12 hours ago

OPRF lays out emergency protocols after Fla. shooting

The Feb. 14 shooting at Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Fla., where a semi-automatic-toting 19-year-old killed 17 people, prompted Oak Park and River Forest High School principal Nathaniel Rouse to release a statement. Read More...

    OPRF lays out emergency protocols after Fla. shooting
    The Feb. 14 shooting at Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Fla., where a semi-automatic-toting 19-year-old killed 17 people, prompted Oak Park and River Forest High School principal Nathaniel Rouse to release a statement.
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12 hours ago

OPRF facilities committee ready to lay out the challenges

Leaders of Imagine OPRF shared their thoughts on the work that the 40-member group has conducted so far.  Read More...

    OPRF facilities committee ready to lay out the challenges
    Leaders of Imagine OPRF shared their thoughts on the work that the 40-member group has conducted so far.
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12 hours ago

Threading the needle

Dye Hard Yarns – it's a fitting name for a store in downtown Oak Park that refuses to be anything other than a knitting supply shop. Read More...

    Threading the needle
    Dye Hard Yarns - it's a fitting name for a store in downtown Oak Park that refuses to be anything other than a knitting supply shop.
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12 hours ago

D90 science scores decrease, reveal opportunity gap in 2017

Although River Forest District 90 schools continued to widely outperform the state in the Illinois Science Assessment exam in 2017, fifth- and eighth-graders' scores decreased year over year. Read More...

    D90 science scores decrease, reveal opportunity gap in 2017
    Although River Forest District 90 schools continued to widely outperform the state in the Illinois Science Assessment exam in 2017, fifth- and eighth-graders' scores decreased year over year.
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12 hours ago

Using sea slugs, Dominican professors make memory breakthrough

Do you remember the first time you went through a romantic breakup? Read More...

    Using sea slugs, Dominican professors make memory breakthrough
    Do you remember the first time you went through a romantic breakup?
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12 hours ago

River Forest lends itself $500,000 to fix streets

River Forest trustees approved a motion to issue $500,000 in bonds to fund public infrastructure projects at a public hearing on Feb. 16. Read More...

    River Forest lends itself $500,000 to fix streets
    River Forest trustees approved a motion to issue $500,000 in bonds to fund public infrastructure projects at a public hearing on Feb. 16.
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13 hours ago

Hiring non-college grads for middle-skill jobs

You might have seen an advertisement at bus and el kiosks around Oak Park and Chicago referring to Grads of Life and featuring a photo of a 20-something, professionally dressed person who is looking for a job. The ad asks: "In looking for the perfect resume, have you overlooked the perfect candidate?" Read More...

    Hiring non-college grads for middle-skill jobs
    You might have seen an advertisement at bus and el kiosks around Oak Park and Chicago referring to Grads of Life and featuring a photo of a 20-something, professionally dressed person who is looking for a job. The ad asks: "In looking for the perfect resume, have you overlooked the perfect candidate?"
    http://www.oakpark.com

13 hours ago

52 weeks of calling Oak Parkers to action

On the Sunday evening after the second Women's March, a dozen or so Oak Parkers gathered for an anniversary that none would have imagined a year ago. They had faithfully sustained 52 consecutive weeks of resistance, begun following that earth-shattering night in November 2016.  Read More...

    52 weeks of calling Oak Parkers to action
    On the Sunday evening after the second Women's March, a dozen or so Oak Parkers gathered for an anniversary that none would have imagined a year ago. They had faithfully sustained 52 consecutive weeks of resistance, begun following that earth-shattering night in November 2016.
    http://www.oakpark.com

13 hours ago

With more hunger, more Empty Bowls to fill

By any measure, this year's Empty Bowls fundraising event is significant. It's the 15th anniversary of it being held at Oak Park and River Forest High School.  Read More...

    With more hunger, more Empty Bowls to fill
    By any measure, this year's Empty Bowls fundraising event is significant. It's the 15th anniversary of it being held at Oak Park and River Forest High School.
    http://www.oakpark.com

13 hours ago

Bannon on ice

Are you missing Steve Bannon yet? When he was around, it was all so clearly horrific and bombastic. It still is, but now it's sort of like the Romanovs without Rasputin, unless Stephen Miller starts running around in monk's robes. Read More...

