DUPAGE COUNTY, COLLEGE OF DUPAGE WIN NATIONAL AWARD FOR DIVERSITY, INCLUSION SERIES

DuPage County

May 25, 2021

DuPage County and the College of DuPage have been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents. 

NACo recognized DuPage County’s “Collaborative Conversation on Race, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion,” in the Arts, Culture, and Historic Preservation category.  DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin and representatives from College of DuPage developed the series following racial protests last summer.  Together they sought a productive, meaningful way to involve local officials, students, and residents in a community conversation dealing with the difficult topics of equity, inclusion, discrimination, race, and social justice.  The resulting initiative was designed to help both internal and external audiences reflect, share, and act, with stories meant to educate from a personal perspective.  Video projects, blog posts, interviews and panel discussions explored the past and present and sought concrete ways DuPage residents could unite against racism. 

“During a difficult year, our partnership with the College of DuPage, creating a community conversation about racial equity, diversity and inclusion, has been a remarkable effort to break down walls and promote understanding.  I’m pleased that our efforts have been recognized nationally.  The most important outcome of this yearlong initiative is the meaningful dialogue that we started, and will continue, as we work to strengthen the connections we’ve built.”

“The College of DuPage partnership with DuPage County has stimulated many important conversations. As the largest community college in Illinois, I am proud of the equity work that our institution and the county have accomplished together,” said Dr. Brian Caputo, College of DuPage President.

NACo President Gary Moore said, “Over the past year, county officials and frontline employees have demonstrated bold, inspirational leadership. This year’s Achievement Award winning programs illustrate the innovative ways counties build healthy, safe and vibrant communities across America.”

Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice and public safety, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more.

Started in 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Awards program is designed to recognize county government innovations. Each nominee is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received. 

DuPage County

FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF TO ILLINOIS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE INDICTED FOR ALLEGEDLY LYING UNDER OATH TO FEDERAL GRAND JURY

FBI News File

May 26, 2021

CHICAGO — The former Chief of Staff to the Illinois Speaker of the House of Representatives was indicted today for allegedly providing false material declarations under oath to a federal grand jury and attempting to obstruct its investigation into allegations of public corruption.

TIMOTHY MAPES, 66, of Springfield, Ill., is charged with one count of making false declarations before a grand jury and one count of attempted obstruction of justice, according to an indictment returned in U.S. District Court in Chicago.  Arraignment has not yet been scheduled.

The indictment was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Emmerson Buie, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI; and Tamera Cantu, Acting Special Agent-in-Charge of the IRS Criminal Investigation Division in Chicago.  The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Julia Schwartz, Amarjeet S. Bhachu, Diane MacArthur, Timothy J. Chapman, Sarah E. Streicker, Matthew L. Kutcher, and Michelle Kramer.  The officials noted that the federal investigation into the allegations of public corruption remains ongoing.

According to the indictment, the federal grand jury was investigating possible violations of federal criminal law, including efforts by the Illinois Speaker of the House and an individual acting on the Speaker’s behalf, to obtain for others private jobs, contracts, and monetary payments, including from Commonwealth Edison (“ComEd”), the largest electric utility in Illinois, to influence and reward the Speaker in the Speaker’s official capacity.  On March 24, 2021, Mapes was granted immunity to testify before the grand jury.  The immunity order provided that no testimony or evidence provided by Mapes could be used against him in a criminal case, except for perjury, giving a false statement, or otherwise failing to comply with the immunity order. 

On March 31, 2021, Mapes testified before the grand jury and knowingly made false material declarations in response to several questions about a consultant’s relationship with the Speaker from 2017 to 2019, the indictment states.  Mapes in his testimony denied knowing that the consultant acted as an agent or performed work for the Speaker during those years, when, in fact, Mapes knew that the consultant carried out work and assignments on behalf of the Speaker and communicated messages on the Speaker’s behalf, the indictment states.

The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  The obstruction charge is punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison, while the false declaration charge carries a maximum sentence of five years.

United States Department of Justice

FULL SATURDAY SCHEDULES RETURNING TO SEVEN METRA LINES MAY 29

Metra

May 19,2021

Metra is gearing up for the region’s comeback from the pandemic by restoring Saturday schedules to seven lines beginning Saturday, May 29.

“The Memorial Day weekend is the official start of the summer season, and with many events and festivals returning to Chicago, it’s the perfect time to welcome back our customers,” said Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski. “We know that people are excited to get out and enjoy activities across the region, and Metra offers them a convenient and economical way to get there without the hassle of traffic and parking.”

Saturday service will return to pre-pandemic levels on the BNSF, Milwaukee District North, Milwaukee District West, Rock Island, Union Pacific North, Union Pacific Northwest and Union Pacific West lines on Saturday, May 29. The new Saturday schedules are posted here.

Metra will also be adjusting the schedule of the final evening inbound weekday train on the Union Pacific Northwest Line. Beginning Monday, May 24, Train 662 will depart Harvard 15 minutes later than the current schedule at 8:50 p.m. and will arrive in Chicago at 10:38 p.m.

