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  • Images: Photo Contest Finalists Dec 12, 2014 1:01 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 December 8.

     
  • Wheaton Warrenville South mourns cross country coach Tom Todd Dec 12, 2014 7:21 PM
    The Wheaton Warrenville South High School community is mourning the death of a beloved cross country coach and science teacher. Tom Todd died Wednesday afternoon at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago after a two-year long battle with lymphoma. He was 61. Boys cross country parent coordinator Keena Anderson described Todd as a big man with a strong presence, but a “soft, wonderful heart.”

     
  • Honor Flight a high point for female WWII veteran Dec 12, 2014 9:42 AM
    By 1945, at the end of WWII, less than three percent of American military personnel were women. Barbara “Bobbie” Merritt was one of them. A resident of Sedgebrook, a senior living community in Lincolnshire, Bobbie achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer inthe Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), serving in Arlington, Virginia.

     
  • Pizza bar owned by fire+wine chef coming to Wheaton Dec 11, 2014 5:51 PM
    A new restaurant offering “old world” Neapolitan pizza is coming to downtown Wheaton, filling a storefront left vacant earlier this year by Genghis Grill. Owner Brian Goewey says his restaurant, Gia Mia Pizza Bar, will be “a really fun, handcrafted concept — chef-driven — that’s affordable.”

     
  • Joliet Diocese urges Catholics to reach out beyond church in ministry campaign Dec 11, 2014 1:50 PM
    The Diocese of Joliet, led by Bishop R. Daniel Conlon, has released a Framework for Pastoral Action that focuses on the initiatives of discipleship, evangelization and charity. Its overall theme is “Go Out and Make Disciples” and it urges all Catholics to reach outside their church doors as part of their ministry efforts. The new pastoral framework pinpoints seven areas of focus within three pillars for all within the Diocese.

     
  • National Association of REALTORS® Selects Nancy Nagy of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group to Serve on Board of Directors Dec 15, 2014 3:42 PM
    CHICAGO, IL – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group’s Chief Executive Officer Nancy Nagy has been selected to serve on the National Association of Realtors® Board of Directors in 2015. Nagy was chosen to serve as one of the 75 large real estate firm representatives. “We are very pleased that Nancy has been selected to serve on NAR’s Board of Directors. This is an important time for real estate, and we are glad that Nancy will have the opportunity to actively participate in shaping our industry as a leader within the NAR organization,” said Ron Peltier, chairman and CEO of HomeServices of America, Inc. “It is such an honor to have been selected as one of the Board of Directors for the National Association of REALTORS®. I feel very grateful for this opportunity. As our business is changing, it is crucial that we are part of shaping that future,” said Nancy Nagy. The National Association of REALTORS® is America’s largest trade association and has 1 million members that include institutes, societies and councils that are involved with commercial and residential real estate. About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group, a full-service real estate company, has nearly 1,500 real estate professionals and staff serving customers throughout the Chicago metropolitan area and surrounding communities. Formed from the merger between two legendary Chicago real estate brokerages – Prudential Rubloff Properties and Koenig & Strey – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group inherits a solid reputation built from decades of helping people throughout the greater Chicago area buy and sell real estate. Visit KoenigRubloff.com.

     
  • Christmas Sharing donates items to 900 Wheaton Warrenville families Dec 10, 2014 5:57 PM
    Hundreds of families in need living within the boundaries of Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 will go home with food, clothes, toys and gift certificates this weekend thanks to Christmas Sharing of Wheaton Warrenville.

     
  • Ex-DuPage state’s attorney reflects on Topinka fondly Dec 10, 2014 5:38 PM
    Joe Birkett, a former running mate of Judy Baar Topinka, remembered the Topinka as a hardworking, staight-talking public servant who always was looking for the best deal for the taxpayers. “She was a great leader,” Birkett said. “She was one of a kind. My heart goes out to her family and all of her friends. It’s a great loss for them and for Illinois.”

     
  • Three local educators vie for $1 million, world recognition Dec 10, 2014 11:16 AM
    Three suburban teachers are among the top elementary and high school educators in the world and are vying for a $1 million prize. Sixteen of the 50 finalists for its Global Teacher Prize are from the U.S. That includes Jacqueline Lopushonsky of Wheaton, Paul Solarz of Arlington Heights and Mark Vondracek of Gurnee.

     
  • Trinity announces new scholarship initiative Dec 19, 2014 11:59 AM
    Trinity College will host the inaugural Kenneth Kantzer Honor Scholarships Competition Feb. 6-7 to give invited students opportunities to receive one cost-of-attendance award, two full-tuition scholarships and a limited number of $20,000 and $15,000 awards.

     
  • 3 area teachers finalists for $1 million global prize Dec 9, 2014 12:02 PM
    Teachers from Gurnee, Wheaton and Arlington Heights are in the running for a $1 million prize being dubbed the Nobel Prize for exceptional teaching. In a news release Monday, the Varkey GEMS Foundation says there are 16 U.S. teachers among the 50 finalists for the “World's Best Teacher” award.

     
  • Two DuPage panels each welcome a new member Dec 9, 2014 5:27 PM
    The DuPage County Board and county forest preserve commission welcomed new members Tuesday when they both filled vacancies on their respective boards. Karyn Romano of Glen Ellyn has been appointed to finish the term of the late Jerry “JR” McBride on the county board. Meanwhile, Jeffrey Redick of Elmhurst has been appointed to forest preserve President Joseph Cantore’s former seat on the forest preserve commission.

