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  • Relay For Life of Downers Grove and Woodridge raises more than $30,000

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove, Woodridge and other area communities came together June 26 for a Relay For Life fundraising event at McCollum Park.
    June 29, 2015 - 8:33 pm
  • Scott Darling's Stanley Cup experience: 'It's been unbelievable'

    LEMONT – The past year has been a whirlwind for Scott Darling after the Lemont native signed with the Chicago Blackhawks on July 1, 2014.
    June 29, 2015 - 4:16 pm
  • College of DuPage accreditation review postponed

    A review of the College of DuPage's accreditation has been delayed after the Higher Learning Commission postponed a trip to the school scheduled for J ...
    June 29, 2015 - 10:08 pm
  • Downers Grove North fine arts chairman named quarterfinalist for education award

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove North High School Fine Arts Chairman Brayer Teague is a quarterfinalist for the Grammy Foundation's Music Educator Award ...
    June 28, 2015 - 2:00 pm
  • Downers Grove woman, Crystal Lake man killed in I-290 motorcycle crash

    A Downers Grove woman and a Crystal Lake man were killed in the early morning of June 28 when their motorcycle struck a concrete median barrier on Int ...
    June 29, 2015 - 1:19 pm
  • Cadard named District 58 preschool coordinator

    DOWNERS GROVE – Jackelyn Cadard will be the new preschool coordinator for Downers Grove Grade School District 58, according to a district news release ...
    June 28, 2015 - 10:00 am
  • Forest Preserve District of DuPage County begins centennial celebrations

    The history of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is one that begins with a dedicated group of residents and a vote 100 years ago.
    June 27, 2015 - 4:00 pm
  • Letter: Kirk's comment has cost him a vote

    To the Editor:The junior senator from Illinois, Mark Kirk, thought he was back in a high school lock ...
    June 27, 2015 - 10:00 am
  • Downers Grove Rotary GroveFest returns for the weekend: 8 photos

    On Friday, June 26, 2015, Rotary GroveFest opens for the first full day of the fest, which continues through Sunday in Downers Grove.
    June 26, 2015 - 9:06 pm
  • Lisle native Frank Kaminsky drafted by Charlotte Hornets

    Former Benet Academy basketball player Frank Kaminsky was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the ninth overall pick June 25 in the first round of ...
    June 28, 2015 - 7:56 am
  • Police Reports: Downers Grove for June 24

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Downers Grove Police Department. Individuals in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime h ...
    June 26, 2015 - 1:30 pm
  • College of DuPage weighs future of controversial Waterleaf Restaurant

    The on-campus Waterleaf Restaurant at College of DuPage may undergo some drastic changes in the near future.
    June 26, 2015 - 11:02 am
  • Choose DuPage president tapped as new Illinois Tollway executive director

    The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors has unanimously voted to hire Choose DuPage President and CEO Greg Bedalov as the agency's executive director, ...
    June 25, 2015 - 6:52 pm
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner signs bill to fund education

    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into a law June 24 a bill that will let state money flow to schools so they can open their doors on time.
    June 25, 2015 - 3:51 pm
  • Two organs to be featured in Downers Grove Theatre Organ Day

    DOWNERS GROVE – Two historic organs will be highlighted June 27 during the return of the Downers Grove Theatre Organ Day.
    June 25, 2015 - 11:46 am
  • Downers Grove man wins $2 million with lottery ticket from Villa Park store

    A Downers Grove resident turned running errands into a $2 million grand prize after picking up a winning lottery ticket, the Illinois Lottery announce ...
    June 25, 2015 - 9:09 pm
  • DuPage fairgrounds officials: precautions against equine, livestock diseases in place

    WHEATON – A number of animal diseases are forcing county and state fairs nationwide to evaluate biosecurity measures this summer. The DuPage County Fa ...
    June 24, 2015 - 9:45 pm
  • Downers Grove North student petitions for autism awareness program

    DOWNERS GROVE – Zach Steele felt judged during his freshman year at Downers Grove North High School. But now he's reaching out to put an end to that j ...
    June 24, 2015 - 12:00 pm
  • McGuire: Advocates help break cycle of violence

    Ten-year-old Aaron didn't know why he wet the bed at night; but he was terrified of what his father would do if he found out. 
    June 24, 2015 - 11:25 am
  • Downers Grove Public Library to host container gardening class

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss St., will host a container gardening class June 25, the library announced in a news rel ...
    June 24, 2015 - 7:40 am
  • Rotary GroveFest to return to Downers Grove this weekend

