Sales tax incentive for iMotorsports stalls with City Council, goes back to committee

ELMHURST – A sales tax incentive agreement between the city of Elmhurst and motorcycle dealership iMotorsports that was being discussed by the City Council was pulled back to committee after confusion arose regarding the extent of the agreement’s clawback clause. Development, Planning and Zoning Committee Chairman Michael Honquest pulled a report recommending a sales tax […]

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Recent Foreclosures In Elmhurst

Take a look at foreclosures in town.

‘Elmhurst Bigmouth’ checks out Beerhead Bar & Eatery

ELMHURST – Want to know the best thing about the new Beerhead in Elmhurst? Like many people in town, I waited anxiously to see what was being developed on the prized corner of First & York in downtown Elmhurst. When I heard it was going to be a beer-soaked party bar chain, I held my […]

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Nicor Expels Natural Gas Release, Holds Public Meeting In Elmhurst

Nicor will expel a natural gas release, which will cause a loud noise and be masked by an orange scent.

Love to Sing? Elmhurst Choral Union Auditions

Become a better singer and experience the thrill of performing with a full professional orchestra.

Illinois Tollway plans ramp rebuild to fix Elmhurst bottleneck

The Illinois Tollway plans to improve one of the worst highway bottlenecks in the Chicago area.

Tollway officials are asking for public input on its plan to redo the interchange between Interstates 294, 290 and 88.

"We want to know what the public thinks," said Rocco Zucchero, deputy chief of engineering...

Special Olympics Golf Teams Drive for the Finals

The 2017 Special Olympics skills event was held at White Pines on July 18, where 94 athletes from 10 Special Olympics agencies competed.

Violating An Order of Protection, Retail Theft: Elmhurst Blotter

Elmhurst Police reports through July 19.

Money Stolen During Elmhurst Ruse Burglary: Police

The Elmhurst resident said the male suspect came to her house talking about installing a sprinkler system.

Craft Beer Tasting Event on the Museum Rooftop

Join us at the Joliet Area Historical Museum for the Craft & Import Beer Tasting Event on Thursday, August 3rd from 5:30pm to 9:00pm

Column: Police shootings beg questions about perspective

I grew up in the turbulent 1960s and 1970s when rallies and protest marches that often led to confrontations and sometimes violence were part of the regular social calendar.

So naturally I had a healthy skepticism of authority and authority figures, like police.

I was a kid who liked to write and...

City greenlights map amendment, paving way for residential development on Butterfield Road

ELMHURST – The City Council approved a map amendment request from a developer planning a project of multifamily dwellings on Butterfield Road, but due to a filed perimeter objection, the ordinance will now require a supermajority to pass. The report out of the Development, Planning and Zoning Committee recommended a zoning change from R1 (single-family […]

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Column: Christmas in July - as good a time as any to buy yourself a gift

I saw my first Christmas TV commercial the other day.

This was rushing the season a bit. But, each year commercials for Christmas shopping appear earlier and earlier.

This ad was for artificial Christmas trees, the kind with lights built right into the tree branches. This was part of the store's...

Darien resident overcomes agoraphobia to achieve success as a motivational speaker

Seeing Mary Kay Slowikowski connect with audiences as she confidently takes control of a stage, it's hard to imagine she was once too petrified to leave the house.

As a young wife and mother, the Darien resident, who now makes her living as a motivational speaker, suffered from nearly crippling...

8 options for a more comfortable labor

Crystal and Christopher Roldan of Addison, with son Liam, who was born January 1, 2017 at Elmhurst Hospital.

Oversight Committee Unanimously Passes Krishnamoorthi’s Amendment To Review Integrity Of White House Security Clearances

The Krishnamoorthi amendment establishes the first comprehensive review of Trump White House security clearance vetting procedures

Single Family Homes For Sale in Elmhurst, Illinois - July 2017

There are currently 346 single family homes for sale in Elmhurst with an average list price of $701,292

Elmhurst, Triton Colleges Sign Transfer Agreement

Triton community college students can receive guaranteed admission to Elmhurst College.

Frank Lloyd Wright home in Elmhurst listed for $1.1 million

The lone house in Elmhurst that was designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright was listed recently for $1.1 million after a more than 18-month hiatus during which the home was rented out.

Known as the F.B. Henderson House and located on South Kenilworth Avenue, southeast of Elmhurst College, the...

Glow Golf Comes to The Hub at Berens Park

This Saturday, mini-golf goes with the glow!

Christmas in July at East End Pool

Have Christmas poolside this Sunday!

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued For Chicago Area

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for several counties in Illinois.

Elmhurst looks to spend $8 million to update potable water infrastructure, reduce waste

ELMHURST – Elmhurst will soon be installing new water meters and an online leak detection system to reduce the amount of unaccounted-for water in the city’s potable water network. City Council unanimously approved a report out of the Public Works and Buildings Committee that includes contracts with five vendors for a total of approximately $8 […]

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Elmhurst Hospital Emergency Department to expand, funded by EMH Foundation

Dr. Tom King treats a patient in Elmhurst Hospital’s ER, which will soon begin a $600,000 project to expand from 31 to 39 exam rooms.