     
  • Flexible M.B.A. students discover that profitability, sustainability can co-exist Dec 8, 2014 4:54 PM
    To meet rapidly growing demands for food, fresh water, timber, fiber and fuel, humans have changed ecosystems more rapidly and extensively during the last 50 years than in any comparable time in history, according to a study commissioned by the United Nations. These changes have contributed to gains in human well-being and economic development, but at a cost to future generations in the form of potential disease, abrupt alterations in water quality, the creation of “dead zones” in coastal waters, the collapse of fisheries, shifts in regional climate, and the degradation of tropical forests, coral reefs and dryland ecosystems. The social and environmental challenges humans face in the next 50 years is daunting. But amidst the growing crisis, companies have discovered an opportunity to do business in a way that has a positive social, environmental and financial impact. Companies that have the foresight to become sustainable leaders of tomorrow will be rewarded by record business opportunities and profitability. The Sustainable Business and Leadership concentration in the Flexible Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program at Benedictine University is training tomorrow’s sustainable leaders today. It is one of only two such concentrations available through the nearly two dozen Chicago-area colleges and universities that offer an M.B.A. degree. The concentration focuses on the need for sustainability and profitability. “Too often the need for profit in business is excluded during discussion of sustainability,” said Mark Kozak, M.B.A., business consultant and adjunct professor in the M.B.A. program at Benedictine. “The Sustainable Business and Leadership concentration at Benedictine emphasizes the balance between the needs of business to make a profit while demonstrating concern for the environment. “Those are the three P’s of sustainability … people, planet and profit,” he added. The Sustainable Business and Leadership concentration provides students with an understanding of the broad impact of sustainability, strategic opportunities to make sustainability profitable, and integrate sustainability principles, thinking and action throughout their organizations. Among the courses from which students may choose are “Essentials of Sustainable Leadership,” “Developing Sustainable Leaders,” “Leading Sustainable Organizations,” “Understanding the New Revolution in Sustainability” and “Sustainability as a Driver for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Market Growth.” The Sustainable Business and Leadership concentration at Benedictine differs from programs elsewhere because it is business-centric. “The program is business-focused, as opposed to strictly talking about environmental or people issues,” Kozak said. “Those aspects are important and integral to the whole concept of sustainability, but we lead with a business focus.” The program is most beneficial to professionals who work in the environmental, health and safety areas of business, as well as those in related regulatory and technical fields. “The concentration is a benefit to anyone looking to gain greater perspective on working with others,” Kozak said. “Through a discussion of sustainability, those who strongly support capitalism, environmentalism and social concerns can work together to understand each other’s needs and chart a path that achieves all three.” Benedictine also offers Sustainable Business and Leadership certificate program for students who are unable to complete the M.B.A. program but want to expand their knowledge in the subject area and add a meaningful credential to their resume. “The flexible M.B.A. program at Benedictine offers numerous opportunities for students to expand their skills in an array of interests, one of which is in the area of sustainability,” said Ricky Holman, J.D., assistant professor and chair, Graduate Business Administration. To learn more about the Sustainable Business and Leadership concentration in the M.B.A. program or the Sustainable Business and Leadership certificate program at Benedictine University, contact the Office of Admissions at (630) 829-6300 or admissions@ben.edu.

     
  • Sedgebrook woodworker brings new life to old finds Dec 8, 2014 1:18 PM
    Don Hollenbeck is disturbed by “move-in-ready” home makeover TV shows. “I can’t understand how people can just come into a place with things that someone else has picked out and set up for them,” said the woodworker and resident of Sedgebrook, a senior living community in Lincolnshire.

     
  • Lisle woman’s charity offering ‘date nights’ for special needs caregivers Dec 7, 2014 11:01 AM
    Parents of kids with special needs say they're thankful for Becky Pundy of Lisle, who has created Respite Endowment Organization, a nonprofit that provides them with rest, education and opportunities. “We feel like she has insight that most people don’t have,” Jeremy Curran of Naperville said. “She knows these sort of things don’t fix themselves overnight. It’s not just with the child, it’s with all aspects of your life — care of the child, social life, marital or relationship life. She sees all the aspects that having a special needs child affects.”

     
  • Images: The Week in Pictures Dec 7, 2014 6:39 PM
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features Daily Herald staff photos of police departments shopping for toys with kids, many people donating gifts, and the splendor of lighting a big Christmas tree, representing about 20 local communities.

     
  • Jury finds DuPage sheriff’s office not guilty of gender discrimination Dec 5, 2014 5:31 PM
    The DuPage County Sheriff’s Office has been found not guilty of gender discrimination in a federal lawsuit filed in 2010 by former employee Susan Kuttner. A jury deliberated for less than two hours Thursday at the close of the four-day trial in federal court, according to the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office.

     
  • Stick to simple healthy hints to stay on track this holiday season Dec 5, 2014 10:52 PM
    Americans gain one to two pounds between the Thanksgiving feast and the New Year countdown. Some do not lose those extra pounds and add weight cumulatively every year. Simple, smart selections this holiday season can help avoid this annual obstacle and set up a positive start to 2015. “The best strategy for the holidays is to aim for weight maintenance,” said Laura Barr, Nutrition and Wellness Educator with University of Illinois Extension.

     
  • Holiday festivals spreading good cheer throughout DuPage Dec 4, 2014 4:17 PM
    If you had any doubt the holiday season is upon us, a plethora of activities this weekend in DuPage County should guarantee visions of sugar plums dancing in your head. Here’s a quick look at some of what’s happening ...

     
  • Come see what’s new at the Tivoli Bowl Dec 4, 2014 6:39 PM
    Check out the newly renovated Tivoli Bowl and make it your destination for holiday parties, fundraisers as well as an afternoon or evening of bowling.

     
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