7 hours ago

Oak Park police arrest teen for three carjackings

Oak Park police have arrested an 18-year-old Chicago resident suspected of hijacking three vehicles in the village during September and October. Read More...

    Oak Park police arrest teen for three carjackings
    Oak Park police have arrested an 18-year-old Chicago resident suspected of hijacking three vehicles in the village during September and October.
    http://www.oakpark.com

7 hours ago

Ballet Legere cracks 'The Nutcracker' for the 33rd time

Ballet Légere danced The Nutcracker ballet, Dec. 7 through 11, in seven individual performances, four for school groups and seniors and three for the public. The show, held at Dominican University's Lund Auditorium, was seen by an audience of approximately 10,000 people over the five days, according to Ballet Légere. Read More...

    Ballet Legere cracks 'The Nutcracker' for the 33rd time
    Ballet Légere danced The Nutcracker ballet, Dec. 7 through 11, in seven individual performances, four for school groups and seniors and three for the public. The show, held at Dominican University's Lund Auditorium, was seen by an audience of approximately 10,000 people over the five days, according to Ballet Légere.
    http://www.oakpark.com

8 hours ago

OPRF-centered series debuts at Sundance

A documentary series exploring the intersection of race and education at Oak Park and River Forest High School will debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Read More...

    OPRF-centered series debuts at Sundance
    A documentary series exploring the intersection of race and education at Oak Park and River Forest High School will debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
    http://www.oakpark.com

8 hours ago

Area police collaborate on carjacking strategy

River Forest police played host to several local law enforcement agencies on Dec. 7 for a discussion about how best to combat and collaborate on the increased number of carjackings and gun-related violent crimes. Read More...

    Area police collaborate on carjacking strategy
    River Forest police played host to several local law enforcement agencies on Dec. 7 for a discussion about how best to combat and collaborate on the increased number of carjackings and gun-related violent crimes.
    http://www.oakpark.com

8 hours ago

After 30 years, River Forest police chief retires

After serving in River Forest for three decades, Police Chief Gregory Weiss announced his retirement at a village board meeting, Dec. 11. Read More...

    After 30 years, River Forest police chief retires
    After serving in River Forest for three decades, Police Chief Gregory Weiss announced his retirement at a village board meeting, Dec. 11.
    http://www.oakpark.com

8 hours ago

Oak Park contractor sued for fraud

The Cook County State's Attorney's Office is suing a local painting and decorating business it says used deceptive business practices and defrauded multiple customers dating back to 2012. Read More...

    Oak Park contractor sued for fraud
    The Cook County State's Attorney's Office is suing a local painting and decorating business it says used deceptive business practices and defrauded multiple customers dating back to 2012.
    http://www.oakpark.com

8 hours ago

Alleged robber shot at Chicago Ave. 7-Eleven

A 17-year-old who allegedly attempted to rob the 7-Eleven convenience store at 240 Chicago Ave. was shot and wounded by the clerk at about 11:30 p.m. on Monday. Read More...

    Alleged robber shot at Chicago Ave. 7-Eleven
    A 17-year-old who allegedly attempted to rob the 7-Eleven convenience store at 240 Chicago Ave. was shot and wounded by the clerk at about 11:30 p.m. on Monday.
    http://www.oakpark.com

8 hours ago

Lincoln to get new classroom over winter break

Some students at Lincoln School, 1111 Grove Ave. in Oak Park, will return from their upcoming winter break to a new classroom. Read More...

    Lincoln to get new classroom over winter break
    Some students at Lincoln School, 1111 Grove Ave. in Oak Park, will return from their upcoming winter break to a new classroom.
    http://www.oakpark.com

9 hours ago

Oak Park hospitals see spike in opioid overdoses

The number of opioid-related overdose deaths in the state of Illinois and across the country is skyrocketing, and Oak Park's first responders and medical professionals are seeing those trends play out in real time. Read More...

    Oak Park hospitals see spike in opioid overdoses
    The number of opioid-related overdose deaths in the state of Illinois and across the country is skyrocketing, and Oak Park's first responders and medical professionals are seeing those trends play out in real time.
    http://www.oakpark.com

9 hours ago

The superintendent's real test

Was just last week I offered up my opinion that a school board's top job is to hire a strong superintendent. Read More...

