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Chicago Partner Kirk Dillard was recently named to 2023 “Who’s Who in Chicago” by Crain’s Chicago Business. The list recognizes Chicago movers and shakers, from Fortune 500 CEOs to civic leaders and philanthropists. Dillard, a former Illinois State Senator, is one of more than 300 names compiled to the authoritative list.

Dillard concentrates his practice in business and governmental relations and in the representation of manufacturers in product liability prevention and litigation.

He is currently chairman of the Regional Transit Authority in metropolitan Chicago — the nation’s second largest mass transit system with assets of almost $150 billion and more than 1 million daily riders. He also serves as the Independent Chair of the privately owned Chicago Skyway Toll Road. In addition, since 2012, Dillard has served as a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission, which was created to assist and advise the Illinois Supreme Court in acquiring, collecting, preserving and cataloging documents, artifacts and information relating to the Illinois judiciary.

Dillard served in the Illinois Senate, representing Hinsdale and several other 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. Dillard also served as a judge on the Illinois Court of Claims. Additionally, Dillard was recently appointed by Gov. JB Pritzker to Western Illinois University’s Board of Trustees, and he serves as a member of the DePaul University College of Law Dean’s Advisory Council.


The Martha Ibbetson Chapter of the DAR laid a wreath at the Hinsdale Memorial Building Dec. 16, read the names of veterans who were killed in service and presented a check for $100 to the village for preservation work at the Memorial Building.

The wreath laying ceremony is done across the United States — at more than 3,000 cemeteries for more than 2.7 million veterans — on the third Saturday of December by all the DAR chapters. Wreaths across America Day was set aside by Congress in 2008 as a time to remember by name those veterans from long ago wars who risk being forgotten.

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Kathryn Knoch of Hinsdale earned a doctor of naturopathic medicine degree from National University of Health Sciences from the National University of Health Sciences in a Dec. 15 commencement ceremony.

Solstice earns finalist status

For the fourth straight year, Solstice, which is the art and literary magazine produced by students and staff from Hinsdale Central, has been named a finalist for a Crown Award by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. It is one of only three high school literary magazines from Illinois to earn this honor.

The Crown Award is the highest recognition that CSPA gives to a student print or digital medium. The announcement about whether Solstice won a Gold or Silver Crown is expected to occur in March.


Students from Hinsdale Central turned in amazing performances on the examinations that were administered in conjunction with the American Mathematics Competitions for individuals in grades 10 and below and 12 and below.

At Central, Alexander Zhang (first place), Max Zheng (second place), and George An (third place) took the top three spots on their version of the AMC 10 test, while Wilbert Chu (first place), Nathaniel Maydanchik (second place) and Kiran Gitzlaff (third place) took the top three spots on their version of the AMC 12 test.

Chu, Maydanchik, Gitzlaff, Zhang and Zheng also qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination, which will be administered Feb. 1.


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