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This is the team of workers who came together to install the latest exhibition at the Elmhurst Art Museum, A Love Supreme, a solo exhibit by Norman Teague inspired by legendary jazz musician John Coltrane, on display now through Sunday, April 28. Full story and more photos inside.


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On Friday, Feb. 2, guests are invited to the Elmhurst American Legion THB Post 187 for a fundraiser at which the former Mayors of Elmhurst will roast ECCI president and CEO John R. Quigley. Tickets are $25 per person and ticketholders must be 21 years or older. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the Roast, sponsored by the Elmhurst Armpit Orchestra, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Legion, 310 W. Butterfield Rd. There will be a cash bar. Roasters will include Elmhurst Mayor Scott Levin, other former mayors of Elmhurst, “both” of John’s friends, his ex-girlfriends, and many other surprises. All proceeds benefit the American Legion THB Post 187. For tickets, visit elmhurstchamber. org, click on “For Members” and then choose “Chamber Events.”

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DuPage Care Center to host Valentine’s Balloon fundraiser to benefit residents The DuPage Care Center will host a fundraiser for the community to send Valentine wishes to Center residents. For a $5 donation, community members may send a balloon to a Care Center resident to spread cheer and warm wishes. In the past, the public sent nearly 1,000 heartshaped, helium balloons to line the corridors and rooms on Valentine’s Day. Volunteers and staff deliver

the balloons to the residents living at the Center, brightening their days, and bringing lots of smiles along the way. “This fundraiser provides a great way to warm the hearts of residents at the DuPage Care Center, bringing

a smile to their face and lifting their spirits,” said Greg Schwarze, Chair of the Human Services Committee. “This is an incredible tradition we look forward to every year.” Balloon donations will be accepted until Feb. 10, and may be sent to:

DuPage Care Center, Attn: Valentine Balloons, 400 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187. Balloons may also be sent by visiting dpccfoundation.org. Balloons will be delivered on Feb. 14. Funds from the sale of balloons

will benefit the Resident Recreation Fund, which provides programs and activities to improve the quality of life of residents living at the Center. For more information, Linda Gray at (630) 784-4303 or email linda.gray@dupagecounty.gov.

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It’s National Children’s Dental Health Month. Did you know that dental-related ailments are responsible for the loss of more than 50 million school hours each year? That’s right. Thousands of children miss school every year because of some dental-related ailment. Fortunately, many of these ailments can be prevented through good oral care. This National Children’s Dental Health Month, make your child’s smile a priority. Take them to the dentist regularly and teach them to care for their teeth properly.

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ECPA launches this year’s ‘Hearts For The Arts’ campaign The Elmhurst Centre for Performing Arts (ECPA) is bringing back its Hearts for the Arts campaign for the fourth year this February with CoChairs Meghan Scarsella and Jessica Berg leading the way. “[The playwright] Lister Sinclair once said, ‘The arts bring a community together,’” said Meghan Scarsella, Elmhurst resident and co-chair of this year’s #HeartsfortheArts campaign. “I truly believe in the importance of community and the power of the performing arts. Elmhurst is a wonderful, supportive community and a performing arts venue would build upon what we already have and continue to bring our neighbors together to enjoy live performances.” This year’s campaign kicked off on Friday, Jan. 26 with a launch party at Bread & Butter Home. “I am proud to support the efforts of ECPA,” said store owner and co-chair Jessica Berg. “As a retail partner, I love that this campaign not only promotes shopping local but also supports local artists in our community.” Hearts for the Arts will run through the month of February and

offers something truly special - a set of two tea towels with a hometown theme. One towel features original artwork of Elmhurst landmarks from York High School student Chloe Wargin. The second towel is an artsthemed graphic design by Elmhurst resident Jeannie Richardson. At the time of publication, you can find the Hearts for the Arts tea towels at the following retail partners: Bread & Butter, Exhibit 3 Dance, Judith B Salon & Spa, Kie & Kate, Kilwins, LaJolie MLN, Maxine, Phillip’s Flowers & Gifts, Solstice Skin Care and Tannins. Check the ECPA website for the most up to date list. The annual Hearts for the Arts campaign supports the ECPA mission to build a state-of-the-art facility for live theater, music, dance, comedy, and events while also highlighting local artists and engaging small businesses throughout Elmhurst. Hearts for the Arts towels benefitting ECPA can be found at local retailers listed on the ECPA website, ECPA-Elmhurst.org. To partner with ECPA or become a Sponsor, send an email to ECPAElmhurst@ gmail.com.

ECPA Hearts for the Arts co-chairs Meghan Scarsella and Jessica Berg hold up the set of two tea towels available for purchase, with proceeds to the ECPA. One towel features original artwork of Elmhurst landmarks from York High School student Chloe Wargin. The second towel is an arts-themed graphic design by Elmhurst resident Jeannie Richardson. Berg owns the store Bread & Butter Home, where the ECPA launch party took place.

Police investigating fatal crash at York, Diversey Elmhurst man’s vehicle strikes, kills 74-year-old woman pedestrian

On Friday, Jan. 26 at 6:38 a.m., the Elmhurst Police and Fire Departments responded to a 911 call of a serious traffic crash on York St. at Diversey Ave. Upon arrival to the scene, police and fire personnel located a vehicle with its driver and an injured pedestrian in the roadway. Elmhurst Paramedics rendered aid to the pedestrian, later identified as a 74-year-old Elmhurst woman. The woman was transported to Edward-Elmhurst Hospital and was pronounced deceased. The vehicle driver remained at the scene and was identified as a 73-year-old Elmhurst man who was driving a 2004 Toyota minivan. Front end damage was observed on the vehicle resulting from the collision. The DuPage MERIT Major Crash Investigation Team responded to the scene to assist in the investigation of the collision. The roadway was closed until approximately 10:30 a.m. as emergency personnel investigated. Preliminary investigation indicated the Toyota was traveling northbound on York Street in the outside lane. The weather conditions were dark, with partial fog and rain. The pedestrian was determined to have crossed York Street, walking east from the Shell Gas Station driveway on the west side of York Street. The pedestrian walked across the two southbound lanes, the center turn lane, and the inside northbound lane of York Street. The Toyota collided with the pedestrian in the outside lane of northbound York, on the north side of Diversey Avenue. Further details about the incident including the name of the people involved, was not available at press time. Police said there was no evidence of intoxication related to this traffic collision. This fatal traffic crash remains under investigation by the Elmhurst Police Department and the DuPage County Coroner’s Office. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Elmhurst Police at (630) 530-3050.

David A. Florczak Sr, 64 David Anthony Florczak Sr, aged 64 years, passed away at his home, surrounded by his family on January 20th, 2024, after a 14 month long battle with brain cancer. David was born on March 15th, 1959 to Loretta and Anthony Florczak in Paw Paw Michigan. He went on to study diesel engineering at Triton College, and spent nearly 40 years in the field. In 1977, he met the love of his life, Angela, while both were working at Jewel. They went on to have two children, David Jr and Alyssa Florczak. In 2017, David retired and spent his remaining years enjoying quality time with his children and grandchildren, whom he adored. He is predeceased by his father, mother, and brother, Walter. He is survived by his wife, Angela, their two children, David Jr and Alyssa, and David Jr’s sons, Lucas and Jamie Florczak. David was a martial arts Sensei in the Okinawan martial art of Sho Rei Ryu Karate as well as a lifelong sportsman, both of which he shared with his son. Later in life, he became an accomplished and self-taught artist. He enjoyed taking his daughter Alyssa out to lunch, and fishing and pheasant hunting with his son David Jr. He always made time to take his family on fun vacations every year, and when his first grandson Lucas was born, he loved taking him on bike rides and trips to the zoo. David was a man of great faith, which provided him the strength to endure his illness. When David’s cancer advanced and his strength waned, he still took great pleasure in holding his youngest grandson Jamie, who would fall asleep on his chest .Above all, David was a devoted father and husband. To the end, he worked two jobs and the night shift for many years, made wise investments, and passed down a wealth of knowledge to his children. David would like to be remembered as a good man who gave all of himself for his family. He was a protector, a provider and a teacher. He is greatly loved, and will be missed forevermore. Visitation was January 24, 2024, at Pedersen Ryberg Funeral Home, 435 N. York Street, Elmhurst, where prayers were said on January 25, 2024, followed by a Funeral Mass at Visitation Church in Elmhurst, IL. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, IL. For info: 630-834-1133.

