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  • Park District, Grove Foundation team up

    Downers Grove Park District and The Grove Foundation for Recreation have teamed up to create a collaborative fundraising partnership.
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 3:59 pm
  • 11th annual Bonfield Express 5K readies to kick off Thanksgiving Day

    DOWNERS GROVE – It will be time for runners and walkers to break out hats and gloves for the 11th annual Bonfield Express 5K run/walk in downtown Down ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 1:39 pm
  • Benet volleyball back on top in Class 4A

    NORMAL – After an emotional, marathon victory against Mother McAuley in the state semifinals, Benet volleyball coach Brad Baker wanted assurance that ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 11:59 am
  • Watch live: Downers North jazz, symphonic band plays Thursday night

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove North's band concert will be shown live at 7 p.m. Thursday on our Downers Grove North video page.
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 11:24 am
  • Barricaded man surrenders to Downers Grove police

    DOWNERS GROVE – A man barricaded himself inside a Downers Grove apartment after allegedly taking a Taser from a police officer, according to a Downers ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 2:34 pm
  • 650 volunteers to prepare 120,000 meals at local church

    DOWNERS GROVE – Hundreds of volunteers will gather Nov. 26 to prepare 120,000 meals for Feed My Starving Children, a Christian-based non-profit organi ...
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 12:30 pm
  • Prep roundup: Downers Grove North girls swim team captures sectional title

    ELMHURST – The Downers Grove girls swim team won the York sectional in record setting fashion Saturday.
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 12:19 pm
  • Sears Appliance & Hardware Athlete of the Week: Lindsay Mathys

    Lindsay Mathys Downers Grove North Sophomore Swimming – Why Mathys was selected: Sophomore swimmer ...
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 2:15 pm
  • Police reports: Downers Grove for Nov. 19

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Downers Grove Police Department. Individuals listed in Police Reports who have been charged with a ...
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 11:23 am
  • Bloom’s Angels hosts Family FUNdraiser Night Nov. 22

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove community is invited to Family Fundraiser Night to help Herrick families who are experiencing financial difficulties ...
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • District 58 students excel on state assessments

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Illinois Standards Achievement Test scores have been released and parents, students and teaching staff at District 58 have somethi ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 3:12 pm
  • Winter Wonderland Light decorating contest planned in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Park District is looking for a few good lighting displays this holiday season. The Winter Wonderland Light decoratin ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 11:24 am
  • Tivoli Theatre hosts annual Holiday Film Festival

    DOWNERS GROVE – Tivoli Theatre’s annual Holiday Film Festival will be kicking off Dec. 7.The film fe ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 3:10 pm
  • Prostitution sting in Downers Grove nets seven arrests

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Police Department worked alongside the DuPage County Metropolitan Enforcement Group in a prostitution sting that net ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • After months of debate, Downers Grove lifts stormwater fee from nonprofits

    DOWNERS GROVE – Houses of worship and nonprofits in Downers Grove will not have to pay the village stormwater utility fee, effective Jan. 1.
    Nov. 17, 2014 - 12:02 pm
  • Downers Grove Friends meeting presents movie discussion series

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Friends Meeting will present its first Friday movie discussion series "From Jesus to Christ" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, at ...
    Nov. 17, 2014 - 10:46 am
  • Back-to-the-Books scholarship awarded to Downers Grove resident

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove resident Sharon Borkowski is the recipient of the Back-to-the-Books scholarship awarded by the Downers Grove area branch ...
    Nov. 17, 2014 - 10:46 am
  • District 58 middle-schoolers represented at IMEA Music Festival

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove Grade School District 58 middle-schoolers participated in the Illinois Music Educators Association's District 1 Music Fe ...
    Nov. 16, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Montini football knocks off Marian Central for sixth straight season

    WOODSTOCK – Immediately following Saturday’s Class 5A quarterfinal 23-13 win over Marian Central Catholic in Woodstock, the Montini Broncos football t ...
    Nov. 15, 2014 - 8:41 pm
  • Gaudete Brass Quintet joins Downers Grove South Concert Band lineup

    DOWNERS GROVE – South High Concert Band program has welcomed the Gaudete Brass Quintet to the fall concert lineup.
    Nov. 15, 2014 - 2:13 pm
  • Resident offers free haircuts to veterans

