Month: June 2017

Students practice crafts in Art in the Park

Seven middle school students spent part of a recent morning creating “name totems” using cut paper designs in Wheaton’s Adams Park as part of an Art in the Park program sponsored by the DuPage Art League. The ambience of the park next to the Wheaton Public…

Jury finds ex-Little City worker guilty of striking teens

A jury found a former Little City employee guilty Friday of striking two teens with autism in 2015, rejecting his argument that it was self-defense. It took the jury of six men and six women 1½ hours to render the verdict, convicting 54-year-old David Sutton on…

District 303 officials closer to new deal with boosters

Attending athletic events at St. Charles schools will get a little more expensive as District 303 officials are about to strike a new deal with booster organizations at both high schools. The plan will see both an increase of admissions prices and more intense advertising on…

Former Lake in the Hills employee appointed to village board

Newly appointed Lake in the Hills Trustee Suzanne Artinghelli believes she brings “a unique perspective” to the previously all-male board. “The biggest advantage to that is the diversity,” said Artinghelli, 50, who has lived in the village 13 years and spent her adult career working for…

Safety officials demonstrate dangers of fireworks

Sometimes the same parent who would judiciously warn a young child away from a hot oven would also casually hand that child a sparkler on Independence Day, not realizing the nonexplosive firework burns at 1,800 degrees. The need for more public education on fireworks — and…

Judge halts Cook County’s ‘soda tax’

A Cook County judge Friday blocked the implementation of Cook County’s controversial penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened drinks that was set to start Saturday. County officials have projected the tax would raise about $200 million over the course of the next 12 months. It’s unclear how the…

Families enjoy indoor picnic with police in Lincolnshire

The Vernon Area Public Library’s third annual Picnic With Police drew dozens of families Friday despite drizzly and humid weather. Instead of getting wet and sticky outside, folks set up blankets inside the library’s spacious annex and ate lunch as officers from the Lincolnshire and Buffalo…

Denny’s coming to Batavia

A Denny’s Restaurant plans to move into the former Honey-Jam Cafe on Randall Road in Batavia. It could open as soon as September, according to a spokesman for Denny’s. related advertisement PDF File Batavia Denny’s   The Batavia Plan Commission approved Denny’s exterior remodeling plan June…

Madigan: Lawmakers will miss deadline to pass budget

SPRINGFIELD — A $36.5 billion plan to rebuild Illinois’ crumbling finances passed a critical test on Friday, but a powerful legislative leader said no deal would be reached before a midnight deadline — meaning Illinois will enter its third consecutive fiscal year without a budget. The…

Prospect duo helps speech team earn excellence designation

Going in to the National Speech Tournament last month in Birmingham, Alabama, Molly McDermott and Ben Marshall entered as the two-time Illinois state champions in their event and having placed third overall at nationals last year. Still, they took the stage in front of a packed,…

Woman, 3 children rescued from Round Lake Beach retention pond

Police are crediting two good Samaritans for saving the life of a woman and three children who erroneously drove into a retention pond during a heavy downpour Wednesday. Round Lake Beach Deputy Police Chief Michael Scott said the unidentified woman was driving away from a strip…

Brady to succeed Radogno as Republican leader in Illinois Senate

Bill Brady was named Republican leader of the state Senate Friday, succeeding outgoing Sen. Christine Radogno as the state nears its latest budget deadline. Brady, of downstate Bloomington, was chosen by acclamation, according to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times. A top deputy to Radogno, Brady…

Former death row inmate wants new trial

Former death row inmate Ronald L. Kliner will be back in a suburban courtroom Friday asking a judge to toss out his conviction for a notorious Palatine Township murder-for-hire. Kliner, 56, wants a new trial on charges he served as hit man in the February 1988…

AP source: Jackson agrees to $56M, 5-year deal with Raiders

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders have agreed to a five-year extension to keep guard Gabe Jackson under contract through the 2022 season. A person familiar with the deal said Friday that it is worth $56 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the…

Actor James Cromwell sentenced to jail for NY plant protest

WAWAYANDA, N.Y. — Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell has been sentenced to jail for refusing to pay fines related to his arrest at a protest at a New York power plant. The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports (http://bit.ly/2uqXq9K ) a town judge in Wawayanda on Thursday sentenced…