theatre's production of "Peter Pan" will fly into Naperville for performances Jan. 16-18 and 23-25 in the Naperville Central High School auditorium, 440 West Ave.

     
  • 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

     
  • Thanks for support of Naperville Lions Dec 16, 2014 12:01 AM
    On behalf of the members of the Naperville Noon Lions Club, I would like to thank the citizens of Naperville and surrounding communities and our sponsors for the overwhelming support which was shown for our 17th annual Turkey Trot.

     
  • New breakfast spot Nora’s Cafe opens in Naperville Dec 16, 2014 9:47 AM
    Four-year-old Nora Besiri, namesake of the new Nora's Cafe in Naperville, likes the pancakes, and other customers have been enjoying the omelettes, skillets, fresh-cut hash browns and house-made chips the restaurant has been serving since it opened Nov. 3. "This has been a dream of ours to have our own," Nora's owner Tim Besiri of Westmont said about the new restaurant. "You can tell it's not a chain; it's a family-oriented small business."

     
  • Danica Patrick to promote local hospital campaign Dec 16, 2014 8:24 AM
    Professional race car driver Danica Patrick will be the face, the voice and the role model behind the "Healthy Driven" campaign, a new Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare marketing effort that encourages people to set goals and become healthier. “She’s symbolic of this whole campaign,” Edward-Elmhurst CEO Pam Davis said about Patrick. “She works out. She eats healthy. She’s tough and intense but very approachable.”

     
  • 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/.

     
  • Images: The Week in Pictures Dec 15, 2014 1:01 AM
    This edition of The Week in Pictures gallery features Daily Herald staff photos of eagle and angel wings, secrets for Santa, and the annual Festival of Guadalupe pilgrimage.

     
  • Naperville man charged with taking picture up shopper’s skirt Dec 15, 2014 6:27 PM
    A Naperville man accused of taking a cellphone photo up a woman’s skirt is facing a charge of disorderly conduct, authorities said. Don A. Anderson, 67, was charged after being identified by a woman whom he is accused of photographing in September, Naperville police said. of those cases.

     
  • Slow start in DuPage mayoral races Dec 15, 2014 5:59 PM
    The race for several mayoral seats got off to a slow start Monday in DuPage County, with no candidates emerging to challenge incumbents in Carol Stream and Wood Dale and only one so far in Oak Brook. The filing period for mayor as well as city councils, school boards, park boards, library boards and other elected posts continues through Dec. 22 to set the ballot for the April election. Here’s a quick look at what’s happening in races for mayor:

     
  • Foundation Awards $207,535 in Grants to 29 Area Not-for-Profits Dec 15, 2014 5:38 PM
    Foundation Director of Programs Barb Szczepaniak shared her pleasure with the Foundation’s support of local organizations: “Each of these programs contributes, in its own unique way, to the overall quality of life that makes DuPage a wonderful place in which to live and work. We’re proud to support and strengthen the arts, educational and environmental landscapes in our community.” The following is a list of the not-for-profit organizations that received funding. For more information about these grants, including their amounts and the purposes for which they will be used, please refer to The DuPage Community Foundation website, www.dcfdn.org. Arts and Culture • Anima—Young Singers of Greater Chicago • ArranmoreArts • DuPage Symphony Orchestra • Elmhurst Choral Union • First Folio Theatre • Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art • The Naperville Men’s Glee Club • One Voice Outreach Choir • Salt Creek Ballet • Spirito! • Wheaton Band Festival • Young Naperville Singers Education • CareNet Pregnancy Services of DuPage • The Community House • DuPage Children’s Museum • Junior Achievement of Chicago (partially funded by the Sue Wallace Fund) • KidsMatter (partially funded by Communityworks Endowments and Perma-Seal Funds) • Literacy DuPage • School and Tutors on Wheels • Tri-Town YMCA Environment • SCARCE • The Conservation Foundation (partially funded by the Conrad and Doris Brassine Fund) • The Wetlands Initiative Donor-Advised Grants • Addison Center for the Arts (funded by the JCS Fund) • Chicago Sinfonietta (funded by the JCS Fund) • Community School of the Arts, Wheaton College (funded by the JCS Fund) • Educare of West DuPage (funded by the Perma-Seal Fund) • Elmhurst Art Museum (funded by the JCS Fund) • Naperville Area Humane Society (funded by the Conrad and Doris Brassine Fund) The Foundation also makes grants to DuPage County not-for-profits working in the areas of health and human services as part of its Spring Community Grant Needs Cycle. That most recent cycle awarded $337,356 to 30 organizations this past June. (The list of these grant awards may also be found at www.dcfdn.org.) In addition, the Foundation makes grants throughout the year from its various donor-advised and other restricted funds. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, the Foundation granted more than $3.1 million, representing a 31% increase over the previous fiscal year. About The DuPage Community Foundation: The DuPage Community Foundation seeks to raise the quality of life throughout DuPage County by fostering philanthropy, connecting donors to area needs and building community partnerships. Based on the American virtues of volunteerism and philanthropy, the Foundation fosters a legacy of support for the people of DuPage County by making grants to not-for-profit organizations working in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment, health, and human services. Since its inception, the Foundation has built its endowment to more than $60 million and awarded more than $20 million in grants to not-for-profit agencies serving the residents of DuPage County and beyond. Established in 1986, The DuPage Community Foundation is a publicly-supported 501(c)(3) organization to which contributions are tax deductible. It was created to benefit the people of DuPage County and receives contributions and bequests into a permanent endowment from individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations wishing to make lasting contributions to the people of DuPage. The earnings on these funds are then used, in accordance with donor wishes, for the Foundation’s grantmaking and community leadership activities. For more information about the Foundation, or to arrange future media opportunities, please contact Joelyn Kott, marketing & communications officer, at (630) 665-5556, extension 19, or jkott@dcfdn.org.

