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  • Downers Grove resident, area firefighter charged with child pornography possession

    DOWNERS GROVE – Peter Woitovich, 25, of the 5700 block of South Walnut Avenue, Downers Grove, has been charged with five counts of possession of child ...
    UPDATED: Feb. 12, 2016 - 2:41 pm
  • High school boys basketball: 4 games to watch on Feb. 12

    A team continuing its quest for a long-awaited conference title. A squad on the rebound from a lackluster 2014-15 season that is within sight of a con ...
    Feb. 12, 2016 - 12:00 pm
  • 40 years later, SEASPAR grows with clients

    DOWNERS GROVE –  The Southeast Association for Special Park and Recreation is celebrating its 40th year of providing recreational services for local r ...
    UPDATED: Feb. 12, 2016 - 1:50 pm
  • College of DuPage plans free truck driving sessions at Addison Center

    ADDISON – College of DuPage will offer four free advising sessions in Addison, covering information about the college’s Commercial Driver’s License pr ...
    Feb. 11, 2016 - 7:58 pm
  • Downers Grove businesses bring out ice carvings for weekend festival

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove’s Ice Sculpture Festival will return to the downtown business district Feb. 12 to 14.
    Feb. 11, 2016 - 10:25 pm
  • Downers Grove business owner loses painted wall sign case against village

    DOWNERS GROVE – The long-standing Leibundguth Storage and Van Service painted sign was removed Feb. 4 and 5 after a U.S. District Court judge ruled in ...
    Feb. 10, 2016 - 9:54 pm
  • Chorus of DuPage adds phone option to singing valentines

    Quartets from the Chorus of DuPage once again will fill offices, homes, colleges, hospitals, businesses and restaurants with the sound of four-part ha ...
    Feb. 10, 2016 - 2:00 pm
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner to Democrats: Work with me or pass tax hike

    SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Bruce Rauner on the evening of Feb. 9 closed out a tour of speeches to civic groups around the state with an often-repeated messag ...
    Feb. 10, 2016 - 1:00 pm
  • Police Reports: Downers Grove for Feb. 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 ...
    Feb. 10, 2016 - 11:30 am
  • High school sports roundup: Downers Grove South girls basketball tops Hinsdale South

    Downers Grove South’s girls basketball team won its West Suburban Gold finale on Feb. 5, topping Hinsdale South 59-54.
    Feb. 9, 2016 - 8:22 pm
  • Official: Illinois state museum could reopen in weeks

    SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Museum could reopen in a matter of weeks if the General Assembly approves changes sought by Gov. Bruce Rauner, accord ...
    Feb. 9, 2016 - 6:00 pm
  • High school boys basketball: Keenan Davis finds top gear for Downers Grove North

    DOWNERS GROVE – If sophomore basketball is akin to a go-kart, then varsity basketball is like the Indy 500.
    Feb. 9, 2016 - 5:19 pm
  • High school girls gymnastics: Downers Grove South looking to build on regional title, earn state meet berth

    DOWNERS GROVE – Kayla Carlson felt this was going to be a special season for Downers Grove South’s girls gymnastics team.
    Feb. 9, 2016 - 2:02 pm
  • Village of Downers Grove considering raising stormwater utility fee

    DOWNERS GROVE – Officials with the village of Downers Grove are encouraging residents to attend a discussion on the village's stormwater utility progr ...
    Feb. 9, 2016 - 10:18 pm
  • Downers Grove-based Flexco makes national list of best companies to work for

    DOWNERS GROVE – The National Association for Business Resources named Flexco as one of the "Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" in the country, ...
    Feb. 9, 2016 - 7:30 am
  • Metra BNSF line derails near Naperville station, no injuries reported

    NAPERVILLE – Metra has not yet determined whether the BNSF line derailment that caused delays during the Feb. 8 morning commute will affect afternoon ...
    Feb. 9, 2016 - 11:43 am
  • Downers Grove South High School inducting five into athletic hall of fame Feb. 13

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove South High School will honor four former athletes and a coach during its Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony at 5:3 ...
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 11:45 am
  • Downers Grove South trumpeter returning to Carnegie Hall

