Campana building in Batavia developer seeks community support

BATAVIA – The developer for the proposed Campana building apartment project sought community support during a public forum July 17, framing his plan as the best use for the property.

David Block of Evergreen Real Estate Group told a crowd of more than 100 people who turned out at the Congregational Church of Batavia that the 80-unit apartment plan will restore the historic building and provide much-needed affordable housing in the community.

DuPage United Statement on Vandalism at Schmaltz Deli

We, the signatories below, on behalf of DuPage United, stand in solidarity with Schmaltz Delicatessen in Naperville and the Bender family, and against all acts of unlawful vandalism.  

What happened to the Jewish-owned Deli is unfortunate and should be condemned.  This is political speech in an unlawful and unproductive manner (i.e. graffiti). DuPage United stands for building relationships, fostering understanding and working on common goals.

Daily Herald Letter to the Editor - DuPage now certified in crisis intervention

We commend leaders in DuPage County for making it the first jurisdiction in Illinois outside of Chicago to be certified by the state to offer Crisis Intervention Team training to law enforcement officers.

Within two years, the sheriff's department will train hundreds of officers, saving lives, protecting police, reducing costs and improving outcomes for people in mental health crisis.

We the People - Know your Muslim Neighbors

Click the video above to watch highlights from Dupage United's first Solidarity Event.

On Sunday, February 28th, over 850 voices, from 80 organizations, engaged in meaningful conversation at the ‘We the People - Know your Muslim Neighbor’ event, a kick-off to the year long DuPage United Solidarity Campaign.

Successful beyond expectations, the afternoon had speakers from various backgrounds, including former Wheaton College professor Dr. Larycia Hawkins, IIT Muslim Student Association President Mr. Mohsin Ishaq, and from Faith Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, Rev. James Honig.

“Muslims. Christians, Jews, the Non religious, can stand together today and fight back hate, bigotry, and discrimination,” reiterated Syrian immigrant and banker Hani Atassi, of Mecca Center, Willowbrook. “Afterall, what is more meaningful to our lives is NOT religious dominance, racial superiority or wealth accumulation. It is love and compassion for your fellow human beings.”

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The DuPage United Solidarity Campaign will continue its mission of building trust and understanding. This includes a series of Open Mosque Days. Please visit our website to learn more at