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League to host Candidate’s Forum this Sunday at City Hall

The League of Women Voters of Court Judicial Candidates 2:30– 3:15 p.m. 47th Legislative Board District 1 & 2 Candidates tation will be able to speak briefly. Elmhurst will host a Candidate FoFor additional information, visit 1:30– 2:15 p.m. 5th Congressio- District Candidates 4:30–5 p.m. Candidates whose rum on Sunday, Sept. 16 from 1 p.m. nal District Candidates 3:30–4:30 p.m. DuPage County opponents did not respond to invi- to 5 p.m. at the Elmhurst City Hall, 209 N. York St., Elmhurst. Candidates for the Nov. 6, 2018 General Election have been invited. After answering some League questions, the candidates will be asked to answer questions submitted in writing from those who are in attendance. This program is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend the whole event or individual pieces. An estimate of each group’s time frame follows: 1 p.m. statements from Circuit

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Railroad crossing improvement coming to tracks at Myrtle

Site will be closed, detour posted from Sept. 11-21

According to Director of Public Works Howard Killian, the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) has informed the City of Elmhurst of track repairs to improve the railroad crossing at Myrtle Avenue. The repairs will require closure of the crossing for about 10 business days. The scope of the project includes removing a track and rebuilding the crossing. The northernmost rail will be removed; thus, allowing for a smoother transition between the tracks and road. The vehicular crossing will also be rebuilt to improve accessibility across the tracks at Myrtle Avenue. The crossing is closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic as of Tuesday, Sept. 11 and will remain closed through Sept. 21 (weather permitting). A detour will be posted. For more information, visit

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ICCP students achieve honors on Advanced Placement Exams 26 honored for academic excellence, 18 students scored 5 or higher

IC Catholic Prep (ICCP) announced last week that AP students qualified for 26 Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams during the 2017-18 school year. In total, 76 percent of the ICCP AP exams resulted in a score of 3 or higher based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest possible score. 18 students scored a 5 on the 20 AP exams they took. “We’re exceptionally proud of our students at IC Catholic Prep for their commitment to college preparation through AP Exams,” said Principal Pamela M. Levar. “Our students put in a great deal of effort to achieve exemplary scores on these challeng-

ing exams. They receive tremendous support from their parents and our teachers, who are among the finest and most prepared educators in Elmhurst and throughout DuPage County.” Nine students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award, including: • Quinn Bigane (University of San Diego) • Victor Cadaoas (Boston University) • Joshua De La Cruz (Dartmouth University) • Jacob DeWitte (University of Wisconsin-Madison) • Peter Jordan (University of Notre Dame)

• Dylan Packer (University of Wisconsin-Madison) • Lance Pollitz (Class of 2019) • Alec Vasquez (University of Notre Dame) • Minxing Zhao (University of Chicago) The following students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award: • Xun Gong (Class of 2019) • Susan Maloney (Class of 2019) • Timothy McCann (University of Wisconsin-Madison) • Charles O’Brien (University of Wisconsin-Madison) • Luke Ricobene (University of Dayton) The AP Scholar Award was earned

by the following students for scoring 3 or higher on three or more AP exams: • Roberto Calles (Class of 2019) • Vincenzo Cerasuolo (Dominican University) • Kevin Cheng (Denison University) • Michael Hoffman (University of Illinois) • Ryan Kenneally (Class of 2019) • Claire Kennedy (St. Mary’s College Notre Dame) • Amber Lewis (Class of 2019) • Daniel McCann (Purdue University)

• Alexander Meurer (University of Wisconsin-Madison) • Natalie Murillo (Class of 2019) • Kelly Murray (Class of 2019) • John Shannon (Miami University-Ohio) In 2017-18 ICCP’s AP program had a total of 90 students taking 173 AP exams. AP courses are offered in the areas of English Literature and Composition, Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, US History, World History, US Government and Politics, English Language and Composition, and Spanish Language and Culture.

Celebrating Chamber Week, celebrating our Chamber By Dee Longfellow


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Pictured are some members of the IC Catholic Prep Class of 2019 AP Scholars. They are (back row, from left): Ryan Kenneally, Xun Gong, Roberto Calles, and Lance Pollitz; (front row): Kelly Murray, Susan Maloney, Amber Lewis, and Natalie Murillo.

In this week’s issue, the Elmhurst Independent joins Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the U. S. Chamber of Commerce in a salute to National Chamber of Commerce Week from Sept. 10-14. This year’s Chamber Week holds special meaning because the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry is celebrating its 100th Anniversary as well. The award-winning business organization has been holding a year-long Centennial Celebration, which will culminate at the Chamber Gala on Jan. 25, 2019 at the Drake Hotel in Oak Brook. In honor of the Elmhurst Chamber’s Centennial year and just in time for Chamber of Commerce Week, inside this issue you will find a special magazine section “100 Years of Business.” Issued by Rock Valley Publishing, the section was produced with input and assistance from John R. Quigley and the staff of the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry and by the Elmhurst History Museum. Because the Centennial Celebration is ongoing through January’s gala, there is still time to contribute to the Chamber’s Capital Campaign, which offers several opportunities to join the celebration. Among the ways to help is a year-long Split the Pot raffle, which offers a chance to win more than $3,000 (the current amount), as raffle tickets will be sold up to and including that evening. Details can be found in the section. Business people who are not members of the Chamber will find special offers to join during the month of September. Those who are not involved in the local business community will still enjoy the history of Elmhurst told in feature stories and historic photos.


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Catching up with Police Chief Michael Ruth His message: lock your car, don’t fall for scams, feel free to ask questions

By Dee Longfellow


About once a year, the Independent catches up with Elmhurst Police Chief Michael Ruth to find out what’s new at the Elmhurst Police Department and current trends in crime and other police concerns. Perhaps the best news is that statistics show crime is down in Elmhurst, but Ruth warns that crime waves are always cyclical. Still, the most recent annual report shows that there were 586 crimes reported in 2017, which is down from 677 reported in 2010. The lowest over the past seven years was 500 reported in 2013. Ruth further cautions that these are reported crimes; it is hard to estimate how many may go unreported. Crime may be down, but lock your doors! The annual report also indicates a drop in residential burglaries, from 48 in 2014 to 35 in 2017. Ruth shared this information on Monday, Sept. 10, when he addressed a meeting of the Elmhurst Lions Club. “There have been a lot of vehicle burglaries lately and much of it happens to unlocked cars,” Ruth said. “Everyone needs to get in the habit of locking their cars all the time, even at home in the driveway or garage. And don’t leave a key fob – especially one that actually starts the car – anywhere that a criminal might find it.” He also advised not to leave valuable items in plain sight, such as laptops, iPads, etc. He explained that sometimes a group of criminals from Chicago come out to the suburbs like Elmhurst in one vehicle and then spread out and hit one neighborhood after another. If doors are unlocked, it just makes it easier for them to rob you and quicker to get away. Telephone scams are rampant Ruth talked about telephone scams that are so common these days, particularly callers who claim to be with the IRS. He reminded the audience that the IRS will only contact you by regular mail and not to fall for any other kind of communication. Further, scammers will often ask their victim to pay their “debt” by buying iTunes or Apple gift cards and then reading the serial numbers over the phone. “This is a scam pure and simple,” Ruth said. “Do not fall for this or if you have any doubt at all – any questionable person who contacts you -- please feel free to call us. Call the non-emergency number at the Elmhurst Police Department, we would be happy to look into it for you. You don’t have to do it alone. If anything seems not quite right, please feel free to ask. We’re happy to help and it’s better than losing a lot of money.”

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Always attentive to community happenings, Elmhurst Police Chief Michael Ruth (left) is pictured here with 5th Ward Alderman Scott Levin at the Elmhurst College Governmental Forum held last April, which featured former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Chief Ruth recently addressed a meeting of the Elmhurst Lions Club and discussed the latest annual report with the Independent.

readers (LPRs), that is, cameras that record plate numbers of passing traffic. Some residents were apprehensive that the LPRs represented an invasion of privacy, but Ruth said they are not at all used to gather data about car owners. One of the LPRs did help the Police Department track down a thief who had robbed a smartphone store in town. The victim in the store saw that it was a silver car and that it had fled traveling east on St. Charles Road. Another witness managed to catch a few numbers of the license plate. That was enough information to check the LPR records, watching the traffic flow at the approximate time just after the incident. Sure enough, police were able to identify the vehicle and eventually arrest the suspect.

Contact police, not social media Ruth brought up a few years ago when there was a report of a possible threat of violence at the Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2017. Officers stayed up most of the night before the parade, checking the entire area for things like explosive devices in the bushes, etc. “The real problem with that [incident] was, people didn’t call the police, they took to social media,” he said. “That’s how we found out about it and, of course, we had to respond. “Again, if you hear about something or have any concern that something doesn’t seem right, LPRs – helpful tool please call us – call the police deor privacy invader? While meeting with Ruth, the In- partment, please don’t just go on dependent asked about license plate social media.”

Neighborhood Roll Calls help connect with residents The department continued its Neighborhood Roll Calls over the summer, when officers hold their “change of shift” meetings out in various locations throughout town. “We’ve had as many as 40 to 50 people come out for some of the Roll Calls,” Ruth said. “We have received good feedback about them. The meetings advance and reinvigorate a sense of community, hearing people talk, getting to know each other. The feedback from our officers is that they feel very fortunate to meet residents and talk to them face-to-face.”

• The Youth Explorer program is always seeking new members. • Active shooter drills have been held at the hospital and will continue at some of the District 205 public schools. • Speed trailers – those marquee-like signs that show drivers their current rate of speed – have been very successful at reducing the number of speeding tickets that have been issued. Ruth said the City was expecting to get two or three more of the devices before the end of the year. • The police ATV has been in use for two years now with great success, Ruth said. It’s especially good because the ATV can go placOther programs es a squad car cannot, such as along start up for fall • The Citizens Police Academy the Prairie Path. It’s been useful for is already underway for a new ses- policing community events like parades and outdoor concerts. sion.

Health Department urges caution as additional cases of West Nile Virus reported The DuPage County Health Department announced on Wednesday, Sept. 5, that there are now six human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) that have been reported in the county in 2018. This is an increase of four human cases since earlier this month, and it is anticipated that the numbers will continue to increase over the coming weeks. The Health Department’s Personal Protection Index (PPI) remains at Level 3 (high risk) because of the number of mosquito batches

testing positive for WNV. Level 3 indicates high numbers of infected mosquitoes in most areas, and multiple human cases of WNV disease in DuPage County. View the PPI at Anyone who experiences symptoms that cause concern should contact their health care provider. The Health Department continues to monitor WNV activity by collecting and testing mosquitoes from traps located throughout the county from May through October, the West Nile virus season.

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Memorial planned for Ivan Frick, college’s 11th president Memorial gifts accepted for Frick-endowed book fund

A celebration of life memorial service will be held in October for Dr. Ivan E. Frick, the 11th president of Elmhurst College. Dr. Frick passed away on Saturday, Aug. 25, in Lancaster, Pa, at the age of 90. With his wife Ruth, Dr. Frick served the College from 1971 until 1994. He is remembered for continuing the College’s excellent academic reputation, restoring its financial equilibrium, and building a strong sense of campus community. Early in his career as president of Elmhurst College, Dr. Frick successfully led the College through financial challenges that struck much of higher education at the Dr. Ivan E. Frick time. Under his watch, the College 11th president of would achieve 22 years of balanced Elmhurst College budgets; and when he left office in tious steward for the College,” said 1994, the endowment stood at $35 current President Troy D. VanAken. million, having grown 46-fold. “Ivan Frick was such a conscien- “I especially respect his dedication

to being a good fiduciary—his long record of balanced budgets, how he built the endowment, his attention to fundraising, and that he kept debt levels low so that future generations wouldn’t be burdened—his approach has set a strong example for me. Ivan and Ruth Frick helped to secure the College’s future and enhance our community, and we will always be grateful.” Dr. Frick’s tenure saw significant advances in the College’s academic program, including the establishment of the Center for Business and Economics, a Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, and increased offerings for adult learners. The Frick years also were a time of unparalleled fundraising success, which led to numerous capital improvements, including the construction of two buildings and the reno-

vation of several others. Both Ivan and Ruth Frick also were active in the Elmhurst community, as members of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, and organizations such as the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art and Elmhurst: College and Community, a group that Ruth Frick founded. Upon the Fricks’ retirement, the student union was renamed the Frick Center in honor of their leadership. In honor of Elmhurst College’s 11th president, the College flew its flags at half-staff for 11 days. A celebration of life memorial service will be held in Elmhurst on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 11 a.m. in St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 125 W. Church St. Private interment will take place at Elmhurst College Cemetery. Dr. Frick is survived by two sons, David and Daniel (Tamara

Goeglein); his daughter, Susan (Ronald Searl); a sister, two brothers and five granddaughters. Memorial gifts welcome In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Frick Endowed Book Fund of Elmhurst College. Please visit and, under “Area of Support,” select “Frick Endowed Book Fund.” You also may make your gift by calling the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at (630) 6173600. Gifts also may be mailed to: Elmhurst College, Attn: Office of Development, 190 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Checks should be made payable to Elmhurst College, and should specify Frick Endowed Book Fund in the memo line. Dr. Frick’s memorial page may be found at

Elmhurst Artists’ Guild to host Fall Members Show Local artists depict historical to pastoral to metaphysical

The Elmhurst Artists’ Guild (EAG) will host the annual Fall Members Show, featuring a variety of its members’ original artwork, in the EAG Gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum (EAM), 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., now through Oct 12. The public is invited to the opening reception on Friday, Sept 14 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Abboreno brings auto history lesson with artworks Notable artworks include Oak Park artist, Tony Abboreno’s, bold acrylic painting, “Supercharged,” which depicts the iconic 1936 Auburn Roadster. Abboreno’s art has recently been focused on American manufacturing and companies that fell victim

to flawed marketing. The Auburn Roadster “is one of the first automobiles that used the term “Supercharged” on its badge. Auburns were made at the plant in Auburn, Indiana, along with Cords and Duesenbergs and were cars that appealed to the upper middle class. The Auburn Corporation went bankrupt in 1937 when the cars became too expensive

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for the Depression era market,” Abboreno explained. Other featured artists Beverly artist Judie Anderson will exhibit “A Lonely Walk Ending Summer,” a delicate

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Police beat

The Elmhurst Police Department recently reported the following arrests and citations. 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.

Assault, battery

Sept. 4 Police said officers responded to the report of a fight near Third and Maison Court at around 8:04 p.m. Upon arrival, it was learned a victim and suspect were fighting and the suspect reportedly retrieved a knife and swung it at the victim. An investigation is pending. Sept. 3 A victim told police that he was walking on the Prairie Path near Poplar Avenue at around 8:43 p.m. when an unknown suspect reportedly jumped out and punched him in the right rib cage area. The unknown suspect then ran northbound on Poplar. He was described as a male wearing a dark hoody and sweatpants. The victim reported a similar incident had also occurred to him on Aug. 25. The victim was released to his parents. Sept. 1 A complainant in the 900 block of N. Virginia told police at around 11:27 p.m. that while walking through a parking lot, he was approached by a male suspect who asked why he was walking in the middle of the road. A verbal argument began, mutual pushing occurred and the suspect allegedly punched the victim in the side of the head. The victim received a cut to his left hand and refused medical treatment. The suspect was described as an Hispanic male, approximately 20 years old, with a medium build and short hair, wearing a white tank top and dark cargo shorts.

Child neglect

Sept. 4 Police said it was learned at around 7:45 p.m. that a victim had been left home alone and was not registered for school. A reporting officer contacted DCFS and the victim left with his grandmother.

Disorderly conduct

Sept. 1 Roberto Andres, 27, of Elmhurst, was issued a citation for disorderly conduct-public intoxication subsequent to a well-being check near Illinois and Elmhurst at around 10:42 p.m. Aug. 30 A complainant at a business in the 100 block of S. York told police at around 11:33 p.m. that a patron threw a beer bottle at the door of the business. The bottle did not cause any damage to the door. The suspect left the establishment, was located by an officer and denied throwing the bottle. The suspect was served with a no trespass notice and was released on the scene.

Domestic battery, domestic incident, disturbance

Sept. 5 A complainant told police at around 5:11 p.m. that she had a verbal argument with her sister over the way she treats her children. The victims relate their mother yells and screams and keeps them up at night. The victims stayed with their aunt for the night. DCFS was contacted. Sept. 3 A 31-year-old Elmhurst man was charged with domestic battery in the 800 block of S. Poplar at around 6:19 p.m. Police said a reporting officer

responded to the Naperville Police Department for the report of a domestic battery occurring in Elmhurst. It was learned, after an argument, the suspect allegedly grabbed the victim’s arm, causing an injury. Police said officers responded to a report of a physical domestic in the 900 block of S. Hillcrest at around 3:24 a.m. Officers arrived on the scene and determined that a 38-year-old Elmhurst man pulled Victim 1’s hair causing her to fall to the ground and injure her left knee and elbow. The suspect also reportedly punched Victim 2 in the right leg. The suspect was charged with three counts of domestic battery and interfering with a 911 call. Police said officers responded to a report of a physical domestic in the 500 block of W. Armitage at around 12:57 a.m. Upon arrival, the victim’s mother stated the victim began knocking over items in the house. The victim calmed down and returned to his bedroom without incident. A victim in the 900 block of Virginia Lane came to the police station at around 7:03 p.m. to report a domestic battery involving her ex-boyfriend. Officers were unable to locate the suspect. An investigation is pending. Sept. 2 Police said officers responded to a report of a domestic in the 900 block of Hillcrest at around 9:20 p.m. Upon arrival, it was learned the victim threw his phone against a wall and punched a kitchen cabinet. The victim went to Elmhurst Hospital for treatment to his hand. Police said officers responded to a report of a physical domestic in the 600 block of N. West at around 9:32 p.m. Upon arrival, a victim told police that subsequent to a verbal argument, her father battered her. The suspect denies physical contact with the victim. No signs of injury were observed and Family Shelter was contacted. Aug. 30 A complainant in the 100 block of E. First told police at around 8:28 p.m. that during a custody exchange, he and his wife remained in their parked vehicle in the parking lot. A suspect approached his vehicle with a knife in his hand and the complainant quickly left the scene to avoid a confrontation. The complainant drove home and returned to the police station later to make a report. The officer was unable to make contact with the suspect. A complainant in the 100 block of E. Park came into the police department at around 8:48 p.m. to report that a victim and a suspect had a physical altercation following an argument. The victim responded to the police department and related they were involved in an argument which was followed by mutual pushing, and she was never injured. There were no signs of injury to the victim. An officer was unable to make contact with the suspect. An investigation is pending.

