A Full Plate: Bales Metal Surface Solutions celebrates four and a half decades

By Maureen Callahan We kind of live in an episode of How It’s Made,” jokes Stacey Bales, President of Bales Metal Surface Solutions, when she…

A Page Out of History: Downers Grove’s Baseball History

BY MAUREEN CALLAHAN I PHOTOS COURTESY OF DOWNERS GROVE MUSEUM Baseball. It’s the American game. Not only is it the country’s earliest seriously organized sport…

John Quigley: Lifelong Elmhurst Resident & Chamber of Commerce President

John Quigley Captains Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce and his Senior Baseball Team By Maureen Callahan | Photos by Laura Meyer John Quigley knows sports. He…

A Downers Grove North alumna who has appeared twice on Jeopardy! Who is Erin Portman?

By Maureen Callahan l Photos courtesy of Jeopardy! Downers Grove North alumna and Plainfield High School teacher Erin Portman has a lot of curiosity about…

Ben’s Memorial Mile helps raise mental health awareness while remembering Ben Silver

By Maureen Callahan I Photos courtesy of Ben’s Memorial Mile May marks the 75th anniversary of Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s a time to consider…

Fostering Love: Two local families offer foster children a safe place to belong

By Maureen Callahan The second Sunday in May is the day we honor Mom. Hers is the first love we know in this world. There’s…

Anchor on Main Street: Remembering Mochel’s Hardware

By Maureen Callahan Sometimes, a community business becomes like a town’s anchor. For 111 years, that place was Mochel’s Hardware on Main St. Charles Mochel…

Three local authors work themselves into three interesting and diverse book genres

By Maureen Callahan Kelly K. James – Downers Grove Ever wondered if you pushed the envelope too far at work? Worried you might get fired…