School Board Capsules

Here’s what’s going on at District 205 By Chris Fox FOR THE ELMHURST INDEPENDENT The Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Board held a regular meeting on Oct. 18 at the District 205 Center, 162 S. York St. All seven board members attended the meeting. Emerson celebrates students who achieve […]


Elmhurst U. exceeds fundraising goal

Elmhurst University has officially exceeded the $50 million goal of its comprehensive fundraising campaign, the largest in University history. With the receipt in recent days of a competitive $3.4 million federal grant to support Hispanic and underserved students, and on the heels of other significant planned gifts and pledges, the […]


22 early voting locations now open; an increase of 100 percent from 2018; DuPage County Clerk announces ‘22 for ’22’;

DuPage County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek announces “22 for ’22”—22 early voting locations for the 2022 General Election opened in DuPage County on Monday. The number of locations was increased 100 percent from the 11 locations in 2018 to include areas that had previously been underserved by early voting. “Early voting […]


Addison library to receive PLA Digital Literacy grant; AT&T-sponsored program brings bilingual workshops, new technology

=The Addison Public Library is one of 160 public libraries nationwide that received funding from the Public Library Association (PLA) as part of the PLA Digital Literacy Workshop Incentive that is supported by AT&T. With this funding, the library will purchase additional technology that patrons can borrow and will host […]


ECPA gala moves to spring of ’23; currently hosting online auction; Auction closes this coming Sunday

The annual Spotlight Gala for the Elmhurst Centre for Performing Arts (ECPA) has moved to spring of 2023, but in the meantime, the ECPA is hosting its “Tickets, Trips and Treats” fall online fundraiser, as it continues to advance toward its mission of building a state-of-the-art performance facility in the […]


Lombard man dies after being struck by Metra train in Elmhurst

Lombard man dies after being struck by Metra train in Elmhurst

STAFF REPORT The Elmhurst Police Department said a Lombard man was struck and killed by a Metra train in Elmhurst during the afternoon of Monday, Oct. 10. According to police, 31-year-old Rashad Oliver was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no other injuries reported as a result of this […]


High-speed police chase in Elmhurst early Saturday; Four arrested for car reportedly stolen out of Chicago

By Dee Longfellow FOR THE ELMHURST INDEPENDENT Early Saturday morning, Oct. 15, WBBM Newsradio 780 reported that a high-speed chase had taken place in Elmhurst, resulting in the arrest of four people. According to WBBM, Elmhurst police discovered that a stolen car was in the downtown City Centre area of […]


SCARCE program reaching area laundromats; Bookshelves offer kids more access to reading

SCARCE program reaching area laundromats; Bookshelves offer kids more access to reading

By Jane Charmelo INDEPENDENT STAFF REPORTER According to the “Handbook of Early Literacy Research, Vol. 2,” the ratio of books to children in a middle-income home is 13 to 1. That ratio becomes one book for every 300 children in low-income homes. Addison-based SCARCE (School and Community Assistance for Recycling […]


Nashville Songwriter Benefit returns Nov. 12

“Stories Behind the Songs,” the Third Annual Military Benefit featuring a trio of hit songwriters including Frank Myers (a Grammy award winner), Brice Long and Jason Sever, who will perform to the Normandy Room at Elmhurst American Legion THB Post 187 at 310 West Butterfield Road on Saturday, Nov. 12, […]


Elmhurst University bands to perform fall concert

The Elmhurst University Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will perform their first formal concert of the new academic year on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. in Hammerschmidt Chapel. In addition, Elmhurst University and the Elmhurst University Music Department will be welcoming and featuring their new Professor of Oboe, Julie […]