DUI, illegal transportation of alcohol, open alcohol in public, consumption of alcohol by a minor

Sept. 4 Daniel Griffin, 27, of Darien, was charged with DUI, improper lane usage and driving too fast for conditions near Route 83 and the UPRR at around 12:26 a.m. Sept. 3 Aviel Yates, 26, of Mount Prospect, was charged with DUI, illegal transportation of open alcohol and improper lane usage subsequent to a traffic stop near Route 83 and St. Charles at around 1:06 a.m. Diane Hoffman, 47, of Addison, was charged with DUI subsequent to a well-being check in the 500 block of W. Comstock at around 11:38 p.m.

citations for possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia, while Alec Smith, 23, of Berkeley, was issued a citation for possession of cannabis subsequent to a traffic stop near Commerce Parkway and Schiller at around 7:23 p.m.

CALL 800-222-TIPS Sept. 2 Wendi Roman-Soto, 36, of Chicago, was charged with illegal transportation of alcohol, driving while license suspended, failure to secure a child in a child restraint, failure to secure a child in a seat belt, unlawful use of an electronic communication device and no insurance, while Yurida Roman, 24, of Chicago, a passenger in the vehicle, was issued a citation for illegal transportation of alcohol by a passenger subsequent to a traffic stop near North and Glade at around 1:08 a.m. Sept. 1 Brayan T. Soc Perez, 22, of Bensenville, was charged with DUI and transportation of open alcohol, while Omar Perez, 30, of Bensenville, a passenger in the vehicle, was issued a citation for transportation of open alcohol subsequent to a roadside safety check near Lake and Walnut at around 2:22 a.m. Aug. 31 Adam M. Clayton, 39, of Elmhurst, was charged with DUI, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, failure to signal, speeding and no insurance subsequent to a traffic stop near Diversey and Virginia at around 12:48 a.m.

Harassment, threats

Aug. 31-Sept. 1 A victim in the 200 block of E. North told police at around 6:02 p.m. that a suspect contacted her and made several threatening statements between the above dates. The suspect was contacted and related the victim contacted her first, and she denied making any threatening remarks. Due to conflicting stories no charges filed. Leaving the scene Sept. 2 Luke Freeman, 31, of Elmhurst, was issued citations for leaving the scene of an accident and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident in the 100 block of Garfield at around 6:16 p.m.

Possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance

Sept. 5 Jeffrey Noerr, 22, of Elmhurst, was issued citations for possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 100 block of N. Addison at around 8:39 p.m. Juan Villanueva, 35, of Maywood, was charged with possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding subsequent to a traffic stop near North and Willow at around 12:23 a.m. Sept. 4 Enrique Bonilla, 23, of Berkeley, was issued

Sept. 2 Joseph T. Daniels, 27, of Northlake, was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and no seat belt subsequent to a traffic safety check near York and Industrial at around 1:32 a.m. Jose N. Zavala, 19, of Verona, Wis., was issued citations for possession of alcohol by a minor and speeding, while Yoana A. Hernandez-Galan, 19, of Madison, Wis., was issued a citation for possession of alcohol by a minor subsequent to a traffic stop near Grand and Marshall at around 1:15 a.m.

Sept. 1 Jeremy H. Kennebrew, 30, of Addison, was issued a citation for possession of cannabis subsequent to a roadside safety check near Lake and Walnut at around 12:38 a.m. Jesus Ortiz, 18, of Hanover Park, was issued a citation for possession of cannabis subsequent to a roadside safety check near Lake and Walnut at around 1:18 a.m. Noel J. Ramos, 35, of Lyons, was issued a citation for possession of cannabis subsequent to a roadside safety check near Lake and Walnut at around 2:04 a.m.

Aug. 31 Curtis W. Beers, 35, of Chicago, was issued citations for possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and no seat belt subsequent to a traffic stop near North and Melrose at around 12:15 a.m.

Aug. 30 Jonathan Leiva, 34, of Chicago, was issued citations for possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, suspended registration and no insurance subsequent to a traffic stop near York and Grand at around 4:04 p.m.

Suspicious circumstances

Sept. 4 A complainant in the 400 block of N. West told police at around 4:28 p.m. that while participating in an after-school activity, she and several others observed a white van in the area and the driver appeared to be taking pictures. The area was checked for the suspect with no results. The suspect was described as a white male, between 18 and 20 years old, with short black hair, carrying a blue and black phone case. The suspected vehicle was a Transit Connect type van, newer, shiny, without any signage on the sides, and only two side windows.

Theft/burglary/ attempted theft or burglary/identity theft/ fraud/forgery/deceptive practice/obstruction/ robbery

Sept. 5 A victim at a store in the 200 block of S. Route 83 told police at around 11:46 a.m. that a suspect attempted to purchase two $200 Visa cards, a case a bottled water and grapes with what appeared to be a fake credit card. The complainant asked the suspect for an ID which she said would need to go out and get it. The suspect left the store

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The beach towels, flip flops, sunglasses, hats and pool passes are packed away for the year.

The summer sun sets on the East End (Pool, that is) Cullerton’s budget transparency measure is now law

A new Illinois law sponsored by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) will mandate transparency and accuracy in the governor’s annual budget proposal. The governor recently signed Cullerton’s House Bill 5814, which will force all future governors’ offices to record late interest payments as a separate line item in agency appropriations. The law will paint a clearer picture of the state’s financial standing and slow the depletion of funding needed to provide vital services to Illinois residents. “All future governors will be forced to present realistic appropriations budgets in the future thanks to this bill,” Cullerton said. “We need to make sure governors, re-

gardless of political party, do not attempt to hide behind phony numbers.” Currently, most late payment interest penalties accrue at a rate of 12 percent per month for bills unpaid after 90 days, while health care bills accumulate interest at a rate of 9 percent after 30 days. The interest penalties are paid from the same appropriation line, depleting the amount a state agency can spend for its operations. Cullerton’s measure forces the governor’s budget to include separate line item requests to for prompt pay interest payments. The comptroller’s January 2018 Debt Transparency Report confirmed that taxpayers owe approximately $887 million in interest

penalties despite paying out over $140 million in penalties in 2017. “As legislators, we can’t negotiate a responsible budget when we don’t know how much money is owed or where it is going,” Cullerton said. “Utilizing responsible accounting practices in state government will allow the citizens of Illinois to know how and where their valuable tax dollars are spent.” This bipartisan measure is an initiative of Comptroller Susana Mendoza and is supported by the Better Government Association. House Bill 5814 passed the House and Senate with unanimous support and goes into effect immediately. [This was received from the office of State Senator Tom Cullerton.]

Another summer of swimming at the Elmhurst Park District pools has come to a close. For the past two years I’ve enjoyed the late morning adult swim at East End Pool, this year it was on a daily basis. Over these past three months, I got to better know more of the ‘regulars’ and became one of them myself. Despite variances in our ages, there’s a special camaraderie that bonds all of us together as we enjoy the refreshing water and warmth of the summer sun. I’ve been inspired by Barb, a retired nurse who eagerly took time out of her swimming to assist a fellow swimmer in helping her elderly mother walking in the shallow end. That exercise has done good things for the mother’s physical health. Then there’s Miriam who in her mid-90s still drives to the pool and is open to discuss anything which includes interesting stories from her life. Many of us talked about our goings on, music, sports and where to find good places to eat. These folks are my summer family and they’re a pleasure to swim and socialize with.

A special thanks to the East End Pool staff for keeping the facility clean and safely monitored. Many out-of-town and first-time visitors to East End have told me what a fantastic pool we have and how they envy us. No argument there. Years from now when I retire, I want to become a lifeguard there. (Instead of “Baywatch,” they can call me “Gray-watch.”) So now it’s time to bid a fond but reluctant farewell to the summer season at East End. The beach towels, flip flops and pool passes are packed away. Our tans will start to fade as summer segues into the fall. Those of us who like me, teach, are back in the classroom for a new school year and the other swimmers have returned to different routines. I want to wish my fellow ‘regulars’ and all pool users the best of health and good times during the coming fall and winter months. Our fun in the pool is over for now. But take heart, a new season of swimming is just over eight months away. We’ll see you all back in the water for the summer of 2019. Mick Kahler

A love letter about my husband on his birthday My husband’s birthday was September 5. On that day I posted a loving tribute to him on Facebook which received a lot of loving feedback. Love begets love. I share that musing here with you now: “Happy Birthday my dearest AngelBoy. When people ask what my husband James Simmons does, they expect a stock answer like he’s an electrician at the nuclear power plant. What I really want to say is that he is a Magic Man. He’s an electrician, yes, and a handy man. He can fix just about anything and he has more patience

He’s also the most thoughtful person I have ever met. We go for a bike ride and I mention a slight By discomfort, the next thing I know KELLY SIMMONS padded bike shorts arrive in the Columnist mail for me. Stuff like that happens all the time. He is always surprising me with needs and wants, from the practical to the pretty. He has good than five saints combined. taste and his gifts are always spot He’s also an artist, currently on.  dabbling on canvas and with stained He opens doors for me and glass. He’s a poet and a writer. always reaches for my hand when His flash fiction is incredible. He’s we are walking anywhere. He will articulate, eloquent, and passionate. kiss me in the grocery store and He’s funny, sometimes corny, dance with me in the aisle of Home sometimes clever.  Depot. 

He knows when to hold me and when to give me a needed nudge. He supports me through anything and everything.  He laughs with me.  He is a wonderful cook and helps me eat healthier.  He enjoys grocery shopping.  He is superb at arranging furniture, decorating, and having an eye for what works where.  He sends the best text messages EVER.  He is good natured and doesn’t complain.  His creativity is expressed in many ways. His love is expressed

in many ways. His life is expressed via many outlets and I am so grateful to be his wife. I love him, need him, want him. He is my dream come true. It may be his birthday but I am the one who got the gift.” Yes, I want the world to know how wonderful he is. Yes, I want him to know how much I adore and cherish him. Yes, I want YOU to know that deep love is possible for you too. Dreams come true. Mine did. Yours can too. Believe.Register NOW at events.

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The Best Way to Stop the Sharp Pain of a Pinched Nerve Pinched sensory nerves may produce the following symptoms: • Pain • Sensitivity • Numbness • Tingling or prickling • Burning • Problems with positional awareness

There are three types of nerves in the body: 1. Autonomic nerves. These nerves control the involuntary or partially voluntary activities of your body, including heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, and temperature regulation. 2. Motor nerves. These nerves control your movements and actions by passing information from your brain and spinal cord to your muscles. 3. Sensory nerves. These nerves relay information from your skin and muscles back to your spinal cord and brain. The information is then processed to let you feel pain and other sensations. Because nerves are essential to all you do, pinched nerves can seriously affect your quality of life.

In some instances, people with pinched nerves will have symptoms that indicate pinching of two, or even three, different types of nerves. For instance, you might experience weakness and burning of your legs at the same time. To further complicate matters we don’t all develop the same way and different unexpected nerves can cause similar problems. This has made it very difficult to diagnose disorders caused by pinched nerves based on which nerve “should” cause what. That is, until now... Recent advances in technology that detects pinched nerves has led to more precise diagnosis for those people suffering with nerve damage disorders. And more precise diagnosis leads to better results... results which have been published in major medical journals. With data showing success rates as high as 88% some back surgeons are recommending their patients try this treatment first before having back surgery (for nerve damage that leads to back pain and sciatica). Your invitation for a comprehensive consultation and examination to pinpoint the cause of your nerve damage. All you have to do to receive a thorough diagnostic examination with the most advanced technology in the world and a comprehensive easy to understand report on your state of health is call 630-941-8733. Mention this article (CODE: IND43PNV1) and the consultation fee is just $43. But hurry, for obvious reasons – this is a time limited offer – with only 100 reader consultations available at this exclusively discounted rate. Don’t suffer a moment longer... Find out what is causing your pinched nerve, book a consultation now by calling

What Are the Symptoms of Pinched Nerves? When a nerve is pinched there can be a wide array of symptoms. Which ones you may have depends on the location and type of nerves that are affected. Pinched nerves typically occur in the nerves just as they exit the spine. Pinched autonomic nerves may produce the following symptoms: • Too much sweating or too little sweating • Lightheadedness • Dry eyes and mouth • Constipation • Bladder dysfunction • Sexual dysfunction Pinched motor nerves may produce the following symptoms: • Weakness • Muscle atrophy • Twitching, also known as fasciculation • Paralysis

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ESO 58th season opens Oct. 7 Season begins with ‘Bernstein Spectacular’

Be prepared for a season of spectacular music-making when the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director and Conductor Stephen Alltop, opens its 58th season of exhilarating musical adventures on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 3:00 p.m. at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church with a concert of music that will make your heart sing. Soprano Michele Areyzaga joins the ESO in “Bernstein Spectacular” to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the legendary composer and conductor’s birth. Enjoy music from Mass, West Side Story, and Candide along with Aaron Copland’s Suite from Our Town. Also on the program is 2018 Stanger Young Artist Audition winner, violist Margaret O’Malley, playing Bruch’s Romance in F major. York Theater to screen ‘West Side Story’ To make the Bernstein experience complete, there will be a special showing of the movie “West Side Story” at the York Theater in downtown Elmhurst on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at elmhurstsymphony. org, by calling the ESO Box Office at


Margaret O‘Malley

630-941-0202, or at the door. In keeping with its tradition of contributing to the community, the ESO will be accepting donations of non-food items for the Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry at the concert. Concertgoers are invited to bring paper and cleaning products and personal care items for all ages of pantry clients. Concert tickets are $35 for adults, $32 for seniors, and $12 for students. Group and family rates available. Full and partial subscriptions to the 2018-19 season can be purchased on the ESO website, by calling the Box

Michele Areyzaga

Office, or at the October 7 concert. Subscriber benefits include purchase of additional single tickets for $25, free exchange of tickets (conditions apply), and subscriber-only special gatherings. For more information call 630-941-0202. Concert venue details Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church is located at 149 W. Brush Hill Rd. in Elmhurst. The church has accessible parking and facilities; parking is free. The concert expe-

rience at ECRC is enhanced by the informative and lively discussion, Behind the Music Stand, led by audience favorite Dr. Ted Hatmaker, which takes place at 1:45 p.m. prior to the concert. The 58th season of the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra is made possible in part by grants from the City of Elmhurst, the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency), the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, and 90.9FM WDCB, Chicago’s Home for Jazz.

Art museum to host panel discussion

On Saturday, Oct. 27 from 1-3 p.m., the Elmhurst Art Museum is holding a panel discussion in conjunction with The McCormick House and the Bauhaus Dream of Pre-Fabricated Homes. After recent restorations of the McCormick House, one of only three single family homes designed by Mies van der Rohe, scholarly panelists will assemble to shed new light on its importance, linking new research to the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus—a legendary German school where Mies was the final Director. Scholars such as Wolf Tegethoff, Barry Bergdoll, and Robin Schuldenfrei will connect Mies van der Rohe’s projects in Europe to the U.S.; the dream of prefab in the U.S. after several key German figures arrived in America (Mies, Breuer, Gropius, Wachsmann, and others); Mies van der Rohe’s collaboration with urban planner Ludwig Hilberseimer; general discussions about prefab designs; and more. Free with museum admission or current membership. This program is part of the Year of Germany-American Friendship initiated by the German Federal Foreign Office and the GoetheInstitut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI).

Worship Services Directory

315 E. St. Charles Rd., Elmhurst 630-279-4040

Christian Congregation Church invites you to join us in worship on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. or Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. We are a family friendly non-denominational Bible church with an outreach in your neighborhood! Volunteer musicians are welcome to audition.

Sunday Worship & Sunday School at 10:00am

See our website for more information on contemporary and traditional services. We hope to see you soon!

Where diversity is celebrated, and everyone is welcome.

120 S. Mill Street, Wood Dale, IL 630-238-9276



SATURDAY WORSHIP SERVICE 5:00 P.M. SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES 8:30 Traditional and 11:00 Family ADULT BIBLE STUDY AND CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL 9:30 A.M. Hearing Loop Enabled 143 E. Third St. (3rd & Michigan) Elmhurst, IL

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ICGS alumnus creates outdoor classroom for Eagle Scout project On Friday, Aug. 24, Erik Janc, an alumnus from the Immaculate Conception Grade School (ICGS) Class of 2015, delivered the components of a portable outdoor classroom as part of his Eagle Scout project with the Boy Scouts of America. The outdoor classroom, which includes portable garden boxes for growing plants, portable Stations of the Cross for prayer, seat cushions, clipboards, gardening tools, a dry erase instruction board, and outdoor storage bin, was a project that Erik proposed to ICGS Principal Cathy Linley earlier this year. “When I initially spoke with Erik, he was very excited about this project and was committed to the inclusion of the Stations of the Cross since his Catholic faith was such an important part of his education at ICGS,” Linley said. With help from fellow Scouts in Elmhurst Troop 14, along with generous donations collected from ICGS families and friends, the project took more than 100 hours of labor to complete. Introduced to Scouting in first grade, Erik began as a Cub Scout in IC Parish’s Pack 25. His first leadership position as a Boy Scout

Erik earned the Den Chief Service Award for serving in this role. Erik’s most memorable achievement as a Scout was earning the Triple Crown of National High Adventure Award, given to him for completing programs at the Boy Scouts of America high adventure bases around the continent. In addition to hiking 105 miles with a 50

pound backpack at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, canoeing 55 miles in the boundary waters of Canada, and climbing to the top of Mount Shavano at Rocky Mountain High Adventure Base, Erik did some scuba diving, camped on a remote island, and caught a 38inch Mahi Mahi at Florida National High Adventure Sea Base in Islam-

orada, Fla. Now that his Eagle Scout project is complete, Erik must document his project and submit considerable paperwork before he receives the honor of being named an Eagle Scout. Only 4 percent of Scouts ever achieve this highest rank within the Boy Scouts of America.