    Bannon on ice
    Are you missing Steve Bannon yet? When he was around, it was all so clearly horrific and bombastic. It still is, but now it's sort of like the Romanovs without Rasputin, unless Stephen Miller starts running around in monk's robes.
    http://www.oakpark.com

13 hours ago

Pipe organs are (like) people, too

The dying, duct taped, more than century-old organ at St. Paul's Memorial United Methodist Church in South Bend, Ind., was on life support, so the church's leaders called on Berghaus Pipe Organ Builders.  Read More...

    Pipe organs are (like) people, too
    The dying, duct taped, more than century-old organ at St. Paul's Memorial United Methodist Church in South Bend, Ind., was on life support, so the church's leaders called on Berghaus Pipe Organ Builders.
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13 hours ago

D97 apologizes for income tax withholding error

Some employees of Oak Park Elementary Schools District 97 are fuming after learning of an accounting error that resulted in an insufficient amount of payroll taxes being withheld. Read More...

    D97 apologizes for income tax withholding error
    Some employees of Oak Park Elementary Schools District 97 are fuming after learning of an accounting error that resulted in an insufficient amount of payroll taxes being withheld.
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13 hours ago

The downer side of Black History Month

One would think that as a teenager I would be ecstatic for Black History Month. Who wouldn't love to gush about all the overlooked accomplishments of your race during the shortest and coldest month of the year? Read More...

    The downer side of Black History Month
    One would think that as a teenager I would be ecstatic for Black History Month. Who wouldn't love to gush about all the overlooked accomplishments of your race during the shortest and coldest month of the year? It was the only month in which a rapper or athlete was not the most successful black person spoken about in class.
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13 hours ago

Imagining more than pools at OPRF

The Imagine OPRF citizens committee is getting ready for its next face-to-face with the community. Read More...

    Imagining more than pools at OPRF
    The Imagine OPRF citizens committee is getting ready for its next face-to-face with the community.
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14 hours ago

Pence's pout was mean-spirited and narrow

I am deeply disappointed by the conduct of Vice President Pence at the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics. Read More...

    Pence's pout was mean-spirited and narrow
    I am deeply disappointed by the conduct of Vice President Pence at the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics.
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14 hours ago

Convince her to run for village president

Over the years, Judith Alexander has been a driving force for the development of North Avenue. Her love of community, and her unflinching willingness to confront issues that concern citizens, is impressive. Read More...

    Convince her to run for village president
    Over the years, Judith Alexander has been a driving force for the development of North Avenue. Her love of community, and her unflinching willingness to confront issues that concern citizens, is impressive.
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14 hours ago

Blossoming under the same sun

Oak Parkers understand old houses. They live in them, prize them, and sink lots of money into maintaining them. They're also familiar with interracial dialogue, value it, and invest a fair amount of emotional energy attempting it. We also recognize a good metaphor when we hear one. Read More...

    Blossoming under the same sun
    Oak Parkers understand old houses. They live in them, prize them, and sink lots of money into maintaining them. They're also familiar with interracial dialogue, value it, and invest a fair amount of emotional energy attempting it. We also recognize a good metaphor when we hear one.
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14 hours ago

Keeping tabs on taxes

It is one of the things an employee sort of takes for granted. Their employer knows the proper income tax rate for the state and the feds and makes the appropriate deductions from each and every paycheck. Read More...

    Keeping tabs on taxes
    It is one of the things an employee sort of takes for granted. Their employer knows the proper income tax rate for the state and the feds and makes the appropriate deductions from each and every paycheck.
    http://www.oakpark.com

14 hours ago

Lessons I've learned, sometimes the hard way

One of the winter survival tips I came across was "Make a List of Lessons Learned." Here are mine: Read More...

