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  • Kingsley student to go to state Special Olympics meet

    DOWNERS GROVE – Kingsley Elementary School sixth-grader Xavery Briggs has qualified for the Special Olympics State Games, Downers Grove Grade School D ...
    May 3, 2015 - 3:01 pm
  • Downers Grove Organic Gardeners plant sale to return

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Organic Gardeners plant sale will be held May 9, the group announced in a news release.
    May 3, 2015 - 2:50 pm
  • Squires named District 58 Teacher of the Year

    DOWNERS GROVE – O'Neill Middle School Library Director Tasha Squires has been named Downers Grove Grade School District 58 Teacher of the Year, the di ...
    May 2, 2015 - 2:38 pm
  • Letter: A monopoly on force

    To the Editor:Government has the ultimate power: a monopoly on force.Who or what makes it so imperat ...
    May 2, 2015 - 2:21 pm
  • West suburbs' young achievers honored as Suburban Life Scholars

    The west suburbs' best and brightest were recognized recently by Suburban Life Media.Two area high s ...
    May 3, 2015 - 3:27 am
  • Danny Kasher pitching gem pushes Downers Grove South past North

    DOWNERS GROVE – Danny Kasher had been used sparingly as a pitcher so far this season.That changed fo ...
    May 1, 2015 - 12:33 pm
  • Sears Hardware & Appliance Athlete of the Week: Megan Ramsden

    Megan RamsdenDowners Grove NorthSoftballSenior–Why Ramsden was selected: Senior pitcher Megan Ramsde ...
    May 1, 2015 - 12:24 pm
  • Downers Grove North topples Glenbard West for first conference win

    DOWNERS GROVE – Megan Ramsden gave the Trojans a much-needed boost Monday as the team notched its first West Suburban Silver win of the season.
    May 1, 2015 - 12:23 pm
  • Breuder out, audit upcoming and reimbursements suspended at College of DuPage (with video)

    The College of DuPage could be on its way to a "Clean Slate," but the cleaning may not come too easy if the new board's second meeting Thursday is any ...
    May 1, 2015 - 1:43 pm
  • 'Clean Slate' trustees named officers of divided College of DuPage board in tense first meeting

    What some believe to be a new era at the College of DuPage started off with a rocky first few votes Thursday.
    May 1, 2015 - 4:47 pm
  • Downers Grove to highlight history during Founders Day

    DOWNERS GROVE – Residents will have a chance to take a walk through history this weekend during the annual Founders Day celebration.
    May 2, 2015 - 2:06 pm
  • Hardesty Eye Care to host Great Glasses Play Day event

    DOWNERS GROVE – Hardesty Eye Care & Associates will host its fourth annual Great Glasses Play Day, the company announced in a news release.
    April 30, 2015 - 5:54 pm
  • Undefeated Downers Grove South softball firing on all cylinders

    DARIEN – The pitching has been nearly perfect this season for the Downers Grove South softball team.
    April 30, 2015 - 10:22 am
  • Girls' Night Out to be held in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downtown Downers Grove will host the annual Girls' Night Out on Thursday, the Downers Grove Downtown Management Corporation announced ...
    April 29, 2015 - 9:31 pm
  • Q&A: Former area resident talks new novel with Downers Grove setting

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove is the setting of a new novel released in March."The Fifth Floor" was ...
    April 29, 2015 - 9:12 pm
  • Mustangs split games at Naperville Invitational

    NAPERVILLE – Downers Grove South’s girls soccer team was unable to earn a berth in the quarterfinals of the Naperville Invitational, although it wasn’ ...
    April 29, 2015 - 12:00 pm
  • Hewitt: District 58 honors exceptional staff

    Springtime signals a celebratory time as we not only recognize our new graduates and retirees, but also honor our District 58 employees who truly exce ...
    April 29, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Embattled College of DuPage President Breuder takes medical leave days before potential ouster

    The controversial president of the College of DuPage won't be in office when trustees potentially take a scheduled vote on whether to put him on paid ...
    April 29, 2015 - 7:02 am
  • Fresh Thyme to open in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove will welcome a new grocer to the village after Fresh Thyme Farmers Market opens Wednesday.
    April 28, 2015 - 10:00 pm
  • Downers Grove man turns love of fossils into business

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove resident Jim Schane struggled to figure out what he wanted to major in during college.
    April 28, 2015 - 9:40 pm
  • Hinsdale South at Downers Grove South girls soccer: 6 photos

    Downers Grove South plays at home against Hinsdale South on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, winning 7-6. ...
    April 28, 2015 - 10:45 am
  • District 58 students win science fair honors

