25 hours ago

Time to hurry up at OPRF

This is the moment to make big strides on race, let's seize it  Read More...

    Time to hurry up at OPRF
    This is the moment to make big strides on race, let's seize it
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25 hours ago

Gloor Realty acquired by Coldwell Banker

The Gloor Realty moniker, a venerable name in Oak Park and River Forest real estate for seven decades, will disappear as the family owned company was sold Nov. 16 to Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. The firm will continue to operate from its long-time Oak Park Avenue offices. And Rich Gloor, Jr., the third-generation operator of the business, will continue on as managing broker. Read More...

    Gloor Realty acquired by Coldwell Banker
    The Gloor Realty moniker, a venerable name in Oak Park and River Forest real estate for seven decades, will disappear as the family owned company was sold Nov. 16 to Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. The firm will continue to operate from its long-time Oak Park Avenue offices.
    http://www.oakpark.com

2 days ago

Three arrested in River Forest carjacking

The River Forest Police Department has arrested three people – a Chicago man and two teenage boys – in connection with an alleged vehicular hijacking that took place in a bank parking lot on the afternoon of Nov. 15. Read More...

    Three arrested in River Forest carjacking
    The River Forest Police Department has arrested three people - a Chicago man and two teenage boys - in connection with an alleged vehicular hijacking that took place in a bank parking lot on the afternoon of Nov. 15.
    http://www.oakpark.com

2 days ago

La Grange man robbed at gunpoint

A La Grange man was robbed at gunpoint by three men in the 1000 block of Erie Street at 4:32 a.m. on Nov. 14. Read More...

    La Grange man robbed at gunpoint
    A La Grange man was robbed at gunpoint by three men in the 1000 block of Erie Street at 4:32 a.m. on Nov. 14.
    http://www.oakpark.com

2 days ago

Unraveling in fraud, Fiberista Club to close

It's been almost six months since knitting designers across the globe learned their creations had been sold by an Oak Park-based business without their consent or receiving any payment. Now it appears that the embattled Fiberista Club is closing its doors for good. Read More...

    Unraveling in fraud, Fiberista Club to close
    It's been almost six months since knitting designers across the globe learned their creations had been sold by an Oak Park-based business without their consent or receiving any payment. Now it appears that the embattled Fiberista Club is closing its doors for good.
    http://www.oakpark.com

2 days ago

Peter Sagal to discuss 'Wait Wait ...', running and Oak Park

Now fans can get a closer look into the mind of Peter Sagal at the Wednesday Journal Conversations evening set for Nov. 20. Read More...

    Peter Sagal to discuss 'Wait Wait ...', running and Oak Park
    Now fans can get a closer look into the mind of Peter Sagal at the Wednesday Journal Conversations evening set for Nov. 20.
    http://www.oakpark.com

3 days ago

Professor at OPRF meeting: 'You have a race problem'

A Nov. 14 meeting on race at OPRF puts racism at center of dialogue   Read More...

    Professor at OPRF meeting: 'You have a race problem'
    A Nov. 14 meeting on race at OPRF puts racism at center of dialogue
    http://www.oakpark.com

3 days ago

Oak Park names sustainability coordinator

The village of Oak Park has hired a new environmental sustainability manager, almost four years after the position last became vacant. Read More...

    Oak Park names sustainability coordinator
    The village of Oak Park has hired a new environmental sustainability manager, almost four years after the position last became vacant.
    http://www.oakpark.com

3 days ago

Community Center collaboration fraying

River Forest Park District steps back with OPRF expected to follow suit Read More...

    Community Center collaboration fraying
    River Forest Park District steps back with OPRF expected to follow suit
    http://www.oakpark.com

3 days ago

Warm weather mucking up Oak Park leaf removal

November is here and that means it's time to get rid of those pesky leaves – but will Oak Park find itself in the same predicament as it did last year when warm weather kept the leaves stubbornly clinging onto their branches? Read More...

