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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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Great Summer Reads for Kids

WC Public Library

     The West Chicago Public Library District invites kids to find some adventure this summer with some great independent reading suggestions from Dominique Roman, Youth Services Librarian.

  • Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes

  • Alex and the Amazing Time Machine by Rich Cohen

  • Island of Thieves by Josh Lacey

  • The Traveling Restaurant : Jasper's Voyage in Three Parts by Barbara Else

  • Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms by Lissa Evans 

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“Books Enlighten, Nourish, and Delight” (BEND)

WC Public Library

     Thanks to the efforts of Administrative Librarian, Melody E. Coleman, a unique partnership has been developed between the West Chicago Public Library District (WCPLD), DuPage African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, and the Illinois Youth Correction center (IYC) in Warrenville. The program, named BEND (Books Enlighten, Nourish and Delight), provides quarterly delivery of books and magazines to the juvenile females incarcerated at IYC-Warrenville.

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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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West Chicago Public Library District to Offer FREE Summer Lunch Program

WC Park District

     District 33, West Chicago Public Library District, and Northern Illinois Food Bank Combine Efforts to offer FREE Summer Lunch Program to Children in West Chicago

     As school comes to an end in West Chicago Elementary School District 33, and summer begins, the West Chicago Public Library District will begin to serve FREE lunch throughout the summer months with food provided by Northern Illinois Food Bank

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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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