Longtime Naperville resident and legendary cartoonist Dick Locher died Sunday. He worked for the Chicago Tribune for 40 years, writing and drawing the comic strip Dick Tracy for more than three decades. In 1983, an illustration he did on President Ronald Reagan earned him the Pulitzer Prize. Locher’s influence is seen throughout Naperville, most prominently in the nearly 9-foot tall statue of Dick Tracy next to the Riverwalk. A visitation will be held Thursday at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home from 3 to 8 p.m., and his funeral will be the following day at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. Locher was 88.
Senger Appointed by Rauner
Naperville Republican Darlene Senger has been appointed as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative Affairs by Governor Bruce Rauner. Senger previously served on the Naperville City Council from 2002 to 2008 and as a state representative from 2009 to 2015. Her new role will involve advising on legislative matters and coordinating liaisons.
Citizen Police Academy
The Naperville Police Department is once again hosting their Citizen Police Academy, giving residents insight into the inner workings of our local police operations. Participants get both hands-on and classroom experiences through this free program. Applications are due by September 8, with the academy running every Wednesday evening from October 4 to December 6. For more information visit Naperville.il.us/cpa.
Fall Sports Season
Yesterday marked the official start of the fall high school athletic season. Teams all across the state of Illinois were able to hold their first official practices or tryouts. Boys and girls golf is the first sport to begin competition as early as August 14, while all other sports begin play the week of August 21. Naperville Sports Weekly returns for its 11th season with the Football Preview episode on Sunday, August 20 and the first full episode debuts on August 27 at 6:30 p.m.
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