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Roger Marquardt, Illinois lobbyist, dies

Roger Cole Marquardt, a longtime Springfield lobbyist active in Republican politics, ran many political campaigns, including James “Pate” Philip’s first run for the Illinois House … Read more ›

Selwyn Wilson (March 27, 2012)

Selwyn Wilson, who trained with Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, dies

Selwyn Wilson, who trained with the famed Tuskegee Airmen, nearly died of injuries suffered in the crash of a B-25 bomber in Florida during World … Read more ›

Elaine Rodgers Jackson sang television jingles in the late 1960s and 70s and began working at a library after her husband died in 1986. (March 20, 2012)

Elaine Rodgers Jackson, singer, commercial actress, dies

Elaine Rodgers Jackson danced at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, toured with the USO during World War II, sang with a quartet that recorded albums … Read more ›

William Wingstedt had been the editor and publishier of Appliance Service News magazine since 1977. (HANDOUT / June 11, 2011)

William Wingstedt, former Lombard Man of the Year, dies

William Wingstedt lived and ran a business for many years in Lombard, where he was active in variety of village activities, including the local Liquor … Read more ›

Ron Parizek passed away Dec. 14 at his Lombard home.

Lombard bluesman sang about luck, love and life

Ron Parizek: 1950-2011 Ron Parizek of Lombard spent two decades playing bass and singing for the blues trio Blue Plate Special. “(The blues) just spoke … Read more ›

This tribute to Mark Zurales was posted on the Glenbard West High School website Tuesday night. (Photo from

Glenbard West mourns loss of applied arts instructor

Social workers and counselors are working with staff and students at Glenbard West High School this week following the death of an applied arts department … Read more ›

Mary Jane Miller (handout photo)

Author of books for young people dies at 75

Mary Jane Miller’s love of stories was ingrained by some of her earliest memories, like drinking tea with an Irish grandmother who would read the … Read more ›

Colette Kirchner, former Tribune secretary, dies

Colette Kirchner provided a steady hand to a succession of Chicago Tribune editors who came to rely on her solid judgments about people and deep … Read more ›

Robert Bartel, 79, of Lombard

Lombard man, owner of service station hit by tornado in ’60s, dies at 79

Everybody at Howard’s Standard hit the floor on that late autumn afternoon in 1965 when a tornado struck the gas station and repair shop at … Read more ›