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Cast and crew recognized

The District 88 Board of Education recognized
several students from both Willowbrook High School
and Addison Trail High School during its recent
meeting. The students were noted for their statelevel
achievements during the spring season of the
2017-18 school year. The honorees from Willowbrook
included the cast and crew from the school’s IHSA
contest play—“Elizabeth Rex”. About 50 students
contributed to Willowbrook’s presentation, which
earned fifth-place honors at the IHSA Drama and
Group Interpretation state competition, which took
place in Peoria in March.

District 88 provides information about
upcoming registration at Willowbrook

Online pre-registration for Willowbrook
High School students for
the 2018-19 school year will open
on Monday, July 16. According to
District 88, details about online
registration have been mailed to
students’ homes.
For those who need computer
and internet access, Willowbrook
will be open for pre-registration
from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day
from Monday, July 16, through
Thursday, July 19. The school will
be open from 7:30 a.m. to noon on
Friday, July 20.
Registration for the school’s
Class of 2019 will take place from
8 to 11:45 a.m. on Monday, Aug.
6. Incoming freshmen—the Class
of 2022—will register from 8 to
11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7. The
Class of 2021 will register from 8
to 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug.
8. The Class of 2020 will register
from 8 to 11:45 a.m. on Thursday,
Aug. 9.
Specific registration times, arranged
by last name, will be mailed
to students’ homes.
Evening registration for all Willowbrook
classes will be available
from 4:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday,
Aug. 9. Late registration for all four
classes will take place from 8:30 to
11:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 10.
Residency verification for all
incoming freshmen, new students
and transfer students must be completed
before registering for the
new school year. To access District
88’s residency verification form in
various languages, visit dupage88.
Willowbrook is open to process
and assist with the residency verification
form each Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday in July, from
7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
District 88 will maintain the
practice of using federal grant
funds to buy classroom sets of textbooks
that have been identified as
high-cost. According to District 88,
its goal is to help control the expense
of textbooks to better support
families financially.
Willowbrook will still provide a
list of textbooks for each class, so
parents and guardians have the option
to buy their student his or her
own copy of that book through the
school bookstore, or from an outside
To view the 2018-19 booklist for
this year, visit dupage88.net/WBBooklist2018-
For more information about registration
or Willowbrook’s textbook
list, contact assistant principal Bob
Daly at 630-530-3441, or at rdaly@

District 88 announces a
vacancy on its school board
Applications to fill the seat will be
accepted through Aug. 1

District 88 released a statement last week announcing a vacancy on
its board of education.
“Due to a board member resignation, a seat on the District 88 Board
of Education is open until the next election in April 2019,” said the
Timothy Gillen has resigned from the board.
To apply for the position, go online to dupage88.net/
BoardPosition2018 by Aug. 1. Board members will interview selected
candidates in early August.
For information about qualifications, go to dupage88.net/site/public/
For additional details, contact District 88 Superintendent Scott
Helton at shelton@dupage88.net, or 630-530-3990.
In its statement, the district thanked Gillen for his years of service to
the board. Gillen has been a board member since 2011. His two sons—
Tim Jr. and Russell—are graduates of Willowbrook High School.
“Mr. Gillen has been a tremendous asset to our board of education
and school community,” said Helton. “His support of our students
has been invaluable, and he was always a familiar face at various
athletic events and school activities. He truly believes in our mission of
working for the continuous improvement of student achievement, and
his efforts will be reflected in the successes of our students for years to
come. We wish Mr. Gillen the best in his future endeavors.”

Eliminating fee to freeze credit signed into law

In response to the recent Equifax data breach, state Rep. Deb
Conroy, D-Villa Park, co-sponsored House Bill 4095, which would
prevent credit agencies from charging consumers fees to freeze their
credit. The bill was recently signed into law.
“I helped introduce legislation that ensured that consumers who
trusted the security of Equifax would not foot the bill for freezing
their accounts due to the company’s reckless behavior,” said Conroy.
“Equifax’s mistakes put the personal information of millions of
Illinoisans at risk. This law is a big step in ensuring that the rights of
consumers are put ahead of the profits of large corporations.”
Equifax announced it had suffered a massive data breach of
sensitive consumer information from May to July of 2017, impacting
as many as 143 million Americans. In Illinois, the breach is believed
to have jeopardized the personal and financial information of more
than 5.4 million residents. In order to protect oneself from identity
theft, customers of Equifax were encouraged by the Attorney General’s
Office to consider placing a freeze on their credit and sign up for free
credit reports. House Bill 4095 now requires that agencies like Equifax
provide this service for free.
“The Equifax breach was a huge blow to the confidence of many
consumers who trusted their services,” said Conroy. “It was unfair
for Equifax to ask that customers pay for the mistakes of a large
institution. This bill is a huge win for consumers. Residents who are
still concerned about their risks after the data breach should reach out
the Attorney General’s Office for resources and more information.”

