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Downers Grove News

  • Q&A: New District 99 Superintendent Hank Thiele talks start of school year

    DOWNERS GROVE – As the first day of school approaches, students get the chance to meet new friends, teachers and opportunities.
    Aug. 29, 2016 - 12:00 pm
  • Downers Grove, DuPage County to host train derailment exercise

    DOWNERS GROVE – DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Downers Grove first responders and other public safety officials w ...
    Aug. 29, 2016 - 10:33 am
  • High school football: Downers Grove South struggles against Homewood-Flossmoor

    FLOSSMOOR – For the second year in a row, Downers Grove South opened its football season with a lopsided loss against Homewood-Flossmoor, this time a ...
    Aug. 27, 2016 - 12:05 am
  • High school football: Downers Grove North falls against Lockport in season opener

    DOWNERS GROVE – Ben Davis completed 16-of-18 passes for 158 yards and three touchdowns to lead Lockport to a 20-9 victory over Downers Grove North at ...
    Aug. 26, 2016 - 11:31 pm
  • DuPage County offering Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program relief

    DuPage County Community Services will begin accepting applications for the annual Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, according to a news relea ...
    Aug. 26, 2016 - 3:30 pm
  • Pinkney: Caregivers get Stress relief, support through Metropolitan DuPage’s senior services

    For those serving as caregivers for aging loved ones, the demands of meeting their needs can be exhausting.
    Aug. 26, 2016 - 12:00 pm
  • Metra BNSF work to cause delays through Sept. 16 in Chicago area

    Riders along the BNSF line may experience minor delays the next three weeks as work begins to replace more than 10,000 ties along the route, according ...
    Aug. 26, 2016 - 11:33 am
  • Downers Grove teen awarded for helping Caribbean children in need

    DOWNERS GROVE – A philanthropic seventh-grader was recently honored for her years of collecting books and school supplies for those in need.
    Aug. 26, 2016 - 10:33 am
  • High school football: Joe Keys ready to lead Downers Grove North defense

    DOWNERS GROVE – The speedy Joe Keys begins his second year as starting free safety for Downers Grove North. He was a state qualifier in the 300-meter ...
    Aug. 25, 2016 - 7:30 pm
  • High school football: Downers Grove South's Charley LaCivita ready to to go

    DOWNERS GROVE – Charley LaCivita is the youngest of three siblings who have been star athletes at Downers Grove South. He is being recruited as a tigh ...
    Aug. 26, 2016 - 7:21 am
  • REACH Food Pantry receives DuPage Foundation grant

    Local nonprofit REACH Food Pantry recently received a grant from the DuPage Foundation to support its mission of meeting the nutritional and social ne ...
    Aug. 25, 2016 - 2:04 pm
  • London Strong: Downers Grove parents fight disease after infant daughter's death

    DOWNERS GROVE – A local couple is hoping to turn their personal tragedy into something positive.Thro ...
    Aug. 25, 2016 - 10:00 am
  • Police reports: Downers Grove for Aug. 24

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Downers Grove and Westmont police departments. Individuals in Police Reports who have been charged ...
    Aug. 25, 2016 - 9:36 am
  • Letter: Support voters, support Independent Map Amendment

    To the editor:There is nothing more important to communities than to have proper representation in t ...
    Aug. 24, 2016 - 5:25 pm
  • Downers Grove school districts 58 and 99: Top-4 issues to watch

    DOWNERS GROVE – As the new school year ramps up, districts 58 and 99 in Downers Grove have a few issues and new opportunities ahead of them.
    Aug. 24, 2016 - 2:00 pm
  • Downers Grove Village Council begins search for new member

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Village Council hopes to find a short-term replacement for yet another vacancy in its ranks by first looking through ...
    Aug. 25, 2016 - 7:25 am
  • Cockrell: Assessor's office helps with home improvements, property value

    Whether building a new home, putting on an addition or remodeling, feel free to call the Downers Grove Township Assessor’s Office for an estimate of t ...
    Aug. 23, 2016 - 2:30 pm
  • Downers Grove Commissioner Gina Vattimo abruptly resigns

    DOWNERS GROVE – Just days after the Downers Grove Village Council announced a new member to replace an outgoing one, it appears as though they will ha ...
    Aug. 23, 2016 - 7:16 am
  • Downers Grove South grad wins national Afro-Academic music composition contest

