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  • Downers Grove gets more stop signs near Washington Park

    DOWNERS GROVE – Additional stop signs have been installed in the area near Washington Park, the village announced in a news release.
    July 1, 2015 - 12:00 pm
  • College of DuPage exploring options after Attorney General rules on Breuder contract

    The College of DuPage Board of Trustees is looking into what a recent legal opinion from the Attorney General's office might mean for the contract of ...
    July 31, 2015 - 8:00 am
  • College of DuPage attorney: Investigation, prosecution for Breuder closed meeting leak

    The College of DuPage and its attorneys are investigating the source of the leak of an audio recording of a closed meeting regarding a contract extens ...
    July 31, 2015 - 9:20 pm
  • DuPage Health Department: West Nile present in mosquitoes, but keep playing outside

    The DuPage County Health Department is monitoring the small number of West Nile virus cases it has seen this year in mosquitoes.
    July 30, 2015 - 12:22 pm
  • Police Reports: Downers Grove for July 29

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Downers Grove Police Department. Individuals in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime h ...
    July 30, 2015 - 12:11 pm
  • Downers Grove approves Florence Avenue repairs despite public outcry

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Village Council approved spending $1.7 million on road repairs July 21, despite residents' calls for a more expensive project.
    July 29, 2015 - 11:10 pm
  • Illinois state pension headed to U.S. Supreme Court?

    SPRINGFIELD — Attorney General Lisa Madigan is considering an appeal of the state high court’s May decision that tossed out the state’s 2013 Pension R ...
    July 29, 2015 - 4:30 pm
  • Letter: Pothole problems in Downers Grove

    To the editor,I am driving down Main Street/Lemont Road and cars are weaving from left to right and ...
    July 29, 2015 - 4:11 pm
  • Downers Grove North, South athletes have plenty of offseason options

    It used to be that elite high school athletes had three jerseys in their closets – one for a fall sport, one for a winter sport, and one for a spring ...
    July 30, 2015 - 2:05 pm
  • Reports: College of DuPage's Breuder requested double amount of severance package

    GLEN ELLYN – Anonymously released tapes show College of DuPage President Robert Breuder's controversial buyout package was nearly twice as much and hi ...
    July 29, 2015 - 3:51 pm
  • Lots of sports options for athletes looking to specialize

    Athletes who decide to specialize in one sport have plenty of options to choose from. Club and AAU teams not only offer top-notch competition, but als ...
    July 29, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • 8 photos: DuPage County Fair offers family fun

    WHEATON – The DuPage County Fair returned for the 61st year from July 22 to 26, and with it came fun for the whole family.
    July 29, 2015 - 10:46 am
  • McGuire: Cutting services can carry a high cost

    When people trapped by domestic violence come to Family Shelter Service, they find a lot more than they expect. That's because we are not an isolated ...
    July 28, 2015 - 8:00 pm
  • Ashton: Library works for those with disabilities

    Three times in recent weeks, traveling on the Green Line train of the Chicago Transit Authority, I saw people using wheelchairs enter the car, ride th ...
    July 28, 2015 - 5:00 pm
  • Forest preserve's new leader is Oak Brook public works director

    After years of absent or temporary leadership, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has announced its new executive director after a unanimou ...
    July 28, 2015 - 8:26 pm
  • Downers Grove South grad Danny Spinuzza set for charity hoops camp tipoff

    DOWNERS GROVE – Danny Spinuzza spent the spring on the diamond with Triton College baseball. Startin ...
    July 28, 2015 - 4:47 pm
  • Illinois state employees get another win in pay dispute

    SPRINGFIELD — State employees can keep getting their regular paychecks for the near future, another state court has ruled.
    July 28, 2015 - 3:57 pm
  • Downers Grove District 99 to hire superintendent by Dec. 14

    DOWNERS GROVE – A search firm working for Community High School District 99 has set Dec. 14 as the anticipated date for the Board of Education to hire ...
    July 28, 2015 - 2:47 pm
  • Attorney general: College of DuPage violated Open Meetings Act with Breuder contract extension