    DOWNERS GROVE – For Lanette Stanley-Yurt, America’s veterans can’t be thanked enough. Working in conjunction with the Downers Grove Veterans of Foreig ...
    Nov. 15, 2014 - 9:12 am
  • Maple Ave. condo project gains committee approval

    DOWNERS GROVE – Plans for a five-story condominium to be built on Maple Avenue gained momentum last week with the Downers Grove Planning Committee’s r ...
    Nov. 16, 2014 - 3:28 pm
  • Downers Grove South Fall Jazz Concert: 7 photos

    Downers Grove South High School jazz groups perform in the school's Fall Jazz Concert on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014.
    Nov. 15, 2014 - 6:53 am
  • All-area boys soccer: Meet Suburban Life Media's 2014 selections

    The boys soccer season is officially in the books after two championship games on Saturday. Now is the perfect time to honor the best players with the ...
    Nov. 14, 2014 - 11:17 am
  • Bonfield Express 5K registration open

    DOWNERS GROVE – Registration is open for the annual Bonfield Express 5K run/walk that will take place Nov. 27 in downtown Downers Grove.
    Nov. 13, 2014 - 10:17 am
  • DuPage forest preserve district board reopens director search, releases letter addressing termination

    Extending a search that has gone on more than two years, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is again looking for an executive director.
    Nov. 13, 2014 - 2:27 pm
  • Police reports: Downers Grove for Nov. 12

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Downers Grove Police Department. Individuals listed in Police Reports who have been charged with a ...
    Nov. 12, 2014 - 5:02 pm
  • Sears Appliance & Hardware Athlete of the Week: Nick Dea

    Nick DeaWestmontSenior Cross Country–Why Dea was selected: Dea finished in third place overall at th ...
    Nov. 12, 2014 - 4:30 pm
  • United Methodist Church to host handbell concert

    DOWNERS GROVE – A Christmas handbell concert, The Hanging of the Handbell Greens, will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 at Downers Grove First United Meth ...
    Nov. 13, 2014 - 11:22 am
  • Downers Grove at risk of losing $580,000 after alleged loan fraud

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Village of Downers Grove has reported that a federal fraud investigation is tying up taxpayer money while authorities prosecute a ...
    Nov. 17, 2014 - 2:24 pm
  • Midwestern University to house open house for speech pathology students

    DOWNERS GROVE – Midwestern University's new Speech-Language Pathology Program will host an open house for prospective students from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Dec ...
    Nov. 12, 2014 - 12:25 pm
  • Downers Grove North's Clevenger records best time of the season at state final

    PEORIA – Downers Grove North senior Ryan Clevenger again showed why he is one of the best runners in the state.
    Nov. 12, 2014 - 11:50 am
  • Prep roundup: Downers Grove South girls swim team earns second at conference meet

    Grace Maletich’s 110th place led all Trojans runners at the 3A state final on Saturday, as Downers Grove North finished 22nd out of 25 teams.
    Nov. 13, 2014 - 11:49 am
  • Annual concert set at Downers Grove North High for Nov. 29

    DOWNERS GROVE – Muriel Anderson's annual Hometown Concert is set for 8 p.m. Nov. 29 at Downers Grove North High School auditorium, 4436 N. Main St.
    Nov. 12, 2014 - 10:25 am
  • Local optometrist nominated for humanitarian award

    DOWNERS GROVE – There is a saying that the eyes are the windows to the soul.For Downers Grove reside ...
    Nov. 11, 2014 - 9:47 am
  • Downers Grove North salutes veterans: 5 photos

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove North High School honored more than 100 U.S. military veterans at an all-school assembly Friday for Veterans Day.
    Nov. 11, 2014 - 10:52 am
  • DuPage forest preserve district board looks to fill seat

    The Board of Commissioners for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is looking for applicants to fill the vacancy left by President-elect Jos ...
    Nov. 10, 2014 - 1:02 pm
  • Downers Grove North grad named as Rauner's chief of staff

    DOWNERS GROVE – Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has named Downers Grove North High School graduate Mike Zolnierowicz as his gubernatorial chief of st ...
    Nov. 9, 2014 - 9:37 pm
  • Parents invited to digital citizenship workshop Nov. 17

