Finding U.S. Golf History's Roots In Wheaton

Over the past several days, thousands of people have gotten the rare opportunity to walk the links style course at Chicago Golf. The club hosts the final round of the inaugural USGA Senior Women’s Open later today. First Light host Brian O'Keefe learned the golf course and club have an amazing story to tell

 The clock tower at Chicago Golf in Wheaton provided the logo for the inaugural USGA Senior Women's Open

The clock tower at Chicago Golf in Wheaton provided the logo for the inaugural USGA Senior Women's Open

 Senior women golfers, including some Hall of Famers, warmed up before rounds this week on the practice green at Chicago Golf

Senior women golfers, including some Hall of Famers, warmed up before rounds this week on the practice green at Chicago Golf

 The view from the porch of the Chicago Golf Clubhouse in Wheaton is mostly the same as it has been since the early 1920s

The view from the porch of the Chicago Golf Clubhouse in Wheaton is mostly the same as it has been since the early 1920s

Master Gardeners Offer Some New Ideas

Periodically here at First Light, First Light host Brian O'Keefe gets together with University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel for the ‘Farm to Table.’ They discuss backyard landscaping, your home vegetable garden and how Illinois farmers get food from their fields to your table. This week Richard took Brian to a special garden spot just off Route 38 in Kane County

 An unusual bee habitat built from discarded and broken building materials, pallets, and logs is part of the display at the Extension's Idea Garden

An unusual bee habitat built from discarded and broken building materials, pallets, and logs is part of the display at the Extension's Idea Garden

 Another corner of the Idea Garden offers a more traditional backyard landscaping idea

Another corner of the Idea Garden offers a more traditional backyard landscaping idea

Elmhurst Magic Shop Continues to Amaze

Magic shows have entertained audiences for hundreds of years, from the spectacle of a Las Vegas style show with wild animals and enormous effects, to table top card tricks. Now it would seem the art form is enjoying a resurgence of performers and interest. First Light host Brian O'Keefe visited a local magic shop to see if the renewed interest means more business.

 Illusions abound at Bob James Magic & Curiosities in downtown Elmhurst

Illusions abound at Bob James Magic & Curiosities in downtown Elmhurst

 Bob James has owned and operated his magic shop in Elmhurst for 27 years

Bob James has owned and operated his magic shop in Elmhurst for 27 years

Gamers Excited For 'Farm Simulator' Updates

This week in our look at stories from around the state…would you like to play a game? Illinois Public Radio’s Michelle O’Neill has the story of fun look at the state’s biggest industry. Last month…a group of gamers collectively held their breath, waiting to find out what'll be new in their favorite videogame. Players from all over the world were thrilled with the "big reveal" in a YouTube trailer for the next version of ‘Farming Simulator’

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Jazz-Up Glen Ellyn Ready To Take The Stage

For a third straight year music will fill the streets of downtown Glen Ellyn next Saturday, and again this year Fareed Haque has the role of Artistic Director for his hometown music festival, Jazz Up Glen Ellyn. First Light host Brian O'Keefe talked with Fareed about his plans for this year's daylong, outdoor concert

 Jazz-Up Glen Ellyn Artistic Director and renowned jazz guitarist Fareed Haque.

Jazz-Up Glen Ellyn Artistic Director and renowned jazz guitarist Fareed Haque.

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Fermi Researcher Look To Confirm New Neutrino

For years, physicists have known there were three types of particles called neutrinos. What’s interesting about neutrinos is they switch from one type to another, and then maybe to another or back to their original state. Recently researchers discovered what could be a fourth type of neutrino. David Schmitz is a neutrino researcher at Fermi Lab. First Light host Brian O'Keefe asked him to explain the significance of this discovery, in a very basic way.

 Short Baseline Neutrino Program detector at the Batavia based Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (photo courtesy of the  Fermi Lab Office of Communications)

Short Baseline Neutrino Program detector at the Batavia based Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (photo courtesy of the  Fermi Lab Office of Communications)

 Fermi Lab's Wilson Hall (photo courtesy of the Fermi Lab Office of Communications)

Fermi Lab's Wilson Hall (photo courtesy of the Fermi Lab Office of Communications)

The Mysterious Story of Albert Cashier

This week in the First Light look around the state, Illinois Public Radio’s Sean Crawford has a story from Springfield. There are multitudes of compelling stories from the U.S. Civil War, but few are as intriguing and mysterious as this one. This is the story of a Civil War soldier who, like many from Illinois fought for the Union cause. However, this soldier was keeping a secret. Sean talked with Tara McClellan McAndrew about a story she wrote to try to find some answers

 (photo courtesy of The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum)

(photo courtesy of The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum)

Cafe Liberty Offers Culinary Training For Veterans

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A little more than a year ago, Dan Gibbons found a way to take his idea for making a difference from concept to reality. A friend owned a building that had a vacancy that had been a restaurant, that friend gave Dan a break on the rent, and Café Liberty was born. First Light host Brian O'Keefe has the story of a program designed to help unemployed and under employed veterans

 Cafe Liberty Founder and Director Dan Gibbons (left) plans for the next eleven week training program with Chef/Instructor Cheryl Corrado 

Cafe Liberty Founder and Director Dan Gibbons (left) plans for the next eleven week training program with Chef/Instructor Cheryl Corrado 

 Cafe Liberty Chef/Instructor Cheryl Corrado and program alum Billy Gordon plan for a catered lunch

Cafe Liberty Chef/Instructor Cheryl Corrado and program alum Billy Gordon plan for a catered lunch

