Dear Terra,

This is the time of year when the Lilac Village really lives up to its name. Lilacia Park is absolutely abloom right now, and the scent of the lilacs is just intoxicating.

Starting this Saturday through Sunday, May 19, Lombard will be celebrating its legendary lilacs with a long list of special events, from the historic coronation of the Lilac Queen to a Mother’s Day concert in Lilacia Park (featuring Rosie & The Rivets.) And you won't want to miss the Mutt Strut 5K & 1-Mile race. (You can find a full calendar of events for Lilac Time here.)

I hope you will make time to visit the Lilac Time Arts and Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday, May 5, in Downtown Lombard on St. Charles Road between Main and Elizabeth streets.

The Lombard Park District's "Bloom-o-Meter" says the lilacs are fully blooming, so don't wait to head over to Lilacia Park and see these glorious flowers.

Wheaton celebrates Preservation Month with blue signs at historic homes and buildings

To celebrate National Preservation Month, the Wheaton Historic Commission is displaying interactive signs in front of 160+ historic buildings throughout the city.

To learn more about these special buildings, you can use your smartphone to take a photo of the QR code on each sign. That will direct you to the new interactive Wheaton Historic Register Map, which you also can find here.

If you're interested in learning more about your own home's history, the Wheaton Public Library invites you to Home History Research Help events on May 9 and May 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. You can sign up for a 30-minute one-on-one session to learn more about how to track down the history of your Wheaton home. Reservations are recommended. You can click here for more information.

Enjoy Bingo Night in Glen Ellyn TOMORROW

You can enjoy bingo, pizza, and prizes at the Glen Ellyn Park District 's Family Bingo Night, from 5 to 7 p.m. tomorrow (Friday), at Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center, 800 St. Charles Road

Bingo rounds will begin at 5:30 pm, and prizes will be awarded at the end of each round.

No registration is required – just drop in! Bingo is open to all ages; children aged 15 and under must be with an adult. Bingo cards are $1 each. For more information, you can click here.

Naperville Chamber's Round Table focused on tipped wages

Last week, the Illinois Restaurant Association, the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Naperville Development Partnership hosted a roundtable event to talk about House Bill 5345, which would eliminate the tipped wage credit and require restaurants to pay the full minimum wage to their workers.

I appreciated the opportunity to join some of my General Assembly colleagues and their staffers to hear directly from area restaurant operators and their workers about how this legislative proposal would affect them.

Lombard library book sale TOMORROW

Have you put together your summer reading list yet? The Helen Plum Library is having a pop-up book sale starting tomorrow (Friday) at the Library, 411 S. Main St. They'll be offering a small number of books for both adults and youth, at the bargain price of 50 cents each!

Supplies are limited, so check out the carts in the lobby while they last. (And don’t fret if you miss this sale; the Library plans to have more throughout the year.) You can click here to learn more.

Celebrate "Finding Freedom" in Downers Grove with Founders Day events SATURDAY

I always enjoy opportunities to learn more about the rich histories of our communities and the diverse backgrounds of our early residents.

This year, the Downers Grove FoundersFest is celebrating the life and legacy of Isrel Larry Blackburn, who was born into slavery in Kentucky, fought in the Union Army in the Civil War, and then came north to Downers Grove, where he settled with his family of six children in 1866. He will be honored at a special ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Main Street Cemetery, at 5158 Main St. For information about this event, click here.

You're also invited to celebrate with the Downers Grove Park District and Museum, the Downers Grove Historical Society, and the Downers Grove Public Library at Country in the Park from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the museum campus, at 831 Maple St. There will be a petting zoo, live music featuring songs from the Civil War, and pioneer-era games for children. At 2 p.m., the Downers Grove Historical Society will present a plaque honoring the recognition of the 1846 Blodgett House as part of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. For information, click here. Both of these events are free and no registration is necessary.

Ooh-la-lal! Le Lisle French Market returns, starting SATURDAY

Je suis tres, tres heureuse! (That's French for "I'm really happy!")