    DOWNERS GROVE – For many Community High School District 99 band students, last year’s trip to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City was a once-in- ...
    Feb. 5, 2016 - 10:15 pm
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner: Chicago Public School takeover plan lives

    SPRINGFIELD — When the time comes, suburban and downstate Democrats will join him in his effort to have the state take control of Chicago’s debt-strap ...
    Feb. 5, 2016 - 2:00 pm
  • High school basketball: 3 games to watch on Feb. 5

    The postseason is already visible on the horizon for girls basketball teams, while conference races for boys teams are getting down to the nitty-gritt ...
    Feb. 5, 2016 - 11:48 am
  • DuPage Federation marks 20th anniversary

    LOMBARD – The DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform recently hosted its 20th anniversary celebration.
    Feb. 4, 2016 - 7:00 pm
  • Vex Robotics Team team wins regional

    Homeschool students on Vex Robotics Team 6259 – Tyrannosaurus Vex – earned the title of tournament champions at a local competition in mid-January, al ...
    Feb. 4, 2016 - 2:00 pm
  • High school wrestling: Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South wrestlers start on postseason paths

    After months of training and making weight, wrestlers are preparing to start on the path to the state finals. Here’s the outlook for wrestlers from Do ...
    Feb. 4, 2016 - 1:35 pm
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner announces plan for private-public partnership for I-55 widening

    Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Feb. 4 a plan to add managed lanes to Interstate 55 through a private-public partnership.
    Feb. 4, 2016 - 12:35 pm
  • Downers Grove man charged with child pornography possession, distribution

    DOWNERS GROVE – Anthony Damaska, 28, of the 600 block of Sherman Street, Downers Grove, has been charged with possession and distribution of child por ...
    Feb. 4, 2016 - 11:22 am
  • Downers Grove company to teach computer science to tweens

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove residents Chris Davis and Marissa Schultz have started a tutoring company to provide middle school students more opportu ...
    Feb. 4, 2016 - 11:00 am
  • Illinois Comptroller: State debt spiraling

    SPRINGFIELD — Unless something changes soon, Illinois is heading $6.2 billion deeper into debt and taxpayers will remain on the hook, state Comptrolle ...
    Feb. 4, 2016 - 10:17 am
  • High school boys basketball: Glenbard West survives physical battle against Downers Grove North

    DOWNERS GROVE – There was no buzzer beater needed this time.The first meeting this season between th ...
    Feb. 3, 2016 - 10:42 pm
  • Downers Grove man accused of battering infant daughter

    DOWNERS GROVE – A Downers Grove man has been charged with aggravated battery of his 3-month old daughter, according to a DuPage County State's Attorne ...
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 12:57 pm
  • Downers Grove South Drama to present winter play Feb. 5, 6

    DOWNERS GROVE – Drama students at Downers Grove South High School will perform the play "North Star" at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 and 6 in the school's auditorium ...
    Feb. 3, 2016 - 5:00 pm
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner: Illinois can save $500M on purchases

    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Feb. 2 urged a streamlining of procurement, or the way the state buys goods and services, saying it could save the ...
    Feb. 3, 2016 - 1:00 pm
  • Police reports: Downers Grove for Feb. 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 ...
    Feb. 3, 2016 - 10:14 am
  • Downers Grove welcomes Mexican restaurant to downtown community

    DOWNERS GROVE –  For the first time in about a decade, downtown Downers Grove has a full-service Mexican restaurant.
    Feb. 3, 2016 - 2:51 pm
  • Downers Grove District 99 keeps traditional calendar, eyes earlier start in future

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove high school students could be starting the 2017-18 school year earlier than usual.
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 3:00 pm
  • Teen photography on display at Downers Grove Public Library

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss St., is showcasing the photography of local teens from Feb. 2 to 29.
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 12:00 pm
  • High school boys basketball: Downers Grove South still in contention after first conference loss

    DOWNERS GROVE – Few opponents can match the all-out play and intensity of Downers Grove South senior guard Sam Ebersold.
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 10:43 am
  • Illinois legislation aims to regulate cellphone surveillance

    SPRINGFIELD — State lawmakers are moving to put some boundaries on police surveillance technology that can literally snatch the data from a person’s c ...
    Feb. 1, 2016 - 5:00 pm
  • Budget, higher education battles roll on