    The superintendent's real test
    Was just last week I offered up my opinion that a school board's top job is to hire a strong superintendent.
    http://www.oakpark.com

9 hours ago

Workers, activists protest Galewood bakery

Former and current workers at a large commercial bakery in Galewood, along with various activist groups from Chicago and Oak Park, say that recent reports about the bakery's losing more than one-third of its employees. Read More...

    Workers, activists protest Galewood bakery
    Former and current workers at a large commercial bakery in Galewood, along with various activist groups from Chicago and Oak Park, say that recent reports about the bakery's losing more than one-third of its employees.
    http://www.oakpark.com

9 hours ago

On the frontlines of the opioid crisis

On a chilly Monday afternoon in the West Side neighborhoods of Austin and West Garfield Park, the streets are quiet. Read More...

    On the frontlines of the opioid crisis
    On a chilly Monday afternoon in the West Side neighborhoods of Austin and West Garfield Park, the streets are quiet.
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10 hours ago

Lynn McClure, 89

Lynn "Carolyn" McClure, 89, of Evanston, formerly of Oak Park, died on Nov. 23, 2017. Read More...

    Lynn McClure, 89
    Lynn "Carolyn" McClure, 89, of Evanston, formerly of Oak Park, died on Nov. 23, 2017.
    http://www.oakpark.com

10 hours ago

Why we have nightmares

I join the folks who have been expressing concerns for the status of our society. I feel as though each day has been providing me with another nightmare.  Read More...

    Why we have nightmares
    I join the folks who have been expressing concerns for the status of our society. I feel as though each day has been providing me with another nightmare.
    http://www.oakpark.com

10 hours ago

Clark Dean, 91

Clark E. Dean, 91, died peacefully at his home in Oak Park on Nov. 19, 2017. Born in Petoskey, Michigan, he served in the U.S. Army in World War II and used the educational benefits he received under the G.I. Bill to study photography at the New Bauhaus Chicago, a school established by international artist and educator László Moholy-Nagy Read More...

    Clark Dean, 91
    Clark E. Dean, 91, died peacefully at his home in Oak Park on Nov. 19, 2017. Born in Petoskey, Michigan, he served in the U.S. Army in World War II and used the educational benefits he received under the G.I.
    http://www.oakpark.com

10 hours ago

Perspective on plastic from Kenya

While in Kenya a couple of months ago, I opened the newspaper and found a two-page article titled, "Will we triumph in the war on plastics?" (Daily Nation, Sept. 18, 2017). Read More...

    Perspective on plastic from Kenya
    While in Kenya a couple of months ago, I opened the newspaper and found a two-page article titled, "Will we triumph in the war on plastics?" (Daily Nation, Sept. 18, 2017).
    http://www.oakpark.com

10 hours ago

John Staunton, 75

John J.J. Staunton, 75, a longtime Oak Park resident, died on Nov. 25, 2017 in the Florida Everglades, doing what he enjoyed most — travelling around the world and taking videos and photographs wherever he went.  Read More...

    John Staunton, 75
    John J.J. Staunton, 75, a longtime Oak Park resident, died on Nov. 25, 2017 in the Florida Everglades, doing what he enjoyed most - travelling around the world and taking videos and photographs wherever he went.
    http://www.oakpark.com

10 hours ago

Beware the wind tunnels!

A few days ago we had some powerful winds blowing around the village. After getting off the Green Line, I decided to walk to Harlem. Read More...

    Beware the wind tunnels!
    A few days ago we had some powerful winds blowing around the village. After getting off the Green Line, I decided to walk to Harlem.
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10 hours ago

A defense of holiday cards in the Age of Trump

Here's my hot take on an age-old holiday tradition: I love holiday cards. Christmas cards, holiday cards, whatever you want to call them, I love them. Read More...

    A defense of holiday cards in the Age of Trump
    Here's my hot take on an age-old holiday tradition: I love holiday cards. Christmas cards, holiday cards, whatever you want to call them, I love them.
    http://www.oakpark.com

10 hours ago

Leave the gifts to the Magi

I really like the tradition, message and good cheer of Christmas. I even like going to church. We all could use a little peace and good will. Read More...