    Warm weather mucking up Oak Park leaf removal
    November is here and that means it's time to get rid of those pesky leaves - but will Oak Park find itself in the same predicament as it did last year when warm weather kept the leaves stubbornly clinging onto their branches?
    http://www.oakpark.com

3 days ago

A lively, dance-filled Winter's Tale

In my 35 years as Wednesday Journal's theater reviewer, I've seen a number of Shakespeare's plays multiple times. I think I've been to four productions of The Tempest and perhaps five of Hamlet and Macbeth. But until last weekend I had never seen The Winter's Tale. It's a late work by the Bard, part tragedy and part comedy, and not often performed. Read More...

    A lively, dance-filled Winter's Tale
    In my 35 years as Wednesday Journal's theater reviewer, I've seen a number of Shakespeare's plays multiple times. I think I've been to four productions of The Tempest and perhaps five of Hamlet and Macbeth. But until last weekend I had never seen The Winter's Tale.
    http://www.oakpark.com

3 days ago

Looking to the Future: St. Luke Parish School

As St. Luke Parish School in River Forest looks ahead to its 100-year anniversary, it builds on a strong tradition of excellence with an eye towards the future. Read More...

    Looking to the Future: St. Luke Parish School
    As St. Luke Parish School in River Forest looks ahead to its 100-year anniversary, it builds on a strong tradition of excellence with an eye towards the future.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

Fenwick student athlete letter of intent signing

A group of Fenwick High School student-athletes recently signed letters of intent to play collegiate sports next year. The following is a list of the student-athletes, their respective sport and the college they are attending. Read More...

    Fenwick student athlete letter of intent signing
    A group of Fenwick High School student-athletes recently signed letters of intent to play collegiate sports next year. The following is a list of the student-athletes, their respective sport and the college they are attending.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

OPRF student athlete letter of intent signing

A group of Oak Park and River Forest High School student-athletes recently signed letters of intent to play collegiate sports next year. The following is a list of the student-athletes, their respective sport and the college they are attending. Read More...

    OPRF student athlete letter of intent signing
    A group of Oak Park and River Forest High School student-athletes recently signed letters of intent to play collegiate sports next year. The following is a list of the student-athletes, their respective sport and the college they are attending.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

Fenwick first, OPRF second at swimming sectional

For the third time this season, the Fenwick High School girls swimming team finished ahead of crosstown rival Oak Park and River Forest in competition. During the regular season, the Friars defeated the Huskies 115.50-70.50 in a dual meet and at the Fenwick Invitational as well. Read More...

    Fenwick first, OPRF second at swimming sectional
    For the third time this season, the Fenwick High School girls swimming team finished ahead of crosstown rival Oak Park and River Forest in competition. During the regular season, the Friars defeated the Huskies 115.50-70.50 in a dual meet and at the Fenwick Invitational as well.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

A rec center will benefit all

I am writing in support of the Community Recreation Center (CRC) proposed by the Park District of Oak Park. A 16-year Oak Park resident with kids and an active member in the community, I have served on boards focused on the education and well-being of Oak Park's youth.  Read More...

    A rec center will benefit all
    I am writing in support of the Community Recreation Center (CRC) proposed by the Park District of Oak Park. A 16-year Oak Park resident with kids and an active member in the community, I have served on boards focused on the education and well-being of Oak Park's youth.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

Oak Park man arrested for firing handgun on Halloween

The Oak Park Police Department arrested an Oak Park man on Halloween for firing a gun twice into the air outside his home in the 500 block of South Elmwood Avenue. Read More...

    Oak Park man arrested for firing handgun on Halloween
    The Oak Park Police Department arrested an Oak Park man on Halloween for firing a gun twice into the air outside his home in the 500 block of South Elmwood Avenue.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

We also need a conversation on development

As I rode along Lake Street with my newly purchased and affordable bathmat from the new Target, I couldn't help but get nostalgic when I saw the Marshall Field clock. Read More...

    We also need a conversation on development
    As I rode along Lake Street with my newly purchased and affordable bathmat from the new Target, I couldn't help but get nostalgic when I saw the Marshall Field clock.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

Creating a blackface learning lab

I view blackface as a period in American entertainment and industrial history that motivated nativist sentiments and the desire to control and solidify the images and identities of black people and consign them to comforting, yet dangerous reservations in the national consciousness.  Read More...

