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  • Police beat

    Updated Dec 6, 2023

    Hinsdale police distributed the following reports Dec. 5. Arrests on warrants • Kendrea S. Henderson, 26, 6140 S. Drexel Ave., Chicago, was arrested on an active arrest warrant out of McLean County after she was stopped for speeding at 9:16 p.m. Nov. 30 at York and Ogden roads. She posted bond and was released with a court date. • Daniel J. McKnight, 69, homeless, was arrested on two active arrest warrants out of DuPage County at 9:28 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Hinsdale Police Department, 121 Symonds Drive. He was taken to DuP...

  • Hinsdale police crack down on road safety

    Updated Dec 6, 2023

    Hinsdale police conducted a traffic safety campaign Nov. 17-27, reminding motorists to buckle up and drive sober. The department issued 28 speeding citations and nine other Illinois Vehicle Code violation citations. “We issue tickets to remind drivers and passengers that seat belt use isn’t a suggestion, it’s the law,” said Deputy Chief Thomas Lillie. “This year’s campaign was successful in grabbing people’s attention with highly visible enforcement methods. As always, our goal is a safe community with safe drivers.” The...

  • Final MIP expenses in 2024 draft budget

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Higher than anticipated revenues in 2023 and rising revenues in 2024 will allow the village to invest more in master infrastructure plan and capital projects. Permit revenue and interest income have outperformed budget projections this year, village manager Kathleen Gargano wrote in a memo to trustees for their Nov. 21 meeting. That, combined with lower employee salary costs due to long-term vacancies not being filled and decreased overtime costs, will leave the 2023 budget with a projected operating fund balance, after...

  • Police in the midst of Thanksgiving holiday enforcement campaign

    Updated Nov 21, 2023

    This Thanksgiving, the Hinsdale Police Department is joining the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement to ensure holiday travelers are buckled up and driving sober with a “Click It or Ticket” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign that runs through Nov. 27. “Thanksgiving means more vehicles on the road — and an increased risk of crashes,” said Deputy Chief Thomas Lillie. “No matter how long or short your drive, remember to buckle up and make sure children are in a safe seat. By buckling up and...

  • Ogden ramp to 294 closed, old ramp is open for detour

    Updated Nov 8, 2023

    The ramp connecting Ogden Avenue to the northbound Interstate 294 ramp is closed through December. Eastbound Ogden Avenue traffic can access northbound I-294 via the old loop ramp, which will be temporarily reopened during this work for both detours. For westbound Ogden Avenue traffic, a detour will be posted routing traffic through the interchange to access northbound I-294. The ramp connecting northbound I-294 to eastbound Ogden Avenue, which has been closed since September, has reopened. Information about the project, incl...

  • Ogden ramp to close tonight, detour in place

    Updated Nov 1, 2023

    The ramp connecting Ogden Avenue to the northbound Interstate 294 ramp will be closed tonight, Nov. 2., through December. One lane in each direction on Ogden Avenue and one northbound lane on I-294 between 47th Street and Ogden Avenue are scheduled to close at 7 p.m. A second lane on northbound I-294 is scheduled to close at 10 p.m. In addition, at 7 p.m., the ramp connecting Ogden Avenue to northbound I-294 is scheduled to close so the interchange can be reconfigured from a cloverleaf to a partial cloverleaf design....

  • No criminal charges in fatal accident

    Pamela Lannom|Updated Oct 25, 2023

    The 16-year-old driver in a July 17 accident that killed 14-year-old Sean Richards of Hinsdale and injured three others will not face criminal charges, according to a press release issued Wednesday. “The DuPage County MERIT Major Crash Investigation Team, the Hinsdale Police Department and the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office conducted a meticulously thorough and complete investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the events,” states a joint press release from the agencies. “Based on the results o...

  • No criminal charges in fatal accident

    Pamela Lannom|Updated Oct 25, 2023

    The 16-year-old driver in a July 17 accident that killed 14-year-old Sean Richards of Hinsdale and injured three others will not face criminal charges, according to a press release issued Wednesday. “The DuPage County MERIT Major Crash Investigation Team, the Hinsdale Police Department and the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office conducted a meticulously thorough and complete investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the events,” states a joint press release from the agencies. “Based on the results o...

