Downers Grove News

  • Spring Craft Bonanza upcoming in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – A spring craft show spotlighting woodwork, ceramics, wearable art, woven jewelry and more is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 11 at the ...
    March 5, 2015 - 7:23 pm
  • Edwards House future in jeopardy after advocate for home balks at village proposal

    DOWNERS GROVE – A three-way deal that would help save the historic Edwards House has hit a snag after being approved by the village council Tuesday ni ...
    March 5, 2015 - 4:05 pm
  • The mane event: Midwestern University hosts St. Baldrick's fundraiser

    DOWNERS GROVE – Midwestern University students are shearing their locks in an effort to raise funds and bring awareness to pediatric cancer.
    March 4, 2015 - 8:50 pm
  • Forum set for Downers Grove mayor, commissioner candidates

    DOWNERS GROVE – The League of Women Voters of Downers Grove, Woodridge and Lisle will moderate a forum for candidates running for Downers Grove mayor ...
    March 4, 2015 - 8:33 pm
  • Downers Grove council discusses Edwards House move: 5 photos

    The Downers Grove village council discusses a proposal to move the Edwards House from 942 Maple Avenue to 743 Maple Avenue, at the regular council mee ...
    March 4, 2015 - 3:52 pm
  • The Big Read starts a new chapter

    For the last 10 years, the libraries of Downers Grove, Woodridge, Hinsdale, La Grange, La Grange Park, Clarendon Hills, Lisle, Indian Prairie and Thom ...
    March 3, 2015 - 9:56 pm
  • Downers Grove South rally comes up short in postseason opener against Hinsdale South

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove South boys basketball team could not pull off an upset in the first round of the Class 4A postseason.
    March 3, 2015 - 4:23 pm
  • Downers Grove North tramples West Chicago, advances to regional semis

    DOWNERS GROVE – A balanced offensive effort powered the Downers Grove North boys basketball team to a first round playoff victory Monday night.
    March 3, 2015 - 4:17 pm
  • Ashton: Downers Grove library stimulates STEM explorers

    What are Snap Circuits, Little Bits, Cubelets, 3Doodler, MakeyMakey, and Beebots? These interesting ...
    March 3, 2015 - 4:06 pm
  • 'Gamification' engages O'Neill students, wins $30K

    DOWNERS GROVE – A librarian's imagination helped inspire unprecedented participation from students and earned O'Neill Middle School a $30,000 prize as ...
    March 3, 2015 - 2:34 pm
  • Letter: Don't change Clyde Estates

    To the Editor:I have been a resident in Clyde Estates for more than 30 years. My motivation to purch ...
    March 3, 2015 - 7:29 am
  • County seeks funds for East Branch DuPage River flood plan

    DuPage County Stormwater Management hopes to receive federal grant money at the end of this year to fund projects designed to mitigate flooding in the ...
    March 2, 2015 - 2:53 pm
  • Police: Train hits, kills man in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – A man died Saturday evening when he was struck by a freight train in downtown Downers Grove, police said.
    March 2, 2015 - 1:26 pm
  • Benet, Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South prepare for playoff push

    The road to the Class 4A boys basketball state finals begins with regional play starting Monday. Here’s the outlook for Benet, Downers Grove North and ...
    Feb. 28, 2015 - 8:30 am
  • 6th annual Downers Grove P-I-G basketball tournament: 6 photos

    Competitors representing a wide age range shoot baskets in the 6th annual Big Pig tournament at the Downers Grove Recreation Center on Saturday, Feb. ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 4:34 pm
  • COD Faculty Association: "Bad relationship" with Breuder led to no confidence vote

    GLEN ELLYN – The College of DuPage Faculty Association has released details about its September vote on no confidence in college President Robert Breu ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 4:31 pm
  • Food for Fines, blood drive coming to Downers Grove Public Library

    Food to replace fines at Downers Grove libraryDOWNERS GROVE – Donate food for the West Suburban Comm ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 9:52 am
  • Police reports: Downers Grove for Feb. 25

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Downers Grove Police Department. Individuals in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime h ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down for Downers Grove

    THUMBS UP: Congratulations to Downers Grove South wrestler Tyree Johnson, who captured all-state honors last week with his sixth-place finish at the s ...
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Kingsley School PTA set for resale

    DOWNERS GROVE – The 5th annual Kingsley School PTA Toy, Sport and Baby Equipment Resale will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 7 at Kingsley Scho ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 7:42 pm
  • Friends of historic Edwards House band together

