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  • Downers Grove FISH Food Pantry receives 25,000-pound donation

    DOWNERS GROVE – When it comes to donations to a local food pantry, there’s no such thing as too much.
    May 25, 2016 - 5:00 pm
  • High school girls softball: One goal left for Downers Grove South, retiring coach Ron Havelka

    DOWNERS GROVE – The choice of coaching instead of accounting has added up to great things for Ron Havelka.
    May 25, 2016 - 11:08 am
  • High school girls track and field: State meet brings titles for Downers Grove South's Michaela Hackbarth, Downers Grove North's Jaida Green

    CHARLESTON – In 2015, Michaela Hackbarth captured the Class 3A girls track and field state meet championship in the 800-meter run by defeating the def ...
    May 24, 2016 - 7:03 pm
  • Perma-Seal Basement Systems moving headquarters from Downers Grove to Naperville

    DOWNERS GROVE – Perma-Seal Basement Systems will be moving its headquarters from Downers Grove to Naperville, according to a news release from the com ...
    May 24, 2016 - 5:00 pm
  • Valle: Americans find many ways to honor Memorial Day

    Memorial Day, which falls on the last Monday of May, honors the men and women who died while serving in the armed forces of the United States of Ameri ...
    May 24, 2016 - 11:00 am
  • Registration open for Ben's Memorial Run in memory of Downers Grove man

    DOWNERS GROVE – Registration for the first annual Ben's Memorial Mile race to remember the life of a Downers Grove man and raise funds for mental heal ...
    May 23, 2016 - 11:30 am
  • Celebrity Dance Studio wins honors at nationwide contest

    Teachers and students at Celebrity Dance Studio in Downers Grove won multiple honors at the Wisconsin State DanceSport Competition that took place Apr ...
    May 20, 2016 - 7:00 pm
  • Downers Grove District 58 students recognized at Illinois PTA Reflections competition

    DOWNERS GROVE – Ten District 58 students were recently recognized in the Illinois PTA Reflections art competition, according to a news release from th ...
    May 21, 2016 - 10:00 pm
  • Third of Downers Grove RadioShack robbers sentenced to 18 years

    The third of three men accused of holding up a Downers Grove RadioShack for cellphones has been sentenced to 18 years in the Illinois Department of Co ...
    May 21, 2016 - 9:53 pm
  • West Towns Chorus to shine in 'Knight to Remember'

    NAPERVILLE – The West Towns Chorus will perform at 3 p.m. May 22 at Wentz Hall in Naperville.The con ...
    May 19, 2016 - 12:00 pm
  • Downers Grove students receive Benedictine awards

    A number of Downers Grove natives were honored for their academic and service achievements at Benedictine University's May 6 Interfaith Baccalaureate ...
    May 19, 2016 - 11:00 am
  • Wrzesinski: Come visit Downers Grove Township during annual open house

    Now that spring seems to have finally sprung, I’m beginning to see friends and neighbors coming out of seemingly endless winter hibernation.
    May 19, 2016 - 10:11 am
  • Downers Grove Public Library names new director

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Public Library has chosen its new director to succeed Rick Ashton, who stepped down this spring.
    May 18, 2016 - 5:00 pm
  • High school baseball and softball: Postseason's first pitch impending for Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South

    The first pitch of the softball and baseball playoffs for Class 3A and 4A schools will soon be delivered as teams from across the state aim to make a ...
    May 19, 2016 - 11:04 am
  • Culinary summer camps offered young teens at Technology Center of DuPage

    ADDISON – Starting in June, Technology Center of DuPage in Addison will host eight identical summer culinary camps for students who will be in grades ...
    May 18, 2016 - 3:00 pm
  • High school boys gymnastics: Downers Grove North's Lukas Elisha finishes among state's elite

    HINSDALE – After undergoing left shoulder surgery in September, Downers Grove North sophomore Lukas Elisha wasn’t even sure he could compete this gymn ...
    May 18, 2016 - 1:29 pm
  • Downers Grove District 58 parents protest possible library staff reduction

    DOWNERS GROVE – A Downers Grove Grade School District 58 plan to split two learning resource center teachers between schools starting next year has up ...
    May 19, 2016 - 7:03 am
  • Blackwell Forest Preserve campground opens