    DOWNERS GROVE – Eight O'Neill and Herrick middle school students won awards recently at a regional science fair in Aurora, Downers Grove Grade School ...
    April 28, 2015 - 1:01 am
  • Downers Grove couple honored for volunteer work with Easter Seals award

    DOWNERS GROVE – Tom and Kathy Liss never expected to get involved with Easter Seals. Now, they've been honored for their volunteer work with the organ ...
    April 28, 2015 - 12:47 am
  • Edwards House advocate pulls out of effort to save home

    DOWNERS GROVE – An advocate for preserving the historic Edwards House has announced he will no longer be able to save it.
    April 27, 2015 - 4:37 pm
  • Four District 99 students win national art awards

    DOWNERS GROVE – Four Community High School District 99 students have received national Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, the district announced in a ...
    April 26, 2015 - 5:45 pm
  • Burns & McDonnell named among Fortune's 100 best companies

    Burns & McDonnell has been named 15th on the 2015 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list, the company announced in a news release.
    April 26, 2015 - 5:35 pm
  • District 58 schools raise money to fight rare diseases

    DOWNERS GROVE – Kingsley, Lester and Pierce Downer elementary schools recently held fundraisers to generate awareness and money for rare disease resea ...
    April 25, 2015 - 1:12 pm
  • Third federal subpoena seeks College of DuPage video, audio recordings

    The College of DuPage has been served its third federal subpoena this month, with authorities seeking recordings of the school on the day administrato ...
    April 25, 2015 - 11:35 pm
  • Police Reports: Downers Grove for April 22

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Downers Grove Police Department. Individuals in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime h ...
    April 24, 2015 - 6:43 pm
  • District 99 talks superintendent search, tax rates

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Community High School District 99 Board of Education tackled several issues at Monday's meeting, including the superintendent sear ...
    April 24, 2015 - 4:16 pm
  • DuPage officials pledge to reduce emissions by 20 percent

    County leaders came together April 14 to announce plans for a greener DuPage over the next decade and a half.
    April 23, 2015 - 8:43 pm
  • Indian Boundary YMCA to host Healthy Kids Day event

    The Indian Boundary YMCA will celebrate National Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, the YMCA announced in a news release.
    April 23, 2015 - 8:05 pm
  • Downers Grove McDonald's serves 3.8-pound burger after man maxes out build-to-order kiosk (with video)

    DOWNERS GROVE – Talk about super-sized. A Chicago resident has taken the new McDonald's build-your-o ...
    April 24, 2015 - 6:18 am
  • Edwards House move clears crucial hurdle

    DOWNERS GROVE – The next step toward saving the historic Edwards House has been made, as a space can be prepared where the house can be moved.
    April 28, 2015 - 11:55 am
  • Road-tested Mustangs showing promise

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Mustangs have proven to be road warriors in the first half of the girls soccer season.
    April 23, 2015 - 11:30 am
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church hosts tea, fashion show

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Women's Service Guild of Immanuel Lutheran Church hosted a Spring Tea and Vintage Fashion Show on Sunday at the church.
    April 22, 2015 - 8:23 pm
  • Downers Grove Fire Department receives highest insurance designation

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Fire Department has been awarded a Class 1 designation from the Insurance Service Organization, according to a villa ...
    April 22, 2015 - 8:16 pm
  • Letter: Support HB306

    To the Editor:HB306, the opt-out bill, has moved from committee to the Illinois House of Representat ...
    April 22, 2015 - 8:14 pm
  • DuPage Board member Chaplin, state Sen. Nybo taking action to consolidate election commission

    DuPage County Board member Liz Chaplin, D-Downers Grove, and state Sen. Chris Nybo, R-Elmhurst, have teamed up to explore returning the electoral proc ...
    April 22, 2015 - 6:53 pm
  • Sears Hardware & Appliance Athlete of the Week: Zack Jones

    Zack Jones Downers Grove South Baseball Junior – Why Jones was selected: The lefty junior improved t ...
    April 23, 2015 - 8:53 am
  • Benet Academy retires Frank Kaminsky's No. 44 jersey

    LISLE – Frank Kaminsky is revered by Lisle residents for his larger-than-life presence both on and off the basketball court.
    April 22, 2015 - 11:18 am
  • Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling of Lemont makes 50 saves in 3OT playoff win

    Scott Darling stopped 50 shots and Brent Seabrook scored the game winner a minute into the third overtime Tuesday as the Chicago Blackhawks pushed the ...
    April 23, 2015 - 5:57 am
  • Sen. Cullerton sponsors bill to take DuPage Narcan Program statewide

    One of DuPage County's signature programs in the fight against heroin may be going statewide.State S ...
    April 21, 2015 - 10:14 pm
  • Zack Jones helps deliver series sweep for DGS baseball

    VILLA PARK – Neither cold weather nor a last-minute change of venue prevented Downers Grove South pitcher Zack Jones from getting the job done Monday.
    April 21, 2015 - 7:29 pm
  • Downers Grove trio sentenced in 2014 armed robbery

    DOWNERS GROVE – Three Downers Grove men have been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to taking part in a May 2014 armed robbery.
    April 21, 2015 - 4:07 pm
  • Cockrell: What comes first when determining property taxes?