    SPRINGFIELD — Democratic lawmakers on Jan. 28 passed a measure they said will help university students and community colleges despite the lack of a bu ...
    Feb. 1, 2016 - 12:00 pm
  • Woodridge man convicted in robbery of Downers Grove Radio Shack

    DOWNERS GROVE – A Woodridge man was found guilty of armed robbery Jan. 29, stemming from a Dec. 11, 2013, incident at a Downers Grove Radio Shack, acc ...
    Jan. 31, 2016 - 6:53 pm
  • Downers Grove District 99 considering early start to next school year

    DOWNERS GROVE – Administration at Community High School District 99 will make a recommendation on whether to start the next school year earlier during ...
    Jan. 29, 2016 - 4:00 pm
  • Downers Grove author reviewed in publishing magazine

    DOWNERS GROVE – "An Unknown Shore," a book by Downers Grove author Jim Yeazel, was chosen for a feature review in the Jan. 15 issue of the publishing ...
    Jan. 29, 2016 - 12:59 pm
  • High school boys basketball: 3 games to watch this weekend

    Playoff seeding in Class 3A and 4A boys basketball is a little less than three weeks away (Feb. 18), and teams are jostling for position. 
    Jan. 29, 2016 - 11:53 am
  • Downers Grove Public Library starts search for next director

    DOWNERS GROVE – The search firm Bradbury Associates hosted meetings Jan. 19 and 20 with members of the Downers Grove Public Library and the community ...
    Jan. 28, 2016 - 5:00 pm
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner softens tone but stays with agenda

    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner hammered away Jan. 27 on the need for fundamental change in the way Illinois operates, while Democratic leaders blamed ...
    Jan. 28, 2016 - 1:30 pm
  • Illinois Treasurer to invest $220 million to spur tech jobs

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois will invest more than $220 million in emerging technology companies over the next three years, state Treasurer Michael Frerichs ...
    Jan. 28, 2016 - 12:56 pm
  • Downers Grove woman highlights need for organ donors through Westmont event

    WESTMONT – Kathy Lott has lived with kidney disease for almost 24 years.The Downers Grove resident a ...
    Jan. 27, 2016 - 10:03 pm
  • Illinois Democrats, Republicans to talk school aid, pensions

    SPRINGFIELD — State Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, dropped two big pieces of news Jan. 25:
    Jan. 27, 2016 - 12:00 pm
  • Police reports: Downers Grove for Jan. 27

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Downers Grove Police Department. Individuals in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime h ...
    Jan. 27, 2016 - 11:00 am
  • High school wrestling: Downers Grove South setting up for strong postseason run

    DOWNERS GROVE – Ahmir Hooks might be in the most difficult weight class in the toughest Class 3A wrestling regional in the state.
    Jan. 26, 2016 - 5:44 pm
  • Downers Grove North, South jazz bands hosting Tivoli Theatre concert

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Northern Illinois University Jazz Orchestra will join the jazz bands from Downers Grove North and South high schools for a concert ...
    Jan. 26, 2016 - 5:00 pm
  • DuPage County experts express cautious optimism at Suburban Life economic forecast

    Business and community leaders from around DuPage County believe there is reason to be optimistic – and cautious – in 2016 when it comes to local econ ...
    Jan. 26, 2016 - 10:43 pm
  • High school girls basketball: Lauren Porcelli lifts Downers Grove North to important conference win

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove North senior guard Lauren Porcelli has yet to commit to a college because she’s looking for a school with a four-year en ...
    Jan. 26, 2016 - 3:15 pm
  • SEASPAR to debut fish fry fundraiser in Lisle

    LISLE – The community is invited to a fish fry fundraiser Feb. 5 at Wheatstack in Lisle to benefit recreational services provided by the Southeast Ass ...
    Jan. 26, 2016 - 3:00 pm
  • Illinois continues to shed jobs

    SPRINGFIELD — December’s employment numbers show Illinois is continuing to lose jobs.“For the first ...
    Jan. 26, 2016 - 2:12 pm
  • Downers Grove Village Council waives tax rebate agreement with Lemon Tree