    DOWNERS GROVE – Filmmaking, singing and musical performance – 2016 Downers Grove South High School graduate Gabrielle Henderson can do it all.
    Aug. 23, 2016 - 7:19 am
  • Police reports: Downers Grove for Aug. 17

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Downers Grove and Westmont police departments. Individuals in Police Reports who have been charged ...
    Aug. 18, 2016 - 7:30 pm
  • Oak Brook readies for 54th annual Festival of Fine Art Aug. 20-21

    OAK BROOK – One of the area's oldest artistic traditions will return to Oakbrook Center on Aug. 20 and 21 with the annual Festival of Fine Art.
    Aug. 19, 2016 - 7:20 am
  • I-88 and I-355 ramp in Downers Grove to close for weekend

    DOWNERS GROVE – The ramp carrying the westbound Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) to the northbound Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355) over Finley Road in ...
    Aug. 19, 2016 - 7:16 am
  • Q&A with Dexter Fowler: Chicago Cubs All-Star takes time to teach finer points of baseball

    ELMHURST – The incredible success of the Chicago Cubs this season has been the No. 1 story in professional baseball.
    Aug. 18, 2016 - 1:45 pm
  • Downers Grove Walgreen's installs medication disposal kiosk

    DOWNERS GROVE – A Walgreen's on Ogden Avenue in Downers Grove is one of four in DuPage County to hold a new medication disposal kiosk, according to a ...
    Aug. 17, 2016 - 2:30 pm
  • Oak Trace driver's 'beautiful soul' a blessing for residents, staff

    DOWNERS GROVE – Some people love what they do for a job. Other people live for what they do. Al McN ...
    Aug. 25, 2016 - 9:46 am
  • Downers Grove Park District, Computer Immersion LLC to offer computer classes

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Park District is partnering with Computer Immersion LLC to offer classes to teach the basics of computers, coding an ...
    Aug. 15, 2016 - 3:00 pm
  • Downers Grove apartment complex gets financial relief from park, school district fees

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Burlington Station Apartment complex won't have to pay quite as much to the Downers Grove park and school districts to move forwar ...
    Aug. 12, 2016 - 9:57 pm
  • American Music Institute coming to Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downtown Downers Grove will be a bit more musical Aug. 14 when the American Music Institute comes to First United Methodist Church.
    Aug. 12, 2016 - 11:00 am
  • Downers Grove approves $5 million tax rebate for Packey Webb Ford relocation

    DOWNERS GROVE – A decades-vacant lot on Ogden Avenue appears to be the new home of a local Ford dealership with a $5 million sweetener from the Downer ...
    Aug. 11, 2016 - 10:46 pm
  • 101-year-old Downers Grove WWII vet reflects on life of travel

    DOWNERS GROVE – Local drivers commuting between the village’s downtown and Interstate 88 may have seen the interesting sight of an older gentleman bat ...
    Aug. 11, 2016 - 2:30 pm
  • Semipro Chicago Thunder football showcases passionate players for local fans

    DOWNERS GROVE – While many people like to spend their summer weekends relaxing, Jalen Grace and Baptiste Williams are toiling away on the football fie ...
    Aug. 11, 2016 - 11:32 am
  • Police reports: Downers Grove for Aug. 10

    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. 11, 2016 - 12:15 pm
  • Chicago Bulls' Dwyane Wade, former Bear Charles Tillman host sports camp in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade and former Bears corner Charles Tillman recently held a sports camp alongside Chicago Sky player Cappi ...
    Aug. 11, 2016 - 7:38 am
  • Knafl impacts soccer players as official, instructor

    DOWNERS GROVE – When Terry Knafl was growing up on the west side of Chicago, he and his friends constantly were playing pickup games in the neighborho ...
    Aug. 10, 2016 - 3:55 pm
  • Downers Grove resident wins $500 A Week for life through Illinois Lottery

    DOWNERS GROVE – A Downers Grove man has a bit of extra cash after winning the Illinois Lottery's $500 A Week for Life instant ticket, according to a n ...
    Aug. 11, 2016 - 7:41 am
  • Rep. Peter Roskam holds roundtable with manufacturers at DuPage County Airport Flight Center

