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  • Illinois taxpayers continue to fund state lawmakers' health insurance

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois taxpayers spent $1.23 million last year to provide health insurance to state lawmakers despite the fact that the jobs are part- ...
    Aug. 31, 2015 - 2:24 pm
  • Weekly Wrap: High school football is back in DuPage, Cook counties

    Football season is finally here. High school students are back in the classroom, and athletes are ready to go head-to-head to reach the playoffs and b ...
    Aug. 30, 2015 - 10:22 pm
  • Illinois state only paying out lottery prizes of less than $25,000

    SPRINGFIELD — Win the Lottery? You might want to hold off on that new bass boat, dream house or even ...
    Aug. 30, 2015 - 10:11 am
  • Ashton: Library board providing excellent leadership

    One of the unique features of American public libraries is the way they are organized and governed. Almost all our public libraries are structured as ...
    Aug. 30, 2015 - 6:30 am
  • High school football: Benet bests St. Laurence to start season

    BURBANK – Benet's football team got the season started off on a high note with a 42-21 win against St. Laurence on Aug. 28.
    Aug. 29, 2015 - 12:02 am
  • High school football: Downers Grove North notches win against Lockport

    LOCKPORT – Downers Grove North's football team started its season in fine fashion by scoring a 28-21 win against Lockport on Aug. 28.
    Aug. 28, 2015 - 11:30 pm
  • High school football: Downers Grove South tested by Homewood-Flossmoor in opener

    DOWNERS GROVE – It's unlikely Riley Heavey and his Downers Grove South football teammates will face a stiffer test all season.
    Aug. 28, 2015 - 11:15 pm
  • Downers Grove South opens soccer season with a win: 5 photos

    Downers Grove South opens their soccer season with a 6-1 win at Glenbard East on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015.
    Aug. 28, 2015 - 12:03 pm
  • DuPage County Board member Khouri to formally announce congressional bid

    DuPage County Board member Tonia Khouri will formally announce her candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives on Aug. 30, according to her campai ...
    Aug. 28, 2015 - 10:30 am
  • High school football: Suburban Life teams to watch in 2015

    Summer camp is long over, preseason practices are done and high school football teams from the area are ready to hit the lights on the 2015 season. He ...
    Aug. 28, 2015 - 9:30 am
  • Police Reports: Downers Grove for Aug. 26

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Downers Grove Police Department. Individuals in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime h ...
    Aug. 28, 2015 - 8:00 am
  • Judge: State must pay bills, show a plan

    SPRINGFIELD — U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman is keeping an eye on how well Illinois complies with her order to meet its obligations to cit ...
    Aug. 27, 2015 - 7:06 pm
  • Lemon Tree Grocer donated $5,000 to help fund school trip

    DOWNERS GROVE – Lemon Tree Grocer donated $5,000 to Whittier Elementary School for students who took part in Destination Imagination, the store announ ...
    Aug. 27, 2015 - 5:04 pm
  • Former Downers Grove resident receives conservation award

    DOWNERS GROVE – An Illinois conservation police officer has to face a lot of different situations – everything from checking compliance on boat licens ...
    Aug. 27, 2015 - 3:00 pm
  • High school football: Suburban Life Media players to watch in 2015

    When all is said and done, every player on every football team in the area will play a role for their squads, but some playmakers figure to make a nam ...
    Aug. 27, 2015 - 12:55 pm
  • High school football: Benet players to watch, 2015 schedule, Week 1 matchup and numbers to know

    Here are some of the players to watch, the 2015 schedule, the Week 1 matchup and numbers to know for Benet football this season.
    Aug. 26, 2015 - 5:10 pm
  • High school football: Players to watch, 2015 schedule and numbers to know at Downers Grove South

    Here are some of the players to watch, the 2015 schedule, the Week 1 matchup and some numbers to know for Downers Grove South football:
    Aug. 26, 2015 - 2:56 pm
  • High school football: Downers Grove South has different look on both sides of ball (with video)

    Three storlyines surrounding Downers Grove South football this season. Fresh start: The Mustangs wer ...
    Aug. 27, 2015 - 11:29 am
  • High school football: Erik Swenson, Downers Grove South ready for early tests

    DOWNERS GROVE – For the fourth straight year, Erik Swenson is getting ready for a varsity football campaign at Downers Grove South. The offensive line ...
    Aug. 26, 2015 - 2:43 pm
  • High school football: Players to watch, 2015 schedule and numbers to know at Downers Grove North