linois University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business that he completed after honorably serving in the U.S. Army. Frank worked as a Credit Manager for Motorola in Franklin Park and retired from Jovan Cosmetics in Chicago before becoming president and owner of K’s Food & Liquor in Shorewood along with his wife Bobbie and their three sons. In addition to his family, Frank loved many things: gardening, dachshunds, bowling, loons, eating Czech food, his sister-in-law Laurel Falco’s pound cake, loyal customers, his Phaeton Car Club buddies, the television shows “Jeopardy” and “All Things Great and Small”, boating at his cabin in the North Woods of WI and his river home in Ottawa, IL. He never really retired, though two broken hips slowed him down for a while. He still did the various business required financial reports, et al. until last month. Frank is survived by his loving wife, Roberta Gore Kafka; three sons, Frank C. (Chelly Robinson) Kafka, Eric J. (Carianne Kappel) Kafka, and Mark L. (Sharon Polowick) Kafka; his grandchildren, Adam, Frank and Cheyenne Kafka; and was the favorite brother of Joseph Kafka. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive. He is preceded by his parents; his sister, Louise Kafka Reyna; and his nephew, Joey Kafka. The following poem by James Whitcomb Riley aptly describes him; A good man never​ dies-In worthy deed and prayer And helpful hands, and honest eyes, If smiles or tears be there: Who lives for you and me-Lives for the world he tries To help--he lives eternally. A good man never dies. Who lives to bravely take His share of toil and stress, And, for his weaker fellows› sake, Makes every burden less,-He may, at last, seem worn-Lie fallen--hands and eyes Folded - Yet, though we mourn and mourn, A good man never​ dies. Funeral Services for Frank Louis Kafka were held on Monday, January 29, 2024, from the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black Rd., Joliet, 60431, to Holy Family Catholic Church where a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated. Visitation was held at the funeral home on Sunday, January 28, 2024. Interment followed at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, 209 W. Hoff Rd., Elwood, IL, with full military honors held under the auspices of the United States Army and the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Memorial Squad. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name to the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Memorial Squad would be appreciated. For more information, please call 815-741-5500 or visit his Memorial Tribute at ww.fredcdames.com where you can share a favorite memory or leave an online condolence.

Frank Louis Kafka, 83 Frank Louis Kafka, age 83, of Shorewood, formerly of Elmhurst, a good man and beloved husband of 59 years to Roberta Gore Kafka, passed away on Monday, January 22, 2024, at St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, due to cardiac, kidney, and pulmonary complications. He was born in Chicago, IL on September 11, 1940, the son of the late Frank and Vivian (nee Chihatny/Valenta) Kafka. Frank grew up Marlene M. in Berwyn, IL and was a graduate of Schillinger, 87 Morton High School and Southern IlMarlene M. Schillinger, 87, peace-

fully passed away January 25, 2024. She was born August 20, 1936 in Chicago, to the late Wilbur and Helen Harder. Marlene was a lifelong resident of Elmhurst, a longtime administrative assistant at Rotec Industries having retired in 2000, and above all, a wonderful mother and homemaker. Marlene’s passion for dancing was evident throughout her life – beginning with jitterbug contests, later taking Fred Astaire classes, and ending with Zumba at Elmhurst Courts. She was a spirited dancing queen to the very end. She was so loved and will be dearly missed. Loving mother of Dawn (Jeff) Hursh and Christine (Bob) Sztapka; cherished grandma of Tessa, Jake and Olivia; loving life partner to the late Frank Zucker; dear sister to the late Robert, the late Wilbur, the late Honor and the late Joan; dear aunt to Ronnie, Sherry, Debbie, Dave, Diane and Lori. A visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. – noon on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at Elmhurst Community Funeral Home – THE AHLGRIM CHAPEL, 567 South Spring Road, Elmhurst, with a chapel service beginning at 12 p.m. Interment Fairview Memorial Park, Northlake. In lieu of flowers, donations may be written to Angels Grace Hospice, 445 West Erie Street, Suite 203, Chicago, IL 60654. A special thank you to Angels Grace Hospice and Lombard Place, for taking such great care of Marlene in her last days. Arrangements in care of Elmhurst Community Funeral Home – THE AHLGRIM CHAPEL. For information, 630-834-3515 or www.elmhurstfh.com. Rosemary Agnes Rice Rosemary Agnes Rice, beloved mother of Joseph Emmitt Rice (Sharron Ann Rice) and Patricia Ann Hudson. Loving grandmother of Aaron Michael Hudson, Abigail Rose Hudson, KT Hudson. Loving sister of Michael (Janice Rice), Diane, Donald and Suzzie. Loving Aunt of Michael, Kelly and Amy. Great Aunt of Ronny, Alex, Jason and Jeremy. Loving best friend for 66 years of Irene Beecroft. Godmother of Neon Beecroft and (Aunt) to Harley Beecroft and (great Aunt) to Aubree Beecroft. Loyal employee and retiree of the Canadian National Railroad. Funeral Services 10 AM Saturday, February 3, 2024, at the Pedersen Ryberg Funeral Home, 435 N. York St., Elmhurst. Interment All Saints Cemetery. Visitation Friday 3 to 8 PM. Walter “Chubs” Larson, 91 Walter “Chubs” Larson, 91, of Greendale, WI and Elmhurst, IL passed away peacefully surrounded by family on January 6th, 2024 in Rochester, MN where he had been living for the past 3 years with family. Walt was born in June 1932 at home

in Elizabeth, NJ to Harry and Hilda Larson. The family then moved to Greendale, WI where he grew up and graduated from Greendale High School in 1950. He then attended North Central College in Naperville, IL in 1950 and graduated in 1954. While there he anchored the offensive line as a center, plus he was also the team’s placekicker and was voted to the All-Century team as one of the top 100 players in the first 100 years of the football program. Walt met the love of his life, Donna while attending college and they were married in June 1954. He entered into the service of the US Army in 1954 and proudly served his country until his honorable discharge in 1956. Walt and Donna moved to Elmhurst, IL in 1956 where they purchased a home, raised 3 sons and celebrated 69 years of marriage together. Walt worked as a manager for Western Electric, which later became AT&T in the Chicago area until he retired in 1988. Walt loved playing golf, fishing,

officiating high school basketball and football games, attending their church, playing handball with the guys and especially spending time with his family on vacations to Nestor Falls, Ontario. Walt and Donna took these family trips to Nestor Falls for more than 65 years and gave everyone an appreciation of the outdoors and enjoying everything it offered. Walt loved his family deeply and always made time to be with his three sons, grandchildren and most recently great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Harry and Hilda Larson, his brother Harry Larson and his sister Evelyn Truppe. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Donna Larson, son Dave (Susan) Larson, son Dan (Kathy) Larson, son Jon (Shelly) Larson. 7 grandchildren – Greg Larson, Kevin Larson, Mike (Jesse) Larson, Ryan (Madison) Larson, Zach (Amanda) Larson, Becca Larson and Katie Larson and 3 great-grandchildren – Noah Larson, Levi Larson and Henry Larson. A celebration of life and memorial service will take place in Elmhurst, IL at 1:00 pm at the Faith Church of Elmhurst on the corner of North Ave. and York Rd. on May 11th, 2024.