    Leave the gifts to the Magi
    I really like the tradition, message and good cheer of Christmas. I even like going to church. We all could use a little peace and good will.
    http://www.oakpark.com

10 hours ago

Imagine progress

Admittedly, we were skeptics. When, in the wake of an almost impossibly narrow defeat of its referendum to build new pools a year back, Oak Park and River Forest High School created yet another citizens committee to study facilities we were dubious. Read More...

    Imagine progress
    Admittedly, we were skeptics. When, in the wake of an almost impossibly narrow defeat of its referendum to build new pools a year back, Oak Park and River Forest High School created yet another citizens committee to study facilities we were dubious.
    http://www.oakpark.com

10 hours ago

Our new Memorial Day

None of the many, many mass killings of the past decade has turned my stomach quite like the carnage visited upon Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, which took place five years ago tomorrow. Twenty first-graders and six staff (including the principal). Read More...

    Our new Memorial Day
    None of the many, many mass killings of the past decade has turned my stomach quite like the carnage visited upon Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, which took place five years ago tomorrow. Twenty first-graders and six staff (including the principal).
    http://www.oakpark.com

10 hours ago

Totally modular

Local architect Tom Bassett-Dilley is known for his innovative design practice, which emphasizes green techniques in home construction. While making a name for himself in energy-efficient – also known as passive -- construction, he has continued to explore new techniques in green building.  Read More...

    Totally modular
    Local architect Tom Bassett-Dilley is known for his innovative design practice, which emphasizes green techniques in home construction. While making a name for himself in energy-efficient - also known as passive -- construction, he has continued to explore new techniques in green building.
    http://www.oakpark.com

10 hours ago

Remembering WOPA in the '50s

Your note in the "Inside Report" section of the Nov. 22 issue of Wednesday Journal on "Anyone remember WBMX?" or a predecessor, brought back memories of the station when it was WOPA in the late 1950s. Read More...

    Remembering WOPA in the '50s
    Your note in the "Inside Report" section of the Nov. 22 issue of Wednesday Journal on "Anyone remember WBMX?" or a predecessor, brought back memories of the station when it was WOPA in the late 1950s.
    http://www.oakpark.com

10 hours ago

For the next meeting, cooperate and collaborate

Last week, I attended the meeting at Oak Park Village Hall regarding the rash of carjackings recently in our village.  Read More...

    For the next meeting, cooperate and collaborate
    Last week, I attended the meeting at Oak Park Village Hall regarding the rash of carjackings recently in our village.
    http://www.oakpark.com

10 hours ago

Shrubtown December 13, 2017

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    Shrubtown December 13, 2017
    Shrubtown December 13, 2017
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10 hours ago

Does RF value history?

River Forest's Historic Preservation Ordinance is toothless. Was built to be toothless, a sop to those in town who believe preservation is a virtue, not an attack on private property rights. Read More...

    Does RF value history?
    River Forest's Historic Preservation Ordinance is toothless. Was built to be toothless, a sop to those in town who believe preservation is a virtue, not an attack on private property rights.
    http://www.oakpark.com

10 hours ago

Midas should apply its golden touch

Oak Park has maintained high standards for both home and business buildings since I moved here in 1985. Homeowners are given citations when the grass is too high or their stairs aren't painted. Read More...

    Midas should apply its golden touch
    Oak Park has maintained high standards for both home and business buildings since I moved here in 1985. Homeowners are given citations when the grass is too high or their stairs aren't painted.
    http://www.oakpark.com

10 hours ago

Have a very self-soothing Christmas

I'll probably have a very nice Christmas, with family and friends and music and laughter, despite the country's lurching from crisis to crisis. Read More...

    Have a very self-soothing Christmas
    I'll probably have a very nice Christmas, with family and friends and music and laughter, despite the country's lurching from crisis to crisis.
    http://www.oakpark.com

10 hours ago

Don't repeal net neutrality

I'm a 16-year-old nerd who cares about the internet, and wants to preserve its future. If you care about it too, publish this essay! Read More...

