Adult actors invited to audition for ‘Wait Until Dark’

August 25th, 2016

The Fox Valley Park District is seeking adult performers (age 16 and up) for its fall adult thriller Wait Until Dark, with auditions set for 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29, at the Prisco Community Center.

“We’re inviting actors and actresses to portray a variety of characters,” said Kyle Donahue, performing arts manager. “It doesn’t matter if you’ve been onstage before – no experience necessary! Just bring your special talents. We always welcome quirky, imaginative people – they are who make these productions great.”

For auditions, candidates should prepare a monologue and be ready to read from the script.

Wait Until Dark is a suspense thriller and Broadway hit based on the story of Susy Hendrix, a blind housewife who unwittingly possesses a doll filled with illicit drugs. Harry Roat, a brutal and sophisticated criminal, coerces two small-time thugs into helping him con Susy into giving up the doll. A battle of wits ensues, building to a dramatic final scene that is hauntingly memorable.

Cast rehearsals will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m., beginning Sept. 6, with four performances scheduled on Oct. 21, 22 and 23.

For more information, visit the Fox Valley Park District Performing Arts Facebook page or call 630-859-8606.

The Fox Valley Park District is a dynamic and growing park district that serves a diverse population of more than 233,000 people. Recognized as an Illinois Distinguished Agency, Fox Valley holds the nation’s highest honor as a two-time Gold Medal Award winner for excellence in park and recreation management. Serving the communities of Aurora, Montgomery and North Aurora, the District maintains 164 parks and 48 miles of interconnected regional trails amid 2,500 acres of parkland. Sharing the shores of the Fox River, our communities are united by the District’s commitment to promote vibrant, healthy lifestyles through fun and safe recreation opportunities that are environmentally and fiscally responsible. The Fox Valley Park District … Where Fun Begins!

Waubonsee to Host Career Fair Sept. 23

August 25th, 2016

You’re Invited!

2016 Aurora Downtown Career Fair

Friday, September 23rd

 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Waubonsee Community College,

Aurora Downtown Campus (18 S. River St., Aurora)

To register, please visit:

 We look forward to seeing you!

Two Ramps Reopened To Traffic At Farnsworth Interchange On The Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) In Aurora

August 25th, 2016

Two additional ramps will remain closed as work continues on the Farnsworth Avenue Interchange Project

Two ramps connecting the eastbound Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) to southbound Farnsworth Avenue and southbound Farnsworth Avenue to westbound I-88 in Aurora reopened today, August 23. The ramp closures were necessary to accommodate work on a new bridge and interchange improvements for the Farnsworth Avenue Interchange Project.

Construction on the Farnsworth Avenue Interchange Project is ongoing as work continues to build the new bridge and interchange reconstruction scheduled to be complete in 2017. Electronic message signs will be put in place in advance to alert drivers to new traffic patterns. Traffic shifts and ramp closures are necessary to provide a work zone and safely accommodate traffic.

Salvation Army Seeks Advisory Board Members

August 25th, 2016

The Salvation Army of Aurora is looking for new Advisory Board members who would like to engage, empower and evaluate our programs and services provided to those in need in our community. For over 130 years, The Salvation Army has provided basic human services like food, shelter and clothing as well as programs such as ESL classes, children’s character building and camps, Zumba for women, and Men’s ministry for free. As we build on our past…the future holds more opportunities for community engagement such as a capital campaign and new building project. We need your compassionate heart, creative mind and your sphere of influence to help us meet our goals. For more information please visit our website at We would love to have you participate in our Board Orientation and Strategic Planning meeting on Saturday, September 10th at the Holiday Inn Express, 2424 W. Sullivan Rd, Aurora from 8 am – 12 noon. Breakfast & Lunch provided. Please contact Beverly Peterson at or 815-222-1773 for more information.

VNA Health Care hosts “VNA Uncorked” A Wine Tasting Fundraiser on Friday, September 30

August 25th, 2016

VNA Health Care is hosting “VNA Uncorked”, a wine tasting fundraiser, on Friday, September 30 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at its main location at 400 N. Highland Avenue in Aurora. The event includes a ‘wines-around-the-world’ tasting theme with cheese pairings. Rob Lehner, a certified sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers, is a featured presenter. Guests may bid on a silent auction of wine and wine-themed gift baskets and purchase raffle tickets for a wine-cork pull raffle. Tickets are $50 each and may be purchased at by searching for VNA Uncorked or call (630) 978-2532, ext. 8567 to purchase over the phone. Proceeds from VNA Uncorked support the Aurora Community Heart Clinic at VNA and VNA’s Wellness Program.