Pictured here is Erik Janc, an Eagle Scout candidate from ICGS, who coordinated a large group of fellow Scouts, friends and parents to build an outdoor classroom for ICGS, where Erik was a student and a member of Pack 25.

was serving as Den Chief for Pack 25, helping adult Den Leaders Megan Phillips and Noel Talluto run activities for their Cub Scouts.

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Pictured from left to right with Eagle Scout Candidate Erik Janc (2nd from right) are fellow Scouts Erik Janc delivers the components of the portable outdoor class- (from left) Aidan Janc, Carl Knable, Jack Giura, and Charlie Phillips. Others who helped but are not picroom to ICGS Assistant Principal Sharon Meyer (left) and ICGS Prin- tured include Thomas Bennett, Eric and Nathan Moskal, Kevin and Connor Lawrence, and Ian Kwit, as well as his friend, Josh Schierl, and Erik and Aidan’s parents, Chris and Michele Janc. cipal Cathy Linley on Aug. 24 after the project was completed.

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A dream come true

Blind musician shares journey to being a musician

By Leslie Hamric Excitement twirled inside me on a Friday night in May, 1985. This was my first orchestra concert. Guided to my chair by my stand partner, I sat down and got my cello into position. Having started lessons at the beginning of third grade, I later memorized four pieces from audio recordings made by the conductor weeks before, so I felt prepared. Suddenly, a hush fell over the audience, followed by silence. Before long, we were playing the first notes of “French Folk Song.” Then we played our other three pieces: “Long, Long Ago,” “Chorale,” and “Ready, Steady, Go.” It was pure heaven performing with the group. My cello and I were one. While listening to the performances of the other two orchestras, I was filled with pride and accomplishment. Setting a new trend as the first blind person in the district’s orchestra program meant everything to me. With appropriate training, planning, and teamwork, I knew could do this! Performing in my first concert went so well that, now, I had a big dream -- to perform in a professional orchestra someday. My orchestral studies continued through graduate school. Memberships included the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Northern Illinois University Philharmonic, and the New Eastman Symphony. Fast forward to September, 2017 when, after many transitions, I auditioned for the Elmhurst Symphony. It was nice to audition for a conductor like Stephen Alltop, who seemed willing to accept a new challenge. The best advice from my colleagues in the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois and others was to let my cello do the talking. During the audition, my cello and I told our musical story. Sensing that my audition went well, after some discussion, Stephen said he would like to try it. Thrilled as I was, I also knew my work cut out for me. Stephen acknowledged that having someone like me in the orchestra was new territory. I responded that learning everything through braille music was new territory for me. We would be pioneering together. Our collaboration commenced at my first rehearsal in February, 2018. There was a little apprehensive as to how things would go, but once in that musical moment with the others, all previous apprehension disappeared. I was one of the group and always would be going forward. My first concert with the Elmhurst Symphony was Verdi’s Requiem, the

longest piece I had ever memorized. One of the pieces in the second concert was Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis, the craziest work ever memorized. It involved altering my learning method slightly to take on this work since the piece made little sense at first. Both concerts provided rewarding and challenging experiences. I wouldn’t trade them for anything. With rehearsals beginning this month, the upcoming season will be even better. Alltop talks about working with Leslie Stephen Alltop had this to say from his viewpoint: “Leslie Hamric auditioned for the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra in September of 2017 and showed fine skills and training as a cellist. She had studied with acclaimed teachers at excellent schools, and her playing reflects it. Leslie provided me with the names of two conductors who had worked with her in ensembles. Both of them gave rave reviews concerning her abilities to perform in a musical group. “The first work we performed together was Verdi’s Requiem. Leslie had memorized the cello part of this 80-minute work, an incredible feat. There is no doubt that she came to the first rehearsal the best-prepared member of the orchestra. “In rehearsals, I found myself trying to indicate starting places not just by measure numbers but by notes and harmonies, so Leslie could also know where we were. As I had been told, she does a great job of taking cues from my breathing and the breaths of her section mates, and she seems to play as well with her section as anyone. “Leslie has invested so much in the art of music. I am so happy that she has found a fine orchestra in which she can have a challenging and rewarding experience.” I would not be where I am today without the support of family, friends, colleagues and The National Federation of the Blind. I am grateful to my first orchestra conductor who inspired me to love cello playing and to have found the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. My advice to aspiring blind musicians is to learn and use braille music early, develop self-advocacy skills and follow their dreams. It can be done. Today, I am doing what I love: being a musician. Leslie Hamric is a cellist with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra who happens to be visually-impaired.

Pick of the Week – The event NOT to be missed…

Saturday, Sept. 15 4th annual Craft Beer Fest

From 1-5 p.m., celebrate fall and the craft beer movement at the 4th Annual Elmhurst Craft Beer Fest, with over 100 brews and ciders from over 50 brewers. Sample an array of craft beers on the grounds of the Elmhurst History Museum and enjoy live music and food from Barbecue Jim’s Catering. Presented by the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation and sponsored by Pints Elmhurst. VIP tickets offer early entry at 12-1 p.m. Tickets: $40 before 9/8/18; $50 after. For tickets and information, visit or call 630-833-1457. Thursday, Sept. 13 From 6-8 p.m., Cool Cars Under the Stars will be held at the Elmhurst American Legion. Visit the York Alumni Association’s Table for info about the upcoming Centennial Celebration and for official merchandise. Theme: Muscle Cars & Hot Rods. $5 hot dog or hamburger meals inside. Saturday, Sept. 15 • From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. he 24th Annual Spring Road Day will be held at Wild Meadows Trace Park by the Gazebo and the Prairie Path on Spring Road. There will be a moon jump, a station for kids with temporary tattoos, a petting zoo, pony rides, concession stand and more. The event is sponsored by the Spring Road Business Association. • Beginning at 1:30 p.m., there will be an artist-led exhibition tour at the Elmhurst Art Museum with artist David Wallace Haskins, who will provide an in-depth look at the current exhibition. Free with museum admission or current membership. Info: 630-8340202 or

required. Call 630-530-6879 or visit Wednesday, Sept. 26 At 4 p.m., Elmhurst College presents Tanya Cabrera, who will present “Undocumented Student Access: Mental Health Trauma, College Access and Immigration Politics as the annual César Chávez Intercultural Lecture. It will be held in the Founder’s Lounge of the Frick Center on the campus of Elmhurst College. Admission is $10 for the general public and free for EC students, faculty, staff and alumni. Tickets available at or call (630) 617-5186.

Sunday, Sept. 23 From 2-4 p.m., relive skating memories with James Turner, author and founding member of the National Roller Skating Museum, who will discuss the history and popu-larity of the sport. Bring your own skating memorabilia to participate in a “popup” exhibit following the talk, meet fellow rink rats, and share memories. Admission is free to Members, $5 Non-Members. Registration reSaturday, Sept. 22 quired and can be done online at elThe Elmhurst Memorial Hospital (Adult Programs) (EMH) Founda-tion’s 14th Annual or call 630-530-6879. Autumn Affair will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 E. Monday, Sept. 24 Delaware Place. The event will begin From 6-8 p.m., Cool Cars Under at 6 p.m. with cocktails, hors d’oeu- the Stars will be held at the Elmvres and silent auction, followed at hurst American Legion on a Special 7 p.m. by dinner, live auction with Night in conjunction with York High auctioneer Jim Miller and music by School’s Centennial Celebration. The DJ Firm. For tickets and more Visit the York Alumni Association’s information, visit emhfoundation. Table for info and official merchanorg/autumnaffair. dise. $5 hot dog or hamburger meals inside. Sunday, Sept. 23 At 2 p.m., the Elmhurst History Thursday, Sept. 27 Museum presents “Rollerspeak and a • From 5:30-11 p.m., there will be Pop-Up Exhibit with James Turner, a a Meet & Greet Kick-Off for the York founder of the National Roller Skat- High School Centennial Celebraing Museum in Lincoln, Nebr., and tion in the back room of Fitz’s Spare co-author of The History of Roller Keys, 119 No. York. Tickets are $20 Skating (1997). At the History Mu- per person, payable at the door. The seum’s Education Center at 120 E. celebration continues through the Park, Turner will present a slide lec- Homecoming weekend. • At 7 p.m., One Fifty One Kitchture on the evolution of rollerskating from the late 1880s to modern times, en & Bar, 151 N. York St. will host and discuss the sport’s explosion in a Craft Beer Dinner and History of popularity during the Golden Age Beer Talk in honor of the 4th annual in the 1950s and ‘60s. Discussion to Elmhurst Craft Beer Fest held Sept. follow. Free to Foundation members; 15. At One Fifty One, a selection $5 for non-members. Registration is of craft beers will be matched with

a four-course Chef-selected menu. History Museum’s Executive Director Dave Oberg will share his vast knowledge of the History of Beer. Tickets at $60 each and reservations are required online through Eventbrite at

Friday, Sept. 28 • The YCHS Centennial Classic Golf Outing will be held at White Pines Golf Course, 500 W. Jefferson, Bensenville. Check-in starts at 7:30 a.m., shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. $65 per person for cart and 18 holes of golf. To register, visit Elmhurst205. org/centennialcelebration. RSVP by Sept. 14. • The York Dukes Homecoming Football Game will take place at York stadium the pre- and post-game gathering sites for guests celebrating York’s 100th anniversary. Sophomore game at 5 p.m., Varsity game at 7:30.

Saturday, Sept. 29 • From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be an open house at York High School for those taking part in York’s Centennial Celebration. The day includes tours of York and family fun including a BBQ, music family games and free prize drawings. • From 12 noon to 3 p.m., the Centennial Outdoor Picnic. • From 6 p.m.-12 midnight, the Centennial Homecoming Party to celebration York High School’s Centennial Celebration will take place at the Diplomat West, at Rte. 83 and North Ave. To register, visit Tickets are $50 per person by Sept. 14, $60 after.

Sunday, Sept. 30 From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., “Brunch with a Duke” will take place at White Pines Golf Club & Banquets, 500 W. Jefferson, Bensenville, as part of York High School’s Centennial Celebration. Tickets are $30 per person. To register, visit Elmhurst205. org/centennialcelebration. RSVP by Sept. 14.

Ongoing programs: • Widows or Widowers (WOW) meet every third Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 537 S. York Road. WOW lends support and provides social activities for those who have lost a spouse. Admission: $5 per person includes live entertainment. Info: Dave at 630-620-4060 or visit

• The Elmhurst American Legion, T.H.B. Post No. 187, hosts a fish fry every Friday night from 6-8:30 p.m. New York steaks are available first Friday of the month. Musical entertainment follows. Karaoke on the second Friday of each month. Bingo on Wednesdays, starting with Early Birds at 6:45 p.m. Info: 630-8337800.

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“Something’s coming... and it’s gonna be great!” Sunday, September 23 at 3:00 pm a special showing of

Recipient of 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. One of the most acclaimed musicals of all time. The original soundtrack will accompany the film. See it on the Big Screen and in full 7.1 digital sound at the beautiful York Theatre 150 N. York St., Elmhurst Free refills on popcorn, fountain drinks and ICEE.

Admission $12 - Tickets available online at or by calling 630-941-0202 or at the door. This movie will be presented as a preview to the opening concert of the 2018/19 Season

Sunday, October 7th at 3:00 concert information at


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The winning foursome

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This year’s YMCA Stone Golf Outing, called “Fore The Kids,” took place on Friday, July 20 at Maple Meadows Golf Course in Wood Dale. The first-place winning foursome included (from left): James Veys, This lucky golfer purchases a “wingspan” of tickets to use for the Jeff Rasek, Bill Flesch and Matthew Flesch. Here, the group is pictured after being awarded the traveling raffle prizes at the Elmhurst YMCA’s Stone Golf Outing called “Fore trophy by emcee Gary Stone. The Kids.” It was held Friday, July 20 at Maple Meadows Golf Course.

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Real Estate/Business Advocate for student inclusion to give EC’s César Chávez lecture

Tanya Cabrera has worked extensively on efforts to ensure and increase access to higher education for undocumented students. On Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m., Cabrera will present Undocumented Student Access: Mental Health Trauma, College Access and Immigration Politics, the annual César Chávez Intercultural Lecture. It will be held in the Founder’s Lounge of the Frick Center on the campus of Elmhurst College. Cabrera is the assistant vice provost for student inclusion in the Office of Diversity at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also has served since 2011 as chair of the Illinois DREAM Fund Commission, a role she believes will set the platform for educational access and degree attainment for undocumented students in Illinois and across the U.S. She also has served as chair of the National Advisory for Undocumented Student Access - College Board, a committee formed to call upon twoand four-year institutions to create

EMH Foundation plans 14th annual Autumn Affair The Elmhurst Memorial Hospital (EMH) Foundation’s 14th Annual Autumn Affair will be held Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 E. Delaware Place in Chicago. A portion of the proceeds from the event will support Elmhurst Hospital’s purchase of the UroNav Fusion Biopsy System to assist in the timely and accurate diagnosis of prostate cancer and breast cancer. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction, followed at 7 p.m. by

dinner, live auction with auctioneer Jim Miller and music by The DJ Firm. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available, tables of ten or individual tickets can be purchased and businesses can donate items for the silent and live auctions. For tickets and more information, visit To donate items for the auctions, contact the Foundation at (331) 221-0388 for information on auction donations.

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policy and procedure for undocumented students across the country. Admission is $10 for the general public and free for Elmhurst College students, faculty, staff and alumni. Tickets are available at cultural or call (630) 617-5186.

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USDA, HHS helps rural communities fight opioid misuse The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced last week that a group of Cooperative Extension partners will have the opportunity to apply for grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help rural communities combat opioid use disorders. “With the impact opioid misuse is having on rural America, we cannot build strong, prosperous communities

without addressing this crisis,” said Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett. There is $8.25 million in available funding through the Rural Opioid Technical Assistance (ROTA) program. Midwest Young Artists Conservatory announces new initiative Midwest Young Artists Conservatory (MYAC) announces the opening of a new satellite location in Oak Brook to serve the southwest and west sub-

urban Chicagoland community with youth chamber music instruction and jazz ensemble instruction. Rehearsals will take place at Christ Church of Oak Brook at 501 Oak Brook Rd. MYAC’s classical, jazz, and choral programs serve students ranging from grade school beginners through advanced pre-collegiate performers. Visit for placement audition information and to learn more about MYAC’s programs or tickets to any of our future concerts and events, or call 847-926-9898.






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Danby Woods Gem!

Picturesque 2 Story with English flair. A beautiful fireplaces frames the LR w/ dark stained HW floors, unique etched windows & coved ceiling. Pride of ownership throughout. Open floor plan kitchen w/ center island flows into 1st floor FR w/ great views of professional landscaped yard & garden areas. New flag stone walk & entry landings welcomes you into front & side entry doors. LR & Kitchen newly painted. Major updates include new roof, gutters, & downspouts. BSMT finished with space for office or children’s playroom. Located steps from the Prairie Path. Walk to town, train, library, parks, schools, and more! Nothing to do but move right in! $574,900

You’re sure to be impressed w/ this ‘Southern Living’ gem w/ custom fluted trim on all 3 floors, separate formals, 1st floor laundry/mudrm, eat-in kitchen, 1st floor family rm, & custom-built fireplace mantels. 4 BRs up, 3 w/ direct bathroom access, 3 fireplaces, one w/ dual exposure to the master BR & master bath. 2 magnificent libraries, a lower level in-law arrangement w/ private bath & wet bar w/ sink, fridge & dishwasher. Covered porch & 2nd floor veranda overlooking a expansive paver brick patio & large yard w/ irrigation & impressive landscaping, a heated 2 car attached garage w/ epoxy floors, & charming Coach House! $625,000

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Take advantage of award-winning 205 school district, park district, & library. Everything is finished w/ over 1500 sq ft of living space. Hardwood floors in living room, Solid recessed panel interior doors, Oak trim throughout. 3 bedrooms on $324,900

Take advantage of award-winning 205 school district, park district, & library. Everything is finished w/ over 1500 sq ft of living space. Hardwood floors in living room, Solid recessed panel interior doors, Oak trim throughout. 3 bedrooms on upper level w/ hardwood under carpeting, 1-1/2 bathrooms, eat-in kitchen w/ granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, & new tile floor. Spacious family room w/ quarry tile floor. Large laundry room w/ access to fenced backyard w/ patio & garden containing perennial fruit & herb plants. Detached over-sized 2.5 car garage. This fabulous tree-lined neighborhood is close to shopping & parks. $324,900

Castle on Hill Avenue

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Island Construction’s finest masterpieces, this 2014 built palatial estate in sought after Cherry Farm will blow you away. An exquisite stone exterior with 2-story foyer welcomes you to 376 S Hill. With almost 10k SF of finished living space, this entertainer’s dream leaves nothing to be desired. Over the top finishes, trim and ceiling detail, imported tile, highly upgraded countertops and appliances, state of the art smart features include 15 zones of sound, smart lighting system, 7 security cameras, and a hotel-like master suite are just a few of the features that will make you feel like you’re on vacation every day. 7 bedrooms - all w/ attached baths, 5.5 baths, 4 car garage w/ lift, paver brick driveway, outdoor kitchen, heated salt water pool w/ cabana house, & a zip line across your 312 ft deep lot! The finished basement was done in 2016 & includes a full bar, wine cellar, poker room, bed & full bath, exercise studio, media rm, stairs to garage & tons of storage! $2,185,000


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This beautiful home located on quiet cul-desac is just what you have been searching for. A fantastic floor plan - 2-story living room, great entertaining space in your open-concept kitchen and family room complete with fireplace and slider to your patio and tranquil backyard retreat. Escape upstairs to your massive Master with volume ceilings, large walk-in closet, and ensuite with soaker tub, separate shower and dual sinks. Location can’t be beat just steps to parks and playgrounds, bike trails, White Pines golf course, schools, and major transportation routes. $364,999

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This Elmhurst split level boasts over 2,800 SF of finished living space w/ 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, a 2.5 car garage, newly remodeled eat-in kitchen, & new carpet/paint. The LL has a huge walkout family rm to the fenced back yard, $384,900 NEW PRICE!