    The College of DuPage Board of Trustees violated the Open Meetings Act when it approved a 2011 contract extension for President Robert Breuder, accord ...
    July 27, 2015 - 10:48 pm
  • Metra expands, adjusts service for Lollapalooza weekend rush

    Metra is adjusting its train schedules to Chicago to accommodate the thousands of passengers that are expected to attend Lollapalooza, according to a ...
    July 27, 2015 - 3:00 pm
  • Christen Press goal leads Chicago Red Stars against Washington Spirit

    GERMANTOWN, Md. – The National Women's Soccer League-leading Chicago Red Stars nearly handed third-place Washington Spirit its first home defeat of th ...
    July 27, 2015 - 2:15 pm
  • Our view: Take steps to avoid contracting West Nile virus

    It seems the buzz surrounding the West Nile virus in Illinois quiets more every summer.That’s not a ...
    July 27, 2015 - 1:53 pm
  • Charge dropped for Downers Grove woman held for alleged heroin delivery

    DOWNERS GROVE – A charge was dropped for a Downers Grove woman who had allegedly carried 2.1 grams of heroin in her car, according to a Cook County's ...
    July 27, 2015 - 4:08 pm
  • Kristin Scott named marketing director at Oak Trace

    DOWNERS GROVE – Oak Trace has named Kristin Scott as its new marketing director for health care services, the senior living community announced in a n ...
    July 26, 2015 - 12:00 pm
  • Amplified phone available for seniors can be tested in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation, a nonprofit state distributor of specialized telecommunications equipment for those wi ...
    July 26, 2015 - 10:00 am
  • Police Reports: Downers Grove for July 22

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Downers Grove Police Department. Individuals in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime h ...
    July 25, 2015 - 3:17 pm
  • Letter: Reflections from jury duty

    To the editor,I was called to jury duty and got selected as an alternate on a criminal case.The pros ...
    July 25, 2015 - 3:10 pm
  • Downers Grove forms committee to study historic preservation

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Village Council unanimously approved the formation of a committee July 21 to study an existing historic preservation ordinance.
    July 24, 2015 - 5:14 pm
  • Illinois Tollway, IDOT, DuPage County announce opening of new I-290, Illinois Route 390 interchange

    ITASCA – DuPage County residents will soon have a more manageable commute to O'Hare International Airport.
    July 27, 2015 - 1:24 pm
  • Downers Grove bans painted wall signs

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Village Council unanimously approved several zoning changes at its July 21 meeting, one of which bans painted signs.
    July 23, 2015 - 9:23 pm
  • Art Van Furniture to open flagship store in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – The finishing touches are being made on the new Art Van Furniture store on Butterfield Road, which will open to the public Aug. 1.
    July 23, 2015 - 6:50 pm
  • Old-fashioned fun continues through July 26 at DuPage County Fair

    WHEATON – The DuPage County Fair kicked off its annual festivities July 22, which will feature a lineup of family-friendly fare through July 26 at the ...
    July 23, 2015 - 8:10 pm
  • Vanessa Niestrom welcomes experience with Red Stars Reserves

    OAK BROOK – After riding the bench for two years at Illinois State, Vanessa Niestrom was looking for some action this summer.
    July 23, 2015 - 3:30 pm
  • Red Stars strike late for win against Boston Breakers

    BOSTON – The Chicago Red Stars maintained their first place ranking in the National Women's Soccer League table on July 22 earning three points on the ...
    July 23, 2015 - 12:41 pm
  • Red Stars fans welcome home World Cup heroes

    LISLE – A whirlwind for four members of the U.S. Soccer Women’s National Team continued July 18.The ...
    July 23, 2015 - 11:51 am
  • Downers Grove library offers summer science program

    DOWNERS GROVE – Kids are spending their summer learning about science and engineering thanks to a partnership between the Downers Grove Public Library ...
    July 22, 2015 - 6:13 pm
  • College of DuPage trustees, accreditation reviewers discuss board dysfunction