    The Illinois property tax system uses the assessed value to determine your portion of the local tax burden. Assessments are normally published in Sept ...
    April 21, 2015 - 11:30 am
  • Downers Grove police investigating series of graffiti incidents

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove police are investigating a series of graffiti incidents around the village.
    April 20, 2015 - 9:40 pm
  • A tasty time: Taste of 630 returns

    Chamber 630, which serves the Downers Grove and Woodridge area business community, hosted its annual Taste of 630 on Thursday.
    April 20, 2015 - 9:38 pm
  • COD's Hamilton talks Clean Slate win, possible bid for chairwoman and Breuder ouster

    In a few weeks, area voters will see a Clean Slate at the College of DuPage.Amid a crowded field of ...
    April 23, 2015 - 5:57 pm
  • Family Shelter Services gala fundraiser: 8 photos

    Family Shelter Services holds a gala to raise awareness for the organization and raise funds due to state budget cuts, at the Abbington in Glen Ellyn ...
    April 19, 2015 - 6:04 pm
  • Retired District 58 instructor named Elite 100 Teacher

    DOWNERS GROVE – A retired Downers Grove Grade School District 58 teacher has been named an Elite 100 Teacher by IXL, the district announced in a news ...
    April 19, 2015 - 12:03 pm
  • Downers Grove library to host do-it-yourself cleaning supplies class

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Public Library will host a class on making homemade cleaning supplies, the library announced in a news release.
    April 19, 2015 - 12:00 pm
  • Kitchen Tune-Up recognizes Downers Grove franchise

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Kitchen Tune-Up franchise was recognized at a recent conference, the franchise announced in a news release.
    April 18, 2015 - 10:30 am
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church to host fashion show

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Women's Service Guild of Immanuel Lutheran Church will host a Spring Tea and Vintage Fashion Show, the church announced in a news ...
    April 18, 2015 - 10:19 am
  • Downers Grove library to host canine cooking class

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Public Library will host a canine cooking class, the library announced in a news release.
    April 17, 2015 - 1:25 pm
  • Police Reports: Downers Grove for April 15

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Downers Grove Police Department. Individuals in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime h ...
    April 17, 2015 - 1:28 pm
  • Council gives Clyde Estates plan preliminary approval

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Village Council is prepared to move forward with a plan for the reconstruction of streets in the Clyde Estates subdi ...
    April 20, 2015 - 3:40 pm
  • Hillcrest students raising money to build well in South Sudan

    DOWNERS GROVE – Books have the power to change someone's life.Thanks to students at Hillcrest Elemen ...
    April 16, 2015 - 7:13 pm
  • District 99 facility upgrades could cost $100M

    DOWNERS GROVE – Community High School District 99 is looking at potential facility upgrades that could top $100 million.
    April 16, 2015 - 6:52 pm
  • Lemont native Scott Darling notches first NHL playoff win in Blackhawks' victory

    In a season of memorable firsts, Scott Darling added another one to the list Wednesday night. The Le ...
    April 16, 2015 - 4:47 pm
  • College of DuPage under federal investigation, trustee says school destroyed documents

    In an event signaling more trouble for the long-embattled College of DuPage, the U.S. Attorney's Office has issued a subpoena to the school for docume ...
    April 16, 2015 - 4:44 pm
  • Embattled College of DuPage Board bows out of final meeting

    After months of headlines, scandal and controversy, the current College of DuPage Board of Trustees won't be going out with a bang.
    April 16, 2015 - 1:08 pm
  • Amid controversy, COD Foundation director announces retirement

    The director of the College of DuPage Foundation has announced she will retire in October after months of controversy – though not because of it.
    April 15, 2015 - 6:23 pm
  • Video: Controlled burn heats up park in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – Flames rose from the vegetation as part of a controlled burn Wednesday morning at Orchard Brook Park in Downers.
    April 15, 2015 - 3:34 pm
  • Anthony J. Canino Varsity Gymnastics Invitational: 8 photos

