7 hours ago

Bank foreclosing on school suing River Forest

A nonprofit private school that is suing the village of River Forest did so because the bank was planning to foreclose on the school's North Avenue property. Read More...

    Bank foreclosing on school suing River Forest
    A nonprofit private school that is suing the village of River Forest did so because the bank was planning to foreclose on the school's North Avenue property.
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7 hours ago

New Rush Oak Park board members

Rush Oak Park Hospital has added two new names to its board of directors – Dr. Jane Llewellyn and Michael Dandorph. Read More...

    New Rush Oak Park board members
    Rush Oak Park Hospital has added two new names to its board of directors - Dr. Jane Llewellyn and Michael Dandorph.
    http://www.oakpark.com

8 hours ago

D97 board tries to address space issues

Oak Park Elementary Schools District 97 school board members are trying to resolve critical space issues at Lincoln and Longfellow. Read More...

    D97 board tries to address space issues
    Oak Park Elementary Schools District 97 school board members are trying to resolve critical space issues at Lincoln and Longfellow.
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8 hours ago

Chicagoan cut by attacker on Blue Line platform

A Chicago resident was attacked by a woman on the Oak Park/East Avenue Blue Line CTA platform at 1:47 a.m. on June 17. Read More...

    Chicagoan cut by attacker on Blue Line platform
    A Chicago resident was attacked by a woman on the Oak Park/East Avenue Blue Line CTA platform at 1:47 a.m. on June 17.
    http://www.oakpark.com

8 hours ago

Public hearing set for Lake/Lathrop development

The River Forest Development Review Board will hold a public hearing about a proposed development at Lake Street and Lathrop Avenue. Read More...

    Public hearing set for Lake/Lathrop development
    The River Forest Development Review Board will hold a public hearing about a proposed development at Lake Street and Lathrop Avenue.
    http://www.oakpark.com

8 hours ago

The VMA legacy we can't afford to lose

The VMA officially ended last week, going out, not with a bang, not even with a whimper. More of a whisper. The VMA has been in decline long enough that many Oak Parkers no longer even know what it stood for — the initials as well as the convictions. Read More...

    The VMA legacy we can't afford to lose
    The VMA officially ended last week, going out, not with a bang, not even with a whimper. More of a whisper. The VMA has been in decline long enough that many Oak Parkers no longer even know what it stood for - the initials as well as the convictions.
    http://www.oakpark.com

8 hours ago

Lake Street apartment building sells for $3.97M

Oak Park's downtown area could soon get more upgraded apartments with the sale of the six-story apartment building, known to some as the Oak Hotel. Read More...

    Lake Street apartment building sells for $3.97M
    Oak Park's downtown area could soon get more upgraded apartments with the sale of the six-story apartment building, known to some as the Oak Hotel.
    http://www.oakpark.com

8 hours ago

Good for the VMA

Would have been 1965 that I first learned about the VMA — the, as of last week, dissolved Village Manager Association. Read More...

    Good for the VMA
    Would have been 1965 that I first learned about the VMA - the, as of last week, dissolved Village Manager Association.
    http://www.oakpark.com

8 hours ago

Michael Sokolik, 67

Michael "Mike" Joseph Sokolik, 67, died peacefully at his Oak Park home on June 15, 2018. Born on July 29, 1950 in Fort Madison, Iowa to Jerome and Bernice Sokolik, the oldest of eight children, he earned his B.A. in Psychology from St. Ambrose University, where he was active in social justice and politics. Read More...

    Michael Sokolik, 67
    Michael "Mike" Joseph Sokolik, 67, died peacefully at his Oak Park home on June 15, 2018. Born on July 29, 1950 in Fort Madison, Iowa to Jerome and Bernice Sokolik, the oldest of eight children, he earned his B.A. in Psychology from St. Ambrose University, where he was active in social justice and politics.
    http://www.oakpark.com

8 hours ago

Robert Ragalie, 30

Robert (Bud) F. Ragalie, 30, of River Forest and Oak Park, died on June 15, 2018. He was a casualty of the opioid epidemic. Read More...

    Robert Ragalie, 30
    Robert (Bud) F. Ragalie, 30, of River Forest and Oak Park, died on June 15, 2018. He was a casualty of the opioid epidemic.
    http://www.oakpark.com

8 hours ago

Green initiatives should include high-rises

I was pleased to read the recent article titled, "Oak Park poised to advance green initiatives," even though the how of it is still undecided, the issues are complex, and the focus is primarily on internal changes the village can directly control.  Read More...