  • Make roads safe, not scary, this Halloween

    Updated Oct 11, 2023

    The Hinsdale Police Department is urging motorists to keep scary driving off the road this Halloween. As part of the drunken driving enforcement and awareness campaign, drivers are asked to commit to sober driving during a time when children and their families will be walking through neighborhoods after dark in search of candy and spooky fun. “Heading out to a Halloween party? Before the fun starts, decide how you’ll get home,” Deputy Chief Thomas Lillie said. “Just one drink or hit can impact your ability to drive safely and...

  • Man charged with illegal videotaping in Hinsdale

    Updated Oct 11, 2023

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Downers Grove Chief of Police Michael DeVries announced Friday that a Downers Grove man had been charged with inappropriately taping several females, two of whom were in a changing room and one of whom was a 13-year-old in the lobby of a Hinsdale Starbucks. Matthew Morgan, 36, appeared at First Appearance Court this morning where Judge Joshua Dieden ordered multiple conditions of pre-trial release including weapons surrender, home confinement/electronic monitoring, m...

  • Seasonal synergy

    Ken Knutson|Updated Oct 4, 2023

    Hinsdale's trees have begun shedding their leaves, and the town's denizens are adding layers when heading out. Autumn is in full splendor, and there's no better way to celebrate the season locally than at the 2023 Hinsdale Fall Family Fest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, in Burlington Park 30 E. Chicago Ave. The event, put on by the village's parks and recreation department, was moved to the park from its previous Hinsdale Middle School site. Mike Hayes,...

  • Meeting roundup

    Updated Sep 27, 2023

    Community Consolidated District 181 Board Among other business at their Sept. 18 meeting, board members: • heard an update from Kristin Reingruber, director of assessment, instruction and evaluation, on the science pilot under way. Two resources are being piloted at the elementary school level and two at the middle schools, with plans to have new materials in place for the 2024-25 school year. The last science resource pilot and purchase was for the 2018-19 school year. • learned the owner of the building at 133 Ogden Ave...

  • Burglary suspect released under new law

    Ken Knutson|Updated Sep 27, 2023

    A man on parole for armed robbery was charged last week with burglarizing a downtown Hinsdale shop in May by using a sledgehammer to gain entrance to the business. But he was released from custody under the state’s new cashless bail rules, prompting frustration from law enforcement officials. According to Hinsdale police, Terry Johnson, 30, of Chicago was one of seven suspects that arrived in two vehicles at Kelsey’s Resale Boutique, 49 S Washington St. at 1:20 a.m. May 24. Authorities allege that Johnson used a sle...

  • Jury convicts man for pipe bomb incident

    Pamela Lannom|Updated Sep 20, 2023

    A federal jury has convicted the man accused of detonating a homemade explosive in the Hinsdale train station 17 years ago. Thomas James Zajac, 70, formerly of Oakbrook Terrace, was convicted Monday of all three counts against him, including one count of attempting to destroy property with an explosive device, one count of possessing an unregistered destructive device and one count of willfully making a threat through the mail to kill or injure a person with an explosive device, according to a press release from the U.S....

  • Weekly agenda

    Updated Sep 13, 2023

    Community Consolidated Elementary Dist. 181 Board 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18 Hinsdale Middle School 100 S. Garfield Ave. www.d181.org On the draft agenda: review of summer capital projects and summer programs; updates on SEL Satchel Pulse, science pilot, district office building Hinsdale High School District 86 Board 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 Hinsdale Central High School 55th and Grant streets www.hinsdale86.org/board-of-education/board-meetings On the agenda: 2023-24 budget presentation, safety overview, revised administrative...

  • Police announce Labor Day campaign results

    Updated Sep 6, 2023

    The Hinsdale Police Department issued 32 speeding citations, two license violation arrests and four other violations to the Illinois Vehicle Code during the recent Labor Day impaired driving campaign. “Through the Labor Day enforcement effort, we helped to make our roads safer and remind motorists that impaired driving is not a game,” Deputy Chief Thomas Lillie said. Hinsdale police joined forces with other law enforcement agencies and highway safety partners throughout the state for the Illinois Labor Day “Drive Sober or Ge...

  • Meeting roundup

    Updated Sep 6, 2023

    Hinsdale Village Board Among other business Tuesday, trustees: • heard a recommendation to award Burke LLC $250,000 for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the police department’s gun range HVAC system. The system is more than 20 years old and currently inoperable, according to a village memo, rendering the range unusable. Officials said having a gun range on site allows the department to schedule officer qualifying and training as well as weapons certifications during regularly scheduled work hours rather than try...