    DOWNERS GROVE – This weekend will feature music, food, beer and carnival rides when the Rotary GroveFest returns to Downers Grove.
    June 29, 2015 - 2:33 pm
  • Our view: Why we rarely use anonymous quotes, and when we would

    If you’ve been a reader of Suburban Life over the past couple of years, you might have noticed that we almost never use anonymous sources in our stori ...
    June 23, 2015 - 5:00 pm
  • Players from Downers Grove, Hinsdale, Lemont, Westmont comprise all-area baseball team

    The high school baseball season is officially in the books as all the state trophies have been awarded. With the season in the rearview mirror, it’s t ...
    June 25, 2015 - 4:00 pm
  • Pro Jersey Sports serves up souvenirs for Blackhawks fans

    DOWNERS GROVE – Even after selling sports fan gear – hats, jerseys, T-shirts and more – for years, Dan Verven still is blown away by the tenacity of f ...
    June 24, 2015 - 9:59 pm
  • Letter: Let's fight for historic Downers Grove

    To the Editor:Terrible day in Downers Grove history.Watching the Edwards House get demolished [June ...
    June 23, 2015 - 12:00 pm
  • Economic Development Corporation: Business is booming in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – The state of business in Downers Grove is healthy, according to an annual report presented during the Downers Grove Economic Developme ...
    June 23, 2015 - 11:41 am
  • Letter: Rebuttal to Edwards House editorial

    To the Editor:This is in response to your June 10 editorial regarding the historic Edwards House. Wh ...
    June 22, 2015 - 12:00 pm
  • BMO Harris volunteers give back in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – Volunteers with BMO Harris Bank help landscape the Indian Boundary YMCA on June 10 in Downers Grove.
    June 21, 2015 - 4:00 pm
  • Police Reports: Downers Grove for June 17

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Downers Grove Police Department. Individuals in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime h ...
    June 21, 2015 - 12:00 pm
  • Downers Grove Public Library to host photography class

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss St., will host a photography class, the library announced in a news release.
    June 20, 2015 - 4:00 pm
  • Illinois’ auditor to retire at year’s end

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ auditor general, hailed as an example of integrity in a state known for rough and sometimes corrupt politics, announced his re ...
    June 20, 2015 - 12:00 pm
  • Michaels to open in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – Michaels, a crafts specialty retailer, will open a new location in Downers Grove, the company announced in a news release.
    June 20, 2015 - 12:00 pm
  • College of DuPage audit: Hamilton's 'Clean Slate' involvement violated board policy

    The chairwoman of the College of DuPage Board of Trustees violated board policy earlier this year by campaigning for three newly-elected trustees, acc ...
    June 22, 2015 - 8:24 pm
  • Perez: People's Resource Center brings Summer Science to DuPage County

    Many parents of young school-aged children have been thinking about how to keep their children busy and still learning through the summer. For lots of ...
    June 19, 2015 - 2:35 pm
  • Downers Grove council to host forum

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Village Council will host a Coffee with the Council event June 20, the village announced in a news release.
    June 19, 2015 - 11:00 am
  • Sandack to host document shredding event

    DOWNERS GROVE – State Rep. Ron Sandack, R-Downers Grove, will host a free document shredding event and open house June 20, Sandack announced in a news ...
    June 19, 2015 - 10:54 am
  • Downers Grove's Rotary GroveFest to add craft beer festival

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Rotary Club of Downers Grove is always looking for ways to improve the Rotary GroveFest. This year, they're introducing a craft be ...
    June 19, 2015 - 10:50 am
  • Police Reports: Westmont for June 17

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Westmont Police Department. Individuals in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime have n ...
    June 19, 2015 - 10:55 am
  • Downers Grove District 99: Energy-efficient items save $6 million

    DOWNERS GROVE – Community High School District 99 is touting nearly $6 million in savings as a result of energy-efficient equipment in schools.
    June 18, 2015 - 9:45 pm
  • Downers Grove council approves Clyde Estates reconstruction project

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Village Council has approved a plan to reconstruct streets and improve drainage in the Clyde Country Estates subdivision.
    June 18, 2015 - 5:41 pm
  • Our view: Edwards House's end is sad, but not tragic

    During the course of the past year, even at times when there was tentative good news about the possible fate of the Edwards House, there was always a ...
    June 18, 2015 - 6:50 pm
  • Hewitt: District 58 celebrates its 2015 retirees

    Downers Grove Grade School District 58 closed yet another successful school year June 5. We wished our students and staff a happy summer vacation, and ...
    June 18, 2015 - 12:16 pm
  • Suburban Chicago street festivals: a complete guide

