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    Names in the Wind

    258 passengers and 13 crew members were buckled in and ready for take-off on American Airlines Flight 191 from O’Hare to Los Angeles on May 25, 1979, using runway 32R. Captain Walter H. Lux, First Officer James Dillard, and Flight Engineer Alfred Udovich were all highly experienced with tens of thousands of flying hours in…

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    Warriors to Remember

    One of America’s most infamous serial killers will forever be linked with Des Plaines, the home of his final victim. Robert “Rob” Piest was a sophomore at Maine West in 1978 when he was murdered by John Wayne Gacy. As far as the police were able to determine, he was Gacy’s 33rd victim. Piest was…

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    Teachers Of Our Past:

    MR. KANTER With retirement ahead at the end of the year, Howard Kanter has taught art at Algonquin Middle School for 30 years. He runs an art club and sometimes a yoga club where he gets to connect with his students outside of class. Although not the most well behaved student in his younger years,…

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    Hidden Gems

    T he story of the History Center starts in the 1960s. “We were founded in 1967 as the Des Plaines Historical Society,” Siobhan Heraty, the curator of col-lections at the History Center said. “We were part of that national trend of historical societies being founded. Our first few years we didn’t have a set first…

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    The River That Never Sleeps

    T he ancient Egyptians used flooding to their advantage, relying on floods to create fertile soil to fertilize their crops. In agrarian societies, flooding often was considered a gift. Des Plaines, like the whole world, was once farmland. But as Des Plaines developed, flooding ended up becoming far more of a nuisance than a gain,…

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    Working Local & Giving Back

    From growing up spending summers playing in the parks and pools, going to summer camp, and attending their annual community events and programs, the park district has etched itself into the lives of many, and some students have chosen to deepen their involvement through employment. Operating nearly 60 parks and facilities, the Des Plaines Park…

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