    Here are some of the top players, the 2015 schedule, the Week 1 matchup and numbers to know for Downers Grove North football.
    Aug. 26, 2015 - 2:31 pm
  • High school football: Downers Grove North likes outlook behind returning O-line (with video)

    Three storylines to watch for Downers Grove North football: All along the O-line: All five starters ...
    Aug. 27, 2015 - 11:37 am
  • High school football: Luke Goergen, Downers Grove North ready to go

    DOWNERS GROVE – Coaches often like to say football games are won and lost in the trenches. Given that Luke Goergen and four other starting offensive l ...
    Aug. 26, 2015 - 2:33 pm
  • High school football: Quotable players and coaches

    As football teams from across the state get set to start the football season, here are what some players and coaches from schools in the Suburban Life ...
    Aug. 26, 2015 - 1:15 pm
  • Downers Grove Village Council sets priority actions for next two years

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Village Council has identified the high-priority items they would like to accomplish over the next two years.
    Aug. 25, 2015 - 7:00 pm
  • Mystery Diner visit to Mojo's East Coast Eats in Downers Grove: 5 photos

    Having grown up in Pennsylvania, the owner of Mojo's East Coast Eats in Downers Grove promises authentic Philly taste in every one of his signature ch ...
    Aug. 25, 2015 - 11:10 pm
  • Chicago Red Stars earn first NWSL playoff berth

    LISLE – The Chicago Red Stars secured their place in the National Women’s Soccer League playoffs on Aug. 23 for the first time since they joined the l ...
    Aug. 25, 2015 - 12:03 pm
  • Downers Grove officials approve new car dealership for Ogden Avenue

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Village Council has unanimously approved plans for a new car dealership on Ogden Avenue.
    Aug. 25, 2015 - 10:40 am
  • Crawford: Welcome to new Chamber630 board members

    At the end of July, the Chamber630 nomination committee finalized interviews for those applying to serve on the Board of Directors. Their recommendati ...
    Aug. 25, 2015 - 10:30 am
  • Downers Grove Village Council approves Burlington Station apartment development

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Village Council unanimously voted Aug. 18 to approve construction of a new apartment complex in the downtown.
    Aug. 24, 2015 - 6:30 pm
  • Minor tornadoes reported in Downers Grove, Woodridge after Aug. 18 storm

    The National Weather Service has confirmed a severe storm that struck DuPage County on Aug. 18 produced two minor tornadoes, the service said on its w ...
    Aug. 23, 2015 - 9:20 am
  • Weekly Wrap: College of DuPage begins process of firing president

    This week the College of DuPage Board of Trustees finally started the process firing President Breuder, and may try to recoup his $763,000 buyout.
    Aug. 22, 2015 - 5:53 pm
  • Downers Grove man dies fighting fires in Washington

    DOWNERS GROVE – A Downers Grove native was one of three firefighters who died Aug. 19 after their vehicle crashed while they were battling a fire in T ...
    Aug. 21, 2015 - 10:30 pm
  • Downers Grove Park District seeks replacement for resigning board member

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Park District is seeking candidates to serve on the Board of Commissioners after one of its members resigned, the di ...
    Aug. 21, 2015 - 10:12 am
  • Downers Grove man pleads guilty to DUI that killed Hinsdale man in 2013

    OAK BROOK – The Downers Grove man who was involved in a 2013 crash that killed a Hinsdale man has pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated driving unde ...
    Aug. 21, 2015 - 10:35 pm
  • College of DuPage timeline: What led to termination proceedings against Robert Breuder

    The last year and a half has been rocky for embattled President Robert Breduer and the College of DuPage, culminating in the Board of Trustees' decisi ...
    Aug. 20, 2015 - 11:18 pm
  • College of DuPage votes to start termination proceedings against President Robert Breuder

    The College of DuPage Board of Trustees have started the process of firing embattled President Robert Breuder – and may prevent him from getting his c ...
    Aug. 20, 2015 - 10:54 pm
  • Broadway benefit concert in Downers Grove to star new troupe

    DOWNERS GROVE – A desire to help neighbors in need inspires a new performance troupe lending powerful voice to good causes. Musical theater veteran Ji ...
    Aug. 20, 2015 - 5:48 pm
  • McDonald: Downers Grove District 99 releases 'state of the district' report

    District 99 recently provided its annual “state of the district” report to the Board of Education. Key accomplishments made during the 2014-15 school ...
    Aug. 20, 2015 - 12:12 pm
  • Police Reports: Downers Grove for Aug. 19

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Downers Grove Police Department. Individuals in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime h ...
    Aug. 20, 2015 - 8:20 am
  • Downers Grove resident serves as honorary Chicago Cubs ball boy

