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Officials: Man accused in exchange student's drug death had sex with 2nd student

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 00:33

A man accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenage exchange student and supplying drugs that caused her fatal overdose was also having a similar relationship with another foreign student, prosecutors said Wednesday. The new details were revealed at a bond modification hearing Wednesday in DuPage County court for Francis Emanuele, 36, of Downers Grove.

No injuries reported in Naperville fire Wednesday

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 13:47

No injuries were reported in a fire in the 400 block of South Brainerd in Naperville early Wednesday, authorities said. An activated fire alarm summoned firefighters to the building at 2:36 a.m., authorities said in a news release.

Constable: Letter from Vietnam rekindles suburban veterans' past

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 13:49

An old pro when it comes to sharing his Vietnam War experience with school kids on Veterans Day, former infantry squad leader Chuck Derer was talking to a class at a suburban school last year. He pulled out a letter he had mailed in 1968 to his parents in Hinsdale, when it hit him.

Visit Iran? US tour company says yes, despite recent arrests

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 09:50

It is home to beautiful mountains, breathtaking historical buildings and priceless artwork - but it's also the subject of strongly worded U.S. State Department warnings. For Americans, Iran may not be the first place that comes to mind when planning a vacation, even decades after the 1979 U.S. Embassy takeover following the country's Islamic Revolution.

Visit Iran? US tour company says yes, despite recent arrests

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 09:50

In this Friday, April 8, 2011 file photo, Canadian tourist David Froud, left, and his Iranian wife Mahnaz sightsee the Jomeh mosque, which is now a historical monument, in the city of Isfahan, some 234 miles south of the capital Tehran, Iran. A U.S. luxury tour company is offering a new destination that's sure to raise eyebrows: Iran.

Geneva man dies in St. Charles crash

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 01:59

ST. CHARLES – A 67-year-old Geneva man died as a result of injuries he suffered in a crash Nov. 9 in the 3700 block of Stern Avenue, police announced in a news release. Thomas Chlebowski, of the 400 block of North Glengarry Drive, Geneva, was first transported to Delnor Hospital in Geneva, then flown to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, where he died of his injuries, the release stated.

Four women injured in pileup outside Elgin

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 22:03

Four women, including one that was flown to a hospital, were injured Thursday morning in a four-vehicle chain reaction crash along Route 20 west of Elgin. The initial investigation indicates a 2013 Kia Sorrento driven by Monica Villanueva, 24, of Elgin, was eastbound about 7 a.m. on Route 20 when it crashed into the rear of a 2014 Mercedes C300 that was stopped at Coombs Road, Kane County Sheriff's Lt.

Autism doc 'Life, Animated' a touching screening at Tivoli Theatre

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 13:32

The After Hours Film Society presents Roger Ross Williams' documentary "Life, Animated," at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at the Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. The doc tells the story of an autistic boy named Owen, whose ability to communicate drastically improved after watching "Beauty and the Beast" plus other Walt Disney animated classics -- all of which he memorized.

Addison District 4, teachers union release contract proposals

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 23:35

Both sides locked in a contract stalemate in Addison Elementary District 4 made their "final" contract offers public Wednesday, confirming a wide gap in proposed salaries for teachers. Both sides are seeking a three-year pact.

Grogan wins third term as DuPage auditor

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 06:30

Grogan received about 53 percent of the unofficial vote totals, with 821 of 869 precincts reporting Tuesday. Grogan had 195,873 votes while Gale had 170,396 votes.

DuPage County voters call for mosquito abatement consolidation

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 06:30

Voters in six DuPage County townships came out in favor of consolidating mosquito abatement contracts from about 40 in the county to nine, each handled at the township level. The nonbinding question in Addison, Bloomingdale, Downers Grove, Lisle, Winfield and York townships asked whether voters want the county's 40 mosquito abatement contracts to be consolidated into nine -- one handled by each township.

Hose leading in Downers Grove-area 81st House District

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 04:18

Democrat Greg Hose of Downers Grove has taken an early lead over Republican David Olsen of Downers Grove in the race for state representative in the 81st House District. Downers Grove Democrat Greg Hose has the early lead in the race for state representative against Republican David Olsen in the state's 81st House District, according to early unofficial vote totals.

After Hours, Nov. 14, 2016

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 07:50

Members of Chamber630 recently gathered at Holiday Inn Express Chicago-Downers Grove for a Business Off The Clock AM Networking Event. General Manager Jyl Sincavage appreciated the support for her business at 3031 Finley Road, Downers Grove.

The DuPage County races worth watching Tuesday

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 14:22

With all the attention on the presidential campaign, it's easy to overlook races down the ticket that will determine how DuPage County residents are represented at the state and county levels. Voters in the state's 81st House District will choose between Republican incumbent David Olsen and Democratic challenger Greg Hose.

Suburban bookseller Anderson's continues to draw crowds with events

Sun, 11/06/2016 - 13:23

Anderson's Bookshop was on board with author J.K. Rowling from the beginning of her "Harry Potter" series, hosting an event in connection with the first novel in 1998. Anderson's Bookshop was on board with author J.K. Rowling from the beginning of her "Harry Potter" series, hosting an event in connection with the first novel in 1998.

'Trolls' filmmakers aim for a happy place

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 12:33

Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn met as students at the California Institute of the Arts. They had no idea that many years later, they'd be co-directing a DreamWorks Pictures animated fantasy titled "Trolls," starring those lovable little plastic figurines popular during the 1960s.

Both DuPage District 2 candidates tout their independence

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 00:52

Republican Richard Blass is challenging Elizabeth "Liz" Chaplin -- one of two Democrats on the DuPage County Board -- for her District 2 seat. One of two Democrats on the DuPage County Board is trying to fend off a challenge from a Republican vowing to bring independent ideas to the panel.

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