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On its 100th trip, Honor Flight Chicago is still ‘incredible’ for veterans

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Honor Flight Chicago began in 2008 as an ambitious project that flew 60 World War II veterans to Washington to view the national monument in their honor. Exceeding expectations and expanding reach, the non-profit agency recently celebrated its 100th honor flight on a special charter flight filled with 102 Vietnam War veterans, 11 Korean War veterans and three Second World War.

Vietnam veterans and Park Ridge brothers John and Bob Runtz took part in the most recent flight.

“It’s amazing,” the two Runtz brothers marvel at one point on the trip, which includes a ceremony at the World War II Memorial, visits to the Air Force Memorial, the Corps of United States Marines with a statue of the iconic flag raising on the island of Iwo Jima, a performance by the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon in front of the Lincoln Memorial, the Air and Space Museum of Udvar Hazy, Arlington National Cemetery, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Women’s Memorial, and Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

Funded entirely by donations, each flight costs approximately $1,250 per veteran. Due to the pandemic there were no flights in 2020. Last year they changed the monthly schedule to fly four trips in 10 weeks. This year the schedule is back, with the next flight scheduled for May 11, but there are still 2,700 Vietnam veterans on the waiting list.

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Lisle’s teacher is the only one from Illinois selected for the NASA program

One of the reasons Tanya Anderson became a teacher was to tap into her love of science.

Now she will be able to make a dream come true.


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Anderson, a junior high science teacher for 14 years at St. Joan of Arc School in Lisle, was selected as NASA’s 2022 Airborne Astronomy Ambassador. She is one of only 24 teachers in 13 states chosen for the program and the only teacher in Illinois.

The goal of the program is to expand Anderson’s knowledge of astronomy and to impart that knowledge to his students to enhance engagement in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Shocked to receive this honor, Anderson is looking forward to diving.

“I was never confident about it, but I always had hope,” Anderson said. “It was one of those things where I knew I was putting everything I had into the app. I was just crossing my fingers and saying a prayer that it was good enough to be what they were looking for. “

Anderson still does not know when or where she will participate. But sometime next year, she’ll head to the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy in California or the Infrared Telescope Facility in Hawaii for a week-long STEM immersion experience.

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Lake Villa music teacher named one of Illinois’ top educators

His work ethic, passion and dedication to his students earned Elliott Hile, a music teacher at Lakes Community High School in Lake Villa, one of the top teacher awards in the state this year.

Hile found out he was named the top teacher in the Suburban North region — including Lake, McHenry and Kane counties — at what he thought was a normal Monday faculty meeting in February.



Elliott Hile, a music teacher at Lakes Community High School in Antioch-Lake Villa Area High School's District 117, was named the top teacher in the North Suburb region, which includes Lake, McHenry and Kane counties.

Elliott Hile, a music teacher at Lakes Community High School in Antioch-Lake Villa Area High School’s District 117, was named the top teacher in the North Suburb region, which includes Lake, McHenry and Kane counties.
– Brian Hill | Personal photographer

“It was a total surprise,” Hile said. “The director made an announcement, and that’s when I found out too.”

Matthew Kastor, chairman of the fine arts department and patron of Hile, nominated him for recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education. Kastor said one thing that impresses him the most about Hile is the dedication he has for his students and the effort he puts into their experience.

“Kids realize that and enjoy working with him,” Kastor said. “They are ready to work with him and for him.”

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Fermilab Bison Herd Welcomes Newborn, First Bison Calf of 2022

Fermilab in Batavia has announced that its first bison calf of 2022 was born on April 13.

A name for the baby bison has not been released. But up to 20 more calves are expected throughout the spring.



Fermilab in Batavia has announced that its first bison calf of 2022 was born on April 13.

Fermilab in Batavia has announced that its first bison calf of 2022 was born on April 13.
– Courtesy of Ryan Postel/Fermilab

All of this may surprise those who only know the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory as America’s premier national laboratory for particle physics research.

The grounds surrounding Fermilab are also home to a herd of nearly three dozen American plains bison as part of an officially designated National Environmental Research Park set up by the US Department of Energy. According to spokesperson Tracy Marc, the herd currently numbers 32 bison — 30 cows and two bulls.

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