1 hour ago

Only one dog in a condo?

Kathleen Huttner, by her own admission, is a rule follower. So much so that when the Oak Park condo dweller decided to get a companion puppy for her Schnauzer, Freya, Huttner went straight to the village ordinance on pet ownership. Read More...

    Only one dog in a condo?
    Kathleen Huttner, by her own admission, is a rule follower. So much so that when the Oak Park condo dweller decided to get a companion puppy for her Schnauzer, Freya, Huttner went straight to the village ordinance on pet ownership.
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1 hour ago

'You messed with the wrong broad,' says painter's latest accuser

A local painting and remodeling business accused by the Cook County State's Attorney's office of consumer fraud is allegedly back at it again, this time targeting a woman in North Riverside. Read More...

    'You messed with the wrong broad,' says painter's latest accuser
    A local painting and remodeling business accused by the Cook County State's Attorney's office of consumer fraud is allegedly back at it again, this time targeting a woman in North Riverside.
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11 hours ago

Opioid addiction causing problems across West Side

PCC Community Wellness Center hosted health providers and others earlier this month to discuss how the opioid crisis is affecting them, their employers and their communities.

    Opioid addiction causing problems across West Side
    Bob Urso's nephew got mixed up with drugs several years ago. "He was a lost soul, in and out of treatment centers," says Urso, president and CEO of PCC Community Wellness Center. But when Urso's nephew became a dad, he "really turned his life around."
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3 days ago

Village Manager Association calls it quits

It was a good run but the once-powerful Village Manager Association (VMA), which vetted and slated candidates for Oak Park's village government for more than six decades, announced it has disbanded. Read More...

    Village Manager Association calls it quits
    It was a good run but the once-powerful Village Manager Association (VMA), which vetted and slated candidates for Oak Park's village government for more than six decades, announced it has disbanded.
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3 days ago

29th Ward Updates

The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a Excessive Heat Watch. Residents can use various cooling centers throughout the City including 10 S. Kedzie and CPD locations (24 hours). Also, please note our summer hours. Friday's the office will close at 2:30 pm and open on Saturday's at 9 am.

3 days ago

Juneteenth celebration kicks off this weekend

Veterans and victims of gun violence will be honored Saturday at the Golden Dome Field House, followed by three days of activities the following weekend.

    Juneteenth celebration kicks off this weekend
    Rickie Brown, CEO and founder of the West Side Historical Preservation Society (WSHPS), has been fighting to raise awareness for Juneteenth since he first saw it celebrated in Chicago in 1995. "I didn't know anything about Juneteenth," Brown said. "I happened to see something I hadn't seen in a long time, and it was a red, black and green flag ...
    http://austintalks.org

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Taliaferro's senior safety ordinance passes

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    Taliaferro's senior safety ordinance passes
    Anyone caught carrying an illegal gun within 500 feet of any senior housing in Chicago will face fines and, if they do it more than once, possible jail time ranging from 30 days to six months.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    This is GREAT NEWS! Now lets see if we can get the 11th District to ENFORCE THIS LAW!!!!!!

    Anybody else have trouble getting 11 to answer 911 calls? Please say your experience here.

  • Ms. Spice of Life Community Volunteer/Domestic Violence Subcommittee

    That's Horrible if you're calling and the calls are being ignored! That's dangerous and not to mention deadly! We have to protect ourselves out here.

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    YES we are escalating the fact CPD does NOT answer 911 calls in Beat 1123. Lets see if the REFORM efforts can make some inroads.

4 days ago

Team 8 Tour gives Austin College and Career Academy a makeover

Forty volunteers - half of them students and the rest from UnitedHealthcare, arrived last week to make improvements around the building. CBS EcoMedia Inc. and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation also helped fund last week's work at the West Side high school.

    Team 8 Tour gives Austin College and Career Academy a makeover
    Forty volunteers - half of them students and the rest from UnitedHealthcare, arrived last week to make improvements around the building. CBS EcoMedia Inc. and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation also helped fund last week's work at the West Side high school.
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5 days ago

All invited to pop-up BBQ in Austin

There will be free food, music and resources from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the 5200 block of West Quincy Street.