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COMPLETED new construction in Crescent Park. Loaded with features you won’t find in other new homes – irrigation system, professional landscaping & smart technology - lights/HVAC/ audio/security. Steps from the Prairie Path & walking distance to restaurants, Washington Park & Blue Ribbon Edison/Sandburg schools. The home features an inviting front porch, wide plank hardwood floors throughout, walk-in food pantry & butler’s pantry, chef’s kitchen with massive island with veggie sink, 1st floor office, 4 beds up with 3 full baths, master suite with his/her WIC’s & spa bath, + coveted 3 car attached garage. $1,149,900

New construction steps from Lincoln school, York HS, Prairie Path, & the Spring Rd Bus District. 4000 SF, 10’ first floor ceilings, 2-story foyer, 1st floor office, mudroom with cubbies & sink, white custom kitchen w/ island, farmhouse sink, & highend SS apps, butler’s pantry, walk-in pantry, 1st floor full bath, 2nd floor laundry, family room w/ fireplace & built-ins, 3 car garage, 4 beds up, master suite w/ spa bath w/ huge shower & soaking tub, Anderson windows, Moen plumbing fixtures, designer light fixtures, quartz counters, 5” wide HWF’s, custom millwork, wainscoting, crown, & coffered/trayed ceilings throughout. Delivering soon!

This Elmhurst split level boasts over 2,800 SF of finished living space w/ 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, a 2.5 car garage, newly remodeled eat-in kitchen, & new carpet/ paint. The LL has a huge walkout family rm to the fenced back yard, bedroom & a new spa-like bathroom. 3 oversized bedrooms up w/ double closets & another large full bathroom. Finished bsmt rec space, storage, & laundry room. In south Elmhurst w/ easy commuter access to highways/ airports, Elmhurst schools, & Oak Brook mall. Two generations have lovingly cared for & maintained this home. $384,900

Unique English Tudor!

Unique English Tudor!

This Story Book English Tudor built in 1926 includes 5 bedrooms, 3 baths w/ over 3,100sf of living space. Beautiful dark hardwood floors on the 1st & 2nd floor. Additional features include unique aggregate brick masonry w/ lannon

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This Story Book English Tudor built in 1926 includes 5 bedrooms, 3 baths w/ over 3,100sf of living space. Beautiful dark hardwood floors on the 1st & 2nd floor. Additional features include unique aggregate brick masonry w/ lannon stone highlights that enhance this home’s architecture. A beautiful blue/green slate roof w/ wide copper gutters frames the dramatic gable ends & dormers providing texture & interest for this one of a kind well maintained home. Walk to town, train, Wilder Park, Library, Elmhurst Art Museum, & Award winning schools! $990,000

245 Winthrop, Elmhurst

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245 Winthrop, Elmhurst This is your chance to live on one of the most prestigious streets in town. Walk your kids to award-winning Elmhurst schools, Wilder Park, downtown restaurants & shops, & much more. Host the largest of family parties in your amazing DR that shares a brick FP w/ your chic LR. Relax in the cozy FR that opens to your elegant kitchen. Enjoy a coffee on the balcony off the master BDRM, iced tea on the front patio or a beer on the back patio where you can watch TV on the big screen almost all year round thanks to the outdoor fireplace. Everyone can create their own retreats upstairs among the 4 large BDRMs & 3 opulent, full baths. Send the kids to play in the sports court that’s part of the 4-car garage or downstairs in the full, finished BSMT so you can get work done in the office. Play catch in the large front or back yard! Seize this rare opportunity to own over 4600 SF of luxurious living on a huge (75x203) lot in the heart of Elmhurst! $1,599,000

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The ladies have it

Kandy Lenti (left) and Deanna Munro flank Gary Stone after receiving bottles of wine for the best score for a ladies group at the Elmhurst YMCA’s Stone Golf Outing. This year’s theme was “Fore The Kids,” as proceeds benefit students who may not be able to afford a membership to the YMCA.

College news Resident in UA’s Cooperative Education Program University of Alabama student Brandon Stevens of Elmhurst will participate in UA’s Cooperative Education Program for fall 2018. Stevens will be working at Adtran in Huntsville, Ala. In the Cooperative Education Program, more than 250 students alternate periods of full-time study with periods of full-time employment. This program offers work related to the academic major or career interests of each student, experience that enhances the students’ employment

prospects after graduation. Fleckenstein named to The Citadel’s Dean’s list Elmhurst resident Noah Fleckenstein was named to The Citadel’s dean’s list for their academic achievements during the 2018 spring semester. Native enrolls at Fort Lewis College Charlie Rogers of Elmhurst started coursework at Fort Lewis College on August 27, 2018. Rogers plans to major in Exercise Physiology.

The right gear counts

Thanks to their umbrellas, the rain didn’t keep these golfers from having a great time on the course during the Elmhurst YMCA’s Stone Golf Outing on Friday, July 20. Pictured are (from left): Dave Vogel, Matt Pisano, Vince Diviacchi and Steve Szejner.


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Aug. 31 Nickey Frank, 45, and Sandy Frank, 37, both of Chicago, were charged with residential burglary in the 400 block of N. West at around 11:01 p.m. A victim told police that the suspects allegedly entered her residence to repair her chimney. Once inside, police said the suspects removed jewelry and cash from the residence and then left the area.

told police that an unknown suspect has been cashing fraudulent checks under her and her husband’s business account between the above dates.

July 28 Identity theft was reported in the 600 block of W. Fay at around 6:39 p.m. A victim told police that he believed his ex-wife had hacked into his Home Depot and TCF Bank accounts and changed his contact information. The suspect denied all claims.

Aug. 27-Aug. 31 A victim in the 1100 block of S. York

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counterfeit $100 bills. The suspect is described as a black female in her late teens to early 20s with black hair, wearing a red-white checkered shirt and shorts, red purse, red shoes, and wearing sunglasses on her head. Identity theft was reported in the 100 block of Walnut at around 8:14 p.m. A victim told police that he was contacted by his Visa credit card company and informed him there were fraudulent charges made at gas stations in Plainfield and Joliet. The card has been cancelled.


4:48 p.m. A victim told police that unknown suspects entered their unlocked vehicle that was parked in the driveway and removed a bracelet and a portable charging dock. The victim then checked the garage and found an air compressor and air compressor hose missing. Theft was reported in the 600 block of N. York at around 6:30 p.m. A victim told police that an unknown suspect(s) removed his cell phone from his locker while he was working out. The victim believed he locked the locker and nothSept. 4 ing else was disturbed in the locker. Michael A. Astorino, 28, of Roselle, There were no signs of forced entry. was charged with residential burglary The phone has been deactivated. in the 600 block of W. Armitage at around 9:16 a.m. Police said that sub- Sept. 3 sequent to checking the area for a Forgery was reported at the York suspicious person, officers were made Theatre, 150 N. York, at around 7:17 aware of a broken back door at the p.m. A victim told police that a susabove location. According to police, pect described as a black male in his the victim was able to report numerous 40s with a shaved head came into the jewelry items missing, along with a theatre and purchased a large drink handgun and a Samsung tablet. Astori- and large popcorn totaling $12.50. no was located in Chicago by detec- The suspect allegedly paid with a $100 tives, arrested, and the property was re- bill. The complainant was informed by covered. In an incident in the 500 block Community Bank that the $100 bill of W. Fay at around 8:09 a.m. police was counterfeit. Complaints will be said a victim found Astorino in his sun signed if suspect is located. room at the back of the victim’s residence after hearing a loud bang within Sept. 1-Sept. 3 the house. The victim asked Astorino Burglary to a vehicle was reported what he was doing, and Astorino asked in the 1-100 block of Elm Creek. A if the victim wanted his grass cut, ac- victim told police entered her vehicle cording to police. Police said that after and removed a white canvas bag conAstorino left, the victim noticed a four- taining miscellaneous items sometime inch tear in the screen and the sunroom between the above dates. The victim door was unlocked. believed the car was locked but there Michael Ward, 37, of Chicago, was were no signs of forced entry(s). charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, driving while revoked, improper Sept. 2 display of registration, driving on an A reporting officer responded to unsafe tire and no insurance subse- a store in the 200 block of S. Route quent to a traffic stop near St. Charles 83 at around 8:13 a.m. for the report and Hagans at around 4:55 p.m. of a forgery that occurred the preResidential burglary was reported vious night. The suspect reportedly in the 300 block of N. Oak at around purchased small dollar items using

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and did not return. The credit card was placed into evidence. The suspect was described as a black female, around 5’5”, 160 pounds, wearing black pants, a black T-shirt with green writing and a black Pittsburgh Pirates baseball cap. A victim at a restaurant in the 100 block of N. York told police at around 5:40 p.m. that she left her brown, red and blue wallet on the table outside. When she returned the wallet was gone. The victim’s driver’s license was entered into LEADS as stolen.


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Special Kids Day seeks volunteers for car wash, bake sale On Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be a car wash and bake sale to benefit Special Kids Day, Inc., in the parking lot of Elmhurst Photo Boutique, 535 Spring Road. The fundraiser will help raise money for the many events the organization puts on every year. All Special Kids Day events are free and open to children with special needs and their families. No one is ever turned away. Volunteers are being sought to help with the baking. If you enjoy baking or know someone who does, please plan to drop off a plate (or more) of baked goods by Friday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. at Elmhurst Photo Boutique 535 Spring Rd. If you are not able to bake we encourage you to have you car washed on Saturday and pass the word along to your friends and family. Special Kids Day is only made possible by fundraisers like the car wash and bake sale. For more information, call 630-834-4000.

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NOTICE CERTIFICATE NO. 76324 was filed in the office of the County Clerk of DuPage County on AUGUST 20, 2018, wherein the business firm of IMAGINE ME PAINT PARTIES LOCATED AT 1697 BRIARCLIFFE BLVD, WHEATON, IL 60189 was registered; that the true or real name or names of the person or persons owning the business, with their respective post office address(es), is/are as follows: NAME OF PERSON(S) JALISA MILLER, HOME ADDRESS 1697 BRIARCLIFFE BLVD, WHEATON, IL 60189. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and Official Seal at my office in Wheaton, Illinois, this 20TH day of AUGUST, A.D. 2018. PAUL HINDS Paul Hinds DuPage County Clerk (OFFICIAL SEAL) (Published in The Elmhurst Independent Aug. 30, Sept. 6 & 13, 2018) 324989 NOTICE CERTIFICATE NO. 76357 was filed in the office of the County Clerk of DuPage County on AUGUST 31, 2018, wherein the business firm of M.H.S. CONSTRUCTION LOCATED AT 1N565 COUNTY FARM ROAD, WEST CHICAGO, IL 60185 was registered; that the true or real name or names of the person or persons owning the business, with their respective post office address(es), is/are as follows: NAME OF PERSON(S) JOSE L. MONTOYA, HOME ADDRESS 1N565 COUNTY FARM ROAD, WEST CHICAGO, IL 60185 IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and Official Seal at my office in Wheaton, Illinois, this 31ST day of AUGUST, A.D. 2018. PAUL HINDS Paul Hinds DuPage County Clerk (OFFICIAL SEAL) (Published in The Elmhurst Independent Sept. 6, 13 & 20, 2018 326097 NOTICE CERTIFICATE NO. 76358 was filed in the office of the County Clerk of DuPage County on AUGUST 31, 2018, wherein the business firm of DRESS UP YOUR DRINKS LOCATED AT 418 S. PROSPECT AVENUE, ELMHURST, IL 60126-3962 was registered; that the true or real name or names of the person or persons owning the business, with their respective post office address(es), is/ are as follows: NAME OF PERSON(S) KATERINA HICKEY, HOME ADDRESS 418 S. PROSPECT AVENUE, ELMHURST, IL 60126-3962 IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and Official Seal at my office in Wheaton, Illinois, this 31ST day of AUGUST, A.D. 2018. PAUL HINDS Paul Hinds DuPage County Clerk (OFFICIAL SEAL) (Published in The Elmhurst Independent Sept. 6, 13 & 20, 2018) 326103 NOTICE CERTIFICATE NO.76369 was filed in the office of the County Clerk of DuPage County on SEPTEMBER 7, 2018, wherein the business firm of KAMALA BODHI WELLNESS LOCATED AT 1531 WATKINS LANE APT. 209, NAPERVILLE, IL 60540-9263 was registered; that the true or real name or names of the person or persons owning the business, with their respective post office address(es), is/are as follows: NAME OF PERSON(S) SAMANTHA HO, HOME ADDRESS 1531 WATKINS LANE APT. 209, NAPERVILLE, IL 60540-9263. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and Official Seal at my office in Wheaton, Illinois, this 7TH day of SEPTEMBER, A.D. 2018. PAUL HINDS Paul Hinds DuPage County Clerk (OFFICIAL SEAL) (Published in The Elmhurst Independent Sept. 13, 20 & 27, 2018) 326627

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ZONING AND PLANNING COMMISSION/ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS CASE NUMBER 18 P 16 / Subarea Plans Request for Amendment to the Official Comprehensive Plan, Subarea Plans Public Hearing Notice is hereby given that the Elmhurst Zoning and Planning Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing on October 2, 2018 at 7:00 p.m., in the Elmhurst City Hall, 209 N. York Street, Elmhurst, Illinois. The purpose of this hearing is to consider an amendment to the Official Comprehensive Plan for the City of Elmhurst, the amendment known as the Subarea Plans, as prepared by the City’s consultant, Houseal Lavigne. The Subarea Plans have been updated and are available for public review. Reference copies of the updated Subarea Plans are on file with the Community Development Department at City Hall (209 North York Street) and are also available at http:// The Plan is subject to review and recommendation by the Zoning & Planning Commission, and final action by the City Council. If you have any questions regarding this case, please contact the City Planner in the Community Development Department at 630-530-3121. NOTE: Any person who has a disability requiring a reasonable accommodation to participate in this meeting, should contact Valerie Johnson, ADA Compliance Officer, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., City of Elmhurst, 209 N. York St., Elmhurst, IL 60126, or call 630-530-3000 voice, or 630-530-8095 TDD, within a reasonable time before the meeting. Requests for a qualified interpreter require five (5) working days’ advance notice. Eileen Franz, City Planner (Published in The Elmhurst Independent Sept. 13, 2018) 326537 NOTICE CERTIFICATE NO. 76343 was filed in the office of the County Clerk of DuPage County on AUGUST 27, 2018, wherein the business firm of PERRY’S DECORATIVE CONCRETE AND PAINTING LOCATED AT 205 S. HALE STREET APT. 3A, ADDISON, IL 60101-3670 was registered; that the true or real name or names of the person or persons owning the business, with their respective post office address(es), is/are as follows: NAME OF PERSON(S) RONALD PERRY, HOME ADDRESS 205 S. HALE STREET APT. 3A, ADDISON, IL 60101-3670. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and Official Seal at my office in Wheaton, Illinois, this 27TH day of AUGUST, A.D. 2018. PAUL HINDS Paul Hinds DuPage County Clerk (OFFICIAL SEAL) (Published in The Elmhurst Independent Sept. 13, 20 & 27, 2018) 326628

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Grace Café returns to community Free hot meals available for residents, guests On Sept. 24, Grace Cafe returns to the Elmhurst community for its 12th year. Grace Cafe was started in 2007 as an ecumenical mission project to provide a free hot meal to anyone in the community and is currently supported by 15 Elmhurst churches whose members provide two dinner gatherings per month for their guests. This year offers 16 opportunities for fellowship and sharing a meal, from Sept. through May, 2019. Sept. 24 Epiphany Lutheran Church, 314 W. Vallette Oct. 8 St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox, 893 N. Church Road Oct. 22 St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 125 Church Street Nov. 5 Elmhurst Presbyterian Church, 367 Spring Road Nov. 19 Christ United Methodist Church, 920 Swain Avenue Dec. 3 Redeemer & Immanuel

Community members who are facing a tight budget or are eager to share a meal, warm companionship and conversation with other folks are invited to come to Grace Cafe. Families are welcome. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.; meals will be served starting at 5 p.m., concluding at 6:30 p.m. at the Elmhurst churches listed below. No reservations are needed and meals are free of charge to anyone who would enjoy them. For more information, please contact Bethel United Church of Christ at 630-2794040. The Grace Cafe schedule for 2018-19 is as follows:

Lutheran, 345 S. Kenilworth Dec. 17 First United Methodist Church, 232 S. York Road 2019 Jan. 7 Visitation Church, 779 S. York Road Jan. 21 St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox, 893 N. Church Street Feb. 4 Immaculate Conception Church, 217 S. Cottage Hill Feb. 18 Redeemer Lutheran


Church, 345 S. Kenilworth March 4 Yorkfield Presbyterian Church, 1099 S. York Road March 18 Episcopal Church of our Savior, 116 E. Church Street April 8 Mary Queen of Heaven Church, 425 N. West Avenue April 29 First Congregational UCC, 235 S. Kenilworth May 13 Bethel United Church of Christ, 315 E. St. Charles Road


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EGC plans 4th annual Garden Party for RGA ‘Comedy for a Cause’ features sketch show by Taco Tuesdays

Elmhurst Garden Club (EGC) and the Ray Graham Community (RGA) Learning Center are in their fourth year of partnership, with the goal of enhancing the environment at the location and increasing the use of space for clients and staff. On Saturday, Sept. 22, the partners will come together for the 4th annual Garden Party at the Learning Center located at 420 W. Madison. The party begins with Happy Hour at 5 p.m., followed by a sketch comedy performance by Taco Tuesday at 6 p.m. The event is free, but donations are appreciated.


