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Multi-faceted Exhibit at Gallery 200

City of West Chicago

     Artist Kathy Steere embraces art in all forms, from creating wooden sculptures from downed trees to painting backdrops for school plays and completing a fine art certification in botanical art. Her collection of fun, fine and fiber art sums up the “Facets of Kathy Steere” exhibit on display at Gallery 200, 200 Main Street, West Chicago. The Gallery will host the exhibit from July 5 – 28, 2013.

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Police Department Team Raises Funds And Carries The Flame of Hope

City of West Chicago

     Great things happen when caring people get involved, like the team of community champions who participated in the West Chicago leg of the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run held earlier this month. Together with other law enforcement agencies, the statewide fundraising campaign which supports Special Olympics Illinois topped the $3 million mark. This is the first time the organization has reached that dollar level.

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Brilliance in Business Awards

City of West Chicago

     The City of West Chicago is currently accepting nominations for its Brilliance in Business Awards. The award program was designed to acknowledge the efforts businesses are making on behalf of their objectives and those of greater benefit to the community. It also strives to bring awareness to the level of diversity, creativity and corporate citizenship that epitomizes so many West Chicago businesses.

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Old Time Pottery Grand Opening

City of West Chicago

     The City of West Chicago has announced the opening of Old Time Pottery later this summer at the corner of Illinois Route 59 and Illinois Route 64 (North Avenue) in the Mosaic Crossing Shopping Center. The family-owned retail chain which had its roots in the southeast is expanding to the western suburbs, and has chosen West Chicago, Illinois as the newest Midwest location. Old Time Pottery currently has locations in Rockford, Illinois and Merrillville, Indiana

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Sweet Home Chicago: The History of America's Candy Capital:

City of West Chicago

     The West Chicago City Museum hosts Sweet Home Chicago: The History of America’s Candy Capital from June 19 - August 24, 2013. This traveling exhibit from the Elmhurst Historical Museum, a department of the City of Elmhurst, Illinois, tells the story of the candy industry in the Chicagoland area. West Chicago’s own sweet treat producers will also be featured.

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Aerial Spraying For European Gypsy Moth

City of West Chicago

     Weather permitting, residents of West Chicago may notice low-flying aircraft in the area June 24-26, 2013 due to aerial treatments coordinated by the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDoA) to control European Gypsy Moths (EGM), Lymantria dispar. Although West Chicago is not directly in the treatment area, applications are scheduled for the Fermilab and Naperville block or area (see attached maps) which is in close enough proximity to West Chicago for residents to see yellow, fixed wing aircraft overhead, potentially causing alarm.

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Statewide Crackdown on Drunk Drivers

City of West Chicago

     The West Chicago Police Department announced its plans for July 4th traffic enforcement, focusing on both drunk and unbuckled drivers. The intensified enforcement effort will focus on late-night hours, as statistics show a disproportionate number of traffic deaths occur late at night and involve a drunk driver and/or unbuckled motorist. The crackdown is part of the statewide Independence Day "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" and "Click It or Ticket" effort.

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West Chicago's Mexican Independence Day Celebration

City of West Chicago

     Growing interest and support in West Chicago’s Mexican Independence Day Celebration, scheduled for Sunday, September 15, 2013 on Main Street from noon – 8:00 p.m. rain or shine, will take the event to new heights this year. Disappointed over the cancellation of last year’s event due to the lack of available volunteers and vendors, a strong and active committee formed earlier this year to plan the upcoming event which will celebrate history, culture and pride.

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Traffic Enforcement Campaign

City of West Chicago

     The Traffic Safety Unit of the West Chicago Police Department announced that Campaign #4 of the Illinois Department of Transportation funded grant was successful in educating the motoring public on seatbelt safety and awareness. The Campaign ran from May 10 - 27, 2013 and resulted in 28 citations being issued for seatbelt and 4 child restraint violations. During the Month of May 2013, the West Chicago Police Officers issued a total of 619 Traffic Citations in a strategic effort to improve the safety of our roadways. This would not have been possible without the partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation. A roadside Safety Check, Seatbelt Enforcement Zones and Saturation Patrols were conducted with the direction and funding assistance of IDOT.

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ESDA Distributes Weather Alert Radios to Schools

City of West Chicago

     Severe weather and emergency preparedness is top of mind in West Chicago especially in light of the recent severe weather related tragedies in Moore, Oklahoma and other states. This week the West Chicago Emergency Services Disaster Agency (ESDA) distributed National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather alert radios to all public schools in West Chicago as part of the process to receive StormReady® certification from the National Weather Service. The StormReady® certification program better prepares communities to save lives from the effects of severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness. The radios were purchased by the City and with a grant from the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association.

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West Chicago Mayor and Police Chief Recognize Citizens for Life Saving Actions

City of West Chicago

     On Monday, May 20 2013, West Chicago Mayor Ruben Pineda and Police Chief Laz Perez recognized two West Chicago residents for their actions after a neighbor’s house caught fire. They presented the two with the first ever Citizen Life Saving Award at the City Council meeting in front of council members, family, friends, and the grateful family they helped save.

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Scout Troops Contribute to the Fabric of Community in West Chicago

City of West Chicago

     As volunteers go, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts lead the pack. For the past two years, West Chicago Boy Scout Troop #33 sponsored by Glen Arbor Community Church, has taken on the service project of beautifying downtown West Chicago by planting a variety of flowers and ornamental grasses supplied by the City in downtown beds. Additionally, West Chicago Girl Scout Troop # 50386 is pitching in with their individual creativity in creating colorful art posters to help promote an upcoming event.

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