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Boys track: Neuqua Valley again has high hopesLike many suitors, Neuqua Valley has its eye on a boys state track championshipLast Updated May 25, 2016 11:03 PM
DuPage reopens newly renovated animal shelterPosted May 25, 2016 5:25 AM
Dogs and cats are expected to have a better, quieter stay at DuPage County’s Animal Care and Control facility after a roughly $930,000 renovation of the building.
Clerk injured in Aurora armed robberyUpdated May 24, 2016 5:03 PM
A 60-year-old gas station attendant was struck in the head with a gun during an early morning armed robbery in Aurora.
Tip leads to Aurora fugitive wanted on federal drug chargesUpdated May 24, 2016 3:54 PM
An ex-Aurora man, a federal fugitive, has been arrested in Chicago and charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
Baseball: Glenbard West drops West ChicagoUpdated May 23, 2016 9:59 PM
Once Glenbard West got started, the Hilltoppers proved very hard to stop.The Hilltoppers rallied in a big way from an early deficit, defeating West Chicago 13-3 in six innings in a Class 4A Glenbard West regional quarterfinal baseball game Monday at Village Green in Glen Ellyn.“We didn’t feel much pressure,” said Glenbard West senior center fielder Zach Lutz, who reached base all four at-bats, scored 3 runs and drove in 1. “There’s been a lot of times this year where we’ve gotten kind of down early and we kind of lost our mentality for the rest of the game. But I think today we just held a positive attitude the whole time and just knew we could come back and get some runs across the board.”West Chicago got off to a good start when designated hitter Mike Sawicki drove in shortstop Matt Dall and starting pitcher Garrett Hosticka with a 2-run double to right center in the top of the first inning. When right-fielder Keaton Lauro scored on Dall’s double to left field, the Wildcats (8-23) had a 3-1 lead in the second inning.They couldn’t keep the momentum going, however. Glenbard West pitcher Justin O’Neal (4-5) allowed the Wildcats just one third-inning hit the rest of the way.“He had a great outing last Monday against Hinsdale Central, really pitched his best game of the year,” Hilltoppers coach Andy Schultz said of O’Neal. “His stuff today wasn’t as good, but he grinded. After he got through those first couple of innings and we gave him a little bit of a run, I think he relaxed a little bit, after we scored a few runs.” The Hilltoppers hitters came to life in the bottom of the third inning, scoring four times to take a 5-3 lead. Sophomore Jack Campanella’s bases-loaded single to center drove in Arno Curtis and Sam Kaske to give the Hilltoppers the lead for good, and D.J. Ficarella followed, scoring on a balk.“From that point the guys were like, let’s just add and add and add,” Schultz said. “Good at-bats up and down the lineup today, and we’re going to need those on Wednesday.”The Hilltoppers (15-19) made it 7-3 in the fourth when junior Kevin Spencer tripled to the 360 sign in right center to drive in Lutz, then scored on senior Matt Shoub’s sacrifice fly to right.“They hit the ball real well,” said West Chicago coach Dan McCarthy, in his last game before retiring after 40 years in education. “They do a real good job of taking the ball the opposite way. They exploited one of our biggest deficiencies all year. We don’t field the ball real well.”Glenbard West took advantage of some West Chicago defensive lapses to add four more runs in the fifth inning. Ficarella and Campanella scored on senior R.J. Paul’s single to left and junior Cole Brady followed them home on an error on the play. Paul scored on Lutz’s RBI single.Glenbard West ended the game when Shoub and Curtis scored with one out in the sixth.The Hilltoppers, seeded 13th, will host Glenbard East, the No. 2 seed in the Schaumburg sectional, at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in a regional semifinal.Follow Orrin on Twitter @Orrin_Schwarz
Softball: Naperville Central knocks out West ChicagoUpdated May 23, 2016 8:45 PM
Naperville Central pounded out 12 hits and came away with a 15-4 softball victory against West Chicago in a Class 4A Batavia regional quarterfinal.
College of DuPage looking to keep tuition, taxes flatUpdated May 22, 2016 10:57 PM
College of DuPage officials are planning to keep tuition flat and hold the line on property taxes during the next fiscal year, even though the school is expecting to get zero financial support from the state.
State trooper back on duty after near-fatal crashUpdated May 24, 2016 12:36 PM
An Illinois state trooper is returning to work 20 months after nearly being killed by a drunken driving suspect.
Roosevelt Road reopens after West Chicago crash injures 8Updated May 20, 2016 6:35 PM
Eight people injured Friday during a two-car collision on Roosevelt Road in West Chicago are all expected to recover, authorities said.
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- After more than a decade in scouts, St. Francis senior and St. Michael School alum, Ian Hart, reached the ultimate milestone in scouting. On August 21, Ian became the most recent Eagle Scout of Boy Scout Troop 34. Ian is pictured with his mother, Sunny. Sunny Hart
- Employee volunteers from ComEd partnered with the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association to celebrate National Volunteer Week. The volunteers assisted and guided individuals with developmental disabilities during a bowling outing on Saturday, April 5, in West Chicago. ComEd
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Past chair of the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission Buddy Plumlee working on an exterior mural for an area business façade. Photo courtesy Buddy Plumlee. Courtesty Buddy Plumlee
Fluid Running is making its way from Oak Brook Park District to Juneau, Alaska
Linda Kruger (right) of Juneau, Alaska is working on her Fluid Running certification with Founder Jennifer Conroyd (left) at the Oak Brook Park District's Family Aquatic Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road. Linda will be among the first certified Fluid Running instructors in the United States. Thank you Linda for helping The Oak Brook Park District and Fluid Running spread the benefits of this wonderful fitness and wellness opportunity across the country! Jessica Cannaday
- This is the site of the West Branch DuPage River Bike path on St. Charles Road just under the North Avenue bridge in West Chicago. The positioning of this path next to the DuPage River causes it to flood with a lot of rain. Erin Ryan
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- The West Chicago Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale is a popular destination each year at Blooming Fest in historic downtown West Chicago. The addition of a Speakers’ Tent for 2013 compliments the garden event by featuring guest lecturers on horticultural topics such as tree diversity, container gardening and native landscaping. Krista Coltrin
- For mom's 70th birthday we wanted to do something completely unexpected. A surprise party was too obvious, so instead we bought her a billboard and put a great photo on it that we took on Mother's Day. The billboard is on Route 38 west of Route 59 in West Chicago. From left to right: Kaara (daughter), Bonnie (birthday mom), Jason (son) Jason Kallen
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- West Chicago soccer player transfers to Ecuador. This kid you see in this picture called, Alexis Quezada. From West Chicago's lives right on the border of Carol Stream as well. He is a 16 year old West Chicago Community student. He is not any normal teenager that loves the sport soccer. He is a rising talent. Played with Chicago Fire's youth academy which is in the MLS in Chicago. He recently transferred to Cuenca, Ecuador to play for Club Deportivo Cuenca. Deportivo Cuenca and also teams from Mexico were interested in him and tried signing this young star. At just 16 years of age, he's living in Ecuador with his fathers family as his parents are currently living in West Chicago still and now living his "dream". Photo taken last month on January 15, 2014. Club Deportivo Cuenca Soccer Club
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