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High School Football: Mustangs and Trojans to face opponents coming off season opening victories. The Downers South Mustangs (0-1) will host the cross conference Panthers of Proviso West (1-0) in their home opener Friday, September 5th at DGS Stadium. The Panthers come off an opening night victory Friday in Hillside defeating Evanston 13-7. Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm. Meanwhile, the Trojans of Downers North (1-0) will travel to the Hornets nest in neighboring Darien to face the the cross conference Hornets of Hinsdale South (1-0). The Hornets come off an opening night 27-14 victory over Romeoville. Kickoff is set for Friday, September 5th at 7:30 pm in Darien. (2 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Downers Grove native directs first feature film DOWNERS GROVE – The first time Downers Grove native Matthew Aaron moved to Los Angeles six years ago, it was short lived. read more: www.mysuburbanlife.com/2014/08/25/downers-grove-native-directs-first-feature-film/ara9fvx/ Downers Grove native Matthew Aaron talks with the actor and rapper Common during the filming of a TV pilot, "Dine and Dash," created by Aaron and director Joe Carnahan. Carnahan's directorial credits include "Smokin' Aces," "The Grey" and "Narc." ... See MoreSee Less

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DG Gabber - Downers Grove Community Website

MLB - Upstart teams looking to make playoffs. Who are these guys? The Orioles, Brewers and Royals all have opportunities to be playing baseball in October in quest of the big prize, a World Series Championship for their cities. Check out the standings as the MLB enters September baseball where dreams come true or dreams need to wait till next season: www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=Mlb+standings ... See MoreSee Less

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EXCLUSIVE POLL: Oberweis gaining on Durbin in U.S. Senate race In a year that’s expected to tilt toward Republicans across the nation, Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. Senate, is leading Oberweis, who is making his third run for the Senate, 47.8 percent to 40.5 percent, the survey commissioned by the Sun-Times’ political portal shows. read more: politics.suntimes.com/article/washington/exclusive-poll-oberweis-gaining-durbin-us-senate-race/su... ... See MoreSee Less

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Tollway lowers cost of I-Pass transponders for those opening new accounts The Illinois Tollway is lowering the cost of getting an I-Pass transponder for those who open a new account, reducing the price to $30 from $50, officials said Thursday. read more: www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-ipass-transponder-cost-reduced-20140828-story.html ... See MoreSee Less

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DG Gabber - Downers Grove Community Website

U.S. auto sales seen ending summer without a sizzle U.S. auto industry sales in August will be about even with a year ago, not quite ending the summer in a sizzling fashion but still warm enough to continue the recovery from a recession now five years in the rear-view mirror. read more: www.chicagotribune.com/classified/automotive/sns-rt-us-autos-sales-preview-20140829-story.html ... See MoreSee Less

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Autopsy: Father kills wife, 2 disabled adult children in Elmhurst murder-suicide read more: www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elmhurst/chi-several-members-of-a-family-found-dead-in-elmhurst-ho... ... See MoreSee Less

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Desiree MonroeHow sad!! Makes you wonder...what was going through his head? Was it just too much for them and they didn't want anyone else to have to care for their children... Prayers to this family may they all be at peace. Prayers that their to daughters get through this terrible tragedy!1   ·  17 hours ago

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Quinn takes on minimum wage challenge Gov. Pat Quinn said Sunday he had begun a week long attempt to spend no more than $79 on food and other expenses, part of an effort to build support for a minimum wage referendum that will be on the ballot in November, when voters will also choose between the incumbent Democrat and his Republican challenger. read more: www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-quinn-minimum-wage-challenge-met-20140901-story.html ... See MoreSee Less

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Downers North Class of 2018 is welcomed! ... See MoreSee Less

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DG Gabber - Downers Grove Community Website

Downers South High School News Mad Dash 2014 Nearly 700 freshmen attended our orientation--a wonderful introduction to high school and all that South High has to offer! ... See MoreSee Less

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Carol J Matusiewicz SuttonWay to go mustang seniors for your help with this event. Welcome freshman students. It was a great event!1   ·  1 day ago

Leslie Boyle EbersoldOur son, Sam, who is a junior, was a Mad Dash leader. He loved helping and said it was a huge success! Great event every year at South.20 hours ago

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Caribou in final hours in downtown DG! Caribou Coffee in downtown Downers Grove closes for good today at 3 pm! Peet's Coffee scheduled to re-open there near Halloween. ... See MoreSee Less

