Villa Park News

Four men accused of breaking into Lombard apartment

Four men accused of breaking into Lombard apartment

Following alleged robbery, suspects lead high-speed chase thru Villa Park, Elmhurst DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Lombard Chief of Police Roy Newton have announced that bond has been set for Mashawn Barnes, 27, of Chicago; Kevin Jones, 31, of Chicago; Calvert Williams, 29, of Matteson; and Dion Young, […]

 
 

Taking the stage

Taking the stage

The Villa Park Parks and Recreation Department’s Discover Dance program held its annual recital—“The Greatest Show”—on Saturday, February 23, in the auditorium at Willowbrook High School. About 150 girls between the ages of 3 and 15 take part in the Discover Dance program. The girls have been practicing at the […]

 
 

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. Persons charged with domestic battery are not named in order to protect the privacy of […]

 
 

Senior Night at Willowbrook

Senior Night at Willowbrook

The Willowbrook boys basketball team played its final home game of the 2018-19 season last Friday night. In addition to recognizing the seniors on the basketball team before the tipoff, the school honored the senior members of its cheerleading and pom/dance teams. Willowbrook’s senior cheerleaders (top photo, pictured left to […]

 
 

Once a Warrior, always a Warrior

Once a Warrior, always a Warrior

The 2019 inductees into the Willowbrook High School Athletic Hall of Fame included longtime Villa Park resident Brendan McArdle, who was inducted as an outstanding contributor. The athletic hall of fame held its 10th annual induction banquet on Jan. 31. One night later, the honorees were recognized at Willowbrook’s boys […]

 
 

Pedestrian struck, killed by freight train near Ardmore, Union Pacific railroad tracks

Pedestrian struck, killed by freight train near Ardmore, Union Pacific railroad tracks

On Monday, Villa Park Police and Fire Departments responded to the area of Ardmore and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks for the report of a pedestrian who was struck by a westbound Union Pacific freight train at around 3:59 a.m. A 38-year-old man was fatally struck by the freight train, […]

 
 

Willowbrook presents ‘Almost, Maine’—Feb. 7-9

Willowbrook presents ‘Almost, Maine’—Feb. 7-9

Willowbrook High School’s theater department is presenting its winter play—“Almost, Maine”—this week. The first performance is tonight, Feb. 7, followed by performances on Friday, Feb. 8, and Saturday, Feb. 9. Each presentation begins at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. The box office will open at 6:15 p.m. on the night […]

 
 

Bond set for volleyball coach accused of child porn possession, video-taping

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Carol Stream Chief of Police Ed Sailer announced last week that bond has been set at $250,000 with 10% to apply for a Carol Stream volleyball coach charged with possession of child pornography. Michael Liedtke, 34, of Streamwood, appeared at a bond […]

 
 

Schiller Park offers $20G reward for info on double homicide, arson. Mayor, police department lead efforts to solve 8-year-old crime

On the weekend of the 8th anniversary of an unsolved double homicide, Mayor Nick Caiafa, the Village of Schiller Park and the Schiller Park Police Department have announced a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the 2011 murders of George Markopoulos and Wendy Bonder. Early in the […]

 
 

Elmhurst College’s 52nd annual Jazz Festival begins Feb. 21

Elmhurst College’s 52nd annual Jazz Festival begins Feb. 21

The Elmhurst College Jazz Festival, one of the oldest and best collegiate jazz festivals in the country, is back this year with its usual all-star lineup of the industry’s most notable performing artists, as well as some of the country’s leading college bands. Each February, the best college jazz bands […]