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  • Civil War re-enactors make early visit to Lombard Mar 27, 2015 5:52 PM
    Step into the backyard of the Victorian Cottage in downtown Lombard next Wednesday and you’ll feel like you’re stepping back in time. Members of Stanford's Battery, a local Civil War re-enactor group, will be camped out from 2 to 6:30 p.m. at the house, located at 23 W. Maple St. Their visit is part of a new sneak preview for the Lombard Historical Society’s annual Civil War Re-enactment, which is scheduled from July 24-26 in Four Seasons Park.

  • Images: See the winning images from our weekly photo contest Mar 27, 2015 8:58 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 March 23.

  • Lombard couple launches healthy lunch business Mar 25, 2015 8:42 AM
    At a time when consumers want their fresh bread baked without “yoga mat” chemicals, a new healthy option is emerging in the school lunch business. WT Cafe, being launched in Naperville by Mimi and Matt Tolkin of Lombard, is offering private schools and summer camps the ability to sell midday meals that include fresh fruits, vegetable-infused sauces, whole grains and an overall emphasis on nutrition. “It’s also part of our mission to educate kids on what they’re eating,” Matt Tolkin said.

  • Images: See our best staff photos from the past week. Mar 23, 2015 10:15 AM
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features Daily Herald staff photos of St. Baldrick's events, St. Patrick's events, and saintly weather events.

  • Lombard invites teens to apply for youth programs Mar 23, 2015 6:07 PM
    Applications are now being accepted for two youth programs sponsored by the village of Lombard. Communications Coordinator Avis Meade said both of the programs are great opportunities that “could benefit a student with long-term career goals.”

  • Lombard fest will celebrate BBQ, blues Mar 23, 2015 3:25 PM
    Barbeque and blues will be the highlights of a new festival coming this summer to downtown Lombard. Lombard Town Centre is in the beginning stages of planning the one-day LomBar-B-Que and Blues Festival on Aug. 8 along Parkside Avenue, near Lilacia Park. “It’s a great way to bring the community together and just spend a day outside enjoying great American barbecue,” event co-chair Greg Bane said. Lombard Town Centre hired Bane and another consultant, Tom Koprowski, to serve as co-chairmen of the event. The two founded the Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ, which Bane said will continue this year, but without them at the helm. Sarah Richardt, executive director of Lombard Town Centre, said she hopes the fest draws large crowds. “We have a great location and it really fits with the Lombard demographic,” she said. The village board approved a $7,500 grant for the event Thursday to help with startup costs. The event will serve as a fundraiser for Lombard Town Centre, which has been encouraged to start seeking new sources of revenue. “We have great plans for downtown and all of those things cost money,” Richardt said. “The village graciously helps us, but we want to do more. We can’t keep going back to the village and saying, ‘Hey, give us more money.’” Richardt said having the event near the train station will draw “far-reaching crowds.” It also will compliment Cruise Nights, which will be held on the same day, north of the tracks. The fest hours likely will be from around 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., which will allow attendees to stop in for lunch or dinner. Some competition categories organizers are considering include best pork ribs, best sauce and best wings. There is also a proposal to create a small cooking competition for kids. Food prepared by the competitors will not be available to the public, due to health department regulations, but it will be critiqued by a panel of judges. Prizes likely will include custom-made trophies and, of course, bragging rights. While the competitors’ food can’t be sampled, there will be food options available from local restaurants and food trucks. Guests will have a chance to sample and judge the sauces used by the competitors. The event will be focused on amateurs, which gives attendees a chance to walk through the food tents and check things out, Bane said. In Glen Ellyn, the event grew so much that it was attracting about 60 vendors from as far away as Wisconsin, Indiana and southern Illinois. Bane isn’t sure if competitors will come that far for the first year of LomBar-B-Que, but he hopes to have about 30 teams sign up. Aside from the food, there will be live blues music all day from local bands, beer and possibly wine sales, a bean bag tournament and vendors. A Facebook page called “LomBar-B-Que & Blues Fest” has been launched to provide more details about the event in the coming months.

  • College of DuPage Welcomes Community to Renovated Naperville Regional Center Mar 23, 2015 5:41 PM
    Judy Thommes (far right), lead instructional assistant at the Naperville Learning Commons, speaks with visitors to the Naperville Regional Center Grand Re-Opening Open House. The recent event attracted more than 100 community members, students and prospective students to tour the 20,460 square-foot facility, where recent renovations included a new science lab, new student lounge areas, a multi-purpose conference room and a faculty workroom. In addition, all classrooms have been updated to reflect a state-of-the-art learning environment. Click here for more photos from the event. (Photos by Press Photography Network/Special to College of DuPage)

  • Author Sam Weller Shares Work at College of DuPage Writers Read Series Mar 23, 2015 5:43 PM
    Acclaimed author and authorized Ray Bradbury biographer Sam Weller recently read and discussed his work as part of the “Writers Read” series sponsored by the Creative Writing Committee, Sci-Fi/Fantasy Club and the Liberal Arts division at College of DuPage. Click to view more images or a video from the event. Weller is the authorized biographer of Ray Bradbury. His book “The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury” was a Los Angeles Times bestseller and winner of the 2005 Society of Midland Authors Award for Best Biography and a Bram stoker award finalist. (Press Photography Network/ Special to College of DuPage)