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Police beat

The Elmhurst Police Department recently reported the following arrests and citations. Persons charged with domestic battery are not named in order to protect the privacy of victims. Readers are reminded that an arrest does not constitute a conviction, and that subjects are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. Juveniles age 17-or-younger are not named.

bottles of stolen liquor from a pharmacy, driving under the influence of drugs and in possession of a controlled substance.

Fleeing, eluding

According to information provided last week by the Elmhurst Police Department, police reported one incident of fleeing and eluding during which the driver of a vehicle fled the scene after being stopped for a traffic stop by police.

Assault, battery

Jan. 22 Markquell Green, 35, of Charlotte, Neb., was charged with Criminal Trespass to Motor Vehicle, Criminal Damage to property and two counts of aggravated battery at a gas station in the 100 block of W. Third at 7:12 p.m. According to police, a victim related when he asked the suspect out of his vehicle, the suspect started a physical altercation pinning the victim to the ground.

Domestic battery, domestic incident, disorderly conduct, disturbance, dispute

Jan. 22 Police said that subsequent to a call from a veteran crisis hot line, it was learned that the person did not live in the 800 block of S. Chatham and that an unknown suspect(s) has been making false calls recently. An investigation is pending. Jan. 19 Maurice Massey, 46, of Chicago, was cited for disorderly conduct and served with a no trespass notice at Elmhurst Hospital at 10:40 p.m. Police said Elmhurst Hospital security reported the suspect was intoxicated and threatened staff.

DUI, DUI-drugs, transportation of open alcohol, possession of open alcohol, consumption of


Harassment, threats

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Jan. 22 Kerri Crawley, 44, of Elmhurst, was charged with DUI, transportation of open alcohol and no insurance subsequent to a well-being check in the 900 block of N. York at 7:04 p.m. Jan. 21 Nha Hoang Thanh Nguyen, 37, of Wheaton, was charged with DUI, endangering the life of a child, possession of cannabis in a motor vehicle, improper lane usage, failure secure a child under 8 years of age and no insurance in the 600 block of W. North at 12:36 a.m. Jan. 20 Edgar Tapia Guzman, 32, of Berkeley, was charged with DUI, retail theft, expired registration, improper lighting and improper lane usage subsequent to a traffic stop near Butterfield and Cadwell at 11:12 p.m. Jan. 19 David Forrest, 48, of Chicago, was charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, while JT Cash Jr., also of Chicago, was charged with retail theft, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, DUI-drugs, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, making an improper turn at an intersection, improper lighting and failure to signal when required near North and Michigan at 11:31 p.m. Police said Cash was found to be in possession of two

Sept. 15-Jan. 18 A complainant in the 100 block of S. Kenmore reported she has received numerous unwanted phone calls from her ex-boyfriend between the above dates. A reporting officer made contact with the suspect who agreed to cease communication with the complainant.

Identity theft, fraud, forgery

According to information provided by the Elmhurst Police Department, police reported six incidents of identity theft or fraud.

Possession of cannabis in a vehicle

According to information provided last week by the Elmhurst Police Department, police reported one incident of possession of cannabis by either the driver of a vehicle or a passenger: Arturo Hernandez, 18, of Chicago, near Berteau and North at 11:53 p.m. Jan. 21.

Theft, retail theft, burglary, attempted theft or burglary, forgery, deceptive practice, obstruction, robbery

Jan. 20 Robert Bovan, 43, of Rolling Meadows, was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, DUI, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, driving while license revoked, unlawful possession of cannabis, illegal transportation of open alcohol and battery to a police officer near Roosevelt and York at 11:17 p.m. Police said a reporting officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle which was reported stolen out of the City of Chicago. A complainant at a gas station in the 600 block of


Jan. 19 Paul Chandler, 35, of Sauk Village, was charged with retail theft and burglary at a store in the 300 block of S. Route 83. Police said the suspect exited the store with unpaid merchandise.

Jan. 18 Police said loss prevention at a store in the 300 block of S. Route 83 reported an unknown suspect took items in the store and walked to customer service where he requested to return the items without a receipt. The return was approved and the unknown suspect was given store credit. The suspect then attempted to purchase two gift cards but was denied and left the store. This case is pending investigation.

Jan. 17 Police said a reporting officer responded to a pharmacy in the 100 block of W. North on the above date for a retail theft that had just occurred. It was reported a suspect had allegedly stolen an unknown quantity of liquor and left the scene in the above listed vehicle. On Jan. 18, police said detectives located two suspects at a hotel in Hillside and took David E. Heidner, 35, of Chicago, and Kathleen A. Vieau, 42, of Farge, Wis., into custody. According to police, Heidner was found to have two active warrants out of Cook County. He also was charged with burglary and retail theft, while Vieau was charged with retail theft.

Jan. 3-Jan. 13 A victim at a company in the 600 block of N. Larch told police that an unknown person(s) removed personal items out of a semi truck while it was getting repairs.

Warrant arrest

Jan. 24 Police said that subsequent to a traffic stop near York and Butterfield at 1:47 p.m., Alvin Harris, 25, of Chicago, a passenger in a vehicle, was found to have an active warrant out of the Rockford Police Department. Harris was processed and transported to DuPage County Jail.

ECAF celebrates 30 years of service with 90’s-themed fundraiser

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W. North reported a suspect removed a case of beer and exited the station without paying. The suspect then returned and attempted to purchase a second case of beer but was denied. The complainant did not wish to sign complaints but wanted the suspect trespassed. The suspect was served with a no trespass notice and released


The Elmhurst Children’s Assistance Foundation (ECAF) is proud to announce its 30th Anniversary Fundraiser Party, marking three decades of dedicated service to the children and families of Elmhurst. This event is set to take place at the River Forest Country Club, on Saturday, March 2 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Since its inception in 1993, ECAF has been at the forefront of providing financial assistance to families with children suffering from severe medical and emotional challenges. Our mission has been to alleviate the financial strains that accompany such challenges, ensuring that children receive the best possible care without undue stress on their families. This landmark celebration promises to be a night of joy, reflection, and community spirit. Guests will enjoy an evening filled with dining, an open bar and entertainment, all

themed to reminisce about the foundation’s founding year, 1993. The event will also feature a 90’s cover band “Nerdvana” and a silent auction, where attendees can bid on a variety of exclusive items and experiences. Various sponsorship opportunities are available, ranging from Platinum to Silent Auction Sponsorships, offering different levels of recognition and benefits. Individual tickets are also available for those who wish to join in this noble cause. The funds raised from this event will be instrumental in continuing and expanding ECAF’s vital services. Join us as we celebrate the past, present, and future of our work for the children and families of Elmhurst. For more information and to purchase tickets or sponsorships, please visit ECAF’s Fundraiser Page.

