Good news


State Rep. Deanne Mazzochi (R-47, Elmhurst) was appointed to the position of assistant minority leader for the Illinois House Republican Caucus.

Mazzochi has represented the 47th District in Springfield since July 2018. During her tenure, she has cosponsored multiple bills signed by the governor, including legislation on pension transparency and ethylene oxide pollution and has advocated for property tax relief for homeowners as co-chair of the Property Tax Relief Task Force. Mazzochi has also targeted public corruption, serving on the Special Investigation Committee involving recently-ousted House Speaker Mike Madigan.

Mazzochi was appointed Monday by House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-82, Western Springs).

“Deanne’s drive to clean up Springfield makes her a leader on its own,” Durkin said. “Her work on the Special Investigating Committee highlighted her thoroughness and legal skills, and her background in science has been invaluable to the House Chamber during the COVID-19 crisis. Deanne will not stop until justice is served, and she will serve as a check on everyone in the General Assembly.”

Mazzochi said she appreciated the opportunity to serve and thanked Durkin for his confidence and trust.

“The people of Illinois face unique and demanding challenges, and I look forward to helping the entire General Assembly meet their needs,” she said. “The General Assembly sees thousands of bills each year. We need to improve the quality of legislation that we pass; restore reasoned, meaningful debate; and take bold leadership steps to move our state in a better direction.”

In addition to serving in the General Assembly, Mazzochi is a small business owner and founding partner of her law firm. She and her family live in Elmhurst.


Hinsdale Central has announced its Make A Difference Award winners for the second quarter of the 2020-21 school year. The teachers, selected from many outstanding nominations, have gone above and beyond the call of duty for students.

They are

• Stephanie Hiffman, English

• Erin Lundin, English

• Brian Mitchell, math

• Sanskruti Patel, social studies

• Daniel Scheldrup, science

• Jeff Waterman, social studies


These Hinsdale college students earned their degrees in December 2020 commencement ceremonies.

• Jordan Pranger, master’s in analytics, Georgia Institute of Technology

• Monika Tchavdarov, bachelor’s in rehabilitation and disability services, Northern Illinois University

• Kaja Schueler, bachelor’s in apparel, merchandising and design, Iowa State University


Dr. Sana Syed, a board-certified neurologist, has joined the Elmhurst Neuroscience Institute.

Syed received her medical degree in osteopathic medicine from the New York Institute of Technology and completed her internship and residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

A member of the American Academy of Neurology, her clinical interests include Alzheimer’s, carpal tunnel syndrome, concussion, epilepsy, headaches, mild traumatic brain injuries, paresthesia/neuropathy, Parkinson’s, seizure disorders and stroke.

She is seeing new patients at the Edward-Elmhurst Center for Health in Hinsdale.