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  • Railroad crew's work on display in downtown Downers Grove: 7 photos

    On Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, shoppers on Main Street in downtown Downers Grove stop in to admire the model railroad setup created by the Baden Powell M ...
    Dec. 20, 2014 - 2:25 pm
  • Watch live: Downers South boys basketball to clash with West Aurora Saturday

    Click here to watch live video of Downers Grove South vs. West Aurora boys basketball at 5:45 p.m. Saturday.
    Dec. 20, 2014 - 6:12 am
  • LitWits Book Group set to meet in January

    DOWNERS GROVE – Anderson's Book Shop will host LitWits Book Group at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20, at the store, located at 5112 Main St.
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 10:46 am
  • Police reports: Downers Grove for Dec. 17

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Downers Grove Police Department. Individuals listed in Police Reports who have been charged with a ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 2:38 pm
  • Downers Grove residents form coalition for referendum on village hall, police department

    DOWNERS GROVE – A group of Downers Grove residents have formed a group to petition for a referendum on the April 7 ballot pertaining to the proposed n ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 1:47 pm
  • Downers Grove Public Library offers ornament event

    DOWNERS GROVE – Adults and teens interested in making an ornament this season can stop by the Downers Grove Public Library lobby from 4 to 7 p.m. Thur ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 10:45 am
  • Benet boys finding early-season success

    ELMHURST – Benet's young team is learning how to win this season, and that includes winning ugly.The ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 4:30 pm
  • Downers Grove Council approves condo development on Maple Avenue

    DOWNERS GROVE – The condo development planned for Maple Avenue is a go.Weeks of debate included resi ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 4:36 pm
  • Weight loss group celebrates 50 years of health, friendship

    DOWNERS GROVE – The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes visits from family and friends and, typically, a lot of eating. A local weight loss g ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 12:27 pm
  • Fire department offers fire safety tips for holidays

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Fire Department is displaying wreaths with red bulbs at each of its fire stations through Jan. 1.
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 12:26 pm
  • Holiday help: Area nonprofits seek support this season

    For many, the holiday season the happiest time of year, filled with gifts and loved ones.But for tho ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 12:26 pm
  • Sears Appliance & Hardware Athlete of the Week: Vashae Easley

    Vashae EasleyDowners Grove NorthSeniorGirls basketball–Why Easley was selected: Easley recorded a te ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 11:08 am
  • Downers Grove Dist.99 Holiday Concert: 6 photos

    Community High School District 99 holds a holiday concert in the Downers Grove South gym on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 7:34 pm
  • Downers Grove North eyes rebound after back-to-back losses

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove North girls basketball team has lost back-to-back conference games for the first time in more than a year.
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 3:26 pm
  • Snowshoe hike set for Jan. 3 in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – Residents may bundle up against the cold, strap on showshoes and take to the Lyman Woods trails during a snowshoe hike in January.
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 10:16 am
  • The toys are back in town: My Special Toy Store opens

    DOWNERS GROVE – Shoppers on the hunt for toys have a new location to peruse for that just-right present this holiday season. My Special Toy Store open ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 10:16 am
  • Model railroad trains on display in Downers Grove through Dec. 28

    DOWNERS GROVE – BSA Venture Crew 57 model railroad club is inviting residents to view its display of running HO scale trains.
    Dec. 15, 2014 - 8:46 am
  • Candlelight Service of Carols set for Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

    DOWNERS GROVE – Gloria Dei Lutheran Church will present Robert A. Hobby's Holy Light: A Candlelight Service of Carols at the 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sun ...
    Dec. 13, 2014 - 12:30 pm
  • Fair Trade Market set for this weekend at St. Mary of Gostyn

    DOWNERS GROVE – St. Mary of Gostyn is hosting an international fair trade market this weekend. The market is set to run from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, ...
    Dec. 13, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Pack 86 visits Downers Grove newsroom

    DOWNERS GROVE – A group of Cub Scouts got a firsthand look at a news organization when they visited the Suburban Life Media newsroom Friday.
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 5:15 pm
  • Downers Grove Scouts visit Suburban Life newsroom

    DOWNERS GROVE – A group of Cub Scouts got a firsthand look at a news organization when they visited the Suburban Life Media newsroom Friday.
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 4:35 pm
  • Report of home invasion in Downers Grove on Wednesday was made up: police

    DOWNERS GROVE – A three-hour, multi-jurisdictional search for a reported burglary suspect in Downers Grove Wednesday was all for naught.
    Dec. 14, 2014 - 10:41 pm
  • Tully, Neustadt to compete in Downers Grove mayor’s race

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove mayor’s race is on.Mayor Martin Tully, who is seeking his second a ...
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 1:34 pm
  • Fireworks explosion reported at Downers Grove Hooters

