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Happy 25th anniversary to the Carol Stream Chamber of Commerce! Thanks to the business-friendly commitment of the Village of Carol Stream, and the networking, education and supportive services of the Carol Stream Chamber of Commerce, business is booming in the far western suburb. Among the many thriving businesses are three long-time Carol Stream enterprises with deep community roots who say the Chamber has played a role in shaping their success.

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Carol Stream Fire Protection District
@ Station 28 (Business Office)
365 Kuhn Rd., Carol Stream, IL 60188
(630) 668-4836 |

The Carol Stream Fire Protection District has come a long way since its earliest days in 1947 when three residents took second mortgages on their homes to buy a Ford fire truck.

Originally known as the Keeneyville Fire District, the district today encompasses 15 square miles in the Village of Carol Stream, as well as portions of Bloomingdale, Glendale Heights, Wheaton, Winfield, West Chicago, Bartlett, Hanover Park and Roselle. About 25 percent of the district includes commercial and industrial development.

Carol Stream Fire District maintains three fire houses and provides fire suppression, Advance Life Support EMS, technical rescue, hazardous materials incident response and fire prevention services to the district’s residential population of 43,000 and daytime population of approximately 60,000. The fire district is led by a fire chief, deputy chief and chief administrative officer. The district employs 34 firefighter/paramedics, 12 lieutenants, three battalion chiefs, two fire inspectors, two administrative assistants and an administrative manager. The fire district also contracts with a local EMS service to provide nine paramedics, and maintains a vehicle fleet including three ambulances, a tower ladder, fire engine, rescue squad, rescue pumper, four command vehicles, two fire prevention cars, three utility vehicles and reserve ambulance, fire engine and tower ladder.

In addition to emergency services, personnel provide fire safety inspection of industrial, commercial, educational and multifamily buildings in the district. Public safety education also is emphasized through school programs, open house, business fire extinguisher training, block parties and other special events that keep residents, employees and visitors educated and safe.

DuPage County Farm Bureau
245 S. Gary Ave., Carol Stream, IL 60188
(630) 668-8161 |

The DuPage County Farm Bureau was established in DuPage County in 1913, and is one of the oldest local agricultural associations of its kind in the United States. With a goal at the time of helping farmers get better prices by forming a group, the Illinois Farm Bureau started an insurance company, FS, and Prairie Farms, to help achieve that goal.

“These companies and more are still a part of our family,” said Kara Kinney, executive director, who also serves as volunteer youth soccer coach, a baseball mom and deacon at her church. “Today our mission is quite different, but we still work with farmers to help with their business and issues such as landowner rights, tenant rights and legislation. We continue to be the leading ‘Voice of Agriculture’ along with the Illinois Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau Federation.”

While some Farm Bureau services are directly related to farmers and farm owners who have a vested interest in the agricultural industry, others are directed toward improving the quality of life for both farmers and urban members.

Over the years, the DuPage County Farm Bureau has come to specialize in consumer and school education programs, visiting classrooms and sharing agricultural and food expertise with more than 12,000 students a year.

DuPage County Farm Bureau members are also members of the Illinois Farm Bureau, which is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

With membership approximating 16,000, the DuPage Farm Bureau is most proud of a prestigious County Activity of Excellence award received this past year from the American Farm Bureau for their outreach program sharing agricultural knowledge and nutritional information directly with consumers at farmers markets across the state.

Rainbow Academy
1280 Kuhn Rd., Carol Stream, IL 60188
(630) 668-8088 |

Since 1983 when she first sought child care services for two of her three children, Karen Daniel, organization founder, has been at the helm of Rainbow Academy, Inc., a privately owned local center dedicated to meeting developmental needs of children from six weeks to 12 years of age.

Founded with only 20 students and originally located at the intersection of Army Trail and County Farm Roads, Rainbow Academy has expanded exponentially to meet the growing and evolving needs of the far western suburb. In 2006 the academy moved to a sprawling new 4,000-square-foot Kuhn Road campus location and today serves more than 300 students with daytime, before, and after school programs along with a host of special activities, events and amenities to meet the needs of busy working families.

In addition to meeting the social, emotional and physical developmental needs of its students, Rainbow Academy programs help stimulate a variety of tangible skills such as early literacy development, exposure to math, science and technology, gross motor skills, auditory memory, social sciences and character development.

Community ties run deep for both the organizational founder and the academy itself. A longtime Chamber of Commerce member, Daniel was instrumental in helping to write the original Chamber bylaws 25 years ago. For three years she served on the community’s Human Services commission, has sponsored Carol Stream Little League teams for 21 years and Rainbow children have marched in 21 of the annual Fourth of July parades.

Other activities that reach beyond the classroom and into the community include donating time to sort and gift-wrap clothing and toys for Carol Stream Social Services; hosting free events for families such as an annual Valentine’s Day dance and a homemade Thanksgiving feast; sending care packages for troops overseas on Valentine’s Day, July 4, Halloween and at Christmas; volunteering at Feed My Starving Children locations both in Aurora and Schaumburg; adopting and helping support a platoon in the Iraq War, sponsoring sing-along events; and bringing home baked goodies to local convalescent centers.

Bursting with civic pride, Rainbow Academy was the first Carol Stream business to recycle, and pioneered an exchange program with local school districts to include children with special needs in programs long before the implementation of inclusionary concepts. In 2006, Rainbow Academy was named Carol Stream’s Business of the Year and this year celebrates its 34th year caring for children from the community.

Along with a dedicated early childhood education-certified staff, many of the original Rainbow Academy students have become adults, now live in the surrounding neighborhoods, and work at the center. Others enroll their own children at the academy.

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