    DOWNERS GROVE – A passion for architecture, history and pride in the village of Downers Grove has drawn together a team of people from a variety of ba ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 7:36 pm
  • Downers Grove North girls basketball stymied in regional semis

    BOLINGBROOK – The Downers Grove North girls basketball team could not pull off an upset in a regional semifinal matchup against Bolingbrook.
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 4:30 pm
  • 'Phenomenal' Downers Grove South girls basketball season ends in regional semis

    ROMEOVILLE – The Downers Grove South girls basketball team was eliminated from Class 4A playoffs Feb. 18.
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 4:30 pm
  • Downers Grove South's Carlson, North's Leger show well at state gymnastics

    PALATINE – Rarely does everything go exactly as planned for gymnasts at the state finals.The large c ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 3:50 pm
  • District 99 musicians book show at Carnegie Hall

    DOWNERS GROVE – As the old adage goes, the way to get to Carnegie Hall is through practice, practice, practice.
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 8:59 pm
  • Letter: Clyde Estates says no to sidewalks

    To the Editor:As a resident of Clyde Estates, I am speaking out against the proposed reconstruction ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 8:11 pm
  • News Herrick Middle School seeking votes to win new science lab furniture

    DOWNERS GROVE – Herrick Middle School science teacher Jill Henry entered the Diversified Woodcrafts Create & Explore 40K Giveaway for an opportunity t ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 8:09 pm
  • Crawford: New benefit enhances Chamber630 membership

    Chamber 630 is proud to announce yet another new benefit of membership: a scholarship will be awarded to a member or their student, furthering their e ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 10:13 am
  • Big Pig basketball tourney returns to Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – The title of Big Pig champion was bestowed Saturday at the Downers Grove Recreation Center.
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 8:24 pm
  • Grove Foundation to host Passport to Dining fundraiser

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Grove Foundation Passport to Dining fundraiser will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at five different downtown restaurants.
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 8:13 pm
  • College of DuPage's Waterleaf lost $536,000 in 2014

    GLEN ELLYN – College of DuPage officials made a presentation Thursday to update the Board of Trustees on the financial standing of Waterleaf Restauran ...
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 8:09 pm
  • Three College of DuPage trustee candidates running on 'Clean Slate' platform

    Three candidates for the College of DuPage Board of Trustees are running on the "Clean Slate" platform, according to a news release from the group.
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 7:07 pm
  • Kelsy Kurfirst takes home event title at state gymnastics

    PALATINE – Kelsy Kurfirst won a title and was top-3 in two other events at the state gymnastics meet and was fourth in the all-around as Lyons Townshi ...
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 4:13 pm
  • Police reports: Downers Grove for Feb. 18

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Downers Grove Police Department. Individuals in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime h ...
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 7:05 pm
  • College of DuPage to freeze tuition rates

    GLEN ELLYN – The College of DuPage Board of Trustees voted 5-1 to freeze tuition rates for the 2016 fiscal year.
    Feb. 21, 2015 - 5:18 pm
  • Downers Grove gateway signs in early stages of development

    DOWNERS GROVE – New gateway signs along major thoroughfares throughout Downers Grove are a little closer to becoming a reality after the village counc ...
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 7:36 pm
  • Downers Grove gymnastics duo prepares for state meet

    HINSDALE – Downers Grove North gymnast Ellia Leger had to wait a long time to perform her uneven bars routine Feb. 11 at the Hinsdale Central sectiona ...
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 7:02 am
  • College of DuPage officials respond to radio station fraud

    GLEN ELLYN – College of DuPage officials have spoken publicly for the first time about alleged fraud at the school's radio station that resulted in th ...
    Feb. 21, 2015 - 6:56 am
  • Music comforts DuPage Convalescent residents

    WHEATON – Sometimes a song can make a world of difference.Residents of the DuPage County Convalescen ...
    Feb. 19, 2015 - 7:42 pm
  • Downers Grove High Schools answer "How do I get to Carnegie Hall?" question: 5 photos

    On Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, Downers Grove South Wind Symphony members rehearse music from "West Side Story." Downers Grove South and North High Schools ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 9:01 am
  • Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down for Downers Grove

    THUMBS UP: We’re looking forward to watching "Restaurant: Impossible,” Downers Grove style. The Food Network show was in downtown Downers Grove last w ...
    Feb. 19, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Sears Hardware & Appliance Athlete of the Week: Lauren Porcelli