    All invited to pop-up BBQ in Austin
    There will be free food, music and resources from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the 5200 block of West Quincy Street.
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5 days ago

6 days ago

Cook County establishes carjacking database

In an effort to address the recent uptick in carjackings across the city and suburbs, the Cook County Sheriff's Office has created a database that it hopes will help law enforcement agencies investigate and solve the crimes. Read More...

    Cook County establishes carjacking database
    In an effort to address the recent uptick in carjackings across the city and suburbs, the Cook County Sheriff's Office has created a database that it hopes will help law enforcement agencies investigate and solve the crimes.
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6 days ago

Police nab free 'bait car'

Forest Park police are going fishing for car thieves with a "bait car" donated by a national car insurance company.  Read More...

    Police nab free 'bait car'
    Forest Park police are going fishing for car thieves with a "bait car" donated by a national car insurance company.
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6 days ago

Cornerstone Church burglarized

Oak Park Police Report that Cornerstone Church, 171 N. Cuyler, was burglarized sometime between 4:33 p.m. on June 3 and 5:42 a.m. on June 4. Read More...

    Cornerstone Church burglarized
    Oak Park Police Report that Cornerstone Church, 171 N. Cuyler, was burglarized sometime between 4:33 p.m. on June 3 and 5:42 a.m. on June 4.
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6 days ago

Ferrara awards three $5K scholarships

Three local students recently received $5,000 scholarships from the Ferrara Candy Company as part of the firm's second annual Ferrara USA Scholarship Program. Read More...

    Ferrara awards three $5K scholarships
    Three local students recently received $5,000 scholarships from the Ferrara Candy Company as part of the firm's second annual Ferrara USA Scholarship Program.
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6 days ago

Same name, different spelling, complex relationship

"We must learn to wear our names within all the noise and confusion of the environment in which we find ourselves," Ralph Ellison once wrote.  Read More...

    Same name, different spelling, complex relationship
    "We must learn to wear our names within all the noise and confusion of the environment in which we find ourselves," Ralph Ellison once wrote.
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6 days ago

Park district looks to absorb OP-RF Senior Center

The Park District of Oak Park's Board of Commissioners gave staff the go-ahead to begin bringing the Oak Park River Forest Senior Center into the fold. Read More...

    Park district looks to absorb OP-RF Senior Center
    The Park District of Oak Park's Board of Commissioners gave staff the go-ahead to begin bringing the Oak Park River Forest Senior Center into the fold.
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6 days ago

Festival Theatre has a full summer planned

The parks are green with overhanging trees, birds chirping, people all about, marking time till the opening of the Oak Park Festival Theatre's outdoor season. This summer, three plays will be staged, starting with You Can't Take it With You, opening this week in Austin Gardens. Read More...

    Festival Theatre has a full summer planned
    The parks are green with overhanging trees, birds chirping, people all about, marking time till the opening of the Oak Park Festival Theatre's outdoor season. This summer, three plays will be staged, starting with You Can't Take it With You, opening this week in Austin Gardens.
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6 days ago

Juneteenth marks its 10th annual celebration

The enslaved weren't freed when the Declaration of Independence was signed. They weren't freed when President Abraham Lincoln penned the Emancipation Proclamation. Read More...

    Juneteenth marks its 10th annual celebration
    The enslaved weren't freed when the Declaration of Independence was signed. They weren't freed when President Abraham Lincoln penned the Emancipation Proclamation.
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6 days ago

Oak Parker unveils Gwendolyn Brooks statue

An Oak Park artist recently completed a statue of celebrated poet Gwendolyn Brooks, just in time for the centennial of the late Pulitzer Prize-winner. Read More...

    Oak Parker unveils Gwendolyn Brooks statue
    An Oak Park artist recently completed a statue of celebrated poet Gwendolyn Brooks, just in time for the centennial of the late Pulitzer Prize-winner.
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6 days ago

OPRF scrambles to avoid pension penalties

A series of changes made to the Teacher Retirement System as part of the state's recent bipartisan budget agreement had District 200 school board members. Read More...

    OPRF scrambles to avoid pension penalties
    A series of changes made to the Teacher Retirement System as part of the state's recent bipartisan budget agreement had District 200 school board members.
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6 days ago

Oak Park Plan Commission rejects alley closure

A proposal by the owner of Our Planet Automotive Services, 435 Madison St., to vacate an alley between his business and an adjacent parking lot to the east was denied by the Oak Park Plan Commission. Read More...

