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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. […]

 
 

Cronin responds to Willowbrook Cancer Assessment Study

DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin joined U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin and U.S. Rep. Bill Foster in reaction to the release today of the Willowbrook Cancer Incidence Assessment report by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). The report showed elevated numbers of cases of specific types of cancer among […]

 
 

Ripper Crew member released from prison Friday; Man serving 70 years for killing Elmhurst woman will live in Aurora

By Dee Longfellow For The ELMHURST Independent   Over the weekend, the Independent learned that 58-year-old Thomas Kokoraeleis, a convicted murderer and one-time resident of Villa Park, was released from the Illinois River Correction Center outside of Peoria on Friday, March 29. Kokoraeleis, a member of the notorious “Ripper Crew” […]

 
 

College’s Recycling Extravaganza, without electronics, to be held April 13

On Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Elmhurst College will host its annual Recycling Extravaganza, a place to bring a variety of items that can be recycled, reused and kept out of landfills. NOTE: Because the City of Elmhurst now offers quarterly electronics recycling, the College event […]

 
 

Woman builds new life after series of surgeries restores vision

Woman builds new life after series of surgeries restores vision

Annie Pawlisz, 28, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1996 when she was 5 years old. By the time she was 22, she knew the condition increased her risk for a host of health problems, including heart disease, nerve damage and blindness. Still, she wasn’t too worried in early […]

 
 

‘Tobacco 21’ bill clears State Senate; Measure heads to governor’s desk

By Rebecca Anzel Capitol News Illinois A four-year effort by lawmakers and advocates to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Illinois appears nearly complete now that legislation approved by both chambers heads to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk. The Senate successfully passed the measure last Thursday by a […]