    Athletes from the WSC Gold and Silver Divisions compete at the Anthony J. Canino Varsity Gymnastics Invitational at Hinsdale Central on Friday, April ...
    April 15, 2015 - 4:58 pm
  • Sears Hardware & Appliance Athlete of the Week: Joe LaCivita

    Joe LaCivitaDowners Grove SouthBaseballSenior–Why LaCivita was selected: The 6-foot-4 senior outfiel ...
    April 15, 2015 - 10:24 am
  • LaCivita's late inning blast propels Downers Grove South

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove South baseball team knows that consistent production from the middle of their lineup will greatly increase their cha ...
    April 15, 2015 - 10:27 am
  • Ashton: Library technology inspires 13-year-old's inventions

    Colin Crilly makes me smile. He’s a budding Thomas Edison. He embodies the creativity, imagination, confidence, and persistence of a master inventor a ...
    April 15, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • DuPage County Fair confirms limited grandstand for 2015, but programming remains (with video)

    WHEATON – Though part of the grandstand will be closed, the DuPage County Fair Association promises that the annual event will go on as planned.
    April 18, 2015 - 10:38 am
  • Bowling fundraiser in Downers Grove to benefit Little Friends

    DOWNERS GROVE – Little Friends will benefit from a fundraiser Thursday at Tivoli Bowl, ServiceMaster DSI announced in a news release.
    April 14, 2015 - 8:22 pm
  • Main Street Metra repairs underway in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – Construction resumed Monday on the Metra platform at Downers Grove's Main Street station.
    April 14, 2015 - 8:10 pm
  • Ellena Metros helps lead DGN girls soccer to win

    CICERO – Downers Grove North knows it can always rely on Ellena Metros in crunch time.Metros came th ...
    April 14, 2015 - 3:35 pm
  • Former College of DuPage radio engineer charged with stealing $200K pleads not guilty

    A former College of DuPage radio engineer accused of stealing more than $200,000 from the school's radio station, WDCB, pleaded not guilty to a dozen ...
    April 14, 2015 - 9:25 pm
  • Good Samaritan named a top 100 hospital

    DOWNERS GROVE – Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital has been named a 100 Top Hospital in the nation for the sixth time, the hospital announced in a news ...
    April 13, 2015 - 9:51 pm
  • Rzepka named new Hillcrest principal

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Grade School District 58 Board of Education has named Michelle Rzepka as the new principal of Hillcrest Elementary S ...
    April 13, 2015 - 9:49 pm
  • Author Fest to return to District 58

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove District 58 students will get a first-hand look at novel writing during the district's annual Author Festival.
    April 13, 2015 - 9:53 pm
  • DuPage nonprofits to benefit from upcoming Human Race

    Charities across DuPage County will encourage supporters to run for their causes at The Human Race 5K and 2-Mile Fitness Walk on April 25, according t ...
    April 12, 2015 - 1:30 pm
  • Connelly, Sandack meet with DuPage County Board members for lobby day

    DuPage County Board members meet with state legislators March 18 in Springfield as part of an annual lobby day to speak about the county's 2015 legisl ...
    April 12, 2015 - 1:26 pm
  • Midwestern University opens Physical Therapy Institute

    DOWNERS GROVE – Midwestern University has opened a Physical Therapy Institute as part of its Multispecialty Clinic, the university announced in a news ...
    April 11, 2015 - 2:36 pm
  • O'Neill, Avery Coonley students win art awards

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Junior Woman's Club gave awards to eight local students in its annual Junior High Art Contest, Downers Grove Grade S ...
    April 11, 2015 - 2:27 pm
  • Lawsuit against Downers Grove sperm bank moved to DuPage County

    DOWNERS GROVE – A lawsuit filed against a Downers Grove sperm bank over wrongful insemination has been moved from Cook County to DuPage County.
    April 10, 2015 - 7:07 pm
  • Willowbrook at Downers Grove North girls soccer: 8 photos

    Downers Grove North plays a home soccer match with Willowbrook on Monday, April 6, 2015. ...
    April 10, 2015 - 5:13 pm
  • Downers Grove couple wins Westmont promotion

    A Downers Grove couple won a RUSCO Windows and Doors promotion and a trip to Orlando, Fla., the company announced in a news release.
    April 9, 2015 - 7:37 pm
  • Police Reports: Downers Grove for April 8

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Downers Grove Police Department. Individuals in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime h ...
    April 11, 2015 - 1:28 pm
  • Softball previews: Benet, Bolingbrook, Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South, Lisle start softball season

