Articles from the September 17, 2020 edition

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  • Wellness House Ball ... At Your House goes virtual

    Alexis Braden|Updated Sep 17, 2020

    While the pandemic has affected everyone, young and old, those living with cancer have been particularly impacted. Wellness House has provided a constant source of support for the thousands of patients who rely on the cancer resource center. "Coping with the effects of cancer has not taken a back seat to COVID-19 for the patients and families Wellness House serves," said Deb Kwiatt, marketing communications manager at Wellness House. "They need Wellness House even more now...

  • Event designed to spark interest in Zook

    Pamela Lannom|Updated Sep 17, 2020

    When's the last time you've been out to see the Zook Home and Studio at KLM? Members of the Hinsdale Historical Society would like to invite you for a visit. The society is hosting a special event, "Take a Look at Zook," on Tuesday, Sept. 22, to raise awareness of this Hinsdale architect and the funds needed to continue renovations on his home and studio (see Page 34 for details). Noted architect R. Harold Zook, who designed more than 30 homes and commercial buildings in town,...

  • This week's cover

    Updated Sep 16, 2020

    Sunset over the Hinsdale priarie - As the sun set over the Jackson Street prairie in Hinsdale on Monday night, the effects of the forest fires in the western United States created an unusual look. As the fires burn out of control, the smoke in the upper atmosphere will impact both sunrise and sunset for next several days in the area. (Jim Slonoff photo)...

  • D181 fiscal plan projects large surplus

    Updated Sep 16, 2020

    The Community Consolid-ated District 181 Board has approved a balanced budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year that envisions a $6.7 million surplus in its operating budget. Board members voted 6-0 Monday in favor of the financial plan calling for $64.5 million in operating expenses, less than the nearly $65 million in the 2019-20 budget, with projected revenue of $71.3 million. About $2.6 of the surplus will be used for transfers or debt certificates. Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations Rick Engstrom told board...

  • Daniel E. Obiala

    Updated Sep 16, 2020

    Daniel E. Obiala, 75, passed away Sept. 13, 2020, after a months-long battle with pneumonia. Dan was born in 1945 in Chicago and grew up in the Beverly neighborhood. Dan attended St. Cajetan, Brother Rice and St. Procopius College and served in the Illinois National Guard. Like his father and brothers, Dan was a lifelong restaurateur. Early in his career, he owned and operated Danny’s Dog Patch in the Hillside Mall. Later, Dan and his brothers brought the first Popeye’s Chicken franchises to the Chicago market, with Dan foc...

  • Get to know our new contributing columnists

    Pamela Lannom|Updated Sep 16, 2020

    When we announced this summer that we were looking for new contributing columnists, we didn't expect to have the largest applicant pool we've seen in years. (Perhaps being stuck at home with nothing to do made people more likely to apply!) While I was happy to receive emails from so many people, it made the job of selecting new writers very difficult. We announced our three new columnists - Bret Conway, Gabriela Garcia and Alegra Waverley - and our retuning writer, Kelly...

  • This month the time to get or use a library card

    Updated Sep 16, 2020

    Perhaps you’ve seen the photo of Ridgway Burns on his bike, pulling a small book trailer, on the cover of the Hinsdale Public Library’s fall 2020 newsletter, “Beyond Books.” Burns is wearing his helmet and — thanks to COVID-19 — his face covering. The picture says it all. Library board members and staff have worked hard to continue serving residents during this unprecedented pandemic. And residents aren’t willing to give up what they’ve come to expect from this amazing community asset. September is Library Card Sign-up Mo...

  • Man honored for work in Chicago neighborhood

    Sandy Illian Bosch|Updated Sep 16, 2020

    A Friday morning get-together with a group of fellow Christian men changed Charles Lewis' life for years to come and the lives of thousands of Chicago residents forever. It was at one of these weekly gatherings that Lewis heard Glen Kehrein tell the story of Circle Urban Ministries and the good work it was doing to make the Austin community of Chicago a better place to live. It wasn't long before Lewis was part of the Circle Urban mission. "Circle really had a calling on my...

