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The 170-year-old Sheldon Peck Homestead is Lombard’s oldest residence. It has been renovated, and the Lombard Historical Society will celebrate the building’s grand re-opening 7 p.m. Feb. 8.


Public asked for opinions on future of transportation

DuPage County is holding public meetings to share ideas about how to improve transportation throughout the County. With anticipated growth and ongoing transportation needs, the county is seeking community input to create its first Long Range Transportation Plan, addressing topics such as traffic flow, safety, system reliability and transit services.

The plan, known as DuPage Connects, will govern transportation policies and practices for the next 25 years. The goal of the plan is to create a vision and mission for the DuPage County Division of Transportation and to help ensure a sustainable and vibrant quality of life for residents and businesses.

The meetings will be conducted in an open house format from 5-7 p.m. Exhibits will be on display and county representatives will be available to answer questions. The meetings will provide information on the existing conditions and ways to stay informed about the plan process. Comment cards will be distributed and attendees will be encouraged to participate in an online survey. The meeting dates and locations are:

  • Feb. 15 at the Community Recreation Center, 120 E. Oak St., Addison;
  • Feb. 20 at the Carol Stream Park District, 910 Gary Ave., Carol Stream; and
  • Feb. 22 at Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Ave., Downers Grove.

The public can also complete a survey and submit comments at dupageconnects.org.

These meetings will be accessible to persons with disabilities. Anyone needing special assistance should contact Kristina Kuehling at (630) 777-6761. Persons who will need a sign language interpreter or other similar accommodations should notify the TTY/TTD number (800) 526-0844 or 711; TTY users (Español) (800) 501-0864 or 711; and for Telebraille dial (877) 526-6670 at least five days before the meeting.

Workshops to explore future of streams, river

In partnership with The Conservation Foundation, DuPage County Stormwater Management will host watershed workshops to connect environmentally minded individuals and organizations in preserving local streams and rivers. The free lunch workshops will be held 12-1:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Municipal Center Center, 400S Eagle St., Naperville, to discuss the West Branch of the DuPage River, and Feb. 22 at the Lombard Village Hall, 255 E. Wilson Ave., Lombard, to discuss the East Branch of the river. Speakers will discuss detention basin retrofit projects identified within each of the respective watersheds, as well as examples and funding opportunities for such projects. A meeting about the Salt Creek watershed was held in January. Register at eventbrite.com.

Area veterans sought for state bicentennial honor

In celebration of Illinois’ bicentennial celebration, DuPage County is looking for nominations of veterans to be honored by the Illinois Bicentennial Committee and the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) later this year.

The organizations will honor as many as 200 veterans at a celebration of statehood event on Dec. 3, 2018. Those chosen to receive awards for their contributions and achievements will attend a gala event at the United Center in Chicago.

Nominations can be mailed to the Illinois Department of Affairs in the George Dunne County Building, 69 W. Washington St., Suite 1620, Chicago 60602. The deadline is July 31. For more information, call Harry Sawyer with the IDVA at (312) 814-2450 via email at harry.sawyer@illinois.gov. For more information about the Illinois Bicentennial, visit illinois200.com.

Winfield man sentenced for Prairie Path attacks

A Winfield man charged with attacking two women on separate occasions on the Illinois Prairie Path has been sentenced to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Matthew Grover, 32, of 26W603 Lindsey, entered a plea of guilty to two counts of aggravated battery Jan. 26.

On April 24, 2017, at approximately 4 p.m., authorities received a call that a woman had been attacked on the Illinois Prairie Path. In the attack, the man approached the woman from behind and put her in a “bear hug.” The attacker released the woman and fled when joggers approached from the opposite direction. An investigation uncovered a similar incident near the same location on the Prairie Path that occurred in late September or early October 2016. The investigation into the two attacks ultimately led authorities to Grover.

Grover will be required to serve half of his sentence before being eligible for parole.


Chicago artist to speak at COD Feb. 13

Renowned local builder and artist Faheem Majeed will discuss how his work is inspired by his neighborhood and surrounding areas at 1 p.m. Feb. 13, in the Playhouse Theatre of the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn.

Majeed’s lecture coincides with the college’s celebration of Black History Month and is part of the college’s Visiting Artist Series, designed to provide opportunities for the community to interact with leaders in the fields of contemporary arts, design and culture.

A resident of Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood, Majeed transforms everyday materials such as particleboard, scrap metal and wood, and discarded signs and billboards into pieces that speak to larger issues of civic-mindedness, community activism and institutional racism. He was the inaugural artist-in-residence for University of Chicago’s Arts in Public Life Initiative (2012) and has been an artist-in-residence at MANA Contemporary Chicago (2014) and Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (2015).

Majeed’s lecture coincides with his solo show, “Unite,” in the MAC’s Cleve Carney Art Gallery, which runs through April 7. Visit www.clevecarneygallery.org for more on the exhibit.

For more information on COD’s Black History Month events, contact the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion at swoped28@cod.edu or (630) 942-2565.


Renovated historic residence re-opens

The Lombard Historical Society will celebrate the grand re-opening of the recently renovated Sheldon Peck Homestead Feb. 8. At 170 years old, the Sheldon Peck Homestead is Lombard’s oldest residence. The festivities will be held at 7 p.m. at the building, 355 E. Parkside Ave., Lombard. Admission is free. For more information, call (630) 629-1885. 


–DuPage County News Briefs–