    U.S. Congressman Peter Roskam and local manufacturers recently met to talk about the future of the industry and the needs of those in the 6th Congress ...
    Aug. 9, 2016 - 4:00 pm
  • Downers Grove Packey Webb Ford looking for rebate on new development

    DOWNERS GROVE – A local Ford dealership is hoping to move its operations to a larger location, with a little help from the Downers Grove Village Counc ...
    Aug. 9, 2016 - 11:00 am
  • Highland Avenue bridge near Downers Grove to reopen

    The Highland Avenue bridge over Route 56 will reopen Aug. 10 after more than one month of construction, according to a news release from DuPage County ...
    Aug. 10, 2016 - 7:48 am
  • Downers Grove's First Christian Church hosts back-to-school fair for kids in need

    DOWNERS GROVE – For many children in need, the start of a school year can be a time of stress instead of a celebration and excitement.
    Aug. 8, 2016 - 2:00 pm
  • Sandack police report says not hacking, but 'had nothing to do with' duties as state rep

    DOWNERS GROVE – The police investigation surrounding the sudden resignation of former-Rep. Ron Sandack in June reiterates Sandack was the victim of po ...
    Aug. 9, 2016 - 6:51 am
  • Downers Grove Junior Woman's Club holding school supply drive

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Junior Woman's Club is holding a school supply drive for Hope's Front Door through Aug. 19, according to a news rele ...
    Aug. 5, 2016 - 9:00 am
  • New Downers Grove Rep. David Olsen serves final night on village council

    DOWNERS GROVE – One of the Downers Grove Village Council's most visible members participated in his last meeting at the position Aug. 2 before being s ...
    Aug. 4, 2016 - 9:31 pm
  • DuPage Drones, DuPage County Hounds offer summer league baseball options for collegiate players, fans

    Jake Schieber and Sean Frontzak were looking for a place to play some highly competitive baseball this summer.
    Aug. 3, 2016 - 1:51 pm
  • Happy hour drink and food specials coming to Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – Businesses – and residents looking for a cheap drink after work – will now get to enjoy happy hour alcohol specials after the Downers ...
    Aug. 4, 2016 - 6:58 am
  • Valle: York Township still offers great senior services

    Forty years ago this month the York Township Senior Center held its first outing.On Aug. 4, 1976, th ...
    Aug. 3, 2016 - 12:00 pm
  • Police reports: Downers Grove for Aug. 3

    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. 3, 2016 - 10:00 am
  • Downers Grove accumulates most rain in Illinois during July

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove was the wettest part of Illinois in July by almost five inches of precipitation, according to the National Weather Servi ...
    Aug. 3, 2016 - 7:24 am
  • Downers Grove business organizations in favor of looser happy hour restrictions

    DOWNERS GROVE – A pair of prominent Downers Grove business organizations hope the Village Council will bring happy hour liquor restrictions and guidel ...
    Aug. 3, 2016 - 7:27 am
  • Downers Grove fitness family opens area’s first SPENGA location

    DOWNERS GROVE – A local couple with years of fitness experience under their belt has opened up a new, diverse fitness business in their hometown.
    Aug. 2, 2016 - 11:42 am
  • David Olsen replaces Sandack, says he looks forward to facing Springfield challenges

    DOWNERS GROVE – A lifelong Downers Grove resident says he's looking forward to the challenge of being a part of the Springfield legislature, despite i ...
    Aug. 2, 2016 - 7:21 am
  • Westmont Sushi House: A world of choices and sushi

    Don’t judge a book by its cover…or in this case – its name! From the sign above the front door, it is not hard to guess what lies inside at the Sushi ...
    Aug. 2, 2016 - 7:26 am
  • Warrenville's Blackwell Forest Preserve to host archery open house

    WARRENVILLE – The Blackwell Forest Preserve will host a free archery open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 6, according to a news release from the Fo ...
    Aug. 1, 2016 - 2:30 pm
  • Suburban Life Sound Off: July 18-24

    Solve student loan problems nowConcerning our student loan problem in this country, something needs ...
    Aug. 1, 2016 - 12:30 pm
  • Hoornaert Smith: Start back-to-school season with Westmont Public Library card

    As summer winds down, students prepare to go back to school.September is the beginning of an excitin ...
    Aug. 1, 2016 - 12:00 pm
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