    Lessons I've learned, sometimes the hard way
    One of the winter survival tips I came across was "Make a List of Lessons Learned." Here are mine:
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14 hours ago

Carolan and Crapo

Our communities lost two notable Catholic religious leaders this week. Sister Jeanne Crapo graduated from Dominican University (Rosary College in those days) and then returned to the school in 1961. She played many roles at the school including director of admissions, English teacher, and most recently, archivist.   Read More...

    Carolan and Crapo
    Our communities lost two notable Catholic religious leaders this week. Sister Jeanne Crapo graduated from Dominican University (Rosary College in those days) and then returned to the school in 1961. She played many roles at the school including director of admissions, English teacher, and most recently, archivist.
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14 hours ago

Rev. John J. Carolan, 92

Rev. John J. Carolan of Saint Catherine of Siena - St. Lucy Parish, 92, of Oak Park. Beloved and dedicated son of the late Thomas J. Carolan and Marie B. Carolan (nee Deering), and cherished brother of the late Mary B. Agnes Carolan. Read More...

    Rev. John J. Carolan, 92
    Rev. John J. Carolan of Saint Catherine of Siena - St. Lucy Parish, 92, of Oak Park. Beloved and dedicated son of the late Thomas J. Carolan and Marie B. Carolan (nee Deering), and cherished brother of the late Mary B. Agnes Carolan.
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14 hours ago

Sister Jeanne Crapo, 93

Dominican University lost an invaluable member of its community and collective history with the passing of Sister Jeanne Crapo, OP on Feb. 13. Sr. Jeanne died at the age of 93 at the St. Dominic Villa in Hazel Green, Wisconsin. Read More...

    Sister Jeanne Crapo, 93
    Dominican University lost an invaluable member of its community and collective history with the passing of Sister Jeanne Crapo, OP on Feb. 13. Sr. Jeanne died at the age of 93 at the St. Dominic Villa in Hazel Green, Wisconsin.
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14 hours ago

Sports Trivia Night on tap

The Tenth Annual St. Giles Sports Trivia Night will be held at Trinity High School (7574 Division St., River Forest, 60305) on Saturday, March 3. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the first question is 7:30 p.m. Read More...

    Sports Trivia Night on tap
    The Tenth Annual St. Giles Sports Trivia Night will be held at Trinity High School (7574 Division St., River Forest, 60305) on Saturday, March 3. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the first question is 7:30 p.m.
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14 hours ago

Personally and professionally, Frankel is exemplary

I first met Scott Frankel about 15 years ago when our sons were classmates and close buddies at Pilgrim Community Nursery School. Since that time, Scott has become not only a good friend of mine, but also one of the people I most respect in our community. Read More...

    Personally and professionally, Frankel is exemplary
    I first met Scott Frankel about 15 years ago when our sons were classmates and close buddies at Pilgrim Community Nursery School. Since that time, Scott has become not only a good friend of mine, but also one of the people I most respect in our community.
    http://www.oakpark.com

14 hours ago

The arts keep us human

I attended a gala at the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association recently, at which the BRAVO Performing Arts group from Brooks Middle School performed. Read More...

    The arts keep us human
    I attended a gala at the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association recently, at which the BRAVO Performing Arts group from Brooks Middle School performed.
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14 hours ago

Developers develop

The news this week that the space housing the new Target store in downtown Oak Park is already up for sale is unadulterated good news for this village.  Read More...

    Developers develop
    The news this week that the space housing the new Target store in downtown Oak Park is already up for sale is unadulterated good news for this village.
    http://www.oakpark.com

14 hours ago

Stephen Faydash, 72

Stephen L. Faydash, 72, of Oak Park, died Feb. 13, 2018, while volunteering at Lapham Peak, Kettle-Moraine State Forest in Delafield, Wisconsin.  Read More...

    Stephen Faydash, 72
    Stephen L. Faydash, 72, of Oak Park, died Feb. 13, 2018, while volunteering at Lapham Peak, Kettle-Moraine State Forest in Delafield, Wisconsin.
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14 hours ago

Senate bill deserves our support

I write to call attention to the speech that Sen. Tammy Duckworth gave at Georgetown University recently after her fact-finding trip to Korea and Japan. Read More...