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Jacqueline Scott Farnaus'Bye Caribou, hope Peet's is as friendly.3 hours ago

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Downers North airs season premiere of David Edwards show During the second drive, however, senior running back Rabeeh Istanbouli suffered a separated shoulder after a 58-yard run and had to be taken by ambulance to the hospital. read more: highschoolcubenews.com/2014/08/30/downers-north-airs-season-premeire-david-edwards-show/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Area High School Football Scores from Saturday, August 30th: Downers Grove North 31, Lockport 20 Glenbard West 21, WW South 10 Glenbard East 41, Willowbrook 14 York 50, Clark 0 Waubonsie Valley 20, Naperville Central 6 Proviso East 29, Maine West 7 Addison Trail 22, Glenbard South 7 Cary-Grove 38, Wheaton North 28 Metea Valley 45, Plainfield North 28 Nazareth 42, Bloomington 7 Centerville (Ohio) 33, Glenbard North 28 ... See MoreSee Less

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WEATHER: Here's the 5 day outlook for Downers Grove: www.weather.com/weather/5-day/60515 ... See MoreSee Less

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Downers North airs season premiere of David Edwards show Final Score: Downers North 31 Lockport 20 During the second drive, however, senior running back Rabeeh Istanbouli suffered a separated shoulder after a 58-yard run and had to be taken by ambulance to the hospital. “He’s a horse,” Edwards said of Istanbouli. “We wished him well and he just said, ‘go get it guys.’ We hope he comes back as soon as possible.” read more: highschoolcubenews.com/2014/08/30/downers-north-airs-season-premeire-david-edwards-show/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Weather: Seasonal Temps and less rain according to The Weather Channel 5-day forecast for Downers Grove. Here's the 5-day outlook: www.weather.com/weather/5-day/60515 ... See MoreSee Less

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DG Gabber - Downers Grove Community Website

Calling for greater transparency of DuPage County lobbyists Recently before the DuPage County Board, I advocated for greater transparency of lobbying activities by broadening reporting requirements and making that information available online at the County Clerk's office. A public portal would allow us to search names of lobbyists A to Z, find out who they’re lobbying, what they’re lobbying about, dates of contact and total compensation. “Lobbyists Online” has been a proven success at Cook County since 2010 as part of their Lobbyist Sunshine Initiative introduced by Cook County Clerk David Orr. The initiative was swiftly passed by unanimous decision. We need this public service in DuPage. As Orr predicted, Lobbyists Online gave taxpayers, elected officials and the media unprecedented access to track lobbying. The percentage of lobbyists and firms reporting compensation in Cook County lept from 15 to 48 percent immediately after the reporting switched to online. Government watchdogs, including myself, applaud it. Placing more lobbying information online diminishes speculation of what’s going on behind closed doors. It aligns perfectly with DuPage County's ACT Initiative promoting accountability and transparency. And, it's so easy to achieve. Jean Kaczmarek, 2014 candidate for DuPage County Clerk ... See MoreSee Less

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  1. In every county in Illinois, the electoral process is carried out by the county clerk’s office, with one exception – DuPage. We are the only county with an independent county-wide electoral process. I’ve been critical of this structure while witnessing years of conflicts of interest, patronage appointments, and massive overspending.

    A conspicuous and strangely overlooked chunk of this overspending has been the bloated salaries at the top.

    I’ve compiled the clerk salaries of the top 10 most populated counties in Illinois aside from DuPage; they range from $81,500 to $121,700. The average salary is $99,700. If you ask any of these county clerks what their number one responsibility is, he or she would say administering elections.

    Our county clerk has nothing to do with elections, yet he receives $143,000. That’s 43 percent above the average, with the least amount of responsibility. Our election commission director makes $135,561.

    The Lake County county clerk told a local newspaper, “I’ve always joked that it takes two highly-compensated men in DuPage to do what I do.”

    Our county clerk was quoted in the media last year, “I’m glad I don’t have to worry about elections.”

    Indeed.

    If our county clerk doesn’t want the headaches and workload of the other 101 county clerks in Illinois, then he shouldn’t be paid so well. He shouldn’t be allowed to have it both ways.

    This month, the DuPage County Board will be voting on the salaries of elected officials. If there is no willingness for the office of DuPage County Clerk to conduct the electoral process, then the salary should be cut in half. If the board disagrees, they must justify to taxpayers why they should pay more for the same services other counties receive for a lot less.

    Half the job, half the salary.

    Jean Kaczmarek

    Candidate, DuPage County Clerk

    Glen Ellyn

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