Willowbrook Wildlife Center Project

Tuesday the DuPage Forest Reserve District Council reviewed a project plan for a revamped Willowbrook Wildlife Center. the $25.5 million project would include the construction of a brand new 27,000 square foot Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic and Visitor Center at the same Glen Ellyn location, replacing the current building. Indoor and outdoor rehabilitation spaces, interactive educational exhibits, and a trail with wildlife viewing areas would also be included. If approved, the building would be the forest reserve district’s first net-zero building, meaning the amount of renewable energy created on the site would exceed the amount used by the building. The target opening date would be mid-2024, with full completion by 2025.

Refuge Youth 360 Service Plans

360 Youth Services receives a $3 million federal grant, thanks to the efforts of U.S. Representatives Bill Foster and Sean Casten. The pair visited the nonprofit yesterday, where leaders of 360 Youth Services discussed how they would use the funding to help buy a building to use to house the homeless. According to a Chicago Tribune report, the group said it will focus on helping people between the ages of 18 and 24, in which many vulnerable people are LGBTQ or people of color. One option may be to purchase a closed hotel, much like DuPage PADS does.

Community Investment Fund Grants

Nonprofits can now apply for monetary rewards from Edward Elmhurst Health$100 million community investment fund. The fund was launched as part of the merger between Edward-Elmhurst Health and NorthShore University Health System, as a means of improving and promoting community well-being and economic growth. Edward-Elmhurst Health plans to allocate approximately $3 million to $6 million annually to community groups, including $4 million for this year. Interested persons can apply on the Edward-Elmhurst Health website. Applications will be accepted until May 1.

Neuqua student wins study trip to Germany

A Neuqua Valley High School the student received an all-expenses-paid summer study trip to Germany. Emma Shepherd was selected for the honor after scoring in the 99and percentile at the 2022 national level 3 German exam for high school students sponsored by the American Association of German Teachers (AATG). She then submitted essay answers and underwent interviews before being selected as one of 48 students nationwide to receive the award.

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