    Lauren PorcelliDowners Grove NorthBasketballJunior–Why Porcelli was selected: The junior guard score ...
    Feb. 18, 2015 - 2:07 pm
  • Trojans trounce Plainfield Central in playoff opener

    BOLINGBROOK – Downers Grove North’s girls basketball team notched a fourth-quarter shutout during a dominant defensive performance in the regional qua ...
    Feb. 18, 2015 - 12:58 pm
  • Jordon Kedrowski excels with new Downers Grove North team

    DOWNERS GROVE – Jordon Kedrowski has taken his game to another level in his only season on Downers Grove North boys basketball team.
    Feb. 18, 2015 - 12:56 pm
  • Tyree Johnson, Pat Walker and E.J. Phillips qualify for wrestling state final

    DOWNERS GROVE – Tyree Johnson crossed one wrestling goal off his list Saturday. Then he immediately made a new one.
    Feb. 18, 2015 - 11:57 am
  • Letter: Vote 'no' on bill that gives nurses more license to presribe

    To the Editor:The physicians of the DuPage County Medical Society are greatly concerned about propos ...
    Feb. 18, 2015 - 9:01 am
  • Group charged with distributing DuPage fair funds may be next on consolidation chopping block

    The latest DuPage County consolidation effort may funnel some much-needed cash into the hands of the county fairgrounds.
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 9:28 pm
  • Sidewalk construction proposal for Clyde Estates prompts petition

    DOWNERS GROVE – A petition was presented Feb. 10 to the village council urging commissioners to vote to defund the proposed construction of new sidewa ...
    Feb. 18, 2015 - 6:19 am
  • Lextech quadruples office space in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – Lextech quadrupled its office space in a move to Downers Grove, according to a company news release.
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 8:02 pm
  • It's showtime! Harlem Wizards visit Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Harlem Wizards took to the basketball court Sunday at Downers Grove South High School to compete against Downers Grove Grade Schoo ...
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 7:58 pm
  • Ziccardi: Raising expectations is good for students

    Standardized testing is changing dramatically in Illinois. Out are the old, familiar tests; they are replaced with the new PARCC tests – which stands ...
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 11:51 am
  • Downers Grove, Lemont, Oak Brook golfers get shot at TPC Sawgrass

    Four suburban Chicago golfers will soon have the chance to test themselves on a course that often stymies some professional golfers.
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 10:07 am
  • Efforts to save Edwards House continue

    DOWNERS GROVE – A new plan arose at the village council meeting Feb. 10 that may rescue the historic Edwards House from the wrecking ball, and save a ...
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 6:22 am
  • Roskam surprises Downers Grove North student with certificate

    DOWNERS GROVE – U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-District 6, surprises Downers Grove North senior Peyton Sally Winters with a certificate recognizing her app ...
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 6:18 am
  • Midwestern University to host Mini-Medical School

    DOWNERS GROVE – Midwestern University’s Mini-Medical School will be held from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Feb. 24, March 3, March 10 and March 17 at the univers ...
    Feb. 16, 2015 - 6:49 pm
  • ServiceMaster DSI hosting food drive

    DOWNERS GROVE – Food donations will be accepted during February to benefit Northern Illinois Food Bank, according to ServiceMaster DSI.
    Feb. 16, 2015 - 6:46 pm
  • Girls basketball postseason tips off for Benet, Downers Grove North and Downers Grove South

    The road to the state finals for 4A girls basketball teams starts with regional tournament games beginning Monday. Here’s the outlook for Benet, Downe ...
    Feb. 16, 2015 - 10:32 am
  • Sears Hardware & Appliance Athlete of the Week: Jordon Kedrowski

    Jordon KedrowskiDowners Grove NorthBasketballSenior–Why Kedrowski was selected: The senior guard sco ...
    Feb. 16, 2015 - 10:29 am
  • Good Samaritan babies wear red to raise awareness

    Newborn Sreekrishna Koganti, of Westmont, models a red hat at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital.In re ...
    Feb. 15, 2015 - 3:25 pm
  • Hinsdale Central Girls Sectional Gymnastics:12 photos

    Hinsdale Central hosts a girls sectional gymnastics meet on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. ...
    Feb. 14, 2015 - 5:07 pm
  • Stonegate Mortgage hosts ribbon cutting in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – Stonegate Mortgage branch manager Scott Rausch (left) welcomes guests to a ribbon cutting Jan. 29 at the business, 1431 Opus Place.
    Feb. 14, 2015 - 4:13 pm
  • Police reports: Downers Grove for Feb. 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 ...
    Feb. 13, 2015 - 7:39 pm
  • Legislators respond to COD's Breuder buyout by proposing legislation, investigation

