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An Elmhurst Education

by Thomas Makinney

School is officially back in session. One of many benefits to living in Elmhurst Real Estate is having one of the top Midwest colleges right in our backyard. Elmhurst College is a private liberal arts college.  According to U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges," Elmhurst ranks among the top colleges in the Midwest. Just because you aren't buying a new Miley Cyrus backpack and stocking up on school supplies for yourself, doesn't mean that you can't go back to school right along with the kids.

Elmhurst College offers some amazing classes and programs, whether you are looking to be a full time student again, or you just want to learn something new. The following are a mixture of interesting courses available to full time students and classes and programs ideal for working adults.

Computer Simulation and Animation Course
Learn to master the animation techniques that are the building blocks to the fast-growing computer gaming industry. Computer simulations can cover everything from gaming, to weather forecasting, to military training. This course is part of a major in computer game and entertainment technology, a new program launched two years ago at Elmhurst.

Social Responsibility
This is not your typical freshman composition course. Although it teaches the expected lessons of clear writing and critical thinking, it also encourages students to consider their obligations as responsible citizens. This class is for first year students in the Honors Program.

Fast Track Academic Programs
As most of us no longer have time to take off four years (or more) to go to school, Elmhust offers accelerated majors that help you earn all of the requirements for your major in as little as a year. Take your pick from Business Administration, Information Technology, Managerial Communication, and Psychology.

Bachelor of Liberal Studies Program
This program actually allows you to create a program around the professional life you have already established. Instead of choosing a major, you can choose two concentrations from 25 fields of study.

Credit for Non-Collegiate Instruction
You may already be eligible for college credit that you didn't even know about! Course work completed through associations, corporations, unions, government agencies and military services can get you a step ahead and earn you credit.

Elmhurst as a community values education and achievement more than your average community. It is part of the town's culture. You can always further your education. There really is no limit on it. It's just nice to live in a place that makes it so easy to do that. If you are interested in Elmhurst Real Estate, we would love to introduce you to our town. Please don't hesitate to give us a call.


Tom and Maria
Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group
Phone:  630-617-6014  630-617-6014
Email: Tom@MariaandTom.com | Maria@MariaandTom.com
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Elmhurst, IL August Real Estate Market Trends

by Thomas Makinney

The various graphs below will give you a visual report of Elmhurst, IL market statistics gathered using data from MRED*. The graphs are updated on a monthly basis so it’s easy to see the latest real estate market trends in Elmhurst. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

*Midwest Real Estate Data LLC

I make no claim as to the accuracy of this data and have provided this data as a service to others.

Tom and Maria
Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group
Phone:  630-617-6014  630-617-6014
Email: Tom@MariaandTom.com | Maria@MariaandTom.com
www.gmregroup.com
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Notable People of Elmhurst Illinois

by Thomas Makinney

Elmhurst Real Estate is a valuable commodity. Not just for its beautiful homes, but for its notable organizations, its long history of community involvement, and its first class education system, paired with its competitive athletic environment.

Qualities such as these in a community are a breeding ground for successful people. That is why it is no surprise that Elmhurst is home, or was home, to a good number of notable people.

 

Carl Sandburg - Poet, Historian, Novelist. Winner of three Pulitzer Prizes, two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. Moved to Elmhurst from 1913 to 1930, a time period when he wrote 6 noteworthy books.

Phillip Ramey - Composer and Pianist. Composer of multiple orchestral works including three piano concertos, one of which was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic. to celebrate its 150th Anniversary. Born in Elmhurst.

Larry Stefanki - Tennis Player and Coach to famed players like John McEnroe, Marcelo Rios and Andy Roddick. Born in Elmhurst.

William Joseph Bauer - A Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago. Bauer is known for his colorful language when writing court opinions. Moved to Elmhurst in 1947 after serving in the Army.

Mark Sibley - Former NBA Basketball player. In 1974, Sibley was the only rookie of 17 in the Chicago Bulls camp to have graduated from college. After returning home from the NBA, he attended Northwestern University to earn a Masters in teaching. This lead to his 33 year career of teaching English and coaching basketball and soccer at York High School in Elmhurst.

John Witt - Author, Sportswriter, actor and ballhawk. Known for catching over 5,000 baseballs at professional baseball games. A few notable catches include Sammy Sosa's 61st home run, Dave Winfield's 450th career home run, and Derek Jeter's home run in game 3 of the 2003 ALCS. Born in Elmhurst.

Mark Wilson - Professional Golfer who plays for the PGA Tour. He has had 6 professional wins, one of which was in 2007 at the Honda Classic where he won the tournament in a four-way playoff. Currently lives in Elmhurst.

The aforementioned people are all famous for a different reason. Some are literary geniuses, others are star athletes, and some are just unforgettable personalities. One thing they all have in common, however, is that, at one point in their lives, they called Elmhurst Illinois home. Whether you were born in Elmhurst, raised in Elmhurst, or found Elmhurst later in your life, you can't deny its importance.

If Elmhurst sounds like the kind of community where you would like to raise your children, retire to, or simply live so you could make an impact, then give the Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group a call. We would love to be responsible for one more notable person in Elmhurst.

Tom and Maria
Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group
Phone: 630-617-6014
Email: Tom@MariaandTom.com | Maria@MariaandTom.com
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Back to School in Elmhurst, IL

by Thomas Makinney

A new school year is just around the corner!  The kids might be ready, but are you? 

Before you head out to the mall, take inventory of last years items, there might be some ‘essentials’ that are in good condition (and still fashionable).  Be prepared, and make a list of what is needed. 


Next, check the schools updated dress code.  New rules may have been applied, or if your child is starting at a new school, the guidelines may very well be different.  


With back to school shopping as an integral part of the new school year, a state tax holiday has been issued in Illinois for the occasion! From August 6th to August 15th, a five percent reduction will apply to qualifying back to school items purchased. From pencils and paper to gym shoes and cool tees, shopping locally for back to school items is great for local businesses, and for your wallet!

Details of the Deal:
 During this ten day period, you’ll save on basic classroom items, clothing and footwear valued at $100 or less.

If a store is having a promotional sale, the item must be under $100 before the marked down sale price in order to qualify.

When purchasing bundled items, (items that don’t qualify along with items that do qualify) the reduced rate of sales tax will only apply if the value of qualifying items is greater.

Among the items not eligible for the sales tax reduction are computers, printers and printer ink, cell phones, text books, cameras and video cameras, jewelry and cosmetics.  For a complete list of qualifying vs. non-qualifying items, see the Illinois Department of Revenue Informational Bulletin.

If you are relocating to the Elmhurst area and need information on schools, visit the district website for more information.  For your real estate needs, contact the Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group.  We are always awaiting your call!

Tom and Maria
Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group
Phone: 630-617-6014
Email: Tom@MariaandTom.com | Maria@MariaandTom.com
www.gmregroup.com
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