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Dynamic Strength in Oakbrook Terrace was opened in 2003 by Nicki Casale. Nicki is a personal fitness trainer with over 25 years of fitness and nutrition experience. She has served the Elmhurst, Oak Brook and surrounding communities for the past 15 years. Watching my stepfather slowly deteriorate as he got older was the main reason I opened Dynamic Strength. Several years ago, I noticed my stepfather starting to slow down. His daily tasks were becoming more difficult for him and I noticed he started to shuffle a little bit when he walked. I knew if I could get him to exercise he would be able to do more and feel better. Although, having not worked out a day in his life, I knew that it would be almost impossible to get him into a gym. That’s when I knew that Slow Motion Strength Training would be an excellent type of exercise for him and it would provide others who are not accustomed to exercising the opportunity to regain their muscular strength, become fit and healthy again. We have helped many people achieve goals they never thought they would reach. Regardless of your age or fitness level, you can expect to shed body fat, increase muscular strength and endurance, lower

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York boys golf team defeats OPRF and Glenbard West in key conference matches York girls golfers beats Glenbard West at River Forest CC


The York boys golf team hit the jackpot in two key West Suburban Conference Silver Division matches recently. The Dukes moved their record to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in WSC Silver action after a pair of wins against Oak Park-River Forest and Glenbard West. “We beat two very strong teams in OPRF and Glenbard West,” said York coach Jim Borel. In the Oak Park-River Forest contest that saw York earn the 155-162 win, Matt Buckley led the way for the Dukes with a 36. Jacob Wit shot 39, while Aidan Mann, Mason Lampa and Sam Bartolone each shot 40s. Solid rounds from Josh LaBounty (41) and Blair Faber (42) did not count in the team score. Against Glenbard West, York was six strokes better at 151-157 in the conference match. LaBounty and Buckley shared meet medalist honors with co-37s. Wit shot 38 and Mann’s 39 did count, but 39s from Bartolone and Faber did not count, but did demonstrate York’s extreme roster depth as six Duke golfers scored in the 30s. York now turns its attention to a key WSC Silver contest today at Hinsdale Country Club against Hinsdale Central. “We’re going to practice all week to get ready for Hinsdale,” said Borel. “We are looking forward to that match.” York also was sixth at the Warren invitational with a 322. Bartolone’s 79 led the way for the Dukes. Wit shot 80, while LaBounty had an 81 and Zach Sutter shot 82. Through late last week, York was averaging 155.09 as a team for nine holes. LaBounty leads the team at 38.27 for nine holes. Bartolone is averaging 39.5, while Mann is at 39.9. Wit is at 40.4, while Buckley is at 40.43. York girls tennis The York girls tennis team dropped a close 4-3 West Suburban Conference Silver Division contest to Glenbard West at Memorial Park in Glen Ellyn. The loss dropped York to 8-4 overall and 0-1 in WSC Silver action. Gabby Felder was a 6-4, 5-7, (10-6) winner at No. 3 singles for the Dukes. Rachel Kayman and Cristina Gamboa were 6-3, 6-3 winners at No. 3

doubles, while Annalise Soldano and Natalie Krauter were 6-2, 3-6, (10-8) winners at No. 4 doubles. Through late last week, Soldano was leading the Dukes with a 9-1 record. Kayman and Felder each were at 9-2, while Gianna Nikoleit was at 9-3. Elysia Woodward was 7-0, while Gamboa was 7-1. Krauter was 7-2, while Micki Neidigh was 7-3. Coco Conrardy was 6-0, while Olivia Brunke was 6-1. Isabella Nicoli and Eva Jacobsthal each were 6-3. Melissa Cartis also had six wins. Also of note, Noelle Pedote was 5-0 and Artemis Siavelis was 4-0. York girls golf The York girls golf team defeated Trinity at Sugar Creek in Villa Park at both the varsity and junior-varsity levels. In the varsity match, Bella Bartolone was the medalist with a 38. Haley Blattner shot 40, while Cassie Sika had a 44 and Audrey Matias had a 46. Jenna Hughes was the meet medalist in the JV match with a 45. Camille Steahly shot 46, while Julia Filosa and Emily Thomas each had 47s. York’s girls varsity team downed Glenbard West in the rain at River Forest Country Club in a West Suburban Conference match. Bartolone was the medalist with a 40. Matias and Sika each shot 46 and Elle Borchardt finished with a 47. The JV team scored a WSC win against Glenbard West at Sugar Creek. Hughes was the medalist with a 43. Filosa shot 44, while Steahly had a 45 and Lauren Keith shot 47.

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Kickin’ it

York junior Joe Meade scored a goal against Leyden during the Dukes’ 2-0 home victory over the Eagles on Saturday, Sept. 8. He was assisted by freshman Sam Musial.

IC Catholic Prep football team moves to 3-0 with road victory York gridders now 2-1 after shutout win at Lyons Township


Both Elmhurst-based high-school football teams had strong showings in Week 3 contests on the road. IC Catholic Prep continued its multi-year dominance with a 48-13 victory over Wheaton Academy in Metro Suburban Conference Blue Division action, while York headed to Western Springs and walked away with a 28-0 West Suburban Conference Silver Division victory against Lyons Township. IC Catholic Prep moved to 3-0 on the season, while York climbed to a

strong 2-1 start to the season. IC Catholic Prep football In its dominant victory over Wheaton Academy, IC Catholic Prep led 14-7 after the first quarter and 34-13 at halftime. The Knights ran 35 times for 218 yards. Kyle Franklin led the way with 21 carries for 123 yards and four touchdowns. Tommy Ryan ran two times for 47 yards and Khalil Saunders ran five times for 31 yards. Saunders and Tommy Ryan also scored rushing touchdowns, while Sean Hipskind caught a touchdown pass. Franklin also ran in a twopoint conversion. Saunders had a big day in the passing department, completing 15 of 18 passes for 252 yards and a touchdown. He had a long throw of 69 yards. Ryan completed 6 of 10 passes for 77 yards. IC Catho-

lic Prep passed for 329 yards and had 540 yards of total offense in the contest. On defense, the Knights were led by Kevin Cooke’s 17 total tackles. Dominick Krepulec had eight tackles and Kemon Reese had six. IC Catholic Prep had four tackles for loss and three sacks with Reese, Kevin Akins and Ricky Mysliwiec each earning one quarterback sack. The Knights also intercepted three Wheaton Academy passes. Steven Crady, Jacob Lytton and Corties Draper each had a pick. Chauncey Lee forced a fumble and Krepulec recovered a fumble. York football York led 7-0 after the first quarter of its WSC Silver Division win at Lyons Township and increased the lead to 21-0 at halftime en route to moving to 2-1 on the young season.

Senior Joe Javorek completed 15 passes for 203 yards and two scores, while Daniel Dunn completed 7 of 9 passes for 97 yards and one touchdown. York passed for 300 yards in the game. Javorek also ran in a touchdown. Nick Conroy ran 12 times for 41 yards, while KeVon Robinson ran 12 times for 31 yards. York was held to 94 rushing yards on 35 attempts. Josiah Scott caught four passes for 123 yards and one touchdown. Owen Pechous caught seven passes for 57 yards and a score. Robinson also had four catches for 33 yards, while Mike Pedote had three catches for 22 yards. Conroy caught two passes for 20 yards and a touchdown and Tyrone Birmingham caught a 33-yard pass. York is 2-0 on the road this season.

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Timothy Christian cross country teams have eye on state berths Both Trojan teams return three allconference performers

Qualify for the state meet. Timothy Christian’s boys team is looking to make its fourth state appearance in a row as a team, while the girls want to get back to Peoria By Mike Miazga after just missing the cut last year. CORRESPONDENT On the boys’ side, the Trojans The goals for both the Timothy won the Metro Suburban ConferChristian boys and girls cross-coun- ence Red Division title last year try team are the same. and return junior Caleb Marshall,

along with seniors Clint Fincher and Alex Oldenburger. All three were all-MSC Red selections a year ago. “Our top three runners are solid,” said Timothy coach Dick Zylstra. Zylstra said getting times closer to one another will be a key goal throughout the lineup. “We’re looking for the next four runners to

be able to close the gap to our top three,” he said. Timothy’s girls team took second in the MSC Red last year. The Trojans return juniors Hope Clark and Elise Terpstra and senior Olivia Reamer. Like the boys, those three were all-MSC Red finishers last year. “We’re strong at the top,” said Zylstra.

Zylstra noted additional help has arrived for the Trojans. “We have a nice group of freshmen,” he said. “It will be interesting to see how quickly they develop.” Both Timothy teams ran against Elmwood Park earlier this week and both will head to the Kaneland co-ed meet on Saturday in Maple Park.

Timothy Christian girls volleyball team off to another strong start

Trojans go 4-1 at Timothy ChristianWestmont tournament By Mike Miazga CORRESPONDENT

Timothy Christian girls volleyball coach Scott Piersma has zero complaints with how his team has started the season. The Trojans were off to an early 7-2 start through their first nine contests. Timothy began the season with wins against Westmont and Wheaton Academy before going 4-1 in the tournament it co-hosts with Westmont. The Trojans lost to only Chicago Latin School there. “We’ve had a busy beginning of the season,” said Piersma. “We went 4-1 at our own tournament and lost to Latin which is a very good team. They are very complete with no holes on the court. Even though we lost to them in three, I was very happy with what I saw.” Timothy also lost a non-conference contest to Oak Park Fenwick in two sets. “They have a very powerful outside hitter that we couldn’t stop. “We put in Heidi Westra who is 6-1 and has arms that make her 6-3 and our sophomore Greta Hoogstra who is 6-1 and has arms that reach 6-4 and she still was very impressive.” Piersma noted this season is a

season of change of sorts for his group for several reasons. The Trojans are young in age and also will face a completely new conference setup in the Metro Suburban Conference Blue Division. In year’s past, the Trojans dominated the MSC Red Division that used to be comprised of lower-enrollment schools. Now, the Trojans are in the reconfigured upper division of the conference that is based more on strength of program, meaning Timothy is in a division with volleyball powers such as Wheaton St. Francis, Rosary and IC Catholic Prep. “We don’t start conference for another two weeks,” said Piersma. “We’re in the tougher division. Conference will be tough and it will be a battle. You have the usual Chicago Christian and now you have St. Francis, Rosary, IC and St. Edward. It’s not like other years. It’s a different feel.” Now back to the young part. The Trojans have five sophomores on the varsity. “Four of them are playing right away and basically are in the starting lineup,” said Piersma. “We thought there would be a learning curve and that we would have to be patient for them to get comfortable at their own pace. Those girls have completely flipped the script. They have been quite successful. We beat Westmont and Wheaton Academy right away and

Week 4 Preview Bishop McNamara (3-0, 1-0) at IC Catholic Prep (3-0, 1-0) When: Friday, 7:15 p.m. Where: Lewis Stadium at Plunkett Athletic Complex, Elmhurst Last week: McNamara 64, Riverside-Brookfield 0; IC Catholic Prep 48, Wheaton Academy 13 Last year: IC Catholic Prep 43, McNamara 7 Outlook: These programs are no strangers to each other. If you recall during the 2015 season, the two teams opened the year with McNamara winning 49-32 in Kankakee and then came up to Elmhurst and took down IC Catholic Prep in the Class 3A state semifinals. That was the last time IC Catholic Prep lost a playoff game (10-0 in the playoffs with two state rings since). In 2016, McNamara started the season in Elmhurst and took a 34-0 beating and then a 43-7 loss to IC Catholic Prep back in Kankakee to start the 2017 season. Now, the Fightin’ Irish are one of the newest members of the Metro Suburban Conference Blue Division, thus the two teams will carry on this rivalry for years to come. McNamara, which went 3-6 last year, is off to a strong start and has put plenty of points on the board. It opened the season with a 50-13 win over Bloom Township and then won 49-6 over Blue Island Eisenhower, but those two teams were a combined 1-3 heading into Week 3. Add in the 64 points and McNamara has scored a robust 163 points in three games. At the same time, IC Catholic Prep has scored 140 and allowed only 27.

went 4-1 in the tournament and lost to the best team there with those sophomores contributing and our seniors being right there with their leadership in terms of bringing those younger girls in and accepting them.” That sophomore group includes Annie Taylor, Campbell Marshall, Hannah Schuringa, Hoogstra and Alli Myers. Marshall, Schuringa, Hoogstra and Meyers have been key contributors out of the gates. “Those four all have been big-time players right away,” said Piersma. And don’t forget about returning standout Heidi Westra, the MSC Red Division player of the year a year ago. “Heidi was our best player last year and this year is totally different because she knows she is our best player and she is ready to dominate when she has to,” said Piersma. “She’s had some kills and swings where the coaches look at each other and say, ‘How did she do that?’ She’s playing some real good ball.” Also back is libero Abygale Ahn,

who is in her third season now on the varsity and second as libero. She continues to pull double sport duty in the fall where she also is a standout state-qualifying tennis player. She finished third in the state in Class A doubles last year with teammate Cassandra Lee. “Abygale controls the back court and has done a very good job with serve-receive,” said Piersma. “She keeps a lot of balls up and keeps them playable.” Piersma is anxious to see where the team’s hot start will take them next. “I’m excited,” he said. “I told the girls after the tournament that we are way ahead of schedule here and where I thought we would be. I thought we might be a little farther back and we would have to wait a little bit to install some stuff. We’ve been able to go right away and we’ve become quicker, which has allowed us to throw more things in there at the beginning of the season.” Timothy has MSC crossover matches this week with former Red

Division compadres Ridgewood and Elmwood Park before heading to the challenging St. Viator tournament Saturday. “We’ll see a lot more Class 3A and some 4A schools at St. Viator,” Piersma pointed out. “We’ve done quite well there in the past. This should be a good measuring stick for us.” In the Fenwick contest, Westra had six kills, five digs and five assists. Ahn had 18 digs, while Hoogstra had three kills and two blocks. Marshall had 10 assists in the 2519, 25-15 loss. In a recent 25-22, 25-16 non-conference contest against longtime rival Illiana Christian, which moved its campus from Lansing, Illinois to Dyer, Indiana and is no longer part of the MSC, Westra had five kills, two blocks and eight assists. Ahn had 10 digs and two assists. Maggie Troxel had four kills, two aces and four digs. Hoogstra had three kills and four blocks, while Lindsay Mahler had two kills and two blocks.

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The York boys cross-country team might be young on paper, but that’s not stopping coach Charlie Kern’s enthusiasm. “Our team is very young and we will improve through experience,” he said. “I can talk about racing, training, proper nutrition and hydration, but experience is the best

teacher of all. As they reflect on their experiences, they have the opportunity to learn and grow. This growth will serve them well in athletics, but more importantly it will serve them well in life.” Junior Ethan Kern returns for the Dukes after placing 87th at last year’s Class 3A state championships. He’s the younger brother of recent York graduate and running standout Charlie Kern Jr. Key newcomers to the team this year include juniors Daniel Klysh and Michael Moriarty. Charlie Kern noted one particu-

Week 4 Preview Glenbard West (2-1) at York (2-1) When: Friday, 7:30 p.m. Where: York High School, Elmhurst Last week: Glenbard West 27 Addison Trail 0; York 28, Lyons Township 0 Last year: Glenbard West 50, York 3 Outlook: A key game for York to kick off the second third of its schedule. A win here against perennial power Glenbard West would send a clear message that the Dukes program is back on track and making major progress. York hasn’t beaten West since the Bill Lech days—2007 to be exact (10 Glenbard West wins in a row is the current streak). Of note is the fact York pitched consecutive shutouts in Weeks 2 and 3 against West Suburban Conference teams. York has won more games this year than it did all of last year and there still are six weeks to play in the regular season.

lar thing that has stood out about this year’s group is its willingness to work. “We moved summer practices from 7 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. in order to do more mileage and did so without a complaint,” he said. “We have started a before-school ‘breakfast club’ that includes running, getting ready for school and eating breakfast. A beautiful outcome of their willingness to work has been the team bonding that has taken place. They care for each other and are interested in their collective improvement.” Kern also is excited about a trio of sophomores “that may end up making a significant impact for our team,” he said. That group includes Colin Hill, Sam Ayers and Thomas Braun. “They have the chance to make the top seven by the end of the year,” the coach said. As always, York runs in arguably the top cross-country conference in the state, the West Suburban Conference Silver Division. “We hope to be competitive in the WSC every year,” said Kern. “If we are, we will be very well-prepared for the rest of the teams in the state. We already are successful because we have learned the value of hard work and embrace it every day.” York ran with a lighter-than-usual crew over this past weekend—its first invitational experience of the year. Kern noted many athletes on the team were taking the ACT exam.

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IC Catholic Prep girls volleyball team defeats Aurora Christian Schmidt medals for boys cross-country team at Southland Invite

like to have a strong showing at the conference meet,” he said. “We also are working on pack running with our top-four runners.”

