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These students from Hinsdale earned their degrees in May commencement ceremonies.

• Giorgio Arquilla, bachelor’s in economics, Tufts University

• Trey Batachka, bachelor’s in engineering mechanics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

• Connor Chisnell, bachelor’s in economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

• Emma Dillard, bachelor’s in political science, graduated with distinction, University of Wisconsin-Madison

• Reilly Hayes, bachelor’s of business administration in marketing, University of Wisconsin-Madison

• Marie Iwanski, bachelor’s of business administration in international business and marketing, University of Wisconsin-Madison

• Mae Jovis, bachelor’s in human development and family studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

• Mark Lasek, bachelor’s in economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

• Charlie Lyne, bachelor’s in economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

• Annie Schulz, bachelor’s in biology and economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

• Kristiana Strtak, bachelor’s in business administration, University of Vermont

• Caroline Viravec, bachelor’s in economics, Wake Forest University


The following students from Hinsdale earned a place on their college’s dean’s list for the spring 2023 semester.

• Patrick Boyle, College of the Holy Cross

• Quinn Cain, Tufts University

• Olivia Giammanco, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

• Xing Gao, Washington University in St. Louis

• Emma Gillman, Carthage College

• Elizabeth Grieve, Washington University in St. Louis

• Yusuf Halabi, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

• William Kallas, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

• Sarah Lotsoff, Tufts University

• Vytautas Staniskis, Washington University in St. Louis

• Hannah Swoyer, St. Olaf College

• Roslyn Tischke, Washington University in St. Louis

• Sarina Upadhye, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

• Caroline Viravec, Wake Forest University


The Hinsdale Central High School Football Club welcomed 88 golfers and more than 50 dinner guests to its golf outing July 10 at Chicago Highlands Club in Westchester.

Many Central football alumni were in attendance, including Doug Kramer, a 2016 graduate who currently plays center for the Chicago Bears.

Place kicker James McCourt of the Jacksonville Jaguars, a teammate of Kramer’s at the University of Illinois, also attended the event.

The event including a silent auction and raffle and raised several thousand dollars for the club.

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The Illinois Department of Transportation has released its updated $41 billion state and local highway investment plan, with $175.8 million for 33 projects in the 41st District.

“These projects will have a meaningful impact in reducing congestion, increasing safety and growing jobs and economic opportunity in our district,” said Senate Republican Leader John Curran (R-41, Dowers Grove), who supported the Rebuild Illinois legislation that made the funding possible. “Our constituents have been very clear about the need to invest in our infrastructure, and today is another step closer to accomplishing that goal.”

The plan is set to begin in fiscal year 2024 with work going through 2029. The 41st District will see immense investment, including 24 state highway projects totaling $170 million and nine projects for local highways totaling $5.4 million.

Notable projects include a combined $81 million for bridge deck overlays and joint replacements and repairs in Indian Head Park, $30 million for bridge superstructure replacements in Willow Springs,and $1 million for a bikeway in Western Springs. In addition to regular maintenance and improvements, millions of dollars will also be invested in traffic control.

In Hinsdale, 55th Street will be repaved with new medians, intersection improvements and ADA improvements. The project covers 1.76 miles from Interstate 294 to west of Plainfield Road at a cost of $8.3 million.