    It's that time of year again. The spring weather ushers in a host of local outdoor activities and street fests, which ramp up in the summer months. He ...
    June 22, 2015 - 7:19 am
  • All-area softball MVP Caroline Hedgcock 'phenomenal' for Downers Grove South

    DOWNERS GROVE – Caroline Hedgcock excels in all aspects of softball, but she definitely has one part of the game she enjoys best.
    June 17, 2015 - 7:21 pm
  • Downers Grove, Hinsdale, Lemont, Westmont players comprise all-area softball squad

    The high school softball season is officially in the books as all the state trophies have been awarded. With the season in the rearview mirror, it's t ...
    June 17, 2015 - 10:18 am
  • Shaw Media to acquire Kendall County weekly newspapers

    DIXON – Shaw Media, owner of Suburban Life, announced today that it is purchasing Record Newspapers Inc. from Jeff and Kathy Farren.
    June 17, 2015 - 9:33 am
  • District 58 talks summer plans, future upgrades

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove Grade School District 58 is preparing for a summer of improvements.The ...
    June 16, 2015 - 9:37 pm
  • Downers Grove Township to host senior event

    Friends for Downers Grove Township Senior Citizens will host a friends and family kickoff event June 17, the Westmont Chamber of Commerce and Tourism ...
    June 16, 2015 - 9:43 pm
  • Superb season for Downers Grove South softball despite ending

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove South's softball team looked like its usual self for one inning.The Mu ...
    June 16, 2015 - 11:54 am
  • Advocate Good Samaritan building 3-floor addition

    DOWNERS GROVE – Construction is ongoing for a new 111,000-square-foot addition to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital.
    June 15, 2015 - 9:58 pm
  • College of DuPage hires temp finance team after administrators put on paid leave

    A split College of DuPage Board of Trustees voted to hold down the financial fort by hiring a consultant firm after the school put a pair of top admin ...
    June 15, 2015 - 9:40 pm
  • District 58 employees named Apple Distinguished Educators

    DOWNERS GROVE – Two Downers Grove Grade School District 58 employees were named Apple Distinguished Educators, the district announced in a news releas ...
    June 14, 2015 - 4:30 pm
  • District 99 teachers get grants

    DOWNERS GROVE – Community School District 99 Education Foundation grant recipients show off their giant checks May 18 at the district Administrative S ...
    June 13, 2015 - 5:03 pm
  • Suburban Life takes home 44 awards in annual Illinois Press Association contest

    NORMAL -- Suburban Life Media took home 44 awards, including 14 first-place plaques, in the annual Illinois Press Association contest.
    June 13, 2015 - 5:30 pm
  • Police Reports: Downers Grove for June 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 ...
    June 12, 2015 - 5:41 pm
  • College of DuPage report: WDCB manager may have known about Elmhurst fraud

    A previously redacted report released by the College of DuPage Board of Trustees shows the school's former WDCB radio station manager may have known a ...
    June 12, 2015 - 11:28 pm
  • Marchetti: Tourism funding makes fiscal sense for Illinois

    When visitors come to Illinois, they fill our hotels, meeting centers, restaurants, shops and attractions. Most importantly, they create economic impa ...
    June 11, 2015 - 6:57 pm
  • Downers Grove council closer to approving Clyde Estates upgrades

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Village Council is one step closer to approving a plan to reconstruct the streets in the Clyde Country Estates subdivision.
    June 11, 2015 - 5:55 pm
  • Letter: Edwards House demolition an affront, officials should be ashamed

    To the Editor:Shame on all of the Downers Grove officials willing to trade the historical gem of the ...
    June 10, 2015 - 6:04 pm
  • Borrowed Earth Cafe owners to give away restaurant through contest

    DOWNERS GROVE – After achieving their restaurant dreams, Danny and Kathy Living are ready to let someone else have a turn.
    June 12, 2015 - 11:21 pm
  • Downers Grove, Hinsdale, Lemont players comprise all-area soccer team

    The girls soccer season is officially over after two state championship games June 6 put and end to the campaign. Now is the perfect time to honor the ...
    June 10, 2015 - 5:00 pm
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner, Illinois Democrats still butting heads

    SPRINGFIELD — Another day in Springfield passed June 9 without a visible inch of movement in the deadlock between Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative De ...
    June 10, 2015 - 12:55 pm
  • Downers Grove South ends softball season in supersectional: 6 photos

    Despite a four run third inning Downers Grove South ends their softball season with a  5-4 loss to Marist in a 4A supersectional at Benedictine Univer ...
    June 10, 2015 - 5:56 pm
  • McGuire: Advocates help break cycle of violence

