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  • 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. 8, 2016 - 4:35 pm
  • 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
  • Lombard, Elmhurst firefighters battle garage fire

    ELMHURST – The Elmhurst Fire Department helped the Lombard Fire Department on Feb. 4 extinguish a large detached garage fire that was threatening neig ...
    Feb. 5, 2016 - 12:00 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Enchanted Railroad chugs into Morton Arboretum

    LISLE – The Morton Arboretum welcomes back Enchanted Railroad with a theme that celebrates the seasons and a new LEGO train car created by the artist ...
    Jan. 22, 2016 - 3:00 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
  • 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
  • Lisle illustrator's exhibit on display at library

    LISLE – Gallery 777 in Lisle is displaying the art exhibit “Illustrated Fables by Tully” from now through February.
    Jan. 21, 2016 - 5:00 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
  • 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
  • Lengemann: Unwrap this package of reminders for a safe winter

    Winter can be beautiful, but it also has the potential to land us in the emergency room. Here are some tips to keep safe and injury free.
    Jan. 16, 2016 - 1:00 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • State, AFSCME talks break down

    SPRINGFIELD — Talks between Gov. Rauner’s administration and the state’s largest public-sector employee union broke down Jan. 8.
    Jan. 13, 2016 - 1:00 pm
  • High school boys basketball: All hands on deck in dominant Downers Grove South win

    BERWYN – Downers Grove South’s boys basketball team has what every coach covets – multiple options other teams must plan to stop or try to neutralize.
    Jan. 13, 2016 - 7:20 am
  • High school girls basketball: Downers Grove South taking steps in right direction

    ELMHURST – After an extended winter break, Downers Grove South’s girls basketball team was busy in its return to action.
    Jan. 12, 2016 - 6:18 pm
  • High school boys basketball: Downers Grove North 'road warriors' pick up win in home opener (with video)

    DOWNERS GROVE – Bryan Jakobsze had to wait a while to play in his first varsity home game as a member of Downers Grove North’s basketball team.
    Jan. 12, 2016 - 4:51 pm
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner reflects on first year of budget impasse, pension negotiations

    SPRINGFIELD – One year into Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s term, the state doesn’t have a budget, and he hasn’t gotten the structural reforms he’s bee ...
    Jan. 12, 2016 - 11:56 am
  • Feds back off on Real ID demands

    SPRINGFIELD — The federal government is backing off its demand that Illinois and four other states bring their driver’s licenses and state ID cards to ...
    Jan. 12, 2016 - 11:40 am
  • Real ID: A costly U.S. reach into your rights?

    SPRINGFIELD — If Illinois is forced to make changes to its driver’s license that the federal government is demanding, the results may include higher o ...
    Jan. 11, 2016 - 1:00 pm
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