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 By Ken Knutson    Sports 

Red Devils deliver strikes and spikes

The Hinsdale Central baseball and boys volleyball team are locked in on conference success and deep postseason runs this season, while the softball team looks to both veterans and n... — Updated 3/29/2023

 By Ken Knutson    News 

Changes to D86 curriculum questioned

The new aligned social studies curriculum that will be rolled out over the next few years in Hinsdale High School District 86 is aimed at helping students “see themselves” in the content, educators submit. But some district... — Updated 3/29/2023

 By Ken Knutson    Pulse

Take a break to remember

Spring break is nearly here, a perfect chance to enjoy some of Chicago’s most renowned — and family-friendly — attractions. Here are few to consider when planning a Windy City outing. Adler Planetarium The year is 2096.... — Updated 3/22/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Familiar face to lead Community House programs

Kelci Bednar relishes the scenes around The Community House that accompany summer's arrival. "It's great to see the building so full," she said, noting the many activities also are... — Updated 3/22/2023

 By Ken Knutson    Sports

Red Devils rev up for spring seasons

The Red Devil boys gymnastics team, and boys and girls water polo squads are already into their regular season schedules, with postseason hopes on the horizon. This is the second in... — Updated 3/15/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Hoops star helps Roadrunners race to state title

Hinsdale's Grace Carstensen and the Nazareth Academy girls basketball team had an IHSA 3A state title in their sights, and winning their first five games by an average margin of... — Updated 3/15/2023

 By Ken Knutson    News

Hinsdale embraced voting from start

The April 4 election will determine the next set of local officeholders, so what a perfect time to look back at Hinsdale's election history - with a note of gratitude to the... — Updated 3/15/2023

 By Ken Knutson    News

Student testing shows 'fantastic' growth in D181

Recent assessment data on reading and math achievement indicates students in Community Consolidated Elementary District 181 are on a positive performance trajectory following the challenging COVID-impacted years. Results from... — Updated 3/15/2023

 By Ken Knutson    Pulse

Instructors inspire gallery

Clarendon Hills Middle School art teacher Michael Bale embraces opportunities to display his own work. "Mostly because it motivates me to make stuff that otherwise I would put off,"... — Updated 3/8/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Hinsdale teen earns spot on prestigious team

Hinsdale Central senior Shannon Stover is in no rush to leave the scholastic world. "I wouldn't know what to do without school. It gives me structure," she said. Her studiousness... — Updated 3/8/2023

 By Ken Knutson    News

Animal hospital site to be residential

The former site of Hinsdale Animal Hospital is poised to be subdivided into two separate lots to accommodate single-family homes. At Tuesday’s Hinsdale Village Board meeting, trustees held a first reading of an ordinance... — Updated 3/8/2023

 By Ken Knutson    Sports

Central swimmers make state-ment

Hinsdale Central head boys swim coach Bob Barber knew his squad entered the IHSA state meet last weekend at FMC Natatorium in Westmont as the prohibitive favorite after a spotless... — Updated 3/1/2023

 By Ken Knutson    News

D86 hopefuls give views on key topics

 — Updated 3/1/2023

 By Ken Knutson    Pulse

BAM dazzles on national stages

Of the three primary theater disciplines - acting, singing and dancing - BAMtheatre artistic director Melanie Lamoureaux knew dance was an area where her young troupe needed to step... — Updated 2/22/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Young journalist renders stories for next generation

TIME for Kids reporter Celsey O'Hare was about to conduct her first big interview, a Q&A by Zoom with Ugandan climate activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Vanessa Nakate. The... — Updated 2/22/2023

 By Ken Knutson    News

Retiring Bloom thanked for loyal service

"I remember putting on the uniform for the first time and looking in the mirror. And I was proud," assistant village manager/director of public safety Brad Bloom told Hinsdale... — Updated 2/22/2023

 By Ken Knutson    Sports

Red Devil wrestlers show their moves

Last Saturday, Schaumburg High School hosted the IHSA girls wrestling sectional. The meet brackets featured eight Hinsdale Central grapplers. That's noteworthy because there were a... — Updated 2/15/2023

 By Ken Knutson    Experts


How can people protect themselves from identity theft? Statistics reveal that fraud and identity theft claim a new victim every 22 seconds. Just when many think all the scams have... — Updated 2/15/2023

 By Ken Knutson    News

Hinsdale landed on the right track

The last century and a half would have unfolded much differently in this town had it not been bisected by a train line. So thank you, Aurora. Back in the mid-19th century, the Kane... — Updated 2/15/2023

 By Ken Knutson    News

2025-26 targeted for full-day kindergarten

The introduction of full-day kindergarten to Community Consolidated Elementary District 181 took another step forward this week, as district board members unanimously voted to begin the initiative, with a projected 2025-26 school... — Updated 2/15/2023

 By Ken Knutson    Pulse

A little goes a long way

How about a taste? That's the invitation extended to a couple of upcoming events in town that tap experts in libations for participants to enjoy an ounce of education and a full... — Updated 2/8/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Former teacher still helping kids, community grow

Grace Shin said her ethnic heritage was a subject of curiosity among her elementary classmates in suburban Detroit. "I was asked often, 'Are you Chinese or Japanese?' And I would... — Updated 2/8/2023

 By Ken Knutson    News

HPC deems legacy homes significant

The effort to preserve Hinsdale's architectural heritage gained ground last week with the recommendation of nearly four dozen homes for inclusion on the village's Historically... — Updated 2/8/2023

 By Ken Knutson    News

Village, Trinity agree to settle lawsuit

A three-and-a-half year legal battle between Trinity Sober Living and the village has come to an end. Hinsdale trustees Tuesday approved a consent decree with Trinity Sober Living and the U.S. Department of Justice to settle a... — Updated 2/1/2023

 By Ken Knutson    News

Prentiss contract updates divide board

The Hinsdale High School District 86 Board split along familiar fault lines last week in approving a 31-day contract extension for Superintendent Tammy Prentiss along with added contract language intended to protect her from early... — Updated 2/1/2023


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