    DOWNERS GROVE – Patrons and staff at the Downers Grove Hooters were shaken by fireworks Tuesday night, according to police.
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 1:32 pm
  • Ruvalcaba sentenced to 40 years in murder of Downers Grove man

    DOWNERS GROVE – Jose Ruvalcaba, 37, has been sentenced to 40 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the 1997 murder of then 39-year old J ...
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 3:27 pm
  • Business sues Downers Grove over sign ordinance decision

    DOWNERS GROVE – For Leibundguth Moving and Storage owner Robert Peterson, the fight to keep his hand-painted sign on the back wall of his business isn ...
    Dec. 14, 2014 - 10:55 am
  • Blood drive set for Good Samaritan Hospital

    DOWNERS GROVE – Good Samaritan Hospital is hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Red and Black Oak Rooms next to the hospital c ...
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Bulls/Sox Academy offering holiday basketball, baseball, softball camps

    LISLE – The Bulls/Sox Academy in Lisle will be hosting Chicago Bulls Basketball Camps and Chicago White Sox Baseball Holiday Camps on Dec. 29 and 30 a ...
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 1:25 pm
  • Police reports: Downers Grove for Dec. 10

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Downers Grove Police Department. Individuals listed in Police Reports who have been charged with a ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 4:20 pm
  • Downers Grove South hosts Winter Art Show

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers South will host a Winter Art Show that will showcase student artwork in a variety of media, including photography, drawing, po ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 1:48 pm
  • District 58 reminds community about weather notifications

    DOWNERS GROVE – As winter fast approaches, Downers Grove Grade School District 58 reminds the community about its winter weather notification system t ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 1:46 pm
  • Midwestern University makes Presidential Honor Roll

    DOWNERS GROVE – Midwestern University has earned a place on the the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, marking its seventh con ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 1:47 pm
  • All-area football: Meet the 2014 defensive selections from the South DuPage area

    DEFENSETuf BorlandSchool: BolingbrookYear: JuniorImpact: The Bolingbrook linebacker anchored one of ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 11:53 am
  • All-area football: Meet the 2014 offensive selections from the South DuPage area

    The footballl season wrapped up on Thanksgiving weekend with all eight classes finishing up at Memorial Stadium in Champaign. That means its time to h ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 11:51 am
  • Sears Appliance & Hardware Athlete of the Week: Mara Casper

    Mara CasperWestmontSeniorGirls basketball–Why Casper was selected: The Senior sharp shooting guard h ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 11:18 am
  • Downers Grove North boys basketball edged twice in first week of conference play

    DOWNERS GROVE – Building a contending boys basketball team in the West Suburban Silver conference is an arduous task.
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 11:15 am
  • Sandack on Judy Baar Topinka: 'She was a true public servant'

    DOWNERS GROVE – Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka died early Wednesday of complications from a stroke suffered on Tuesday, according to spokesman ...
    Dec. 10, 2014 - 12:41 pm
  • Caribbean flavor comes to Downers Grove with new restaurant

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Caribbean Corner restaurant is bringing a little tropical flavor to downtown Downers Grove.
    Dec. 10, 2014 - 11:24 am
  • Hewitt: Celebrate the holidays with District 58

    Enjoy the holidays with Downers Grove Grade School District 58!Our 13 schools will host holiday shop ...
    Dec. 10, 2014 - 11:25 am
  • Foto Houze owner Kevin Beasley offers tips for holiday photos

    DOWNERS GROVE – It’s that time of year when photographs can capture the memories of the season.To av ...
    Dec. 10, 2014 - 11:23 am
  • New Year's Eve soiree planned for museum

    DOWNERS GROVE – Celebrate New Year's Eve at Downers Grove Museum and party like it's 1899.The Victor ...
    Dec. 9, 2014 - 5:30 pm
  • Free sewing class to support children with cancer

    DOWNERS GROVE – Friendly Stitches Sew & Vac is hosting ConKerr Cancer sewing class for individuals interested in learning to sew pillowcases for child ...
    Dec. 9, 2014 - 4:42 pm
  • District 58 set to host parent workshops

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove Grade School District 58 is hosting several workshops for parents on the district's programming, technology and learning ...
    Dec. 9, 2014 - 3:47 pm
  • Downers Grove Town Hall offers tour, discussion on future facilities plan

    DOWNERS GROVE – A leaking skylight and space constraints in the Downers Grove Police Station, as well as inefficient and outdated HVAC systems for bot ...
    Dec. 8, 2014 - 11:13 am
  • Christmas light recycling available in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Village of Downers Grove is offering Christmas lights recycling through Jan. 30 at the Public Works Facility, 5101 Walnut Ave.
    Dec. 8, 2014 - 8:42 am
  • Showings of 'It's a Wonderful Life' to benefit charity

