Tuesday, May 14, 2013
It's Police Week in the United States; in that spirit, we asked our local readers in DuPage County what they appreciate most about their local force.
Did you know that this week—May 13-20—is officially Police Week in the United States? According to PoliceWeek.org: In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. In the spirit of the week, we reached out to our DuPage County readers on Facebook and asked what they appreciate most about their local police departments. Here’s some of what readers shared with us: Carol Gog: “Back in the nineties, I locked my keys in …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
How crazy is it out there right now? Please show us! Upload your pictures of flooding from DuPage County towns here.
Note: when uploading photos/video, please include a caption with the town and street where they were taken. Thank you! By 7 a.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service in Romeoville had the total rainfall amount at 3.24 inches for the previous 24 hours. Then it rained some more. And it's not forecast to stop until Friday morning. What does the scene look like for you? Are there several feet of water outside your home (or, heaven forbid, inside it)? Stranded cars; flooded lawns and streets? If you’re lucky enough not to be too busy dealing with any emergencies right now (and we hope you are), we’d love to see what you see, and our readership likely would as well. If you have any great snapshots/photographs of the flooding around DuPage …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
A woman from Downers Grove is the first person to be diagnosed with West Nile virus in DuPage County in 2012.
A woman from Downers Grove is the first reported human case of West Nile Virus to be diagnosed in DuPage County this year, the DuPage County Health Department reported Tuesday. The health department has recently warned residents of the high risk for infection from the virus after the warm, dry temperatures created a perfect breeding environment for the Culex mosquito, the main transmitter of the virus to humans. The Downers Grove woman diagnosed with the virus was in her 50s, according to the health department. For national readers Downers Grove is a suburb about 15 miles west of Chicago. People over the age of 50 and those with medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and organ transplants, have a …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
At age 24, Skuddlebutts Pizza & Catering owner explains what makes him so driven at such a young age.
Most kids are still in school when they reach the age of 21, even fewer own a business by 22. Danny Glover is different than most. He's young, ambitious and owns two businesses, all of which came before the age of 25. While most of his friends were busy partying and attending college, Glover was on the fast-track to chasing down his American dream. In the summer of 2011, Glover opened the Glen Ellyn location of Skuddlebutts Pizza & Catering, originally of Downers Grove. At age 15 the west suburban native begin bussing tables at the Downers Grove location, the same place where his mom worked as a waitress. Fast forward a few years and Glover was calling Skuddlebutts his—a full-circle moment for the 20-something. “Right from the beginning …
Friday, February 24, 2012
I may be a gender traitor, but I don't want to get shot, either!
Every now and then, the magnitude of an event in one of our 22 happy Friday Patch suburbs makes me sit up and take notice. And let me tell you, when the fine folks in Downers Grove set out to pique my interest, they go all in. Let’s just say, were I an inhabitant of that fine municipality and my wife, girlfriend, or maybe even my sister, asked me to do the dishes, people would say they’d never seen an old guy move that fast. I’d be practicing my best “yes dears” 24/7. Vickie D. Podruzek, 43, currently faces charges of aggravated domestic battery and aggravated battery with a firearm and may ultimately be charged with attempted murder. DuPage County Judge Elizabeth Sexton set her bail at $1 million. If she does manage to post bond, Podruzek…
Friday, September 2, 2011
George Orwell was right!
All that whooping and hollering you just heard was me! I couldn’t help but get a little excited over Houston, TX, removing every last one of its 70 red-light cameras. Despite a despicable legal attack and being outspent 10-to-1, a citizen’s group started by two brothers got the removal measure on the ballot and then prevailed. Not one to admit defeat, the camera company tried a last-ditch legal end run and, when the city council wouldn’t buckle, sued Houston for $25 million. It’s all about safety, isn’t it! That second round of loud applause you heard was also me. After calling every single West Suburban Patch police department, I was astonished to find that only four cities—Geneva, St. Charles, Lisle and Western Springs—employ the heinous…
Monday, August 29, 2011
The price of the stickers has been adjusted to $2.25 from $2.20.
The price of the village's refuse and yard waste stickers has been adjusted from $2.20 to $2.25. Stickers can be purchased from the Cashier's Office or the Police Department in the Glen Ellyn Civic Center, which is open 24 hours a day. Stickers are also available at the following locations: The last sticker price adjustment for Glen Ellyn occurred in August of 2008. A refuse and yard waste sticker in Wheaton costs $2.74 and will increase to $2.86 in July of next year. In Lombard, separate refuse and yard waste stickers cost $1.30 and $1.80, respectively, and in Downers Grove the sticker for both refuse and yard waste costs $3.23. No stickers are necessary for brush and branch collection.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
There are some questions that neither Merriam nor Webster can answer for you.
My seven-year-old daughter has autism and is my only child, so I’m not very in tune with the typical ages and stages of childhood development. I know that there is a phase in there somewhere when a child is constantly asking his parents to label anything and everything. “Whazzat?” or just “Zat?” they say as they point their chubby little finger at the giant dust bunny that is stuck to the Velcro of their shoe. “That, my love, is some homespun Irish lace that Mommy made just for you.” Who needs them knowing terminology that they could later humiliate you with? I’m looking at you, parents who start talking genitalia when they’re eighteen-months old. Although my daughter is verbal, she had never once asked me to label something or define a…
Friday, March 11, 2011
A roundup of the region's news for March 11.
Here's a look at the news happening around you: — Stacy Peterson's Brother Charged With Assault After Altercation in Downers Grove Parking Lot — Hinsdale Resident Wins HGTV Dream Home — Batavia Whiz Kid Goes Above And Beyond For His Brother — Western Springs Kids Kneading for the Needy
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
A roundup of the region's news for March 8.
Here's a look at the news happening around you: — Planned Parenthood and Pro-Life Groups Face Off at Rally Over Federal Funding — Loyola Medical Center Opens in Burr Ridge — Glock Handgun, 500 Rounds of Ammunition Seized in La Grange — Customers Line Up for Paczkis at the Busy Bee *Please note: The police car pictured in the third story is of a La Grange police car, but it was La Grange Park police that made the arrest. Patch regrets the mistake.