Retail Theft, Domestic Battery: Elmhurst Blotter

Elmhurst Police reports through July 16.

DuPage County Warrant Of The Week

A Villa Park man is wanted on charges of armed violence from the DuPage County Sheriff's Office.

Tom Cullerton’s lifesaving PANDAS measure signed into law

The new law known as “Charlie's Law” was signed into law on Tues., July 18. Illinois will become the first state in the nation.

Elmhurst Council approves millions for new water meters

A long-discussed project to replace Elmhurst's aging and inaccurate water meters will finally move forward after City Council members Monday approved $8.1 million for new meters and related gear along with $9.6 million in general obligation bonds to cover the costs.

Ald. Marti Deuter, vice chairman...

Elmhurst Amps Up Mosquito Control Measures in Wake of Recent Rainfall

A citywide mosquito abatement sweep scheduled for Tuesday night will mark the third for Elmhurst this season.

Doings-area lawmakers fear property tax, workers' comp reforms died with Illinois budget

As some local school districts brace for a possible property tax freeze out of Springfield, some Republican lawmakers who voted against the recent budget and tax hike think such measures died with that vote.

Sen. Chris Nybo of Elmhurst, who districts includes parts of his hometown, Oak Brook, Hinsdale,...

'Subaru Loves to Care' Benefits Elmhurst Hospital Cancer Patients

“These items are very much appreciated by patients who often spend several hours in an infusion chair,” says Sharon Rimgale.

Park district acquires Old York Road land for $1.55 million

ELMHURST – After meeting behind closed doors last week, Elmhurst Park District officials have approved a plan to purchase a nearly 4-acre parcel of land on Old York Road for $1.55 million. The park district’s board of commissioners, which met July 10, discussed the purchase proposal with Executive Director James Rogers and other staffers. Negotiations […]

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Diabetes averted thanks to Elmhurst Hospital's Jumpstart Your Health program

Doris Courts lowered her A1C, cholesterol and glucose levels, lost 21 pounds and is no longer prediabetic.

Elmhurst zoning decisions aim to help chart course for future of downtown

ELMHURST – One of the most inscrutable, yet important, aspects of local government is the arcane art of zoning. While the mere appearance of the word “zoning” might make many people want to zone out and move on to the next topic, the July 10 meeting of the Elmhurst City Council’s Development, Planning and Zoning Committee […]

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‘The need is far greater’: Elmhurst resident provides health services in remote areas of Latin America

ELMHURST – Pharmacist Megan Corrigan just returned from Haiti, and she’s already thinking about heading back again. “I think in the U.S., we forget how to be grateful for services that are expected,” she said. This was the seventh time that the Elmhurst resident has been to Latin America on a service trip to provide medical […]

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Chamber notes: Volunteers needed for Cycling Classic

ELMHURST – Our chamber is a Gift-In-Kind Sponsor of the DuPage Cycling Foundation-organized Fifth Annual Superior Ambulance Elmhurst Cycling Classic, which will return around the Elmhurst College campus Friday, July 21, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Race organizers are seeking volunteers to work individually or as part of a fundraising group, with 2 to […]

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Column: Nothing beats fresh food, farmers markets in the summer

Every Sunday in the summer on the way home from a weekend on the Chain O'Lakes, we would stop at a roadside farm stand to pick up fresh fruit and vegetables.

There is nothing better than biting into a fresh juicy tomato on a summer day or a tasting a fresh ear of corn hot off the grill and slathered...

Column: Technological progress comes with a cost

I am living backwards.

On June 13, 2009, I was transported back to the 1950s. That was the day all analog TV service was converted to digital.

It was the dawn of a wonderful new day in TV watching – better picture, better sound, more channels.

All done for your benefit and my benefit.

Of course...

Senior housing development proposed for Oak Brook

A 200-unit senior housing complex has been proposed for Oak Brook by a company that already has about 50 senior communities open in Illinois and operates more than 180 in 30 states.

Senior Lifestyle wants to develop a $77 million, high-end, five-story development at 2100 and 2122 York Road, which...

Elmhurst may change Sunday liquor sales hours to accommodate brunch

ELMHURST – The Elmhurst City Council will vote on whether to change liquor sales hours for Sunday to make it consistent with the rest of the week, giving local restaurants an opportunity to offer alcoholic beverages at brunch. As it stands, city ordinance allows the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages starting at 11 a.m. […]

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Elmhurst committee OKs $100,000 for motorcycle store, but not for restaurant

Aldermen on the Elmhurst Development, Planning and Zoning Committee agreed this week to recommend a $500,000 sales tax rebate deal for a motorcycle dealer while deferring action on city help for the long-established downtown Rainbow Restaurant.