    DOWNERS GROVE – Just in time for the holiday season, Tivoli Theatre is offering two showings of "It's a Wonderful Life" with proceeds to benefit Downe ...
    Dec. 8, 2014 - 8:43 am
  • Coat drive now accepting winter wear

    DOWNERS GROVE – The village will be collecting clean and gently used coats and winter accessories for all age groups.
    Dec. 6, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Roskam secures Ways and Means oversight position, vows to 'shine a light'

    Though he wasn't able to secure a move up in the hierarchy of U.S. House Republican leadership, Rep. Peter Roskam, R – Wheaton, will still hold a majo ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 6:33 pm
  • Sears Appliance & Hardware Athlete of the Week: Jaida Green

    Jaida GreenDowners Grove NorthJuniorBasketball–Why Green was selected: Green has led the Trojans to ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 1:20 pm
  • Peet's Coffee and Tea to celebrate grand opening in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – Peet's Coffee and Tea will be hosting its grand opening with a Hawaiian Holiday Party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at their new loc ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 9:42 am
  • Downers Grove South student musicians earn All-State Honors

    DOWNERS GROVE – Eleven student musicians from South High have earned All-State Honors in the 2014-2015 Illinois Music Education Association All-State ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 10:01 am
  • Tradition holds for Broncos

    CHAMPAIGN – In what has become something of a tradition, Montini’s football team spent the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend at Memorial Stadium on the ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 7:30 am
  • ‘Something special’ about state for Montini coach

    CHAMPAIGN – After coaching in an IHSA-record sixth straight state championship game Saturday, Montini’s Chris Andriano was asked if he would return ne ...
    Dec. 4, 2014 - 3:08 pm
  • Green Apple donations to support District 58 students

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Education Foundation of Downers Grove District 58 is offering the Green Apple teacher/staff recognition program to district famili ...
    Dec. 4, 2014 - 1:31 pm
  • 11th annual Bonfield Express races through Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – More than 5,500 participants took to the streets Thanksgiving morning to take part in the 11th annual Bonfield Express 5K.
    Dec. 4, 2014 - 1:15 pm
  • Downers Grove South High to host Holiday Concert

    DOWNERS GROVE – The 2014 Holiday Concert is set to ring in the holiday season from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 11, at South High, 1436 Norfolk St.
    Dec. 4, 2014 - 11:04 am
  • Boys basketball preview: Downers Grove South, Benet boys retool, Downers Grove North, Bolingbrook returners try to make conference run

    The boys basketball season has tipped off, and many teams recently wrapped up play at Thanksgiving tournaments to start the campaign. Here’s the seaso ...
    Dec. 4, 2014 - 3:47 pm
  • Police reports: Downers Grove for Dec. 3

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Downers Grove Police Department. Individuals listed in Police Reports who have been charged with a ...
    Dec. 3, 2014 - 10:42 am
  • Downers Grove kicks off the holiday season

    DOWNERS GROVE – Last Friday heralded the holiday season with the tree lighting ceremony taking center stage at the Downers Grove Main Street Train Sta ...
    Dec. 3, 2014 - 10:41 am
  • American Wind Band concert to perform in Downers Grove Dec. 7

    DOWNERS GROVE – The American Wind Band will perform a Christmas concert from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at Avery Coonley School Performing Arts Center ...
    Dec. 3, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • DuPage gets $70,000 donation for heroin overdose reversal drug program

    WHEATON – DuPage County's campaign to save the lives of overdosing heroin users got a financial boost during the Nov. 25 County Board meeting, when Ch ...
    Dec. 2, 2014 - 8:11 pm
  • New pre-school children's book discussion set for Dec. 7

    DOWNERS GROVE – Bookshop staff will discuss the newest pre-school children's books at 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at Anderson's Bookshop, 5112 Main St.
    Dec. 2, 2014 - 4:07 pm
  • Kolodziej: Envisioning the future of facilities in D-99

    The combined square footage of our facilities at Downers Grove North High and South High is more than one million square feet, which represents a lot ...
    Dec. 2, 2014 - 3:58 pm
  • Man who barricaded himself in Downers Grove apartment charged

    DOWNERS GROVE – A Downers Grove man who barricaded himself inside an apartment before surrendering to police has been arrested and charged in connecti ...
    Dec. 2, 2014 - 9:00 pm
  • Senior Suburban Orchestra seeks new home

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Senior Suburban Orchestra is packing up its music stands and song sheets as it prepares to move from its longtime home in Downers ...
    Dec. 1, 2014 - 12:38 pm
  • DGN girls hoops poised to contend, DGS eye improvement