    Jorge Soler, right fielder for the Chicago Cubs, signs a baseball for Thomas Kostka (middle) and his sister, Ella Kostka. Thomas got to be the honorar ...
    Aug. 19, 2015 - 3:58 pm
  • Downers Grove Village Council approves library trustee despite book ban concerns

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Village Council on Aug. 18 approved a controversial appointment to the Downers Grove Public Library Board of Trustee ...
    Aug. 19, 2015 - 9:00 pm
  • Downers Grove warning sirens delayed during Aug. 18 storm

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Village of Downers Grove storm warning sirens initially failed to activate Aug. 18 as thunderstorms blanketed DuPage County, accor ...
    Aug. 20, 2015 - 1:27 pm
  • Parts of DuPage, Cook counties without power after Aug. 18 thunderstorm

    Several DuPage and Cook County residents are still without power following a storm that ripped through the Chicago area the night of Aug. 18, accordin ...
    Aug. 19, 2015 - 3:27 pm
  • College of DuPage board to vote on Breuder ouster Aug. 20

    After months of controversy and weeks of legal questions, the Robert Breuder era at the College of DuPage may officially be at its end.
    Aug. 19, 2015 - 9:06 pm
  • Girls golf: State qualifiers pace Downers Grove North, seniors lead Downers Grove South, Lisle

    The girls high school golf season has teed off for the year, and teams and individual players all have the same goal – to book a trip to the Decatur a ...
    Aug. 18, 2015 - 4:08 pm
  • Metra to install mobile charging stations in downtown Chicago

    Metra announced Aug. 18 that it is installing charging stations for electronic mobile devices at four of its downtown Chicago stations, according to a ...
    Aug. 18, 2015 - 4:12 pm
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner offers new legislative package

    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Aug. 17 said he’s again proposing legislation for a two-year freeze on local property taxes combined with what he c ...
    Aug. 18, 2015 - 2:54 pm
  • Boys golf: Experiences bolsters Benet, Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South, Westmont

    High school boys golf teams are on the course as the season is underway. The big goal for all players is to book a trip the Bloomington-Normal area fo ...
    Aug. 18, 2015 - 1:56 pm
  • Chicago Red Stars sunk by Washington stoppage time goal

    LISLE – The Washington Spirit came to Chicago in hopes of securing a win and three points on Sunday night against the Chicago Red Stars, and with a la ...
    Aug. 18, 2015 - 1:16 pm
  • Weekly Wrap: Multicolored revenge in Glen Ellyn

    This past week, presidential hopeful and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker stopped by Downers Grove and made his pitch to the DuPage Republican Party. Local ...
    Aug. 17, 2015 - 3:53 pm
  • Downers Grove Lions Club celebrates new District 99 teachers

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Lions Club hosted its annual new teachers luncheon Aug. 11 at Gatto’s. The celebration was held to honor the newest ...
    Aug. 17, 2015 - 2:00 pm
  • Downers Grove streets closed for construction starting Aug. 17

    DOWNERS GROVE – Maple Avenue will be closed from Fairview Avenue to Cumnor Road as part of a reconstruction project, according to the village of Downe ...
    Aug. 17, 2015 - 2:17 pm
  • Former Downers Grove South track standout Egle Staisiunaite qualifies for IAAF Worlds

    DOWNERS GROVE – Egle Staisiunaite was one of the most decorated athletes in the history of Downers Grove South's girls track and field program.
    Aug. 17, 2015 - 12:20 pm
  • Downers Grove gets Hollywood treatment in new horror film

    DOWNERS GROVE – The letter D stands for dread in a new horror film named after Downers Grove, but shot in California. Hollywood notables are behind "T ...
    Aug. 17, 2015 - 9:30 am
  • DuPage County Board honors late board member JR McBride with caucus room dedication

    Ten months after his death, the DuPage County Board is ensuring a late member will be remembered for years to come.
    Aug. 17, 2015 - 6:30 am
  • Police Reports: Downers Grove for Aug. 12

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Downers Grove Police Department. Individuals in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime h ...
    Aug. 16, 2015 - 8:00 am
  • Redfin: Downers Grove housing market returns to health

    All content, data, listings and analysis in this article has been provided by Redfin.com. DOWNERS GR ...
    Aug. 21, 2015 - 2:39 pm
  • Our view: Keep negotiations in Gov. Bruce Rauner's hands

    Illinois voters elected Bruce Rauner knowing full well his stance on organized labor and with the expectation that he would negotiate with the state’s ...
    Aug. 14, 2015 - 2:11 pm
  • Consultant: College of DuPage had $160 million invested against board policy

