Defendant Pleads Guilty to Use of Charitable Trust Funds for Personal Benefit
Priscilla Olshefski, who was arrested by the Wheaton Police Department on May 2, 2019, has pleaded guilty to Use of Charitable Trust Funds for Personal Benefit (Class 2 Felony) and has been sentenced to 170 days in jail. Her husband, Todd Olshefski, is still awaiting trial with a court date of Aug, 19. The Olshefskis were allegedly soliciting on behalf of the Veteran's Christian Network (VCN), and the arrests came at the conclusion of a 10-month investigation by Wheaton Police Detectives with assistance from the Illinois Attorney General and the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office. More information is available on the City's website about this investigation.
The Wheaton Police Department reminds the community to be prudent when making charitable donations and suggests that they educate themselves about the organizations they support before donating. Contact the Police Department when solicitors are aggressive, obstruct traffic or appear illegitimate.
Metra, CTA to offer extra service for Lollapalooza
With tens of thousands of music fans expected to descend upon Chicago’s Grant Park to enjoy one of the country’s most popular music festivals, Metra and CTA are adding service and expanding capacity. Starting Thursday, Aug. 1 through Sunday, Aug. 4, Metra will provide extra trains, expand passenger capacity and adjust schedules on most lines to accommodate the increase in ridership anticipated during the four-day event. CTA will add service on rail lines, and various bus routes provide connections from the Chicago Union Station or Ogilvie Transportation Center Metra stations and Grant Park. For more information on Lollapalooza service offered by Metra and CTA, visit metrarail.com or transitchicago.com/lollapalooza.
Council to Consider Amendments to Peddlers & Solicitors Ordinance
Over the last year, the Wheaton City Council and City Staff have been working together on amendments to the city’s existing Peddlers and Solicitors Ordinance. A first reading will take place during the Monday, Aug. 5 City Council Meeting. You can read a summary of the proposed changes and the proposed amendments in full on the City’s website.
Applications Due for City Council Appointment
The Wheaton City Council is seeking individuals who would be interested in being appointed to the currently vacant West District City Council position. Applicants must be registered voters who live within the West District. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Aug. 6. For more information and a map of the West District boundaries, see the City’s website.
Save the Date! Bike Wheaton Festival is Aug. 10
Help celebrate the 5th annual Bike Wheaton Festival on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to noon. Led by the Wheaton Bicycle Advisory Commission and the Downtown Wheaton Association, this is a free family-friendly event celebrating fun on two wheels.
This year’s Bike Wheaton Festival will take place in the parking lot behind Wheaton City Hall, 303 W Wesley Street. A bike parade begins at 10 a.m., followed by a bike decorating contest and a bike rodeo with Wheaton Police. Also included are exhibitions promoting cycling, bike safety and maintenance; a live DJ; and a place to donate bicycles to the organization Working Bikes. See this video from the Wheaton Bicycle Advisory Commission.