Villa Park News

Erik William Wright, 28

How does one even begin to find words? There just aren’t. There is no explanation, no rationale, no sense. There have been many messages, and the words that so many have used to describe Erik have been kind, generous, funny…with the biggest smile. How does someone who seemed to have […]

 
 

Big Rigs and Kids in Villa Park

Big Rigs and Kids in Villa Park

CHRIS FOX PHOTOS Visiting the big rigs The Village of Villa Park held its annual Big Rigs and Kids event on Saturday morning at Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park. Children had an opportunity to see and touch a variety of special vehicles, including vehicles from the village’s police, fire and public […]

 
 

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 July 25 Durk L. Griden, 50, of Chicago, […]

 
 

Cantigny Park to celebrate France Aug. 11-12. ‘French Picnic Under the Stars’ precedes ‘Annual French Connection Day’

Cantigny will celebrate French culture—and the park’s special connection with France—at upcoming back-to-back events: French Picnic Under the Stars Saturday, Aug. 11 from 6 to 11 p.m. Guests will have Cantigny Park all to themselves for an evening of food, wine, live music and stargazing. An illuminated 23-foot Eiffel Tower […]

 
 

Awards presented to campers

Awards presented to campers

CHRIS FOX PHOTO Award-winning campers The young campers in the Villa Park Parks and Recreation Department’s Junior and Adventure Summer Camp received awards last week. Friday’s camp session featured the Campers’ Choice Awards and talent show. The camp counselors created the awards and called the children onto the stage to […]

 
 

Saint Genesius Productions presents ‘Titanic–the Musical’

Saint Genesius Productions presents ‘Titanic–the Musical’

CHRIS FOX PHOTO Summer musical at Willowbrook Villa Park’s Saint Genesius Productions presented “Titanic—the Musical” at Willowbrook High School last week. The cast and crew consisted of about 100 area students in grade school, high school and college. The students and an orchestra that included high school and professional musicians […]

 
 

Villa Park News

Governor signs Cullerton-sponsored laws to protect veterans Gov. Bruce Rauner recently signed two new state laws sponsored by state Sen. Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) to protect veterans at state homes from deadly Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks. “Gov. Bruce Rauner’s mismanagement and failed leadership killed 13 veterans, now he is trying to […]

 
 

COD chairwoman chosen to fill in Bellock’s House seat; Scheduled to be sworn in Tuesday, July 24

Last week, Republican leaders in the Illinois House of Representatives had to gather to select a replacement to fill the remainder of a term being vacated by Patti Bellock a Hinsdale Republican who has been representing the 47th District for nearly 20 years and had already indicated she would not […]

 
 

Yesfest returns to Elmhurst area; Three days of music, comedy, art, poetry, storytelling coming July 27-29

Yesfest returns to Elmhurst area; Three days of music, comedy, art, poetry, storytelling coming July 27-29

Six years ago, a group of self-described “stir-crazy” performers wished they had a festival in Elmhurst where they could perform all the things they loved: original music, comedy, improv, and poetry. “Yesfest is all about creating more spaces for people to do what they love to do,” said Clark Pavlik, […]

 
 

State Rep. donates kidney to her ex-husband. Deb Conroy says gift was as much for her children as for him

Four, well, five reasons to support organ donation
“Pictured are the four reasons I became a live organ donor,” said State Representative Deb Conroy. They are, of course, her children (from left): Will, 21, Sean, 32, Brendan, 23, and Ryan, 28 – along with Shannon their dog. Conroy recently donated one of her kidneys to Tim, her ex-husband and the father of her four boys. “When something like this happens, we are all still family,” she added.

By Dee Longfellow For The Elmhurst Independent   “When it’s the father of your children, it’s about family. It’s always about family.” Those were the words of State Representative Deb Conroy sharing the news that she had donated a kidney to her former husband Tim. “More than anything, it was […]