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Spring Treat For You!

May’s fizzing to an end, and with it comes hot weather and drowsy days. School’s not yet over, but you may want to take your kids out over the wekend, or enjoy the late Spring. Here are some ideas.   Thursday, 5-9 p.m. May 19-Aug. 25, downtown Oak Park. Around 20 Oak Park restaurants give you a variety of drinks, appetizers and desserts as special menu for eating inside or out. www.downtownoakpark.net/signature-event/thursday-night. Downers Grove Classic Car Show and band entertainment, 6-9 p.m. Fridays, May 20-Sept.2, www.downtowndg.org.Uncork Illinois Wine Festival, 1-9 p.m. May 28, Sample more than 150 wines from around 15 local wineries and dance to music as you do so. Price: $20 or $15.  www.downtownoakpark.net/signature-event/uncorkil.Barrington Art Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., May 28-29, Have a blast with art from more than 130 juried artists, live music, food and kids activities. Call 947-926-4300 or go to www.amdurproductions.com.Prairie Arts Festival, 10 a.m.-5 [...]

By |2016-05-25T14:45:46-05:00May 25th, 2016|Local Events|Comments Off on Spring Treat For You!

State Without a Budget

  Illinois is in a fix. Thousands of Illinoisans and organizations have been terribly affected by the Illinois budget crisis, and that number continues to grow every day. Apparently, the state will have to notch its belt since rumblings from Springfield indicate that money will only be produced by March or April if at all. Background Ever since 1215, on the fields of Runnymede, when the barons of England forced King John to sign the Magna Carta, the legislative branch has held the power of the purse in the Anglo-American tradition of government. The budget is renewed every three years and is collated from the budgets of the various agencies who send their lists to the Office of Management and Budget. The results reflect the governor’s priorities and interests as well as the projected money the state has to spend in a given fiscal year. Problem is that in an [...]

By |2016-02-05T16:11:08-05:00January 28th, 2016|English Articles, Local Events|Comments Off on State Without a Budget

SchoolDigger Ranks the 3 Best Elementary, Middle and High Schools in NW Suburbs

SchoolDigger, a website that evaluates K-12 school performance, updated its rankings of the best elementary, middle and high schools in Illinois using the recently released Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test scores. As with any rankings, it is important to realize that this is not a definitive list. Rankings vary according to the scoring methodology used – and PARCC, in particular, or standardized test scores, in general, are arguably not the only indicator of a school’s success. Regardless, here are the top three elementary, middle and high schools in the NW suburbs of Illinois, according to SchoolDigger’s latest rankings. Top Three Elementary Schools South Park Elementary School | Deerfield Enrollment: 497 Percent low-income students: 0.0% Average standard score: 98.45 Willowbrook Elementary School | Glenview Enrollment: 310 Percent low-income students: 1.3% Average standard score: 98.74 Shabonee School | Northbrook Enrollment: 390 Percent low-income students: 3.3% Average standard score: 98.89 Top Three [...]

By |2015-12-31T20:14:31-05:00December 31st, 2015|Local Events|Comments Off on SchoolDigger Ranks the 3 Best Elementary, Middle and High Schools in NW Suburbs

Right to Work is About Our Right to Pay

Critics wonder what the fuss is about. Lincolnshire has just exempted its employees from paying union dues and opponents want to sue. Why? In Monday night’s 5-1 vote, north suburban Lincolnshire created Illinois’ first private sector “right-to-work” municipality. Private sector unionized employees working in Lincolnshire will now have the choice of whether or not to pay union dues, and a union worker cannot be fired for not paying dues. According to the Union Business website, Union fees and monthly dues depend on the type of Employer and your particular wage rate. Initiation fees are from $75 to $600, and dues range from $17 to $85. Monthly union dues are generally two and a half times your hourly wage rate. So if you earn $18 an hour expect to pay $44 to your work union. For some employees, such as teachers, this is a goodly part of their wage. Earlier this [...]

By |2016-02-09T17:13:11-05:00December 27th, 2015|Local Events|Comments Off on Right to Work is About Our Right to Pay

Cue The Buddies – Special Gifts Theater gives kids with special needs a chance to take the stage

Special Gifts Theater is  bringing you the Wizard of Oz and Shrek on February 20th, March 5th and 12th, and April 23rd. Special Gifts Theater (SGT) is the brainchild of Susan B. Field a former occupational  therapist. In 2000, her two sons had left for college, she was feeling pretty lonesome and as she tells it: “one night during family dinner.. my daughter turned to me and asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up…. I confided my dreams of starting a theater company for children with special needs.” Her children immediately set to work; her middle son designed the logo and her daughter  named it.  They adapted scripts to the children's abilities, made fliers, printed tickets, did technical work, and taught their mother  choreography. Three years later Special Gifts Theater is still going strong. In 2005, researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) were [...]