  • Avoid tickets by parking in lot

    Updated Sep 16, 2020

    Hinsdale police want to remind those who live and work in Hinsdale that free parking is available in the lower level of the new parking deck near the Hinsdale Middle School. The lot may be entered off Garfield Avenue just south of First Street. Drivers who park in metered spaces on the street and let the meters expire will be ticketed, police said....

  • One early voting site to open

    Updated Sep 16, 2020

    Early voting in DuPage County begins Thursday, Sept. 24, for the Nov. 3 election at the DuPage Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. Beginning, Oct. 19, early voting will be offered at 14 other sites, including the Downers Grove Village Hall, 801 Burlington Ave. In Cook County, early voting begins Oct. 19. The closest site is the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. Visit or

  • Police beat

    Updated Sep 16, 2020

    Hinsdale police distributed the following reports Sept. 16. Driver arrested for revoked license Michael Sekyra, 36, 674 Lily Cache Lane, Bolingbrook, was arrested for driving with a revoked license at 4:40 a.m. Sept. 12 at 55th and Quincy streets. He was released on bond to appear in court. Vehicle burglarized The console of an unlocked vehicle was ransacked between 6 p.m. Sept. 10 and 1 p.m. Sept. 11 while it was parked on the street in the 400 block of Old Surrey Road. No items of value were reported stolen. Brook Park bath...

  • Campaign calendar

    Updated Sep 16, 2020

    • Sept. 21 — Ten local chapters of the League of Women Voters are hosting a candidate forum for the Illinois 6th Congressional District via Zoom from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Democratic incumbent Sean Casten, who is seeking a second term, will participate along with challengers Republican Jeanne Ives and Libertarian Bill Redpath. Each candidate will make a two-minute opening statement; answer questions vetted by the League and presented by a trained, nonpartisan moderator; and then make a two-minute closing statement. Capacity is lim...

  • COVID-19 case count up 25 since last week

    Updated Sep 16, 2020

    The number of Hinsdale residents who have been diagnosed with a confirmed case of COVID-19 hit 368 on Sept. 15, compared to 343 a week ago. The DuPage County Health Department reported 332 confirmed cases in Hinsdale and the Cook County Health Department reported 36 confirmed cases in the village. A total of 168 confirmed cases and 34 deaths are associated with ManorCare in Hinsdale, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Those numbers include residents and staff who might not be DuPage County residents....

  • Weekly agenda

    Updated Sep 16, 2020

    Hinsdale High School District 86 Board 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24

  • Meeting roundup

    Updated Sep 16, 2020

    Hinsdale High School District 86 Board Among other business Sept. 10, board members: • voted 7-0 to issue almost $46.1 million in bonds, the third bond sale related to the $139.8 million building referendum voters approved in an April 2019 referendum. The sale is expected to generate $50.6 million in proceeds, due to a “premium” (bonds trade above their “par” or face value). The district received a premium on its first two bond sales as well, receiving $70 million from its first sale of $62.26 million and $34.9 million f...

  • Once upon a time

    Updated Sep 16, 2020

    It's a house on wheels! - It took two days in 2005 for R. Harold Zook's home to be moved from its lot at 327 S. Oak St. to Katherine Legge Memorial Park. The noted architect's home and studio, which are owned by the Hinsdale Historical Society, are in need of repair. Learn more by turning to the Pulse feature on Page 17. (Hinsdale Historical Society photo)...

  • Don't trust lawmakers with more taxing authority

    Updated Sep 16, 2020

    Here’s the reason you should vote no on the proposed “fair tax” amendment to the Illinois Constitution. The amendment gives the legislature power to increase taxes on any group of taxpayers with no limits and no accountability and without any requirement to use the additional revenue to find essential needs such as health care, education or public safety. The proposed amendment would give the legislature unlimited new authority to increase income tax rates on any group of taxpayers at will, including low-income and middl...

  • Host homecoming parties or have schools reopen?

