Indian Prairie D204 to receive additional funds from state; Naperville residents named Chicago Zoological Society photo contest winners; College of DuPage holding college fair on Oct. 11 – Chicago Tribune

Indian Prairie District 204 and two other school districts in the 42nd Senate District will receive more than $11.5 million in state funding to address their financial requirements.

Indian Prairie will receive almost $783,000; Aurora West District 129 will receive about $3.8 million and Aurora East District 131 will receive about $6.9 million, according to a news release from state Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Aurora.

The funding is determined by the 2017 evidence-based funding formula that calculates the needs of individual school districts and bases its state revenue on those needs. The formula takes into account a district’s total enrollment, poverty rate, number of special education or English language learners and other factors, Holmes’ news release said.

Two Naperville residents were among the winners of the Chicago Zoological Society’s 2022 photo contest.

More than 700 photos were submitted as part of the contest. A panel of professional photographers were the judges and selected their favorites in three categories: mammals; birds; and reptile, amphibian, invertebrate and fish.

Then the public was asked to vote for their favorites in each of the categories, and more than 6,000 votes were cast.

Joseph Andalina took third place in the bird category and Tricia Rangel took first place in the reptile, amphibian, invertebrate and fish category.

Hayley Pendergast, of Plainfield, won the grand prize.

Photo can be found on the zoo’s website at

The College of DuPage’s annual college fair will be held from 6 to 8 pm Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the Physical Education Center Arena, 525 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn.

The event is free and open to the public, designed for students seeking information about the admissions and transfer process. College representatives from around the country will be on hand to talk about their four-year degree programs.

Financial aid presentations will be given at 6:15 and 7:15 pm in PE Center Room 13.

Students should register at, which will connect them to admissions officers, a COD news release said.

For more information, go to the, call 630-942-2626 or email

An open house to learn more about the 4-H program will be held from 4 to 7 pm Friday, Sept. 30, at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton.

Every fall, Illinois 4-H clubs kick off a new year and offer open houses for hands-on activities and the opportunity to meet volunteers and staff. Registration is not required to attend. Anyone who needs accommodations to participate can call 630-584-6166 or email

The 4-H Youth Development programs focus on building leadership, citizenship and life skills as well as developing independence and practicing generosity. Participants can study animal sciences, creative arts, environmental sciences, health and nutrition, global awareness and STEM fields.

Clubs are open to anyone ages 8 to 18 and the Cloverbud program is for children ages 5 to 7.

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