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FOX VALLEY FAMILY YMCA

Workout Before You Pig Out – Nov. 26
8:30-10:30am & 5:30-7:30pm  |  Free  |  West
9-11am & 5:30-7:30pm  |  Free  |  Central
Enjoy a two hour calorie burning workout. Our instructors will put together a collage of workouts. Please bring a canned good donation for the food pantry. 

Central Branch | 3875 Eldamain Rd., Plano, IL 60545 | 630-552-4100
West Branch | 707 S. Main St., Sandwich, IL 60548 | 815-786-9998
WWW.FOXVALLEYYMCA.ORG


The Chocolate Shoppe
Groupon Available Starting Thanksgiving Day... visit www.groupon.com for our amazing chocolate covered bacon deal; a box of 7 applewood smoked bacon strips dipped in premium Belgian milk or dark chocolate for just $13, a savings of 38%! Buy one for yourself and one as a gift. You can buy now and pickup anytime this holiday season.

BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL at THE CHOCOLATE SHOPPE
Friday, November 28th 9 AM to NOON
The Chocolate Shoppe has an amazing Black Friday special from 9 AM to NOON, be sure to check their Facebook page for details at www.facebook.com/thechocoshoppe

SHOP SMALL SATURDAY
Saturday, November 29th 11 AM to 5 PM
Please join us in Yorkville for Shop Small Saturday, where you will receive great deals, lots of freebies, and have a great time supporting your small local businesses during this holiday season. Check below for all of the great deals and giveaways!  The Chocolate Shoppe will be giving away a $100 gift certificate, and will pick up the tab for three lucky shoppers that day!

We have free tote bags and other fun freebies to giveaway from American Express, as well as drawings, giveaways, and special sales! Be sure to visit The Chocolate Shoppe, Mr. Tube Steak, and other businesses in the strip mall located at the NE corner of Route 34 and Route 47 (next to BP, across from Chase Bank and Jewel).
*FREE canvas shopping tote
*FREE pens
*FREE dog bandana
*FREE pins and stickers
American Express cardholders can receive $10 cash back on $10 purchases or more (up to 3x) when you register HERE - https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/shop-small/ (note, only from these businesses where American Express is accepted).
*while supplies last

CYBER MONDAY
The Chocolate Shoppe will offer some amazing “web only deals” on Monday, December 1st. Visit www.chocolate-shoppe.com on Monday, December 1st for all of the exciting specials, and receive FREE GROUND SHIPPING on all orders placed that day. This is a great option for your out-of-state friends and relatives. Use code CYBERMON.


Kendall County Food Pantry
Thanksgiving is approaching fast and we are in desperate need of 12-15 pound turkeys, canned yams, Durkee onions, sugar and oil.  If anyone can help give for the holidays it would be greatly appreciated.  

Monday, December 1st is our monthly pet clinic open to our clients and the general public.  Spay Illinois will provide low cost vaccinations between the hours of 3:30-6:00PM.  

Fox Valley Metro Disc Golf Club are hosting their 9th Annual Ice Bowl on Saturday, January 24th, 2015.  This is an annual tournament held during the winter to raise money for KCFP.  They are seeking Corporations, Organizations and individuals to help sponsor this event.  Sponsorships are available at $25 per hole, and they are also accepting merchandise, gift certificates, sports tickets, and memorabilia. 
Where:  Eagle Ridge/Civic Center Disc Golf Course- Oswego, IL
When:   Saturday, January 24th, 2015; Registration at 8:30-9:30AM; First round at 10:00AM
Format: 2 rounds (18 holes-free lunch-9 Holes-Award Presentation)
Player fee:  2 non perishable food items, plus $20 for all Amateur divisions ( Novice, Recreational and Advanced), $30 for Open/Pro division.  If interested contact Randy Moore 630-346-9483 and feel free to visit their website www.foxvalleymetrodiscgolfclub.com

Heartland  Blood Centers - The Odds Are In Your Favor When you Donate Blood!
Donate Blood Heartland's Yorkville Facility, 728 E. Veterans Parkway (Located behind Blackstone Restaurant)
NOW
thru Sunday, November 30th
All blood donors will be entered into a random drawing for 1 of 7 Official Chicago Bears Memorabilia!!  Also, Heartland Blood Centers offers (5) $1,000 Scholarships, all eligible 17-21 yr. old blood donors will have the chance to enter into a drawing for (5) $1,000 scholarships. In addition, family and friends can donate on behalf of the eligible student. For eligibility requirements and official rules, go to www.heartlandbc.org. To schedule an appointment please call 1-800-7TO-GIVE (1-800-786-4483) or online www.heartlandbc.org.
Please join us. Bring a friend! Photo ID Required.