    DOWNERS GROVE – Parents of Downers Grove Grade School District 58 students in fifththrough eighth grade are invited to a free digital citizenship work ...
    Nov. 7, 2014 - 3:21 pm
  • Former District 58 teacher publishes book with profits benefitting foundation named for daughter

    DOWNERS GROVE – Former Downers Grove District 58 science teacher James Williams is a man filled with energy and purpose.
    Nov. 7, 2014 - 1:47 pm
  • Montini ready to renew rivalry with Joliet Catholic

    LOMBARD – The Montini-Joliet Catholic football rivalry is becoming an annual tradition, and it’s time for the latest installment.
    Nov. 7, 2014 - 10:48 am
  • Downers Grove-based Diveheart offers scuba diving opportunities for individuals with disabilities

    DOWNERS GROVE – From the basics of cleanliness to soaking in hot tubs to alleviate aches, water has been known to have soothing, healing properties. B ...
    Nov. 6, 2014 - 12:09 pm
  • Group honors Tivoli Enterprises as green business

    DOWNERS GROVE – Tivoli Enterprises, owner of Classic Cinemas, the Tivoli Theater, Hotel and Bowling Alley officially is a Downers Grove Green Business ...
    Nov. 6, 2014 - 12:06 pm
  • Wrzesinski: Car Care Clinic keeps seniors safe

    If you didn’t have your car to get you around, what would you do?Our cars represent our freedom and ...
    Nov. 6, 2014 - 12:06 pm
  • Police reports: Downers Grove for Nov. 5

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Downers Grove Police Department. Individuals listed in Police Reports who have been charged with a ...
    Nov. 6, 2014 - 11:42 am
  • Vegetable thief targets Downers Grove garden plot

    DOWNERS GROVE – Vegetables were reported stolen from a Downers Grove community garden that is overseen by the park district, according to police.
    Nov. 7, 2014 - 9:01 pm
  • Sears Appliance & Hardware Athlete of the Week: Ryan Clevenger

    Ryan ClevengerDowners Grove NorthSenior Cross Country–Why Clevenger was selected: In back-to-back we ...
    Nov. 5, 2014 - 4:30 pm
  • Downers Grove South stumbles in playoff opener

    CHICAGO – Downers Grove South could not muster a second-half comeback Saturday after falling behind early against Simeon in the opening round of the C ...
    Nov. 5, 2014 - 12:25 pm
  • Zaruba wins re-election bid for DuPage sheriff

    Incumbent DuPage County sheriff candidate John Zaruba won his re-election bid Tuesday night after claiming 62 percent of the vote.
    Nov. 5, 2014 - 9:57 am
  • Lyman Woods Twilight Hike event accepting reservations

    DOWNERS GROVE – Explore Lyman Woods at night with a naturalist to search for nocturnal creatures and listen to the sounds of the woods at night.
    Nov. 5, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Cronin takes second term as DuPage County Board chairman

    The DuPage County Board will be led by a familiar face for the next four years after Chairman Dan Cronin won his second term in a landslide victory in ...
    Nov. 5, 2014 - 1:29 am
  • Roskam wins re-election in U.S. House 6th District

    Republican Peter Roskam easily secured his fifth term in the U.S. House, capturing roughly 67 percent of the vote in an election night victory over De ...
    Nov. 5, 2014 - 12:56 am
  • Hinds gets decisive win in DuPage clerk race after opponent's 'surprisingly negative' campaign

    In a DuPage County clerk race filled with allegations, the quieter candidate was the one that came out on top.
    Nov. 5, 2014 - 3:57 am
  • Downers Grove Township voters approve refuse collection referendum

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove Township voters approved a referendum that will permit the township to contract refuse disposal companies for residents ...
    Nov. 5, 2014 - 12:12 am
  • Curran keeps DuPage County Board seat in District 3

    Woodridge resident John Curran was re-elected to represent the 3rd District in DuPage County over Democratic challenger Pamela Miles of Downers Grove.
    Nov. 5, 2014 - 11:44 am
  • Republican Sandack wins 81st District race

