Naperville Now 10-20-17

Regional Economic Forecast

The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce and Calamos Investments hosted their yearly regional economic forecast last night. The experts on hand pointed to job creation, higher wages, and an improving housing market as signs of recovery for the economy. But they did point to some concerns for the Chicagoland area, saying a declining population is a big concern. But they predict we can expect an average GDP growth of 2 to 2.5 percent over the next several years.

CAPS Awards

Last night the Naperville Fire Department held its 15th annual CAPS Award Ceremony. The Citizens Appreciate Public Safety Board recognized more than 20 heroes in the Fire Department. Each year one particular hero is rewarded with the George Winkler Award – a high honor that serves in memory of 26-year veteran, George Winkler. This year firefighter and paramedic Chris Garon received the award in honor of his dedication to the department. The Board of Fire and Police Commissioner’s Award went to Lieutenant James Perkovich.

Healthy Driven Half Marathon & 5K

This Sunday is the Fifth Annual Healthy Driven Naperville Half Marathon and 5K, sponsored by Edward-Elmhurst Health. The race begins at 7 a.m. on Eagle Street just north of Aurora Avenue. The race is expected to finish by noon, but you should be on the lookout for road closures along the route. You can find all of those on the city’s website.

Cross Country Championships

The Naper Prairie Conference Middle School Cross Country Championships were held at Commissioner’s Park earlier this week on a picture perfect day for running. The seventh grade girls race saw Washington Jr. High finish first as a team behind Lizzie Patterson and Logan Brennan finishing first and second overall. Jefferson finished second as a team. Lincoln was the team champion for the seventh grade boys race thanks to three top five finishers. Jefferson finished second behind top finisher Alex Barger. Kennedy swept the eighth grade races, winning both the boys and girls divisions. Washington finished second for the eighth grade girls while Gregory Middle School was the runner up on the boys side. Congratulations to the hundreds of young athletes who took part in the championships.

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