During the pandemic and stay-at-home orders in the spring of 2020, Metra never stopped running. But, in an effort to be efficient and economical, Metra reduced weekend service to Sunday schedules on both Saturdays and Sundays on most of its lines. Metra recently added four weekend trains to the Metra Electric Line, and Metra plans to restore full Saturday service to the line later this summer. Saturday trains on the SouthWest Service and the Blue Island Branch of the Metra Electric Line will remain suspended until further notice. Metra does not offer weekend service on its North Central Service or Heritage Corridor lines.

Earlier this month, Metra announced the expansion of its Bike Car program to the Rock Island and BNSF lines with further expansions on other lines planned in the coming months.

Metra continues to plan for what’s next. As riders return, Metra will add trains and fill out the weekday schedule to accommodate their needs. Customers can expect announcements of service changes in the coming weeks.

Metra

TWELVE-YEAR-OLD GLENDALE HEIGHTS JUVENILE ACCUSED OF STABBING

DuPage County State’s Attorney

May 27, 2021

 DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Glendale Heights Chief of Police Douglas Flint announced today that Judge Brian Jacobs has ordered that a Glendale Heights juvenile accused of stabbing another juvenile in the abdomen will be released to the custody of his mother on home detention lockdown. The juvenile will be fitted with a GPS monitoring device and will be allowed to leave the home only for doctor or attorney appointments and school. Additionally, the juvenile was ordered to have no contact with the victim or the victim’s twin-brother and is ordered not to possess any weapons. The juvenile, who is twelve years old, is charged with two counts of Aggravated Battery, a Class 3 Felony. 

On May 25, 2021, at approximately 4:08 p.m., officers with the Glendale Heights Police Department responded to a call of a fight near the 500 block of James Court. Upon their arrival, officers found the victim, a twelve-year-old male, suffering from two apparent stab wounds to his abdomen. The juvenile was immediately transported to a local hospital for medical attention. He is expected to recover from his injuries. It is alleged that the juvenile and victim were engaged in a dispute via Snapchat. It is alleged that the pair agreed to meet to fight. It is further alleged that when the pair met at James Court, the juvenile took out a Batman novelty knife with a 3” blade on both ends, stabbed the victim twice and then ran away. The defendant was found a short time later approximately one hundred yards away from where the stabbing allegedly occurred.     

“I would like to commend the Glendale Heights Police Department for their quick response and apprehension of the suspect in this case,” Berlin said. “Thankfully, the victim’s injuries are not considered to be life-threatening. What I find particularly disturbing about this case is the age of the accused. I would like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Sara Henley and Patrick Miner for their work in securing charges against the accused.”       

“I would like to thank the residents of Glendale Heights who assisted our officers in the safe and efficient arrest of the suspect in this case,” Flint said. “I would also like to thank the men and women of the Glendale Heights Police Department for their quick response and arrest of the juvenile as well as the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office for their assistance and legal guidance.”

The juvenile’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 1, 2021, for a status hearing.  

Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

DuPage County State’s Attorney

FAMED CHILDREN’S AUTHOR ERIC CARLE DEAD AT 91

by Vito Lucia, The Chicago Times

May 26, 2021

Eric Carle, the acclaimed children’s novelist and artist has died at the age of 91. His classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other works offered millions of youngsters some of their earliest and most cherished literary experiences.

Carle died Sunday in his summer studio in Northampton, Massachusetts, with family members by his side.  Penguin Young Readers made the announcement for the family.

Carle was born in Syracuse, New York, to German immigrant parents, and at the age of 6 his family moved back to Germany. Carle’s life was changed when a high school art instructor invited him to his house and privately showed him expressionist work, particularly Franz Marc’s “Blue Horse.”  His unique drawing style involved stitching together pieces made primarily of tissue paper that he had painted with varied colors and textures. 

His father taught him about the marvels of living things, which he would later immortalize in his novels. “As far back as I can remember, he would take my hand and lead me out into nature when I was a small child,” he told The New York Times in 1994.  “And he’d show me worms, bugs, bees, and ants, and tell me about their lives.  It was a really affectionate relationship.”

In 1952, Carle returned to the United States after graduating from a prestigious German art school.  Before moving into advertising, he worked as a graphic designer in The New York Times’ promotion department.

Bill Martin, Jr. was the one who saw Carle’s potential and introduced him into the publishing industry. Carle was working as an art director for an advertising firm at the time, and Martin required an artist for his 1967 book “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?”

Carle authored and/or drew over 75 books, occasionally in collaboration with Bill Martin Jr. or other authors, but for the most part on his own.  His most recent book, “The Nonsense Show,” was published in 2015.  Carle is survived by his son and daughter.

TEENS SHOT IN ENGLEWOOD APARTMENT

by J. J. Quincannon, The Chicago Times

May 26, 2021

CHICAGO — Four teenagers were shot early Wednesday in Englewood, on Chicago’s South Side, after getting into an argument inside an apartment.  The four teens were at a second-floor apartment in the 7200 block of South Princeton Avenue with several other individuals when someone got into an altercation and opened fire at 1:05 a.m., according to Chicago police.

The 16-year-old was shot in the head and rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was immediately pronounced dead, according to CPD.  He was eventually resuscitated and was in serious condition.

A 17-year-old teenager was shot in the left shoulder and was sent to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in critical condition.

According to CPD, a 19-year-old male was struck in the back, and a second 17-year-old male was wounded in the neck.  Both were taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, with the 19-year-old in critical condition and the younger male in severe condition.

No charges have been filed as of yet.