    Don't repeal net neutrality
    I'm a 16-year-old nerd who cares about the internet, and wants to preserve its future. If you care about it too, publish this essay!
    http://www.oakpark.com

10 hours ago

Busted? A factual look at the condo market

The "Our View" editorial [Viewpoints, Nov. 29] was surprising in tone and content. Why?  Read More...

    Busted? A factual look at the condo market
    The "Our View" editorial [Viewpoints, Nov. 29] was surprising in tone and content. Why?
    http://www.oakpark.com

10 hours ago

Straight talk

A large crowd turned out last week at Oak Park's village hall for a well-planned presentation by local police on the recent and frightening series of carjackings in Oak Park.  Read More...

    Straight talk
    A large crowd turned out last week at Oak Park's village hall for a well-planned presentation by local police on the recent and frightening series of carjackings in Oak Park.
    http://www.oakpark.com

12 hours ago

OPRF wrestling buzz better than ever

With four state championships won since 2009 (including three straight, 2014-2016), the resume speaks for itself. And though the Huskies' bid for a four-peat ended with a loss to Montini in the quarterfinals of the IHSA State Dual Meet last spring, disappointment didn't linger at OPRF Read More...

    OPRF wrestling buzz better than ever
    With four state championships won since 2009 (including three straight, 2014-2016), the resume speaks for itself. And though the Huskies' bid for a four-peat ended with a loss to Montini in the quarterfinals of the IHSA State Dual Meet last spring, disappointment didn't linger at OPRF
    http://www.oakpark.com

2 days ago

Village of open porches, cluttered lawns

Our homes are not a retreat, a refuge, some moated castle. We dare to live in the open. We aren't hiding.  Read More...

    Village of open porches, cluttered lawns
    Our homes are not a retreat, a refuge, some moated castle. We dare to live in the open. We aren't hiding.
    http://www.oakpark.com

2 days ago

Firecakes are worth the wait

Local doughnut lovers have been waiting patiently since summer for Firecakes Donuts' opening day. Nestled in an unassuming storefront in The Emerson high-rise on the corner of North Boulevard and Maple Avenue, the day-old shop is already churning out small-batch, artisan doughnuts with ease. Read More...

    Firecakes are worth the wait
    Local doughnut lovers have been waiting patiently since summer for Firecakes Donuts' opening day. Nestled in an unassuming storefront in The Emerson high-rise on the corner of North Boulevard and Maple Avenue, the day-old shop is already churning out small-batch, artisan doughnuts with ease.
    http://www.oakpark.com

2 days ago

Carjackings jolt northeast Oak Park

A man was carjacked at gunpoint in the alley of the 700 block of North Harvey Avenue during the evening of Dec. 4 – it was the third such crime committed in northeast Oak Park in less than a week. Read More...

    Carjackings jolt northeast Oak Park
    A man was carjacked at gunpoint in the alley of the 700 block of North Harvey Avenue during the evening of Dec. 4 - it was the third such crime committed in northeast Oak Park in less than a week.
    http://www.oakpark.com

3 days ago

Hoop Dreams

Thanking Marty Farmer, the sports editor at the Wednesday Journal, will never be enough. He welcomed me with open arms in February as a sports intern. For the past 10 months, I've gained valuable experience as a sports journalist for the Journal. Read More...

    Hoop Dreams
    Thanking Marty Farmer, the sports editor at the Wednesday Journal, will never be enough. He welcomed me with open arms in February as a sports intern. For the past 10 months, I've gained valuable experience as a sports journalist for the Journal.
    http://www.oakpark.com

3 days ago

Huskies pull away late against LTHS

Over the years, there have been several competitive high school boys basketball games between Oak Park and River Forest and Lyons Township. The latest installment of the rivalry took place Friday, Dec. 8 in Oak Park, with the Huskies prevailing over the Lions 57-50. Read More...

    Huskies pull away late against LTHS
    Over the years, there have been several competitive high school boys basketball games between Oak Park and River Forest and Lyons Township. The latest installment of the rivalry took place Friday, Dec. 8 in Oak Park, with the Huskies prevailing over the Lions 57-50.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

Oak Park police hold meeting on uptick in carjackings

A standing-room-only crowd packed the council chambers at Oak Park Village Hall Thursday night for a meeting with Oak Park police to address a series of carjackings that have taken place in the village over the last year. Read More...