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EAM opens ‘A Love Supreme’ exhibition New show part of Art Design Chicago, a citywide collaboration

The Elmhurst Art Museum (EAM) recently celebrated the opening of its latest exhibition, A Love Supreme. The exhibit and its programming are part of Art Design Chicago, a citywide collaboration initiated by the Terra Foundation for American Art that highlights the city’s artistic heritage and creative communities. It is sponsored by the Terra Foundation for American Art, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and in part by a grant from the League of Chicago Theatres and ComEd, with programming in partnership with Elmhurst University Department of Music. A Love Supreme: McCormick House Reimagined is co-curated by Norman Teague and Rose Camara. This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Chipstone Foundation. More about the exhibition A Love Supreme is a solo exhibition by Norman Teague inspired by legendary jazz musician John Coltrane, with an adjoining group exhibition in the Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House featuring more than 30 Chicago-based BIPOC artists titled A Love Supreme: McCormick House Reimagined. Teague uses Coltrane’s album A Love Supreme as a cultural touchstone to consider design influences from his life-long home in Chicago, exploring how the power of bold improvisational jazz and unapologetic Black aesthetics have expanded the minds and inspired creative communities of color. Celebrating BIPOC designers and a

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This group of guests gathered at the Elmhurst Art Museum on Friday, Jan. 19 for the opening of the latest exhibition, A Love Supreme. The exhibit features the works of artist Norman Teague, whose works were inspired by the music of jazz great John Coltrane.

variety of cultural influences in Chicago at a time when the country is reckoning with representation across industries and disciplines, A Love Supreme comes to the Elmhurst Art Museum now through April 28. A Love Supreme features new sculptural and installation-based works by Teague, providing a setting to heal, unify, and activate community. Visitors are greeted by a collage of Teague’s personal influences, including John Coltrane, designer Chuck Harrison, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), the Civil Rights era mural the “Wall of Respect,” sculptor Mar-

I believe there is a quest for craft from the imaginations of Black America that needs to be heard, seen, and felt as safe, desired and beautiful. And it can only come from us. This turning point of awareness in American history will only get greater as time goes on-and design history will follow.” — Artist Norman Teague

tin Puryear, and others. With these cultural inspirations in mind, Teague presents new assemblage pieces with used brass instruments embedded in ceramics, and designed objects and sculptures that

This jazz trio performed at the opening of the Elmhurst Art Museum’s latest exhibition, A Love Supreme. The exhibit will remain on display through Sunday, April 28.

convey the power of jazz, such as a new, monolithic wood sculpture that references the shape of a horn. Central to the exhibit are African-influenced objects, including a large-scale round house created as a gathering place to celebrate, experience, and discuss Black life and shared culture. “I believe there is a quest for craft from the imaginations of Black America that needs to be heard, seen, and felt as safe, desired, and beautiful. And it can only come from us,” said Teague. “This turning point of awareness in American history will only get greater as time goes on— and design history will follow.” In line with his highly collaborative practice, Teague uplifts other creatives while expressing joy through design. For the adjoining exhibition in Mies van der Rohe’s 1952 McCormick House, co-curators Teague and Rose Camara, Charles Hummel Curatorial Fellow at The Chipstone Foundation, asked others, “What is your Coltrane story? Who awakened you personally and artistically?” Works on display by more than 30 artists include furniture, blown glass, and fiber art pieces that transform the house from the picture of upper-class, white suburban living to an alternative interior reimagined by BIPOC architects, designers, and artists. The exhibition includes audio

components. Headphones and smartphone are recommended to provide a fuller experience. Upcoming programs and events The exhibition includes the following special programs (to see all events, visit elmhurstartmuseum. org): On Saturday, Feb. 3 from 1-2:30 p.m., EAM presents a panel discussion that digs deeper into music, culture, and design influences of exhibiting artists in A Love Supreme, moderated by Ayana Contreras, cultural historian and host of the Reclaimed Soul program on WBEZ and at Vocalo Radio. The panel discussion is followed by a dynamic performance by the Elmhurst University Jazz Combo. Free with museum admission. On Saturday, Feb. 10 from 1-4 p.m., it’s Family Day at the Elmhurst Art Museum where families are invited to create your own Valentine’s Day card through drawing and painting, inspired by the sights and sounds found in the exhibition A Love Supreme. Free with museum admission. On Sunday, Feb. 11 from 1-2:15 p.m., the EAM invites residents to enjoy a McCormick House Tour, where you will learn about the special exhibition in the House as well as its unique history and design.

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In my opinion

Why Illinois should invest in more bilingual teachers

By Erika Mendez and Rebecca Vonderlack-Navarro Latino Policy Forum

For years, enrollment in Illinois’ public schools has been on the decline, but the number of English Learners (ELs)—students in PreK through 12th grade who require additional programming to develop

academic English enabling their full participation in school—is on the rise. From 2010 to 2011 to SY202021, the EL population in Illinois has more than doubled, from 156,888 to 245,592 students. These students require qualified bilingual educators to succeed. Without such teachers, vital lessons in math, science, and reading

Slices of life

The hole

Some of us live with a hole that will never go away. It’s an emptiness that can’t be filled. A vacuum within us that’s brimming with nothingness—not even air. Just a permanent, impenetrable, infallible, deep and vast hole. At first, the hole seems immense—because it is and, honestly, it always will be because the entity that filled the hole was immense in your life and that kind of largeness doesn’t dissipate with time. But the hole isn’t the all of us. The hole isn’t our whole. It will always be a part of us, but it doesn’t define us. It doesn’t have to. We are more than the hole—so much more. Others see our hole and want to do something. To help. To fix. To change us—and it—in some way. It’s very hard for people without a hole of their own to understand the nature of it. How it just is, and even though it hurts sometimes the damn hole has molded us into what we are today and we wouldn’t be the same without it, nor would we want to be. The hole doesn’t define us, but it is a part of us and that can’t be changed. Not ever, despite what others want or try to do for us. Some think they can fill the hole for us. But it has a vastness bigger than infinity. It can never be filled because no one can ever match the exact contours and crevices of the hole’s original inhabitant. Trying to do so would be an act of no avail. It would be spinning one’s wheels at the highest revolution—with no result. Others think they can distract us from the hole, and that may be true, at times, because distraction can be a good thing in small increments. But it isn’t the answer. Not long-term, because distraction is momentary and the hole is forever. Some people simply pretend there is no hole. They believe if they refuse to accept its existence, perhaps we will too. This doesn’t work because pretending never



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solved any real problem. Not ever. Pretending is for stage plays, not real life—especially not for real life holes and real life people living in real life in real time. Finally, they think if they wait long enough we will eventually forget about the hole. This might be the silliest conclusion of all. Forgetting about the hole would be akin to forgetting the loss that created the hole—the person lost who used to occupy the hole—and anyone who’s experienced the hole up front and personal understands forgetting is exactly the opposite of the desired outcome. Anyone who wants us to forget simply doesn’t understand. The hole is there. It always will be. We can’t fill it. We can’t move it. We can’t change it. But we can grow around it. We can grow not only despite but because of it. Because the hole (the damned hole) makes us who we are now and that person wouldn’t and couldn’t have existed before. Who we are now is just as much because of the hole as anything else we’ve ever known. It’s hurt us, but it’s helped us grow—maybe in that order, but not necessarily so. The hole doesn’t define us, but we can define ourselves based, in part, on what it means in our life, and all we are and all we have become— and are becoming—because of it. The hole will be a part of us forever. But it isn’t the end; in so many ways it is just the beginning. Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, published playwright and author. Don’t miss a slice; follow the Slices of Life page on Facebook.

fall by the wayside. According to the recent report by Advance Illinois, “The State of Our Educator Pipeline 2023,” the demand for qualified bilingual educators has reached a critical juncture. This report underscores the challenges in Illinois’ educator pipeline and serves as a rallying call for a diverse and highly skilled workforce of educators. Critically, the report points out that in SY21-22, 12.3 percent of bilingual educators were not fully licensed to teach compared to 1 percent of all teachers. In other words, the fastest-growing group of students in the state often do not have equal access to the education afforded to English-proficient students because there simply aren’t enough teachers with the specialized knowledge and skills to effectively teach these students in both their home language and English. Research unequivocally shows that when English Learners receive high-quality language instruction in both English and their home language, they are significantly more likely to excel academically. While the bilingual teacher shortage disproportionately affects Spanishspeaking Latino students, it has farreaching consequences, impacting young students from diverse linguistic backgrounds. While Illinois has made steps to address the bilingual teacher shortage, changing student demographics means Illinois has more work to do.

