Monday, March 18, 2013
"I have lived 30 adult years in the 1st Ward." Michael (Mike) Bruno says. He faces off against Zachary Ploppert in the April 9, 2013, race for Geneva 1st Ward alderman.
MICHAEL (MIKE) BRUNO — GENEVA 1ST WARD ALDERMAN CANDIDATE Name: Michael (Mike) Bruno Position Sought: Alderperson – Geneva’s 1st Ward Campaign Contact Information Home Address: 522 Fulton Street, Geneva, IL Family Members Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Engineering College), 1987, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Current Occupation and Employer: Owner of technology consulting firm, 1st Layers Consulting Corp. Political Party Affiliation: Independent Why are you seeking office? I have been serving the city and working with staff for some years now and wishto extend that level of service. After years of friends saying that I should run for office, it seems that now is the time to make that commitment. What will …
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Friday, March 15, 2013
Jenny talks about wardrobe malfunctions and gives a shout-out to Geneva on the "Rachael Ray Show."
We've been wondering for a long time whether Jenny McCarthy was putting down roots in Geneva, and proof positive came March 8 on the Rachael Ray Show. Jenny talked about The Jenny McCarthy Show on VH1 and wardrobe malfunctions she's had at the Vanity Fair party after the Oscars and in her first appearance in a WWE event, but then the talk turned to her move to back to the Chicago area, and her son, Evan. Rachael asked about shopping and food in Chicago, and that's when "Geneva news" popped out like a happy wardrobe malfunction. "I live in Geneva, which is like a little historical district," she said. "So there’s no big stores. All the stores are inside of houses—little old houses, so I buy everything from there. It’s great." It is, indeed…
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Students from two parts of town—downtown Geneva south of State Street and an East Side area south of Fabyan Parkway—might attend Western Avenue School rather than Williamsburg next year. Fabyan Elementary and Mill Creek boundaries will be untouched.
Students from two parts of town likely will attend Western Avenue School next year rather than Williamsburg Elementary, according to a memo published in the Fabyan Facts newsletter by Geneva School District 304 Superintendent Dr. Kent Mutchler. Fabyan Elementary School and Mill Creek Elementary School won't have to change their boundaries, a School District task force has concluded. The decisions aren't final, but the task force recommendations are expected to be presented at the Board of Education meeting on April 8. "We will not be recommending any adjustments in attendance boundaries between Mill Creek Elementary School and Fabyan Elementary School at this time," Mutchler said in the memo. "(But) we are continuing to explore possible …
Monday, February 25, 2013
A memorial service in Geneva is Thursday following the death of the 2003 Geneva High School graduate, golf and baseball player and "rising star" in Phillips 66.
Visitation will be held Wednesday and a memorial service will be held Thursday in Geneva for Raymond Kiligian III, 28, who died unexpectedly Feb. 17 in his Houston, TX, townhome. The visitation will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Yurs Funeral Home in Geneva. The memorial service is schedule for 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the funeral home. Kaligian moved to Geneva in third grade and graduated from Geneva High School in 2003, according to his obituary on the Yurs Funeral Home website. At GHS, he was conference golf champion in 2002 and was named to the all-conference baseball team his junior and senior years, the obituary says. He was a member of the National Honor Society and a Key Club member, and he was named …
Monday, February 18, 2013
From what's closed to who we celebrate and why.
Monday, February 18
What exactly is the purpose of Presidents Day? It's not just about weekend sales and holidays from school, although it is important to note the following: There is also a complex and detailed history of the holiday we know as Presidents Day. Depending on what state you are from, some Americans may remember years where both Abraham Lincoln and George Washington's birthdays were holidays. In more recent years, though, the holiday has been consolidated into a single day, celebrated on the third Monday in February. Actually, the holiday honors George Washington and bears only his name in state and federal law. Washington’s birthday first officially was celebrated on Feb. 22, 1880. It was one of a growing list of federal holidays authorized by …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
See how the state senators who represent portions of St. Charles voted on the Illinois Senate's same-sex marriage bill.
Saturday, February 16
By Melissa Sersland The Illinois Senate approved legislation Thursday that would allow same-sex marriage in Illinois, according to the Chicago Tribune. The Senate voted 34-21. The bill provides "equal opportunity for the same federal marriage benefits to same-sex couples that are currently awarded to other couples," according to a release from Illinois Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant. Here's how our area's state senators voted: See how each member of the Illinois Senate voted. The measure will now go to the Illinois House, where the fight to pass the bill is expected to be tougher, according to the Trib. Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the bill if it makes it to his desk.
Monday, February 11, 2013
If you're looking for great Valentine's Day ideas without having to travel too far, check out this list of romantic nights out.
Looking for something a little different or special for this year's Valentine's Day? Here are some Geneva-area ideas for an out-of-the-ordinary night out with your date. A few words of caution: Some of these might be sold out by now, and these are a just sampling of the fun suggestions we've seen in the past few weeks. If you've got ideas, or if you're a local business with a Valentine's Day offer, please share it with Geneva in the comments section below! Enjoy a musical night out at EvenFlow Music & Spirits with Sharon Lewis and Texas Fire. "Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Chicago Blues Legend and some delicious food off our winter menu—it’s the perfect date!" EvenFlow's website says. Want to try something unexpected? How about a …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
An "eclectic urban bar with warm surroundings" is coming soon to the Geneva Commons.
Bar Louie is coming! Or, at least it has its liquor license and could be open "within 30 to 45 days," according to Bar Louie operator John Bonkowski. Bonkowski and others attended Monday's Geneva City Council meeting, where the council voted unanimously to approve adding one Class B-3 Liquor License for a new Bar Louie location at 1602 Commons Drive. "Are we a chain?" Bonkowski responded to a question from an alderman. "We’re actually a local bar that got really big. Right now, we're at 63 locations nationwide." In the Chicago area, 15 percent of the Bar Louie businesses are franchised, Bonkowski said. He describes the bar as "a gathering spot for the local community" that serves "oversized" food portions, mostly sandwiches, and specialty …
The popularity of candy and flowers can't be beat.
- VALENTINE'S DAY GUIDE
Saturday, February 9
Valentine’s Day is a day for displays of affection, and for years, two popular signs of that affection have been candy and flowers, with chocolate and roses on the top of the list. Some U.S. Census calculations follow. CANDY 1,177 Manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2009, employing 34,252 people. $12.6 billion Total value of shipments in 2009 for firms producing chocolate and cocoa products. Nonchocolate confectionery product manufacturing, meanwhile, was a $7.4 billion industry. 3,386 Number of confectionery and nut stores in the United States in 2009. 24.7 pounds Per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2010. FLOWERS $375 million The combined wholesale value of domestically produced cut …