    Creating a blackface learning lab
    I view blackface as a period in American entertainment and industrial history that motivated nativist sentiments and the desire to control and solidify the images and identities of black people and consign them to comforting, yet dangerous reservations in the national consciousness.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

Mary Knight, 85

Mary Elizabeth Knight (nee McPadden), 85, of Oak Park, died on Nov. 5, 2017. Born on July 11, 1932 and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts, she was a graduate of Notre Dame Academy, received her B.A. at the University of Massachusetts and her M.A. in Education at the University of Bridgeport.  Read More...

    Mary Knight, 85
    Mary Elizabeth Knight (nee McPadden), 85, of Oak Park, died on Nov. 5, 2017. Born on July 11, 1932 and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts, she was a graduate of Notre Dame Academy, received her B.A. at the University of Massachusetts and her M.A. in Education at the University of Bridgeport.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

Carlos Messerli, 90

Carlos R. Messerli, PhD, 90, of Oak Park, died on Nov. 9, 2017. Born on Feb. 21, 1927, he was the founding director of the Lutheran Music Program.  Read More...

    Carlos Messerli, 90
    Carlos R. Messerli, PhD, 90, of Oak Park, died on Nov. 9, 2017. Born on Feb. 21, 1927, he was the founding director of the Lutheran Music Program.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

Priming the TIF

With a Madison Street TIF, with ink still wet, trustees in River Forest Monday made a million-dollar investment of tax dollars in a key piece of property. For a village typically cautious in assembling parcels for development this was a bold move, aimed at speeding potential private development dollars. Read More...

    Priming the TIF
    With a Madison Street TIF, with ink still wet, trustees in River Forest Monday made a million-dollar investment of tax dollars in a key piece of property. For a village typically cautious in assembling parcels for development this was a bold move, aimed at speeding potential private development dollars.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

If not now, when? If not us, who?

Everything is coming to a head all at once in this country and those in favor of progress (not everyone, alas) agree we need to talk about these issues.  Read More...

    If not now, when? If not us, who?
    Everything is coming to a head all at once in this country and those in favor of progress (not everyone, alas) agree we need to talk about these issues.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

Trade agreements must include protections

U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer recently stated, "It's always odd to me when business people come around and say, 'Oh, we just want our investments protected.' Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way in the markets." Read More...

    Trade agreements must include protections
    U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer recently stated, "It's always odd to me when business people come around and say, 'Oh, we just want our investments protected.' Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way in the markets."
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

Cheryl Tartakoff, 73

Cheryl Corbin Tartakoff, 73, a former resident of Oak Park, died on Sept. 7, 2017 in Falmouth, Massachutsetts. She held M.A. degrees from the Teachers College of Columbia University and the University of Wisconsin Madison.  Read More...

    Cheryl Tartakoff, 73
    Cheryl Corbin Tartakoff, 73, a former resident of Oak Park, died on Sept. 7, 2017 in Falmouth, Massachutsetts. She held M.A. degrees from the Teachers College of Columbia University and the University of Wisconsin Madison.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

River Forest writer breaks through with Watty Award

Time travel, a witch, and a descendant of Joan of Arc spring from the imagination onto the page — virtual page in this instance. Read More...

    River Forest writer breaks through with Watty Award
    Time travel, a witch, and a descendant of Joan of Arc spring from the imagination onto the page - virtual page in this instance.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

New signal posts misaligned

I have a problem with one corner of the new signals that are being put at the intersection of Wisconsin and Washington.  Read More...

    New signal posts misaligned
    I have a problem with one corner of the new signals that are being put at the intersection of Wisconsin and Washington.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

Boykin faces two challengers for commissioner's seat

Read More...

    Boykin faces two challengers for commissioner's seat
    Boykin faces two challengers for commissioner's seat
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4 days ago

Report rates D97's summer program transition

Over the summer, Oak Park Elementary Schools District 97 exchanged its free Prep for Success summer program for the Oak Park Education Foundation's BASE Camp. Read More...

    Report rates D97's summer program transition
    Over the summer, Oak Park Elementary Schools District 97 exchanged its free Prep for Success summer program for the Oak Park Education Foundation's BASE Camp.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

Test scores dip at District 97

Scores on the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) spring exam and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam came in lower this year than last in Oak Park Elementary Schools District 97. Read More...