According to the Advance Illinois report, the number of English learners rose to over 260,000 for the 2022-23 school year. This number is already higher with the growing number of newcomer students in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. The success of these students rests on having a sufficient supply of bilingual educators to meet their needs. Access to qualified bilingual educators is the most significant inschool factor for English Learner achievement. They believe that students’ home language is an advantage rather than an obstacle to their learning. These educators use theoretical knowledge and specific strategies to support this unique group of students, ensuring they receive quality education. But where can Illinois districts find quality bilingual teachers? Fortunately, we are not in the dark here; we have evidence-based solutions within our reach. The Latino Policy Forum recently collaborated with the State Board of Education to offer guidance: • High School Seal of Biliteracy recipients: By engaging with high school students who have earned recognition for exhibiting college readiness in both English and a foreign language, we can lay the foundation for a bright future. In Illinois, Educators Rising offers a compelling model and curriculum for recruiting high school students into the teaching profession. Those on the path towards the Seal of Biliteracy

represent a prime source of potential candidates for this program. • Paraprofessionals: Schoolbased classroom staff, with their multifaceted roles, including direct translation, are an invaluable resource. They often mirror the linguistic diversity among students, with one in five paraprofessionals speaking a language other than English at home. • Career-Changers: Community members who share the same language as students and possess bachelor’s degrees in non-teaching fields hold the key. This group can be recruited to earn a provisional license, enabling them to start teaching while working toward full teacher licensure. Illinois has made progress in investing more than $100 million in educator growth, but with the loss of sustained COVID funding and competing budget priorities in Springfield, more resources are required to maintain this momentum. Addressing the bilingual teacher shortage is an investment in our state’s future, preparing English Learners to excel academically and contribute fully to our diverse society. Evidence supports the critical role of wellprepared bilingual educators. Leaving these students behind is not an option. Erika Mendez is director of P-12 education policy, and Rebecca Vonderlack-Navarro, PhD, is vice president of education policy & research for the Latino Policy Forum in Chicago.

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Elmhurst Evolution seeks players for Ultimate Frisbee Teams Co-ed informational meetings set for Feb. 28

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Pictured is Elmhurst Evolution, a local Ultimate Frisbee team that is currently looking for more players from any high school in Elmhurst or any high school that doesn’t have an Ultimate Frisbee team. Information meetings will be held Wednesday, Feb. 28. Visit elmhurstevo. com.

nationally-recognized sport, played by millions of people worldwide. Ultimate frisbee (or its real name, Ultimate) is often described as a What is Ultimate Frisbee? What began in a New Jersey combination of football, basketball, parking lot has grown into an inter- and soccer that uses a 175-gram disc instead of a ball.

The objective is to move the disc by throwing and catching it, with the condition that the player holding the disc is not allowed to move. Points are scored by catching the disc in the opposing team’s endzone. There will be a meeting about Ul-

EU nursing faculty to discuss health literacy and leadership ‘Voices from the Front Line’ takes place Feb. 6 Nurses are uniquely positioned to influence patient care and help patients navigate healthcare’s complexities. On Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m., two members of Elmhurst University’s nursing faculty—Becky Hulett, director of the Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs; and Laura Minarich, director of the Master’s Entry in Nursing Practice program—will host the panel discussion “Leadership in Nursing: Voices from the Front Line.” The panelists will talk about how people can expand their health literacy and learn to effectively manage the barrage of healthcare information in the media and online. The panel will also discuss current challenges in the nursing profession and how nurses can grow into leadership roles that can influence a diverse society. “Leadership in Nursing” will be held in the Frick Center, Blume Board Room on the campus of Elmhurst University. The talk will also be livestreamed. Admission is free but reservations are encouraged, at elmhurst.edu/cultural.

timate Frisbee on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at Bethel UCC, Welcome Center, 315 E. St. Charles Rd. A middle school co-ed meeting will take place from 6-6:30 p.m., a high school coed team meeting will be held from 6:30-7 p.m. The spring season begins in March. Practices are held Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. Tournaments and games will be announced at the meeting. Following are some of the accolades the Elmhurst team has earned: 2023 - Elmhurst Evolution- High School State Championships, 4th Place 2023- MIDEVO- Middle School Windy City Tournament Champions 2022 -Elmhurst Evolution, Chicago High School UItimate League Champions

Coaching staff The coaches of Elmhurst Evolution Ultimate Frisbee includes: Cal Tornabene, Elmhurst Evolution player, Illinois State Ultimate Club team player, Chicago Union Professional Ultimate player, Elmhurst Evolution high school coach; Brad Johnson, York high school Ultimate Club team player, Coach of the Year Ultimate League, Elmhurst Evolution high school coach; Peter Bennett, York high school Ultimate Club team player, Indiana University Ultimate Club team player, Elmhurst Evolution high school coach; Shazad Mehta, Illinois Ultimate Adult League player, Ultimate Peace Camp coach, Elmhurst MIDEVO middle school coach. For more information, visit elmhurstevo.com or send an email to elmhurstevo@gmail.com.

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Elmhurst University’s nationally-ranked nursing programs prepare students at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels to be versatile leaders on the front lines of healthcare. Both Hulett and Minarich have extensive experience as healthcare professionals and educators. Hulett holds a doctorate of nursing practice with a focus on organizational leadership. Minarich holds a doctorate in nursing practice and is a family nurse practitioner and a certified clinical nurse leader. The “Leadership in Nursing” talk is

part of the yearlong Graduate Studies Lecture Series, celebrating 25 years of graduate programs at Elmhurst University. Graduate studies at Elmhurst launched in 1998 with five programs. Today, Elmhurst offers more than 20 master’s degree programs and a number of graduate certificate programs in the business, education, health care and technology fields. The lectures, on a variety of compelling topics related to graduate programs offered at Elmhurst, support the development of lifelong learning and prepare students to thrive as adaptive leaders.

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The Elmhurst Evolution is currently seeking athletes to be a part of an Ultimate Frisbee team. Founded in the spring of 2015, Elmhurst Evolution is an Ultimate Frisbee program here in Elmhurst. Players are accepted from any Elmhurst high school, as well as any high school in Illinois that doesn’t have an Ultimate Frisbee program. Thanks to a dedicated, passionate group of parents, players and coaches, the program continues to achieve higher levels of success each year. Elmhurst Evolution strives to create not only top-notch ultimate players, but top-notch people. Members are student athletes, with the student part always coming first. The core values are centered on hard work in the classroom being rewarded with the opportunity to practice and compete as part of the team. Any student between grades 6 and 12 who is interested in learning about this sport is welcome to join the team. Your level of experience with the sport does not matter, just come ready to work hard and have fun!

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Community calendar

Sunday, Feb. 11 From 1-2:15 p.m., the Elmhurst Art Museum invites residents to enjoy a McCormick House Tour, where you will learn about the special exhibition in the House as well as its unique history and design. $23 per person. Info: elmhurstartmuseum.org or 630-834-0202.

Pick of the Week Mayors to roast Quigley as fundraiser for Legion Friday, Feb. 2 Guests are invited to a fundraiser for the Elmhurst American Legion THB Post 187 where the former Mayors of Elmhurst and others will conduct a “Roast” of ECCI president and CEO John R. Quigley. Tickets are $25 per person; must be 21 years or older. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Roast will begin at 7 p.m. There will be a cash bar. All proceeds benefit the Legion Post THB 187. For tickets, visit elmhurstchamber. org/ For Members/ Chamber Events. Thursday, Feb. 1 The Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation’s annual Chef Fest will be held beginning at 6 p.m. at the Drury Lane Theatre & Conference Center, 100 Drury Ln. in Oakbrook Terrace. The event includes a variety of signature menu items produced by chefs from prominent local restaurants, bakeries and caterers, who donate their time and talent. Tickets are $150 per person (open bar included). For tickets and info: emhfoundation. org/events or call (331) 221-0388. Saturday, Feb. 3 From 1-2:30 p.m., The Elmhurst Art Museum presents a panel discussion that digs deeper into music, culture, and design influences of exhibiting artists in A Love Supreme, moderated by Ayana Contreras, cultural historian and host of the Reclaimed Soul program on WBEZ and at Vocalo Radio. Followed by a performance by the Elmhurst University Jazz Combo. Free with museum admission. Info: elmhurstartmuseum. org or 630-834-0202.