    Illinois Senate Democrats announced the formation of a new subcommittee to investigate executive compensation at public institutions in a news release ...
    Feb. 15, 2015 - 8:49 pm
  • Mayor Tully: State of Downers Grove 'exceptional'

    DOWNERS GROVE – The state of the village annual report presented during Tuesday's village council meeting touched on Downers Grove's strategic goals.
    Feb. 13, 2015 - 8:10 pm
  • Rauner orders consolidation task force led by DuPage's Sanguinetti, Cronin (with video)

    Government consolidation, DuPage style, may be coming to counties across the state.Gov. Bruce Rauner ...
    Feb. 14, 2015 - 3:47 pm
  • Downers Grove resident helps Melt away pain

    DOWNERS GROVE – Mary French knew she was onto something good when her own pain from three decades in the fitness industry melted away. In fact, the ph ...
    Feb. 12, 2015 - 7:47 pm
  • Sandack to serve on bi-partisan legislative oversight committee

    DOWNERS GROVE – House Republican Leader Jim Durkin has announced the appointment of state Rep. Ron Sandack, R-Downers Grove, to the Joint Committee on ...
    Feb. 12, 2015 - 7:16 pm
  • Realtor group to host economic development panel

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Mainstreet Organization of Realtors Commercial Alliance will host a panel discussion with top economic development professionals f ...
    Feb. 12, 2015 - 7:06 pm
  • Downers Grove North girls basketball team thwarts crosstown rival

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove North senior Peyton Winters received an unexpected ovation before Saturday’s rivalry game against Downers Grove South.
    Feb. 12, 2015 - 3:00 pm
  • Downers Grove North prevails over Downers Grove South in crosstown rivalry game

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Trojan boys put an end to Downers Grove South's recent dominance on the hardcourt.
    Feb. 12, 2015 - 2:55 pm
  • Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down for Downers Grove

    THUMBS UP: Budding film careers may have taken root Saturday when four films by students from Downers Grove North and South high schools hit the big s ...
    Feb. 12, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • North, South wrestlers advance to sectional meet

    CICERO – Both Downers Grove schools had wrestlers advance from the Morton regional Saturday, and now members of the Mustangs and Trojans will compete ...
    Feb. 12, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Downers Grove police warn residents of phone scam

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Police Department is advising residents to be on the alert for a telephone scam, according to a news release from th ...
    Feb. 11, 2015 - 6:18 pm
  • Sobolewski helps keep Redwings in conference race

    LISLE – Dan Sobolewski’s second-half shots kept alive Benet’s shot at a conference title.With the ho ...
    Feb. 11, 2015 - 4:49 pm
  • Coast Guard station attack, building arson linked to man with Westmont, Downers Grove ties: police

    A man who crashed his truck through a Coast Guard station in Grand Haven, Mich. on Sunday has ties to Westmont and Downers Grove.
    Feb. 12, 2015 - 6:04 am
  • Downers Grove council votes down electronic message board signs

    DOWNERS GROVE – The village council opted not to pass a motion to allow electronic message board signs during its meeting Tuesday, ending Community H ...
    Feb. 11, 2015 - 7:09 pm
  • Ice Fest carves out some fun in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downtown Downers Grove was a hub for frozen festivities this past weekend with Ice Fest 2015: Once Upon a Time.
    Feb. 10, 2015 - 8:33 pm
  • Everett: Learn how to be a life-saving superhero

    Have you ever dreamed of having a super power? It’s actually easier than you think; all it takes is a CPR class – no capes or tights required.
    Feb. 10, 2015 - 12:00 pm
  • Downers Grove considers historic preservation ordinance

    DOWNERS GROVE – Potential amendments to the historic preservation ordinance and creating a historic district may promote civic pride, stabilize and im ...
    Feb. 9, 2015 - 8:18 pm
  • 'Restaurant: Impossible' coming to Zest Bistro in Lemon Tree Grocer (video)

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Food Network is in Downers Grove this week to tape an episode of its television show "Restaurant: Impossible" at Lemon Tree Grocer ...
    Feb. 10, 2015 - 4:57 pm
  • Fresh Thyme headquarters coming to Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – Fresh Thyme Farmers Market will move its headquarters from Phoenix to Downers Grove this summer, according to Michael Cassa, president ...
    Feb. 9, 2015 - 7:42 pm
  • Local teams compete at Morton wrestling regional: 11 photos

