Amanda Luevano

Amanda Luevano

Amanda came to Patch in June 2010 after graduating from Northwestern University with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She launched Lemont Patch in 2010, and covered the community for two years before moving to Downers Grove in August 2012. Prior to Patch, Amanda wrote for her college newspaper, The Daily Northwestern, covering city council and education. In 2009, Amanda spent three months interning at the Orange County Register in California. Despite the large market, it was here that she learned the ins and outs of community reporting. After returning to Illinois in June 2009, Amanda immediately started working as an editorial intern in the DuPage County office of the Daily Herald. During her senior year at Northwestern, she spent six months investigating a possible wrongful conviction case with the Medill Innocence Project.

Recent Contributions

NBA Player's Journey from Addiction to Recovery Inspires Downers Grove Students

NBA Player's Journey from Addiction to Recovery Inspires Downers Grove Students

Former Boston Celtics point guard Chris Herren discussed his struggles with alcohol and drug abuse during a forum at Downers Grove North on Oct. 10.
NBA Player's Journey from Addiction to Recovery Inspires Downers Grove Students

NBA Player's Journey from Addiction to Recovery Inspires Downers Grove Students

Former Boston Celtics point guard Chris Herren discussed his struggles with alcohol and drug abuse during a forum at Downers Grove North on Oct. 10.
NBA Player's Journey from Addiction to Recovery Inspires Downers Grove Students

NBA Player's Journey from Addiction to Recovery Inspires Downers Grove Students

Former Boston Celtics point guard Chris Herren discussed his struggles with alcohol and drug abuse during a forum at Downers Grove North on Oct. 10.
Boxing Club Rallies Behind Downers Grove North Grad Battling Breast Cancer

Boxing Club Rallies Behind Downers Grove North Grad Battling Breast Cancer

Fundraisers will be held Oct. 18-19 at Knockout Women's Boxing Club in Westmont to support North High Alumna Lyndsie Blythe Thoele.
District 113A to Discuss Impact of Moving Fifth-Graders Back to River Valley

District 113A to Discuss Impact of Moving Fifth-Graders Back to River Valley

District moved fifth-grade classes to Old Quarry Middle School when Central School closed in 2011.
'The Odd Couple' to Visit Lemont High School Performing Arts Center

'The Odd Couple' to Visit Lemont High School Performing Arts Center

A female version of the Broadway classic will run Oct. 24-26.
Marquette Bank in Lemont Holds Annual ‘Adopt-a-Soldier’ Drive

Marquette Bank in Lemont Holds Annual ‘Adopt-a-Soldier’ Drive

The bank is collecting non-perishable food and personal items through Nov. 2 to create care packages for soldiers overseas.
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital Hosts 'Hollywood Nights' Fundraiser

Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital Hosts 'Hollywood Nights' Fundraiser

The hospital's Oct. 26 benefit will support the renovation and modernization of its cardiovascular and diagnostic rehabilitation services.
Plans for Senior Living Facility Head to Downers Grove Council

Plans for Senior Living Facility Head to Downers Grove Council

A proposal to build a sheltered care facility for seniors at 4200 Lacey Road is scheduled for first reading Tuesday, and is expected to be voted on Nov. 5.
Lemont High School Elects Special Needs Students to Homecoming Court

Lemont High School Elects Special Needs Students to Homecoming Court

Four of the school's eight students elected to Lemont's homecoming court this year are special needs students, including queen Becka Konicki, who has Down syndrome.
Village of Lemont Hosts Fall Recycling Day

Village of Lemont Hosts Fall Recycling Day

Residents may bring used motor oil, paints, medications, electronics and more to the Metra parking lot on Saturday.
Local Jobs: Pizza Hut, Autozone, Petco, Hollywood Boulevard

Local Jobs: Pizza Hut, Autozone, Petco, Hollywood Boulevard

Whether you are looking for a new job or are just curious what is available, here are few local job openings to get you started.
Local Jobs: Pizza Hut, Autozone, Petco, Hollywood Boulevard

Local Jobs: Pizza Hut, Autozone, Petco, Hollywood Boulevard

Whether you are looking for a new job or are just curious what is available, here are few local job openings to get you started.
Local Jobs: Pizza Hut, Autozone, Petco, Hollywood Boulevard

Local Jobs: Pizza Hut, Autozone, Petco, Hollywood Boulevard

Whether you are looking for a new job or are just curious what is available, here are few local job openings to get you started.
Local Jobs: Pizza Hut, Autozone, Petco, Hollywood Boulevard

Local Jobs: Pizza Hut, Autozone, Petco, Hollywood Boulevard

Whether you are looking for a new job or are just curious what is available, here are few local job openings to get you started.
Downers Grove Patch Editor Bids Farewell

Downers Grove Patch Editor Bids Farewell

Tuesday marks my last day at Patch, and I couldn't leave without thanking all of you.
Lemont Patch Editor Bids Farewell—Again

Lemont Patch Editor Bids Farewell—Again

Tuesday marks my last day at Patch, and I couldn't leave without thanking all of you.
Village of Downers Grove Recognized for 'Green Fleet'

Village of Downers Grove Recognized for 'Green Fleet'

Downers Grove ranked 14th among the top 100 agencies to receive the Clean Cities Coalition's "Government Green Fleet Award."
Final Downtown Downers Grove Market Set for Saturday

Final Downtown Downers Grove Market Set for Saturday

Market runs from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in downtown Downers Grove.
LHS Educational Foundation Hosts 'Food for Thought'

LHS Educational Foundation Hosts 'Food for Thought'

The foundation's signature event—scheduled for Oct. 19 at Gleneagles Country Club—will feature a wedding theme, "Gettin' Hitched."