    Senate bill deserves our support
    I write to call attention to the speech that Sen. Tammy Duckworth gave at Georgetown University recently after her fact-finding trip to Korea and Japan.
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14 hours ago

Tracking 2017's top home sales

Looking back on the year that was, Wednesday Journal Homes has covered a variety of topics from Wright Plus beauties to old home renovations, but a favorite topic is always high-end homes.  Read More...

    Tracking 2017's top home sales
    Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email Print The River Forest house at 918 Franklin Ave., was the most expensive local home sale at $1,875,000 during 2017. | Alexa Rogals/Staff Photographer The most expensive home sales of 2017 in River Forest. The most expensive home sales of 2017 in Oak Park.
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14 hours ago

David G. Krickl, DDS

David Krickl, an Oak Park native, died recently and suddenly in his adopted state of Florida. He was the husband of Celeste, wonderful and caring father to Dewey and Kara.  Read More...

    David G. Krickl, DDS
    David Krickl, an Oak Park native, died recently and suddenly in his adopted state of Florida. He was the husband of Celeste, wonderful and caring father to Dewey and Kara.
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15 hours ago

OPRF first, host Fenwick second at sectional

The rivalry between Oak Park and River Forest and Fenwick is alive and well in high school boys swimming. The Huskies (322) edged the host Friars (299.5) in a sectional on Saturday, Feb. 17. Read More...

    OPRF first, host Fenwick second at sectional
    The rivalry between Oak Park and River Forest and Fenwick is alive and well in high school boys swimming. The Huskies (322) edged the host Friars (299.5) in a sectional on Saturday, Feb. 17. "Our boys exceeded the expectations that I had for them and I think they had for themselves," OPRF coach Clyde Lundgren said.
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34 hours ago

Snow footprints lead cops to burglar

Oak Park police arrested Marquell Strong, 28, of the 800 block of South Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, at 1:40 a.m. in the 1100 block of South Euclid on Feb. 11. Read More...

    Snow footprints lead cops to burglar
    Oak Park police arrested Marquell Strong, 28, of the 800 block of South Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, at 1:40 a.m. in the 1100 block of South Euclid on Feb. 11.
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2 days ago

Huskies achieve perfection on hardwood

The Oak Park and River Forest High School boys basketball program has established criteria for a successful season. Read More...

    Huskies achieve perfection on hardwood
    The Oak Park and River Forest High School boys basketball program has established criteria for a successful season. Former OPRF hoops coach Al Allen set five goals which have not changed under current head coach Matt Maloney.
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2 days ago

Rundell, Kaminski win state titles in wrestling

As a pair of outstanding youth wrestlers, Jake Rundell and Jacob Kaminski were pegged for stardom at the high school level. The sophomores made good on their promise already by each winning an IHSA inidividual state tournament title on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the State Farm Centre in Champaign. Read More...

    Rundell, Kaminski win state titles in wrestling
    As a pair of outstanding youth wrestlers, Jake Rundell and Jacob Kaminski were pegged for stardom at the high school level. The sophomores made good on their promise already by each winning an IHSA inidividual state tournament title on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the State Farm Centre in Champaign.
    http://www.oakpark.com

2 days ago

Huskies' Rundell, Friars' Kaminski each win state title in wrestling

As a pair of outstanding youth wrestlers, Jake Rundell and Jacob Kaminski were pegged for stardom at the high school level. The sophomores made good on their promise already by each winning an IHSA inidividual state tournament title on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the State Farm Centre in Champaign. Read More...

    Huskies' Rundell, Friars' Kaminski each win state title in wrestling
    As a pair of outstanding youth wrestlers, Jake Rundell and Jacob Kaminski were pegged for stardom at the high school level. The sophomores made good on their promise already by each winning an IHSA inidividual state tournament title on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the State Farm Centre in Champaign.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

Target's downtown space on the market for $13M

The retail space housing the recently opened small-format Target on Lake Street in downtown Oak Park is already on the resale market with an asking price of $13.2 million. Read More...