    Oak Park Plan Commission rejects alley closure
    A proposal by the owner of Our Planet Automotive Services, 435 Madison St., to vacate an alley between his business and an adjacent parking lot to the east was denied by the Oak Park Plan Commission.
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6 days ago

D90 administration office highlights its Harlem School roots

The River Forest School District 90 administration building has officially been recognized as a historic structure. Read More...

    D90 administration office highlights its Harlem School roots
    The River Forest School District 90 administration building has officially been recognized as a historic structure.
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6 days ago

Alcuin Montessori honors two longtime teachers

On June 6, Alcuin Montessori School, 324 N. Oak Park Ave., honored two longtime teachers who are leaving the school. Read More...

    Alcuin Montessori honors two longtime teachers
    On June 6, Alcuin Montessori School, 324 N. Oak Park Ave., honored two longtime teachers who are leaving the school.
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6 days ago

D90 releases new mobile app

River Forest District 90 schools recently unveiled "School Messenger," a free mobile application intended to keep parents in the know during all hours.  Read More...

    D90 releases new mobile app
    River Forest District 90 schools recently unveiled "School Messenger," a free mobile application intended to keep parents in the know during all hours.
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6 days ago

Three Chicagoans arrested for armed robbery

Richard Knoble, 22, of the 1600 block of West Lemoyne, Chicago, and two Chicago juveniles were arrested for an armed robbery that took place at an unspecified date at the CTA Blue Line station. Read More...

    Three Chicagoans arrested for armed robbery
    Richard Knoble, 22, of the 1600 block of West Lemoyne, Chicago, and two Chicago juveniles were arrested for an armed robbery that took place at an unspecified date at the CTA Blue Line station.
    http://www.oakpark.com

6 days ago

Oak Park poised to advance green initiatives

The Oak Park Board of Trustees move one step closer to setting a course for some of the nearly $1 million in green energy funds the village has collected through a voluntary program created in 2015. Read More...

    Oak Park poised to advance green initiatives
    The Oak Park Board of Trustees move one step closer to setting a course for some of the nearly $1 million in green energy funds the village has collected through a voluntary program created in 2015.
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6 days ago

Turano plans new facility in Oak Park

Turano Baking Co. is looking to build a $10 million, two-story office building in the 6500 block of Roosevelt Road of Oak Park, currently used as a parking lot for the bread baker's delivery trucks. Read More...

    Turano plans new facility in Oak Park
    Turano Baking Co. is looking to build a $10 million, two-story office building in the 6500 block of Roosevelt Road of Oak Park, currently used as a parking lot for the bread baker's delivery trucks.
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6 days ago

Pleasant Home gets a makeover

One of Oak Park's most historic homes, known by most people in the village as Pleasant Home, located at 217 Home Ave. in Mills Park, is going through some big changes. Read More...

    Pleasant Home gets a makeover
    One of Oak Park's most historic homes, known by most people in the village as Pleasant Home, located at 217 Home Ave. in Mills Park, is going through some big changes.
    http://www.oakpark.com

6 days ago

Removing the stigma

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    Removing the stigma
    This past week two well-known people died by suicide: Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

6 days ago

Mom turns mourning into music

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    Mom turns mourning into music
    Alice Norris, a longtime Oak Park resident, has become an expert in the art of turning her mourning into something sublime.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

6 days ago

Austin art fair in the works

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    Austin art fair in the works
    A local organization is planning an art fair in Austin and is seeking artists to participate in the event.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

6 days ago

The disappearing red X

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    The disappearing red X
    I got a call the other day. An amateur photographer was working on a project involving buildings with red X's on them.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

6 days ago

Model City Council meeting changes minds

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    Model City Council meeting changes minds
    On May 31, a series of landmark ordinances were considered on the floor of the Chicago City Council, including one that would assist lower-income families in gentrified neighbors.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

6 days ago

Possible Emmet school designs unveiled

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    Possible Emmet school designs unveiled
    Ever since Westside Health Authority bought the former Emmet Elementary School building last winter, it has been quietly working to figure out what to do with the property.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

6 days ago

Do we really need funeral processions?

