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  • 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 ...
    NEW: 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 - 2:18 am
  • Anderson's Bookshop will hold grand opening of La Grange location Saturday

    LA GRANGE – Staff at Anderson’s Bookshop’s new La Grange location, 26 S. La Grange Road, are working this week to get ready for the book store’s ribbo ...
    July 30, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • 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
  • Water reclamation district to hold open house on flooding at La Grange Village Hall

    LA GRANGE – The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) will host an open house for La Grange residents at the La Grange Vil ...
    July 29, 2015 - 3:31 pm
  • Lyons Township, Morton, Riverside Brookfield 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 - 2:39 pm
  • Write an essay, win a business!

    LA GRANGE – Since opening Dec. 1, 2012, Green It Up! Gift Stop, 74 S, La Grange Road, stands out as an environmentally conscious store offering toys, ...
    July 29, 2015 - 5:40 am
  • 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
  • Commonwealth Edison to trim branches in Western Springs

    WESTERN SPRINGS – ComEd announced the company will send crews to Western Springs to trim away branches near power lines between July and October. 
    July 28, 2015 - 4:08 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
  • Gurrie Middle School students, local filmmaker create safe spot for migrating butterflies

    LA GRANGE – Just outside the library of Gurrie Middle School in La Grange is the students’ garden.Th ...
    July 28, 2015 - 2:55 pm
  • Hough: Circulation is all about customer service

    The word "circulation" is defined in library science as "the processes connected with providing for the use of library materials, including reserve op ...
    July 27, 2015 - 7:00 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
  • La Grange Park police to host National Night Out party Aug. 4

    LA GRANGE PARK – In honor of the annual National Night Out event for 2015, the La Grange Park Police Department, along with the La Grange Park Fire De ...
    July 27, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Police Reports: La Grange, La Grange Park, Countryside, Westchester and Western Springs for July 22

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from local police departments. Individuals in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime have not bee ...
    July 26, 2015 - 12:30 pm
  • Elmhurst Extreme 10U baseball team caps season with title

    ELMHURST – A solid regular season got even better for the Elmhurst Extreme 10U baseball team in the playoffs.
    July 26, 2015 - 10:31 am
  • Harding Avenue railroad crossing in La Grange Park to close July 27 for construction

    LA GRANGE PARK – The village of La Grange Park announced repairs soon will begin on the Harding Avenue railroad crossing.
    July 24, 2015 - 5:00 pm
  • Q&A: A conversation with La Grange’s first female police chief

    LA GRANGE – Following an appointment from the village board July 13, Renee Strasser was named chief of police for La Grange.
    July 24, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Palos Park businessman Sean Morrison picked to replace LIz Doody Gorman as Cook County Board Commissioner

    Members of the 17th Cook County Board District Committee selected Palos Township committeeman Sean Morrison as the district’s new Cook County commissi ...
    July 30, 2015 - 2:38 pm
  • Ticknor: Preparing students for a digital world

    I recently watched a National Geographic special on the 1980s, and was struck by this fact: the smartphones we use today are more powerful than any co ...
    July 23, 2015 - 2:24 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
  • Blazers 14U softball team bounces back for tournament title

    DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Rebels softball tournament got off to a rocky start for the 14U Blazers Fastpitch team.
    July 23, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Anderson's Bookshop announces Aug. 1 opening in La Grange

    LA GRANGE – Anderson’s Bookshop announced it will open its new La Grange location with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Aug. 1.
    July 22, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Police: Man found on Joliet Road in Countryside identified, family contacted

    UPDATE: Countryside police announced that the man was identified and his family was contacted. Police thanked the community for their help in a post o ...
    July 22, 2015 - 4:21 pm
  • Nazareth Academy breaks ground on 'legacy' construction project

    LA GRANGE PARK – Members of the Nazareth Academy Board of Trustees broke ground July 16 on a $15 million construction program to expand and modernize ...
    July 21, 2015 - 4:09 pm
  • Local bands battle in Countryside

    COUNTRYSIDE – For the first time, the Best of Countryside Carnival played host to a Battle of the Bands. From noon to 3 p.m. July 18, local bands Doub ...
    July 21, 2015 - 3:44 pm
  • La Grange begins trial run for free downtown valet parking on weekends

    LA GRANGE – Weekend patrons of downtown La Grange will receive a little extra convenience when shopping and dining this summer by taking advantage of ...
    July 21, 2015 - 3:40 pm
  • Leibforth: Red cups of alcohol are not for teens