  • College of DuPage Offers New Game Animation and Design Degree Mar 23, 2015 5:36 PM
    College of DuPage is offering a new Game Animation and Design degree that will give students the skills to design video and computer games across multiple platforms. Recently approved by the Illinois Community College Board, the associate in applied science degree will provide the knowledge for students to gain entry-level positions as a designer and animator in such fields as game development and design, broadcast design, and television effects. “The digital revolution has created jobs that never existed before, while other jobs continue to evolve because of the rapid advancement of technology,” said Erin Birt, Chair of the College of DuPage Board of Trustees. “Students earning this degree will find work creating everything from mobile applications to corporate videos.” John Kronenburger, Associate Dean of Technology, said the degree is a collaborative effort between the Computer Information System and Animation programs at COD. The new degree consists of 68 credit hours and combines existing courses from both programs in a new way. “We are taking both design and development skills that have been taught separately and integrating them together for the first time,” he said. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for software publishers, including game development, is expected to increase 30 percent through 2018. Tony Venezia, Professor of Motion Picture/Television and Animation, said Illinois is the sixth highest state in the nation for game development. More than 49 game development companies and 48 animation companies are located in the Chicago region, as well as one of the fastest-growing independent game development markets in the country. “This is a unique degree because we are combining classic animation techniques with video game skills and integrating animation into two- and three-dimensional programming,” he said. “It’s exciting to bring these areas together because of the tremendous potential for student success in the workplace.” For more information, call (630) 942-2020, (630) 942-2599 or email

  • COD physics professor gets nailed in class Mar 23, 2015 6:35 PM
    College of DuPage physics professor David Fazzini lies on a bed of nails as physics professor Tom Carter smashes a cinder block on top of him. The demonstration in Fazzini’s Physics 1100 class was part of a lecture on the principles of energy.

  • Glendale Heights business owners rebuild home after fire Mar 24, 2015 10:06 AM
    Kukec's People features Cindy and Gary Blaski, owners of Allegra Marketing Print and Mail in Glendale Heights, who saw their home of 25 years destroyed in a fire. No one was hurt, but they lost everything. Now he and his wife are putting their lives and home back together and they continue to balance their company needs.

  • Promapalooza in Lombard offers ‘one-stop shop’ Mar 23, 2015 6:13 PM
    High schoolers preparing for prom can find everything they need in downtown Lombard next weekend during a new event called Promapalooza. The event will run from 4 to 8 p.m. March 27, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 28 and noon to 5 p.m. March 29. Guests will have an opportunity to browse offerings from The Ladies Room Consignment Boutique, Randall Bullen photography, Phillip's Flowers and five downtown salons.

  • Lombard nonprofit Watts of Love delivers lights to poorest areas of the world Mar 23, 2015 11:00 AM
    It’s been a little more than five years since Nancy Economou went to the Philippines and saw the face of a girl who would change her life. The preschooler’s skin was mutilated by fire, the result of a burn from kerosene lanterns that are still used as the primary source of light in her village. As a mother of five, Economou was sickened. She quickly realized that providing light to people living without electricity was her calling in life and in 2012, created a Lombard-based non-profit called Watts of Love that has since provided thousands of solar lanterns and headlamps to people in the poorests parts of the world.

  • Lombard board reviews market findings for DuPage Theatre site Mar 20, 2015 5:30 AM
    Lombard trustees had the first of what will likely be several discussions this year about what to do with the vacant downtown property where the DuPage Theatre once stood Thursday. Last fall, the village board hired Tracy Cross & Associates to do a marketing analysis for the 2-acre site for $17,500. Their findings to date show that a 120-unit apartment complex development with an average base monthly rent around $1,650 might be the best fit for the site, but the board is still far from making a decision on what to do with the property.

  • Images: See the winning entries from our weekly photo contest Mar 20, 2015 7:00 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 March 16.

  • Bensenville police awarded Tier I Accreditation Mar 20, 2015 3:46 PM
    On March 10, Illinois Association of Police Chiefs President, Chief Fred Hayes of Elwood presented a certificate to the village of Bensenville for achieving Tier Level I accreditation from the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ILEAP). Bensenville joins only 19 other communities in the state who have achieved this prestigious honor.

  • Glenbard District 87 conduct code changes draw mixed reaction Mar 19, 2015 5:30 AM
    Despite Glenbard High School District 87 officials’ recommended changes to improve the district’s activity and athletic codes, some community members said the revisions would still leave them with a policy that is too harsh on students.

  • Lombard’s original Lilac Queen crown heading to Chicago exhibit Mar 26, 2015 12:14 AM
    A significant piece of Lilac Time history will be missing when Lombard celebrates the annual event this spring. The original Lilac Queen crown is being delivered to Chicago next week to be featured in the Driehaus Museum’s exhibit, "“Maker & Muse: Women and Early Twentieth Century Art.” It will be on display from April 1 through January. “I think it’s a wonderful honor,” Lombard Historical Society Executive Director Natalie Troiani said. “It’s very fortunate that we’re able to send it there and that they’re able to feature it in their exhibit.”

  • Suburban gun owners want concealed carry expanded Mar 19, 2015 9:01 AM
    Suburban gun owners rallied at the Capitol Wednesday urging lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner to expand where people can legally carry firearms in Illinois. “Predators look for places people are unarmed,” said Dawn Waters, a Lombard resident.

  • Lombard man gets 10 years for shooting ex-girlfriend’s mother Mar 17, 2015 3:08 PM
    A Lombard man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to shooting his ex-girlfriend’s mother in a 2013 argument about a debit card. Markeith Williams, 21, pleaded guilty to aggravated discharge of a firearm in exchange for prosecutors dropping several charges, including unlawful possession of a firearm by a street gang member, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated discharge of a firearm.

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