Villa Park News

Community reacts as Coronavirus threatens nation; Governor makes call to close bars, restaurants

By Dee Longfellow For The Independent News updates about the COVID-19 Coronavirus have been changing almost hourly, making your weekly newspaper behind the times before the presses even stop rolling. What started as a mild threat heard on the news has now escalated to what could well be an illness […]

 
 

Special meeting to discuss potential civil emergency plans to COVID-19; Action gives mayor temporary emergency executive powers

In a proactive response to COVID-19, Mayor Steve Morley along with three aldermen have called a special meeting to discuss potential civil emergency declaration plans. Although the regular City Council meeting was cancelled, a special meeting was held on Monday, March 16, at which City officials were to discuss an […]

 
 

An extraordinary time

An extraordinary time

CHRIS FOX PHOTO Willowbrook High School, like all other K-12 public and private schools in Illinois, is closed this week (March 16-20) and next week (March 23-27) because of the COVID-19 pandemic. All school-related activities and events at Willowbrook have been suspended until further notice. Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced on […]

 
 

Your local Primary Election Coverage

Your local Primary Election Coverage

Not surprising, DuPage voter turnout is low; D45 School referendum passes By Dee Longfellow For The Independent/VP Review With the public huddling indoors to avoid any contact with the COVID19 Coronavirus, it is no surprise voter turnout was low on Tuesday, March 17 for the Primary Election. As of noon […]

 
 

Top Crime Stories

Store employee seen snorting substance On Feb. 20, police responded to a business in the 900 block of S. York for a drug complaint. According to police, a reporting officer met with a customer who stated she witnessed an employee allegedly snorting a substance off the counter. Police said officers […]

 
 

Relay for Life

Relay for Life

CHRIS FOX PHOTO About 500 students participated in the Relay for Life of District 88 Youth event at Willowbrook High School on Saturday, March 7. The students, who attend the district’s two schools—Willowbrook and Addison Trail—raised funds for the American Cancer Society. As of early Saturday evening, the event had […]

 
 

School District 44 cancels school, activities due to virus

School District 44 cancels school, activities due to virus

School District 44 posted the following notice on the district website announcing closure of eight schools on Wednesday, March 11 along with school activities. The notice was posted due to a positive testing for the virus. School officials hope to reopen the schools on Thursday, March 12, after disinfecting procedures […]

 
 

List of candidates for March 17 primary election

List of candidates for March 17 primary election

The following is a list of Democratic and Republican candidates who’ll be running in the Tuesday, March 17 primary elections, as well as referenda pertaining to the area. Candidates who are running as presidential delegates and alternate delegates to the 2020 Democratic and Republican national conventions are not listed here. […]

 
 

Top Crime Stories

Store employee seen snorting substance On Feb. 20, police responded to a business in the 900 block of S. York for a drug complaint. According to police, a reporting officer met with a customer who stated she witnessed an employee allegedly snorting a substance off the counter. Police said officers […]

 
 

Council votes down stoplight at York & Diversey

Despite neighbors’ efforts, aldermen reject measure 13-1 By Dee Longfellow For The Elmhurst Independent Former Mayor and current County Board member Pete DiCianni was the first to speak during public forum at the Elmhurst City Council meeting on Monday, March 2. On the agenda later in the meeting was a […]