    The division of the College of DuPage Board of Trustees was clear as accreditation reviewers discussed the subject with trustees earlier this week.
    July 23, 2015 - 4:48 pm
  • Local soccer players help Chicago Fire Academy win national championship

    The Chicago Fire Academy's U-17/18 team won the 2014-15 U.S. Soccer Development Academy national championship with a 3-1 victory over Real Salt Lake- ...
    July 22, 2015 - 1:17 pm
  • Simler: Meals and volunteers needed this summer at DuPagePads shelters

    DuPagePads provides meals, overnight housing and safety 365 nights a year to families and individuals who are homeless, but summer is where we are mos ...
    July 22, 2015 - 1:00 pm
  • Chicago Red Stars look to maintain momentum of Women's World Cup win

    LISLE – The United States returned to the pinnacle of women’s soccer by winning the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Vancouver earlier in July.
    July 22, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Crawford: Celebrate business success with Chamber630

    While America was honoring its 239th birthday on the most glorious weekend of the year, Chamber630 was celebrating right along with our great country; ...
    July 21, 2015 - 7:30 pm
  • District 99 releases report on state of the district

    DOWNERS GROVE – Community High School District 99 released a report on the state of the district at its July 20 meeting.
    July 21, 2015 - 5:25 pm
  • Humanitarian Service Project calls on DuPage County volunteers

    The Humanitarian Service Project is in need of local volunteers to deliver groceries to marginalized senior citizens.
    July 21, 2015 - 3:49 pm
  • Gov. Rauner attends event in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – Gov. Bruce Rauner (center) visits with attendees at the Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation's eighth annual Illinois State Polic ...
    July 20, 2015 - 6:36 pm
  • Downers Grove police investigating obscene graffiti at Indian Trail

    DOWNERS GROVE – Police are investigating a graffiti incident at Indian Trail Elementary School, according to a report from the Downers Grove Police De ...
    July 20, 2015 - 6:14 pm
  • Downers Grove resident starts 100+ Who Care chapter

    DOWNERS GROVE – After Jay Sebben made a New Year's resolution to give to charity, he took it one step further by including more than 100 other people ...
    July 20, 2015 - 2:40 pm
  • Midwestern University student selected for fellowship

    DOWNERS GROVE – Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine – Illinois student Joshua Eastham has been selected for the Schweitzer Fellowship, th ...
    July 19, 2015 - 3:22 pm
  • Police Reports: Downers Grove for July 15

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Downers Grove Police Department. Individuals in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime h ...
    July 19, 2015 - 2:48 pm
  • Letter: Downers Grove Rotary works to keep GroveFest vendors local

    To the editor,In response to [the] July 1 "More affordable, local flavor needed at GroveFest" [Sound ...
    July 18, 2015 - 1:03 pm
  • College of DuPage accreditation review rescheduled

    A review of the College of DuPage's accreditation will move forward next week after the Higher Learning Commission postponed a trip to the school last ...
    July 20, 2015 - 11:46 am
  • College of DuPage board mulls spending policy changes

    The College of DuPage Board of Trustees may take steps to change certain spending policies.All three ...
    July 17, 2015 - 7:00 pm
  • Downers Grove considers details of proposed historic preservation committee

    DOWNERS GROVE – More details are surfacing about Downers Grove's proposed historic preservation committee.
    July 20, 2015 - 3:47 pm
  • Downers Grove considers banning painted signs

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Village Council is looking at potential zoning changes, including one that would ban painted signs on buildings in Downers Grove.
    July 17, 2015 - 3:45 pm
  • Breen's Breuder Rule passes House

    LOMBARD – A community college reform bill that includes state Rep. Peter Breen’s, R-Lombard, Breuder Rule passed the Illinois House on July 9.
    July 17, 2015 - 3:09 pm
  • Heat advisory in place for July 18 for Cook, DuPage, Will counties