    The girls basketball season has tipped off with many teams playing in tournaments to start the campaign. Here’s the outlook for Downers Grove North, D ...
    Dec. 1, 2014 - 9:52 am
  • DuPage Forest Preserve District lowers tax levy

    The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County voted to slightly decrease its tax levy Nov. 18, according to a district news release.
    Nov. 30, 2014 - 12:00 pm
  • Downers Grove Music Club ready for concert

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Music Club will perform from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, at First United Methodist Church, 1032 Maple Ave.
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 3:17 pm
  • Downers Grove South High set for 2 performances of 'Flowers for Algernon'

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove South High School is set for two performances of the winter play, "Flowers for Algernon."
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 3:15 pm
  • Kingsley Elementary PTA set to sponsor vendor fair

    DOWNERS GROVE – Kingsley Elementary PTA is sponsoring a vendor fair during its annual Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 at the ...
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Gingerbread Festival to warm up holiday season Saturday

    DOWNERS GROVE – From the village tree lighting ceremony to Small Business Saturday and the arrival of Santa Claus, the annual Gingerbread Festival tak ...
    Dec. 1, 2014 - 12:42 pm
  • West Suburban Humane Society offers Black Friday adoption special

    DOWNERS GROVE – The West Suburban Humane Society will be offering a Black Friday weekend adoption special for animal lovers.
    Nov. 27, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Police reports: Downers Grove for Nov. 26

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Downers Grove Police Department. Individuals listed in Police Reports who have been charged with a ...
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 1:23 pm
  • CPR/AED certification classes set at Pilates Sense

    DOWNERS GROVE – Pilates Sense will be hosting CPR/AED and First Aid Certification classes at their third floor location at 4949 Forest Ave., throughou ...
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 1:18 pm
  • Police warn Downers Grove residents of telephone scam

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Police Department wants residents to be aware of an IRS telephone scam, according to a news release.
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 10:39 am
  • District 99 seeks community input about current facilities

    DOWNERS GROVE – Residents of Community High School District 99 are invited to attend two sessions about the current facilities at North High and South ...
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Village plans Town Hall meetings regarding facilities planning

    DOWNERS GROVE – The village of Downers Grove will be hosting two Town Hall meetings to provide residents information and to discuss the facilities sus ...
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 4:30 pm
  • Pink ribbons secure friendships in Downers Grove neighborhood

    DOWNERS GROVE – Friends and family are what many Americans across the nation reflect upon during the Thanksgiving holiday.
    Dec. 1, 2014 - 10:20 am
  • Tree lighting ceremony set for Friday in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Village of Downers Grove will host a tree lighting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Main Street Train Station, 5001 Main St.
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 10:49 am
  • Annual holiday celebration gears up with Hawaiian flair

    DOWNERS GROVE – Take the chill off this season with a Hawaiian-themed holiday celebration with the Downers Grove Park District. The annual holiday cel ...
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 10:49 am
  • Gingerbread House event accepting 'architects'

    DOWNERS GROVE – Children are invited to flex their architectural prowess by building a gingerbread house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 6, at Studio21 Arc ...
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 9:57 am
  • The West Towns Chorus to present Christmas program at Tivoli Theatre

    DOWNERS GROVE – The West Towns Chorus will offer several performances of "Christmas by the Fireside."
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 9:56 am
  • Gingerbread Storytime kicks off downtown festival Friday

    DOWNERS GROVE – Gingerbread Storytime is a sweet start to the downtown Gingerbread Festival taking place this weekend.
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 9:50 am
  • Sears Appliance & Hardware Athlete of the Week: Charlie Donovan

    Charlie DonovanWestmontBaseballSenior–Why Donovan was selected:A Michigan recruit for years, Donovan ...
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 9:11 am
  • Burglars net $24K in goods in Downers Grove condo break-ins

    DOWNERS GROVE – More than $24,000 in computers, jewelry and cash were reported stolen from two condominiums Friday in the 4200 block of Saratoga Avenu ...
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 4:54 pm
  • Residents voice concerns, support of planned 5-story condo at packed council meeting

    DOWNERS GROVE – Residents packed the village council chambers Nov. 18 to voice concern about the planned five-story condominium development along Mapl ...
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 12:08 pm
  • Crawford: The more things change, more they stay the same

    Change is the constant, true everywhere, especially in Illinois.Silly season has not only brought us ...
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 9:21 am
  • Downers Grove North swimmers capture second straight state trophy

    EVANSTON – Downers Grove North's girls swimming team did it again. A year after winning their first ...
    Nov. 23, 2014 - 3:16 pm
  • Montini rolls Geneseo to make sixth straight Class 5A title game

    LOMBARD – Going to state has become routine for Montini football, but that doesn't mean it has gotten old.
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 12:14 pm
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