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  • High school girls basketball: Benet, Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South ready for postseason

    All the preseason practices, conference games and tournaments are over, and girls basketball teams are set to start the postseason with one goal in mi ...
    Feb. 13, 2016 - 12:30 pm
  • Valle: York Township steps in to help feed seniors; starts campaign

    I have written in this column many times about our York Township Senior Nutrition Program, which we have operated for many years in conjunction with t ...
    Feb. 13, 2016 - 9:00 am
  • President Obama calls for building better politics

    SPRINGFIELD — Democrats and Republicans alike found things to cheer about, usually separately but occasionally together, in an hour-long Statehouse sp ...
    Feb. 12, 2016 - 5:00 pm
  • 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 ...
    Feb. 12, 2016 - 9:10 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 ...
    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
  • High school girls basketball: Hinsdale South ready for postseason despite stumble in regular season finale

    OAK PARK – A rare off night on offense for Hinsdale South’s girls basketball team tarnished the regular season- ending West Suburban Gold vs. Silver c ...
    Feb. 11, 2016 - 12:34 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
  • 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: Westmont for Feb. 10

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Westmont Police Department. Individuals in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime have n ...
    Feb. 10, 2016 - 10:51 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Regional exhibit to show Hinsdale Central's winning art

    HINSDALE – Hinsdale Central High School congratulates the art students whose works appeared in the 2016 Scholastic Art competition as part of the Scho ...
    Feb. 4, 2016 - 3:00 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 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: Westmont for Feb. 3

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Westmont Police Department. Individuals in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime have n ...
    Feb. 3, 2016 - 12:05 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • Yu's Mandarin in Westmont cooks up authentic Chinese food

    WESTMONT – If you are looking to continue your New Year’s celebrations, Feb. 8 marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year and Yu’s Mandarin has the r ...
    Feb. 3, 2016 - 12:23 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
  • Westmont Environmental Improvement Commission thanks citizens, staff

    WESTMONT – At a recent Westmont Village Board meeting, volunteers from the Environmental Improvement Commission thanked citizens and staff for their c ...
    Jan. 29, 2016 - 4:30 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
  • 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
  • High school boys basketball: Slow stretch sinks Hinsdale Central boys

    HINSDALE – Hinsdale Central’s boys basketball team knew it was in for a challenge when it played York.
    Jan. 28, 2016 - 1:11 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: Westmont for Jan. 27

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Westmont Police Department. Individuals in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime have n ...
    Jan. 27, 2016 - 11:30 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Westmont approves strategic plan

    WESTMONT – The village of Westmont Board approved the new strategic plan at its Jan. 7 meeting.“This ...
    Jan. 25, 2016 - 9:00 pm
  • 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
  • Student Art and Essay Contest to promote Westmont anniversary

    WESTMONT – To celebrate Westmont’s Tree City USA 20th anniversary, the Westmont Environmental Improvement Commission announces an Arbor Day Student Ar ...
    Jan. 22, 2016 - 7:00 pm
  • 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
  • Theatre of Western Springs to stage 'Leading Ladies' for laughs

    The Theatre of Western Springs presents the Ken Ludwig comedy “Leading Ladies,” directed by David Knezz. Performances will take place Jan. 21 to 31.
    Jan. 21, 2016 - 5:30 pm
  • Pillars to host 10th annual ball to benefit mental health services

    LA GRANGE PARK – Community members are invited to enjoy an evening of food, drink, music, gaming and raffles while supporting mental health services i ...
    Jan. 22, 2016 - 1:14 am
  • High school boys basketball: Hinsdale Central boys back on track

    DOWNERS GROVE – The instructions to Chris Eck at halftime were simple – get to the hoop.The Hinsdale ...
    Jan. 21, 2016 - 4:01 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: Westmont for Jan. 20

    Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Westmont Police Department. Individuals in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime have n ...
    Jan. 20, 2016 - 11:30 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Prostate Cancer Foundation in Westmont receives Grainger grant

    WESTMONT – The Grainger Foundation has donated $10,000 to the Westmont-based Prostate Cancer Foundation of Chicago.
    Jan. 16, 2016 - 8:30 am
  • 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 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
  • High school boys basketball: Hinsdale Central gains big-game experience in loss to Lyons Township

    HINSDALE – Lyons Township’s boys basketball team proved it can take the heat.In front of a capacity ...
    Jan. 14, 2016 - 5:03 pm
  • '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
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