    Wrestlers compete at the Morton 3A wrestling regional in Cicero on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. First and second place winners advance to a sectional.
    Feb. 9, 2015 - 5:52 pm
  • Letter: Support HB0306

    To the Editor:Bill HB0306 has been filed with the Illinois General Assembly. Bill HB0306 would amend ...
    Feb. 8, 2015 - 1:47 pm
  • Nominations being accepted for Outstanding Teacher Award in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – Nominations are being accepted for the annual Outstanding Teacher Award, according to the Downers Grove Junior Woman’s Club.
    Feb. 8, 2015 - 8:34 pm
  • Police reports: Downers Grove for Feb. 4

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Downers Grove Police Department. Individuals listed in Police Reports who have been charged with a ...
    Feb. 6, 2015 - 5:42 pm
  • Local RadioShack stores on closure list after bankruptcy filing

    Ten RadioShack stores in the western suburbs are slated for possible closure after the technology retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Thursday, a ...
    Feb. 6, 2015 - 4:57 pm
  • Four Chaplains Tribute set for Sunday in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – A Four Chaplains Tribute and ceremony is set for 2 p.m. Sunday at American Legion Post 80, 4000 Saratoga Ave., according to the Americ ...
    Feb. 5, 2015 - 8:48 pm
  • Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South, Benet, Westmont wrestlers begin road to state

    The high school wrestling state finals start Feb. 19, but first come regional meets Saturday. Here’s the postseason outlook as area schools such as Do ...
    Feb. 5, 2015 - 5:05 pm
  • Five breakout athletes: Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South, Lisle, Benet, Westmont boys basketball players having breakout seasons

    New players emerge as standouts each basketball season, from underclassmen getting their first taste of varsity ball to juniors and seniors making the ...
    Feb. 5, 2015 - 5:01 pm
  • Police: Man driving van took photos of girls in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – Police are investigating a report of a driver who stopped his minivan at 4:50 p.m. Tuesday to take photos of two young girls, accordin ...
    Feb. 5, 2015 - 8:24 pm
  • Film festival at Tivoli to showcase high school students' projects

    DOWNERS GROVE – South High senior Jasmine Monet, 18, was contemplating the focus of a documentary and was torn between molecular gastronomy and studen ...
    Feb. 5, 2015 - 1:41 pm
  • Downers Grove North at Lemont girls basketball: 6 photos

    Lemont girls basketball at home against Downers Grove North on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 ...
    Feb. 5, 2015 - 8:26 pm
  • Consolidation, heroin top DuPage County's legislative priorities

    Legislators in Springfield have a long to-do list over the next several months, including working on a new budget and the ever-increasing pension cost ...
    Feb. 4, 2015 - 8:44 pm
  • District 99 students win 185 art awards; reception set for Sunday

    DOWNERS GROVE – District 99 student artists claimed 185 awards at a 2015 scholastic art competition in January. North High hosted the event, which was ...
    Feb. 4, 2015 - 7:55 pm
  • Downers Grove South students to perform 'A Raisin in the Sun'

    DOWNERS GROVE – Students at South High will perform "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the school, 1436 Norf ...
    Feb. 4, 2015 - 7:52 pm
  • District 99's appeal for electronic signs continues in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – Community High School District 99's pursuit of electronic message board signs at North and South high schools has not been dimmed by t ...
    Feb. 4, 2015 - 7:49 pm
  • Downers Grove North's winning streak snapped by Proviso West

    LA GRANGE – Riding an eight-game winning streak, spirits were high within the Downers Grove North boys basketball team entering the weekend.
    Feb. 4, 2015 - 12:26 pm
  • Downers Grove South girls basketball team stumbles against Proviso East

    DOWNERS GROVE – For 30 minutes, the Downers Grove South girls basketball team was stride for stride with conference leading Proviso East.
    Feb. 4, 2015 - 12:23 pm
  • Hewitt: Grove Children’s Preschool offers exceptional experience

    Downers Grove Grade School District 58’s popular Grove Children’s Preschool program will open its 2015-16 enrollment this month. The Grove’s certified ...
    Feb. 4, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Division I football players among area student athletes making college sports commitments

    Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, is the first chance for high school seniors to officially commit to play sports in college. Several area players will ink wit ...
    Feb. 11, 2015 - 10:20 pm
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