Upon reading the story titled, "Gang burials a problem in western suburbs" in the May 30 edition of Wednesday Journal, I wondered if the easiest solution isn't the best. That is, of course, banning funeral processions. Read More...

    Do we really need funeral processions?
    Upon reading the story titled, "Gang burials a problem in western suburbs" in the May 30 edition of Wednesday Journal, I wondered if the easiest solution isn't the best. That is, of course, banning funeral processions.
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6 days ago

Practical thoughts on gun violence

First, it is important to understand that both sides of this issue desire the same end result: the end of gun violence. The two entities define themselves as the "Rights" group who defend the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution and the "Responsibilities" group who argue for more laws and regulations.  Read More...

    Practical thoughts on gun violence
    First, it is important to understand that both sides of this issue desire the same end result: the end of gun violence. The two entities define themselves as the "Rights" group who defend the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution and the "Responsibilities" group who argue for more laws and regulations.
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6 days ago

Thoughts worth consideration

What a beautifully written piece! [Our undiscovered treasures, Marc Blesoff, Viewpoints, June 6].  Read More...

    Thoughts worth consideration
    What a beautifully written piece! [Our undiscovered treasures, Marc Blesoff, Viewpoints, June 6].
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6 days ago

Are you anxious or are you rigid?

Anxiety is one of the most common reasons people seek counseling. Living with frequent anxiety interferes with sleep and makes routine decisions more difficult. It can be exhausting. Read More...

    Are you anxious or are you rigid?
    Anxiety is one of the most common reasons people seek counseling. Living with frequent anxiety interferes with sleep and makes routine decisions more difficult. It can be exhausting.
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6 days ago

We're bringing the library to you this summer

Although rewarding once you arrive, it's not always easy to get to the library with small children. You're juggling car seats and strollers, bottles and snacks, nap times, and perhaps a meltdown or two.  Read More...

    We're bringing the library to you this summer
    Although rewarding once you arrive, it's not always easy to get to the library with small children. You're juggling car seats and strollers, bottles and snacks, nap times, and perhaps a meltdown or two.
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6 days ago

A third option for Italian beef

Read your article on Italian beefs at Johnnie's and Michael's [Italian beef is like sex, pizza, David Hammond, News, May 30]. Read More...

    A third option for Italian beef
    Read your article on Italian beefs at Johnnie's and Michael's [Italian beef is like sex, pizza, David Hammond, News, May 30].
    http://www.oakpark.com

6 days ago

All the President's Guys and Dolls II: Train is coming, Trump is tied to the tracks

It's been almost a year since I wrote my first column imagining the cast of a movie based on the Trump administration. A lot has changed — all for the worse — so here's an update with some new characters. I expect I'll be writing another update or two when the various trials start. Read More...

    All the President's Guys and Dolls II: Train is coming, Trump is tied to the tracks
    It's been almost a year since I wrote my first column imagining the cast of a movie based on the Trump administration. A lot has changed - all for the worse - so here's an update with some new characters. I expect I'll be writing another update or two when the various trials start.
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6 days ago

District 90, OPRF are out of touch with fiscal reality

This paper has rightly complained about OPRF High School's unnecessarily high cash balance. But it has missed the fact that another local district, adjusted for its size, is even worse.  Read More...

    District 90, OPRF are out of touch with fiscal reality
    This paper has rightly complained about OPRF High School's unnecessarily high cash balance. But it has missed the fact that another local district, adjusted for its size, is even worse.
    http://www.oakpark.com

6 days ago

A new VOICE for village government?

As the years have gone by, I find that I write less and less about village government. My children have long since graduated from the high school. Their families live nearby, but not in the village.  Read More...

    A new VOICE for village government?
    As the years have gone by, I find that I write less and less about village government. My children have long since graduated from the high school. Their families live nearby, but not in the village.
    http://www.oakpark.com

6 days ago

Austin school gets new look

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    Austin school gets new look
    On June 6 and June 7, officials with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, UnitedHealthcare and CBS EcoMedia stopped by Austin College and Career Academy, to help renovate the school's interior.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

6 days ago

Clergy call for officer's firing

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    Clergy call for officer's firing
    Religious leaders from across Chicago gathered outside of the Chicago Police Department's South Side headquarters on June 10 to call for the termination of Officer Robert Rialmo
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

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