    Test scores dip at District 97
    Scores on the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) spring exam and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam came in lower this year than last in Oak Park Elementary Schools District 97.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

Faith in solar power

The Interfaith Green Network (IGN) and several other local organizations are investigating the feasibility of banding together to support new solar power installations.  Read More...

    Faith in solar power
    The Interfaith Green Network (IGN) and several other local organizations are investigating the feasibility of banding together to support new solar power installations.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

Paying to park complicates Sunday worship

I am writing as a minister of Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation to express our congregational dismay at the possibility of eliminating free parking on Sundays.  Read More...

    Paying to park complicates Sunday worship
    I am writing as a minister of Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation to express our congregational dismay at the possibility of eliminating free parking on Sundays.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

Thoughts & prayers ... plus legislation

I believe that "thoughts and prayers" have been given a fair trial as a solution to our growing problem of massacres. If there is a causal relationship between thoughts and prayers and mass shootings, one would have to conclude, if anything, that thoughts and prayers are exacerbating the shootings.  Read More...

    Thoughts & prayers ... plus legislation
    I believe that "thoughts and prayers" have been given a fair trial as a solution to our growing problem of massacres. If there is a causal relationship between thoughts and prayers and mass shootings, one would have to conclude, if anything, that thoughts and prayers are exacerbating the shootings.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

iGov speakers emphasize planning

Elected officials and local leaders in Oak Park gathered on a chilly Saturday morning last week at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School to discuss the village's hottest topic in recent years – real estate development.  Read More...

    iGov speakers emphasize planning
    Elected officials and local leaders in Oak Park gathered on a chilly Saturday morning last week at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School to discuss the village's hottest topic in recent years - real estate development.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

WJ Conversations Monday in River Forest

Now fans can get a closer look into the mind of Peter Sagal at the Wednesday Journal Conversations evening set for Nov. 20. Read More...

    WJ Conversations Monday in River Forest
    Now fans can get a closer look into the mind of Peter Sagal at the Wednesday Journal Conversations evening set for Nov. 20.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

Good guns are 7 times better than bad guns

Police use of guns generally is "good" … but … there have been a few bad examples over the years.  Read More...

    Good guns are 7 times better than bad guns
    Police use of guns generally is "good" ... but ... there have been a few bad examples over the years.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

Where's the (Italian) beef?

Henry "Hank" Tibensky, 37, learned to make Italian dishes like eggplant parmesan from his aunts at his family's Italian restaurant, Vito's, on Chicago's West Side. Read More...

    Where's the (Italian) beef?
    Henry "Hank" Tibensky, 37, learned to make Italian dishes like eggplant parmesan from his aunts at his family's Italian restaurant, Vito's, on Chicago's West Side.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

River Forest to buy land for $1M

River Forest trustees want to pony up $1 million to buy the old Lutheran Child and Family Services (LCFS) building on Madison Street. Read More...

    River Forest to buy land for $1M
    River Forest trustees want to pony up $1 million to buy the old Lutheran Child and Family Services (LCFS) building on Madison Street.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

River Forest moves toward beekeeping law

To bee-keep or not to bee-keep? River Forest village trustees worked toward an answer on the practice Nov. 13, after a draft ordinance to officially legalize the practice landed on their desks. Read More...

    River Forest moves toward beekeeping law
    To bee-keep or not to bee-keep? River Forest village trustees worked toward an answer on the practice Nov. 13, after a draft ordinance to officially legalize the practice landed on their desks.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

River Forest woman running for county clerk

River Forest mom, marketer and gospel fitness program founder Stephanie Joy Jackson-Rowe has decided to take her talents to the political arena. Read More...

    River Forest woman running for county clerk
    River Forest mom, marketer and gospel fitness program founder Stephanie Joy Jackson-Rowe has decided to take her talents to the political arena.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

Stables and stained glass

It's the rare Oak Park house that has not gone through some updating in its history. While 1125 Wisconsin Ave. is not a pure exception to that rule -- its kitchen appears to have been updated sometime during the 1970s -- the remainder of the house stands as a testament to an earlier era when Oak Parker's kept a horse or two out back and the entire family shared one bathroom.  Read More...

