Friday, October 5, 2012
From galas to walks to shopping, here's how you can participate, pledge support and donate to the cause in Will County.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and whether you love to shop, attend events, walk or run, there are lots of ways to support the cause. Check out the list below of opportunities to go pink in Will County and beyond: There are even more ways to spread breast cancer awareness this month by supporting national organizations that are fighting for a cure. Research centers like Susan G. Komen for the Cure are selling pink ribbon merchandise and it’s a twofer — retail therapy and donating to a cause that affects millions. You can also support breast cancer research by affixing a special stamp to your mail. The U.S. Postal Service has been selling a stamp commemorating breast cancer awareness for the past 15 years. The agency has…
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Romeoville Patch readers are invited to take advantage of the site's calendar of events and announcement listings.
Did you know the Romeoville Patch website allows users to submit their own events? It's very easy and quick; here's how you do it: If you have any trouble or any questions, please don't hesistate to contact Romeoville Patch editor Shannon Antinori at email@example.com.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
This nifty video tutorial shows Patch users how to post an announcement, including full press releases, by using the tools available to all users.
Have you ever sent a press release to the editor of your Patch site and wondered when it was going to post? How about sent him or her a birth announcement or perhaps an obit (which are published free on Patch sites) or school award only to wonder if it was ever going to be published? Well, our Patch sites are designed in a way that is easy for users to post their own announcement without having to wait for the editor to post it for you. It really is the best way to post your announcement or press release if you are a nonprofit agency, for profit agency, government body or other group to get your stuff on the Patch, instantly. Follow this video tutorial to see how to do this, step by step. After you finish watching the video, consider using…
Monday, January 16, 2012
Lawmakers can award eight one-year waivers, four two-year waivers, or two four-year waivers each year.
Illinois State Sen. A.J. Wilhelmi, D-Joliet, has announced he will no longer participate in the controversial Legislative Tuition Waiver Program. According to an Associated Press report, nearly half of the members of state lawmakers have chosen not to participate in a program, which lets legislators waive state college tuition for selected students in their districts. Lawmakers can award eight one-year waivers, four two-year waivers, or two four-year waivers each year. "For the past several months, I have been debating whether to continue awarding legislative scholarships to college-bound students who live in the 43rd District," Wilhelmi said in a release. "In the end, I decided that the problems with the program outweigh its benefits." …
Friday, January 6, 2012
CUB study shows Illinois residents overspend by more than $1 billion each year on their phone bills.
Own a cell phone? You're likely part of the group of Illinois residents that the Citizens Utility Board says is collectively wasting $1 billion each year. CUB and State Rep. Emily McAsey are hoping to change that. The pair are partnering to host free clinics Jan. 16 at the White Oak Library District's Lockport branch (121 E. 8th St.) and Jan. 18 at the Levy Senior Center that will show residents how to save big by making just a few simple changes to their phone bills. Both workshops begin at 6 p.m. “Most people are paying too much for phone service, but CUB can help you deflate your bloated bill,” CUB Executive Director David Kolata said in a release. “We’ve been showing consumers how to save hundreds of dollars a year, and that’s good …
Sunday, November 20, 2011
It's always good to be caught up on state politics. Here's an easy guide to what happened this week.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Editor's Note: This article was created by aggregating news articles from Illinois Statehouse News that were written by various Illinois Statehouse News reporters. Cost of tax breaks up as support wanes A tax break package meant to boost a business community hit by the Great Recession could cost the state $848 million in just three years. The only funding source specifically outlined to date for the package is a change to the Illinois tax code that would bring in $571 million next year and $354 million in 2013 before running dry. At the same time, the provisions would cost more and more. By 2014, the state would face $848 million in lost tax revenue, a number that would only grow. But that’s assuming no significant jobs are added or …
Friday, November 11, 2011
The Symphony in Lights begins at dusk each evening and plays every hour on the hour until 9 p.m. from Nov. 12 through Dec. 31.
The Promenade's popular holiday light show, Symphony in Lights, is slated to begin Nov. 12, Promenade officials announced Monday. The light show takes more than 250,000 computer-controlled lights and choreograph's them to holiday-themed music. The show, according to a Promenade release, involves more than 75 people in six states; 60 miles of electrical wire; half a mile of steel cable; 6,000 ornaments and more than 1,000 hours of computer programming. For more information on the event, CLICK HERE. The show was the brainchild of a group of artists and inspired by the holiday light and music show designed by artist Carson Williams for his home in Mason, Ohio, the release said. The Symphony in Lights begins at dusk each evening and plays …
Thursday, November 3, 2011
The Valley View School District's latest test scores follow a statewide trend.
Valley View students taking the ISAT test last year posted their best scores in more than a decade, according to figures released by the state this week. But at the same time, the district’s high school students taking the PSAE test posted 10-year lows. The district’s anomaly follows a statewide trend in terms of student achievement scores—this year's state average was at a 10-year-high for ISAT standards but at a 10-year-low for the PSAE. For Valley View, that means students in grades 3-8 who met or exceeded state standards on the ISAT climbed by 12 points since 2002 (from 67 percent in 2002 to 79 percent in 2011); and high-school juniors taking the PSAE plummeted by 18 points during that same time frame (from 58 percent in 2002 to 40 …
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Valley View School District Superintendent James Mitchem says students are "are far more capable than scores may show.”
Valley View students failed to make adequate yearly progress on this year’s ISAT tests, according to information released by the state Monday. But the district’s state report card does show signs of improvement—if you know where to look. Valley View scores, which remained about flat this year, still rate behind state averages. But gains have been made on a grade-by-grade basis, administrators say. According to the Illinois State Report Card, 72.3 percent of Valley View students met or exceeded Illinois learning standards on the Illinois State Achievement Test (ISAT). That’s below the statewide average of 76.5 percent and slightly below last year’s district mark of 72.8 percent. Under guidelines set forth in the No Child Left Behind Act, …
Vote for your favorite prep sports athlete in the southwest suburbs or write in an athlete you think deserves recognition.
Be heard by picking our Patch Athlete of the Week of the southwest for the week ending Oct. 30. Vote for one of the following (or write in your own candidate in the comments): Bolingbrook High School: Aaron Bailey, junior, quarterback. Bailey's second-straight nomination comes on the heels of his team's 33-14 win over Neuqua Valley in the first round of the playoffs. Bailey scored four touchdowns and rushed for 300 yards on 16 carries (18.75 average). Downers Grove South: A.J. Simoncelli, senior, quarterback. Simoncelli recorded what could be his best performance ever in a 37-24 playoff-opening victory against Naperville North. Simoncelli completed 17-of-23 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns. He threw zero interceptions and completed …