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Wednesday, Feb. 7 At 7 p.m. the Elmhurst AAUW Area Branch invites all to hear Illinois Comptroller Susanna Mendoza address the status of “Fair Pay and Economic Equity for Women” in the state. She will be speaking in the Illinois Room of Schaible Science Center at Elmhurst University, located at Prospect and Elm Park Avs. Parking is available close to the building. Program updates will be posted at: elmhurstarea-il.aauw.net/

Wednesday, Feb. 28 This is the final day that First Congregational United Church of Christ, 235 S. Kenilworth, will accept preorders for certified organic vegetable, herb and annual flower seedlings. Seedlings can be ordered at the church website elmhurstucc.org/ store. Seedlings will be available for pick up at the church’s Green Garden Friday, Feb. 23 Fair on Saturday, May 11. It’s never Saturday Feb. 24 too early to start thinking about your At 7 p.m., Greenman Theatre spring garden! presents is murder mystery dinner, “Murder on the DeLorean Express,” Friday, March 1 at Angelo’s Ristorante at 247 N. York Saturday, March 2 Rd. Tickets are $57 and include the Sunday, March 3 show and an Italian dinner. Cash bar, Greenman Theatre presents is chance to mingle with the actors one murder mystery dinner, “Murder on hour before curtain. The play will the DeLorean Express,” at Angelo’s also be performed March 1, 2, and Ristorante at 247 N. York Rd. The 3. Tickets and info: 630-464-2646 or show begins at 7 p.m. On Friday greenmantheatre.org. and Saturday, an at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $57 and include the Saturday, Feb. 24 show and an Italian dinner. Cash bar, From 5-7 p.m., the Elmhurst Lions chance to mingle with the actors one Club will hold its annual All-U-Can- hour before curtain. Tickets and info: Eat Pizza Party at Sandburg Middle 630-464-2646 or greenmantheatre. School, 345 E. St. Charles Rd. org. Children and adult raffle prizes, 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $10 each or Saturday, March 2 $40 for a family of 5 or more. Info: Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the Elmelmhurstlions.org. hurst Children’s Assistance Foundation (ECAF) will celebrate its

30th anniversary with a fundraiser at River Forest Country Club. For tickets and information, visit ecaf4kids. org/2023-fundraiser.

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Elmhurst History Museum The museum’s latest exhibit is Lost Chicagoland Department Stores. Admission to the Museum is always free, although some events carry a fee.

Elmhurst Art Museum Now through Sunday, April 28, the Elmhurst Art Museum latest exhibition is A Love Supreme, part of Art Design Chicago, a citywide collaboration initiated by the Terra Foundation for American Art that highlights the city’s artistic heritage and creative communities. In partnership with the Chipstone Foundation, guests can also view A Love Supreme: McCormick House Reimagined. Info: elmhurstartmuseum.org or 630-834-0202.

Saturday, Feb. 10 From 1-4 p.m., it’s Family Day at the Elmhurst Art Museum. Visitors are invited to create Valentine’s Day cards inspired by the sights and sounds found in the current exhibition A Love Supreme. With drawing and painting, visitors are asked, “Which of your muses will you send your Valentine to?” Free with museum admission. Info: elmhurstartmuseum.org or 630-834-0202.

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On Thursday, April 18 from 6-9 p.m., the Elmhurst Art Museum presents Muses: An Evening of Jazz, with headliner Grammy-nominated musician Corey Wilkes. Experience personal video materials of Chicago’s South Side history and culture that are typically kept in private collections with UChicago Arts’ South Side Home Movies Project. At 7 p.m., hear a special rendition of A Love Supreme, interpreted by Elmhurst University Faculty Jazz

Combo. At 8 p.m., Corey Wilkes will captivate audiences with his mesmerizing trumpet playing and unique vision. Wilkes’ collaborations extend beyond the world of music, as he has also worked with visual artists such as Theaster Gates, Nick Cave, Lucy Slivinski and Rashid Johnson, creating multi-disciplinary performances that blend music, art, and culture. For more information, visit elmhurstartmuseum.org.

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Lions Club set to host annual all-you-can-eat Pizza Party 38th annual event takes place Feb. 24 The Elmhurst Lions Club will hold its 38th annual Pizza Party fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sandburg Middle School, 345 E. St. Charles Rd. The Pizza Party, a long-time favorite, family-friendly event in the Elmhurst area, features all-you-can-eat pizza from Roberto’s Pizzeria, children and adult raffle prizes, and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $10 each or $40 for a family of 5 or more, and children 6 years or under are free. Visit the Elmhurst Lions Club website at elmhurstlions.org for tickets and information, or tickets may be purchased at the door.

Serving the community since 1940, Elmhurst Lions Club is a group of approximately 50 men and women who work together to help fulfill needs in the local community. Proceeds from the Pizza Party will provide community service scholarships for local high school seniors, plus help meet pressing needs in our community including assisting those who need vision, hearing, or other support services. The Elmhurst Lions Club meets twice a month on the second and fourth Mondays. For more information or to get involved with the Elmhurst Lions, please visit elmhurstlions.org .



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Elmhurst Public Library programs Feb. 2-9 Friday, Feb. 2 from 2-4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5 from 1-2 p.m. Friday Features: A Haunting in Venice Save Money on Gas and Electric Bills Enjoy an afternoon at the movies. Find each Citizens Utility Board (CUB) presents on week’s featured film at elmlib.org/Friday. No consumer protections, the latest Illinois poliregistration required. cies and how they will impact you, and how to decode your gas and electric bills. Live in-perSaturday, Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. - noon son and on Zoom. Registration required. Canasta Join us for a friendly game of Canasta every Monday, Feb. 5 from 7-8 p.m. week. Prior experience is required. Live in-perMore Than a Color: The Marginalization of son. No registration required. African Beauty Through History Hear about women of color who have reSaturday, Feb. 3 from 11-11:30 a.m. defined beauty, from women in 1760s French Baby Play Date America to women like Sarah Breedlove and Meet other parents and caregivers of new- Ann Malone, who changed the way women of borns as we share rhymes, read a story, and African descent view themselves. Live in-perplay together. son and on Zoom. Registration required. Live in-person. Tickets available starting at 9 a.m. the morning of the program. Tuesday, Feb. 6 from 1-3 p.m. Bridge & Pinochle Monday, Feb. 5 from 10 a.m. - noon Enjoy an afternoon of card games every Scrabble week. Prior experience is required. Live in-perPlay a friendly game of Scrabble. All skill son. No registration required. levels welcome. No registration required.

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Thursday, Feb. 8 from 7-8:30 p.m. History of Voting in DuPage County Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Learn all about voting in DuPage County, American Mah Jongg: Open Play with a focus on history and voting patterns over Gather every Wednesday for American Mah time. Live in-person and on Zoom. RegistraJongg, a game of skill, strategy, calculation, tion required. and a certain amount of chance. Live in-person. No registration required. Friday, Feb. 9 from 2-4 p.m. Friday Features: Emma (2020) Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 7-8 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon at the movies. Find each Lilly Pulitzer week’s featured film at elmlib.org/friday. Historian Leslie Goddard brings to life For more information about any of the above the entrepreneur and fashion designer who programs, call (630) 279-8696 or visit elmlib. launched a design revolution. Live in-person org/events and on Zoom. Registration required.