Karma Skin + Massage Studio
718 N Bridge Street
Yorkville, Illinois 60560
630-708-6855

Schedule Now
HELP ME BRING ASHIATSU TO YORKVILLE!
----Here is the chance to help...and to buy TWO Ashiatsu treatments for just $50 each!----
Ashiastu Oriental Bar Therapy is a modality of massage where the therapist performs a deeper pressure massage by "walking" on the client and using bars either mounted on the ceiling or built around the table as a prop in order to support varying pressures. Ashiatsu massage is based in traditional Chinese medicine. This treatment is performed in China and Japan by practitioners using a whole-body approach to wellness. The foot provides a wider and deeper level of pressure which can not be obtained with the hands and forearms. The deep sustained compressions this modality provides can offer long lasting results to people with chronic pain from muscle tension..
Why am I asking you to help? Running a small business is challenging. I've been in business in Yorkville for almost three years and I'm so grateful for all the support and success I've had. It's expensive to keep up my professional licenses and continuing education requirements with the state of Illinois. In order to travel to complete my Ashiatsu training and have the bars constructed, I'll need to raise about $1500. For pictures of what this therapy looks like please visit my Facebook page here!
How can you help? I am offering 15 people the chance to purchase a $100 gift certificate. This certificate will provide you with TWO Ashiatsu treatments. You will be among the very first at Karma to receive Ashiatsu after my training is completed in February. There is NO expiration date with the certificates and you may give one (or both) away as a gift to someone if you like! What a great Holiday gift!! May be purchased online!!
Please call me if you have any questions! (Ashiatsu is not safe for pregnant clients, clients with recent breast implants). 
630-708-6855
FREE Listing in WSPY's Shop Local Business Directory for your Buisness

WSPY FM 107.1 is broadcasting a Shop Local radio campaign during the holiday season to keep dollars in local small businesses cash registers.

You can list your business for FREE in our Shop Local Directory

Click Here to Register your business for a free basic Listing


SHOP SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY - OPEN HOUSE at FOX RIVER ACADEMY
The Fox River Academy is having an Open House that day with refreshments, treats, and special discounts on gift packages, sheet music, and merchandise orders for the holidays!

Fox River Academy can order MANY music items and have them shipped to our store for convenient pick-up. Items include (but are not limited to):
* Music Stands
* Sheet Music for all instruments
* Instrument Cases
* GUITARS, strings, picks, and tuners
DISCOUNTS on items ordered 11/29!!

Tuesday, November 25- Sunday, November 30
Academy Closed for regular business over Thanksgiving Holiday Break. Some classes/ makeups will still be taking place
November 29- Small Business Saturday Open House
Fox River Academy Main Campus
10am-4pm
November 30 and December 1
Royal Conservatory Music Development Program --
Performance Assessments
December 5
Oswego Christmas Walk Weekend
Church of the Good Shepherd Nativity Scene Music Performances, 5:00-8:00pm
Rock Ensemble Performance- Little White Schoolhouse, 5:30pm
December 6
Oswego Christmas Walk Weekend
Breakfast With Santa- Oswego YMCA Building; Community Art Project, 8:30am-11:30am
Holiday Showcase Recital (along with Dance With Flair), Thompson Junior High 6:30pm
To view schedule of classes and workshops, see here

New Life Church - An Unexpected Christmas
Life can border on boring; every day the same as the last. Even Christmas can seem like every Christmas before; the Christmas tree in the same place with the same ornaments and the same faces on Christmas morning. Then, out of the blue, like the star of Bethlehem and the angel’s song, something unexpected happens; a stranger comes to town, a secret comes to light and Christmas catches you by surprise all over again. Come celebrate An Unexpected Christmas with us at New Life Church this Advent Season. An Unexpected Christmas begins November 30th in all three services 8:30, 9:45, & 11:00 a.m. You won’t want to miss one week as the mystery unfolds.

New Life Church is located at 3205 Cannonball Trail in Yorkville."


Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois - Grande Reserve Elementary Parent Information Night
Start the fun now. www.girlscoutsni.org -

Join Girl Scout Super Troop
Parent Information Night
When: December 4, 6-7pm
Where: Grande Reserve Elementary School Library
Open to Girls K-5
For more information contact:
Shannan Harley at (847)741-5521 Ext. 7121
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Kendall County Forest Preserve and the Yorkville School District 115
Thursday, December 4th
Join us at the Historic Courthouse to celebrate the Christmas season with the whole family and the big man in red himself, Santa Claus! Santa will be available for pictures throughout the evening so don’t forget your camera. Professional photographs will also be taken by Moments to Remember that may be purchased online.  Children of all ages can create a craft while enjoying a delectable array of cookies and hot chocolate.  Special guest performances by the Yorkville 6th Grade Alternative Strings.

Pictures with Santa 
6:30—8:30pm
Kendall County
Forest Preserve District
110 West Madison Street, Yorkville

Please contact Tina Villarreal for more information about this event:
(630) 552-5253

Yorkville Jr. Women’s Club - Homes for the Holidays
Saturday, December 6, 2014
10am to 4pm

Dear Neighbors and Friends,
It’s time once again for the dazzling and delightful Yorkville Jr. Women’s Club Holiday Housewalk.  This self-guided home tour is an amazing way to experience the joy of Christmas and offers a sneak peek into the Holiday traditions of local families.  By participating in this event, not only will you be creating a memory that will last a lifetime, but you will be supporting an organization committed to helping people (neighbors really) who are in need.

“Homes for the Holidays” will take place on Saturday, December 6, 2014.  The Housewalk hours are from 10a.m. to 4p.m. and the $25 ticket includes a tour of 4 unique homes, a luncheon and Christmas Bazaar at Whitetail Golf Club, and discounts at local businesses.   Be sure to call to reserve either the 11:00am or 1:00pm lunch seating.  We are a not-for-profit organization, and a portion of your ticket is tax deductible.  
( a non lunch ticket can be purchased for $16 - online only )

Don’t miss out on this charming event!  Share this experience with your Mom, sister or best friend!  Pick up your tickets today at any of the following locations:

Castle Bank          
Heritage Home Decor and Design   
Kendall County Record       
Nanette’s Boutique       
Redbud Creek Farm (West of Rte. 47 on Rte. 71)
The Olive Gallery
Village Grind (Oswego)
Yorkville Public Library
Online at:  www.yorkvillejwc.com

The funds raised during the housewalk will 100% directly benefit the people and charities in Kendall County.  

Thank you in advance for your support!!  I wish you and your families a miraculous Holiday Season!!


Santa Shuffle for SPS!
December 6th
9:00 am.
Peeka Info is hosting the 3rd year annual Santa Shuffle in Yorkville! This is a favorite event for Suicide Prevention Services (SPS).

Meet at 9am in the Home Depot Garden Center parking lot: 735 Edward Lane, Yorkville.
You raise donations of $50 for SPS. (Checks can be made out to: SPS)
You get a full Santa suit (pants, jacket, beard, hat) to put on over your clothes.
We shuffle around the Yorkville Market Place (beginning and ending at Home Depot) and stop halfway at Super Target's Cafe for cocoa and cookies.

Te register and get full details, visit: www.santashuffle.org
It's so much fun. People stop and take pictures- they honk and wave. It's a great awareness event at the holidays.
We are letting people know that SPS exists to call, for counseling, for support, to listen. 800-273-8255.
All proceeds help an amazing organization: Suicide Prevention Services. www.spsamerica.org


Rush-Copley Healthy Weight Program - session begins January 6
Rush-Copley Medical Group and Rush-Copley Healthplex have teamed up to create a healthy weight lifestyle program where "YouFIT."  The 12-week program focuses on the importance of combining physical activity and nutritional guidance along with information about the "science" of achieving a healthy weight that's right for you.  Participants learn from a variety of experts including Rush-Copley physicians, Healthplex personal trainers and registered dietitians.
The program includes:
• An individual Rush-Copley Healthplex 3-month membership (a $255 value!)
• Twice weekly sessions that focus on nutrition, exercise and behavioral changes
• Sodexo’s Create Your Weight materials
• Pedometer
• Logs, apps and other tools
Take a healthy, balanced and realistic approach to reaching your personal goals that will last a lifetime.  Learn more at rushcopley.com/YouFit or call 866-4COPLEY (1-866-426-7539).

St. Patrick Parish
Our Advent message series, Christmas Traditions, begins on December 6 & 7 at all weekend Masses. 

St. Patrick Parish invites you to celebrate Mass with us every weekend.  If you haven’t visited a Catholic Church in a while, we invite you to join us.  Mass times are Saturday, 5 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. with our contemporary Praise and Worship band.  All are welcome!


Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
With the Holiday this week, we are opening registration for the Plano BEST ETHNIC portion of our CULINARY CHAMPIONS campaign which will be held on Wednesday December 10.  If you have a favorite ethnic restaurant please encourage them to email me to register to compete! 

Our judges for “round 3” of our competition will be:
Host Mayor Bob Hausler of Plano
Sugar Grove Village President P. Sean Michels
North Aurora Village President Dale Berman
Sandwich Mayor Rick Olson

For complete details, go to our new landing page!

Sense of Samadhi:
NEW on TUESDAYS in December:
Beginner's Yoga 6pm
Power Vinyasa Flow Fun 7pm

Self Care Saturdays 10:30am **FREE**

COSTA RICA ECO YOGA RETREAT
APRIL 11-18, 2015
Early bird pricing ends December 1st!

Spirit Cheerleading
Spirit Cheerleading is an official Toys for Tots Donation Location!  Please help us collect toys for less fortunate children!  You can drop off a new unwrapped toy for a boy or girl of any age at Spirit Cheerleading, 125 Boombah Blvd., Yorkville Monday-Friday from 4:30-9pm or Saturdays 11-3pm. 

Spirit also has new tumbling classes starting in November!  For more information visit www.SpiritCheerleading.org. or contact the gym at 630-882-9413.


Kendall Area Transit Calendar of Events:
Thursday November 27th In observance of Thanksgiving Day, all KAT operations will be closed.
Friday November 28th In observance of Day After Thanksgiving, KAT offices will be closed.  Dial-a-ride will operate on limited service schedule.  Park and Ride will be closed.
Thursday December 25th In observance of Christmas Day, all KAT operations will be closed.
Friday December 26th In observance of Christmas Day, KAT offices will be closed. Dial-a-ride will operate on limited service schedule. Park and Ride will be closed.
Thursday January 1st In observance of New Years Day, all KAT operations will be closed.


Fox Valley United Way - Holiday Assistance
WANT TO MAKE THIS A HAPPY HOLIDAY?
The holiday season is just around the corner, and once again we know that folks in our community will not have the means to celebrate the season.  While countless parents are telling their children that there will not be many gifts under the tree this year, a large number of children in our community will not be receiving any presents.  It's a luxury many parents cannot afford as they are simply trying to make ends meet.
For the ninth year, Fox Valley United Way is partnering with local businesses, community, civic and student groups, in addition to families and individuals who are interested in helping their neighbors in need.
How can you help?
*    Sponsor an individual child or family
*    Organize a scarf, hat and mitten drive
*    Organize a toy drive
*    Donate a grocery gift card
*    Make a monetary donation
All donations will support the more than 130 local families who have reached out for help so far this year.

To learn more about how you can help visit our website. Or contact Deborah by phone at 630-896-4636 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Hello Chamber Members, the editor of Dunamis Woman & Real Awesome Men Magazine is proud to tell you that Sheila Seraphin, an Independent Associate Representing Aflac, also a chamber member,  has been featured in an amazing empowerment publication called Dunamis Woman & Real Awesome Men Magazine which Educates, Exposes, and Empowers women and men to break through life barriers for great success! This particular issue supports the cause of Alzheimer's Association with every purchased copy for just $6.95.  Show your support and get a copy by visiting www.dunamis-woman.com/magazine.php
BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL AND WE THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN!

Wings Etc. in Yorkville, IL is NOW HIRING for all Management positions.
We are looking for energetic, outgoing, and experienced leaders to manage our brand new team.

General Manager: We are seeking a team-oriented General Manager with experience managing a service team and a kitchen team in a sports bar environment. The right candidate will have experience teaching, coaching, and leading a large team. Experience with email and excel reporting, as well as a strong understanding of P&L management, weekly inventory management, and scheduling are a must. Our new General Manager will have full availability, a great attitude, strong communication skills, and a desire to move forward in a rapidly growing company.

Assistant Managers: We are seeking two highly talented Assistant Managers with distinct areas of experience and expertise. One “front of house” Assistant Manager (Service Manager) will be primarily responsible for the service team and the overall customer experience, schedules, and upholding all Wings Etc. brand standards. One “back of house” Assistant Manager (Kitchen Manager) will be primarily responsible for the kitchen team and extremely high cleanliness standards, weekly inventory, ordering, and schedules. The ability for each Assistant to cross-over and uphold standards in all areas of the operation is critical.

Interested and qualified candidates should bring a current resume to 1447 Cannonball Trail – Yorkville.