    The red Solo cup has become a cultural icon. It announces: “I am – not so subtly – partaking in the consumption of alcohol, so get on board or get out ...
    July 20, 2015 - 5:00 pm
  • Nazareth baseball stays competitive in summer despite depleted ranks

    RIVER FOREST – Next year, Nazareth baseball will play in Class 4A for the postseason, but the Roadrunners didn’t have to wait that long to get an earl ...
    July 20, 2015 - 4:49 pm
  • La Grange Park trustees approve stadium lights at Nazareth Academy

    LA GRANGE PARK – A request by Nazareth Academy to be allowed to install stadium lights for night games at Sprint Field was approved by the La Grange P ...
    July 20, 2015 - 9:20 pm
  • Police Reports: La Grange, La Grange Park, Countryside, Westchester and Western Springs for July 15

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from local police departments. Individuals listed in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime have ...
    July 18, 2015 - 5:30 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
  • Nazareth baseball falls to OPRF in Lawler Classic regional final

    RIVER FOREST – Next year Nazareth baseball will play in Class 4A for the postseason, and the Roadrunners got an early taste of what that competition w ...
    July 16, 2015 - 5:00 pm
  • Letter: Depending on blood donors and giving back

    To the editor:A large plurality of the American populous has no idea why hospitals in this country d ...
    July 16, 2015 - 12:28 pm
  • Nazareth tops Rams to advance to Lawler Classic regional final, LT bounced by OPRF

    RIVER FOREST – Winning isn't the priority of summer baseball, but once the Phil Lawler Classic kicks off, that starts to change.
    July 15, 2015 - 7:40 pm
  • La Grange Plan Commission discusses allowing microbreweries, brew pubs in village

    LA GRANGE – At the July 14 La Grange Plan Commission workshop meeting, commissioners signaled their support for allowing a greater variety of business ...
    July 20, 2015 - 2:49 pm
  • Cook County Commissioner Liz Gorman announces resignation from board

    Cook County Commissioner Elizabeth Doody Gorman announced her resignation from the Cook County Board of Commissioners during a special board meeting J ...
    July 15, 2015 - 5:08 pm
  • Cook County commissioners approve sales tax increase

    The Cook County Board of Commissioners voted July 15 to approve a 1 percent increase to the county's sales tax with a 9-7 vote, according to media rep ...
    July 15, 2015 - 4:59 pm
  • Snapshot: La Grange resident Josh Misiewicz hosts 3rd annual golf outing with U.S. sled hockey teammates

    Lance Cpl. and Gold Medalist Josh Misiewicz was a key member of the 2015 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team.
    July 15, 2015 - 12:12 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
  • Lyons Township baseball focuses on little things during summer season

    WESTERN SPRINGS – Summer baseball isn't about wins and losses, it's about learning the way varsity baseball is meant to be played.
    July 15, 2015 - 6:30 am
  • Board of Trustees appoint Strasser as new La Grange chief of police

    LA GRANGE – The La Grange Board of Trustees appointed Deputy Police Chief Renee Strasser as the village’s new police chief at their July 14 meeting.
    July 14, 2015 - 3:55 pm
  • Resident hopes to ‘Change La Grange’ alcohol ordinance

    LA GRANGE – John Janowski thinks his village is awesome, but the 36-year-old software engineer said it’s time to change La Grange’s outdated alcohol o ...
    July 14, 2015 - 5:08 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
  • Rep. Jim Durkin's office collecting children's clothing for back to school drive

    BURR RIDGE – The office of State Rep. Jim Durkin, R-Burr Ridge, will hold a back to school clothing drive July 13 to Aug. 10.
    July 13, 2015 - 5:50 am
  • Police Reports: La Grange, La Grange Park, Countryside, Western Springs and Westchester for July 8

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from local police departments. Individuals in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime have not bee ...
    July 11, 2015 - 6:30 pm
  • Terry's Byke Haus is open again after fire

    COUNTRYSIDE – Terry's Byke Haus is open again after a fire destroyed the store's showroom in November 2014.
    July 11, 2015 - 10:49 pm
  • 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
  • Paul: Countryside one of the best cities to open a business

    Economic development takes time and patience. Developers say you must start somewhere. However, businesses are wary about being the first to open in a ...
    July 11, 2015 - 12:00 pm
  • Park district announces details for La Grange Endless Summerfest

    LA GRANGE – The hot days of summer are finally here, and with them comes La Grange’s Endless Summerfest.
    July 11, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Nazareth Academy students selected to perform at All-State Play

    LA GRANGE PARK – Two students from Nazareth Academy will perform in the 2016 Illinois High School Theatre Festival’s 2016 All-State production of “Ren ...
    July 10, 2015 - 4:51 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
  • 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
  • Author raises glass to family health in 'Sip the Garden' book, will give talk, samples in La Grange Park July 11