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Village Council voted 5-2 to terminate a sales tax rebate agreement with Lemon Tree Grocer during its Jan. 19 meetin ...
    Jan. 26, 2016 - 3:18 pm
  • High school football: Downers Grove South's Erik Swenson searching for new college scholarship

    DOWNERS GROVE – Erik Swenson had been committed to playing football at the University of Michigan, his dream school, since he was a sophomore in 2013.
    Jan. 26, 2016 - 2:16 pm
  • Craft brew event to benefit DuPage County's Sensory Garden

    Celebrating craft beer, Arrowhead Golf Club will present Straight from the Tap from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Jan. 30 in Wheaton.
    Jan. 26, 2016 - 7:00 am
  • GOP seeks state control of Chicago schools

    SPRINGFIELD — Republicans on Jan. 20 announced a plan to put the financially floundering Chicago Public Schools system under state control and open th ...
    Jan. 25, 2016 - 10:42 am
  • Niece of 'Downton Abbey' creator to speak at College of DuPage

    GLEN ELLYN – As the niece of "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes, Jessica Fellowes has more than a passing interest in the popular television seri ...
    Jan. 25, 2016 - 3:28 pm
  • Comedians to kick off Roadrunners Soccer Club benefit at Tivoli

    Comedians will star in a benefit for the Roadrunners Soccer Club. It will present its first annual Kickin’ Up Some Laughs Comedy Night at 7:30 p.m. Ja ...
    Jan. 22, 2016 - 1:00 pm
  • High school boys basketball: Four games to watch Jan. 22 and 23

    The thick of the conference schedule is keeping boys basketball teams plenty busy, and there are several games worth watching on Jan. 22 and 23.
    Jan. 22, 2016 - 12:33 pm
  • Eye Institute opens at Midwestern University in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – Midwestern University in Downers Grove has added an eye clinic to the services provided in its Multispecialty Clinic, according to a u ...
    Jan. 22, 2016 - 12:00 pm
  • Downers Grove Village Council discusses options for facilities updates

    DOWNERS GROVE – The village of Downers Grove and Williams Architects gave a preliminary presentation on possible upgrades to the Village Hall and poli ...
    Jan. 22, 2016 - 10:48 am
  • Downers Grove library celebrating 125th anniversary

    DOWNERS GROVE – This year is a major milestone for the Downers Grove Public Library as it marks 125 years since its opening.
    Jan. 22, 2016 - 8:30 am
  • Downers Grove Dazzlers win fourth synchronized skating event of season

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Dazzlers Open Gold synchronized ice skating team has known nothing but winning this season.
    Jan. 22, 2016 - 8:30 am
  • Downers Grove resident invited on stage during Bruce Springsteen concert

    CHICAGO – Longtime Downers Grove resident Susan Wolsko got an extra thrill while attending the Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concert Jan. 19 ...
    Jan. 21, 2016 - 2:23 pm
  • High school boys basketball: Downers Grove South learns lesson, finishes strong in tourney

    WHEATON – Basketball is the most spontaneous of games.Actions and events fluctuate from moment to mo ...
    Jan. 20, 2016 - 1:46 pm
  • Classic Cinemas to present Predict the Oscars contest

    Classic Cinemas’ Predict the Oscars contest returns for the 2016 awards season.The grand-prize winne ...
    Jan. 20, 2016 - 1:00 pm
  • High school boys basketball: Downers Grove North bested by buzzer-beater

    GLEN ELLYN – Devin Blake and his Downers Grove North boys basketball teammates played a fantastic second half against Glenbard West.
    Jan. 20, 2016 - 11:44 am
  • Police reports: Downers Grove for Jan. 20

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Downers Grove Police Department. Individuals in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime h ...
    Jan. 20, 2016 - 11:00 am
  • Downers Grove Bohemian Garden restaurant to close

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove residents soon will have to find a new place to get their breaded pork tenderloin and sauerbraten.
    Jan. 21, 2016 - 9:13 pm
  • Mia's Cantina in downtown Downers Grove holding soft opening

    DOWNERS GROVE – Mia's Cantina, 1012 Curtiss St., Downers Grove, is open for business, though diners will not get a full taste of the Mexican restauran ...
    Jan. 19, 2016 - 3:03 pm
  • High school girls basketball: Progress puts Downers Grove North in prime position

