Omega owner George Andrews said he shuttered the Downers Grove staple in July after the previous operators amassed thousands of dollars in unpaid bills.
The village granted the owners a permit in October to work on the property, and the village's liquor commission approved the restaurant's application for a liquor license in November.
The restaurant has not reopened, but "Now Hiring" signs are posted in the front windows.
New math in D58
Downers Grove Grade School District 58 changed its math curriculum, eschewing the widely used Everyday Math.
District officials said part of the reason is that the state is transitioning to new learning standards, known as common core. Math In Focus, a version of Singapore Math, better aligns with the common core expectations, officials said, and challenges students to understand math more critically.
Math In Focus is being taught in all District 58 classrooms from kindergarten through fifth grade. Sixth- through eighth- graders will continue using Glencoe Math, which has been in place for years.
Community attends heroin forum
Taking their cue from nearby communities, Downers Grove police hosted a community forum in October to discuss a growing trend of heroin use and abuse throughout the western suburbs.
By October, at least 30 people died from heroin overdose in DuPage County, more than all of 2011, according to officials. Law enforcement and local experts explained to a crowd of 200 that many users in the western suburbs take interstates 88 and 290 — which they dub the "Heroin Highway" — to the West Side of Chicago to buy heroin for as little at $10.
Four people in Downers Grove died from heroin overdose in 2012. Several others were arrested for possession or required medical treatment for a non-fatal overdose according to police.
The separated grade crossing at the Belmont stop on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe line was completed in October, a project 10 years in the making.
The project was a joint venture by the village, BNSF, Metra, the Illinois Department of Transportation and DuPage County. Officials said that the Belmont stop was the site of numerous accidents and was once known as one of the most dangerous stops along the BNSF line.
The agencies partnered in 2002 to begin designing the new crossing. Construction began in 2010. Belmont Road now dips below the tracks. Feeder ramps on either side of Belmont allow motorists to more easily access the stop and nearby parking. An underground tunnel and stairwells off of Belmont Road allow pedestrians to access either side of the platform without physically crossing the tracks.
The project cost $60 million.
Betty Jane Boyd
Boyd, the owner of the downtown gift shop Consider It Done, died in September after a brief battle with cancer. She was 60.
Boyd, known to all as BJ, has created and run the shop for more than two decades. She started making her signature gift baskets in the basement of an interior design store before leasing the Main Street space just across the street.
Her store developed a loyal following in Downers Grove.
Since Boyd's death, her husband and her two children have been helping to run the store. Family members say they want to keep it going strong through the holidays, but long-term plans remain unclear.