    The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory in effect from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 18 for several area counties, including Cook, DuPage and ...
    July 17, 2015 - 4:28 pm
  • Maple Avenue railroad crossing to be closed for work in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – The BNSF Railway crossing at Maple Avenue will be closed for four days during the next two weeks, the village announced in a news rele ...
    July 16, 2015 - 8:17 pm
  • Downers Grove police investigating second reported peeping in park bathroom

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove police are seeking information after a man was seen in the women's bathroom at a park.
    July 16, 2015 - 8:06 pm
  • With code violations addressed, DuPage fair prepares for opening day

    WHEATON – The DuPage County Fair's organizers have long said the fairgrounds would be ready by summer, despite more than 600 building code violations ...
    July 20, 2015 - 10:49 am
  • Catholic school with classical focus to open in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE – A new high school focusing on classical education and the Catholic faith will open this fall in Downers Grove.
    July 16, 2015 - 5:13 pm
  • Reeder: High court case could end 'fair share' fees

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case last week that has union bosses worried. Very worried.I ...
    July 15, 2015 - 11:00 am
  • District 58 OKs preliminary budget, technology upgrades

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Grade School District 58 Board of Education had a productive meeting July 13, addressing a proposed budget for the c ...
    July 14, 2015 - 5:52 pm
  • Downers Grove South baseball focuses on fundamentals during summer season (with video)

    DOWNERS GROVE – Darren Orel likes to keep things simple, especially in the summer. With players comi ...
    July 15, 2015 - 3:11 pm
  • Summer ball starts the process for Downers Grove North baseball

    DOWNERS GROVE – When Dallton Baran stepped on the mound July 8, it was a bit of a change. The Downer ...
    July 14, 2015 - 1:06 pm
  • Illinois Comptroller: July 15 payroll will go out

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois employees will receive their regular paychecks for the July 15 pay date, Comptroller Leslie Munger, R-Lincolnshire, announced J ...
    July 14, 2015 - 11:53 am
  • Downers Grove North graduate Kendall Gretsch up for ESPY Award

    DOWNERS GROVE – Kendall Gretsch has come a long way since competing for Downers Grove North’s swim team.
    July 14, 2015 - 11:20 am
  • Downers Grove council talks historic preservation committee

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Village Council is moving forward with discussing the formation of a committee to study changes to the village's his ...
    July 20, 2015 - 3:48 pm
  • DeVry University among top schools for business degrees for veterans

    DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management was recognized by Military Times in its annual Best for Vets: Business Schools 2015 ranking, D ...
    July 13, 2015 - 1:54 pm
  • Downers Grove Historical Society names Historian of the Year

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Historical Society has named John Breen the 2015 Historian of the Year, according to a society news release.
    July 12, 2015 - 10:00 am
  • Report: Watchdog says records may indicate 'pay-to-play' at College of DuPage

    A local watchdog group is questioning whether College of DuPage engaged in “pay-to-play” politics in relation to projects funded by the school's $168 ...
    July 11, 2015 - 1:11 pm
  • Family Shelter Service gets donation

    Lisa Horne (left), assistant shelter director at Family Shelter Service, and Brad Bloom (center), president of the nonprofit's Board of Directors, rec ...
    July 11, 2015 - 11:20 am
  • Police Reports: Downers Grove for July 8

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Downers Grove Police Department. Individuals in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime h ...
    July 10, 2015 - 6:08 pm
  • Illinois House passes stopgap spending plan

    SPRINGFIELD — House Democrats on July 9 passed a stopgap budget to pay for limited July operations, including a month of state payroll.
    July 10, 2015 - 2:03 pm
  • Downers Grove could cut services in light of increasing expenses

    DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove officials aren't ruling out the possibility of cutting services due to increasing expenses and leveling revenues.
    July 13, 2015 - 3:14 pm
  • Downers Grove woman held on possession, delivery of heroin

    A Downers Grove woman with history of drug dealing is being held on $100,000 bail after police found 2.1 grams of heroin in her car, according to the ...
    July 10, 2015 - 11:43 am
  • Our view: College of DuPage wise to consider big changes at Waterleaf