    Ten-year-old Aaron didn't know why he wet the bed at night; but he was terrified of what his father would do if he found out. 
    June 10, 2015 - 7:30 am
  • Downers Grove South softball struggles in supersectional

    LISLE – The offense for Downers Grove South's softball team was a force to be reckoned with all season.
    June 9, 2015 - 10:09 pm
  • Q&A: Downers Grove author talks book about pet grief

    DOWNERS GROVE – A new book is out to help people grieving the loss of a pet.Downers Grove resident J ...
    June 9, 2015 - 8:46 pm
  • Downers Grove teens arrested in vandalism spree

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove police have arrested two juveniles in connection with a streak of vandalism reported in the village, according to a vill ...
    June 10, 2015 - 9:55 pm
  • College of DuPage places 2 administrators on leave after buried audit emerges

    Two top College of DuPage administrators have been placed on administrative leave after a buried internal audit calling several costly investments int ...
    June 9, 2015 - 10:52 pm
  • Seniors set tone for Downers Grove North baseball

    ROMEOVILLE – The ledger will show a 12-2 loss to end the season for Downers Grove North baseball this season, but Brendan Shanahan will have other mem ...
    June 9, 2015 - 1:53 pm
  • Offense comes through as Downers Grove South softball wins sectional

    DOWNERS GROVE – Another great day for Kristin Lea, Caroline Hedgcock and the Downers Grove South softball team also produced payback. 
    June 9, 2015 - 10:05 am
  • Downers Grove Dunkin' Donuts drive-thru approved by council

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Village Council has unanimously approved allowing a Dunkin' Donuts to build a drive-thru, despite concern from village staff.
    June 8, 2015 - 9:51 pm
  • Wrzesinski: Nonprofit designed to keep services for seniors going

    As a member of the 50-plus category, I can say that my perspective about aging has dramatically shifted as each decade has passed me by. Looking aroun ...
    June 12, 2015 - 6:22 pm
  • Edwards House falls, preservation work ongoing (with video)

    DOWNERS GROVE – After months of discussion and debate, the historic Edwards House has been demolished.
    June 9, 2015 - 10:50 am
  • Illinois House passes workers' compensation bill

    SPRINGFIELD — House Democrats on June 4 passed their own workers’ compensation reform bill despite warnings from their Republican colleagues that it f ...
    June 8, 2015 - 2:10 pm
  • Reeder: Time to put an end to playing make-believe with Illinois budget

    SPRINGFIELD – There are three ways to “balance“ a state budget: raise taxes, cut spending or play “make believe.”
    June 8, 2015 - 12:17 pm
  • Downers Grove South baseball plays tough, gets back to sectional final

    ROMEOVILLE - With only three full-time returning starters from its 2014 sectional championship team, Downers Grove South's baseball team had lots of w ...
    June 8, 2015 - 9:19 pm
  • Herrick Middle School team wins reserve grand champion at robotics competition

    DOWNERS GROVE – A Herrick Middle School robotics team won reserve grand champion at the 4-H Robotics Team Competition/Showcase on April 11 in Elgin, D ...
    June 7, 2015 - 2:58 pm
  • Downers Grove North student named National Merit Scholar

    DOWNERS GROVE – A Downers Grove North High School student has been named a National Merit Scholar, the National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced in a ...
    June 7, 2015 - 2:53 pm
  • District 58 Education Foundation, Tivoli Theatre raise $25,000 through fundraiser

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Education Foundation of Downers Grove Grade School District 58, in partnership with the Tivoli Theatre, raised $25,000 at a spring ...
    June 6, 2015 - 5:50 pm
  • Downers Grove library offering new streaming service

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Public Library now offers Hoopla, a digital content provider, the library announced in a news release.
    June 6, 2015 - 3:29 pm
  • Downers Grove Edwards House demolished: 5 photos

    Despite Downers Grove residents and community members the Edwards House gets demolished Saturday June 6, 2015.
    June 8, 2015 - 11:53 am
  • Downers Grove South baseball, softball back to sectional finals

    DOWNERS GROVE – It's going to be a busy weekend for a handful of Downers Grove South athletes.For th ...
    June 8, 2015 - 12:02 pm
  • Police Reports: Downers Grove for June 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 ...
    June 5, 2015 - 3:24 pm
  • Letter: In defense of bicyclists on the roads

    To the Editor:[Recently] someone kindly asked in the Sound Off section why many people ride bicycles ...
    June 4, 2015 - 9:50 pm
  • Downers Grove resident to compete in Miss Teen United States

