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Hinsdale merchants ready for restart

Starting tomorrow, Hinsdale restaurants and bars are permitted to serve patrons outdoors and retail shops can admit customers. That's welcome news to hard-hit business owners, who... — Updated 5/27/2020

Not even a global pandemic can keep it from being a great night to be a Red Devil

It was different this year, but across Hinsdale Red Devils celebrated with parades, pictures and parties before attending their "virtual graduation." Natalie Howard, Liz Youngman,... — Updated 5/27/2020

This week's cover

Pomp and different circumstances - Parades, pictures and parties were on the list for the Hinsdale Central class of 2020 this year. Instead of a trip to Dickinson Field, the... — Updated 5/28/2020

Increase in COVID-19 patients slowing here

A total of 179 Hinsdale residents have confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of May 26, compared to 170 a week ago. The DuPage County Health Department reported 169 confirmed cases in Hinsdale and the Cook County Health Department... — Updated 5/27/2020

In this together

Socially distanced donations — Members of FuelFed held a food drive Sunday, collecting almost 50 bags of food and paper products for the clients of HCS Family Services.... — Updated 5/27/2020

Summer work closes bridge over Route 83

IDOT closed the Chicago Avenue bridge over Route 83 May 21 for deck repairs. The general scope of work includes bridge repairs, joint repair, overlay and incidental and collateral work necessary to complete the project. The... — Updated 5/29/2020

Chocolate just makes everything better

Helping others is part of the culture at World's Finest Chocolate. So when COVID-19 restrictions were put in place, the folks who work at the Chicago company found themselves in... — Updated 5/27/2020

D181 hires new leader for business office

District 181 has named Rick Engstrom as its new assistant superintendent of business and operations/chief school business official effective July 1. Engstrom will fill the vacancy left by the retirement of current Chief Financial... — Updated 5/27/2020

Weekly agenda

Hinsdale High School District 86 Board 6 p.m. Thursday, May 28 https://www.d86.hinsdale86.org On the agenda: equal opportunities presentation, Goal 1 update, bond premium update, 2019-20 school year calendar revisions, hazard pay... — Updated 5/27/2020

Friday marks the end of Illinois' stay-at-home order

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker announced Friday, the first day Illinois’ economy operated under more relaxed restrictions, his stay-at-home order is replaced by one reflective of “our new, more open reality.” Small... — Updated 5/29/2020

Pritzker tours flood preparations as East St. Louis gears up for contact tracing

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker spent much of the day Wednesday in downstate Illinois, where he observed flood preparations along the Illinois River in Meredosia before heading to East St. Louis. There, officials are preparing... — Updated 5/28/2020

State files emergency rules for long-term care facilities

The state health department filed emergency rules Thursday mandating long-term care facilities to develop testing plans to better protect residents and ensure they are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic appropriately. “The... — Updated 5/29/2020

Unexpected final chapter to teacher's career

Donna Vorreyer never wanted to be anything but a teacher. "I was one of those kids who loved school," she said. "There was never a doubt in my mind that this is what I wanted to... — Updated 5/27/2020

Police beat

Hinsdale police distributed the following reports May 19 and 27. DUI arrests • Shanequa Shantell Tyson, 29, 1521 Westminster Drive, No. 111, Naperville, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a... — Updated 5/27/2020

Ask an expert - Business profile - Hinsdale Animal Hospital

No owners allowed. That was the new reality inside Hinsdale Animal Hospital once the state’s shelter-in-place restrictions went into place in mid-March. Deemed an essential... — Updated 5/27/2020

Family hopes husband, father's legacy will carry on

Dr. J. Richard Spatafora passed away suddenly on May 24. We are going forward with love, strength, tenderness and togetherness. He loved his family enough to last a lifetime and then some. We will miss our Rick desperately; a... — Updated 5/27/2020

Hearing will take pulse on historic preservation

Historic Preservation Month typically comes and goes without controversy. Past commemorations have included coloring contests for kids and the presentation of awards from the Hinsdale Historic Preservation Commission. We’ve... — Updated 5/27/2020

Unexpected savior during COVID-19

I'm going to be honest: the bloom is off the rose. I'm done with family time. What little attraction shelter-in-place once had for me is now gone. We can say how nice it is to slow... — Updated 5/27/2020

Letter critical of Pritzker, Lightfoot hits a nerve

This is the worst letter to the editor I ever saw (John Salidas letter of May 21). This guy sure is a sweetheart. Maybe we should have masks that look like him and ring his bell on Halloween. I feel that Gov. Pritzker and Mayor... — Updated 5/27/2020

'Just say no' good for war on drugs - and me

I’m not very skilled at saying no. I have such a hard time, in fact, that one of my friends/co-workers suggested a simple remedy if I find myself unable to respond in the... — Updated 5/27/2020

Kindness is the best response in these trying times

Two recent experiences in the last 10 days seem worth sharing. Last week on one of the warm days I was leaving the hardware store in Clarendon Hills. A small group of young children with several moms was at the ice cream store... — Updated 5/27/2020

Farmers market ready to open June 1

Summer will look a little different in Hinsdale this year. Restaurants will offer on-street dining, many camps will be virtual and Burlington Park will be quiet Thursday nights.... — Updated 5/27/2020

Classic books, film offer comfort in uncertain times

With so much uncertainty right now, it's a great time to take comfort in some classic books and movies. You can stream or download thousands of familiar eBooks, eAudiobooks and... — Updated 5/27/2020

Pet pic of the week

Looking for a little dog? Less than 10 pounds? Stop by to see Fudgie. She is a 5-year-old brown Chihuahua and is best with children age 8 and older. Fudgie is spayed and ready to go home. The Hinsdale Humane Society Tuthill... — Updated 5/27/2020

Devils make habit of ascending

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