Category Archives: Tom Siebert

Judson University in Elgin planning to begin in-person classes on Aug. 24

By Tom Siebert Judson University announced today that school officials are planning to begin the fall semester with Welcome Weekend on Aug. 21 and in-person classes on Aug. 24. “We will continue to comply with all federal and state guidelines, … Continue reading

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Coronavirus forces Kendall County PADS to close its shelters but not its hearts to the homeless community

By Tom Siebert Assistant Director for Community Relations Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) of Kendall County The rapidly spreading coronavirus pandemic forced Kendall County PADS to abruptly cut short its tenth shelter season by about one month, but not … Continue reading

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Gen. David Petraeus to speak at Judson University’s World Leaders Forum

By Tom Siebert Former CIA Director David H. Petraeus, a retired four-star general who commanded U.S. forces in both the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, will be the keynote speaker at Judson University’s ninth World Leaders Forum next fall in Schaumburg. … Continue reading

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First World War film ‘1917’ is a stunning cinematic masterpiece

By Tom Siebert The brilliant new movie “1917” is seemingly and seamlessly filmed in one continuous shot, capturing the chaos of World War I in two harrowing hours, with no respite from reality and not even a moment to mourn … Continue reading

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‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ gets ugly, goes deep, and soars high

By Tom Siebert Jaded journalist Lloyd Vogel doesn’t “get” Fred Rogers. He thinks the cardigan-clad legend is simply the “hokey host” of PBS-TV’s long-running “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.” After all, only a guileless child could take seriously the lyrics of the … Continue reading

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Kendall County kids blanket PADS guests with kindness

By Tom Siebert Assistant Director for Community Relations Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) of Kendall County As the season of giving coincides with cold weather and early darkness, Kendall County youth are showing warmth and brightness to the area’s … Continue reading

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‘The Irishman’ gets an A+ in moviemaking but flunks history

By Tom Siebert From Al Capone to Don Corleone, Hollywood glamorized gangsters, depicting them as murderous wise guys who also happened to be family friendly good guys. Then along came realistic filmmaker Martin Scorsese, whose movies such as “Goodfellas” and … Continue reading

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Anne Engelhardt stepping down from leadership of Kendall County PADS with gratitude, graciousness

By Tom Siebert Assistant director for community relations Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) of Kendall County, IL The first guest of Kendall County PADS was a 34-year-old recovering alcoholic and single mother of four. That was on the evening … Continue reading

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Kendall County PADS faces critical need of new volunteers as shelter season looms

By Tom Siebert Assistant Director for Community Relations Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) of Kendall County Famed psychiatrist Karl Menninger was once asked what his prescription was for someone who felt they were about to experience a nervous breakdown. … Continue reading

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Designer Alpha Coles Blackburn awarded honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Judson University

By Tom Siebert Judson University recently recognized renowned architect, fashion designer, television host, and community leader Alpha Coles Blackburn with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during the tenth anniversary G.L.A.M.M.Ys fundraising event in Indianapolis. Blackburn is the retired president … Continue reading

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