The sales tax rebate plan for iMotorsports Inc., 334...

Get the scoop on some of the Chicago area's most charming ice cream shops

A visit to an ice cream shop is a summer rite of passage. These businesses not only serve up cool treats, but are community gathering spots, and in some cases, a window back in time. We sought out owners and staff from iconic ice cream shops (and frozen custard and gelato places, too) to get the...

Elmhurst Garden Walk and Faire to feature York High School gardens

ELMHURST – For this year’s traditional Garden Walk and Faire, the Elmhurst Garden Club is going beyond local homes to include the gardens at York High School. The Garden Walk and Faire takes place from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 9. The Faire is held at Wilder Park, 175 S Prospect Ave. Tickets […]

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Column: Why does the next big thing in toys always seem to go up in flames?

Kids get everything!

Pardon the immature outburst. But it's true. Kids do get everything neat.

What's more fun than a hover board? Kids really get a kick out of those, right up until they burst into flames.

And smartphones. What can't kids do with those? They're fun times, right up until they burst...

Educators: Online safety doesn't take summer vacation

Relaxed summer schedules and more unsupervised free time could pose online safety challenges for kids, educators advise parents.

"Summer would be a particularly good time to be vigilant," said Liz Repking, founder of Cyber Safety Consulting, based in Glen Ellyn. "The structure of the day goes away,...

College of DuPage names homeland security building after Medal of Honor recipient

The College of DuPage will name its homeland security education center this week in memory of Army Staff Sgt. Robert Miller, a Wheaton native who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

The ceremony — which will be held Thursday at the Glen Ellyn campus — culminates a grass-roots movement...

Face painting, petting zoo and food draw crowd to Taste of Oak Brook

Ellen Spurr and Ron Opferbeck have been coming to the Taste of Oak Brook for six years.

"It's a nice crowd, everybody is easy-going and you can just relax and have some food, and the fireworks are really good," Spurr said during Monday's 10th annual event.

Spurr said that her kids love coming to...

Oak Brook-based Lions Club celebrates 100th anniversary

An Oak Brook-based global organization is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2017.

Lions Club International moved from Chicago to its Oak Brook location at York Road and 22nd Street in 1971 after purchasing land there in the late 1960s, said Dane LaJoye, division manager, PR & Communications.


Column: Instead of fixing Illinois, maybe we should just abolish all states instead

It would take a bloodhound to sniff out almost anything on which Republicans and Democrats agree.

There is one issue, actually, that liberals and conservatives believe – Illinois government is a mess.

That's as far as it goes, though. Democrats blame Republicans. Republicans blame Democrats.


Column: The queen gets a raise

What can one say about the Queen?

These days, there is only one person one can be referring to when talking about the Queen. That is Queen Elizabeth II, queen of England, Scotland etc., etc.

She's going strong at 90-plus years, reigning longer than any other monarch in British history.

She's nowhere...

Elmhurst medical teams 'changed' by helping Syrian refugees in Lebanon

A group of a dozen medical specialists and other caregivers from Edward-Elmhurst Health, most from Elmhurst Hospital, recently returned from a volunteer medical mission to Lebanon, where they provided medical care to more than 1,500 patients.

"Most of us had never been to Lebanon," said Dr. Madhavi...

McCormick House project aims to restore Mies gem

The other Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed house in Chicago's suburbs is about to have a coming-out party.

The best-known Mies house is the iconic Farnsworth House in far southwest suburban Plano, which rises on stiltlike columns in a flood plain along the Fox River. Yet Mies' modest McCormick...

Elmhurst committee recommends approval of 58 rental town houses

Aldermen on the Elmhurst Development, Planning and Zoning Committee agreed Monday to recommend City Council approval for 58 rental town houses on a 3.6-acre site on the south side of Butterfield Road between Prospect Avenue and Spring Road.

The proposal by Apartment Investment and Management Co.,...

An insider's guide to some of the Chicago area's best outdoor dining spots

We asked dozens of chefs, general managers and owners at some of the most cherished outdoor dining spots in the Chicago area what's new at their establishments and where they head for an al fresco meal or drink when they're off the clock.

Davanti Enoteca

800 Hillgrove Ave., Suite 100, Western Springs;...

You're invited: Interactive Storytime At Barnes And Noble

Save the date for July 26th!

Food District brings more options to Oakbrook Center

Shoppers and employees working at Oakbrook Center seem to have nothing but love for The District, a new area outside of the AMC 12 movie theaters that includes an enclosed food court area with common seating, along with two new free-standing eateries.

"They've needed a food court here," said Pam...

Hospital to blame for red-winged blackbird attack? Lawsuit says yes

It's a warm weather rite as unfailing and unwelcome as sunburn — the sudden attack of a red-winged blackbird, driven to protective fury by the approach of an unsuspecting cyclist or pedestrian.

These migratory mischief-makers can be found almost anywhere there's long grass or shrubbery, squawking...

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