    The first pitch has been thrown for area high school softball teams, many of which had successful postseason runs last spring. Here’s how things are s ...
    April 9, 2015 - 2:20 pm
  • Versatile Downers Grove South softball team off to strong start

    By ALEX SOULIER - asoulier@shawmedia.comDOWNERS GROVE – Wi ...
    April 9, 2015 - 1:12 pm
  • Trojan girls making strides on the pitch

    DOWNERS GROVE – With a roster that encompasses players with a wide range of skill sets and experience levels, the Downers Grove North soccer team need ...
    April 8, 2015 - 3:03 pm
  • District 99 to focus on new superintendent search

    The Community High School District 99 Board of Education will be tasked with finding a replacement for Superintendent Mark McDonald.
    April 8, 2015 - 1:56 pm
  • 'Clean Slate' candidates sweep College of DuPage race (with video)

    GLEN ELLYN – The College of DuPage Board of Trustees will soon be looking at a Clean Slate. The trio ...
    April 8, 2015 - 6:28 am
  • Kupka, Davenport re-elected to District 99 board along with newcomer Renner

    DOWNERS GROVE – Two incumbents and one fresh face were elected to the Community High School District 99 Board of Education on Tuesday.
    April 8, 2015 - 4:04 pm
  • Tully wins for Downers Grove mayor, 3 new commissioners elected

    DOWNERS GROVE – Martin Tully has been reelected as mayor of Downers Grove. Preliminary results from ...
    April 8, 2015 - 4:48 pm
  • Downers Grove facilities referendum defeated by vast majority

    DOWNERS GROVE – Voters overwhelmingly voted down a proposed referendum to upgrade facilities in Downers Grove.
    April 8, 2015 - 4:47 pm
  • Martin Tully celebrates his re-election as Downers Grove mayor: 5 photos

    Downers Grove candidate for mayor, incumbent Martin Tully, and supporters celebrated his victory during his election night party at Another Round in D ...
    April 8, 2015 - 1:10 am
  • Video: Downers Grove Mayor Martin Tully watches results in his bid for re-election

    Downers Grove incumbent Mayor Martin Tully talks with supporters about results as they come in during Tully's party Tuesday night at Another Round in ...
    April 7, 2015 - 9:30 pm
  • COD issues, local races bring out DuPage County voters

    DuPage County voters endured cool temperatures Tuesday to head to the polls for the 2015 Consolidated Election.
    April 7, 2015 - 7:04 pm
  • Kailee Miller remembered as 'always smiling,' fearless on soccer field

    DOWNERS GROVE – Whether Kailee Miller was playing soccer or on the sidelines, coach Mike Adams saw a consistent trait.
    April 9, 2015 - 6:01 am
  • 'Restaurant: Impossible' episode featuring Downers Grove business to air Wednesday

    DOWNERS GROVE – A Downers Grove grocery store and bistro will be in the spotlight Wednesday evening when it is featured on an episode of the Food Netw ...
    April 6, 2015 - 9:20 pm
  • Sears Hardware & Appliance Athlete of the Week: Ryan Andrews

    Ryan AndrewsDowners Grove NorthBaseballSenior–Why Andrews was selected: The Trojans’ pitcher gave up ...
    April 6, 2015 - 1:44 pm
  • Letter: Support clean slate for College of DuPage board

    To the Editor: I am a former COD student, a DuPage resident and a taxpayer. I filed a FOIA request a ...
    April 6, 2015 - 8:33 pm
  • Lincoln Way West at Downers Grove South softball: 5 photos

    Downers Grove South plays Lincoln Way West in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, April 4, 2015.
    April 6, 2015 - 4:35 pm
  • District 58 teachers receive Junior Woman's Club awards

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Junior Woman's Club has honored four Downers Grove Grade School District 58 educators with an Outstanding Teacher Aw ...
    April 5, 2015 - 10:10 pm
  • Midwestern University raises $73,000 during St. Baldrick's event

    DOWNERS GROVE – Midwestern University raised $73,000 during its St. Baldrick's campaign, the university announced in a news release.
    April 5, 2015 - 1:28 pm
  • Indian Trail students celebrate Pi Day

    DOWNERS GROVE – Indian Trail Elementary School fifth-graders Patrick Laurich and Tvisha Baxi get their choice of pie during a Pi Day celebration March ...
    April 4, 2015 - 6:43 pm
  • O'Neill students take top honors for bridge design

    O'Neill Middle School students and team members Katelyn Scott (from left), Madeline Pteanc and Samantha Erb celebrate winning School Division top hono ...
    April 4, 2015 - 6:34 pm
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