    The College of DuPage had more than $160 million invested in funds that violated board policy, according to a consultant hired by the college.
    Aug. 16, 2015 - 9:28 am
  • Downers Grove Park District hosts summer festival for dogs

    DOWNERS GROVE – Visitors to the Downers Grove Museum on Aug. 8 had a howling good time at the Dog Days of Summer program.
    Aug. 14, 2015 - 10:00 am
  • College of DuPage starts Breuder replacement search, gives interim president a pay raise

    The College of DuPage Board of Trustees had a lengthy agenda for its Aug. 13 meeting. Here are some of the topics the board discussed during its speci ...
    Aug. 14, 2015 - 11:23 am
  • College of DuPage board votes to close Waterleaf Restaurant, transition it to education facility

    The controversial and unprofitable Waterleaf Restaurant at the College of DuPage will close at the end of the month and make way for new culinary prog ...
    Aug. 14, 2015 - 5:26 pm
  • DuPage County Board hires firm to look at Convalescent Center

    While it weighs what to do with the county fairgrounds, the DuPage County Board also will be taking a look at the future operation of the DuPage Conva ...
    Aug. 13, 2015 - 6:30 pm
  • Rauner: DuPage County farmers eligible for storm damage assistance

    DuPage County farmers may be eligible for federal assistance after this year's heavy rains, according to a news release from Gov. Bruce Rauner's offic ...
    Aug. 13, 2015 - 5:27 pm
  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker makes campaign stop in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made a candidate pitch to the DuPage County Republican party Aug. 13 during a luncheon at Carlucci Restaur ...
    Aug. 14, 2015 - 12:18 pm
  • Presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks to DuPage Republicans: 11 photos

    Wisconsin Gov. and GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker appears at the DuPage County GOP Summer Reception at Carlucci's Restaurant in Downers Grove ...
    Aug. 16, 2015 - 9:33 am
  • Recap coverage: Presidential hopeful Scott Walker comes to Downers Grove

    Aug. 14, 2015 - 9:13 am
  • Shared space a benefit for collegiate athletic conferences

    Shared homes for college conferencesIn addition to The Summit League, the CCIW and the Big Ten, ther ...
    Aug. 12, 2015 - 5:52 pm
  • The Summit League finds success with men's and women's hoops tourneys

    The premier event for The Summit League is the men’s and women’s basketball championship tournaments that are held at the same time at the Denny Sanfo ...
    Aug. 13, 2015 - 10:46 am
  • Downers Grove District 58 looking for board member after member resigns

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Grade School District 58 School Board is looking for applicants for an open position on the board, the district anno ...
    Aug. 12, 2015 - 3:38 pm
  • Pinkney: Treasure House has one-of-a-kind finds

    There’s nothing like finding a good bargain, especially on items that are unique, have character and allow you to make your living spaces distinctivel ...
    Aug. 12, 2015 - 3:31 pm
  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to visit DuPage County Republicans on Aug. 13

    DOWNERS GROVE – Wisconsin Gov. and Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker will be in Downers Grove on Aug. 13, the DuPage County Republican Part ...
    Aug. 14, 2015 - 2:24 pm
  • College athletic conferences find home in suburban headquarters

    The Big Ten Conference’s headquarters in Rosemont are hard to miss from I-294. The conference’s prom ...
    Aug. 13, 2015 - 10:14 am
  • Forest Preserve District of DuPage plans work on Graue Mill, St. James Farm

    The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is planning to invest thousands of dollars to revamp a pair of its historic buildings in the coming mont ...
    Aug. 12, 2015 - 10:11 pm
  • College of DuPage to vote on closing Waterleaf, presidential search committee Aug. 13

    The College of DuPage Board of Trustees will be considering some big steps forward in addressing some of its biggest controversies – including replaci ...
    Aug. 11, 2015 - 9:51 pm
  • Chicago Red Stars' unbeaten streak undone by Portland Thorns

    PORTLAND, ORE. – Alyssa Mautz put the Chicago Red Stars ahead early. Allie Long and the Portland Tho ...
    Aug. 11, 2015 - 4:40 pm
  • Darien Hornets softball to host tryouts for 2016 season

    DARIEN – The Darien Hornets 16U travel softball team will host tryouts for the upcoming 2016 season on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015.
    Aug. 11, 2015 - 3:35 pm
  • Breen: Time to have a debate on future of Illinois

    "I've never seen anything like this. It's two different worldviews." – State Sen. Toi Hutchinson, D-Olympia Fields
    Aug. 11, 2015 - 2:17 pm
  • Downers Grove fire leaves home uninhabitable

