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 By Ken Knutson    News 

D181 board votes for hybrid reopening plan

With teachers and many families opposing a full, five-day return to school for students amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Community Consolidated School District 181 Board members Monday n... — Updated 8/5/2020

 By Ken Knutson    Pulse

The market is on the rise

The rain had mostly passed through by mid-morning Monday, freeing Hinsdale Farmers Market patrons from the need of an umbrella. Protection was still prevalent, however, in the form... — Updated 7/29/2020

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Woman celebrates her century of living

Hinsdale's Helen Johnson may be on the verge of turning 100, but don't rush her. "I'm not there yet," quipped Johnson, who will reach the milestone Saturday. For her, one's level... — Updated 7/29/2020

 By Ken Knutson    News

Local property market is flourishing

The pandemic may be restraining a lot of business activity, but at least one sector in Hinsdale seems to be defying the economic quarantine: real estate. "We're up 30 percent year... — Updated 7/29/2020

 By Ken Knutson    Sports

Gutman kicks game back into gear

The pro sports world is emerging from its COVID-19 quarantine, and that's good news for Hinsdale's Andrew Gutman. In his second year with the Major League Soccer team FC... — Updated 7/22/2020



How is District 86 leaning into the issue of racial equity? Hinsdale High School District 86 recently launched a Culture and Equity Leadership Team to gather stories from people of... — Updated 7/22/2020

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Hinsdale mom works to bring help to struggling families

The Willowbrook Corner program, run by The Community House, provides life-impacting academic and social support to youth and families in an underserved community about 10 minutes so... — Updated 7/15/2020

 By Ken Knutson    Pulse

Staying chill in the sizzle

These summer scorcher days are inviting many to take air-conditioned refuge at home. But after a spring of COVID-19 quarantining, many are looking to get out no matter the heat inde... — Updated 7/15/2020

 By Ken Knutson    Sports

Central anticipates return of sports

The Illinois High School Association announced its Phase 4 Return to Play Plan last week as Hinsdale Central and other schools look to restore their athletic programs amidst the cor... — Updated 7/8/2020



How do you prepare for an online debate? Hinsdale's Chloe Attlan was elated in early March after she and debate partner Ajay Jejurikar won the district qualifier for the National... — Updated 7/8/2020

 By Ken Knutson    News

Runners scale new heights during relay

Two hundred miles and 24 hours to run it, with 11 sets of legs sharing the task. Not everyone's idea of an inviting getaway. But that challenge is what drew a co-ed group of... — Updated 7/8/2020

 By Ken Knutson    Pulse

Village on the rebound

Phase 4 of Restore Illinois is here, which means cherished local facilities are able to welcome back the public - at least on a limited basis. The Hinsdale Public Library, 20 E.... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

For McGonagle, TCH job 'part of who I've always been'

Several years ago a recent immigrant from China who had settled in the Hinsdale area with her family stopped into The Community House, looking for a way to connect with her new... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Ken Knutson    News

D181 reviews FY21 projected budget

Community Consolidated District 181 Board members approved a tentative 2020-21 budget that projects a $2.2 million surplus in the district’s operating fund as well as healthy balance sheets through 2025. At Monday’s board meeti... — Updated 6/28/2020

 By Ken Knutson    Sports

Athletes were Central to teams' spirit

The short-circuited spring high school sports calendar sadly meant no final campaigns for many senior Central student-athletes. Consequently, The Hinsdalean did not run our normal... — Updated 6/24/2020



What will the post-COVID 19 food scene look like? When colleagues in the food and beverage industry started sending Stuart McCarroll lockdown pictures from China at the start of... — Updated 6/24/2020

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Longtime resident muses on being a dad

Fatherhood arrived decades ago for Hinsdale's Bob Hinkle, 89. Dad to son Rob and daughter Kristin, Hinkle said the experience has been joyful - and fast. "One thing I've learned is... — Updated 6/17/2020

 By Ken Knutson    News

Hinsdale pool will open soon on a limited basis

The Hinsdale Community Pool is poised to open next week after village officials determined the potential loss in revenue from COVID-19 restrictions was outweighed by the community benefit the facility provides. Heather Bereckis,... — Updated 6/17/2020

 By Ken Knutson    News

Mission trip offers look at inequalities

Boundaries. Created for safety, in some cases. Others, as Grant Glowiak and a team from Union Church of Hinsdale discovered, may be subtle instruments of segregation. Glowiak,... — Updated 6/17/2020

 By Ken Knutson    Sports

Lack of play didn't dampen Devils

The short-circuited spring high school sports calendar sadly meant no final campaigns for many senior Central student-athletes. Consequently, The Hinsdalean did not run our normal... — Updated 6/10/2020


Ask an expert - Alexis Cameron, child therapist

How can parents help children understand and combat racism? "Getting comfortable with the uncomfortable is what nurtures transformation." This counsel from child therapist Alexis Ca... — Updated 6/10/2020

 By Ken Knutson    News

Stability welcome at the top in Dist. 181

Community Consolidated District 181 had fewer administrator vacancies to fill this hiring season due to the vast majority of staff members sticking to their posts. “Our administrator retention continues to trend in the right... — Updated 6/10/2020


Wednesday afternoon protest is peaceful

Despite posts on social media that a planned protest for Wednesday afternoon in Hinsdale had been canceled, a group of more than 110 people marched through downtown Hinsdale before... — Updated 6/4/2020

 By Ken Knutson    News

D86 Board admits fault in First Amendment suit

Hinsdale High School District 86 Board May 28 approved a settlement with several district residents over alleged First Amendment and Open Meetings Act violations. Board President Kevin Camden was the lone dissenter in the 5-1... — Updated 6/3/2020

 By Ken Knutson    News

Disparities are not illegal, report says

Enrollment unevenness and course differences between Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South high schools have been the subject of criticism from Hinsdale High School District 86 residents. According to the district’s legal counsel,... — Updated 6/3/2020


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