    DOWNERS GROVE – Incumbent state Rep. Ron Sandack declared victory Tuesday night over challenger Democrat Liz Chaplin to retain his District 81 seat.
    Nov. 4, 2014 - 11:42 pm
  • District 58 Education Foundation offers teachers chance to move forward with grant funds

    DOWNERS GROVE – Local elementary and middle school students will benefit from nearly $28,000 in grants recently awarded by the Education Foundation of ...
    Nov. 4, 2014 - 4:23 pm
  • Sinfonietta Bel Canto concert set for Nov. 16

    DOWNERS GROVE – Immanuel Lutheran Church will host a concert showcasing classical symphony performance and chamber opera works by Sinfonietta Bel Cant ...
    Nov. 4, 2014 - 4:23 pm
  • Holiday Happening open to the public at Oak Trace

    DOWNERS GROVE – A Holiday Happening event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 8, at Oak Trace Senior Living, 200 Village Drive.
    Nov. 4, 2014 - 4:23 pm
  • DuPage voters head to polls Tuesday morning

    DuPage County residents braved the brisk, windy morning Tuesday to make their voices heard in mid-term general elections.
    Nov. 4, 2014 - 2:44 pm
  • AAUW used book collection set for Saturday in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Association of University of Women is hosting a used book collection to help support education. The collection will take place fro ...
    Nov. 3, 2014 - 11:52 am
  • DLD Dance Company celebrates 10th anniversary with scholarship fundraiser

    DOWNERS GROVE – DLD Dance Company will be celebrating a Decade of Dance at 2 p.m. Nov. 15 at the DuPage County Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall, 2015 Manch ...
    Nov. 3, 2014 - 11:52 am
  • Downers Grove South falls to Simeon in 8A playoffs

    CHICAGO – Downers Grove South could not muster a second-half comeback Saturday after falling behind early against Simeon in the opening round of the 8 ...
    Nov. 1, 2014 - 10:47 pm
  • Volunteer work day at Lyman Woods set for Nov. 8

    DOWNERS GROVE – There will be a volunteer work day taking place from 8 to 10 a.m. Nov. 8 at Lyman Woods, 901 31st St.
    Oct. 1, 2014 - 12:30 pm
  • Sixth annual gingerbread house contest accepting entries

    DOWNERS GROVE – The sixth annual Downtown Downers Grove Gingerbread House Contest is now accepting entry applications. The event will take place durin ...
    Oct. 1, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Downers Grove North in regional girls volleyball final: 6 photos

    In a Class 4A regional final at Argo High School, Downers Grove North ends their season, losing to Sandburg on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.
    Nov. 3, 2014 - 4:09 pm
  • Police accreditation assessment team invites public comment

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Police Department will be visited by a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Ag ...
    Oct. 31, 2014 - 12:08 pm
  • Public hearing set for Edwards House in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – In the latest chapter of what has been a months-long debate about whether to keep a historic Downers Grove home intact, the Downers Gr ...
    Nov. 3, 2014 - 9:20 am
  • Prep roundup: Downers Grove North's Clevenger posts top time at regional meet

    HINSDALE – Ryan Clevenger led the Downers Grove North boys cross country team to a second place finish during a regional final Saturday at Katherine L ...
    Oct. 31, 2014 - 11:29 am
  • Sears Appliance &Hardware Athlete of the Week: Jacob Baker

    Jacob BakerDowners Grove SouthSeniorFootball–Why Baker was selected:Baker was the Mustangs’ workhors ...
    Oct. 31, 2014 - 10:48 am
  • Police reports: Downers Grove for week of Oct. 29

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Downers Grove Police Department. Individuals listed in Police Reports who have been charged with a ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 4:05 pm
  • Downers North to recognize pair of alumni with Awards of Excellence

    DOWNERS GROVE – North High has selected two alumni members to receive its Alumni Award of Excellence for 2014.
    Oct. 29, 2014 - 10:15 am
  • Ziccardi: Students are learning, growing at District 99

    District 99’s 2014 student achievement results are in, and the results are positive:Our average ACT ...
    Oct. 29, 2014 - 10:09 am
  • Downers Grove South at Hinsdale South football

    Hinsdale South plays their last regular season home football game against Downers Grove South, winning 7-0, on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.
    Oct. 28, 2014 - 12:46 pm
  • Downers Grove Fire Department ranks in top 1.5 percent for fire protection effectiveness