    Were you pleased to hear that your tax dollars and students’ tuition payments were used to fund more than $530,000 in annual losses for Waterleaf Rest ...
    July 9, 2015 - 4:04 pm
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner challenges Democrats

    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner on July 8 essentially told legislative Democrats to just do it.If th ...
    July 9, 2015 - 12:23 pm
  • McGuire: Advocates help break the 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. 
    July 9, 2015 - 11:44 am
  • Downers Grove church's Garden Walk to benefit homeless

    DOWNERS GROVE – First United Methodist Church will showcase local gardens July 11 to help fight homelessness.
    July 8, 2015 - 5:38 pm
  • Changes to football seeding pleasing to DGN, DGS coaches

    The IHSA announced some rule changes that will affect postseason play in team sports, including a new way to seed teams in the football playoffs.
    July 8, 2015 - 10:31 am
  • Summer helps Downers Grove North, South football get ready for kickoff

    DOWNERS GROVE – There are many differences between the football teams at Downers Grove North and Downers Grove South.
    July 8, 2015 - 9:30 am
  • Most Illinois state workers to go unpaid

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger plans to appeal a  judge’s ruling that state employees who work during a no-budget shutdown can be pa ...
    July 8, 2015 - 9:04 am
  • Reeder: State workers need to bear share of cuts

    SPRINGFIELD – The way Illinois has handled negotiations with the largest union representing state workers has always been political.
    July 7, 2015 - 9:00 pm
  • Illinois Attorney General, Comptroller meet in court

    SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Attorney General’s and Comptroller’s Offices met in court the morning of July 7 in an attempt to find out how much the stat ...
    July 7, 2015 - 4:30 pm
  • Downers Grove North graduate remembered as 'someone who truly cared for his teammates'

    DOWNERS GROVE – Ben Silver will be remembered for a lot of things, but for his mother, it's his athletic prowess that stands above the rest.
    July 8, 2015 - 10:56 am
  • Illinois residents pawns in a giant state chess game

    The mighty struggle underway over the Illinois state budget is eerily similar to the game of chess. The comparison is both apt and sad.
    July 7, 2015 - 12:46 pm
  • Downers Grove celebrates Fourth of July

    DOWNERS GROVE – National pride was on display during the annual Downers Grove Fourth of July parade, held July 4.
    July 7, 2015 - 12:00 pm
  • Downers Grove Police: Man hit pedestrians with car, chased them with hammer

    DOWNERS GROVE – Police are investigating a July 2 hit-and-run that resulted in multiple pedestrian injuries.
    July 7, 2015 - 12:44 am
  • Dispute over Illinois state payroll rolls on

    SPRINGFIELD — The question of whether the state can pay employees during a no-budget shutdown became political football July 2. 
    July 6, 2015 - 11:03 am
  • Downers Grove South's Erik Swenson looks forward to playing football for Michigan

    DOWNERS GROVE – Erik Swenson always had the dream of playing football at Michigan. When he started to gain notoriety on the field at Downers Grove Sou ...
    July 6, 2015 - 7:25 pm
  • DuPage Foundation awards Family Shelter Service

    DuPage Foundation Director of Programs Barb Szczepaniak (far left) presents Family Shelter Service President and Hinsdale Chief of Police Brad Bloom ( ...
    July 5, 2015 - 12:00 pm
  • Edward Jones adviser, Downers Grove resident wins award

    DOWNERS GROVE – Edward Jones financial adviser Jennifer Wilken has received the Spirit of Caring Award, Edward Jones announced in a news release.
    July 5, 2015 - 10:00 am
  • Gbur: Successful partnerships keep communities healthy

    During these tenuous financial times, there is one thing that we can celebrate and feel great about. Over the last 40 years, Illinois park districts h ...
    July 3, 2015 - 4:30 pm
  • Packey Webb Ford to host BBQ for the Troops

    DOWNERS GROVE – Packey Webb Ford is partnering with the USO of Illinois to host a BBQ for the Troops event July 18, the dealership announced in a news ...
    July 3, 2015 - 2:57 pm
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