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Chicago man arraigned on charges he stole $9,000 worth of cigarettes; Berlin praises Elmhurst police for quick apprehension of suspect

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Elmhurst Chief of Police Michael Ruth announced last week that a Chicago man has been arraigned on charges that he stole more than 100 cartons of cigarettes from an Elmhurst gas station. Elijah Jones, 63, of 6751 S. Prairie in Chicago, entered […]

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South Dakota-based health system may have eyes on EEH; Hospital says it has no plans for any merger

By Dee Longfellow For The Independent   The Independent has learned that a South Dakota-based hospital system has indicated an interest in entering the Chicago healthcare market and its decision may hit close to home. According to SiouxFalls.Business, a digital news organization, Sanford Health is considering a merger with a […]

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Major milestone for Health Dept. RxBOX; More than 50 tons of medication collected

The DuPage County Health Department’s medication take-back program, known as RxBOX, recently reached a collection milestone, following the drop-off by local police departments of unwanted, expired or unused medications. On Friday, Aug. 17, officials dropped-off 4,957 pounds of medications, bringing the total to 101,165 pounds collected (roughly the weight of […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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

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 […]