VNA Health Care provides affordable health care to over 61,000 women, men and children living primarily in Kane, DuPage, and Will counties.  VNA runs ten community health centers and is nationally ranked as a top performing health center as a result of patient outcomes such as prenatal care, adolescent weight screening and counseling, vascular disease treatment, blood pressure control, healthy birthweights, and asthma care. VNA’s combination of convenience (by appointment or walk-in), patient-centered technology and expert care delivered with respect and compassion have led to these results. VNA is accredited by The Joint Commission.

GOLF magazine ranks Orchard Valley 6th best public golf course in Illinois

August 25th, 2016

Orchard Valley Golf Course is ranked as the sixth best public golf course in Illinois by GOLF magazine in its “Best Courses Near You” ratings for each state in the magazine’s September issues and online at

“With so many great golf courses in Illinois, we’re thrilled that Orchard Valley has received such a prestigious ranking,” said Aaron Reinhart, Superintendent of Golf at Orchard Valley.

Orchard Valley is one of 15 golf courses in Illinois selected among the state’s top public golf destinations by Travelin’ Joe Passov, writer and ranker for GOLF magazine.

With its pristine bent grass fairways and greens, Orchard Valley measures 6,745 yards from the longest tees. Designed by award-winning golf course architect Ken Kavanaugh, Orchard Valley opened in 1993 and features four sets of tees that create an enjoyable golf experience for all different skill levels.

“What makes Orchard Valley most attractive is its affordability and playability,” said Reinhart. “The golf course can accommodate beginners as easily as it can challenge the scratch golfer. We offer low-cost deals every day, because the game of golf is meant to be accessible to everybody, and we will always make that our priority at Orchard Valley.”

Owned by the Fox Valley Park District, Orchard Valley and Orchards Restaurant are maintained by Billy Casper Golf, which handles daily operations for both facilities. Orchard Valley is routinely recognized as one of the top public courses in Chicagoland, enjoying a 4½ star rating from Golf Digest magazine and a Zagat Guide rating of “extraordinary.”

GOLF magazine compiles its best-of-the-best lists of state public golf courses every two years, with the latest rankings valid until fall of 2018.

Orchard Valley tee times are available daily, with a variety of deep discounts available for both weekdays and weekends. Visit www.orchardvalleygolf for tee times or call the pro shop at 630-907-0500.

Nominate 2016 Kane Co. Manufacturer of the Year

August 22nd, 2016

All of us in Kane County have the opportunity to again celebrate our manufacturing businesses by nominating a Kane County awardee for the 2016 Kane County Manufacturer of the Year. This year’s winner will be celebrated at the Kane County Board Jobs Committee meeting on Friday, October 14th.

The Kane County winner will also be celebrated at the Making Manufacturing Matter 2016 event on October 6th in Chicago, hosted by the Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing (AIM). The Kane County winner will be responsible for any costs related to the AIM event. More information about the AIM Event can be found at

Do you know a manufacturer from your community or organization with:

  • A reputation for leadership and involvement in the industry and its supply chain?
  • A keen focus on technology and innovations?
  • A demonstrated commitment to “pay it forward” to the local community and smaller companies in the manufacturing supply chain?

If yes, please help us by nominating that company!  Just include a brief description responsive to the questions above and explain why you are nominating this company. Nominations for Kane County’s 2016 Manufacturing Champion Award should be sent to Chris Toth at by no later than Tuesday, September 6th, 2016.

Thank you for making Kane County great!

NIU Encourages Illinois Procurement Bulletin Registration for RFP Notifications

August 22nd, 2016

Northern Illinois University encourages vendors to register on the Illinois Procurement Bulletin – Public Institutions of Higher Education web site indicated below.  Registering for My Bulletin at this web site will allow you to sign up to receive e-mail notifications of new solicitations matching your chosen criteria.

At this web site you will find notices of bids, Requests for Proposals, sole source purchases, and emergency purchases for the State of Illinois public university campuses.  Bid and RFP notices run for a minimum of 15 days, as will the subsequent award notice.  Where indicated on the Procurement Bulletin, you may download complete bid/RFP documents directly from this web site after you have registered.

  • For questions regarding a particular bid/RFP, contact the buyer indicated in the bid/RFP document.
  • For technical questions regarding registering on the Procurement Bulletin, contact the Bulletin Manager by email: or by phone: 217-333-3596.