    Updated Sep 16, 2020

    Over the past few weeks of high school online, teachers have been told about multiple homecoming parties being planned. This is happening while some of the same families are begging for the schools to be reopened. I am amazed that some parents support the idea of partying while the national guidelines say directly to not gather in large groups. I understand some parents may be aware that those guidelines are in place and are attempting to have a coronavirus safe celebration, and I 100 percent support that idea. But,...

  • Nothing bigger than the little things

    Gabriela Garcia|Updated Sep 16, 2020

    If there's one thing that the pandemic has taught me, it's that the over-scheduled and over-consumerized lifestyles that we were once living is not sustainable. The societal pressure to excel at everything and "keep up with the Joneses" is slowly eating away at our collective mental and physical health. For many of us, going back to basics has been a necessity. More home-cooked meals, fewer extracurricular activities and ample time in the home have prompted many to redefine...

  • Ryan revises its senior living proposal

    Pamela Lannom|Updated Sep 16, 2020

    As the Hinsdale Plan Commission unanimously rejected one development proposed for a portion of the IBLP property on Ogden Avenue, the Hinsdale Village Board is poised to send them another. Hinsdale trustees Tuesday discussed a revised proposal from Ryan Companies for a 240-unit senior living facility on 32.5 acres at Ogden and Adams Street. The existence of two separate proposals for two separate areas of the Institute of Basic Life Principles property has confused some...

  • Project deemed too dense for village

    Pamela Lannom|Updated Sep 16, 2020

    The proposed Heather Highlands residential project has received low marks from both Hinsdale plan commissioners and residents of the Fullersburg community near the 37-acre site north of Ogden Avenue, who contend the density envisioned is not suitable for an area distinguished for its natural attributes. At a virtual public hearing Sept. 9, McNaughton Development presented its request for a planned development of 46 single-family homes on the largely undeveloped parcel within a...

  • Central, South set to re-open next month

    Pamela Lannom|Updated Sep 16, 2020

    Some students will be back in the buildings at Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South high schools this month, with in-person classes set to resume until Oct. 5. Even then, only 25 percent of each school's enrollment will return, with plans to bring more teens back to campus in the weeks that follow, Superintendent Tammy Prentiss told Hinsdale High School District 86 Board members at their Sept. 10 meeting. The roughly 100 parents and students who gathered at a "We Stand for the...

  • Good news

    Updated Sep 16, 2020

    CENTRAL STUDENTS WIN AP AWARD Fifteen Hinsdale Central students earned the AP Capstone Diploma award. They are Jay Amin, Abigail Chute, Gabrielle Conidi, Anika Holur, Saurav Joshi, Yahya Junejo, Cole Koffron, Luke Leddy, Sidh Leekha, Kaitlin Mrksich, Jasmine Qadeer, Anirudh Raghuvir, Iman Shams, Sanjana Shanbhag and Gabrielle Tsamis. The College Board grants this award to students who earn a score of three or higher on the AP Seminar and AP Research exams, as well as on four additional AP exams of the student’s choosing. H...

  • Ask an expert - Sherri Cook, Rosh Hashanah celebrant

    Ken Knutson|Updated Sep 16, 2020

    What should we know about Rosh Hashanah? Repentance. That is the central theme of Rosh Hashanah, the annual two-day celebration that marks the start of the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah, a occasion blending self-reflection with future hope that means "head of the year" in Hebrew, begins this Saturday. Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement and the holiest day in Judaism, follows 10 days later. As a child going to the synagogue with her family for Rosh Hashanah services, Hinsdale's...

  • Pet pic of the week

    Updated Sep 16, 2020

    Bruno is a handsome boy who is looking for his forever home, a home with older kids. He's a happy 7 year old who loves playing with squeaky toys but sometimes forgets just how big he is. The Hinsdale Humane Society Tuthill Family Pet Rescue & Resource Center is currently closed to the public, but anyone who is interested in adopting a pet can fill out an online application at and then call (630) 323-5630 for an interview. Temporary...

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