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Fire Department now ranks in the top 1.5 percent of departments nationwide for fire protection effectiveness rated b ...
    Oct. 28, 2014 - 12:21 pm
  • Mustangs' shift focus to postseason

    DARIEN – Jacob Baker's actions spoke louder than words Friday night.The Downers Grove South senior r ...
    Oct. 28, 2014 - 11:32 am
  • Heroes honored at Downers Grove Park District exhibit

    DOWNERS GROVE – A new exhibit will be on display during the month of November paying tribute to military veterans. The Honoring our Heroes exhibit wil ...
    Oct. 28, 2014 - 10:23 am
  • People's Resource Center announces new Westmont facility

    People’s Resource Center has announced the purchase of a new building to house its Westmont-based food pantry and educational programs.
    Oct. 27, 2014 - 4:25 pm
  • Catalytic converters stolen from cars in Downers Grove commuter lot

    DOWNERS GROVE – Catalytic converters were stolen from three vehicles parked in the commuter parking lot on Belmont Road Wednesday, according to a Down ...
    Oct. 27, 2014 - 4:17 pm
  • Football playoff pairings set

    It's almost playoff time for area high school football teams. The IHSA released the list of 256 team ...
    Oct. 27, 2014 - 7:51 am
  • Pancake breakfast set for Nov. 2 in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – Boy Scout Troop 89 and Cub Pack 89 is hosting their annual all you can eat Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 2 at St. Mary ...
    Oct. 25, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Hinsdale South relies on defense in win against Downers Grove South

    DARIEN – Hinsdale South's football team entered Friday's game against Downers Grove South averaging nearly 30 points per game, tops in the West Suburb ...
    Oct. 25, 2014 - 12:10 am
  • Hinsdale Central hangs on to Old Oaken Bucket with win against Downers Grove North

    DOWNERS GROVE – In the 80th battle for the Old Oaken Bucket, Hinsdale Central retained possession of the traveling trophy with a 34-18 win against Dow ...
    Oct. 25, 2014 - 12:05 am
  • Chili cook-off and pie auction heating up in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove Community Church is gearing up to host a Chili Cook-off and Pie Auction set for 6 to 7 p.m. Nov. 1, at the church, locat ...
    Oct. 24, 2014 - 1:29 pm
  • Downers Grove Council agrees to set meetings to discuss moves for village hall, police station

    DOWNERS GROVE – There will be a series of town hall meetings coming to Downers Grove to give residents an opportunity to engage with Village Council m ...
    Oct. 24, 2014 - 1:18 pm
  • DuPage County Board member McBride dies, remembered as 'one of a kind'

    DuPage County Board member, Glen Ellyn resident, businessman and father JR McBride died early Friday morning after a long battle with cancer.
    Oct. 29, 2014 - 7:32 pm
  • Downers Grove Police Department offers trick or treat tips

    DOWNERS GROVE – Trick or treating in Downers Grove will take place Oct. 31.While there are no mandat ...
    Oct. 24, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Sears Appliance & Hardware Athlete of the Week: Kenny Yeo

    Kenny YeoDowners Grove NorthSeniorFootball–Why Yeo was selected:Quarterback Kenny Yeo racked up more ...
    Oct. 23, 2014 - 3:30 pm
  • Downers Grove District 58 hosts technology workshop for parents

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove Grade School District 58 will hold a Technology Support Session and a Learning, Assessment & Reporting Overview on Wedne ...
    Oct. 23, 2014 - 2:07 pm
  • Police reports: Downers Grove for week of Oct. 22

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Downers Grove Police Department. Individuals listed in Police Reports who have been charged with a ...
    Oct. 23, 2014 - 2:02 pm
  • Tennis state tournament, other activities resume after lockdown

    HOFFMAN ESTATES – The IHSA girls tennis state tournament at Hoffman Estates High School was suspended while authorities investigated a suspicious, una ...
    Oct. 23, 2014 - 2:08 pm
  • Downers Grove, Westmont area schools prepare for volleyball playoffs

    The girls volleyball regular season is nearing an end and teams are getting set for postseason kickoff with the goal of reaching the Class 2A and 4A s ...
    Oct. 23, 2014 - 11:35 am
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