Also on this site is information regarding the following topics:

  • Doing Business with Public Universities
  • About the Public Higher Education Bulletin
  • Forms for Vendors
  • Participating Campuses
  • Procurement Rules
  • CPO (Chief Procurement Officer) Public Information Notices
  • Higher Education Bid Limits
  • Business Enterprise Program (BEP)
  • Publication Schedule

Award-Winning My Chef Catering Announces Next Generation of Leadership

August 10th, 2016

After nearly 30 years at the helm, My Chef Catering owners Bill and Karen Garlough are excited to announce they have sold their company to three key employees who will carry the business into the next generation. Longtime employees Director of Catering Sales Dominick Scafidi, Executive Chef Mark Walter and Accountant Megan Rousonelos became the owners of the company on July 29, 2016.

Bill and Karen Garlough founded My Chef Catering 28 years ago in Naperville and built the business into the premier catering company in the Chicago Western Suburbs.  All three new owners have been with My Chef for the past 10 – 20 years and have helped the Garloughs make My Chef Catering the award winning success it’s become.

My Chef has been repeatedly recognized for their business excellence and dedication to their community. They were named The US Chamber of Commerce Small Business of 2007, Aurora Regional Business of the Year 2006, have been repeatedly recognized by top online wedding industry sites including The Knot and Wedding Wire, and recently won Naperville Magazine’s Best Caterers for 2016.

Bill and Karen are thrilled to turn the company over to these three dedicated employees.

“Our goals when we founded My Chef were to create a quality-minded business, provide a stable and respectful environment for our employees and to be actively involved in our community,” said Bill Garlough. “The final chapter is to turn over the reins to the people that helped build the business by providing quality food and services to our community.”

My Chef has also been dedicated member of the community. They have been named the Western Suburban Philanthropic Society’s Corporation of the Year, Hesed House’s Humanitarians of the Year and Loaves & Fishes Lifetime Achievement Award Winners.

“Since the new owners have been in My Chef’s employ for many years, the customer service transition will be seamless,” said Karen Garlough. “I am confident that the business and customers are in good hands with these three seasoned and dedicated employees.”

The new owners continue to use their expertise to provide customers with the same high quality level of service they’ve come to know and trust from My Chef. Dominick Scafidi is running the front of the house including marketing and sales, Mark Walter is running the back of the house and oversees the kitchen and delivery departments, and Megan Rousonelos is handling the finances.

“Bill and Karen have shown us exactly what it means to run a company that serves both its customers and its community. We are excited to follow their lead as we start the next chapter of My Chef Catering,” new owners Dominick Scafidi, Mark Walter, and Megan Rousonelos said.

Mark Your Calendars: Diverse Supplier Fair 2016

August 10th, 2016

Mark Your Calendar


Diverse Supplier Fair 2016

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


What is the Diverse Supplier Fair?

Northern Illinois University (NIU) is committed to supporting the economic development of ethnically and racially diverse businesses, and businesses owned and led by disabled or disadvantaged individuals. The Diverse Supplier Fair will offer an opportunity for business owners who are minority, female, and/or persons with disabilities to exhibit their commodities, supplies, and services to NIU faculty and staff, and to the communities surrounding NIU.

Who should attend?

If your company–

R Is at least 51 percent owned and controlled by a minority, woman, or person with a disability.  The owners must be citizens of the United States or resident aliens;

R Businesses that do not qualify as a diverse business, but that are interested in purchasing from diverse suppliers, or desire to mentor a diverse supplier.


Why should business owners attend? 

Diverse Businesses:  You will have an opportunity to showcase your business to regional businesses, both diverse and non-diverse.  Diverse businesses include those that qualify under the following classifications:

  • Illinois Business Enterprise Program (BEP)
  • Minority and Female Business Enterprise (MAFBE)
  • Veteran Owned Business (VBP)
  • Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB)
  • Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)

Non-Diverse Businesses:  This event will present the variety and represent the capability of businesses throughout the northern Illinois region.

Northern Illinois University is part of the State of Illinois higher education system which purchases billions of dollars in products and services each year. Come meet with Northern Illinois University and community buyers and make NIU your next customer.

Purchasing Decision Makers:  You are a decision maker for the products and services purchased by Northern Illinois University or the surrounding community, and you are searching for potential suppliers, both short-term and long-term.



Diverse Supplier Fair 2016

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Northern Illinois University

1425 West Lincoln Highway

Holmes Student Center – Duke Ellington Ballroom

DeKalb, Illinois 60115-2828

For more information, contact Michele Danza,, PH: 815-753-1594 or Norma Sutton,, PH: 815-753-6728.