PUBLIC NOTICE HOLD HARMLESS AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT Number HHA-90719830678KAG This Hold-harmless and Indemnity Agreement is mutually agreed upon and entered in this 23 Day of the 10th. Month of 2023 between the juristic person: “KENNETH ALBERTO GUTIERREZ©” and any and all derivatives and variations in spelling of said name hereinafter jointly and severally “Debtor,” except, “Kenneth Alberto Gutierrez©” the living, breathing, flesh-and-blood man, known by the distinctive appellations Kenneth Alberto Gutierrez ©, hereinafter “Creditor.signed, notarized and apostilled. on 10/23/2023 (Published in The Elmhurst Independent Jan. 18, 25 & Feb. 1, 2024) 449844 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ZONING AND PLANNING COMMISSION/ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS CASE NUMBER 24 ZBA 01 Request for Variation Notice is hereby given that the Elmhurst Zoning and Planning Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at 7:00 p.m., in the Elmhurst City Hall, 209 N. York Street, Elmhurst, Illinois. The purpose of this hearing is to consider a request by Mike Romano, Beaumont Landscape LLC. on behalf of John Foran, property owner, for a Variation from the side setback requirement

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GreenMan Theatre announces cast for ‘Murder on the DeLorean Express’ Annual murder mystery dinner includes time travel, as guests deduce the killer and Brian T. Wolf. “Murder on the DeLorean Express” is a murder mystery that travels through time. Doc Green and Murty have been friends across time. But when Murty’s marriage is ending, Doc Green realizes he’s to blame, and he must travel back in time to Murty’s wedding to sever his

If you go… WHAT: “Murder on the DeLorean Express” WHERE: Angelo’s Ristorante in Elmhurst WHEN: Feb. 23, 24; March 1, 2 at 7 p.m. COST: $57 includes show and dinner For more information: visit greenmantheatre.org or call 630-464-2646

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York varsity hockey wins Wayzata Invitational Over the MLK weekend, the York High School varsity hockey team went to Minneapolis, where the team went 4-0-1 to win the Wayzata JGA High School Invitational. The Dukes outscored their opponents 15-10 and beat the host team Wayzata High School 4-2 in the championship game. Pictured are (listed alphabetically, not as pictured): Gavin Brown, Jack Brown, Caden Buenz, Jack Ciannella, Luke Composano, Ben Dizillo, Drew Gami, Matt Gleason, Noah Hughes, Paul Killianis, Cole

Maier, Ethan Mauer, Andrew Papadopoulos, Jack Paschen, Oscar Pysz, Frank Rosa, John Sanfilippo, Nick Sanfilippo, Ben Smith, Matthew Soehn, Evan Sun, and Asaiah Vasilopoulos. Team manager Justin Sata. Head coach Matt Boeing. Assistant coach Nick Lee, Assistant coach Eliott Fafinski (Not pictured Coach Nick Albergo and Coach Scott Metz.)

York boys basketball team records three wins Dukes now 20-4 overall, tied for first in conference

By Mike Miazga Correspondent

The York boys basketball team logged three quality wins recently to run its overall mark to 20-4 on the 2023-2024 season. York downed Glenbard North 58-43 in non-conference play. Brendan Molis led the Dukes with 23 points, while Kyle Waltz had 12 points. AJ Levine and Braden Richardson each added nine points. “It was a quality win,” York coach Mike Dunn said. “They were 15-7 or 15-8 and we went on the road and beat them at their place. It was a good win.” On senior night, the Dukes recorded a 56-53 West Suburban Conference Silver Division win against Hinsdale Central. Levine led York with 30 points, while Waltz had 10 points and Richardson finished with eight points. “We have eight seniors on the team. It was a special deal,” Dunn said. “It was a back-and-forth game, and we

found a way to win at the end.” York led by six late and Hinsdale Central hit a three for the final margin. The Dukes then downed Lake Zurich 62-60 in a non-conference game. Lake Zurich is one of the top teams in the North Suburban Conference and in Lake County overall. Levine scored 23 points, while Molis had 16 points and Richardson added seven points. Levine sank two free throws at the end to win the game at York. “Lake Zurich was 15-6 so this also was a good win,” Dunn said. “It was another back-andforth game.” In addition to being 20-4, the Dukes stood at 7-1 in WSC Silver play to start the week, tied with Downers Grove North in the loss column. Downers North is 5-1. York faces Downers North next week. “We have found ways to win games, especially those last two against Hinsdale Central and Lake Zurich,” Dunn said. “We play seven seniors and five

start. The first two guys off the bench are seniors. Seniors typically win you games and that’s what happened against Hinsdale Central and Lake ZuWhile Levine continues to rich.” enjoy a stellar season, he’s joined by an additional long list. “AJ has been fantastic,” Dunn said. “Brendan Molis, Braden Richardson, Kyle Waltz and Ryan Pechous, the starting five, have been great. They play well together and have great chemistry. As seniors that is what you would expect.” York plays Glenbard West and Lyons Township on the road in a pair of WSC Silver games this week. The Dukes also have a non-conference game against Lake Parker. “Those two conference games are on the road, we have a tough week,” Dunn said. “I like where we are at. I think we are improving every day and hopefully we continue to do that, stay healthy and play our best basketball at the end of the season.”

York competitive dance team seventh in the state

ICCP dance competes at state; Timothy Christian cheer headed back to state By Mike Miazga Correspondent

The York competitive dance team capped a memorable season by finishing seventh in the state at the recent Class 3A meet held at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington. The Dukes finished with a score of 90.66 and moved up three places in the standings after scoring an 87.68 and finishing 10th (and earning a finals bid) in the preliminary round at state. York qualified for state after taking fifth at the Lake Park sectional with a score of 89.72. The top six teams in the sectional earned state bids. This was York’s 12th appearance at the state finals meet since 2013. The Dukes won the state title in 2018 and won a sectional title in 2019. IC Catholic Prep competitive dance The IC Catholic Prep competitive dance team took 24th at the recent Class 1A state finals meet in Bloomington at Grossinger Motors Arena. The Knights recorded a score of 73.88 at state.

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Timothy Christian girls basketball team defeats Chicago Christian Van Den Berg hits for 20 points in victory

By Mike Miazga Correspondent

The Timothy Christian girls basketball team engaged in a trio of recent competitive games against Chicago Christian, Elgin St. Edward and Lisle. The Trojans were 62-33 winners over Chicago Christian in both a strong offensive and defensive showing. “It was a nice win for us,” Timothy coach Jill Groenewold said. “We put a lot of pressure on them and caused a lot of turnovers. We were patient with our offense and scored a few points. We

also did well in transition.” Timothy dropped a 47-30 Chicagoland Christian Conference game to Elgin St. Edward. The Trojans trailed by only four points at halftime. “It was a four-point game and then we had a rough bout where they hit a couple of 3s and scored off their press and we couldn’t come back from that.” The Trojans also lost 49-41 to Lisle in non-conference play. “Again, we played another good game, we just had a hard time scoring points,” Groenewold said.

