Good news


DuPage County hosted an inauguration ceremony Dec. 5 for 23 elected officials who took office. DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin presided over the event.

Board members who took the oath of office included newcomers Kari Galassi and Lucy Chang Evans along with incumbent Brian Krajewski for District 3 and incumbents Elizabeth Chaplin and Paula Deacon Garcia and newcomer Yeena Yoo for District 2.

Terms lengths were determined in a Dec. 13 lottery.

Galassi and Krajewski in District 3 and Garcia and Yoo in District 2 will serve four-year terms. Chaplin and Evans will serve two-year terms.

Also sworn in was Deborah Conroy, the first female board chair in the county’s history.


• Social studies teachers John Naisbitt and Arpan Chokshi from Hinsdale Central earned the Outstanding Educator Award from the University of Chicago. They were among the educators recognized for the significant role they play in their students’ education and the positive impact they have on the lives of those who teach.

• Jared Friebel, who teachers English at Hinsdale Central, was selected for the Chicago Area Writing Project’s Civic Engagement Fellowship for 2022-23.

TROLLEY RIDE supports hhs

The Hinsdale Historical Society sold more than 180 tickets and raised $4,500 with its fourth annual Holly Jolly Trolley Dec. 14.

Immanuel Hall was transformed with special lighting and members of the West Suburban Ballet Conservatory and Hinsdale Chorale performed as participants waited for their 20-minute trolley tour of the best-lit homes in town.

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Madison School students have been busy recently spreading cheer. On Dec. 10, students passed out more than 120 wrapped gifts to individuals from HCS Family Services’ list and then donated another $1,200 to HCS to further their work in helping under-resourced individuals

in our area.

Third- through fifth-graders from the Madison Kids Care Club brightened the day of residents at Magnolia Senior Living Hinsdale Dec. 14 by singing holiday songs and doing crafts together after school.


The Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club Jingle Dash Dec. 3 drew more than 247 participants and raised $24,000 for education scholarships for local high school students, which will be awarded through the club’s education committee.

The second annual 5K Walk/Run began and ended at Robbins Park, with post-race snacks and a photo opportunity with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

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The LEAP Club at Hinsdale Central raised $4,000 with its wreath and garland sale, surpassing its goal of $1,000.

Proceeds from the sale will be used to support LEAP Math and Science schools in South Africa.