Lisle's French Market is returning on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting on this Saturday, May 4, through Oct. 12. You're invited to stop in to pick up some tasty baked goods, cheeses, fresh fruits and vegetables, and other treats, as well as plants, home accessories, and artisan-made jewelry.

The Market is held on Garfield Avenue, near PrairieWalk Pond. Free parking is available in the Garfield Parking Lot, along Main Street, on Burlington Avenue, and in the commuter parking lots located off Burlington Avenue.

To learn more about the French Market, view a map, and see guidelines for shoppers, please visit here.

Touch-A-Truck in Glen Ellyn SATURDAY

Make a pit stop at Touch-A-Truck in Glen Ellyn on Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to noon at Maryknoll Park, 845 Pershing Ave. You're invited to explore a variety of big trucks and other big vehicles, take pictures, and talk with the drivers.

Admission is free, and no registration is required. You can click here for more information.

Teens are invited to sign up now for Naperville Police Department’s Summer Youth Academy

The Naperville Police Department is now accepting applications for a six-week Youth Academy, to begin on May 30 and continue every Thursday night through July 11 (excluding July 4). All sessions will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Naperville Police Department, 1350 Aurora Ave.

The Academy includes a series of classes, discussions and hands-on demonstrations covering a variety of topics, including patrol operations, police canines, investigations, special response teams, and forensics. 

Interested candidates should print and complete the Youth Academy application and waiver at and return the signed documents no later than Wednesday, May 22 to Sergeant Jon Pope. Applications can be submitted by email at, through the U.S. mail, or in person at the department.

Nominate someone amazing to join the Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame

Do you know an outstanding older adult who deserves recognition for their achievements and contributions? Nominate them today for inclusion in the Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame Class of 2024.

Nominations are made in four categories:

  • Arts, sports, and entertainment
  • Community service
  • Education
  • Labor force


Completed nomination forms may be submitted electronically or returned via U.S. mail, fax, or email. For more information or to submit a nomination, please visit here.

Upcoming Events

We have lots of events coming up, so please take a look and mark your calendars today!

May 9-11: Lombard's Annual Lilac Sale, at Lilacia Park, 150 S. Park Avenue

May 10: Kids on the Course in Glen Ellyn, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Holes & Knolls, 845 Pershing Ave.

May 11: Downers Grove Document Shred Event, from 8 a.m. to noon at Village Hall, 801 Burlington Ave.

May 15: Tails and Tales, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center, 800 St. Charles Road in Glen Ellyn

May 17: Glen Ellyn park District's Kids' Night Out, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lake Ellyn Park, 645 Lenox Road

May 18: Lombard Park District's Mutt Strut 5k & 1 Mile, at 8 a.m. at Lilacia Park, 150 S Park Ave.

May 18: Trees for Glen Ellyn, from 9 a.m. to noon at Lake Ellyn Park, 645 Lenox Road

May 18: Wine Tasting in Lilacia Park, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Lilacia Park, 150 S. Park Ave.

May 18: Spring Clean Flea Market, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Maryknoll Park, 845 Pershing Ave. in Glen Ellyn

May 18: Glen Ellyn Bike Rodeo, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Main Street Recreation Center, 501 Hill Avenue

May 19: Lilac Parade, at 1:30 p.m. beginning at Main Street and Wilson Avenue

May 20: B.R. Ryall YMCA's Annual Meeting and Champions Dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Abbington Distinctive Banquets, 3S002 Route 53 in Glen Ellyn

May 23: Blood and Food Drive, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center, 800 St. Charles Road in Glen Ellyn

May 29-June 2: Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, at the College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd (Fawell Parking Lot C) in Glen Ellyn.

May 31: York Center Park District's Concert in the Park, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Knolls Community Park, 1416 S Meyers Rd in Lombard

If you have any questions about pending legislation or other issues related to your state government, please don't hesitate to contact my office at 630-812-9292 or

Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay strong,

Terra Costa Howard

State Representative 

42nd District

913 S. Main St.

Lombard, IL 60148

(630) 812-9292

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