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Ken Schaefer, an Oakton naturalist and groundskeeper, has worked at the Des Plaines campus for 27 years. He's helped implement major restoration initiatives at the school. (Jennifer Delgado/Tribune)

Oakton naturalist takes nature to a new level

Winter may be the dormant season, but it’s the busiest time of the year for Oakton Community College naturalist and groundskeeper Ken Schaefer. When he’s … Read more ›

Harper teams up with DePaul to ease transfer process

Recognizing tough economic times and a national commitment for more students to earn higher education degrees, Harper College and DePaul University offer a program that … Read more ›

Early morning fog at Northside Park in Wheaton. (Photo submitted by Joni Eskridge)

Fall Fog wins photo contest

A picture of early morning fog at Northside Park in Wheaton is this week’s TribLocal photo contest winner. As a prize, the author, Joni Eskridge, will … Read more ›

Rose of Sharon bushes are blooming throughout Chicago and the suburbs. (Sheryl DeVore/Tribune)

Rose of Sharon: Late-summer delight

While most trees and shrubs are done blooming for the season, one is showing its profuse flowers now — the Rose of Sharon. The shrub … Read more ›

Mosquito abatement districts draw fire

When reformers talk of peeling away the luxuriant layers of government in Illinois, they often take a swat at an easy target: mosquito abatement districts. … Read more ›

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Local Podiatrists’ Show Support at the 7th Annual Share Your Soles Soldier Field 5k/10k Run/Race

(Chicago, IL) May 20, 2011- On Sunday, May 22nd, the Advanced Foot & Ankle is sponsoring the 7th Annual Share Your Soles 5k/10k Run/Race, which … Read more ›

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5 Ways Going Green Can Add a Little Green to Your Wallet – Almost $250 a Month

Chicago, IL – Celebrating Earth Day by going green can improve the health of our planet and your finances. The Illinois CPA Society offers these … Read more ›

The April Environmental Awareness calendar offers a variety of activities and resources to be good stewards of the Earth.
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Be Engaged this Earth Day

Since 1992, the April Environmental Awareness Calendar has provided daily tips and activities to reduce waste. Use these ideas for Earth month and beyond. Additionally, … Read more ›

Congregation greeted by Jesus for Sunday morning worship!
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Local church greeted by Jesus on Sunday Morning

The members of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church were given quite a surprise on Sunday morning when they pulled into the parking lot and saw … Read more ›

A Cooper's hawk sits on a tree in a northern Illinois back yard on a foggy day in late November. TribLocal photo by Sheryl DeVore

Nature moment of the week: Cooper’s hawks return to back yards for winter meals

In December when flurries are flying, so are the Coopers’  hawks—to suburban yards— especially where feeders attract their prey of small birds including cardinals, juncos, … Read more ›