    Target's downtown space on the market for $13M
    The retail space housing the recently opened small-format Target on Lake Street in downtown Oak Park is already on the resale market with an asking price of $13.2 million.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

Huskies savor sweet repeat

The Oak Park and River Forest High School boys basketball program has established criteria for a successful season. Read More...

    Huskies savor sweet repeat
    The Oak Park and River Forest High School boys basketball program has established criteria for a successful season.
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5 days ago

A bittersweet journey

Bittersweet — that's how I would best describe the last 30+ years of researching my family history. What started as a history paper in high school has ballooned into a consuming passion, with many twists and turns. Not to mention all the crazy "coincidences" I have uncovered along the way. Read More...

    A bittersweet journey
    Bittersweet - that's how I would best describe the last 30+ years of researching my family history. What started as a history paper in high school has ballooned into a consuming passion, with many twists and turns. Not to mention all the crazy "coincidences" I have uncovered along the way.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

OPRF gymnastics gains experience at sectional

The Oak Park and River Forest High School girls gymnastics team benefitted greatly from the addition of three newcomers this season. Read More...

    OPRF gymnastics gains experience at sectional
    The Oak Park and River Forest High School girls gymnastics team benefitted greatly from the addition of three newcomers this season.
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5 days ago

Three armed robberies in three days in Oak Park

Oak Park police have reported three armed robberies between Feb.12 and 14 in Oak Park – all three were committed by offenders wearing black ski masks.  Read More...

    Three armed robberies in three days in Oak Park
    Oak Park police have reported three armed robberies between Feb.12 and 14 in Oak Park - all three were committed by offenders wearing black ski masks.
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5 days ago

Brushing up on good teeth hygiene helps keep doggie kisses coming

If you've been neglecting your dog's teeth, February, which is National Pet Dental Health Month, is a good time to start. Read More...

    Brushing up on good teeth hygiene helps keep doggie kisses coming
    If you've been neglecting your dog's teeth, February, which is National Pet Dental Health Month, is a good time to start.
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5 days ago

Oak Park man robbed at gunpoint

A man and woman driving a white four-door sedan, possibly a Toyota, robbed an Oak Park man at gunpoint near the intersection Randolph Street and Harvey Avenue at 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14. Read More...

    Oak Park man robbed at gunpoint
    A man and woman driving a white four-door sedan, possibly a Toyota, robbed an Oak Park man at gunpoint near the intersection Randolph Street and Harvey Avenue at 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14.
    http://www.oakpark.com

6 days ago

Woman robbed at gunpoint on Lake

An Oak Park woman was robbed at gunpoint by two men in black ski masks as she walked along the 900 block of West Lake Street on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Read More...

    Woman robbed at gunpoint on Lake
    An Oak Park woman was robbed at gunpoint by two men in black ski masks as she walked along the 900 block of West Lake Street on Tuesday, Feb. 12.
    http://www.oakpark.com

Feb 13

CAST faces race issues head on

Tackling big issues isn't easy. And while many avoid dealing with sensitive topics, or even deny they exist, those in the arts often embrace their platform and use their craft to raise awareness. Percy Julian Middle School is doing just that, tackling issues of race this school year through the CAST theater arts program. Read More...

    CAST faces race issues head on
    Tackling big issues isn't easy. And while many avoid dealing with sensitive topics, or even deny they exist, those in the arts often embrace their platform and use their craft to raise awareness. Percy Julian Middle School is doing just that, tackling issues of race this school year through the CAST theater arts program.
    http://www.oakpark.com

Feb 13

A bittersweet journey

Bittersweet — that's how I would best describe the last 30+ years of researching my family history. What started as a history paper in high school has ballooned into a consuming passion, with many twists and turns. Not to mention all the crazy "coincidences" I have uncovered along the way. Read More...

    A bittersweet journey
    Bittersweet - that's how I would best describe the last 30+ years of researching my family history. What started as a history paper in high school has ballooned into a consuming passion, with many twists and turns. Not to mention all the crazy "coincidences" I have uncovered along the way.
    http://www.oakpark.com

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