Nybo files bill to target, report senior financial abuse

With growing concerns around identity and
credit fraud scams and senior citizens, State Sen.
Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst) filed new legislation to
more effectively target and report suspected financial
exploitation of vulnerable adults.
The initiative mandates that financial advisors
must come forward if they have a reasonable belief
that a client who is a senior citizen or vulnerable
adult has fallen victim to financial exploitation—
and are obligated to report it to the state
securities regulator.
“This legislation bridges a partnership between
financial advisors and government authorities to
protect Illinois’ investors who may be more susceptible
to fraud, and offers the advisors immunity
for filing the report,” said Nybo. “It creates a
safer space for seniors and other adults to invest
their money, so they can trust that they will be notified
and action will be taken if their advisor believes
that fraud has occurred or been attempted.”
The uptick in senior financial exploitation is a
cause for national concern, as the True Link Financial
Report on Elder Financial Abuse 2015 cited
that the senior citizen population in the United
States loses $36.48 billion each year to financial
In addition to reporting potential financial
abuse, the legislation requires that financial advisors
provide records that are relevant to the
suspected or attempted financial exploitation to
government authorities.
“We focus on financial advisors as part of the
solution to combat financial exploitation with seniors,
because most often they have closer, and
more trusting, relationships with their clients,”
said Nybo. “Additionally, they have the necessary
records and authority to expedite these issues
quickly as they occur.”
Financial advisors may only notify third parties
of their concerns if they have consent from the
client; however, they may not notify a third party
if that party is suspected to be responsible for the
financial exploitation. Furthermore, the advisors
have the ability to temporarily delay monetary
disbursement if fraud is suspected.
Nybo filed the legislation on June 28, and it
now moves to Illinois Senate Assignments Committee.

Conroy urges governor to approve
firearm restraining order legislation

State Rep. Deb Conroy, D-Villa
Park, is urging the governor to sign
House Bill 2354, which gives family
members the ability to petition
the courts for the right to temporarily
take firearms away from individuals
who have been deemed as threats
to themselves or others.
“This bill is a perfect example
of common sense gun reform that
everyone should support,” said
Conroy. “This bill will give family
members the power to step forward
when a loved one is struggling and
petition the courts for a firearm restraining
order to temporarily suspend
their FOID card and remove
weapons from their possession. It is
imperative that we keep guns out of
the hands of those who pose a danger
to themselves and others around
Conroy joined lawmakers from
both sides of the aisle to sponsor
House Bill 2354, which authorizes
courts to issue Firearms Restraining
Orders to suspend an individuals
FOID card and prohibit a person
from possessing a firearm during the
duration of the order.
Only family members or law enforcement
officers may file a petition
in circuit court for a restraining
order and will be granted if the individual
poses a significant or—in the
case of an emergency order—immediate
danger of causing personal
injury to himself, herself or another
by having a firearm in his or her custody,
control or ownership. The bill
passed both the House and Senate
with bipartisan support.
“This bill is one step of many that
we must take to combat gun violence
in our state,” Conroy said. “I
urge Gov. Rauner to stand up to the
gun lobby, stand with Illinois residents,
and sign this bill into law.”

Villa Park Briefs

Police department announces three
upcoming roadside safety checks; first
check takes place Friday night

The Villa Park Police Department will conduct roadside
safety checks from 8 p.m. to midnight on July 13, July 27 and
Aug. 17. Police will hold all three of the Friday-night safety
checks on the 800 block of West North Avenue. The checks are
part of the Click It or Ticket campaign that reminds all drivers
and passengers to use their seat belts. According to a statement
issued by the police, the checks are being conducted to promote
the safety and well-being of the motoring public, and to provide
a deterrent for those who might violate statutes and ordinances.
The statement added that safety checks will be conducted according
to guidelines set by the courts.

Garden club holds its annual garden walk on Sunday
The Garden Club of Villa Park will hold its annual garden
walk from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 15. The walk will
provide a tour of the gardens of several area homes. Tickets can
be purchased online at the club’s website, homegardening.org.

Summer concert series continues July 18
The Kiwanis Club of Villa Park and the Villa Park Parks and
Recreation Department will present its annual Concerts on the
Prairie Path series in July. Each of the free concerts begins at
6:30 p.m. at the Rugaard Gazebo, located near Ardmore Avenue
and the Illinois Prairie Path. The concession stand, which
will offer sales of hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, soda and popcorn,
will open at 6 p.m. The concerts usually take place on
Wednesday evenings in July, but since the Fourth of July fell
on a Wednesday this year, the series began with a concert on
Monday, July 2. The concert series continues with a July 18
event featuring the St. John’s Praise Team from Lombard. The
series concludes with the July 25 concert, which will feature

Saint Genesius Productions to present ‘Titanic—the
Musical’ July 19-21

Villa Park’s Saint Genesius Productions will present a summer
show next week at Willowbrook High School. “Titanic—
the Musical” will feature a cast of area students in grade school,
high school and college. The performances on Thursday, July
19, and Friday, July 20, will begin at 7 p.m. There will be two
shows on Saturday, July 21. One will begin at 3 p.m. The other
will start at 7 p.m. General admission prices are $12 per person
and $8 for seniors and children 12 and under. For more information,
call 630-244-9406, or visit saintgenesiusproductions.com.
Founded in 2010, Saint Genesius Productions was created
to bring the experience of professionally produced children’s
theater to Catholic grade schools throughout DuPage County.
The organization has expanded to offer next week’s production.

Burgers, Bags and Business takes place Aug. 1
The Villa Park Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual
Burgers, Bags and Business event from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday,
Aug. 1. The event will take place near the Rugaard Gazebo,
located by Ardmore Avenue and Park Boulevard. An individual
ticket for food and drinks costs $25 for a chamber member and
$40 for a non-member. An individual ticket for food, drinks and
entry into the event’s bags tournament costs $50. A team entry
to the tournament, which includes food and drinks for two
people, costs $80. For more information, call 630-941-9133, or
e-mail vpchamber@sbcglobal.net.