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. net/Residency. 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 vendor. To view the 2018-19 booklist for this year, visit dupage88.net/WBBooklist2018- 19. For more information about registration or Willowbrook’s textbook list, contact assistant principal Bob Daly at 630-530-3441, or at rdaly@ dupage88.net.
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 statement. 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/ files/?item=3228. For additional details, contact District 88 Superintendent Scott Helton at email@example.com, 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 abuse. 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 them.” 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 Tropixplosion.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.