OLD SECOND RESIDENTIAL LENDERS NAMED FIVE STAR PROFESSIONALS
Five Old Second Bank residential loan officers were named "Five Star Mortgage Professionals" by Five Star Professional in partnership with Chicago Magazine.

Award recipients satisfied five objective eligibility and evaluation criteria that are associated with mortgage professionals who provide quality services to their clients. Thousands of real estate agents in Chicago were surveyed to determine which mortgage professionals merited the award.

From Old Second Bank, the following were named Five Star Professionals for the second consecutive year: Phillip DeLaFuente of Oswego, Michelle Domson of Hampshire, Troy Langeness of Elburn, Scott Trandel of Sycamore, and Sue Welsh of Naperville. Named Five Star Professional for the first time was also Old Second’s Elvia Campos of Yorkville. Award winners can be read in the October 2014 issue of Chicago Magazine.

About Old Second
Old Second Bancorp (NASDAQ Symbol "OSBC") is the holding company for Old Second National Bank.  The Bancorp operates over 25 facilities within Kane, Kendall, DuPage, DeKalb, LaSalle, Will, and Cook Counties.


Silverleaf Resorts, Inc. Announces the Grand Opening of Its Second Indoor Water Park: Pirate’s Cay Indoor Waterpark in Sheridan, Illinois.

Silverleaf Resorts, Inc. today announced the grand opening of their second indoor water park. The new water park is located at Fox River Resort in Sheridan, Illinois, which serves the Chicago market.  "The opening of Pirate’s Cay Indoor Water Park at Fox River Resort marks another milestone for Silverleaf Resorts, Inc. as we continue to enhance our resorts and increase our appeal to both new customers and existing members," said Thomas J. Morris, CEO of Silverleaf Resorts, Inc.

The indoor water park is approximately 20,000 square feet and features a signature bucket dump with a pirate themed splash play area, lazy river and four indoor/outdoor slides. The completely glass-enclosed recreational area is climate controlled and features a retractable roof for pleasant summer days. The 11,000 square foot entry building includes The Ship’s Galley featuring Subway® and Mama DeLuca’s® Pizza, The Treasure Chest – a souvenir gift shop, The Sand Bar for cool cocktails, an arcade filled with the latest electronic adventures, along with Party/Event space, changing rooms and showers. While the resort itself will remain “members only”, Pirate’s Cay will be open to the general public as well (Fox River Resort members will receive discounted admission to the park).

Situated on the banks of the Fox River, the Fox River Resort is located a stone’s throw away from the hamlet of Norway, the first Norwegian settlement in the United States. For resort members, an abundance of activities are available on the resort grounds and in the nearby hills of the region. Fox River Resort currently features 268 vacation ownership condominiums with 16 Presidential suites under construction along with a 48-unit Studio building. Silverleaf has been part of the La Salle County and the Sheridan/Norway communities since 1997.

The resort’s economic impact to the area is significant with 225 full-time and part-time employees already working for Fox River Resort. Pirate’s Cay is expected to generate an additional 60-80 job opportunities.


Servpro of Kendall County is now hiring - Production Technicians, Crew Chiefs and a Marketing Rep!
Please contact us at 630.554.2280 in order to secure an employment application. You may also fax your resume to 630.554.3320 or send it via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Mutual Ground, Inc.- Job Posting Relief Advocate
Under the direction of the Domestic Violence Program Coordinator, the Relief Advocate is responsible for providing crisis intervention and referral services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in person and on the 24-hour crisis hotline.  Additionally, the Relief Advocate is responsible to maintain a safe and healthy environment and welcoming atmosphere for program participants.  On-call relief staff work as needed to relieve full-time staff.  Applicants must be available for evening, overnight and weekend shifts. The ability to work several shifts per week is strongly preferred. 60-hour Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Certification preferred but may be acquired upon hire.
Qualifications
●    Dedication to helping victims
●    Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
•    Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
•    Ability to utilize standard telephone/fax/copier equipment
•    Computer proficiency
●    Acceptance and respect for diversity of culture, sexual orientation, ability, and religious belief
•    Bilingual Spanish speaking preferred
•    60 Hour Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Training Certificate preferred but may be obtained upon hire
Examples of Duties
•    Staff the 24-hour hotline
•    Provide crisis intervention to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault over the telephone and in-person
•    Dispatch volunteers to local emergency rooms in response to domestic violence and sexual assault crisis calls
•    Provide information and referrals to hotline callers
•    Operate multi-line phone system including transferring calls and relaying messages
•    Data entry
•    Documentation of all services provided
•    Various tasks to support operation of 24-hour facility
•    Ensure confidentiality at all times
How to Apply
Submit a cover letter and resume to Rebecca Laudati, Domestic Violence Program Coordinator, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Ellis House & Equestrian Center -
Family Fun Night
First Friday of EVERY month from 4p—7p

Pony Rides—$ ,Tractor-Pulled Hay Rides, Face Painting, Bon-Fire, Crafts, Board Games, Nature Trails, Concessions—$, Come join the fun!

