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Members of the Hinsdale United Methodist Church delivered 24 boxes of food and 10 boxes of children’s books to Olivet United Methodist Church in Chicago’s West Garfield neighborhood on Palm Sunday, April 9.

The two churches have been in mission partnership for many years. This year’s delivery was particularly joyful because after two years of sending gift cards, members of the two congregations were able to meet in person. The inclusion of children’s books to the Easter food boxes was new this year.

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Locke Lord Chicago Partner and former Illinois Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale was reappointed by Illinois Senate President Don Harmon to the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission. Dillard has served as a commissioner since 2012.

The Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission was created in 2007 to assist and advise the Illinois Supreme Court in acquiring, collecting, preserving and cataloging documents, artifacts and information relating to the Illinois judiciary. The commission seeks to accomplish much of its work in partnership with historical and cultural institutions, bar associations, universities, law schools and federal, state and local agencies.

The commission has produced publications, exhibits and programs to educate the legal profession and the general public about the role of the judicial branch and its importance in interpreting laws. The intended audience gains an understanding of government and civics, resulting in more engaged citizenry.

Dillard, who currently serves as the chairman of the Regional Transit Authority in metropolitan Chicago — the nation’s second-largest mass transit system — concentrates his practice in business and governmental relations and in the representation of manufacturers in product liability prevention and litigation. He also serves as the independent chair of the privately owned Chicago Skyway Toll Road.

Dillard served in the Illinois Senate, representing Chicagoland’s western suburbs. He held a number of key leadership positions while in the General Assembly — including chairman of the Judiciary Committee before stepping down in 2014 to assume the RTA chairmanship. Prior to his election to the Senate, Dillard served with distinction as former Gov. Edgar’s chief of staff and legislative director to the late Gov. Jim Thompson.


Hinsdale Central’s Jiming Chen and Jeffrey Liu competed in an 80-player field April 3 at the National Academic Quiz Tournaments’ Individual Player National Championship Tournament in Rosemont.

Chen placed 38th and Liu placed 42nd.

Quiz bowl is a competitive, academic, interscholastic activity for teams of students. Quiz bowl teams use buzzers and answer questions about science, math, history, literature, mythology, geography, social science, current events, sports and popular culture. Quiz bowl matches feature a blend of individual competition and team collaboration, since no individual player is likely to be an expert in all subject areas.

National Academic Quiz Tournaments, founded in 1996, organizes the premier middle school, high school and college quiz bowl championships in North America.