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 …
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Police think the woman who was struck and killed by a train last week committed suicide. Here are more details.
Glen Ellyn Police think the 56-year-old Glen Ellyn woman struck and killed by an outbound Metra train on April 3 at 1:30 p.m. committed suicide. An eyewitness among other evidence leads Glen Ellyn Deputy Police Chief Bill Holmer to believe the fatality was not an accident. The DuPage County Coroner's Office has not released any additional information and a spokesperson told Patch the office is still waiting on toxicology and pathology reports. The individual is survived by a sibling and parent in the Chicagoland area, said Holmer.
Monday, April 2, 2012
While Metra confirmed that a Pacific Union West train struck a pedestrian today, officials were unable to provide specifics on the victim’s condition.
The outbound Metra train struck and killed a 56-year-old woman, according to Glen Ellyn Police. For more on this story, click here. UPDATED: 2:25 p.m. An outbound Metra train struck a pedestrian near Glen Ellyn’s Metra Station around 1:30 p.m. on Monday, according to Metra spokesperson Tom Miller. Glen Ellyn Police officers are on the scene. Commuters were given little information on the incident. Passenger Jackie Delane said the train, headed toward West Chicago, "kind of stopped abruptly." At the scene, what appears to be a tennis shoe sits on the south side of the tracks. Emergency officials set up a tent to the east of the Metra station. No details are available on the condition of the individual who was struck; however, some …
Patch compiles a list of must-do Easter crafts.
Monday, April 2, 2012
Need an activity to keep the kids busy this week? How about an Easter craft idea from Pinterest? Some of the best memories are from the crafts you make as a child. Whether it's the Christmas ornament from second grade or the homemade card your mom still treasures, Patch scoured Pinterest so you could find inspiration for the next homemade memory. Click here to see what fun ideas we found for you and your little ones on Pinterest!
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
No one was injured during the fire and it's unclear what started the blaze.
Between structural damage and the loss of contents, Tuesday's house fire in unincorporated Glen Ellyn is expected to be a multi-million dollar loss, according to fire officials. Firefighters were called to the 1S400 block of Sunnybrook Road around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday after a neighbor called to report the fire. No one was home when the fire started and no injuries were reported after yesterday's blaze, which destroyed most of the second floor and back portion of the home, said fire officials. Although the fire was mostly contained to the second floor, Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Department Spokesperson Craig Eldridge said firefighters doused the home with water to exintguish the fire, resulting in damages to other areas of the home. Eldridge …
Friday, February 3, 2012
Some say this is an invaluable economic tool to ensure Glen Ellyn's long-term growth downtown.
From behind her counter at Urban Chic Home, Beckie Nilles looks out her window facing Glen Oak Restaurant and regularly sees "phenomenal" foot traffic along Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Glen Ellyn. Nilles thinks this corner would benefit from a parking garage, just one improvement that could come if a tax increment financing district is approved by Glen Ellyn trustees. According to Village staff reports, currently reinvestment is only happening on a small scale and approving a TIF district would allow the village to realize the plans adopted in the 2009 Downtown Strategic Plan. Without TIF funds it's unlikely infrastructure projects -- a new train station, pedestrian underpass, parking garage, and streetscape improvements -- would …
Monday, January 9, 2012
With the unemployment rate at 8.5 percent, this group continues to provide free help to get locals back to work.
Eva Bongiovanni has an impressive resume, but what's even more impressive is her dedication to help the unemployed finds jobs. "Truthfully, it's not every day that you can get somebody with my kind of background to give you free counseling," Bongiovanni said. Instead of serving food at a soup kitchen, Bongiovanni thought she should use her expertise to aid a Glen Ellyn group as a board of director that has been helping the unemployed for more than 20 years. St. Joseph the Worker Employment Job Ministry equips individuals with the rights tools for the next job. The catch is there is no catch. The group recruits speakers to come address the group of unemployed individuals and it's all free. The group meets every other Wednesday, once at …
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Presumed victim of John Wayne Gacy has been living in Oregon since 1977.
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- Alex Keown
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
A Glen Ellyn man presumed to have been a victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy has been found alive in Oregon, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday morning. Theodore “Ted” Szal, has been missing since March of 1977. At the time he was living in Glen Ellyn. “I believe Christmas has come early for the Szal family,” Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said in a press release. “Being able to tell an 88-year-old father that his son, whose picture he has been carrying around for 34 years in his breast pocket, has been found alive is something special.” According to Dart, Szal, 59, now lives in Beaverton, Ore. At 24-years-old, Szal was going through a divorce when he decided to leave Illinois, the sheriff said. Some of the factors …
Friday, December 9, 2011
Local shoe repair business, with shops in both Lisle and Glen Ellyn, celebrates 60 years in business.
A Lisle business owner has been walking around in his father's size 9.5 work shoes since 1982. Thanks to Doug Herwaldt's longtime business Paul's Shoe Service, Jim Holland's black wing-tip dress shoes, circa 1950, are still fit for use. The business has been serving customers at its Lisle and Glen Ellyn locations for several decades, providing shoe fixes and other services. Some might say Herwaldt comes from a shoe family dynasty. Doug's grandfather David, who came to the United States from Germany, settled in Maywood and opened his own shoe repair shop. His son, Doug's dad Paul, began working in the shop, and so began the Herwaldt shoe legacy. After returning home from war in 1947, Paul continued to work for his father and soon after…