Bensenville News

3 dead in house fire in unincorporated Elmhurst

3 dead in house fire in unincorporated Elmhurst

DuPage County Sheriff: Woman kills sons, sets home ablaze, commits suicide   By Dee Longfellow For The Villa Park Review   On Friday, July 12 at about 9:30 p.m., Elmhurst firefighters responded to the 3N300 block of Willow Road on the report of a house fire that resulted in the […]

 
 

Lombard man dies after 80-foot fall from mountain

Austin Howell was “free solo” enthusiast who climbed without gear   By Dee Longfellow For The Lombardian   Early Tuesday morning, July 2, the Lombardian learned that Lombard resident Austin Howell, a free solo climber, had fallen to his death from Shortoff Mountain located in North Carolina. Howell was just […]

 
 

House sends graduated tax question to voters

By Jerry Nowicki Capitol News Illinois A constitutional amendment that would allow the General Assembly to set higher tax rates on greater amounts of income passed its last legislative hurdle Monday and will head to the voters for final approval about 18 months from now. After more than three hours […]

 
 

Village of Villa Park planning for Summerfest

Village of Villa Park planning for Summerfest

On Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15, the Village will host its annual Summerfest celebration in the Ardmore Business District at Ardmore & Park, along the Illinois Prairie Path by the Gazebo. The fest opens on Friday, June 14 from 6 to 11 p.m. for food, beer, bands, a […]

 
 

Illinois House sends marijuana legalization to Gov. Pritzker; Legal retail sales could begin Jan. 1, 2020

Illinois House sends marijuana legalization to Gov. Pritzker; Legal retail sales could begin Jan. 1, 2020

By Peter Hancock Capitol News Illinois The Illinois House on May 31 passed a bill legalizing adult recreational marijuana in the state. The 66-to-47 vote sends House Bill 1438 to Gov. J.B. Pritzker who campaigned in 2018 on a platform that included legalizing marijuana. The Senate approved the bill on […]

 
 

Addison men charged following DEA investigation; Kilo of heroin found at car dealership

By Dee Longfellow For The elmhurst Independent Late last week, the Independent learned that two Addison men had been charged with possession of about one kilogram of heroin as a result of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigation. Luis Ortiz, 24 and Christian Cardenas, 23, were arrested on Tuesday, […]

 
 

Wheaton couple accused of using charitable funds for personal use

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Wheaton Chief of Police William Murphy announced today that bond has been set for a Lombard couple charged with stealing funds from a not-for-profit agency intended to aid United States veterans. Todd Olshefski, 50, and his wife Priscilla, 60, both of 444 […]

 
 

Federal investigators subpoena records of Tom Cullerton; State Senator not accused of any wrongdoing

Federal investigators subpoena records of Tom Cullerton; State Senator not accused of any wrongdoing

By Dee Longfellow For The Elmhurst Independent   On Saturday, April 13, the Independent learned that the records of State Senator (IL-23) Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) are the subject of a subpoena by Federal investigators who are looking into alleged extortion charges against a former Teamsters union boss. On Feb. […]

 
 

Marijuana legalization bill advances without public details; Sponsor says substantial amendment should be filed by end of April

By Jerry Nowicki Capitol News Illinois There are no details filed yet for a bill to legalize recreational adult-use marijuana in Illinois, but that did not stop the state Senate Executive Committee from voting on the measure April 3. As it stands now, Senate Bill 7 is what is referred […]

 
 

Lombard woman pleads guilty to murdering mother; State recommends 30-year maximum sentence for Stephanie DeFalco

Lombard woman pleads guilty to murdering mother; State recommends 30-year maximum sentence for Stephanie DeFalco

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced last week that a Lombard woman pleaded guilty to strangling her mother to death last year. Stephanie DeFalco, 29, appeared in court in front of Judge Jeffrey MacKay where she entered a blind plea of guilty to one count of first-degree murder. […]