  • To serve, protect and cross

    Updated Sep 6, 2023

    Hinsdale police officer Andy Gallik lends a hand to a woman setting out to visit the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation Junior Board's Ice Cream Social last week in Burlington Park. The police department will hold its annual Hinsdale Citizen Police Academy beginning Sept. 13. The 11-week free course is designed to give residents and people working in Hinsdale a better understanding of law enforcement and the Hinsdale Police Department. To register, send an email to...

  • Village trustees approve HCS move

    Ken Knutson|Updated Sep 6, 2023

    The HCS Family Services food pantry will move to a new home after Hinsdale trustees Tuesday approved the agency’s plan to take over the old Hinsdale Humane Society facility. The village board voted unanimously in favor of HCS’s relocation from the Memorial Building to the village-owned 22 N. Elm St. under a 10-year, rent-free lease. The one-story, 5,550-square-foot building has sat empty since the Hinsdale Humane Society vacated five years ago. The site was identified a couple of years ago as a solution to space needs for...

  • Hinsdale police officer values serving others

    Ken Knutson|Updated Aug 23, 2023

    In the early 2000s, Elmhurst native Karen Kowal aspired to start her law enforcement career with her hometown police force. "There were, like, 300 applicants and no openings in the department at the time," Kowal related. "The numbers were much different than what they are today." So she explored other opportunities nearby. "I just started applying and Hinsdale was one of my top choices, and I came up as No. 1 on (the village's) list and got hired," she said. Now as a 20-year...

  • Crowds flock to night out

    Updated Aug 16, 2023

    Several hundred people visited the Hinsdale and Oak Brook police departments' National Night Out earlier this month in Oak Brook. From a K9 demonstration to pie eating and pie tasting, there were plenty of activities for visitors to enjoy at the event. Hinsdale police officer Grant McElroy and Sgt. Mark Wodka were no match for the Oak Brook Public Works department's pie eating team. Oak Brook police office Jeremy Turner demonstrates hula hooping while Detective Mark...

  • Police finish investigation of fatal accident

    Updated Aug 16, 2023

    Hinsdale police have received results from the Illinois State Police Crime lab and concluded their investigation into a July 17 accident that killed 14-year-old Sean Richards of Hinsdale and injured four others. The test results indicated there were no drugs or alcohol in the system of the 16-year-old employee of Fuller’s Car Wash, who drove the Jeep that accelerated unexpectedly while exiting the car wash bay. The Jeep hit Richards, who was walking on the sidewalk, before crashing into Fontano’s Subs across the street. Tox...

  • Apply now for citizens police academy spot

    Updated Aug 16, 2023

    People who live or work in Hinsdale can apply to take part in the 11-week Citizen Police Academy. The academy is a free program designed to provide a better understanding of law enforcement and the Hinsdale Police Department. Each week provides and in-depth view of different topics, including specialties and departments within the police department. The course also provides participants with an understanding of modern police procedures and an inside look at the challenges officers face while serving the community. The two-...

  • Police beat

    Updated Aug 16, 2023

    Hinsdale police distributed the following reports Aug. 15. Two arrested with stolen vehicle Darrell Jones-Smith, 19, 8538 S. St. Lawrence Ave, Chicago, was arrested for felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle, resisting or obstructing a police officer and driving with a suspended license at 6:35 p.m. Aug. 12 at 55th Street and County Line Road. Police also arrested Curtis Dean, 21, 8519 S. St. Lawrence Ave., Chicago, for criminal trespass to a vehicle, and resisting or obstructing a police officer. The suspects were stopp...

  • Three file suit in Fontano's crash

    Pamela Lannom|Updated Jul 26, 2023

    A Chicago attorney has filed a lawsuit on behalf of three individuals who were inside Fontano’s Subs when a Jeep leaving Fuller’s Car Wash crashed into the building last week. Louis C. Cairo, managing partner and owner of GWC Injury Lawyers, filed the suit Tuesday in Cook County Court on behalf of Sophia Ricciardi, Michal Lizler and Connor Sullivan, naming as defendants Fuller’s Car Wash and its other businesses along with the father of the 16-year-old Fuller’s employee who drove the Jeep. The suit claims six counts of neglig...

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