By Mike Miazga

IC Catholic Prep golf The IC Catholic Prep boys golf The IC Catholic Prep girls volley- team logged three matches last ball team recorded a recent 25-12, week. 25-21 victory against Aurora ChrisThe Knights dropped a 162-186 tian. contest to Wheaton Academy at MaSophie Hurt had 20 assists, two aces, one kill and six digs. Maya Stovall had 16 kills and three aces. Jess Sobon added four kills. Kaya Hood had three kills and two blocks, while Bella Leslie recorded eight digs and one ace. Fran Capannari had eight digs and two aces. Maddie Benson had five digs. Morgan Benson finished with five digs. The Knights also lost 13-25, 2521, 25-20 to Trinity. Hurt had 33 assists, while Stovall had 16 kills. Sobon had 12 kills, while Hood had nine kills. Leslie added 15 digs, while Kristen Brachmann had one kill and one ace. Maddie Benson had nine digs and two aces. The loss dropped the Knights to 5-3 overall. CORRESPONDENT

IC Catholic Prep boys cross country IC Catholic Prep junior boys cross country runner Jacob Schmidt medaled at the recent Southland Invite thanks to his 25th-place finish. Coach Jeff Fredrickson’s squad has competed in the Southland event, Elmwood Park’s Trial on the Trail and the Charleston invitational. Top returning runners for the Knights include juniors Zach Jordan and Dominic Gaudio, along with sophomore Liam Darce. Senior Fabian Perez is back for his fourth season. “Our strength is our top four runners,” said Fredrickson. Fredrickson noted the Knights will be competing in a new Metro Suburban Conference format. “Being in a new conference we would

ple Meadows in Wood Dale. “Thomas Hilgart was the team medalist with a 45. Michael Hilgart shot 46, while Davy Sykora had a 47. Michael Carpanzano and Louis Narcisi each shot 48. IC Catholic Prep also defeated Montini 177-178 in a nail-biter at Willow Crest Golf Club. Thomas Hilgart shot a 42 to earn meet medalist honors. Carpanzano shot 43,

while Narcisi and Michael Hilgart each carded a 46. In a 179-183 loss to Aurora Central Catholic, Shane Rollins was the team medalist with a 44. Thomas Hilgart shot 45, while Carpanzano and Narcisi each shot 47. “The week was a bit frustrating because we gave up the lead late in that last match (against ACC) and let one slip away,” said IC Catholic

Prep coach Don Sujack. “Two wins would have been nice. That said, Thomas has been consistent all year and now Shane Rollins seems to be getting the hang of competitive golf in his first season. We all can play better though and there are plenty of opportunities ahead of us.” The Knights were 2-4 overall and 0-3 in conference play through late last week.

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The Team Elmhurst Soccer Club (TESC) U19 Girls Select team recently participated in the Schaumburg SoccerFest and took home the championship. The team defeated Chicago Edge, Chicago Rush and the Tinley Park Bobcats to finish 3-0 in group play.

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The York girls volleyball team has the best of both worlds. The Dukes return a good chunk of key contributors from last year’s team that went 20-16 overall and also welcome a good contingent with plenty of talent. York was 4-3 overall through its first seven matches. Key returners for coach Patty Iverson’s squad include sophomore outside hitter Gigi Barr, who put up 232 kills and 116 digs last season. Also back are seniors Jessica Levy (outside hitter), Asha Labine (middle blocker) and Sophia Gla-

bus (middle blocker). Levy had 178 kills and 174 digs last year, while Labine had 86 kills and 67 blocks. Glabus, who is committed to Gannon University in Philadelphia, had 67 kills and 50 blocks in 2017. Senior setter Sam Kao and senior defensive specialist Sarah Baird also return. Key newcomers include sophomores Grace Meadows (setter, outside hitter), Katie Norgle (outside hitter-defensive specialist) and Stella Barr (right-side hitter). “We have some very good athletes this year and a mix of seniors and sophomores predominantly ,so we are working toward playing consistently strong and making a cohesive team with our younger players who are performing very well,” said Iverson. “The group is really hard-working and committed to improving and we have shown steady improvement in our matches so far this season.”

York opened play in the Wheaton North tournament where it lost to Naperville North (25-23, 25-15) and defeated Glenbard South 2521, 28-30, 25-9 in pool play and then lost to Montini (25-22, 25-19) and Kaneland (25-20, 19-25, 2725) and beat Buffalo Grove (25-21, 25-18) in the tournament. “It was a strong tournament and while we did not play consistently throughout the tournament, our play was very good at times, giving us a goal of consistency at that level,” said Iverson. York also downed Addison Trail (25-22, 25-21) in a West Suburban Conference crossover match and Evanston (25-14, 25-21) in a non-conference contest. Both matches were on the road. “We’re still working on skills and tactics, but the girls are working really hard to improve all aspects of their game so I am happy with our progress,” said Iverson.

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York vs. Leyden: Boys soccer action


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York senior Jacob Kresnicka corrals a pass against Leyden on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Junior Ethan Oder makes a corner kick. York won 2-0.

Josh Borzello, a junior, throws in for the Dukes.

Dukes junior Jack Musial outruns a Leyden Eagles defender.

Senior Edwardo DelCarpen controls the ball for the Dukes.

Senior goalkeeper Kyle Johnson blanked the Leyden Eagles in York’s victory.

Junior Paolo Favuzzi scored the second goal for York in the match.

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watercolor of a timeless image of Miller Beach, IN, which Anderson described as deserted when “the air turns crisp and the tourists are back at work and school.” Villa Park artist Marlene Vitek and Elmhurst artist Wes Baker provide opposite views of classic autumn themes in their paintings. Vitek’s “Fall Leaves” is a beautiful composition of the splendid colors of maple and oak leaves. Baker’s abstract, “The Visiter,” harkens the coming Halloween with its spooky image of a spirit peering through the layers of our uncomfortable memories and

nightmares. As most of the artworks are available for purchase, the Fall Members Show provides a opportunity to acquire affordable original contemporary artwork by emerging local artists from the greater Chicago area. The exhibition can be viewed during regular Museum hours, Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 adults / $10 seniors / free for student and children under 18, EAG and EAM members. Free admission for all on the first Friday of each month. More information is available at and

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Pictured is A Lonely Walk, Ending Summer, painted by Judie Anderson, a member of the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild. The painting is a watercolor of a timeless image of Miller Beach, Ind., which Anderson described as deserted when “the air turns crisp and the tourists are back at work and school.” The show remains on display at the Elmhurst Art Museum through Oct. 12.

Among the works of the members of the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild (EAG) is this bold acrylic painting by Tony Abboreno called “Supercharged.” It depicts the iconic 1936 Auburn Roadster, reportedly one of the first automobiles that used the term “Supercharged” on its badge. Made at the plant in Auburn, Ind., the Roadster along with Cords and Duesenbergs manufactured there, appealed to the upper middle class.


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Commerce & Industry is one of the best in DuPage County and in the State of Illinois. It has been my true pleasure to work with an outstanding Board of Directors, Chamber President & CEO, John Quigley and his skilled staff and interns, as well as the nearly 600 Elmhurst Chamber members. Being Board Chair during this Centennial has been an honor, helping to cap 100 years. But the most exciting thing about the Elmhurst Chamber is its future. If you are reading this and your business is not a Chamber member, I urge you to change that and join. It will be a value-added decision that you will always feel good about making.

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I started with a vision of what could be hen I became President and CEO of the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry in late November of 1999, I started with a vision for what our organization could be and the steps we needed to take to get there —but I never envisioned still being at the helm heading into our 100th Anniversary year. Nor did I envision that our Board of Directors Chair for this Centennial Celebration would be Ken Bartels, who brought me into the Elmhurst Chamber back in 1991 when I joined his development and public relations team at Elmhurst College, my Alma Mater. His years of friendship and mentoring are invaluable to me.


President & CEO of the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Bartels and Lea Ann Skogsberg of Dollars and Sense, another former EC co-worker, played an instrumental role in the development of our $250,000 Capital Campaign. Bartels also chaired the Marketing Committee that helped design our Chamber’s new logo with sixcolored Elm leaf and companion Centennial Celebration logo. The Elmhurst Chamber of today is a far different business organization

than the one I inherited following the death of my predecessor, A.J. “Toche” Terrones,” in July of 1999 on the eve of the Chamber’s 51st Golf Outing, for which I was serving as the event Chair. Thanks to a committed Board chaired by Frank Catalano Jr., who later became our landlord for several years, our Chamber generated enough revenue in the first months of my tenure to pay off a $22,000 debt and develop our first website. Membership began to stabilize and a profitable Elmfest 2000 generated a cash reserve that allowed for the 2001 budgeting of a dedicated membership staffer. Our Chamber now regularly invests in technology benefitting both our members and consumers— including a newly-redesigned website “responsive” to all accessing

platforms—and we are active on social media via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Even with a full-time staff of only two (plus an Elmhurst College student intern or two), our Chamber provides more programs, products, services and events than our peer chambers, and at a much better value for your annual investment dollars. The vast majority of our members pay less than $1 per day. Finally, we take seriously our mission “to promote an environment that creates the success of local businesses and our community” by serving as THE Voice of Business, advocating for pro-business economic development strategies and legislative policies at the local, township, county, state and federal levels. Thank you!




From Boosters’ Club to Chamber of Commerce:

A Century of Civic Engagement

Now from Then The Boosters’ Club became a Chamber of Commerce in 1926, switched its name to Elmhurst Trade and Civic Association from 1937-41, and added “and Industry” to our name in 1985.

Strong Hands at the Helm The longest-tenured chamber executive in DuPage, John R. Quigley has served as ECCI’s President and CEO since 1999, and represented Elmhurst College, his Alma Mater, from 1991 to his hiring six months after the death of A. J. Terrones. With the 1990 hiring of “Toche” Terrones, mindset of the organization shifted from that of a not-for-profit association to a professional business organization. The list of prior Executive Managers/ Secretaries includes Carole J. Groeschel (1987-89), John W. Jordan (1978-87), Rollin

C. Smith (1974-77), Robert J. Haehl (196673), Kenneth L. Brace (1963-66), Harry W. Weeks (1960-63), Howard E. Wendt (195660), Gustafson (1954-56), Myron F. Luhrsen (1950-54), R. Earl Lamb (1947-50), M.R. Thorneycroft (1939-1947) and on down the line.

Elmfest Retrospective Born as Sample Elmhurst in 1983, Elmfest developed into an award-winning community festival showcasing our downtown for 26 years until its 2008 demise caused by the Great Recession. For Elmfest’s 21st Anniversary in 2003 (and again in 2004), close-proximity fireworks— the only such displays since the 1986 Sesquicentennial—were shot off from the top floor of the Schiller Street Parking Garage.

Hall of Fame Honors With a prestigious list of 25 inductees— including “Toche” posthumously in 2000—our Civic Hall of Fame recognizes those who contribute so much to the Elmhurst community. HOF presentations started in 1983 as part of Elmfest’s Opening Ceremonies, and are now featured at our Annual Awards Gala each January.

“Always Remember”

Partners in Commerce

“Always Remember” is the theme of Elmhurst’s Memorial Day Parade and PostParade Ceremony—which our Chamber organizes in partnership with the City of Elmhurst, Elmhurst American Legion THB Post 187, Veterans of Foreign Wars Villa Park Post 2801 and Elmhurst Park District— and the Veterans Day Ceremony held at Veterans Memorial in Wilder Park each November 11. May 28, 2018, also marked the 100th Anniversary of the Memorial Day Parade. The Veterans Memorial was dedicated in 1993 thanks to the fund-raising efforts of the VFW, American Legion and Ralph P. Pechanio, President of the 1992 Chamber Board of Directors. Pechanio, Chair of the Elmhurst Veterans Memorial Commission since its inception, has since 1995 co-chaired the Memorial Day Parade Committee, with Terrones first and Quigley since 2000.

Chartered as the Junior Chamber of Commerce (or JCs), Elmhurst’s Jaycees still run the charity carnival that started at Elmfest back in 1992, and are a Golf Outing luncheon cosponsor and long-time partner.

The Voice of Business

Serving as THE voice of business from the start, member advocacy is integral to our Chamber’s mission “to promote an environment that creates success for local businesses and our community.” Elmhurst residents have benefitted from Businesses of the Year Chamber-supported initiatives—including Since Terrones’ death, the Chamber has Tax-Increment Financing (TIF) Districts, retail recognized a Business of the Year in his honor at sales tax abatements, parking decks, zoning its Annual Awards Gala, with Community Bank ordinance updates and even the $78 million of Elmhurst (which donated the traveling trophy) referendum to rebuild York Community High School. as the only two-time honoree.

Set to Vibrate Since first developing a website in 2000, our Chamber has invested in advancing technologies, internally and externally, including social media (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) and, in 2017, a new website “responsive” to all platforms.

The Face of Change While once a homogeneous network, Chamber membership reflects America’s changing demographic with the growth of women, minorities and those under 40. Seven of nine female Board Chairs have come during Quigley’s tenure, including Julie Miller Sheehan (2014), the first of his Elmhurst College student interns and one of four interns to later serve as Directors.

All in the Family One in every four Chamber members is a family-run business and half of them are multigenerational, some fourth and fifth generation ones. Founded in 1883—a year after Elmhurst became a Village—Elmhurst-Chicago Stone Company is the City’s oldest business and still includes co-founder Adolph Hammerschmidt’s descendants. 324910

When some 60 prominent businessmen and residents gathered in H.O. Stevens’ home in 1918, could any of them have imagined how their fledgling Elmhurst Boosters’ Club would look in 100 years? What say you funeral home director H.H. Robillard, be the Club’s first President? How about you, then-Mayor and 1920 Club President Claude Van Auken? Or you, newspaper publisher Harold Cruger, the Club’s President in 1923? Today, Elmhurst boasts the third largest chamber in DuPage County and the largest organization representing the needs of the City’s business community.

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The first-ever Boosters newsletter…


Pictured is the front cover of the first issue of the Elmhurst Booster, the newsletter of the Elmhurst Boosters, the first and former name of what is now known as the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry. While the Boosters began in 1918, this newsletter was not published until February 1920. (Notice the reference to the “Business man” used 100 years ago – you couldn’t do that today!)



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100 years of social clubs


Here is a group of seven golfers -- yes, there are seven (there’s a man behind the two on the far left) -- so who knows how the foursomes worked out. What is evident is that Elmhurst residents have long been a fan of the sport that began in Scotland in 1457.




Golf has the same appeal today as it did in 1914, when this photo was taken at the Elmhurst Golf Club. This is the Clubhouse, designed by architect Walter Burley Griffin, which shows people lounging on the porch in their summer hats. Early rumors claim the word “golf” was an acronym for ‘Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden,” but as you can see, women were as welcome as men – on the porch anyway!

Residents enjoy Elmhurst Fall Festival, which took place on west Park Avenue in 1911. The clothing must have made it difficult to ride the Tilt-A-Whirl!

Pictured here circa 1918 is a parade of soldiers marching south on York Street at the Chicago & North Western railroad tracks. Circa 1915, members of Jefferson Barracks Club gather in front of their meetinghouse located at 204 Illinois Street. Jefferson Barracks was a social club made up of local businessmen and trades people.









The Chamber’s Mission… It is our mission to promote an environment that creates the success of local businesses and our community. The mission is achieved through the following:

Goals and Objectives Networking and Referral We publicize, promote and refer our member businesses to our community and to one another through ongoing programs and special activities. Business Promotion We provide community projects and events which showcase member businesses and link them to the community through their involvement. Governmental Affairs We represent our member businesses’ concerns and interests before local, state, and federal government by providing information, communication and coordinating action on their behalf. Business Education We provide educational opportunities for our member businesses that challenge and equip them for improvement, growth and greater success. Leadership Building We provide an example of strong community leadership by demonstrating loyalty, integrity and professionalism in every facet of our organization. [This information was provided by the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry.]

Board Chairs mark a Century of Leadership (From 1918 to 2018) H.H. Robillard, Robillard Funeral Home Paul W. Koch Claude Van Auken, Mayor, City of Elmhurst H.H. Robillard, Robillard Funeral Home Matt Lockwood, John M. Smith Co. Harold Cruger, Press Publications E.H. Krell, Elmhurst National Bank L.A. O’Connor George Dopp, Pure Service Station Fred Mellen R. Farrington, Farrington Cleaners Philip Soukup, Soukup Hardware Harry Cohen, Elmhurst Department Store Thomas O. Myers Sr., Myers Real Estate Robert L. Stabiz, York Theatre Hershel Sowers, Olswang Drygoods William C. Little, Walgreen Drugs Jack White, Sears Roebuck & Co. Irv A. Ruby, Ruby’s Department Store Edward M. Walsh, Elmhurst Glass James C. Dunn, Myers Real Estate John J. Harris Richard Levinson, Olswang Drygoods Donald Carlson, Elmhurst National Bank John C. Davis, Davis Fuel Edward Vertovec, Lawyer Abner Ganet, Leonard’s Store for Men Robert Macdougall, Macdougall Builders James Soukup, Soukup Hardware Fred Messerschmidt, Elmhurst Federal Savings Arthur Plass, Elmhurst National Bank



Robert Soukup, Soukup Hardware Mort Marks, Stone Shoes William Gooch, York State Bank Carl Keller Sr., Diemasters, Inc. Ted Kulpaka, Elmhurst Firestone Everette Seegers, Elmhurst National Bank John L. Sekowski, Seko Tool & Engineering Co. Marvin J. Pollard, Pollard Motors David G. Plummer, Elmhurst Federal Savings Joel G. Herter, Wolf & Company Charles J. Allen, Charles J. Allen & Associates Donald J. Whitlock, DuPage Automotive Supply Co. Earl W. Krengek, Johnson Electric Coil Company Byron T. O’Connor, Elmhurst National Bank Donald J. Figura, Wolf & Company Virginia Harmon, Unique Travel Service James R. Coulter, Coulter Insurance Service Carl Keller Jr., Bally-Diemasters, Inc. Keith Karnstedt, DuPage Medical Pharmacy Fred Ganet, Leonard’s Store for Men James H. Hallberg, Wolf & Company Nancy L. Philip, York State Bank James VanEwyk, Pfund & Clint Florists Frank A. Catalano Sr., Century 21 Franks Real Estate Thomas O. Myers Jr., Myers Real Estate Ralph P. Pechanio, Elmhurst Federal

Savings Thomas Klobucher, Thomas Interior Systems John E. Howlett, Daniels, Sheehan & Howlett Charles R. Thomas, Old Kent Bank Bill Connors, Continental Cablevision Paul Rimington, Diemasters Manufacturing Inc. Terry L. McGill, Keebler Company Gloria Duarte, Café Las Bellas Artes Frank Catalano Jr., CCS Mortgage Rich Reichert, Community Bank of Elmhurst Adam Hudelson, US Bank Cathy Bajkowski, The MONY Group Rich Rosenberg, Elmhurst Camera Tom Cathcart, Motorola Jim Dinkle, The Jim Dinkle Company Dare Messina, Keller Williams Realty Results Debra Klosterman, Catalano Mortgage Group Jason Janes, Edward Jones Investments Scott Levin, Howard & Howard Kevin O’Keeffe, Fontano’s Subs Jennifer Speaker, SMB Advantage Group Paul Koch, Larry Roesch Chrysler Jeep Dodge Julie Miller Sheehan, Patrick T. Sheehan & Associates Dee Longfellow, Elmhurst Independent Tim Gurrie, Pampered Chef TLG Joe Muchow, E.L. Foust Co. Ken Bartels, Community Bank of Elmhurst

As a bank that’s part of this community, we believe in supporting the institutions that provide resources to help local organizations and businesses succeed. That’s why we want to celebrate the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry on its 100th anniversary of service to this community. Whether it’s hosting business education programs, offering promotional services, or supporting hometown initiatives, we thank the chamber for its dedication to strengthening this community and bringing us all closer together. Congratulations on this amazing milestone!