    Green initiatives should include high-rises
    I was pleased to read the recent article titled, "Oak Park poised to advance green initiatives," even though the how of it is still undecided, the issues are complex, and the focus is primarily on internal changes the village can directly control.
    http://www.oakpark.com

8 hours ago

You can take the joy with you

Oak Park Festival Theatre opened its 44th season with a hilarious, heartwarming new production of You Can't Take It With You. Read More...

    You can take the joy with you
    Oak Park Festival Theatre opened its 44th season with a hilarious, heartwarming new production of You Can't Take It With You.
    http://www.oakpark.com

8 hours ago

Group home expert warns Oak Park on zoning plan

Oak Park municipal staff and policy makers will soon revisit a proposed policy to remove zoning requirements for group homes in the village. Read More...

    Group home expert warns Oak Park on zoning plan
    Oak Park municipal staff and policy makers will soon revisit a proposed policy to remove zoning requirements for group homes in the village.
    http://www.oakpark.com

8 hours ago

Support interventionists

Good for the River Forest Park District to seek greater accountability in exchange for its continued funding of the Youth Interventionist program, run these past 20 years out of Oak Park Township Youth Services.  Read More...

    Support interventionists
    Good for the River Forest Park District to seek greater accountability in exchange for its continued funding of the Youth Interventionist program, run these past 20 years out of Oak Park Township Youth Services.
    http://www.oakpark.com

8 hours ago

Welcoming Turano's bread

You got a better idea for Roosevelt Road? An actual better offer than the one currently on the table from Turano Bakery to acquire more land on the Oak Park side of the street and to build a new corporate headquarters for the family-owned baking company? Read More...

    Welcoming Turano's bread
    You got a better idea for Roosevelt Road? An actual better offer than the one currently on the table from Turano Bakery to acquire more land on the Oak Park side of the street and to build a new corporate headquarters for the family-owned baking company?
    http://www.oakpark.com

8 hours ago

Equity committee outlines next steps for schools

Tri-Board Committee presents recommendations to local school boards. Read More...

    Equity committee outlines next steps for schools
    Tri-Board Committee presents recommendations to local school boards.
    http://www.oakpark.com

8 hours ago

The VMA is dead. Long live ...?

When someone dies, we all say positive things and try to make the pain easier to bear. The VMA is dead. Remember the good times, the successes, the victories, the laughter, and the people. Read More...

    The VMA is dead. Long live ...?
    When someone dies, we all say positive things and try to make the pain easier to bear. The VMA is dead. Remember the good times, the successes, the victories, the laughter, and the people.
    http://www.oakpark.com

8 hours ago

OPRF's antiquated swimming requirement

At the June 26 District 200 school board meeting, the Imagine OPRF Work Group will present its master facility plan proposal.  Read More...

    OPRF's antiquated swimming requirement
    At the June 26 District 200 school board meeting, the Imagine OPRF Work Group will present its master facility plan proposal.
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8 hours ago

Support efforts to treat TB worldwide

I am writing to discuss the Senate budget mark-up, which is taking place next week, and the role that the federal budget has in reducing the burden of tuberculosis worldwide. Read More...

    Support efforts to treat TB worldwide
    I am writing to discuss the Senate budget mark-up, which is taking place next week, and the role that the federal budget has in reducing the burden of tuberculosis worldwide.
    http://www.oakpark.com

8 hours ago

Irene Garamoni, 100

Irene Garamoni, 100, who was born in Oak Park, died on May 23, 2018 at her daughter's home in Alexandria, Virginia. She lived in Oak Park and River Forest until 2011. Born on April 14, 1918, the daughter of Julius Breneisen and Mathilde Bedard, she graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School in 1936, and married Michael Garamoni in 1944.  Read More...

    Irene Garamoni, 100
    Irene Garamoni, 100, who was born in Oak Park, died on May 23, 2018 at her daughter's home in Alexandria, Virginia. She lived in Oak Park and River Forest until 2011. Born on April 14, 1918, the daughter of Julius Breneisen and Mathilde Bedard, she graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School in 1936, and married Michael Garamoni in 1944.
    http://www.oakpark.com

8 hours ago

More practical thoughts about gun violence

I agree with Ray Simpson's statement, "Congress would need to create new laws to force gun owners into compliance and then convince the judiciary to enforce those laws. Key to this … is to convince bad individuals to start to comply with the rules of modern society."  Read More...

    More practical thoughts about gun violence
    I agree with Ray Simpson's statement, "Congress would need to create new laws to force gun owners into compliance and then convince the judiciary to enforce those laws. Key to this ... is to convince bad individuals to start to comply with the rules of modern society."
    http://www.oakpark.com

8 hours ago

Reframing the term 'conservative'

Attendance was down at the Poplar Park Community Church the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. It happened every year. Read More...