    DOWNERS GROVE – A Downers Grove resident will represent Illinois this summer after winning the Miss Teen Illinois United States pageant.
    June 4, 2015 - 9:52 pm
  • West Chicago man charged with child abduction, abuse has ties to towns across DuPage County (with video)

    A West Chicago man who may have worked at area park districts, churches and YMCAs as recently as May is being held without bond after allegedly attemp ...
    June 11, 2015 - 3:00 pm
  • Doyle: Supportive housing is a sound investment for Illinois

    Gov. Rauner’s proposed 2016 budget severely cuts or eliminates many of the state-funded programs that save money for the state. Unfortunately, it appe ...
    June 3, 2015 - 7:46 pm
  • Avery Coonley students triumph as national chess champs

    DOWNERS GROVE – Students at The Avery Coonley School in Downers Grove are getting valuable life lessons while sitting at chessboards.
    June 3, 2015 - 5:48 pm
  • Downers Grove police warn residents after slew of slashed tires

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Police Department is warning residents about a string of incidents of vandalism to vehicles, the village announced i ...
    June 3, 2015 - 5:36 pm
  • Downers Grove council focuses on facilities during long-range plan discussion

    DOWNERS GROVE – The village council identified key issues it hopes to address through long-range planning at a June 2 meeting.
    June 3, 2015 - 5:08 pm
  • Downers North's Clevenger, Downers South's Kersting medal at state track, Westmont's Dea runs in finals

    CHARLESTON – Ryan Clevenger said his coach accurately predicted how the Class 3A 1,600-meter run would play out at the IHSA state meet on May 30.
    June 3, 2015 - 12:17 pm
  • DGN softball lives up to early promise on playoff run

    PLAINFIELD – Downers Grove North senior pitcher Megan Ramsden had the unenviable task of following in the footsteps of Dale Ryndak.
    June 3, 2015 - 11:14 am
  • Red Stars remain unbeaten with draw in Seattle

    SEATTLE – The Chicago Red Stars entered their game against Seattle Reign FC undefeated and used a strong defensive performance to remain unbeaten.
    June 3, 2015 - 10:45 am
  • Downers Grove Eagle Scout hopeful unveils Little Free Library at Elizabeth Ide Elementary

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove resident and Scout Jake Burrows has provided the students of Elizabeth Ide Elementary School with the gift of the writte ...
    June 2, 2015 - 9:35 pm
  • Downers Grove North, South both claim baseball regional titles

    DARIEN – Zack Jones might hold the unofficial record for longest start in baseball history.The Downe ...
    June 2, 2015 - 7:07 pm
  • Downers Grove South finds success with four all-state tennis finishes

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove South’s boys tennis team had a memorable state tournament for the second year in a row.
    June 2, 2015 - 9:34 pm
  • Downers Grove South softball moves on with regional win

    BOLINGBROOK – After not pitching for two weeks because of injury, Downers Grove South lefty Caroline Hedgcock received a nice welcome back present fro ...
    June 2, 2015 - 1:50 pm
  • Illinois House approves some Chicago pension restructuring

    SPRINGFIELD — With largely Democratic support, the Illinois House on Saturday passed a bill to help Chicago stabilize its massive police and fire pens ...
    June 2, 2015 - 11:50 am
  • Police Reports: Downers Grove for May 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 ...
    June 1, 2015 - 7:07 pm
  • ‘No strike, no lockout’ bill clears Illinois Senate

    SPRINGFIELD — A measure Democrats say is intended to prevent a state government shutdown in the case of labor-management strife cleared the Senate on ...
    June 1, 2015 - 3:00 pm
  • Ashton: Get rewards for reading through summer

    SuperReader Alert! The Downers Grove Public Library is leaping into action! We’re ready to help kids of all ages, teens, and adults fight off a dreade ...
    June 1, 2015 - 12:47 pm
  • Illinois Democrats pass ‘no strike, no lockout’ measure

    SPRINGFIELD — House Democrats passed a measure May 29 they say is intended to prevent a strike or lockout should Gov. Bruce Rauner and the largest sta ...
    June 1, 2015 - 10:30 am
  • Downers Grove Police Department gets accreditation with excellence

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Police Department has received accreditation with excellence from the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement ...
    May 31, 2015 - 5:07 pm
  • Downers Grove library offering new online catalog

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Public Library has introduced a new catalog, the library announced in a news release.
    May 31, 2015 - 9:10 pm
  • Downers Grove Dragons win Memorial Day baseball tournament

    DOWNERS GROVE – A trip to the Woodridge Memorial Tournament was nothing short of a complete success for the Downers Grove Dragons 11U Black baseball t ...
    May 31, 2015 - 2:15 pm
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