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  • Gingerbread Festival to warm up holiday season Saturday

    DOWNERS GROVE – From the village tree lighting ceremony to Small Business Saturday and the arrival of Santa Claus, the annual Gingerbread Festival tak ...
    Nov. 27, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • West Suburban Humane Society offers Black Friday adoption special

    DOWNERS GROVE – The West Suburban Humane Society will be offering a Black Friday weekend adoption special for animal lovers.
    Nov. 27, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Watch live: Downers South boys basketball vs. Plainfield East on Wednesday

    Click here to watch Downers Grove South boys basketball take on Plainfield East at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Ron Johnson Tournament action.
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 2:06 pm
  • Police reports: Downers Grove for Nov. 26

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Downers Grove Police Department. Individuals listed in Police Reports who have been charged with a ...
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 1:23 pm
  • CPR/AED certification classes set at Pilates Sense

    DOWNERS GROVE – Pilates Sense will be hosting CPR/AED and First Aid Certification classes at their third floor location at 4949 Forest Ave., throughou ...
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 1:18 pm
  • Police warn Downers Grove residents of telephone scam

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Police Department wants residents to be aware of an IRS telephone scam, according to a news release.
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 10:39 am
  • District 99 seeks community input about current facilities

    DOWNERS GROVE – Residents of Community High School District 99 are invited to attend two sessions about the current facilities at North High and South ...
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Village plans Town Hall meetings regarding facilities planning

    DOWNERS GROVE – The village of Downers Grove will be hosting two Town Hall meetings to provide residents information and to discuss the facilities sus ...
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 4:30 pm
  • Pink ribbons secure friendships in Downers Grove neighborhood

    DOWNERS GROVE – Friends and family are what many Americans across the nation reflect upon during the Thanksgiving holiday.
    Nov. 27, 2014 - 7:03 am
  • Tree lighting ceremony set for Friday in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Village of Downers Grove will host a tree lighting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Main Street Train Station, 5001 Main St.
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 10:49 am
  • Annual holiday celebration gears up with Hawaiian flair

    DOWNERS GROVE – Take the chill off this season with a Hawaiian-themed holiday celebration with the Downers Grove Park District. The annual holiday cel ...
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 10:49 am
  • Gingerbread House event accepting 'architects'

    DOWNERS GROVE – Children are invited to flex their architectural prowess by building a gingerbread house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 6, at Studio21 Arc ...
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 9:57 am
  • The West Towns Chorus to present Christmas program at Tivoli Theatre

    DOWNERS GROVE – The West Towns Chorus will offer several performances of "Christmas by the Fireside."
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 9:56 am
  • Gingerbread Storytime kicks off downtown festival Friday

    DOWNERS GROVE – Gingerbread Storytime is a sweet start to the downtown Gingerbread Festival taking place this weekend.
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 9:50 am
  • Sears Appliance & Hardware Athlete of the Week: Charlie Donovan

    Charlie DonovanWestmontBaseballSenior–Why Donovan was selected:A Michigan recruit for years, Donovan ...
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 9:11 am
  • Burglars net $24K in goods in Downers Grove condo break-ins

    DOWNERS GROVE – More than $24,000 in computers, jewelry and cash were reported stolen from two condominiums Friday in the 4200 block of Saratoga Avenu ...
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 4:54 pm
  • Residents voice concerns, support of planned 5-story condo at packed council meeting

    DOWNERS GROVE – Residents packed the village council chambers Nov. 18 to voice concern about the planned five-story condominium development along Mapl ...
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 12:08 pm
  • Crawford: The more things change, more they stay the same

    Change is the constant, true everywhere, especially in Illinois.Silly season has not only brought us ...
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 9:21 am
  • Downers Grove North swimmers capture second straight state trophy

    EVANSTON – Downers Grove North's girls swimming team did it again. A year after winning their first ...
    Nov. 23, 2014 - 3:16 pm
  • Montini rolls Geneseo to make sixth straight Class 5A title game

    LOMBARD – Going to state has become routine for Montini football, but that doesn't mean it has gotten old.
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 12:14 pm
  • 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. 5, 2014 - 12:02 am
  • 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 - 11:53 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 - 11:53 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 - 11:53 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 - 11:53 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. 4, 2014 - 11:50 pm
  • 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. 4, 2014 - 11:50 pm
  • 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. 4, 2014 - 11:48 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.
    Nov. 4, 2014 - 11:47 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 ...
    Nov. 4, 2014 - 11:47 pm
  • 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. 4, 2014 - 11:51 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 ...
    Nov. 4, 2014 - 11:47 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. 4, 2014 - 11:49 pm
  • 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 ...
    Nov. 4, 2014 - 11:47 pm
  • Sears Appliance &Hardware Athlete of the Week: Jacob Baker

    Jacob BakerDowners Grove SouthSeniorFootball–Why Baker was selected:Baker was the Mustangs’ workhors ...
    Nov. 4, 2014 - 11:47 pm
  • 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 ...
    Nov. 4, 2014 - 11:46 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.
    Nov. 4, 2014 - 11:42 pm
  • 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 ...
    Nov. 4, 2014 - 11:42 pm
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