By |2016-02-09T17:14:08-05:00December 16th, 2015|Local Events|Comments Off on Cue The Buddies – Special Gifts Theater gives kids with special needs a chance to take the stage

Top 10 Holiday Events in Chicagoland and Northern Illinois

It's almost impossible to pick out ten events from the hundreds of local events listed in online directories. We think that you’ll agree that each of the events chosen are major happenings and will interest both children and adults. Happy Holidays! Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry: For over ten years now, the Holidays of Light has featured different customs, traditions and festivals celebrated by other cultures in various countries around the world. For example, you can learn about and experience Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan and Diwali. During the holiday season there are special performances through December. The Art Institute's Holiday Gifts for the City- The Wreathing of the Lions is a much cherished holiday gift in Chicago. This year the 23rd Annual Wreathing of the Lions takes place on Friday, November 28th at 10am with all the appropriate fanfare and pageantry in front of the Art [...]

By |2015-12-10T19:01:52-05:00December 10th, 2015|Local Events|Comments Off on Top 10 Holiday Events in Chicagoland and Northern Illinois

Glenbrook Dist. 225 Hikes Property Tax Levy 3%

If you live in Glenview and are a local property owner, here’s news that may affect you. On November 12, Glenbrook High School District 225 Board of Education determined to levy property taxes by a total of 6 percent. Two years ago, Glenbrook had discussed a levy that would amount to 3%. This means that property owners in Glenview would now pay a further 3% on their taxes. The proceeds would go to funding the school.  Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs Hillarie Siena had explained that the purpose was to “allow the District to address rising costs due to inflation and financial challenges resulting from new growth, such as increased student enrollment” She had urged that taxpayers not consider the levy as increase in their personal taxes.  Rather: “The tax levy is only one of a number of factors that determine how much a property owner actually pays.” Two days [...]

By |2015-12-02T19:24:17-05:00December 2nd, 2015|Local Events|Comments Off on Glenbrook Dist. 225 Hikes Property Tax Levy 3%

Chicago Air and Water Show – August 15th & 16th

The 57th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show – August 15 & 16 The Chicago Air and Water Show presented by Shell Oil Products U.S. and the City of Chicago is the largest FREE show of its kind in the United States. The show can be viewed along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach as the focal point. August will be the 59th anniversary of the largest free show of its kind. Blue Angles Over Chicago Shell first ran the Air and Water Show in 1959. It was called the ‘Lakeshore Park Air & Water Show’, ran at Chicago Avenue and Lake Michigan, and was a part of a ‘Family Day’ celebration for children enrolled in the Chicago Park District’s day camp program. The budget was $88. The Golden Knights didn’t have a beach to land on so they landed in the Water. [...]

By |2015-08-13T19:30:39-05:00August 10th, 2015|English Articles, Local Events|Comments Off on Chicago Air and Water Show – August 15th & 16th

2015 End of Summer Local Events North Shore of Chicago

One more month to school. August. It feels like the heavens are sautéing us on their stove. But Cook County makes sure that we and children will survive. Here’s their program for August: Evanston's Lakeshore Arts Festival For Family 1-2: Destination Asia Cultural Festival Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $14, adults ages 18–64; $12, seniors ages 65+ ; $9, youth ages 2–17; children 1 and younger are free. Witness: A vendor expo, Asian food options, demonstrations of origami (paper folding), ikebana (flower arranging), henna art, a bonsai exhibit and more. Entertainment includes: Tsukasa Taiko Drummers, The Miyumi Project, Kerry Leung, Chicago Koto Group, Philippine American Cultural Foundation, and the BIBAK Breaths of Heritage. 1-2: Lakeshore Arts Festival Dawes Park, Sheridan Road at Church Street, Evanston 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. The festival includes work by more than 100 artists, live jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, rock and classical [...]

By |2015-07-30T18:56:53-05:00July 30th, 2015|Local Events|Comments Off on 2015 End of Summer Local Events North Shore of Chicago

Chicago North Shore 2015 Local Festivals and Events

Long Grove Strawberry Festival Vacation is here. And for some it’s the scariest time in the year. Kids are home for eleven weeks. How do we occupy them for 77 days without emptying our bank account in the process! The generous folk of our northern suburbs have come up with a cornucopia of choices. Enjoy!     For Family June 26-28: Northlake Days 5 p.m. to midnight Friday; noon to midnight Saturday; noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Tel: 708-343-8700. Includes a car show, carnival, bingo, fireworks, a beer garden, food selections, vendor booths and crafts. June 27-28: The Art Center's Festival of Fine Arts Sheridan Road and Park Avenue, Highland Park; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Exhibitions by more than 100 juried artists working in ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, wood and more. Additional attractions include family activities, art lessons, workshops and live entertainment demos. July 11-12: Buffalo Grove Art Festival Corner [...]

By |2015-06-29T13:59:00-05:00June 29th, 2015|Local Events|Comments Off on Chicago North Shore 2015 Local Festivals and Events