    WARRENVILLE – A mini-vacation awaits right in DuPage County with a night spent under the stars at the family campground at Blackwell Forest Preserve i ...
    May 17, 2016 - 11:57 am
  • Oak Trace resident stays active by helping children with autism

    DOWNERS GROVE – At 87 years old, James “Rocky” Guzzaldo still finds a reason to get up and going at 5 a.m. each morning.
    May 16, 2016 - 5:00 pm
  • Downers Grove Police Department holds annual Richard J. Barth Memorial Ceremony: 8 photos

    The Downers Grove Police Department held the annual Richard J. Barth Memorial Ceremony at the First Presbyterian Church in Downers Grove Monday May 16 ...
    May 17, 2016 - 8:15 am
  • My Downers Grove is your community Facebook page

    My first experience with Facebook was as a student journalist working for the Daily Illini at the University of Illinois.
    May 16, 2016 - 12:00 pm
  • Downers Grove Girl Scout leads hair donation drive

    DOWNERS GROVE – Anya Konieczka of Downers Grove has cut her hair three times to donate for use as a wig.
    May 14, 2016 - 7:38 am
  • Roskam discusses heroin crisis with DuPage County Heroin Task Force

    ELMHURST – U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton, held a round table meeting May 6 with DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin and members of the DuPage ...
    May 12, 2016 - 1:04 pm
  • College of DuPage selects Bensenville mentorship program

    BENSENVILLE – College of DuPage’s Teacher Preparation Program recently designated Project CARE in Bensenville as its program of choice, and will launc ...
    May 11, 2016 - 12:00 pm
  • High school sports roundup: Downers Grove North's Emma Moravec sets record at conference track meet

    Emma Moravec set a meet record in the 800-meter run with a winning time of 2:12.80 at the West Suburban Silver meet May 6, and that was just the start ...
    May 11, 2016 - 11:29 am
  • Downers Grove District 99 finalizing early start for 2017-18 calendar

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Community High School District 99 board of education will vote during its May 16 meeting on whether to approve a 2017-18 school ye ...
    May 12, 2016 - 7:21 am
  • Police reports: Downers Grove for May 11

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Downers Grove Police Department. Individuals in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime h ...
    May 11, 2016 - 9:30 am
  • High school boys gymnastics: Five from Downers Grove North, two from Downers Grove South make state field

    GLEN ELLYN – Augie Strauch’s horizontal bar routine at the Glenbard West sectional May 6 could have been his last.
    May 12, 2016 - 7:23 am
  • High school girls soccer: Downers Grove South sustains remarkable conference streak

    VILLA PARK – Downers Grove South freshman forward Lauren Travis picked a good time to score the first goal of her high school career.
    May 11, 2016 - 7:10 am
  • Free wood chips offered DuPage County residents

    WEST CHICAGO – People can pick up free wood chips from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 14 at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Native Plant Nursery ...
    May 10, 2016 - 2:00 pm
  • SEASPAR to tee up nine-hole golf benefit

    DOWNERS GROVE – Golfers are invited to the Downers Grove Golf Course for a May 17 outing to benefit SEASPAR’s recreational programs and services for i ...
    May 10, 2016 - 1:00 pm
  • Downers Grove District 99 takes home medals at FCCLA conference

    DOWNERS GROVE – Twenty students from Downers Grove North and South high schools received medals at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America ...
    May 9, 2016 - 5:00 pm
  • Know Your Board: Center Cass School District 66 Board of Education

    There aren’t enough reporters in all of Illinois to cover the 7,000 units of government that exist in this state. In 2016, Suburban Life is going to s ...
    May 9, 2016 - 3:11 pm
  • Founders Day to celebrate Downers Grove's living history

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Historical Society and the Downers Grove Museum will present the annual Founders Day celebration May 7.
    May 5, 2016 - 10:03 pm
  • Woodstock to consider home rule policy similar to Downers Grove

    WOODSTOCK – The Woodstock City Council has agreed to put together a policy that would outline guidelines for the city when it becomes home rule.
    May 5, 2016 - 3:23 pm
  • Downers Grove high school students earn national art and writing awards

