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12/02/10 West Chicago resident donates 35-foot spruce for fest
By Susan Dibble - If the Colorado green spruce that is the centerpiece of West Chicago's Frosty Fest celebration could talk, it would have quite a tale to tell. It's had an eventful life for a tree. The spruce, donated by 89-year-old West Chicago resident Jean Day,... FULL STORY
12/02/10 Cantigny asks nonprofit groups to decorate trees with purpose
By Susan Dibble - Every year, staff at the Robert R. McCormick Museum at Cantigny deck the halls and library and much more of the stately Wheaton mansion of the late newspaper editor and publisher. An 18-foot tree festooned in patriotic red, white and blue stands... FULL STORY
12/01/10 New book celebrates Christmas in Illinois
By Susan Dibble - Growing up during the 1930s and '40s in the southern Illinois coal mining town of Herrin, James Ballowe knew he couldn't expect a pile of presents under the Christmas tree. FULL STORY
11/16/10 Dogs paddle to health at West Chicago wellness facility
By Susan Dibble - Licorice barks excitedly when she sees the pool at Natural Healing Whole Dog Wellness in West Chicago. For the next half-hour, the 6-year-old black Labrador swims back and forth retrieving two tennis balls thrown by a wetsuit-clad assistant and... FULL STORY
11/09/10 West Chicago ceremony honors Korean War vets
By Susan Dibble - West Chicago's Veterans Day ceremony this year will pay special tribute to soldiers who are sometimes overlooked. They are veterans of the Korean War, often referred as "The Forgotten War" because of the lack of a declaration by... FULL STORY
11/02/10 Naperville man takes reins of DuPage American Legion
By Susan Dibble - Ask veterans about Bob Bohr, the recently elected commander of the DuPage County American Legion, and they'll tell you pretty much the same thing. FULL STORY
11/01/10 Aurora invites residents to make ornaments for holiday tree
By Susan Dibble - Aurora is hanging the word "community" all over the city's Christmas tree this year by asking residents to make ornaments for the official holiday evergreen. FULL STORY
10/26/10 Naperville's Got Talent seeks performers
By Susan Dibble - Naperville residents who have ever dreamed of performing on stage now have their chance. Auditions for the first Naperville's Got Talent show will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, at LIVE 59, a dance and social club at 16108 Route... FULL STORY
10/26/10 League of Women Voters still going strong after 90 years
By Susan Dibble - Back in 1920, at a time when women were poised to win a constitutional amendment giving them the right to vote, the League of Women Voters was born in Chicago. The suffragist struggle had lasted 72 years. Members of the National American Woman... FULL STORY
10/19/10 Edgar Allan Poe leads off Naper Settlement's History Speaks Lecture Series
By Susan Dibble - Edgar Allan Poe's writings might have reflected his own tortured soul, but the enemy who wrote his biography darkened his image. Susan B. Anthony dedicated her life to winning women's right to vote and was arrested the only time she ever voted... FULL STORY
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