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Spring Road train fosters new development



At right: This Spring Road station welcomed the Chicago, Aurora & Elgin Railway in this photo taken c. 1912, when it cost just seven cents to ride. The developer of the Spring Road Subdivision used the train to encourage people to move to the area boasting free daily excursion tickets, easy terms and “money to build.� The Spring Road station became the nucleus of the neighborhood business district. To this day, the Spring Road business district continues to thrive. ELMHURST HISTORY PHOTO Elmhurst Independent

Depot now part of scenic park setting At left: Here stands the Spring Road depot, no longer a spot for travelers, but instead a beautiful historic place to enjoy at Wild Meadows Trace, a prairie park that winds right through Elmhurst along the path of the old railroad. The depot is frequently the site of celebrations that take place near York & Vallette streets.











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At a ribbon-cutting…


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Above: Ribbon cuttings have always been a standard way for businesses to celebrate with the Ambassadors of the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry. This one was taken at the grand opening of Vallette Pharmacy when it moved to its new location. Pictured on the far left is current ECCI President & CEO John R. Quigley – looking a little younger!

On the dais…

At left: Current ECCI President & CEO John R. Quigley did a little clowning on the dais with long-time member and Board Chair Cathy Bajkowski at one of the Chamber’s many events held at the Diplomat West Banquet facility.



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often one-of-a-kind housewares and decorative home items as well as Located in the spot currently personal effects like jewelry, scarves occupied by the toy store in and small leather goods. downtown Elmhurst, Pfund & Clint Its owner was Jim Van Ewyk, who was active in the Chamber of was the store everyone thought Commerce & Industry for the entire of first when it came to flowers, time he held the business. He served cards and gifts. Not only was it an as Chairman of the Board of the outstanding place to order floral Chamber in 1990 and remains active arrangements for any occasions, in the community even to this day – it was a Hallmark card shop and a Pictured here is Pfund & Clint owner Jim Van Ewyk (right) making a presentation to someone at an place to find interesting and unusual, at least on the golf course! FOR THE ELMHURST INDEPENDENT

event of the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ECCI) back in the 1990s, when he served as Chairman of the Board. Van Ewyk always recognized the support the ECCI and how being involved helped his business.




100 years of business

At the bake shop‌

Pictured here is Hermina Weber inside Weber’s Bakery located at 112 No. York St., circa 1911. Huge bags of flour are shelved behind her, while in front of her lie delicacies from the oven including some tasty-looking cakes, cookies, even jelly rolls.

The local general store in 1918

Pictured here, circa 1918, is the G. Holmes and Co. Grocery Store located at 500 Spring Road. Proprietor Gustave Holmes can be seen behind the counter on the right. The store carried all kinds of canned goods, cereals, spices and much more.


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On the northwest corner of First and York Streets, banking business could be conducted at the Citizens State Bank pictured here. In business circa 1910-1928, the bank boasted $35,000 in capital, 3% interest on savings accounts and time deposits and fire insurance.

100 years of business



The milkmen of Rabe’s

Rabe’s Dairy delivery wagons with their drivers, Henry Luehring and Herman Zars, are pictured here in front of the Rabe homestead on E. First Street. This photo was taken circa 1914.

No longer in business…

Yes, it’s true, Strauschild Harness Shop never had much business after the City of Elmhurst – and the rest of the country – embraced the automobile. But it was something necessary 100 years ago when Strauschild was in business at 140 So. York.

Daily dairy delivery

Above: Here is one of Rabe’s Dairy delivery wagons pictured on East First Street in 1914.

National Foods… ELMHURST HISTORY MUSEUM PHOTOS Elmhurst Independent

The National Food Store is pictured here, circa 1913. It was located at 116 N. York Street.



The first and oldest business…

The Elmhurst Chicago Stone Quarry By Dee Longfellow

company has grown and become more and more complex. In 1920, the quarry began its initial ow does a company manufacture of cement blocks. stay in business for more than 125 years? Adolph’s family began competing Elmhurst-Chicago in the redi-mix concrete business in 1940. Stone Company From its modest beginnings, was not only the the company has grown to include first business eight locations in Illinois: five “resident” of locations in aggregate production— Elmhurst, it remains the City’s Plainfield, Kaneville, Marengo, oldest continuing business. The Belvidere and Barbers Corners in original grounds encompassed Bolingbrook—a concrete pipe plant just 11 acres, originally leased in South Elgin, and four readyto Adolph Hammerschmidt and mix plants in Elmhurst, Barbers Henry Assman in 1883 from Corners, Kaneville and Bartlett. Louis Graue. They chose the The company also has a portable Elmhurst quarry for its rich ready-mix plant, which moves to deposits of dolomite limestone. different job sites as needed. Later, Hammerschmidt and Located at 400 West First St., Assman purchased an additional here in Elmhurst, the quarry now 11 acres from Graue for $3,300, produces crushed and broken along with more kilns to fire the limestone, construction sand and clay products. Hammerschmidt gravel, cement blocks, asphalt eventually purchased Assman’s share and incorporated the business paving mixture, ready mix concrete and concrete pipes. The company as “Elmhurst-Chicago Stone has about 150 employees but only Company.” about 30 of them actually work at As stone was mined from the quarry, it was quickly shipped away the quarry. The quarry’s average annual sales is near $12 million. on thousands of railroad cars. Many of his family members and The quarry is one of Elmhurst’s oldest businesses and is a future generations worked at the monument representing the hard quarry as well. work of many of the founders of Over the years the stone Elmhurst. FOR THE ELMHURST INDEPENDENT


This is an early photo of the Elmhurst Stone Quarry, founded by Adolph Hammerschmidt and Henry Assman in 1883. They chose the Elmhurst quarry for its rich deposits of dolomite limestone. Today, it produces crushed and broken limestone, construction sand and gravel, cement blocks, asphalt paving mixture, ready mix concrete and concrete pipes. It also offers flood retention from Salt Creek, a problem that reared its ugly head in August of 1987, 31 years ago.

An unwelcome resident -until August 1987 For several years, residents of Elmhurst talked about shutting down “that quarry” at the edge of town. Some were concerned about dynamite blasting, trucks that rumbled past stirring up dust, and the general eyesore created by the mining operations of the ElmhurstChicago Stone Co. Then, in August 1987, there was a flood in Elmhurst the likes of which had never been seen. Streets, homes, businesses flooded and the entire area shut down for a few days to just make sense of what happened, much less try to start life anew. It reportedly caused as much as $156 million in damages along Salt Creek and its tributaries. Soon, County officials began to eye the location for flood retention from Salt Creek, which seemed to swell its banks often, but never like it had in 1987. The rest is history -- the quarry is now indeed used for flood retention, which has helped in flooding incidents in the past several years. But there were other reasons to leave the quarry alone. While once there were as many as 250, the Elmhurst quarry is one of only 16 major quarries still operating in the metropolitan Chicago area that provides highquality crushed stone used in the construction of highways and ELMHURST HISTORICAL MUSEUM PHOTO Elmhurst Independent Pictured are the first employees of the Elmhurst Stone Quarry back in 1883. Because the quarry was the first-ever employer in Elmhurst, buildings, according to the Illinois these represent the first workers to ever draw a paycheck in Elmhurst. Founded in 1883, the quarry pre-dates the Elmhurst Chamber of State Geological Survey. Commerce & Industry — or even the Elmhurst Boosters — by 35 years!


South York St. now… ELMHURST HISTORY MUSEUM PHOTO Elmhurst Independent


The Fifth Third Bank building is easier to see towering over the downtown area in this photo. You can still see what is now Gibbons Funeral Home on the left side of the street, while all the businesses on the right have made way for the Crescent Court residential development. DEE LONGFELLOW PHOTO Elmhurst Independent

South York St. then…

This photo shows a thriving York St. in 1967. On the left, you can see Gibbons Robillard Funeral Home, H.H. Robillard, was the very first Chairman of the Board of the Elmhurst Boosters in 1918. Across the street on the right is Roesch Chrysler Plymouth, owned by Paul Roesch, the grandfather of Dan and Jeannine who still operate the Roesch Family Auto Group today, now located on Grand Avenue. In the distance on the right is what is now the Fifth Third Bank bldg.

Looking south on York St. from the railroad tracks, it’s easy to see how many businesses and storefronts were making Elmhurst a vital community at the time.

South York St. then…

South York St. now…

This same view looking south on York St. shows an equally thriving downtown some 50+ years later. In both photos, you can see the windows of the Fifth Third Bank building. DEE LONGFELLOW PHOTO Elmhurst Independent




100 years of business

A Board meeting many moons ago…

Some familiar names and faces can be seen in this photo taken at a Board meeting several years ago. Pictured are (front row, from left) Carl Keller, Ginny Harmon, Jim Coulter, John Jordan, Ralph Pechanio; (second row): Bill von Stein, Roger Gorman, Don Whitlock, Harold Brettman, Byron O’Connor, Keith Karnstedt; (third row) Rich Rosenberg, Fred Ganet, Ed Jaskowiac, Don Stolper, Arline Pierz, Dave Silver, Jim Giffin, Mary Schultze; (back row): Jean Baker, Larry Wyllie, Kay Kennedy, Larry Roesch Jerry Ruby, Don Figura, [unknown person], Marie Shapiro and Bill Haman. ARCHIVE PHOTO Elmhurst Independent





Still alive today.. Looking north of the tracks today, the traffic and business community make it a little more difficult to do ribbon-cuttings across the tracks in the middle of the street!

Touted as the best day ever in Elmhurst was September 9, 1921, the day Mayor Otto Balgemann and members of City Council cut the ribbon on York St., looking north of the railroad tracks. ELMHURST HISTORY MUSEUM PHOTO Elmhurst Independent

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Coal, ice and feed available here…

The Powell Coal, Ice and Feed Company was located here at 526 So. York St. in 1910, near Vallette and the Chicago Great Western Railroad.

Pictured is the Hammerschmidt & Franzen Co., pre-1920, located on West First Street, west of Addison Avenue. The owners were purveyors of lumber, coal, feed and ice. This building was destroyed in a fire in 1920.

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Pictured here circa 1910 is the Baethke Grocery and Dry Goods Store at 101 N. York Street, on the northeast corner of First and York streets.



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Capital Campaign comes Once-in-a-Lifetime hile common place among educational institutions (both public and private), not-forprofit organizations, charitable entities and such, capital campaigns by chambers of commerce are infrequent even for those serving large metropolitan areas and special indeed in a community such as Elmhurst. However, the combination of our Chamber’s 100th Anniversary year in 2018 and major gifts from two donors set the stage for a once-in-alifetime opportunity. Our $250,000 Centennial Celebration Capital Campaign includes the $150,000 Ralph P. Pechanio Student Internship Endowment Fund at Elmhurst College and $100,000 Second Century Fund (including $50,000 for development of a public Civic Hall of Fame Memorial).

Ralph P. Pechanio Student Internship Endowment Fund The purpose of the Ralph P. Pechanio Student Internship Endowment Fund at Elmhurst College is to provide a moresecure, budget-neutral funding source for our Chamber to sustain

extraordinary student internships. Long-time Chamber advocate and retired banker Ralph Pechanio, our 2016 Civic Hall of Fame inductee, personally endowed the fund with his December 2016 gift of $100,000 and he remains the primary donor to the Chamber’s non-endowed Student Internship Reimbursement Fund at EC. Under ECCI’s current administration, many student interns have been offered full-time employment by Chamber members. Four of our interns employed by Chamber members have served on our Board of Directors, including 2013 Board Chair Julie Miller, the first student intern hired by thennew ECCI President and CEO John R. Quigley. Miller also is among seven female Board Chairs during Quigley’s tenure and among only nine in our Chamber’s entire history. (Tax-deductible monetary gifts, business or individual, can be made directly to Elmhurst College, an Internal Revenue Service-designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, in support of our Chamber’s Student Intern Endowment Fund.)

Chamber’s future for the next 100 years. To that end, ECCI President and CEO John R. Quigley has pledged $25,000 towards our Centennial Celebration Capital Campaign goal of $100,000 in honor of his 25-year-plus history with our Chamber. The Second Century Fund will provide our Chamber with a reserve of financial resources to

respond to emerging opportunities and/or challenges ranging from membership to programming, from fundraising to technology, from operations to administration, as well as state and national advocacy. The Fund’s signature project will be development of a public Civic Hall of Fame Memorial, with its own fundraising goal of $50,000 as part of the larger

initiative. (ECCI is in the process of establishing an Internal Revenue Service (IRS)-authorized 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization for the Second Century Fund so that donations of cash or gifts-in-kind by businesses and/or individuals will qualify as tax-deductible, charitable gifts. Donations also may be eligible for deduction as a business operating expense.)

Second Century Fund (with Special Projects Focus) The purpose of the Second Century Fund is to secure our

Elmhurst Civic Hall of Fame Inductees 1992 - Joe Newton, legendary boys’ cross country coach at York Community High School 1993 - Eleanor King Hookham, Elmhurst Art Museum 1994 - Dr. Ivan E. Frick, Elmhurst College 1995 - Joseph Wagner, York Furrier 1996 - Jean Haselhorst, Elmhurst Park District 1997 - Robert M. Magnuson, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital 1998 - Virginia J. Harmon, Unique Travel Services 1999 - Illinois House of Representative Lee A. Daniels (R-46th District) 2000 - A.J. “Toche” Terrones, Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry 2001 - William C. “Bill” Gooch Jr., Community Bank of Elmhurst 2002 - Willis Johnson, York Theatre 2003 - Fred Messerschmidt, Elmhurst Federal Savings & Loan 2004 - Jim Van Ewyk, Pfund and Clint Florists 2005 - Jacquelyn Haddad, Elmhurst Junior Woman’s Club 2006 - Thomas O. Myers Jr., Thomas O. Myers Real Estate 2007 - Abner Ganet, Leonard’s Men’s Store and Mayor of Elmhurst 2008 - Jan Pauli, Pauli’s Marathon 2009 - Bob Schiller, Schiller Real Estate 2010 - Thomas D. Marcucci, four-term Mayor of Elmhurst 2011 - Rich Grodsky, Elmhurst Park District 2012 - Pete Cruger, Elmhurst Independent 2013 - Doug Beach, Elmhurst College Jazz Band Director 2014 - Betsy Hanisch, Elmhurst businesswomen, civic leader and community volunteer 2015 - Ralph Pechanio, retired banker, civic leader and community volunteer 2016 - Darrell Whistler, long-time volunteer, Chair of Zoning & Planning Commission 2017 - Jack Island, owner Silverado Grill

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Join the Elmhurst Chamber in September during our New Member Campaign Promotion celebrating Chamber of Commerce Week in Elmhurst and your business will receive a 16-month membership (good through 2019) at the annual investment fee. Annual membership in the Elmhurst Chamber starts at only $325 per year (less than a dollar a day) for businesses with up to two employees, along with a registration fee of $25. For those with budgeting concerns, new members can pay their annual Chamber investment via our monthly direct debit program, starting at only $27 per month. The registration fee and first months dues must be paid in advance. By joining in September, your business is guaranteed a listing in the 2019 Elmhurst Community Directory, which will be Every Door Direct Mailed to some 19,200 residential, business and post office box addresses next January, and will receive immediate exposure via our new “responsive” website directory. For further information or to join the Chamber, contact John Quigley, President and CEO, by phone at 630-834-6060, ext. 225, or via e-mail at September 10-14 has been proclaimed Chamber of Commerce Week in Illinois by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, while Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley has proclaimed September 10-16 as Chamber of Commerce Week in Elmhurst.

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Luscombe Music ‘instrumental’ to local history Twenty-year Chamber member appreciates “Shop Local” movement


Generations of musicians and music appreciators have visited Luscombe for everything from instrumental rental and repair to sheet music to parent and child classes. Now located at 122 West Vallette, Luscombe is a longtime fixture of the Elmhurst business scene. Owner Laura Pearson talks about the history. “My parents opened the store in 1975 in north Elmhurst on Grantley mainly as a teaching studio, and then people starting asking for merchandise so it kept expanding,” she said. Laura bought the business from her parents when they retired in 2011. She remembers that her dad

could play a full scale on every instrument. She plays the piano and violin. “Every instrument is a whole world unto itself, with so much to learn!” she said. The bread and butter of the business is instrument rentals, sales and repairs. Laura said, “It’s so exciting when kids come in to get their first musical instrument,” Laura said. “They get a certain smile on their face and I tell their parents to take a picture!” Luscombe is the instrument vendor for the Chicago public schools and for some local private schools. “Popular school instruments are the flute, trumpet and saxophone,” she said. “Every year there seems to be one BIG instrument. Last year,

Owner Laura Luscombe-Pearson helps Elmhurst resident and customer Karen Anderson find music for her students.

it was the alto saxophone and the year before was our biggest flute year ever. One year, it was trumpets. Lately the ukulele has been huge with both kids and adults. It’s easy to learn and strum and have fun.” A very active instrument repair shop with five technicians is another big part of Luscombe’s business. Add in floor staff, school representatives and teachers who subcontract and the store numbers around 30 people.

