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 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion 

Pull the names from police beat? We say no

"Why do you print names in police beat?" a resident asked us recently, being of the opinion - as you might guess - that we should not. My initial reaction was to blurt out... — Updated 7/8/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    Pulse 

Pack the car, then pitch the tent

Tired of camping out in the backyard but not interested in a long drive to a campground? The forest preserve districts of DuPage and Cook counties have the answer. Blackwell Family... — Updated 7/8/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    News 

First D86 referendum projects underway

Hinsdale High School District 86 Superintendent Tammy Prentiss could barely contain her enthusiasm as she talked about the construction work taking place this summer. "There are... — Updated 7/8/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    Sports

Captains had plans for final seasons

Today we present the final installment of athlete profiles that did not run during the spring season, which was canceled due to COVID-19. Name: Chloe Lapointe Year: senior... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    News

'New way of doing school' looms in fall

Hinsdale High School District 86 officials expect in-person learning to resume for the 2020-21 school year. But exactly what that will look like in the midst of a pandemic remains... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    News

D181 aims for reopening plan by month's end

By the end of July, Community Consolidated Elementary District 181 officials hope to have a guidebook and web page that details procedures for reopening schools available to families. “We will continue our conversations in the co... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    News

Former D86 board leader resigns due to move

Nancy Pollak, who served as president of the Hinsdale High School District 86 Board from May 2019 to May 2020, resigned from the board effective July 1. She and her family are permanently relocating to a home they own in Michigan.... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

This is a Fourth of July we'll never forget

Holidays always trigger a lot of memories, and Independence Day is no exception. One of my favorite Fourth of July holidays is quite possibly one of yours as well. In 2013 the... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    News

Cauley proposes historic preservation plan

A week before plan commissioners finished their deliberations on a proposed moratorium to stop the demolition of historic homes, Village President Tom Cauley presented a draft ordinance designed to help preserve such homes. The... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    News

Commission advises against moratorium

The Hinsdale Plan Commission does not support a 180-day moratorium on the teardown of historic homes in the village. The 4-2 vote came at the close of a public hearing during which... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Critics can prevent us from seeing our true selves

o her teen years, I fear she will increasingly fall victim to the opinions of others. Younger kids do a pretty good job of allowing each other to express their own individuality. Bu... — Updated 6/24/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    News

Judge lifts limits on occupancy at sober house

Trinity Sober Living is no longer limited to nine residents in its sober house in Hinsdale, following a June 10 order issued by Judge Brian Diamond of the DuPage County 18th District Circuit Court. The court originally stayed all... — Updated 6/24/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    News

Travel is the tie that binds for Martins

This summer, Ronan Martin had planned to celebrate his graduation from Hinsdale Central High School with a trip to Spain with dad Chris, walking the 220-kilometer road know as the... — Updated 6/24/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    Sports

Red Devils had an impact on teams

Athlete profiles typically are part of our sports pages throughout the school year, with a different team member recommended each week by his or her coach. With the spring season... — Updated 6/17/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Paper hearts send messages of love and solidarity

The construction paper hearts on the barricades outside First Street restaurants flutter in the breeze. They carry messages of activism - "No justice, no peace" - and list the... — Updated 6/17/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    News

Hearing on teardown moratorium continued

Opinions are mixed on a proposed moratorium on the demolition of historic homes in Hinsdale. The Hinsdale Plan Commission began a public hearing on Zoom June 10 on the possible 180-day ban, which would forbid the demolition of a... — Updated 6/17/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    News

Ryan proposes senior housing development

After listening to input from Hinsdale trustees in January, representatives from Ryan Companies appeared before the village's plan commission last week with a revised proposal for... — Updated 6/17/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Consummate TV newsman was also our friend

He was a fixture in Chicago journalism. His death was the second story on the 10 o’clock NBC news Tuesday night. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted about his loss. But to many... — Updated 6/10/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    News

Central grad hopes protests cue change

Recent Hinsdale Central alumnus Isaiah Robinson hopes the three protests in Hinsdale last week led people to one realization. "They have the power themselves to change everything,"... — 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 Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Want to write a column? Now's your chance!

Writing is a strange profession - especially when what you write is likely to be tossed in the recycling bin within 24-72 hours of its publication. And yet, writing is something... — Updated 6/3/2020


Ask an expert - business profile - Page's Restaurant

When Cissy Rallo heard the news that Gov. JB Pritzker was closing down eateries due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she froze. "I think I was in shock, and I wasn't thinking about... — Updated 6/3/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    News

Business has been booming at Kramer's

Seeing empty shelves at the grocery store during the first few weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic created feelings of anxiety in many shoppers. And in Ron Ludwigson, who, with wife... — Updated 6/3/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

'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

 By Pamela Lannom    News

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


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