Villa Park News

Glenbard East student charged with threatening school held for $75,000 bond

Glenbard East student charged with threatening school held for $75,000 bond

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Lombard Chief of Police Roy Newton announced last week that an 18-year-old male Glenbard East student has been charged with posting a threat on Instagram directed at his school. Jairus Castillo, 18, of 266 Blue Spruce Lane in Glendale Heights, appeared in […]


Members of Russian delegation stay in Elmhurst

Russian visitors come to Elmhurst
Pictured are two men visiting from Russia as part of the Open World program through the Library of Congress, along with their Elmhurst hosts. Sophia and Jim Abenante (center) are wearing hats their guests brought them from Russia. On the far left is Artemiy Aksenov, 38, and Konstantin Chernov, who is 28.

A learning experience for all, including their hosts By Dee Longfellow For The Elmhurst Independent Two young men from Russia were recently guests of Jim and Sophia Abenante who live on Edgewood in south Elmhurst. They were delighted to be a part of their adventure to America. The men were […]


Republicans take a beating on Election night

Cullerton Camp celebrates big finish
It was a back-and-forth night, but at about 10:30 p.m., Republican Seth Lewis called to concede to Tom Cullerton (D), who was elected to his third term to represent the 23rd Senate District in Illinois. Here, Cullerton (top row center) with wife Stacey joins his volunteer organization to celebrate late on the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 6. Cullerton, who is a resident of Villa Park, beat Lewis 36,552 to 30,489, garnering almost 55% of the vote.

Paul Hinds, Chris Nybo out; Cronin wins in a squeaker; D205 referendum passes   By Dee Longfellow For The Independent It was a sad night at the Elmhurst Elks Club, where DuPage County Republicans gathered to watch the results of the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. At the federal […]


Addison and Villa Park Police Reports

Area police departments recently reported the following arrests and citations. Readers are reminded that an arrest does not constitute a conviction, and that suspects are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. Juveniles age 17-or-younger are not named.   Addison   Oct. 26 Ever M. Ramos-Funes, 18, […]


Rotary, Diplomat West to host annual Thanksgiving dinner

For the 25th consecutive year, the Elmhurst Rotary Club will welcome area residents to a complimentary Thanksgiving dinner. The annual holiday party, co-hosted with the Diplomat West Banquet Hall, begins at 12 noon on November 22 and is open to the whole community. “Celebrating our 25th year, we once again […]


A guide for next Tuesday’s elections

A guide for next Tuesday’s elections

In the Nov. 6 general election, voters in the Lombardian and Independent readership area will find the following federal, state and county races, as well as a township ballot question and propositions on the ballot:   Editor’s note: Candidates running unopposed are not listed.   Congressional Representative in Congress, 6th District […]


The Independent’s Election Watch; Presenting the candidates for DuPage County Board in District #1

Pictured here at the Elmhurst League of Voters Can-didate’s Forum are the Candidates for County Board in District #1 (from left) Zahra Suratwala (D), Sam Tornatore (R), Ashley J. Selmon (D) and Dino Gavanes (R). Voters can select two. Tornatore and Gavanes are incumbents.

By Dee Longfellow For The Independent   The League of Women Voters posed five questions to the candidates for County Board in Districts #1 and #2. The Independent presents the replies to three of those questions. Some replies have been edited for length.   Q-1. According to Forbes Magazine (7/25/17 […]


Willowbrook boys golf

Willowbrook’s Taylor Sarovich shot a 90 at the recent Class 3A sectional at par-71 Bartlett Hills and did not advance to the state boys golf meet. Sarovich shot 48 on the front nine and 42 on the back. “This marks the end of another great season for us,” said Willowbrook […]


Willowbrook boys cross country

Willowbrook boys cross country sophomore Tyler King recently won the sophomore race at the Niles West invitational. Matt Caron took 22nd in the varsity race at Niles West. The Warriors took fifth place as a team there. “It was maybe our best finish ever there,” said Willowbrook coach TJ Artman. […]


Willowbrook girls tennis

The Willowbrook girls tennis team finished the West Suburban Conference Gold Division season in third place at both the varsity and junior-varsity levels behind Downers Grove South and Hinsdale South. Varsity medalists for the Warriors include Priscilla Delvalle, who finished second at No. 3 singles. Lizzie Martynenko and Victoria Zlatkova […]