DuPage County News Briefs

Chronicle Media Staff

Ron Losby, CEO of Steinway Musical Instruments, will speak March 16 at a west suburban multi-chamber of commerce event.


Election Commission to hire high school students for April 4

The DuPage County Election Commission wants to hire high school students to work April 4 for the Consolidated General Election. Students will be needed from 6:30-10 p.m. at the Election Commission office, 421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton. Students will need to provide a driver’s license, state ID card or student ID card and Social Security Number. They will be paid $8.25 per hour. Interested students should send their name, phone number and email address to Lori Heipp at lori.heipp2@dupageco.org.


Five projects win grants to improve water quality

The DuPage County Stormwater Management Planning Committee will help finance five projects countywide, all of which aim to improve the quality of the county’s streams and rivers. The projects will receive DuPage County Water Quality Improvement Program grants.

In its 18th year, the Water Quality Improvement Program grant awards up to 25 percent funding for projects exhibiting a regional water quality benefit. The county received 14 applications for projects totaling more than $5 million. The committee awarded $278,062 to this year’s recipients and projects, including:

  • North Central College’s permeable paver walkway in Naperville,
  • Village of Westmont’s detention basin retrofit,
  • High Lake Homeowners Association’s streambank stabilization in Winfield,
  • Village of Willowbrook’s permeable paver parking lot and
  • Village of Woodridge’s streambank stabilization.

For more information about the Water Quality Improvement Program and past recipients, visit www.dupageco.org/EDP/Stormwater_Management/Water_Quality/1312/.






Steinway CEO to address multi-chamber luncheon

Members of 18 area chambers of commerce will take part in a March 16 luncheon that includes networking and a business expo with a keynote speaker.

The speaker, Ron Losby, CEO of Steinway Musical Instruments, will deliver a speech entitled, “Salesmanship – Cultivating Centers of Influence.” Losby was named CEO in August 2016. Before that, he served as president of Steinway & Sons for the Americas for eight years, based at the New York factory. Losby has had a long track record of success at Steinway & Sons. He began his tenure as a district manager in 1987, where he refined his understanding of the retail business in the Americas and attained increasing levels of responsibility within the organization. In 2005, he was promoted to lead Steinway’s European retail operations, relocating to work out of Steinway Hall London. He brought his strong retail experience to Europe, helping to increase sales in London and other major markets, while at the same time honing his understanding of the European business landscape.

In his role as president of the Americas, Losby helped to manage the company through the recession – keeping Steinway & Sons viable financially while never losing focus on the company’s mission of building the best piano possible.

Approximately 500 business people are expected to attend the event at Bobak’s Signature Events and Conference Center, 6440 Double Eagle Drive, Woodridge. It will start at 10:30 a.m. with the business expo. Luncheon and keynote speaker will start at 12 p.m. The event will end at 2 p.m. For reservations, call the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, (630) 668-6464. Luncheon tickets are $35 for members, $50 for non-embers, and $350 for tabletops.

The participating chambers are: Bartlett, Bloomingdale, Bolingbrook, Carol Stream, Chamber630, Darien, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn, Greater O’Hare, Hinsdale, Lemont, Lisle, Lombard, Villa Park, West Suburban, Western DuPage, Westmont and Wheaton.





Program designed to help parents understand tough teen problems

The Glenbard Parent Series: (GPS) Navigating Healthy Families will present experts to discuss Tough Teen Topics: Social Media Safety, Anxiety, Parties and Depression March 22, at Glenbard South High School, 23W200 Butterfield Road, Glen Ellyn.

The teen years pose challenges for families. Day-to-day ups and downs are a normal part of adolescence, making it difficult to distinguish when there is a concern. In this period of great change, teens may feel misunderstood, angry, alone, anxious and confused while facing concerns about their identity, emotional development, drinking and drugs.

The event will be presented as such:

A panel will discuss social media safety at 6:30 p.m. Panelists will be DuPage County Sheriff Cpl. Frank Bibbiano, DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Naperville Police Det. Rich Wistocki.

At 7 p.m., another panel will address Tough Teen Topics: Anxiety, Parties and Depression. Panelists include:

  • Judge Christopher Stride. He was the presiding judge in a landmark case involving a couple found guilty of allowing their son’s friends to drink at a homecoming party in their basement in 2006. Two teenage guests were killed in a car crash shortly after leaving the party. This case had major implications for today’s social hosting laws.
  • Patrick McGrath. He has extensive training, experience and expertise in the area of anxiety and stress disorders. He is director of the Center for Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and co-director of the School Anxiety and School Refusal Program at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital. McGrath is the author of a stress management workbook, “Don’t Try Harder, Try Different,” and “The OCD Answer Book.”
  • Justin Wolfe. He is a clinical therapist in the Adolescent Addiction Services program at Linden Oaks Hospital. Wolfe has presented at numerous conferences on substance abuse prevention and treatment.
  • Linda Lewaniak. She is the senior director of Integrated Treatment for Insight Behavioral Health/Eating Recovery Center, and will moderate this panel on how to best protect teens’ well-being.

For more information, visit glenbardgps.org or contact Gilda Ross, Glenbard District 87 student and community projects coordinator, at (630) 469-9100, ext. 5147 or gilda_ross@glenbard.org




Personal trainer to run a 10kin every state for charity

Winfield resident and personal trainer Paul Stewart wants to raise awareness and funds for the needs of children in America. He will do so by running a 10k in every state in America over the next eight months. Stewart has divided the 50 states into 11 sections, and each section will be associated with a specific children’s charity. The charities include Canines For Disabled Kids, Southwest Indian Children’s Fund, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, Children Awaiting Parents, Camp Courageous and Seedlings Braille Books for Children.

Stewart’s itinerary will begin March 15 to March 18 when he travels to Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. He will end his journey Nov. 8 to Nov. 11 in Hawaii. He plans to be in Illinois sometime between May 10 and May 13.

Photos and video clips of each 10K run will be posted on Facebook at Paul Stewart Winfield Illinois, and donations can be made directly to each charity via Stewart’s Facebook page. For more information e-mail him at 10Kacrossamerica@gmail.com or call/text (334) 200-7882.