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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 […]

 
 

Elmhurst Memorial Pink Elephant Shop closes after 35 years

Elmhurst Memorial Pink Elephant Shop closes after 35 years

By Marisa Mancini For the Elmhurst Independent   The Elmhurst Memorial Resale Pink Elephant Shop, an Elmhurst icon for nearly 35 years, will close its doors for good on Friday June 28, 2019. It will be greatly missed by many local residents. The Pink Elephant, founded by Elmhurst Memorial Hospital […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

School Board Capsules

Here’s what’s going on at District 205 By Chris Fox For The Elmhurst Independent The Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Board held a regular meeting on May 28 at the District 205 Center, 162 S. York St. Board member Karen Stuefen was absent from the meeting. Option for all-day […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

Changes likely coming to cannabis legalization bill

By Jerry Nowicki Capitol News Illinois Some provisions that advocates for recreational marijuana legalization have said are the most important facets of their bill faced the stiffest questions at a legislative hearing May 15. “Throughout all of the work we’ve been doing, there’s been three real themes that have arisen […]

 
 

School Board Capsules

Here’s what’s going on at District 205…   By Chris Fox For The Elmhurst Independent   The Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Board held a regular meeting on Tuesday, May 14 at the District 205 Center, 162 S. York St. Board member Courtenae Trautmann was absent. There were no […]

 
 

Relay for Life deemed success; Event reaches financial goal by 4 p.m.

By Dee Longfellow For The Elmhurst Independent   While officially open for only an hour, as of 4 p.m. on Saturday, Relay for Life had already reached its goal of 100,000 — in fact, surpassed it by $200. On a gloomy, cold and rainy Saturday, May 11, there was no […]

 
 

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 […]