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D181 board member encourages others to seek office

Beginning next Tuesday, Sept. 20, residents interested in running for the D181 Board of Education may begin circulating signature petitions for the consolidated election to be held April 4, 2023. Candidates can file their... — Updated 9/14/2022


Pro Bono attorneys bring change and hope to their clients

We see examples of it every day. Far too many vulnerable populations cannot afford access to basic rights and justice. Low-income Americans cannot get legal help for 92% of their noncriminal legal problems, up from 86% in 2017.... — Updated 9/7/2022


Girls crossing tracks prompts safety reminder

This is my first letter to the editor, which I wrote as soon as I arrived at my office downtown this morning. I am a longtime Hinsdale resident and commuter. I was running late this morning (Aug. 29) for the 7:52 and missed it, sta... — Updated 8/31/2022


Narrative surrounding baseball game manipulated

April 21 was a good day for baseball. A crowd cheered both HC and LT players. Although there were strong plays on the field that Thursday, fabrications about this game has become the story. On April 28, a woman sent a letter to... — Updated 8/17/2022


Galassi best choice to serve on DuPage County Board

A wise woman once told me the best way to affect change in the country is at the local level. That amazing woman, Patti Bellock, diligently served as our state representative for 20 years and continues to take an active role in... — Updated 6/22/2022


Dillard, Bellock support Hart, Galassi in primary

It was an honor to represent Hinsdale for more than two decades as your state senator and state representative. We learned a lot of lessons during our tenures — but one that stands out is that success as a representative of the... — Updated 6/22/2022


Library wants residents to help shape strategic plan

You may have seen a special email from the Hinsdale Public Library in your inbox recently. The library has begun working on a new strategic plan to guide our work in the next few years, and we’re looking for your input. The email... — Updated 6/15/2022


Galassi is the best person to serve on county board

I am thrilled that Kari Galassi is throwing her hat into the ring for DuPage County Board. I have known Kari and her family for many years. I have always admired Kari’s deep involvement with her children and their many... — Updated 6/8/2022


Hart, Galassi care about issues important to Hinsdale

I am a proud mom of three young kids. My kids’ futures are the top consideration for every decision my husband and I make — whether that be where to live, where to send them to school or for whom to vote. We chose to live in... — Updated 6/8/2022


New law designed to address smash-and-grab thefts

People shouldn’t have to fear for their lives when they go shopping, but that’s become an unfortunate reality in recent years. Smash and grabs have become a popular choice for criminal networks, who break into retail stores,... — Updated 6/8/2022


Galassi will be compassionate, driven board member

I have known Kari Galassi and the Galassi family for over a decade as I’ve coached their sons in baseball for many years. Their family is such a blessing to the community of Hinsdale. They are always willing to come to the aid of... — Updated 5/25/2022


Galassi, Hart deserve voters' support in June 28 primary

I was born in Canada and have played hockey most of my life. Hockey has given me the opportunity to live in many great places across Canada and the United States. When I retired from the NHL, my family and I chose to return to... — Updated 5/18/2022


Longtime residents support Hart, Galassi in county races

We have lived in Hinsdale for most of our lives. We built our business here, raised our children here and now are overjoyed to see our kids raising our grandchildren here. We have also engaged civically over the years — whether... — Updated 5/4/2022


IBLP site on Ogden could be solution for two problems

Could there be a simple solution to two problems, one facing District 181 and the other the village Of Hinsdale? Unacceptable proposals for the long vacant land at the intersection of Ogden and Adams, owned by IBLP (Institute of... — Updated 5/4/2022


Galassi, Hart best choices for DuPage voters

Why move to DuPage County? This question, asked by many over the years, has been an easy one to answer: better schools, lower taxes, less crime. Now, the trend at many local schools has been to move away from common-sense... — Updated 4/27/2022


Mom offers plea for children's favorite spot to re-open

Fullers, please bring back Dips and Dogs for our children, please! The one place we truly had to walk to town with our children after dinner was Dips and Dogs. The excitement they always had when we told them they would get to go... — Updated 4/20/2022


D86 board officer elections illustrate lack of collaboration

This past year it has been disheartening to see the District 86 BOE led by a board president who showed a lack of integrity to her campaign promises and abused her position to silence board member dialogue. What was even more... — Updated 4/20/2022


Hinsdale couple endorses Hart, Galassi in county races

We moved to Hinsdale five years ago from the city of Chicago. Like many young families, our move to the suburbs was driven by a desire for lower crime, excellent schools and a more favorable tax environment. We looked in many... — Updated 4/20/2022


Resident supports Galassi, Hart for county board

On April 19, 2001, my wife, Tracey, and I moved to the United States from Northern Ireland for what was meant to be a temporary work opportunity. Tracey was carrying our first baby, who became the first American citizen in our... — Updated 4/13/2022


Why is the superintendent on Zoom with clergy leaders?

Superintendent Prentiss has now been revealed (FOIA 1099) to have met on Zoom with a group of local clergy leaders. In an email between Prentiss and a local pastor on Jan 27, the pastor discusses the need for “people with... — Updated 3/16/2022


Central students call for support for people in Ukraine

The recent events in Ukraine have been horrific. In just one week over 600,000 refugees have fled Ukraine, with that number potentially rising to 5 million over the coming weeks. These refugees were forced to leave their homes,... — Updated 3/2/2022


Former board president calls for superintendent's removal

I am a former board member (and president) of school District 86. I recently posted a petition on, which gathered over 800 signatures in a few days. It calls for the removal of Superintendent Prentiss... — Updated 2/23/2022


More discussion of DEI will benefit the community

In looking for the silver lining with the controversy surrounding the D86 equity consultant, I’m very encouraged by the letters and sponsored ads in The Hinsdalean in support of listening to each other and continuing the... — Updated 2/23/2022


Harassment demonstrates why Hinsdale needs DEI

There is a debate in the editorial section of this paper about DEI — diversity, equity and inclusion — at Hinsdale schools. My experience this past weekend in the Grant Square parking lot reminded me why equity training is... — Updated 2/16/2022


D86 has chance to be real leader in educational equity

As a 30-year resident of Hinsdale High School District 86 who raised three graduates, I am grateful for the great educations that they received from kindergarten through 12th grade. We all made wonderful, life-long friends, too.... — Updated 2/9/2022


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