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 […]


‘Right to garden’ bill to challenge home rule powers; Dispute between Elmhurst, homeowner makes way to Statehouse

By Grant Morgan Capitol News Illinois A three-year fight between an Elmhurst homeowner and the city’s government made its way to the Illinois Senate last week as the local government committee mulled a statewide solution to the underlying dispute. Sponsored by Democratic Sen. Tom Cullerton of Villa Park, Senate Bill […]


County moves to close alleged adult business in Wheaton

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin announced today that DuPage County has filed a lawsuit against Hot Shots Photography Studio, located at 0N758 Gary Avenue in Wheaton, alleging that the business has been operating as an adult business and not as a photography […]


Bond set for man accused of killing DGN student with car

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Downers Grove Chief of Police Shanon Gillette announced on Tuesday, Feb. 26, that bond has been set for a Naperville man accused of striking 17-year-old Elizabeth Dunlap with his car causing her death. Joseph Kucharski, 51, with a last known address in Naperville, […]


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 meeting on Feb. 26 at the District 205 Center, 162 S. York St. Six of the board’s seven members attended the meeting. Chris Blum […]