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Chamber keeps community vibrant… A Chamber of Commerce and

Laura Luscombe-Pearson, owner of Luscombe Music, Inc., goes to work at the store that has been a member of the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry for 20 years – since 1998. Industry Member since 1998,

Laura proudly displays a certificate in her store and mentions that her parents were big believers in the organization, as is she. “The Chamber really keeps our community vibrant and provides great networking opportunities. I attend the events, especially after hours when people get together at a business. I like talking to the other business owners about how they solve their problems and hearing their experiences. A few years ago we hosted one and had a lot of people come to our store. It’s a good means of advertising.” Above all, Laura appreciates the Chamber’s encouragement of shopping local. “In an Internet and big box

era, it’s quite an accomplishment that a family business can do as well as we do,” she said. “It speaks volumes about shopping local. People in Elmhurst and neighboring communities really understand that when they shop in town, their tax dollars turn around and help their own community. It may be a dollar or two cheaper to buy something online, but you’ll never get the same service or be able to go back with a question or an issue. “What I love most about my business is interacting with people in the community and getting to know them. We really appreciate our customers and being in a town that values music!”

It’s so exciting when kids come in to get their first musical instrument. They get a certain smile on their face and I tell their parents to take a picture!”




At right: A busy West Park Ave. today still boasts the spire of the Mahler building, which now houses Brewpoint Coffee. DEE LONGFELLOW PHOTO Elmhurst Independent

West Park Ave. now…

West Park Ave. then…

At left: Looking west on Park Ave. from York Street, the spire on the Mahler Building acts as a landmark. The building was built in 1902, a block west of Glos Hall, where it remains today. ELMHURST HISTORY MUSEUM PHOTO Elmhurst Independent

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There was The Elms Theatre at 105-107 W. First Street, in operation circa 1913 to circa 1924. According to the movie posters, one movie showing was “The Reform Candidate,” starring Macklyn Arbuckle (a cousin to Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle), “A Drama of Home and Politics.” The other movie was “The Children In The House,” starring Norma Talmadge. Based on the date of the movie, this photo was probably taken in 1916.


This is a shot from about 1910 looking northward on York Road at the railroad tracks at Park Avenue. The dark blotch in the middle of the street is actually a carriage drawn by two horses. The building on the left side of the street is where Beerheads is today. Currently on the right side is Reedy Real Estate and Red Arrow Tap Room.


Before ten screens at the York…


Still standing tall…

Pictured is Irion Hall at Elmhurst College, circa 1919, a building that still stands today. The College remains a vital part of the community, as it was 100 years ago.



Ahlgrim Funeral Home:

125+ years of memorializing loved ones lost By Patti Pagni



ne could say Scott Ahlgrim lives for his business, Ahlgrim Funeral Home, located at the corner of Spring and Vallette. While the lifetime Elmhurst resident takes caring for others during their time of need very seriously, one should actually say Ahlgrim lives at his business. Ahlgrim, a fourth generation funeral director, had lived in the residence attached to the funeral home as a kid, and now lives there along with his wife Charity, making them both available at all times to help others coping with a loss.

Family, business history intertwine

Scott’s great grandfather Arthur F. Ahlgrim established the Ahlgrim Undertaking Parlor in Chicago in 1892. His grandfather Walter Ahlgrim built and opened the current location in Elmhurst in 1956. Scott began working there in 1986 with his father Arthur B. Ahlgrim. When Arthur retired in 1998, Scott took over the business. “My grandparents lived there in the attached residence also,” said Scott. “We’ve been around for a long time.” He wasn’t always sure he’d follow his ancestors’ footsteps into the family business. “After college I worked in the Quad Cities in the computer department of John Deere. Let’s say I really didn’t care for the computer industry.” Hearing the family business calling, Ahlgrim went back to school in 1986 to become a funeral director. He spent one year in Mortuary Science School and ultimately ended up being an “apprentice” with his dad at the Elmhurst funeral home. To this day, Ahlgrim knows he made the right decision. “There is much satisfaction in helping families at a very difficult time. It is an honor to help memorialize and celebrate the lives of the person who just died,” he said. “We are helping to prepare them to adjust the rest of their lives without their loved ones.”

Changing with the times

Ahlgrim understands that times change and the funeral home industry has noticed the swing. “Thirty years ago everyone had the same type of arrangements,” he said. “Today, we are almost like event planners. Everyone wants something different. So we find out what’s most meaningful for the family. Each situation is unique.” Charity Ahlgrim joined the family business a few years ago after retiring from a 40-year career in banking. She acknowledges that

PATTI PAGNI PHOTO Elmhurst Independent

Scott and Charity Ahlgrim stand in the serenity garden tucked into the grounds of Ahlgrim Funeral Home. Charity Ahlgrim wanted to create a peaceful space after her father Mickey Finn passed away. An Irish proverb etched in granite reads, “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.” Anyone is welcome to the garden, which the couple says gets used a great deal.

there is handholding and customer service that occurs similarly in both the banking and funeral industries. “In the funeral industry, there is the same level of service you offer [as in the banking industry], but it’s about 1,000 times greater because you’re dealing with people who are grief stricken,” she said. “There is heart holding.” Her husband echoes that it is all about “relationship building, so when a need arises you have a

certain comfort level. “We have deep ties to the Elmhurst community,” said Ahlgrim. “As a business owner you invest in the community in order to not only survive, but to thrive.”

Chamber involvement offers ‘halo’ effect Between Charity’s former banking career in Elmhurst and

Scott’s family business, the couple has been very involved with the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry over the last few decades – both serving on the Chamber’s Board of Directors. “It’s very important to be involved in the community, and it’s important to give back,” said Ahlgrim. “Elmhurst is a very unique and special place and I think networking is important as business owners in the same community

get to know each other. There is a huge level of comfort personally when you need a business for the first time, but already have a relationship with them.” Charity concurs. “If you’re looking for a service or certain business in town, you can just go on the Chamber’s website… and it’s like the halo effect,” she said. “You know it’s a reputable business. And, all of the Chamber’s members – we all give back.”



The 1936 parade… At right: Pictured is the parade held in 1936 during the nation’s struggle with the Great Depression. While some thought holding a parade was financially extravagant for the City, others felt it was just what the community needed to cheer things up with a celebration.

The 1998 parade… Below: This shot was taken during a parade that took place in 1998, 20 years ago, in the same location as the 1936 parade taken 60 years earlier. The photos were taken looking north across York Road just south of the railroad tracks.


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Elmhurst chronology from 1836-1966 1845 Establishment of Cottage Hill Post Office 1849 Galena and Chicago Union Railroad comes to Cottage Hill 1850 Organization and naming of York Township; Gerry Bates is first Township Supervisor 1860 Population is 199 1870 Population is 329; town’s name is changed from Cottage Hill to Elmhurst 1871 Melanchton Seminary is founded, later known as Elmhurst College 1882 Elmhurst is incorporated as a village; Henry Glos is elected first Village President. 1886 Right-of-way granted to Chicago Great Western Railroad 1892 Electric power installed 1893 Laying of the first sewers, volunteer fire department established. 1897 First-ever Elmhurst telephone installed in Glos building. 1910 Adoption of city form of government. 1916 Public Library opens in the Glos Block on York Street. 1918 Elmhurst Boosters established, forerunner to Chamber of Commerce & Industry 1920 Park District established 1922 Public Library moves to Wilder Mansion 1925 Police Dept. established. 1926 Elmhurst Hospital opens. Later‌ 1946 Elmhurst City Hall offices move to the Glos Mansion, 104 S. Kenilworth Ave.

1947/48 St. Charles West Apartments and co-ops open 1950 Population 21,273 (Trails) Elmhurst Jr. High opens, 345 E. St. Charles Road (Renamed Sandburg Jr. High in 1960) Jackson School is built, 925 Swain (Elmhurst School District 46) 1953 Jefferson School is built, 360 E. Crescent (Elmhurst School District 46) Emery Manor subdivision begins Immaculate Conception High School is built, 217 Cottage Hill Ave. Elmhurst changes to a City Manager form of government 1954 Brynhaven subdivision begins development Emerson School is built, 400 N. West Ave. (Elmhurst School District 46) Visitation School is built, 851 S. York Street MacDougall Builders, Inc. formed Fire Station at 116 Schiller is rebuilt with half of the building for the fire station and half for the police station

1961 Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art is built in Wilder Park YMCA opens new building, 211 W. First Street 1962 Eldridge School is built on West Madison and Fairview

Timothy Christian High School opens in Elmhurst 1965 Elmhurst Public Library addition is completed Elmhurst Historical Museum moves to Elmhurst Public Library New CNWRR station is built on

First Street 1966 Illinois Prairie Path is established Swimming pool at York Commons Park opens Addison Trail High School opens in Addison (High School District 88)

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1954-55 Three water towers are constructed: Route 83 and St. Charles Road, Butterfield Park and Berens Park 1955 Conrad Fischer School is built, 155 Victory (School District 3) 1956 Edison School is built, 246 Fair (Elmhurst School District 46) Elmhurst Airport closes Elmhurst Public Works Garage is built on West Ave. 1957 Elmhurst Historical Museum opens in the Glos Mansion Elm Estates (MacDougall Subdivision) begins development Chicago Aurora & Elgin Railway service is discontinued Mary Queen of Heaven School is built, 442 N. West Ave. Yorkfield School, 365 E. Lexington, joins Elmhurst School District #46

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1958 Tri-State Tollway (I-294) under construction 1959 Willowbrook High School is built in Villa Park (High School District 88) Madison School is built, 130 W. Madison (Elmhurst School District 46) 1960 Population 36,991 (Trails) Bryan Junior High School is built, 111 W. Butterfield Road (Elmhurst School District 46) Louis Cornielle School is built, 489 W. Crockett (School District 3)



1836 The arrival of first pioneer families



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Birds of a Feather make customers flock to Mack’s Golden Pheasant

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At the busy intersection of Route 83 and North Avenue, this vintage neon sign marks the entrance to longtime Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce member Mack’s Golden Pheasant. While the original Mack’s building served as a roadhouse, this original sign was created in 1936 using the colors of Czechoslovakian immigrant Frank Mack’s favorite bird. The sign is listed and pictured in an England book of historic neon signs.

Historic familyowned Elmhurst restaurant celebrates its 70th year By Patti Pagni FOR THE ELMHURST INDEPENDENT

Just 34 years old, Jessica Mack Grady is young enough to be considered a millennial, but experienced enough in her family’s restaurant business to understand the unique success of Mack’s Golden Pheasant has spanned generations. “We are generational owners and we have generational guests,” said Mack-Grady. “It’s a big family at the restaurant. I know people who have been coming in since I was a kid,” she said. Jessica runs the restaurant along with her brother Lukas, 39, and her parents Steve and Debra. Mack’s website proudly proclaims the CzechAustrian inspired restaurant and lounge started in 1948 by Czech immigrants Frank and Mae Mack is the “oldest continuously owned restaurant in DuPage County.” Steve Mack, 61, was born and raised in Elmhurst, and lived in the home above the restaurant until he was 9 years old. Mack says he grew up in the restaurant, started working there in 1973 and basically has “been behind the bar ever since.” He said his grandfather Frank had a passion for exotic birds, hence the restaurant’s name. Its décor, filled with stuffed game displays along with vibrant, hanging tapestries and rich, ornate woodwork, is a tribute to the family’s heritage. “It’s all I’ve ever done,” said Mack, whose father died at 49 years old after suffering a heart attack. “I hold a huge amount of pride knowing that the business my grandparents started is still in the family. “My dad died young, and I’ve been taking care

of my mom since,” said Mack, who still brings his mom, now 83, food from the restaurant’s eclectic menu including decades-old Czech family recipes, burgers, seafood, steaks and more. “My mom is 100 percent with it and she always asks how the restaurant is doing. I know my dad is up there like my guardian angel. His friends tell me how proud [my dad] is that we’ve kept it in the family. “It’s an honor to have our children here as young adults working,” said Mack. “They grew up it in - running around all over the place. They know this business like the back of their hands.”

Through good times and bad…

Throughout its seven decades of existence, Mack’s weathered severe flooding in 1987 and a 1962 fire that destroyed most of the original structure. “It was a kitchen fire,” said Mack. “When the fire department came, no one knew where I was,” Mack explained. “My dad and grandfather went back into the restaurant to look for me. Fortunately, I ran outside with my little dog into the backyard behind the restaurant. “We lived in the garage while it was rebuilt in 1963. It’s poured concrete – kind of looks like a ginger bread house now, but it’s structurally sound. “The place has character…it’s historic, and people appreciate that. That’s how I can compete with the bigger businesses,” said Mack. “That, and that everything we make is from scratch. We bake our own bread, make our own dressings…that’s a

major part of our success.” Mack married his York High School sweetheart Debra, who “jumped aboard in the early 80’s,” according to Mack. “She wanted to help, and she ended up taking over the kitchen.” The family’s attention to detail inside the restaurant’s walls is evident. Each family member brings something different to the table, including Lukas, who customized light panels above the bar area with colorful latex tape to blend artfully with the décor. “We do things right for the community,” says Mack-Grady.

Chamber increases community involvement

“Staying part of the community is important,” echoed Mack. “Networking within the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce is great. Meeting people and seeing other people I grew up with in this town who have gone on to become successful business owners and chamber members is awesome. “I’ve been a chamber member for a long time and have known John Quigley (ECCI President & CEO) since we were young,” said Mack. “Played softball against him…he’s been phenomenal keeping me informed and part of the community. John and the chamber do a great job speaking for all of the small businesses in town.” “We make a good contribution to the community because we are a true family restaurant,” said Mack-Grady. “I think that’s something to be proud of.”


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Elmhurst chronology from 1967-2009 former Cornille School at 489 W. 1967 Crestview School is built at Belden Crockett Madison School closes at the end and Emroy (School District 3) of the school year. Elmhurst Park District’s Elmhurst 1968 Community Center moves from Illinois Sesquicentennial the former Eldridge School to the Berens Park opens former Madison School at 130 W. Madison 1969 Royal York Apartment complex 1986 opens (MacDougall) Elmhurst Sesquicentennial is celebrated 1970 Population 50,547 (Trails) 1987 Churchville Junior High is built, The Flood of 1987, a record rainfall 899 N. York (School District 3) on August 14 and 15 caused Salt Elmhurst City Hall moves to 119 Creek to rise nearly 10 feet above Schiller flood level damaging 584 homes Timothy Christian Junior High in Elmhurst and causing $30 opens in Elmhurst million in property damage. 1972 Fire station #3 is built at 896 N. York 1989 Elm Creek Apartments open Timothy Christian Grade School opens in Elmhurst 1990 Police station at 125 E. First Street 1973 The Courts (Elmhurst Park District) opens (new construction) Schiller-Palmer Drive parking deck opens opens (new construction) 1974 Metra RR station is renovated Elmhurst Community Unit School Lexington Square Retirement District 205 is formed combining Home opens at 400 W. Butterfield School Districts 3 and 46 and York Road Community High School (formerly in District 88) 1991 Plunkett Field is developed on Eldridge Park reclamation West Avenue (Elmhurst berm/reservoir project) 1975 Elmhurst Historical Museum moves back to the Glos Mansion The Atrium is built north of Roosevelt Road. 1976 United States of America Revolution Bicentennial Chicago Great Western RR station restoration Fountain is built at Wild Meadows Trace Sugar Creek Golf Course opens (a partnership between Elmhurst Park District and the Village of Villa Park) 1977 Underpass opens (later named Robert Palmer Drive) Eldridge School closes 1978 Washington School closes Yorkfield School closes 1979 Crestview School closes Roosevelt School closes 1980 Fire Station #2 opens, 605 S. York Street 1982 Fire Station #1 opens, 404 N. York Street 1983 Cornielle School closes at the end of the school year. Mac Cormac Jr. College opens in

1992 Elmhurst gets 100% of its water supply from Lake Michigan City Hall opens, 209 N. York Street (previous bldg. rebuilt) Adelaide Parking deck opens (new construction) DuPage County purchases Elmhurst-Chicago Stone Co. quarry on West Avenue for flood control 1993 Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Wilder Park 1994 Schiller Street Plaza and fountain is developed City Centre established 1995 Sesquicentennial Clock is dedicated 1997 Elmhurst Art Museum opens with new construction in Wilder Park 1999 Elmhurst Memorial Center for Health opens at 1200 S. York (new construction) 2000 A new Millennium Norman P. Smalley Pool is remodeled and dedicated (formerly York Commons Pool) City of Elmhurst Public Works Garage opens at 985 S. Riverside Drive (new construction) Elmhurst Crossings (northeast corner of St. Charles and Route 83) is developed

2002 Millennium Fountain is dedicated at Elmhurst City Hall plaza, 209 N. York 2003 Elmhurst Public Library opens at 125 Prospect (new construction)

2004 York Community High School re-construction and renovation is completed, Elmhurst Park District’s “The Hub” opens in Berens Park 2005 Crescent Court Condominiums open (new construction)

2009 Elmhurst City Centre Plaza and Fountain are built East First Street plaza is rebuilt and a fountain is added (in front of the police station) Elmhurst Fire Station #2 is rebuilt – new construction – and the previous station on south York is torn down


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After 25 Years...We’re a Little Older, a Whole Lot Wiser, and Still Focused on Our Customers and Our Community! st Elmhur s s E Pr 5/26/93

William C. Gooch, Jr. Chairman

Ruth Asmussen Vice President David K. Gaul Exec. Vice President Business Banking

Ken Bartels Sr. Vice President & Director

George F. Hammersmith, Jr. Vice Chairman

Nancy Brook Sr. Vice President Cash Management

Janice Spataro Asst. Vice President & Asst. Branch Manager

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