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Past articles by Jessica:

Wheaton mom tells of son's battle with brain cancer in new book

Wheaton mom chronicles her young son's battle with brain cancer, but her book has no definitive ending. "How do you give the reader resolution as a cancer patient when you have no resolution yourself?" → Read More

Al Chulo restaurant brings authentic, modern Mexican food to West Chicago

The owners of Altiro Latin Fusion in Geneva have opened a new suburban restaurant in West Chicago called Al Chulo, which focuses on authentic Mexican food -- with a twist. → Read More

Stella says race isn't over for 11th District nomination

Nick Stella says the race for the Republican nomination in the 11th Congressional District isn't over yet, despite unofficial election results showing he lost to Tonia Khouri by 417 votes in Tuesday's primary. → Read More

Wheaton losing secretary of state's driver services facility

An express driver services facility is closing next week in Wheaton after the state failed to pay rent on the building for more than six months. → Read More

Voters reject Burlington Fire Protection District tax

Voters appeared to reject a new tax aimed at replacing aging equipment and balancing operational deficits for the Burlington Fire Protection District, according to incomplete unofficial results Tuesday. → Read More

Khouri takes Republican nomination in 11th Congressional District race

Tonia Khouri of Aurora squeaks out win for the Republican party nomination in the U.S. 11th Congressional District. → Read More

Support grows for 4-day Wheaton dodgeball event against brain cancer

More than 175 local football players and their coaches took part in the first games of a four-day dodgeball fundraiser at Franklin Middle School in Wheaton Wednesday that benefits the school and the Ross K. MacNeill Foundation. → Read More

11th District GOP candidates discuss jobs, taxes

Each candidate vying for the Republican party nomination in the 11th U.S. Congressional District race has different priorities and approaches when it comes to improving the economy, creating more jobs and keeping taxes low. → Read More

Lombard library adds meetings ahead of fall tax hike requests

Lombard residents have six more opportunities to learn more about plans to either renovate, expand or rebuild the library during newly scheduled community engagement meetings in March, April and May. → Read More

Cafe on the Park opens Saturday in Wheaton Library

Cafe on the Park is scheduled to open this Saturday in the Wheaton Public Library. → Read More

College of DuPage faculty: Much still to do; let's work together

After listening to faculty members' recommendations for moving the school forward after the Higher Learning Commission put it on probation, College of DuPage trustees agreed to have similar, ongoing conversations to take a closer look at how to implement some of their suggestions. → Read More

COD agrees to pay presidential search consultant extra 40 hours

College of DuPage trustees voted 3-2 Thursday to pay a consultant an additional 40 hours to assist with the school's presidential search. → Read More

Prairie Path users get new safety feature in Lombard

Illinois Prairie Path users now have some extra protection when crossing Main Street in Lombard. Earlier this month, the village's public works department installed a new rectangular rapid flash beacon, or RRFB, system at the intersection, giving pedestrians a way to alert motorists they are about to cross the road with the push of a button. → Read More

Ex-Wheaton College professor speaking at 'Know Your Muslim Neighbor'

A nonpartisan group called DuPage United is hosting an event Sunday intended to create new relationships between Muslims and non-Muslims across the county. Larycia Hawkins, the former Wheaton College professor put on administrative leave for saying Muslims and Christians believe in the same God, will be speaking at the event. → Read More

How Republican candidates for U.S. 11th District differ on immigration

All three Republican candidates vying for their party's nomination in the U.S. 11th Congressional District race say securing the southern border of the United States is a priority, but the means in which they want to do so -- as well as other ways they would reform immigration -- vary greatly. → Read More

New College of DuPage trustee sworn in

After being sworn in Thursday, the College of DuPage's newest trustee pledged to work "in good faith with each member" of the fiercely divided board. → Read More

Wheaton council OKs new homes over neighbors' concerns

The Wheaton city council approved plans for five new homes that will be built on a half-acre lot in the downtown area with a 4-3 vote Tuesday. → Read More

Deal between Wheaton College, professor includes scholarship in her name

An agreement between Wheaton College and former professor Larycia Hawkins will create an endowed scholarship for peace and conflict studies in her name, school President Phillip Ryken announced Wednesday morning during a news conference with Hawkins in Chicago. → Read More

Wheaton College students to begin fast of 'embodied solidarity'

Wheaton College students will begin a 40-day fast of ‘embodied solidarity' on campus Wednesday morning, at the same time the college president and ousted political science professor Larycia Hawkins are scheduled to issue statements in Chicago regarding their reconciliation. → Read More

Will College of DuPage board meet deadline to pick new trustee?

After nearly three months, all six members of the College of DuPage board members actually came together in the same room to do some very basic business. But the meeting did little to ease the bitterness between the two board factions and many issues remain unaddressed, most notably, whether the trustees can pick a replacement for Kathy Hamilton before the Feb. 11 deadline. → Read More