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During the 1940s and 1950s, Des Plaines was called the "City of Roses" because it was home to many greenhouses and was the world's largest producer of hot-house roses. In the 1960s the city changed its logo to the "City of Destiny." In the movie The Great Outdoors which starred John Candy and Stephanie Faracy as Chet and Connie Ripley, the Ripley family was from Des Plaines, Illinois. Also, the 1985 hit film The Breakfast Club was filmed at a local high school in Des Plaines.

Population: 58720
Local Newspapers: Des Plaines Journal Des Plaines Times
Local Sports Teams: Chicago Wolves (IHL) Chicago Bears (NFL) Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) Chicago Bulls (NBA) Chicago Cubs (MLB) Chicago White Sox (MLB)
Local Colleges: Maryville Academy

Zip Codes associated with des plaines, illinois: 60016 60018
Towns/Cities near des plaines, illinois : Park Ridge Niles Morton Grove Mt Prospect Prospect Heights Elk Grove Glenview Northbrook

Des Plaines News
Man's license should have been revoked years before crash that...

Anita Crawford, 50, second from left, Kirsten Crawford, 20, center, and Kevin Crawford, 52, right, were killed in a Des Plaines crash Feb. 16, 2017. Hailee Crawford, left, and Christian Crawford, lower right, were not in the crash.

Des Plaines man gets 18 years for home invasion, stealing sports memorabilia

A Des Plaines man who fled to Mexico after he was charged with home invasion was sentenced to 18 years in prison for his crime. Steven Chung, 29, pleaded guilty Monday to a 2014 Wheeling home invasion during which prosecutors say two other men held up a homeowner at gunpoint and stole his sports memorabilia, including Michael Jordan and Yasiel Puig trading cards worth between $150,000 and $200,000.

AARP offers free tax preparation service in Northwest suburbs

The AARP in conjunction with several local organizations is offering free tax preparation at a number of locations in the Northwest suburbs. Taxpayers can live anywhere in Illinois and do not have to be seniors or low income to use the service, although organizers encourage higher income taxpayers or taxpayers with complicated returns to seek out a paid professional.

Kiwanis Club of Des Plaines wins chamber Food Fight

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Des Plaines check out with their big "haul" for the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce & Industry's 15th annual Food Fight Challenge, after shopping at Sam's Club in Des Plaines. Andrea Biwer, left, Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce & Industry executive director, presents a Food Fight Challenge certificate to Debra Walusiak, executive director of the Self-Help Closet & Pantry of Des Plaines, as members of the winning Kiwanis Club of Des Plaines look on.

DCG Roofing buys Melrose Park building

Darwin Realty recently represented FSC Investments Ltd. in the sale of a 20,000 square foot building at 2045 Janice Ave. in Melrose Park to DCG Roofing Solutions, Inc. for $710,000. DCG Roofing selected the 1.35-acre site and facility as a new location for the business which will be relocating from 1285 Rand Rd. in Des Plaines, IL.

Des Plaines man charged in Niles shooting

A Des Plaines man has been charged with attempted first-degree murder after a confrontation outside tavern in Niles that turned violent. A Niles police officer on patrol at 4 a.m. Sunday came upon a disturbance at the Chasers Bar & Grill parking lot on the 9000 block of Milwaukee Avenue.

Poets to speak at Oakton's Chicago Writers Series

Join Chicago area influential poets and educators Jamila Woods and Kevin Coval for a special reading at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, at Oakton Community College's Footlik Theater, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines. Admission to this Chicago Writers Series event is free, and a book signing and reception will follow.

Officials celebrate new Des Plaines Mariano's

A nearly three-year wait came to a celebratory end Monday when Des Plaines leaders joined Mariano's officials to celebrate the still-growing grocery store chain's newest location. Mariano's President Don Rosanova and Mayor Matthew Bogusz did the honors at a ribbon-cutting ceremony that not only served as a premiere for the new store at Golf and Mount Prospect roads, but also helped provide dozens of bags of food for the Self Help Closet and Food Pantry in Des Plaines.

Des Plaines Science & Arts Academy honors Mark Anderson

The Science & Arts Academy in Des Plaines honored Mark Anderson on Friday at the Estate by Gene & Georgetti in Rosemont with the Blue Horizon Award at the schools annual Into the Blue Gala. The Blue Horizon Award honors the deeply committed and dedicated supporters of the school's mission and core values.

Artwork by Barbara Gonyo at Des Plaines Library in April

Artwork done in a variety of mediums created by artist Barbara Gonyo, will be on display at the Des Plaines Public Library, 1501 Ellinwood Street, in the 3rd floor gallery area from April 1st through April 29th. Barbara, a member of the Des Plaines Art Guild , has been painting as long as she could remember.

Artwork by Liz Pawlik at Des Plaines City Hall in April

Beautiful pastel florals and landscapes by artist Liz Pawlik will adorn the walls of the Council Chambers of Des Plaines City Hall, 1420 Miner Street, from March 31st through April 28th. Liz is a member of the Des Plaines Art Guild and is currently serving as the guild's First Vice President.

From plates to potholes -- readers' questions answered

Mark Spencer is curious about new Illinois license plates popping up lately, and he's not the only reader with questions we'll answer in this week's column. "Have there been any complaints about the legibility along the left side of the new plates?" Spencer, of Northbrook, asked.

District 62 aligns next year's spring break with District 207

Des Plaines Elementary District 62 has changed the week of spring break for the 2017-2018 school year to align with Maine Township High School District 207. The school board approved changing spring break next year to March 26-30.

Driver in deadly Des Plaines crash never had license revoked despite years of violations

Anita Crawford, 50, second from left, Kirsten Crawford, 20, center, and Kevin Crawford, 52, right, were killed in a Des Plaines crash Feb. 16, 2017. Hailee Crawford, left, and Christian Crawford, lower right, were not in the crash.

Endorsements: Bogusz for mayor, Rodd and Smith for council in Des Plaines

Des Plaines has had its share of good mayors in the last few decades, but no one with the drive, ambition and relentless pursuit that Bogusz exhibits. Under his watch, the City Council has eliminated budget deficits and given the city back its sound financial footing -- no longer needing to borrow money to buy handbags, as it once did.

1st Ward candidates in Des Plaines defend campaign blemishes

Political newcomer Mark Lysakowski has never voted in a Des Plaines election, and Steven Mokry, a library board member, in 2013 pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from an altercation over firewood he stole in Wisconsin. Past histories aside, the candidates aligned on a majority of issues facing the city -- including hesitancy about a plan to use taxpayer money to revitalize the Des Plaines Theatre, support for keeping taxpayer-funded health insurance for city council members, and were critical of political infighting among aldermen and the mayor.

#TBT Gallery looks back at Northwest suburban schools

While compiling this #TBT Gallery, one thing became evident -- schools have come and gone over the years in the Northwest suburbs. Due to ever changing demographics, the need for schools would depend on the communities as they developed with the growth of the suburbs, or became mature with shrinking enrollments leading to closures.

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