Freshman Elisabeth Van Den Berg had strong showings in those three games with point outputs of 20, 12 and 14. Sami Drye scored 14 points against Chicago Christian and hit for 19 points against Lisle. Groenewold also was thrilled with the play of Taylor Parker. “Taylor has been incredibly tough on the defensive end,” she said. “That’s something that generally doesn’t get a lot of points in the scorebook, but she has been great defensively and holding the other teams’ leading scorers down quite a bit.” Timothy ended last week at

9-15 overall. “We are right there,” Groenewold said. “You can tell we are getting better because we are more competitive in these games. We’re still looking for consistency. Sometimes we have long bouts of time where we hit our stride and then we can’t score and commit turnovers. The important thing is the kids continue to work hard and we have been really pleased with their effort. We are getting better. They continue to battle hard.” Timothy (1-5 CCC) is in the midst of the CCC tournament where it opened play earlier this

week back at St. Edward in Elgin. In the Chicago Christian game, Van Den Berg’s 20 points came on 9-for-13 shooting. She also had three steals. Drye hit four 3-pointers. Freshman Brooklynn Hanchett had seven points and six rebounds. Maria Pozdol-Niego finished with six assists and four steals. Parker had four assists and six steals. In the St. Edward game, Van Den Berg had 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting to go with seven rebounds. Freshman Anneke Lemkuil had six points on two 3-pointers. Drye had three steals.

Geiger, Hilgart earn all-GCAC White honors for IC Catholic Prep girls basketball

Knights in midst of GCAC tournament; postseason seeds revealed today

By Mike Miazga

overall. Geiger scored 20 points in a recent key GCAC White road win The IC Catholic Prep girls bas- in Burbank against St. Laurence. ketball team’s strong season thus ICCP finished 3-3 in its first seafar has not gone unnoticed. Senior son of GCAC White play. “Allie is Allie Geiger and sophomore Mary probably averaging a double-douKate Hilgart were recently named ble in points and rebounds in conCHRIS FOX PHOTO ICCP Elmhurst coach Independent to the Girls Catholic Athletic Con- ference games,” Todd ference White Division all-confer- Fisher pointed out. “MK is over 10 ence team. points a game in conference. Both Geiger andBucolo Hilgartfires are atwo of during kids area very deserving of this recAnthony pitch recent U12 baseball many key contributors to a Knights ognition.” game. team that started the week 18-6 ICCP had its senior night against Correspondent

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“With this being our first year in the conference, it’s all new to us,” Fisher said. “It’s exciting to play in this tournament and to play games against teams from the other division.” Fisher said the tournament serves a dual role for the Knights at this juncture in the tournament. “We are going into every game at the end of the year here and treating each one as an opportunity for us to get better and to get ready for the postseason,” he said. “There are some great teams on the other side of the conference. We’ll have an opportunity to play very good teams in this tournament. It will come down to matchups. This

is our first year in the GCAC and playing in this prestigious tournament. We’re definitely excited to be part of it and we’ll see what happens.” The Knights are also awaiting their positioning in the upcoming Class 2A state playoffs. Seeding for the tournament will be released today at 4 p.m. on the IHSA website (www.ihsa.org). ICCP is part of the Chicago Julian sectional and will start play sub-sectional A at either the Chicago University High or Chicago Cristo Rey Jesuit regional. Town neighbor Timothy Christian also is part of the 11-team sub-sectional.

Gallagher eclipses 1,000-career point mark in ICCP win over ACC


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him.” Gallagher also had four assists in the ACC win. Andrew Hill led the Knights with 19 points and By Mike Miazga eight rebounds, while Danny Fromelt had 12 points Correspondent IC Catholic Prep’s Jake Gallagher put himself into and seven rebounds. The Knights forced 23 ACC official elite company in the boys basketball program. turnovers including 14 via steals, “and a mix of pressure defenses,” Tyrrell said. Gallagher went over the 1,000-career point mark ICCP also dropped a 64-43 game to Chicago St. during the Knights’ recent 53-43 Chicago Catholic Ignatius. The Knights led 17-11 early. “We came League White Division win over Aurora Central out strong against St. Ignatius,” Tyrrell said. “We Catholic. Gallagher had 996 career points heading struggled in the second quarter and trailed 35-25.” into the game and scored seven to eclipse the key benchmark. He’s the first ICCP boys basketball player The Knights committed 21 turnovers in the game. to accomplish the feat since Rashaun Epting did so in “Turnovers were our Achilles heel,” Tyrrell said. Gallagher led the way with 19 points against St. 2015. Ignatius, while Hill had 12 points and nine rebounds. “Jake Gallagher has been a leader in our program The Knights were 13-11 overall through late last since he joined,” ICCP coach TJ Tyrrell said. “He week. ICCP has upcoming games on the road against is having a remarkable season and is a leader on the Chicago DePaul College Prep, Loyola Academy court and in the classroom. His work ethic, character and Montini, and a home game Saturday against and humility are just a few of the characteristics that Southland Prep. distinguish him. I am grateful to be able to coach

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Southland Prep out of Richton Park postponed due to Southland not being able to come to Elmhurst for the date last week. Fisher said they are looking to reschedule it. The Knights were hard at work last week preparing for their inaugural appearance in the GCAC tournament that features teams from both the White and Red divisions of the league. ICCP opened play in the tournament earlier this week in River Grove against Trinity, which competes in the Red Division. The Knights played the winner/loser of the Chicago De La Salle-Montini game on Wednesday. The tournament wraps up Saturday.

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YORK HIGH SCHOOL Player of the Week YORK HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK GIGI BARR York YORK Competitive Dance Team GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Thewas Yorkthe competitive took seventh in Val the state at Barr recipientdance of theteam 2019-2020 York Cothern the recent Class 3A meet held in Bloomington. The Dukes scored junior female athlete ofanthe yearin award. went over the a 90.66 in the finals after 87.68 the state Barr prelims. 1,000-career kill threshold last fall for the Dukes girls volleyball team and still has a season to add to that total.

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(Continued from page 17) ICCP advanced to state after 189, while Ava Lewandowski also taking fourth at the Class 1A rolled an 898 series and had a high Algonquin Jacobs sectional with a game of 171. score of 76.23. York will compete in the Hinsdale Central regional Saturday Timothy Christian at Suburbanite Bowling in Competitive Cheer Westmont. The Dukes are one of It’s back to state for the 14 teams there competing for four Timothy Christian competitive spots in next Saturday’s Glenbard cheer team. The Trojans recently East sectional at Bowlero in won the Hinsdale South sectional Glendale Heights. Also, the top to advance to this weekend’s IHSA 10 individuals not on sectionalstate finals meet held at Grossinger qualifying teams will head to Motors Arena in Bloomington. Glendale Heights. Timothy finished with a score of 90.53 in the small-school division IC Catholic Prep Boys at Hinsdale South. Wilmington Bowling from near Joliet was second with a The IC Catholic Prep boys score of 88.50. This is Timothy’s bowling team competed in the 17th time in the state finals meet recent Glenbard East regional held and ninth time since 2016 under at Bowlero in Glendale Heights. current coach Aaron Armstrong. Junior Luke Beckman finished Timothy took second in the state in with a 1,053 series. He had high 2010 and 2012. games of 212, 205 and 162 Junior Ben Erickson finished with a 701 York Girls Bowling series and had a high game of 138, The York girls bowling team while junior Pete Dolan rolled a took eighth at the recent Plainfield 670 series for five games and had South invitational. The Dukes a high game of 155. Beckman finished with a team pinfall of missed the sectional-advancing cut 4,857. by six pins. Lindsey Valdivia led the way for the Dukes, rolling a 1,061 York Competitive Cheer series for six games. She had high The York competitive cheer games of 208, 206 and 190. Bella team took sixth at the recent Bjerkan ended with a 1,011 and Rolling Meadows sectional and was particularly of note after the did not qualify for the state finals lunch break where she rolled a 554 meet. The Dukes finished with series with high games of 207, 178 a score of 87.17 in the Large 2 and 169. Ella Shea finished at 989 division. Fremd snagged the fifth and had high games of 192, 178 and final state-qualifying spot with and 170. Julia Clink ended with an an 88.63 score, just 1.46 points 898 series and had a high game of ahead of York.

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