    DOWNERS GROVE – Five students from Downers Grove North High School and two students Downers Grove South High School received national medals in the 20 ...
    May 5, 2016 - 11:00 am
  • Downers Grove Village Council starts crafting language for stormwater referendum questions

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Village Council reviewed a first draft of three advisory referendum questions on how to fund the village's stormwate ...
    May 8, 2016 - 11:43 pm
  • Kentucky Derby fundraiser benefits Advocate Good Samaritan perinatal bereavement program

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Friends of Share at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital will host a Kentucky Derby benefit from 3 to 6 p.m. May 7 at Parkers’ Restaur ...
    May 4, 2016 - 4:00 pm
  • High school sports roundup: Downers Grove North girls take four event titles at track invite

    Downers Grove North’s Faith LaMantia, Isabel Maletich, Prevail Bonga and Jaida Green teamed up to win the 4x200-meter relay in 1:45.67 at the Rolling ...
    May 4, 2016 - 2:13 pm
  • Grove Players bring 'Romantic Comedy' to Downers Grove stage

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Grove Players will perform “Romantic Comedy” for two weekends from May 6 to 15 at the Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Ave., Downers Grov ...
    May 4, 2016 - 12:00 pm
  • High school girls track and field: Shaliyah Dixon-Tucker, Michaela Hackbarth pace Downers Grove South

    DOWNERS GROVE – As freshmen, Michaela Hackbarth and Shaliyah Dixon-Tucker shared their first big Downers Grove South girls track moment together.
    May 5, 2016 - 6:57 am
  • Police reports: Downers Grove for May 4

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Downers Grove Police Department. Individuals in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime h ...
    May 4, 2016 - 9:00 am
  • Pinkney: Families escape homelessness and find stable futures through SHIFT

    Emma never thought homelessness would be something she would experience. The married mother of two ...
    May 3, 2016 - 7:00 pm
  • Benefit at DuPage Airport to help Honor Flight Chicago soar

    WEST CHICAGO – The DuPage Veterans Foundation’s fifth annual fundraiser at DuPage Airport to benefit Honor Flight Chicago will unfold with fanfare fro ...
    May 3, 2016 - 5:00 pm
  • High school baseball: Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South see crosstown game as turning point

    DOWNERS GROVE – Ben Ficht didn’t hesitate in saying he hasn’t been productive with the bat in his hands lately.
    May 3, 2016 - 3:14 pm
  • 'Dancing with the Starz' gala to help DuPage County seniors

    LOMBARD – The DuPage Senior Citizens Council’s fifth annual “Dancing with the Starz” benefit is heating up with celebrity dancers rehearsing their dan ...
    May 3, 2016 - 2:23 pm
  • Downers Grove Public Library board entering final stage in director search

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Board of Trustees of the Downers Grove Public Library will conduct interviews with three finalists for its director position at 5: ...
    May 3, 2016 - 2:25 pm
  • St. Mary of Gostyn School to stage 'Oklahoma' at Montini Catholic High School

    LOMBARD – St. Mary of Gostyn School in Downers Grove will present the musical “Oklahoma!” from May 4 to 8 at Montini Catholic High School in Lombard.
    May 2, 2016 - 4:00 pm
  • DuPage County announces $15M in highway, trail construction projects

    DuPage County has announced more than $15 million in highway and trail construction projects for 2016, according to a county news release.
    May 3, 2016 - 7:03 am
  • Nonprofits raise money, awareness through DuPage Human Race

    Supporters of more than 70 nonprofits from around DuPage County will take to the streets of Downers Grove to raise funds during the fifth annual Human ...
    April 29, 2016 - 7:00 pm
  • High school baseball: Ben Ficht delivers game-winning hit as Downers Grove South tops Downers Grove North

    DOWNERS GROVE – Ben Ficht didn't hesitate in admitting that he hasn't been productive with the bat in his hands lately.
    May 3, 2016 - 7:04 am
  • DuPage Forest Preserve lecture, events to attract pollinators

    The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County invites residents to join its efforts to increase populations of butterflies, bees and other imperiled a ...
    April 29, 2016 - 2:00 pm
  • Downers Grove Choral Society to perform concert May 1