    Stables and stained glass
    It's the rare Oak Park house that has not gone through some updating in its history. While 1125 Wisconsin Ave. is not a pure exception to that rule -- its kitchen appears to have been updated sometime during the 1970s -- the remainder of the house stands as a testament to an earlier era when Oak Parker's kept a horse or two out back and the entire family shared one bathroom.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

Oak Park considers easing overnight parking

Parking in Oak Park — or the lack thereof — is perennially among the toughest problems for planners, but the village is working to simplify regulations, and it's calling on residents to participate in the process. Read More...

    Oak Park considers easing overnight parking
    Parking in Oak Park - or the lack thereof - is perennially among the toughest problems for planners, but the village is working to simplify regulations, and it's calling on residents to participate in the process.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Police: Armed robber stole more than $12,000 from Elmwood Park store

...2. Police said a man brandishing a small silver handgun held up the Walgreens at 7200 W. North Ave. According to police, an employee said that at 10 p.m., he was in the...

    Police: Armed robber stole more than $12,000 from Elmwood Park store
    Police in Elmwood Park said they are continuing to investigate after a man stole more than $12,000 in an armed robbery this month at the Walgreens store on North Avenue. According to police, the robbery took place on Nov. 2. Police said a man brandishing a small silver handgun held up the Walgreens at 7200 W.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Nov 11

What's ahead when a parent dies by suicide?

For Mary Stimming of North Riverside, her mother's suicide at age 57 in 1990 came as a surprise in spite of her mother's diagnosis as bi-polar with psychotic features. Her mother, who worked as a nurse, had been diagnosed just a few years earlier with mental illness. Read More...

    What's ahead when a parent dies by suicide?
    For Mary Stimming of North Riverside, her mother's suicide at age 57 in 1990 came as a surprise in spite of her mother's diagnosis as bi-polar with psychotic features. Her mother, who worked as a nurse, had been diagnosed just a few years earlier with mental illness.
    http://www.oakpark.com

Nov 11

Oak Park trustee closes restaurant on North Avenue

It was a three-year run in Oak Park for Deno Andrews, but on Monday the Oak Park trustee announced he has closed Felony Franks, a fast-food restaurant on North Avenue known for hiring ex-offenders. Read More...

    Oak Park trustee closes restaurant on North Avenue
    It was a three-year run in Oak Park for Deno Andrews, but on Monday the Oak Park trustee announced he has closed Felony Franks, a fast-food restaurant on North Avenue known for hiring ex-offenders.
    http://www.oakpark.com

Nov 10

Oak Park poised to boost composting program

Before Oak Park Trustee Deno Andrews started participating in the village's composting pickup program, his household produced a "heaping" can of refuse every week.  Read More...

    Oak Park poised to boost composting program
    Before Oak Park Trustee Deno Andrews started participating in the village's composting pickup program, his household produced a "heaping" can of refuse every week.
    http://www.oakpark.com

Nov 10

Oak Park man arrested for firing handgun on Halloween

The Oak Park Police Department arrested an Oak Park man on Halloween for firing a gun twice into the air outside his home in the 500 block of South Elmwood Avenue. Read More...

    Oak Park man arrested for firing handgun on Halloween
    The Oak Park Police Department arrested an Oak Park man on Halloween for firing a gun twice into the air outside his home in the 500 block of South Elmwood Avenue.
    http://www.oakpark.com

Nov 09

Oak Park restores access to parking for seniors

Eight parking spaces that run along Pleasant Place near the Mills Park Tower affordable senior living building have been returned to the public domain. Read More...

    Oak Park restores access to parking for seniors
    Eight parking spaces that run along Pleasant Place near the Mills Park Tower affordable senior living building have been returned to the public domain.
    http://www.oakpark.com

Nov 09

Unraveling in fraud, Fiberista Club to close

It's been almost six months since knitting designers across the globe learned their creations had been sold by an Oak Park-based business without their consent or receiving any payment. Now it appears that the embattled Fiberista Club is closing its doors for good. Read More...

    Unraveling in fraud, Fiberista Club to close
    It's been almost six months since knitting designers across the globe learned their creations had been sold by an Oak Park-based business without their consent or receiving any payment. Now it appears that the embattled Fiberista Club is closing its doors for good.
    http://www.oakpark.com

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