    HINSDALE – T. Kari Mitchell of Burr Ridge may be retired from teaching, but she can’t keep from crafting a lively lesson plan, this one in the form of ...
    July 9, 2015 - 3:00 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
  • Our view: Sales tax hike in Cook County would do more harm than good

    When Toni Preckwinkle took over as president of the Cook County Board in 2010, she had some tough decisions to make.
    July 9, 2015 - 10:38 am
  • Chequers of La Grange brings in new chef, new menu

    LA GRANGE – Chef David Humphrey chops and cubes yellow squash with a practiced nonchalance reserved for those who have spent a lifetime cooking.
    July 8, 2015 - 4:52 pm
  • 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
  • Football seeding, other playoff changes pleasing to coaches

    The IHSA announced some rule changes that will affect the organization of postseason play in team sports, including a new way to seed teams in the foo ...
    July 8, 2015 - 5:30 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
  • Schlichting: District 105 works to put focus on the Whole Child

    At the heart of the School District 105 Strategic Plan is our dedication to educating the Whole Child. This ensures that our students are challenged a ...
    July 7, 2015 - 5:00 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
  • 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
  • Summer camps, competitions help Morton, LT, RB, Naz football build toward season

    Summer football is all about gearing up for the fall season in terms of fitness, practice and mental preparation, and local teams are hard at work.
    July 7, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Historians honor man who died in mid-air rescue with pond name in Burr Ridge

    BURR RIDGE – Decades after his death, Bruno Schustek has received permanent recognition for his heroic actions that saved a life, but cost his own.
    July 16, 2015 - 3:25 pm
  • 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
  • Tobolski: In defense of a 1 percent sale tax increase

    It is without question that an increase in Cook County’s portion of the sales tax is the most fiscally responsible way to address the County’s pension ...
    July 6, 2015 - 5:40 am
  • Westchester: The band marches on in Westchester's July 4 parade

    WESTCHESTER – Students in the Westchester Middle School band parade down the street July 4 for the annual Westchester Fourth of July parade. The parad ...
    July 9, 2015 - 1:26 pm
  • Police Reports: La Grange, La Grange Park, Countryside, Western Springs and Westchester for July 1

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from local police departments. Individuals listed in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime have ...
    July 5, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • College of DuPage ex-trustee files complaint against Clean Slate for alleged campaign violation

    A former College of DuPage trustee has filed a complaint alleging the committee for a slate of former Board of Trustees candidates failed to report a ...
    July 6, 2015 - 1:34 pm
  • Report: College of DuPage's Breuder spent more than $100,000 in foundation money

    College of DuPage President Robert Breuder spent more than $102,000 of the College of DuPage Foundation's money from 2010 to 2014, according to a Chic ...
    July 2, 2015 - 5:22 pm
  • Attorney general announces settlement with IHSA and La Grange student

    LA GRANGE – In a settlement with a high school student from La Grange, student athletes with disabilities now have an equal opportunity to compete alo ...
    July 2, 2015 - 4:49 pm
  • Parades, fireworks and more Independence Day celebrations planned around La Grange

    Whether you call it the Fourth of July, July 4 or Independence Day, it’s the most important day of the year to hoist the American flag high and celebr ...
    July 2, 2015 - 4:43 pm
  • Our view: Plan for lights at Nazareth deserves study

    Despite the assertions of a recent Sound Off submission, it’s highly unlikely that allowing lights on the football field at Nazareth Academy will “[de ...
    July 2, 2015 - 12:14 pm
  • Fourth of July fireworks roundup for Chicago suburbs

    Celebrating the Fourth of July calls for parades, barbecues, food and fun.But most of all, Independe ...
    July 4, 2015 - 10:13 pm
  • New Wild Encounters exhibit at Brookfield Zoo to bring patrons up close with animals

    BROOKFIELD – Like children’s hand prints in wet cement, the paw prints of esteemed animal ambassadors dot the ground at Brookfield Zoo’s new Wild Enco ...
    July 1, 2015 - 12:13 pm
  • Letter: Do lights at Nazareth Academy for football benefit the community?

    To the editor:In response to the Our View editorial [published in the June 24 edition of the La Gran ...
    July 1, 2015 - 12:07 pm
  • Indian Head Park resident elected to Boys and Girls Club board

    INDIAN HEAD PARK – Michael A. Somone of Indian Head Park was elected to the Boys and Girls Club of West Cook County Board of Directors, according to a ...
    July 1, 2015 - 12:06 pm
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