    DOWNERS GROVE – An Aug. 10 fire left a Downers Grove home uninhabitable, but no injuries were reported, according to the Downers Grove Fire Department ...
    Aug. 11, 2015 - 2:49 pm
  • Downers Grove could overhaul infrastructure plans

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove could overhaul its infrastructure plans for the immediate future, particularly with street repair and stormwater managem ...
    Aug. 11, 2015 - 9:00 am
  • Weekly Wrap: DuPage County has a new flood map

    The week brought good news for some and bad news for others as FEMA released the new DuPage County flood maps.
    Aug. 10, 2015 - 12:15 pm
  • PHOTOS: Downers Grove-based Adventure Realm hosts Harry Potter birthday party

    DOWNERS GROVE – The wonderful world of wizardry came to life July 31 when Adventure Realm hosted a birthday party for Harry Potter. The party featured ...
    Aug. 10, 2015 - 7:31 am
  • Winfield resident celebrates 25 years at Northwestern Mutual in Downers Grove

    WINFIELD – Winfield resident Mike Polan recently celebrated 25 years of service with Northwestern Mutual in Downers Grove, the company announced in a ...
    Aug. 9, 2015 - 4:40 pm
  • Police Reports: Downers Grove for Aug. 5

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Downers Grove Police Department. Individuals in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime h ...
    Aug. 8, 2015 - 8:00 am
  • Downers Grove to consider recycling bins downtown

    DOWNERS GROVE – The village of Downers Grove will look at a recycling program in the near future.Com ...
    Aug. 7, 2015 - 12:00 pm
  • Downers Grove South student studies marine biology in Bahamas

    DOWNERS GROVE – Not only did Morgan Meyer get an opportunity to spend part of her summer in the Bahamas, but she learned a lot while doing it.
    Aug. 5, 2015 - 7:30 pm
  • Area football players set to shine at Division I college level in 2015

    The college football season is about to officially begin as teams soon will be reporting for preseason practices ahead of the season kickoff. Several ...
    Aug. 5, 2015 - 4:51 pm
  • Downers Grove house fire results in no injuries

    DOWNERS GROVE – No injuries were reported after a house and attached garage caught fire in the early morning hours of Aug. 5, the Downers Grove Fire D ...
    Aug. 5, 2015 - 3:44 pm
  • FEMA updates flood maps for DuPage County

    Many DuPage County residents are either hoping or fearing that the Federal Emergency Management Agency will confirm what they already know – that they ...
    Aug. 5, 2015 - 12:30 pm
  • Illinois Senate OKs federal ‘pass-through’ spending bill

    SPRINGFIELD — In a growingly rare moment of bipartisan peace, the Illinois Senate on Tuesday cleared the way for state agencies to spend about $4.8 bi ...
    Aug. 5, 2015 - 11:59 am
  • Downers Grove North's Vontae Diggs ready for second season with UConn football

    Most high school football players, no matter how talented, rarely see the field as freshmen at the NCAA Division I level.
    Aug. 5, 2015 - 12:09 pm
  • Downers Grove Village Council to discuss proposed downtown development Aug. 11

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Village Council is expected to begin discussions about the construction of a four-story apartment building at 5100 F ...
    Aug. 6, 2015 - 6:49 am
  • College of DuPage talks FOIA, transition team and education committee

    The College of DuPage Board of Trustees undertook a massive, 35-item agenda during its meeting July 30, hitting on its future budget, an illegal leak ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 6:40 pm
  • Art Van Furniture opens in Downers Grove with gala event

    DOWNERS GROVE – Fashion, furniture and fun were all on display July 30 when the new Art Van Furniture store had its VIP grand opening event.
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 3:30 pm
  • Christen Press scores twice in Chicago Red Stars draw

    LISLE – For the second game in a row, the Chicago Red Stars came away with a tie for the after facing a fellow National Women's Soccer League title co ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 3:44 pm
  • College of DuPage proposes $7.5 million in budget cuts for 2016

    The College of DuPage may be cutting more than $7.5 million – including tax levies and student tuition – off what college staff has called a "bloated" ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 2:24 pm
  • Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove raises final steel beam for addition

    DOWNERS GROVE – Steel yourself, Downers Grove. The steel skeleton of a new addition at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital is finished.
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 8:30 am
  • Letter: Concerned about crime in north Downers Grove

    To the editor,I live in Downers Grove in a section that is usually quiet. Unfortunately, kids with p ...
    July 2, 2015 - 12:00 pm
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