Nurturing Entrepreneurs At Innovation DuPage

College of DuPage, Benedictine University, Elmhurst College, Nothern Illinois University, and several business groups are collaborating to encourage job growth with the business incubator Innovation DuPage. Last month, Travis Linderman came onboard as the Managing Director of the non-profit. Travis joined First Light host Brian O'Keefe to discuss the center and what it hopes to accomplish

 Innovation DuPage Managing Director Travis Linderman 

Innovation DuPage Managing Director Travis Linderman 

Mars Takes Center Stage in July's Night Sky

For the first Sunday of each month on First Light, College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins Brian O'Keefe for a discussion of the wonders you can expect to see in the night sky over the next several weeks. Brian and Joe also take time to talk a little about the science of astronomy…recent discoveries and expected explorations

 College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto

College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto

Microsoft Partners With U of I Autism Project

This week, in the First Light look around the state, we have a story from Illinois Public Radio’s Lee Gaines. Microsoft is investing $200,000 to create a hiring pipeline specifically for students with autism at the University of Illinois. The tech-giant partnered with multiple departments at the
U of I on the one-year project. Illinois Public Radio’s Lee Gaines spoke with Linda Tortorelli, she's Director of The Autism Project. Tortorelli explained what inspired the partnership with Microsoft

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There Be Trolls At The Arboretum

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If you’ve driven down I-88 in recent weeks, you may have noticed a giant wooden creature peering down on the traffic from a hill on the Morton Arboretum property. It’s one of several trolls installed at the Lisle based outdoor museum to celebrate summer. First Light host Brian O'Keefe met Arboretum Manager of Interpretation and Exhibits Sarah Sargent near the main parking lot where one of the trolls appears to have crushed a car with a giant rock. The Trolls are the work of Danish artist Thomas Dambo

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World's Largest Arcade Calls Brookfield Home

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First Light host Brian O'Keefe remembers spending hours guiding Pac-Man through a maze of power pills, blasting armies of Space Invaders, and the rapid-fire pest control that was Centipede. None of that video game play was on the couch of his parents basement, it was at an arcade. He visited a place recently where you can relive that experience and chase the chance to post a high score.

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A New 3-Mile Stretch of Regional Trail

Since last summer work crews have been building a new transportation infrastructure project in western DuPage County. Thursday, elected leaders and trails advocates officially opened a new section of the West Branch of the DuPage River Trail. First Light host Brian O'Keefe and Winfield Village President Erik Spande toured a portion of the trail.

 Looking north from a boardwalk bridge on the new section of West Branch of The DuPage River Trail

Looking north from a boardwalk bridge on the new section of West Branch of The DuPage River Trail

 Heading south on the new section of the West Branch of the DuPage River Trail

Heading south on the new section of the West Branch of the DuPage River Trail

Sci-Fi Series Envisions Faster Than Light Speed

This week in the First Light look around the state, Illinois Public Radio’s Dan Klefstad continues his periodic ‘Read With Me’ series of interview with local and regional authors. This month, Dan talked with Ted Iverson about his new book “Mission to the Stars: Book One: The Search for FTL." FTL refers to “faster than light” a project undertaken by Jeff and Jennifer Bindl, a married couple that own the fictional Space Tech Corporation. We meet them in the prologue, on the maiden flight of a ship called StarDancer. Ted read an excerpt from this scene

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Meat-Candy Store Opens In Fox Lake

Are you struggling with what to get your dad for Father’s Day? He doesn’t need another tie, his collection of hand tools and gadgets is already extensive, so what do you do? First Light host Brian O'Keefe went to a new store in Fox Lake could be just the answer for your last minute gift needs

 Wauconda resident Ken Kledzik's Beef Jerky Outlet stocks more than 100 different kinds of jerky

Wauconda resident Ken Kledzik's Beef Jerky Outlet stocks more than 100 different kinds of jerky

 Bacon to Bison, Sweet to Spicy, it's all available at the Beef Jerky Outlet

Bacon to Bison, Sweet to Spicy, it's all available at the Beef Jerky Outlet

Raising Awareness For PTSD

For decades, people suffered in the shadows from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In recent years, the condition closely associated with military veterans has gotten increased attention, and this month advocates hope to continue to raise awareness. First Light host Brian O'Keefe spoke with NAMI-DuPage Peer Counselor Henry Tyler and College of DuPage Veterans Services Manager Jose Alfarez to better understand the issue

 (photo illustration courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

(photo illustration courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Gardens That Help The Community

Periodically here at First Light, University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel and First Light host Brian O'Keefe get together for the ‘Farm to Table’ segment. They discuss everything from agri-business to your backyard garden and tips for your home landscaping. This week, Brian and Richard went back out to Peck Farms Park in Geneva for a discussion of how community gardeners are giving back to their communities.

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Riding The Rock River Trail

Over the past week, two Illinois men made history. Nobody has bicycled the entire Rock River Trail. Illinois Public Radio’s Dan Libman and Carl Nelson pedaled the 320-miles from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin to the Mississippi River in Rock Island. Each day they offered a snapshot of the ride

 The official Rock River Trail patch with 320-mile rocker (photo courtesy of WNIJ)

The official Rock River Trail patch with 320-mile rocker (photo courtesy of WNIJ)

Vienna Beef Celebrates With A 'Pop-Up' Museum

There aren’t many companies around today that have a connection to Chicago’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. Even fewer can trace their origins to the White City midway. First Light host Brian O'Keefe says Vienna Beef can check both of those boxes. To celebrate its 125th anniversary the hot dog company created an exhibit of its history.

 Where it all started, the Vienna Beef stand at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicaog

Where it all started, the Vienna Beef stand at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicaog

 the original Vienna Beef Logo is on display at the company's pop-up museum

the original Vienna Beef Logo is on display at the company's pop-up museum

 Logos and lights through the years

Logos and lights through the years