Thursday, April 11, 2013
County officials said that the amount of traffic caught them by surprise and hampered the ability of the public to access election results.
Officials for DuPage County are saying that the influx of traffic to their election results website, which crashed the page between 8 and 10 p.m. on Tuesday night, has been a wake-up call to necessary improvements, the Chicago Tribune reports. According to the paper, the problem was caused when the available bandwidth was exceeded; page views peaked at 15,000 within a few minutes, 5,000 more than the peak in the 2012 elections. "If you asked me 72 hours ago if the site would peak out 50 percent higher than a presidential election, I would've laughed," Robert Saar, the election commission's executive director, told the paper. "Everybody here had their eyes opened. We're disappointed that it happened, but I'm extremely confident that going …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Veteran prosecutor Greg Vaci joins DuPage County State's Attorney's Office as the new Chief of the Civil Bureau.
Friday, April 5
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin on Friday announced veteran prosecutor Gregory Vaci has joined the State’s Attorney’s Office as the new Chief of the Civil Bureau. As Chief, Vaci will supervise 16 attorneys and support staff responsible for representing DuPage County Government and all of its elected officers in their official capacities, according to a news release from the State's Attorney's Office. Vaci joins DuPage County after serving in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office as Supervisor of the Labor and Employment Unit where he supervised 13 Assistant State’s Attorneys engaged in labor and employment related litigation in federal and state courts, according to the release. He began his career in the Cook County State…
Thursday, March 21, 2013
But moderate rankings in two other categories mean that the county ranks only sixth healthiest overall in the state, a new report shows.
DuPage County is the sixth healthiest of Illinois’ 102 counties and ranks first in three categories, according to a national study released on Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). The study found that DuPage has the lowest rate of premature death, the best heath behaviors and the best clinical care of any county in Illinois. However, the rankings for morbidity (25th of 102) and physical environment (64th of 102) brought the county’s overall rank down to sixth, behind Douglas, Jo Daviess, Woodford, Mercer and Henry. “The County Health Rankings shows that how long and how well people live depends on multiple factors beyond just their access to medical care…
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
With three pedestrian fatalities in less than two weeks across a four-mile DuPage County stretch of the BNSF Railway, we wanted to know: how do we make it stop? Can we?
If you've noticed lately that Patch has been overrun with tragic stories about people being killed by trains along Metra's Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railway, it's not because we just started reporting them—it's because there have been three in the past two weeks within a span of just a few commuter stops. First, it happened in Westmont on March 7, then in Hinsdale on March 18 and in Downers Grove on March 19. All three incidents involved a single person; all three were fatal, all three are still under investigation and none have been officially established as accidents or self-inflicted. We wondered if our readers had any idea how to make this terrible streak go away, and how to help ensure these things happen as infrequently as …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Enrollment is starting soon for many summer camps. Here's a selection of summer camps in and around Woodridge and Lisle.
With the choice and variety of summer camps available in the western suburbs in 2013, boredom won't be an option for Woodridge and Lisle children. Organizations, from the YMCA to your local parks and recreation department, offer dozens of camp choices focused around science, reading, sports, music and more. Whether you're looking for an all-around experience or a more focused camp, this list features a few in your town and nearby. Where: Locations vary based on programs. Information: Each summer, the Forest Preserve District offers a variety of four- or five-day camps for kids ages 4 to 14. A number of camps are offered ranging from equestrian to nature camps. Details: Registration forms for 2013 were not yet available online. Where: 425 …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
The school is the largest community college in Illinois. Full-time enrollments are up 3.8 percent over the same time last year.
Written by Mary Ann Lopez Enrollment is up overall at the College of DuPage, with the number of full-time equivalent students up 3.8 percent compared with the same time last year. The spring 10th day headcount of students, taken on day 10 of classes, showed that there were 15,348 students enrolled full time. In addition, total headcount was up 1.6 percent. The total headcount of students, including those not seeking credit, is 28,783, according to the College of DuPage. The number of students seeking credit is listed at 27,813, up 2.3 percent, according to the college. “We are thrilled with these numbers, which exceeded our expectations and directly reflect what we have known all along – College of DuPage is the best higher education value…
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Freezing rain mixed with sleet is expected to arrive in the area Sunday morning. A winter storm watch is in effect through late Sunday night.
By Mary Ann Lopez The deep freeze is on its way and we aren’t talking about temperatures. Get weather news in your inbox. Sign up for the Patch newsletter. Like Lisle Patch on Facebook. A winter storm watch is in effect Sunday morning until late Sunday night for DuPage County. Ice in excess of a quarter of an inch is possible, according to the National Weather Service. The National Weather Service is predicting freezing rain mixed with sleet will arrive Sunday morning and continue throughout the day. The ice accumulations may cause tree limbs and power lines to be weighed down, if winds increase it could cause power outages, according to the weather service. “Pavement and soil temperatures are below freezing. So any liquid precipitation …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Why not start out the new year by giving back to local organizations. Here are a few local nonprofits seeking volunteers.
The New Year has arrived and if you are like most people you’ve made a few resolutions. Often people resolve to give back more to their communities, and keeping that in mind, here are some local organizations who are always looking for volunteers. The Morton Arboretum: Natural Area volunteers are needed. Invasive plants grow and spread rapidly, crowding out native trees, wildflowers, and plants the Arboretum want sto establish in collections areas. Volunteers in good physical condition, able to navigate uneven terrain, and work in all weather conditions are welcome to join one of several work groups. SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education): Volunteers are sought for the nonprofit to help with office …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Officers now have the option of bringing an on-call phlebotomist to the police department to take a driver's blood to determine his or her blood alcohol content (BAC), speeding up the arrest process. DUI attorney says initiative is problematic.
In an effort to crack down on drivers suspected of driving under the influence, DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced a new protocol Tuesday that will provide law enforcement with the option of bringing in an on-call phlebotomist, someone licensed to draw blood, to speed up the process of determining a driver's BAC. “The average rate of elimination of alcohol in a person is .015 - .020 grams per milliliters per hour,” Berlin said in a statement. “Consequently, in any DUI investigation, time is of the essence in obtaining evidence of a subject’s blood alcohol content or BAC.” Drivers now have the choice to refuse a breathalyzer, and officers have the option of taking the driver to a hospital for a blood draw to determine …
Monday, November 19, 2012
A drug symposium held on Nov. 7 at Hinsdale South High School featured several speakers, including DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin, with first-hand knowledge of the dangers of heroin in the suburbs today.
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Monday, November 19, 2012
Written by Joe O'Donnell Thirty deaths from heroin overdose have occurred in DuPage County during the last 12 months, DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said during an event at Hinsdale South last week. Related: Biggert, Officials: Battling Heroin Epidemic Begins With Education Read More on Patch's "Heroin: Naperville's Drug Reality" Page “This is a real epidemic that we’re faced with,” Berlin said. Since last year, community forums have been held to help educate the public about the rise of heroin use in Naperville and the surrounding area. After seven deaths in Naperville due to overdoses within the past year and a series of educational forums that followed, parents and officials are becoming well aware of the drug’s popularity…