Author Archives: Tom Siebert

About Tom Siebert

Tom Siebert received a B.S. in journalism from the University of Illinois and has worked as a staff writer for newspapers in California, Florida, and Illinois. Tom reported general news, interviewed entertainment figures, and covered elected office holders––including four presidents and a pope. More significantly, he profiled human suffering in the form of a homeless man dying of AIDS, a college cheerleader battling Hodgkin's disease, and a senior couple living the long goodbye of Alzheimer's. He currently contributes to the Chicago Tribune, Aurora Beacon-News, Elgin Courier-News, Naperville Sun, and Patch community news sites. Tom also worked as a copy editor and proofreader for Tyndale House, a Christian publisher based in the Chicago suburbs. He is presently self-employed as an editor of Christian books. In addition, Tom serves as community relations director for Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) of Kendall County, Illinois. He also served on the leadership team for the Celebrate Recovery ministry at Harvest New Beginnings church in Oswego. And he now serves as a group leader at Community Christian Church in Naperville. Tom may be contacted at or (816) 344-7815.

New fascinating movie ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ reimagines the culture of 1969 and the Manson Family murders

By Tom Siebert From “Singin’ in the Rain” to the latest remake of “A Star Is Born,” many films have been made about the star-making-and-dimming machinery of Tinseltown. But Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” twists and turns … Continue reading

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That old strange magic still sounds new as Jeff Lynne’s ELO enchants Chicago

By Tom Siebert When Jeff Lynne founded the Electric Light Orchestra in 1970, his musical vision was to pick up where the recently disbanded Beatles had left off. Nearly 50 years later, the legendary Lynne showed more than 20,000 fans … Continue reading

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The Rolling Stones show Chicago that they are still rock’s best band ever

By Tom Siebert I have long known that Mick Jagger has a heart. The mega-rock star once sent my then-wife two dozen roses and secured us press seats for a Rolling Stones concert at Soldier Field in Chicago. Today, Mick’s … Continue reading

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New documentary ‘Emanuel’ shows how faith and forgiveness healed survivors of Charleston church shooting

By Tom Siebert Gun massacres are a common occurrence in American life. During this year alone in the United States, there have been more than 150 shootings that caused four or more casualties, according to the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive. … Continue reading

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Karen Beyer, ‘champion of human services,’ retiring as chief executive officer of Ecker Center for Mental Health in Elgin

By Tom Siebert Karen Beyer has a lot of abbreviations at the end of her name: CEO, MPA, MSW, and three MBAs. But her life’s work is spelled out in the improved lives of the many whom she has helped … Continue reading

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Meet the new Who–better than the old Who? Better, you bet!

By Tom Siebert The Who don’t do drugs anymore, their mad-genius drummer and brilliant bassist having sadly succumbed to overdoses in 1978 and 2002, respectively. And it has been decades since the visionary, explosive rock band closed their concerts by … Continue reading

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‘Shark Tank’ star Mark Cuban jaws about health, happiness at Judson University’s World Leaders Forum in Elgin

By Tom Siebert Billionaire investor Mark Cuban, who owns the Dallas Mavericks professional basketball team, took some bank shots at President Trump on Tuesday, but dribbled away from whether he will wage his own independent campaign for the White House. … Continue reading

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