Puerto Rico Never Far From McGrath's Mind

Image courtesy of Roy McGrath

Image courtesy of Roy McGrath

What should be a very exciting time for Chicago Musician Roy McGrath has instead become a mix of joy and melancholy, but he's charging forward with performances to promote his new record while keeping an ever present eye toward his birthplace. First Light host Brian O'Keefe talked with McGrath.


COD Is Committed To Serving Those Who Served

Next Saturday, the eleventh day of the eleventh month, will again see the nation pause to remember those who have served. Prior to coming to College of DuPage Dr. Ann Rondeau served in the United States Navy, over the course of 38 years she rose to the rank of Vice Admiral. Dr. Rondeau joined First Light host Brian O'Keefe recently to talk about COD’s commitment to serving those who have served.


Filmmaker Digs Deep Into Small Town Tragedy

The subject seemed irresistible for a filmmaker…a bottomless well of money…corruption at city hall…gold plated extravagance…and horses. Filmmaker Kelly Richmond Pope had another reason for being drawn to the story of Rita Crundwell, the disgraced former Controller in the tiny town of Dixon who stole nearly $54-million from her own hometown. Illinois Public Radio’s Susan Stephens has the latest chapter of this small town tragedy


CDH's MSU Takes The Hospital To Stroke Patients

Every minute of every day…someone in the world dies from the effects of a stroke. Today…the World Stroke Organization is working to raise awareness for stroke treatment and prevention with the World Stroke Day. In the Chicago area…Northwestern Medicine-Central DuPage Hospital is at the forefront of rapid response treatment. In January…CDH launched a Mobile Stroke Unit. First Light host Brian O'Keefe talked about the MSU with Dr. Harnish Shownkeen, he's the Director of Stroke Programs at Central DuPage Hospital


The Story of Repurposed Buildings in Chicago

Longtime readers of the Naperville Sun may remember the name Joni Hirsch-Blackman. She wrote a regular column in the paper…and later for the Daily Herald. Those columns helped to shape Hirsh-Blackman’s new book “This Used To Be Chicago.” First Light host Brian O'Keefe sat down with the author to talk about the book


COD & Easter Seals Continue an 18 Year Relationship


For nearly 20 years, the College of DuPage photography program and Easter Seals of DuPage County and the Fox Valley have had a partnership to celebrate Easter Seals families. Thursday night they renewed the relationship with the opening of the 18th annual photography exhibit. First Light host Brian O'Keefe was at the exhibit open.


Walking Tour Mixes Haunting And History

It’s the time of year when many people go looking for a scare…and talk of hauntings, ghosts, and strange experiences become a little more common. Naperville’s Diane Ladley not only wrote a book of Naperville ghost stories…she also owns and operates…the Haunted Hometowns tour company. First Light host Brian O'Keefe spent an evening with Ladley


Tips and Tricks From A Costume Professional

Halloween isn’t just for kids anymore, the holiday is second only to Christmas in the amount of money spent. A lot of that money will go to creating a costume for parties and of course trick or treat. First Light host Brian O'Keefe stopped by the costume shop at the McAninch Arts Center to get some tips from costume and Make-up coordinator Kim Morris

College of DuPage Coordinator of Costumes and Make-Up

College of DuPage Coordinator of Costumes and Make-Up

Mother Nature Prepares A Brilliant Show of Color


After a warm and dry summer, temperatures have cooled, rain has become more common, and the number of daylight hours dwindles. Those factors combine to usher in the arrival of Mother Nature's annual stunning display of color. Morton Arboretum is one of the best places in the region to take in the fall color. Ed Hedborn is Manager of Plant Records at the Arboretum, he says peak color is probably a week or so away.

Photos courtesy of The Morton Arboretum

Photos courtesy of The Morton Arboretum

A Tiny Building For A Tiny Instrument

First Light host Brian O'Keefe took a drive west last week, it took just over an hour for him to get to Oregon, not that Oregon, his destination was the small north central Illinois city that straddles the Rock River. The community is home to one of the country's best ukulele shops

Ukelele Station America

Ukelele Station America

Ukulele Station America owner John Meola Lindhorst

Ukulele Station America owner John Meola Lindhorst

It's Oktoberfest Season!

Next weekend the Naper Settlement in downtown Naperville will host the city's annual celebration of German heritage, Oktoberfest. First Light host Brian O'Keefe visited the Settlement recently and sat down outside the Martin Mitchell Mansion with Historian Jennifer Bridge to talk about the impact of German immigrants and German culture throughout the Chicago metro area.

Photo courtesy of The Naper Settlement

Photo courtesy of The Naper Settlement

It Really Is Easy As Pie

The arrival of autumn will mean a trip to an apple orchard for many families, and as far as First Light host Brian O'Keefe is concerned, apples can only mean one thing--apple pie! Brian stopped by the Culinary Arts building at College of DuPage to get a lesson on pie from Culinary Arts professor and chef instructor Chris Thielman


Farming Still Happening In Elgin

For years the University of Illinois Extension and WDCB News have partnered to bring you stories about your yard, your garden, and your table; we’re going to continue that relationship on First Light with a periodic segment called ‘Farm to Table.’ This week Extension educator Richard Hentschel and WDCB's Brian O'Keefe visited Mike Kenyon the owner of Kenyon Brothers Farm in Elgin. They pulled up a few chairs in the shade of a maple tree at the farm to talk about how things have changed over the generations