     
  • Live Blogging at College of DuPage Board of Trustees Meeting December 18, 2014 Dec 15, 2014 5:39 PM
    Volunteers from the College of DuPage Faculty Association (CODFA) will live-blog the College of DuPage Board of Trustees Meeting on Thursday evening, December 18, beginning at 7pm in Student Services Center room 2200. CODFA bloggers cover Board of Trustees meetings in order to keep their own members informed of Board activities and decisions, as well as to share information with the larger community served by the College of DuPage. Citizens unable to attend the board meeting can read the blog at this link: http://codfaculty.org/blogs/bot/. The board packet can be downloaded from the college website starting 48 hours before the meeting. See http://www.cod.edu/about/board_of_trustees/. Among the possible items of interest to be discussed at this board meeting are the questions about President Breuder’s contract raised by the Edgar County Watchdogs, spending at The Waterleaf (COD’s French restaurant) by the administration, and the reported increase enrollment numbers at COD. Previous meetings have seen an escalation of conflict among the trustees themselves, as well as between trustees and citizens, over President Breuder’s conduct during his tenure at the college.

     
  • Pop-up vintage ‘experiment’ open in downtown Naperville Dec 13, 2014 5:30 AM
    A strip of storefronts in downtown Naperville that's awaiting new retail tenants is being brightened this holiday season by a vintage pop-up shop selling dresses, shoes and purses. “I’ve been selling vintage garments online for 10 years,” said Danette Lince, 42, of Naperville, who is running Dane Vintage at 103 S. Washington St., suite 113. “I thought I would take a chance and just try to see how the market is here in Naperville as well as find an opportunity to showcase what I have.”

     
  • Book notes: Sheila E. brings her ‘Beat’ to Naperville Dec. 20 Dec 13, 2014 6:45 AM
    Singer, drummer and author Sheila E. introduces her new book "The Beat of My Own Drum" at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Community Christian Church in Naperville. For details, visit andersonsbookshop.com.

     
  • Crazy for Christmas? Naperville man may be Dec 12, 2014 2:52 PM
    When you’re as crazy about decorating as Nick Thomas of Naperville, the holidays just flow from one to the next. When Halloween ends, its components are integrated into the elaborate Christmas display that follows. “The tombstones become Christmas trees and the mausoleum becomes Santa’s workshop and the funeral parlor becomes the house where Santa sits and greets all his kid friends,” Thomas said of his house on the 1100 block of Conan Doyle Drive.

     
  • Houses or something more ‘versatile’ for north Naperville? Dec 12, 2014 4:09 PM
    The neighborhood immediately north of downtown Naperville is filled mainly by older houses right now, but what will it be in the future? The city council will begin discussions Tuesday about what type of development should be encouraged in the area bounded by Douglas Avenue on the north, Washington Street on the east, Benton Avenue on the south and Webster Street.

     
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