    VILLA PARK – It had been a while since Jaida Green and her Downers Grove North girls basketball teammates had been in this position.
    Jan. 19, 2016 - 2:17 pm
  • Tickets on sale for Neko Case concert at Tivoli in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – Singer-songwriter Neko Case is coming to Downers Grove with performances scheduled for Feb. 24 and 25 at the Tivoli Theatre, 5021 High ...
    Jan. 20, 2016 - 11:21 am
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner asks for impasse ruling

    SPRINGFIELD — Is Illinois headed toward a state workers strike?That’s the question in Springfield, w ...
    Jan. 18, 2016 - 2:00 pm
  • Brookfield Zoo picks photo contest winners

    BROOKFIELD – Nearly 200 photos, including butterflies, snow leopards, gorillas and a variety of bird species, were entered in the Chicago Zoological S ...
    Jan. 18, 2016 - 8:42 pm
  • ALDI holding hiring events in January

    LISLE – Grocery chain ALDI is looking to hire new employees for all its suburban locations during hiring events Jan. 18 and 26.
    Jan. 18, 2016 - 11:12 am
  • Downers Grove District 58 holding preschool open house

    DOWNERS GROVE – Parents can learn more about Downers Grove School District 58's preschool program at open houses held from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 20 at Henr ...
    Jan. 18, 2016 - 10:33 am
  • 2 men charged with sex trafficking in Downers Grove, Naperville

    The U.S. Attorney's Office has charged two Chicago men with running a prostitution ring that extended to Downers Grove and Naperville, according to a ...
    Jan. 16, 2016 - 9:05 pm
  • High school boys basketball: Justin Pierce buzzer-beater lifts Glenbard West against Downers Grove North (with video)

    GLEN ELLYN – It wasn't Justin Pierce's best game of the season, not by a long shot. But when he was ...
    Jan. 15, 2016 - 11:07 pm
  • Metra bans hoverboards due to safety concerns

    CHICAGO – Metra announced that hoverboards will no longer be permitted onboard its trains due to concerns over potential fire hazards.
    Jan. 17, 2016 - 6:55 pm
  • Downers Grove resident named head of Loyola University orthopaedic surgery department

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Loyola University Health System has selected Dr. Alexander Ghanayem of Downers Grove as chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Sur ...
    Jan. 15, 2016 - 2:30 pm
  • High school boys and girls basketball: Downers Grove North vs.Glenbard West boys tipoff in West Suburban Silver

    The three-day Martin Luther King Junior holiday weekend will keep boys and girls basketball teams plenty busy. Between conference games and Martin Lut ...
    Jan. 15, 2016 - 11:23 am
  • Roadrunners Soccer Club to host comedy night fundraiser

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Roadrunners Soccer Club of Downers Grove will host its first "Kickin' Up Some Laughs" comedy night at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 28.
    Jan. 15, 2016 - 10:24 am
  • Downers Grove District 58 taking student applications for Select 58 Award

    DOWNERS GROVE – Eighth grade students at Herrick and O’Neill middle schools can apply for the Education Foundation of Downers Grove District 58's Sele ...
    Jan. 15, 2016 - 7:30 am
  • 'Alive Inside' film to reveal music's effects on dementia, brain injury

    A free screening of “Alive Inside,” a documentary about how music affects the minds of people with dementia, will be shown at 2 p.m. Jan. 23.
    Jan. 14, 2016 - 5:00 pm
  • Downers Grove IT company announces rebranding

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove-based company Acxiom IT has renamed itself Ensono, along with a new strategy for offering IT solutions, according to a c ...
    Jan. 14, 2016 - 4:30 pm
  • Prep sports roundup: Downers Grove North girls win weekend pair

    Downers Grove North’s girls basketball team earned a pair of wins Jan. 8 and 9.Jaida Green scored 21 ...
    Jan. 14, 2016 - 1:00 pm
  • Downers Grove District 99 board discusses priorities in facilities plan

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Community High School District 99 Board of Education participated Jan. 11 in an exercise to prioritize the projects in the distric ...
    Jan. 15, 2016 - 6:52 am
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