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  • History skits fed Odenkirk’s acting bug at Naperville school Nov 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    Mentors? Comedian/actor/writer Bob Odenkirk from LaGrange and Naperville has had a few, most notably Second City fixture Del Close. But reaching, way, way back, Odenkirk credited a social studies teacher at Jefferson Junior High School in Naperville with providing the pivotal moment that changed his life.

     
  •  Elgin Community College’s Zach Cooper makes his way around a block by College of DuPage’s Ryan Rader in the first half on Tuesday.

    Elgin CC outlasts College of DuPage Nov 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Elgin Community College men’s basketball team held off a furious rally in the closing minutes to outlast visiting College of DuPage, 85-81, Tuesday night at the Events Center in Elgin.

     
  •  Elgin Community College’s Porsche Griggs shoots over a block by College of DuPage’s Melissa Niggins in the second half on Tuesday in Elgin.

    Elgin CC hangs on to beat College of DuPage Nov 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Spartans survived. Elgin Community College’s women’s basketball team built a double-digit lead midway through the second half, then held on for dear life as College of DuPage staged a furious rally. When the dust settled, the Spartans hung on for a 66-64 nonconference victory at the Events Center in Elgin Tuesday night. Jordan Bartelt and Alexa Diaz scored 16 points apiece to lead ECC, which moved to 2-1 on the season. Breanna Venson had 12 points for COD.

     
  • COURTESY OF WOODRIDGE POLICE DEPARTMENT

    Man robs Woodridge gas station Nov 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    A man robbed a Woodridge gas station Tuesday night and may be linked to similar armed robberies in DuPage and Cook counties, Woodridge police said.

     
  • Chef Susie Wolak infuses cream with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger before stirring it into puréed pumpkin for her fall crème brûlées.

    Chef du jour: Pastry chef mentors online students Oct 28, 2013 12:00 AM
    After attending culinary school at the College of Dupage, pastry chef Susie Wolak worked as executive pastry chef for the Metropolitan Club in Chicago and at the Hilton in Northbrook. Now she shares her knowledge with students around the world at chef-mentor for the Hoffman Estates-based Escoffier Online Culinary Academy.

     
  • COD to build second homeland security training facility on campus Oct 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    College of DuPage is moving ahead with the second phase of its training center for emergency response agencies. The 35,000-square-foot Homeland Security Training Institute will be at the site of the college's Open Campus Center west of Lambert Road in Glen Ellyn. “It's long overdue,” said Mike Casey, the academy's director, who was hired in June after 26 years with the ATF. “I applaud Dr. Breuder for taking the initiative to see this gets completed.”

     
  • Wheaton College has playoffs in mind Oct 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Wheaton College football team is in a familiar position, but it is hoping to change the ending. Just as it was last year, the Thunder is ranked in the top 15 nationally with two of its toughest games to come. However, the team hopes to force its way into the playoffs and avoid being left on the outside looking in like it was last year.

     
  • Diana Martinez

    COD picks familiar face as art center’s interim director Sep 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    A familiar face in the region’s performing arts community is about to take center stage at the College of DuPage. Diana Martinez, whose resume includes stops at Second City, the Paramount Theatre in Aurora and Pheasant Run in St. Charles, has been hired as the interim director of COD’s McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn.

     
  • Andy Herren, an Aurora native, won the 15th season of “Big Brother” Wednesday night.

    Aurora native wins 'Big Brother' Sep 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    In a controversial season marked by homophobic and racial slurs, openly gay contestant and Aurora native Andy Herren was named the winner of “Big Brother” Wednesday night.

     
  • Klaas retires as COD coach Sep 10, 2013 12:00 AM

     
  • Andrew P. Quinn

    Willowbrook-area man gets jail, probation for having child porn Sep 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    A DuPage County man has been sentenced to 180 days in jail and four years of probation for aggravated child pornography possession, authorities said Wednesday. Andrew Quinn, 34, of the 17W300 block of Birnam Trail near Willowbrook, also must register as a sex offender, according to court records.

     
  • North Central returns high hopes for season Sep 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    The season hasn’t even started yet but already North Central has a target on its back. After a 2012 season that saw a share of the CCIW title, the automatic playoff bid and a trip to the second round in the playoffs, the Cardinals have been picked as the preseason conference favorite.

     
  • Dean Emeritus Gary Morgan explains mechatronics. The new program is part of a College of Lake County effort to help bring skilled workers to local manufacturing businesses looking for employees.

    CLC links students, manufacturersSep 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    College of Lake County is making a push to link students and graduates from its high-tech programs related to manufactuing to companies having problems finding skilled workers. “We continue to see and hear folks say, ‘I can’t find workers,’" said Richard Haney, CLC’s vice president for educational affairs. “And so we want to at least let them know, here’s an opportunity for you to find those workers.”

     
  • COD names new Homeland Security Center manager Aug 8, 2013 12:00 AM
    College of DuPage has named Michael Casey as the manager of the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy and the Homeland Security Education Center. Casey joined the College June 1 and brings with him an extensive background in law enforcement.

     
  • Robert L. Breuder

    College of DuPage president named to U.S. Bank advisory boardAug 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    College of DuPage President Robert L. Breuder has been appointed to U.S. Bank’s advisory board in Chicago. Breuder has been president of College of DuPage since 2009, during which time the college has added 11 degree programs and 38 certificate programs.

     
  • Cleve Carney

    Glen Ellyn’s Cleve Carney remembered as art lover, philanthropist Aug 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    Cleve Carney was a businessman, a veteran and a lover of the arts, but perhaps he’ll be best remembered for the impact he had on nonprofit organizations throughout DuPage County. The Glen Ellyn resident decided to give back after his success from years at the helm of Olsson Roofing Co. in Aurora and the former Bank of Batavia, donating money and volunteer hours to groups including the DuPage Community Foundation, College of DuPage, Elmhurst Art Museum, Morton Arboretum and B.R. Ryall YMCA.

     
  • Aaron Lawlor

    Quinn evokes opposite reactions for single-county lawsAug 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    In one case, the DuPage County Board chairman welcomes Gov. Pat Quinn with open arms for the signing of a new law that helps just his county give the ax to some government agencies. In the other, the Lake County Board chairman is suing to block legislation Quinn signed that, in part, creates a new election commission for just his county. DuPage gets to eliminate governments; Lake County is fighting elimination of its clerk's election supervision.

     
  • Michael Senders

    Cops: Man exposed self at McDonald’s window in DuPage Aug 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    A Homer Glen man was charged with public indecency after he exposed himself at a McDonald’s drive-up window, DuPage County authorities said Thursday. Michael Senders, 33, of the 13000 block of Buttercup Court, could face up to a year in jail if convicted.

     
  • Stephen Cummins

    Curtain comes down on COD arts center directorJul 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    When Stephen Cummins looks back on his seven years at the helm of the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, he’ll think of all the artists, musicians and actors who have walked through the center’s doors. But he’ll especially remember the times when the center went out into the community.

     
  • New COD rules may threaten some part-time profs Jul 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    New employment rules at the College of DuPage have drawn fire from some part-time professors who fear they may soon be losing their jobs. The state’s largest community college will begin phasing out the employment of those instructors who are already receiving a pension through the State Universities Retirement System, which manages retirement benefits for 65 community colleges, state universities and other agencies in Illinois.

     
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