Cullerton bill to offer public education on opioid abuse
DuPage parents will soon have easily found educational information to prevent heroin and opioid addiction, thanks to Villa Park Democrat, state Sen. Tom Cullerton. Cullerton’s measure, House Bill 3161, which will require the Department of Human Services to create and maintain a website to educate the public on heroin and prescription opioid abuse, was signed into law recently. “We need to equip every single person who touches the life of a young person with the necessary resources to combat the heroin epidemic,” Cullerton said. “This is a simple step the state can take to make sure DuPage parents have a place to turn to help their children kick this deadly addiction.” The website will include items such as the warning signs of heroin and prescription opioid addiction, helpful hints for parents on how to discuss the dangers of these addictions with their children, available treatment options and services, and other related information. This new law comes in light of a request made by the federal government to DHS. Without the passage of House Bill 3161 the state risks losing federal funds to fight substance addiction. The DuPage County Coroner’s Office’s reports showed a total of 78 opiate-related deaths in 2016, a 78 percent increase from last year. “We need to make sure people know there is help out there,” Cullerton said. “We need to make sure those suffering from opioid addiction and their loved ones know where to find it.” Cullerton is urging DuPage County residents to give his Villa Park Office a call at 630-903-6662 with any question regarding where to receive help fighting opioid addiction. House Bill 3161 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support. The new law will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018.
Villa Park girls earn 4-H awards at state fair
More than 60 4-H members, representing clubs from DuPage and Kane counties, were among the more than 3,300 4-H general project exhibits from across Illinois judged and displayed during the 2017 Illinois State Fair. The local youth earned the right to exhibit at State Fair by being selected in the top of their division at the DuPage 4-H Show or Kane County 4-H Show at county fairs in July. “All of the youth who are invited to the state competition have shown great knowledge in their chosen project area,” said Deanna Roby, U of I Extension educator, 4-H Youth Development. “During the 4-H conference judging at state fair, youth receive individual time with professionals in their specific project area. 4-H members then share their knowledge and skills gained in the project, and judges offer constructive critique, suggestions for improvement, and praise.” Conference judging allows youth to demonstrate their mastery beyond just what the exhibit may show. The final awards are based both on the execution of the project work and the interview process, said Roby. 4-H project categories range from citizenship to welding, and explore areas of art, science, communication and more. All 4-H general project state fair participants receive an award of excellence: from Villa Park were Eliyah Stefanski, Visual Arts-3-D Design/ Mixed Media; Moriah Stefanski, Scrapbooking- Intermediate; and Sarah Stefanski, Shopping in Style-Beginning. Enrollment for the new 4-H year begins this fall. To learn more about 4-H in your county, visit go.illinois.edu/ info4hdkk.
Villa Park briefs
Craft fair at Willowbrook on Saturday The Willowbrook Parent Organization (WPO) will hold its second annual Craft Fair on Saturday, Oct. 21. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the school’s field house. The craft fair will feature more than 150 booths, as well as concessions, raffles and the chance to take photos with Santa Claus. Admission is $3 per person. All proceeds will benefit Willowbrook students through scholarships and other student support needs. For more information, contact WPO President Elaine Ebeling at 630-890-2524.
VPJWC holds Trick-or-Trot 5K and 1K dash on Oct. 28 The Villa Park Junior Women’s Club (VPJWC) will hold its annual Trick or Trot 5K and children’s Little Devil 1K Dash on Saturday, Oct. 28. The races will start and end near the Rugaard Gazebo, located along the Illinois Prairie Path just west of Ardmore Avenue. Participants in the 5-kilometer run/ walk and the children’s dash are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. All proceeds from the fundraising event will benefit the charities, organizations sponsored by the VPJWC. For more information, or to register, visit vpjwc. org/trick-or-trot-5k.
District 88 Foundation hosts Karaoke Night on Nov. 3 District 88 students, staff and community members are invited to participate in the District 88 Foundation’s inaugural Karaoke Night. The event will take place on Friday, Nov. 3, beginning at 7 p.m., in the auditorium of Addison Trail High School, 213 N. Lombard Road, Addison. Transportation will be provided from and back to Willowbrook High School. The entry cost for performers is $5 per person—pay at the door. Admission is $2 per person. Admission is free for children 12 and younger. Activity passes and Senior Gold Cards won’t be accepted for this event. A panel of judges will award trophies to the winning individuals/groups in the following categories: Best voice, best performance and best costume. Contestants can bring a costume, or choose from costumes provided by the school. All outfits and songs must be appropriate and follow school policies and guidelines. To participate, sign up by Oct. 30 at www.dupage88.net/KaraokeRSVP. For more information, contact District 88 Community Relations Director Dani Brink at 630-530-3989, or at dbrink@ dupage88.net.