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Barbara Ann Luka

Co-owner of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Barbara Ann Luka (nee Klich), passed away recently. Beloved wife of Gerald, cherished mother of Steven, Kristen (Lloyd) Northrup and Karen (David) Thompson. Dearest daughter of the late Walter and Wally Klich. Loving grandmother of Benjamin, Jeffrey, and William. Dear sister of the late […]

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Ripper Crew member released from prison Friday; Man serving 70 years for killing Elmhurst woman will live in Aurora

By Dee Longfellow For The ELMHURST Independent   Over the weekend, the Independent learned that 58-year-old Thomas Kokoraeleis, a convicted murderer and one-time resident of Villa Park, was released from the Illinois River Correction Center outside of Peoria on Friday, March 29. Kokoraeleis, a member of the notorious “Ripper Crew” […]

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‘Tobacco 21’ bill clears State Senate; Measure heads to governor’s desk

By Rebecca Anzel Capitol News Illinois A four-year effort by lawmakers and advocates to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Illinois appears nearly complete now that legislation approved by both chambers heads to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk. The Senate successfully passed the measure last Thursday by a […]

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‘Right to garden’ bill to challenge home rule powers; Dispute between Elmhurst, homeowner makes way to Statehouse

By Grant Morgan Capitol News Illinois A three-year fight between an Elmhurst homeowner and the city’s government made its way to the Illinois Senate last week as the local government committee mulled a statewide solution to the underlying dispute. Sponsored by Democratic Sen. Tom Cullerton of Villa Park, Senate Bill […]