Monthly Archives: December 2015


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 |2015-12-31T20:14:31-06:00December 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 |2016-02-09T17:13:11-06:00December 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 |2016-02-09T17:14:08-06:00December 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 |2015-12-10T19:01:52-06:00December 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 |2015-12-02T19:24:17-06:00December 2nd, 2015|Local Events|Comments Off on Glenbrook Dist. 225 Hikes Property Tax Levy 3%