After 64 years, Pizza Palace closes its doors

By Dee Longfellow For The Elmhurst Independent   Late last week, the Elmhurst Independent received a letter from the Conway family, owners of Pizza Palace located on Addison Street in downtown Elmhurst for the past 64 years. The letter announced the restaurant had closed its doors on Saturday, Aug. 24. […]


DPZ Committee discusses upcoming cannabis legalization; Community members who weigh in cite many negatives

By Dee Longfellow For The Elmhurst Independent   On the evening of Monday, Aug. 26, the Development Planning & Zoning Committee of the Elmhurst City Council held a public meeting to discuss the possibility of a City-wide ordinance regarding the upcoming legalization of cannabis, which will be effective January 1, […]


Suspect in custody for attempted residential burglary in south Elmhurst

On Monday, Elmhurst Police are investigating an overnight attempted residential burglary in the 900 block of Euclid and 100 block of W. Van Buren. On Monday, Aug. 26 at 1:30 a.m., police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 800 block of Washington. Responding officers discovered a […]


Illinois leaders: Keep Blagojevich in prison; Durkin says president ‘politically driven’ by anti-federal government sentiment

By Jerry Nowicki Capitol New Illinois Illinois political leaders from both parties on Aug. 8 said former Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich should remain in prison despite Republican U.S. President Donald Trump’s statement that he was considering commuting the sentence of the ex-governor. Trump reportedly made his remarks on Air Force […]


Cullerton replaced as Labor Committee chair; Change follows federal indictment alleging embezzlement from labor union

By Peter Hancock Capitol News Illinois State Sen. Tom Cullerton was replaced as chairman of the Senate Labor Committee, a move that occurred a few days after he was indicted on federal charges of embezzling money from a labor union. According to a spokesman for the senate president’s office, the […]


DGTT Foundation forced to cancel Toby Keith benefit concert; Event company files for bankruptcy days before event; Foundation out $340,000

By Dee Longfellow For The Elmhurst Independent Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot Foundation 
announced on Wednesday, Aug. 7 that Imagine Events (a/k/a Imagn Events), the company handling event arrangements and ticket sales for the first-ever Freedom & Dignity Festival, had filed for bankruptcy. The Festival, which was to feature a benefit […]


Traffic stop yields 43 bags of suspect heroin

By Dee Longfellow For The Elmhurst Independent   According to the Elmhurst Police Department, a routine traffic stop made on Wednesday, July 24 at about 5:30 p.m. resulted in a significant arrest for narcotics. During a patrol in the area of I-290 and Illinois Rte. 83, officers pulled over a […]


City Capsules

Here’s what’s going on at Elmhurst City Hall   By Dee Longfellow For The Elmhurst Independent   City seeks update to Bicycle, Pedestrian Plan The City of Elmhurst has requested the firm of Civiltech Engineering of Itasca to update the City’s 2011 Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. Civiltech submitted a proposal […]


County Coroner releases stats on opioid related deaths

DuPage County Coroner Richard Jorgensen MD, has completed evaluation of the opioid related deaths for 2018. “The opioid epidemic continues to escalate and destroy the lives of too many DuPage County residents,” Dr. Jorgensen said. “The influx of potent synthetic opiates including fentanyl has increased significantly, and now represents a […]


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 […]