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Choral Society will present “Prayers of Remembrance” at 4 p.m May 1 at Downers Grove First United Methodist Church, ...
    April 29, 2016 - 12:00 pm
  • Tivoli Theatre to host area premiere of 'Kelly's Hollywood'

    DOWNERS GROVE – Special Olympics Illinois will present the Chicago area premiere of the movie "Kelly's Hollywood" at 9:30 a.m. April 30 at the Tivoli ...
    April 29, 2016 - 9:00 am
  • Grammys honor Downers Grove North music teacher Brayer Teague

    DOWNERS GROVE – During an April 22 presentation at Downers Grove North High School, the Grammy Foundation confirmed what many at the school already kn ...
    April 28, 2016 - 5:00 pm
  • Beatles tribute band coming to Downers Grove boutique April 29

    DOWNERS GROVE – Briosa Boutique, 5121 Main St., Downers Grove, will host the Beatles tribute band American English from 7:30 to 8 p.m. April 29.
    April 28, 2016 - 4:00 pm
  • Suburban Life recognizes local scholars, awards scholarships

    WOODRIDGE – Suburban Life Media and the DuPage Credit Union honored some of the best high school seniors in the western suburbans April 26 at the Subu ...
    April 29, 2016 - 6:50 am
  • Downers Grove Park District board rejects bid to sell Maple and Sherman park

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Park District Board of Commissioners voted unanimously against a proposal to sell park district land at 1903 Maple A ...
    April 28, 2016 - 11:00 am
  • High school sports roundup: Lisle's Harris, Omoike win big at track invite

    Downers Grove North’s baseball team completed a West Suburban Silver conference series sweep against Proviso West with an 11-0 win on April 25.
    April 27, 2016 - 7:56 pm
  • High school sports roundup: Downers Grove North baseball sweeps conference series

    Downers Grove North’s baseball team completed a West Suburban Silver conference series sweep against Proviso West with an 11-0 win on April 25.
    April 27, 2016 - 2:52 pm
  • High school softball: Downers Grove North passes test against Glenbard South

    DOWNERS GROVE – Savannah Rodriguez and her Downers Grove North softball teammates faced one of their biggest tests of the season April 23.
    April 27, 2016 - 9:56 pm
  • Letter: Kudos to actors in DG South's 'Hello, Dolly' production

    To the editor:My wife and I would like to thank Downers Grove South High School for the spectacular ...
    April 27, 2016 - 11:40 am
  • Valle: Shining light on York Township's myriad services

    America's richest blessing is her people. They are the real strength in her grass roots, and that is what township government is all about. It is ofte ...
    April 27, 2016 - 11:00 am
  • Police reports: Downers Grove for April 27

    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 27, 2016 - 10:25 am
  • High school girls soccer: Downers Grove South's Kailee O'Connor impresses at varsity level

    NAPERVILLE – Downers Grove South sophomore Kailee O’Connor could have been intimidated by playing in the prestigious Naperville Invitational for the f ...
    April 27, 2016 - 1:06 pm
  • American English to star in SEASPAR benefit concert

    The Southeast Association for Special Parks and Recreation will present a benefit concert featuring The Beatles tribute band American English on May 5 ...
    April 26, 2016 - 9:52 pm
  • Ohio woman files new lawsuit against Downers Grove sperm bank

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Midwest Sperm Bank of Downers Grove is back in court after an Ohio woman refiled a lawsuit claiming its negligence led to her givi ...
    April 26, 2016 - 9:47 pm
  • Beekeeping class held at Lyman Woods in Downers Grove: 8 photos

    The Downers Grove Park Dist. hosted a beekeeping class Saturday at Lyman Woods. ...
    April 26, 2016 - 9:44 pm
  • Lisle's Universal Technical Institute helps transportation employers incentivize career training

    LISLE – As elected officials struggle to fund higher education and expand vocational career training programs, employers in Illinois are working with ...
    April 26, 2016 - 1:00 pm
  • Rare coins among items stolen from car in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – A suitcase containing several collectible coins was stolen from a vehicle between 1 and 1:30 p.m. April 15 in the 1500 block of Butter ...
    April 26, 2016 - 11:09 am
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