2 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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.
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5 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.
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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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].
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5 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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5 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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5 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.
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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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.
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5 days ago

Those east-west streets

It's a long mile-and-a-half from Austin Boulevard to Harlem. And if you are traveling one of Oak Park's major commercial east-west streets it is a largely discouraging trip. Read More...

    Those east-west streets
    It's a long mile-and-a-half from Austin Boulevard to Harlem. And if you are traveling one of Oak Park's major commercial east-west streets it is a largely discouraging trip.
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5 days ago

Where to turn when you think taxes are too high

Chances are, if you live in Oak Park or River Forest, you're familiar with the many businesses who offer to help reduce your property taxes. Read More...

    Where to turn when you think taxes are too high
    Chances are, if you live in Oak Park or River Forest, you're familiar with the many businesses who offer to help reduce your property taxes.
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5 days ago

Tobacco 21

Raising the legal age to buy tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21 is no panacea. Read More...

    Tobacco 21
    Raising the legal age to buy tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21 is no panacea.
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5 days ago

William O'Toole, 79

William R. O'Toole, 79, of River Forest, died on June 10, 2018. Born on Feb. 4, 1939, he began his career at Merchants National Bank in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Read More...

    William O'Toole, 79
    William R. O'Toole, 79, of River Forest, died on June 10, 2018. Born on Feb. 4, 1939, he began his career at Merchants National Bank in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
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5 days ago

For Love of the Game

I have had a longtime fondness for high school sports, I enjoyed my time as a student manager on the football and track & field teams at Mendel Catholic High School. Read More...

    For Love of the Game
    I have had a longtime fondness for high school sports, I enjoyed my time as a student manager on the football and track & field teams at Mendel Catholic High School.
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5 days ago

Wednesday Journal All-Stars welcomed to Night of Champions

At Night of Champions on Wednesday, June 20 from 7-8:30 p.m., the Lund Auditorium on the Dominican University in River Forest will show off more star power than the ESPY's or the courtside crowd of Staples Center or Madison Square Garden. Read More...

    Wednesday Journal All-Stars welcomed to Night of Champions
    At Night of Champions on Wednesday, June 20 from 7-8:30 p.m., the Lund Auditorium on the Dominican University in River Forest will show off more star power than the ESPY's or the courtside crowd of Staples Center or Madison Square Garden.
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5 days ago

Peter Schilke, 57

Peter Stuart Schilke, 57, U.S. Navy commander (retired), of Gales Ferry, Connecticut, formerly of Oak Park, died suddenly on May 19, 2018, surrounded by his family.  Read More...

    Peter Schilke, 57
    Peter Stuart Schilke, 57, U.S. Navy commander (retired), of Gales Ferry, Connecticut, formerly of Oak Park, died suddenly on May 19, 2018, surrounded by his family.
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5 days ago

Limiting tax increases with caps and creativity

Most Oak Park property owners have seen tax increases of 20% over the last two years. For the average single-family homeowner, this corresponds to an increase of $1,875. At a time when inflation has been less than 2%, these double-digit tax increases have given rise to great community concern. Read More...

    Limiting tax increases with caps and creativity
    Most Oak Park property owners have seen tax increases of 20% over the last two years. For the average single-family homeowner, this corresponds to an increase of $1,875. At a time when inflation has been less than 2%, these double-digit tax increases have given rise to great community concern.
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5 days ago

Simply the best

Over the past three years, the Oak Park and River Forest High School softball team has been the gift that keeps on giving to local sports fans. Read More...

    Simply the best
    Over the past three years, the Oak Park and River Forest High School softball team has been the gift that keeps on giving to local sports fans.
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5 days ago

Open space to celebrate our openness

The old Lytton's building at the corner of Lake & Forest is gone, ripped apart, to the fascination of my grandsons, who have now added "excavators" to their vocabulary. Read More...

    Open space to celebrate our openness
    The old Lytton's building at the corner of Lake & Forest is gone, ripped apart, to the fascination of my grandsons, who have now added "excavators" to their vocabulary.
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6 days ago

Wednesday Journal Inc. cleans up at Illinois Press Association

Wednesday Journal Inc., which publishes the weekly newspapers Wednesday Journal, Austin Weekly News, Forest Park Review and Riverside-Brookfield Landmark took numerous top honors at the 2017 Illinois Press Association Best of Press awards. Read More...

    Wednesday Journal Inc. cleans up at Illinois Press Association
    Wednesday Journal Inc., which publishes the weekly newspapers Wednesday Journal, Austin Weekly News, Forest Park Review and Riverside-Brookfield Landmark took numerous top honors at the 2017 Illinois Press Association Best of Press awards.
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Jun 08

Oak Park police searching for missing man

Oak Park police are searching for Oak Park resident Gerald Houston, 65, who went missing on Thursday, June 7. Read More...

    Oak Park police searching for missing man
    Oak Park police are searching for Oak Park resident Gerald Houston, 65, who went missing on Thursday, June 7.
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Jun 07

Chicagoan charged with Alcuin Montessori break-in

Oak Park police have arrested a man they say walked into Alcuin Montessori School, 324 N Oak Park Ave., and stole a faculty member's purse, cash and school-issued laptop computer on April 24. Read More...

    Chicagoan charged with Alcuin Montessori break-in
    Oak Park police have arrested a man they say walked into Alcuin Montessori School, 324 N Oak Park Ave., and stole a faculty member's purse, cash and school-issued laptop computer on April 24.
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Jun 06

Luxury New Construction Available Now!

Don't miss this FINAL OPPORTUNITY to become the newest resident of Ranquist Development's District House. Read More...

    Luxury New Construction Available Now!
    Don't miss this FINAL OPPORTUNITY to become the newest resident of Ranquist Development's District House.
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Jun 06

OPRF's High School Class of 2018

Graduates of OPRF's High School's Class of 2018 received their diplomas last Sunday, June 3, during a commencement ceremony in the school's stadium. Read More...

    OPRF's High School Class of 2018
    Graduates of OPRF's High School's Class of 2018 received their diplomas last Sunday, June 3, during a commencement ceremony in the school's stadium.
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