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A painting by artist William Blake of Hinsdale is part of the University of Illinois Springfield’s physical and digital art exhibit titled “Making Our History: Artists Render Lincoln’s Legacies.”

Over the past year, Blake and 19 other Illinois artists have been in a virtual residency with the UIS Center for Lincoln Studies to create 20 original artworks on Lincoln’s Legacies.

Blake’s painting of reenactor Hugh Goffinet portraying a soldier of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade at Fort Stevens outside of Washington, D.C., is among the 20 works on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library through Sept. 18.

Blake also has shows running from Sept. 9 to Oct. 1 at the Gallery Victor Armendariz in Chicago and from Oct. 3-23 at Lewis University’s Wadsworth Gallery in Romeoville.


Safe Suburbs USA PAC announced its Safety Star award winners Aug. 19, naming state Rep. Deanne Mazzochi (R-47, Elmhurst) Elected Official of the Year.

“I am thankful for this award and am grateful that such organizations exist to raise awareness and take action against the rising crime rates in our suburbs,” Mazzochi said. “As a member of House committees that involve crime and public safety, the conversation lately in Springfield has become too one-sided. We should always look for opportunities for reform within the criminal justice system — I proposed several options where the Democrats refused to take action. We owe a duty to victims to deliver justice and to our local residents to ensure they are not living in fear, especially when it comes to criminals with repeat offenses.”

Mazzochi serves on the Judiciary-Criminal Committee in the Illinois House and was recently appointed to the newly-created bipartisan, bicameral Crime Reduction Task Force. Safe Suburbs USA was founded to promote public safety and the welfare of suburban residents throughout the USA.

““I’m proud of the work our county sheriff, local police chiefs, and local district attorneys have done to help keep residents safe,” Mazzochi said.

The awards will be presented at a Sept. 22 breakfast at Ditka’s Restaurant in Oakbrook Terrace.


The Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 2 to celebrate the grand opening of Premier Martial Arts in Gateway Square at 777 York Road.

Premier teaches classes in karate, kickboxing and Krav Maga to adults and children.


Carter Wreck, 6, and his brother, Mason, 4, raised $113 during one June afternoon for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago.

The boys set up a lemonade stand in front of their house, with funds going to an organization their family has supported in the past.

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Edward-Elmhurst Health has announced the formation of Edward-Elmhurst Medical Group. With more than 650 clinicians, EEMG is one of the largest healthcare provider groups in the Chicago area.

For the first time, physicians, advanced practice providers and ancillary providers (licensed clinical social workers, dietitians and others) caring for patients in the Edward-Elmhurst Health service area will share a common medical group name and market themselves as one group.

The group includes more than 650 clinicians (including providers based at hospitals and ambulatory locations such as Hinsdale, and those from the Linden Oaks Medical Group), almost 400 physicians representing 25 specialties and 50 locations serving 26 communities.