2014 Dates
December 5


5K Reindeer Run/Walk
Sunday, December 14, 2014 • Race @ 9:00 a.m.
13986 McKanna Rd. Minooka, IL 60447 815-475-4035
Cross Country Trails at Ellis!

Pre-registration is always encouraged. Same day registration begins at 7:00 a.m and closes at 8:45a.m. Runners who pre-registered can check in on race day any time after 7:00a.m. but before 8:45a.m.

The 5K course will take place at Ellis House & Equestrian Center on a scenic cross-country style course. Bring a change of clothes and shoes. You will get muddy and wet, but it’s worth it!

The entry fee is $25. Same day registration is $35 and closes at 8:45 a.m. sharp. The entry fee includes a T-shirt and awards ceremony in the indoor arena following the race. NO REFUNDS!
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Race day packet pick up begins on race day at 7:00 a.m. Participants who register AFTER December 1st will not receive their T-shirt until after race day. It will be mailed to you. We do this in order to keep entry fee costs at a minimum, SO REGISTER EARLY to get your shirt on race day!
Results: Professional electronic timing by Kompusport. Official results online at www.Kompusport.com
Age Divisions: 10 & Under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
Awards: Trophies will be awarded to BEST OVERALL male and BEST OVERALL female. The top three finishers in each age division will receive a ribbon.
Questions: For information call Ellis House & Equestrian Center @ 815-475-4035 or visit www.ellishec.com


Inland Real Estate to be inducted into Realtors Hall of Fame
The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc. is being honored as the first Chicago Association of Realtors Corporate Hall of Fame inductee.

In 40 years, Oak Brook based Inland has become one of the nation's largest commercial real estate and finanacial groups.  Founders Daniel L. Goodwin, Robert H. Baum, G. Joseph Cosenza and Robert D. Parks implemented a unique business model to create a group of real estate related companies renowned collectiely today as "The Track Record Companies" for achievements in the real estate business.

Founded, homegrown and based in the Chicago area, The Inland Companies cumulatively employ more that 1,400 people and own and manage over 75 million square feet of diversified commercial real estate in 49 states, as well as managed assets with a value in excess of $20.2 billion.

The Inland Companies have brokered hundreds of millions of dollars in commercial real estate sales in the Chicago area over a 40-year period.  They have developed over 5,000 acres of vacant Chicago-area land and built or redeveloped over 7,000 apartments and over 75 million square feet of retail and sponsored over 600 separate real estate investment funds throughout the United States with a concentration in the Chicago area.

In addition, Inland has received dozens of awards from local civic and charitable organizations for its accomplishments and community service emphasizing initiatives ot empower women in the workplace, including last year's "Elevate Award" from the Women's Council of Realtors Chicago Chapter, the National Association of Women Business Owners "Visionary Corporate Partner WAward," The Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce's "Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award," and the YMCA's Corporate Recognition Award for the commitment to the Advancement of Women in the Workplace.  More than 40 percent of Inland officers are women, including CEOs, CFOs and presidents of separate Inland Companies.


Edward-Elmhurst offers Online Test to Determine Risk for Anxiety Disorders

Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare has added AnxietyAware to its menu of online assessments to help people determine if they’re at risk for one of the most common mental illnesses in the U.S.  Anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults age 18 and older, but only about one-third of those receive treatment.
Anxiety disorders also include generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias and panic disorder.

AnxietyAware, www.edward.org/anxietyaware, is a free, five-minute online screening to help identify a person’s risk of an anxiety disorder.  A mental health professional at Linden Oaks at Edward reviews the confidential questionnaire and responds with a personalized assessment and recommendations about next steps.  If a person’s assessment indicates a heightened risk of anxiety disorder, they’ll receive a call within 24 hours from a Linden Oaks clinician who will offer a free mental health assessment.  If contact information is not submitted, a phone number at Linden Oaks is provided so a person can schedule a free assessment.