    Reframing the term 'conservative'
    Attendance was down at the Poplar Park Community Church the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. It happened every year.
    http://www.oakpark.com

8 hours ago

Youth Interventionist funding narrowly approved

The River Forest Park District Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to continue taking part in and provide funding for Oak Park Township's youth interventionist program. Read More...

    Youth Interventionist funding narrowly approved
    The River Forest Park District Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to continue taking part in and provide funding for Oak Park Township's youth interventionist program.
    http://www.oakpark.com

8 hours ago

Thanks for supporting the Julian mosaic mural

This summer, students at OPEF's BASE Camp are working with nationally recognized mosaic muralist Tracy Van Duinen, as well as Julian art teachers Ed Magierski and Phil Switzowicz, to create a stunning mosaic tribute in honor of pioneering African-American scientist, civil rights activist and Oak Park resident, Percy Julian. Read More...

    Thanks for supporting the Julian mosaic mural
    This summer, students at OPEF's BASE Camp are working with nationally recognized mosaic muralist Tracy Van Duinen, as well as Julian art teachers Ed Magierski and Phil Switzowicz, to create a stunning mosaic tribute in honor of pioneering African-American scientist, civil rights activist and Oak Park resident, Percy Julian.
    http://www.oakpark.com

8 hours ago

Shrubtown June 20, 2018

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    Shrubtown June 20, 2018
    Shrubtown June 20, 2018
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8 hours ago

Rethinking middle school

District 97 is beefing up its social services staff at the middle schools because of a spike in the numbers of kids with serious mental health issues: rich kids, poor kids, in-between kids. I wonder why so many kids, why now? Read More...

    Rethinking middle school
    District 97 is beefing up its social services staff at the middle schools because of a spike in the numbers of kids with serious mental health issues: rich kids, poor kids, in-between kids. I wonder why so many kids, why now?
    http://www.oakpark.com

8 hours ago

Finally, Lake and Lathrop

It has been a long time coming but the signs are good that a real and viable mixed-use development project is coming to Lake Street in River Forest.  Read More...

    Finally, Lake and Lathrop
    It has been a long time coming but the signs are good that a real and viable mixed-use development project is coming to Lake Street in River Forest.
    http://www.oakpark.com

12 hours ago

Get ready to go green

Sunday, June 24, the Garden Club of Oak Park River Forest and the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory will host their 25th Annual Garden Walk.  Read More...

    Get ready to go green
    Sunday, June 24, the Garden Club of Oak Park River Forest and the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory will host their 25th Annual Garden Walk.
    http://www.oakpark.com

12 hours ago

OWies celebrate 50 years

In 1968 Don Offermann taught English and coached track at Oak Park and River Forest High School, and Rich Brooks was a new member of the track team. Read More...

    OWies celebrate 50 years
    In 1968 Don Offermann taught English and coached track at Oak Park and River Forest High School, and Rich Brooks was a new member of the track team.
    http://www.oakpark.com

12 hours ago

Stories that stole headlines

Night of Champions celebrates the accomplishments of top high school teams, athletes and coaches from OPRF and Fenwick high schools on June 20. Read More...

    Stories that stole headlines
    Night of Champions celebrates the accomplishments of top high school teams, athletes and coaches from OPRF and Fenwick high schools on June 20.
    http://www.oakpark.com

24 hours ago

Woman cut by attacker on Blue Line platform

A Chicago woman was attacked by a woman on the Blue Line CTA platform in the 900 block of South East Avenue at 1:47 a.m. on June 17. Read More...

    Woman cut by attacker on Blue Line platform
    A Chicago woman was attacked by a woman on the Blue Line CTA platform in the 900 block of South East Avenue at 1:47 a.m. on June 17.
    http://www.oakpark.com

30 hours 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.
    http://www.oakpark.com

30 hours 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.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 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.
    http://www.oakpark.com

Jun 12

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.
    http://www.oakpark.com

Jun 12

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.
    http://www.oakpark.com

Jun 12

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.
    http://www.oakpark.com

Jun 12

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.
    http://www.oakpark.com

Jun 12

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.
    http://www.oakpark.com

Jun 12

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.
    http://www.oakpark.com

Jun 12

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.
    http://www.oakpark.com

Jun 12

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.
    http://www.oakpark.com

Jun 12

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.
    http://www.oakpark.com

Jun 12

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.
    http://www.oakpark.com

Jun 12

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.
    http://www.oakpark.com

Jun 12

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.
    http://www.oakpark.com

Jun 12

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.
    http://www.oakpark.com

Jun 12

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.
    http://www.oakpark.com

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