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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
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/

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.

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@