    Oak Park police hold meeting on uptick in carjackings
    A standing-room-only crowd packed the council chambers at Oak Park Village Hall Thursday night for a meeting with Oak Park police to address a series of carjackings that have taken place in the village over the last year.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

Blazers outlast OPRF in OT thriller

When local residents think of a high school girls basketball rivalry, the first matchup that likely comes to mind is Oak Park and River Forest vs. Fenwick. While it's true the annual showdown between the Huskies and Friars is intense, the former's rivalry with Trinity in River Forest is just as competitive and fun. Read More...

    Blazers outlast OPRF in OT thriller
    When local residents think of a high school girls basketball rivalry, the first matchup that likely comes to mind is Oak Park and River Forest vs. Fenwick. While it's true the annual showdown between the Huskies and Friars is intense, the former's rivalry with Trinity in River Forest is just as competitive and fun.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Firecakes are worth the wait

Local doughnut lovers have been waiting patiently since summer for Firecakes Donuts' opening day. Nestled in an unassuming storefront in The Emerson high-rise on the corner of North Boulevard and Maple Avenue, the day-old shop is already churning out small-batch, artisan doughnuts with ease. Read More...

    Firecakes are worth the wait
    Local doughnut lovers have been waiting patiently since summer for Firecakes Donuts' opening day. Nestled in an unassuming storefront in The Emerson high-rise on the corner of North Boulevard and Maple Avenue, the day-old shop is already churning out small-batch, artisan doughnuts with ease.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Lynn McClure, 89

Lynn "Carolyn" McClure, 89, of Evanston, formerly of Oak Park, died on Nov. 23, 2017. She was born on June 24, 1928. Read More...

    Lynn McClure, 89
    Lynn "Carolyn" McClure, 89, of Evanston, formerly of Oak Park, died on Nov. 23, 2017. She was born on June 24, 1928.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Home on landmark River Forest block awaits verdict

River Forest Historic Preservation Commission on Dec. 5 postponed a decision on whether to force a developer to delay demolition of a building on a block designated a local landmark. Read More...

    Home on landmark River Forest block awaits verdict
    River Forest Historic Preservation Commission on Dec. 5 postponed a decision on whether to force a developer to delay demolition of a building on a block designated a local landmark.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

D200 superintendent announces medical leave, license issue

Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 Superintendent Joylynn Pruitt-Adams called an all-staff meeting on Dec. 6 to announce that she'll be going on medical leave for back surgery starting Jan. 8, 2018. At the same meeting, the superintendent announced that she still needs to complete a math proficiency test required in order for her to obtain an Illinois high school superintendent's license. Pruitt-Adams has until June 2018 to pass the math portion of the test. Read More...

    D200 superintendent announces medical leave, license issue
    Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 Superintendent Joylynn Pruitt-Adams called an all-staff meeting on Dec. 6 to announce that she'll be going on medical leave for back surgery starting Jan. 8, 2018. At the same meeting, the superintendent announced that she still needs to complete a math proficiency test required in order for her to obtain an Illinois high school superintendent's license.
    http://www.oakpark.com

6 days ago

Cookies for Santa, and everyone else

The annual Winterfest and Cookie Walk in downtown Oak Park. Participants walk down Marion Street with blue cookie tins. Read More...

    Cookies for Santa, and everyone else
    The annual Winterfest and Cookie Walk in downtown Oak Park. Participants walk down Marion Street with blue cookie tins.
    http://www.oakpark.com

Dec 05

'Metamorphoses' is a transformative show

Several weeks ago, I stopped by Oak Park and River Forest High School to visit the construction in progress of the large, round, raised pool that is such a pivotal part of the show Metamorphoses. Read More...

    'Metamorphoses' is a transformative show
    Several weeks ago, I stopped by Oak Park and River Forest High School to visit the construction in progress of the large, round, raised pool that is such a pivotal part of the show Metamorphoses.
    http://www.oakpark.com

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