3 hours ago

Here’s how blacks can stay in Chicago

Home ownership could be a key to keeping African Americans in Chicago, says state Rep. La Shawn Ford.

    Here's how blacks can stay in Chicago
    Recently, one of the Democrats running for governor accused Chicago's mayor of leading a "strategic gentrification plan" aimed at forcing African-Americans and other minorities out of Chicago to make the city "whiter" and wealthier. Whether this is true or not, we have seen a definite decline in the population of blacks in the city of Chicago as compared to other races.
    http://austintalks.org

10 hours ago

SUV hijacked at gunpoint in River Forest driveway

Two armed offenders stole a man's SUV after he pulled into a driveway on the 500 block of Monroe Street in River Forest at about 6 p.m. Jan. 19, according to a press release from the River Forest police department.  Read More...

    SUV hijacked at gunpoint in River Forest driveway
    Two armed offenders stole a man's SUV after he pulled into a driveway on the 500 block of Monroe Street in River Forest at about 6 p.m. Jan. 19, according to a press release from the River Forest police department.
    http://www.oakpark.com

11 hours ago

Huskies sweep Hinsdale Central in hoops

The OPRF boys and girls basketball teams took two from host Hindale Central on Saturday, Jan. 20. The boys won 65-57 and the girls 59-46 in a pair of conference games. Read More...

    Huskies sweep Hinsdale Central in hoops
    The OPRF boys and girls basketball teams took two from host Hindale Central on Saturday, Jan. 20. The boys won 65-57 and the girls 59-46 in a pair of conference games.
    http://www.oakpark.com

43 hours ago

2 days ago

Rep. Ford joins ex-offenders in kicking off voter registration drive

There are 4.1 million people in Illinois with criminal histories who can vote, unlike some other states, including several in the South, that prohibit voting after someone is released from prison.

    Rep. Ford joins ex-offenders in kicking off voter registration drive
    State Rep. La Shawn K. Ford and several advocacy groups announced a voter registration drive for ex-offenders and called on candidates running for governor to make ex-offenders' return to society a priority if elected.
    http://austintalks.org

3 days ago

Dominican U. president receives inaugural Cornerstones Award

The Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa's Leadership Council recent bestowed its first-ever Cornerstones Award on Donna Carroll, Dominican University president and the Wednesday Journal's 2017 River Forest Villager of the Year.  Read More...

    Dominican U. president receives inaugural Cornerstones Award
    The Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa's Leadership Council recent bestowed its first-ever Cornerstones Award on Donna Carroll, Dominican University president and the Wednesday Journal's 2017 River Forest Villager of the Year.
    http://www.oakpark.com

3 days ago

Kennedy calls Pritzker 'status quo' candidate

Democratic candidate for governor, Chris Kennedy, waited until the last question of the night of Jan. 15 to deliver a direct attack on rival and perceived Democratic frontrunner, J.B. Pritzker. Read More...

    Kennedy calls Pritzker 'status quo' candidate
    Democratic candidate for governor, Chris Kennedy, waited until the last question of the night of Jan. 15 to deliver a direct attack on rival and perceived Democratic frontrunner, J.B. Pritzker.
    http://www.oakpark.com

3 days ago

Armed carjacking attempt on North Kenilworth

A man brandishing a handgun ordered a woman from her vehicle in the 1100 block of North Kenilworth Avenue on Wednesday, Jan. 17, but he failed to drive off with the car, according to a police report. Read More...

    Armed carjacking attempt on North Kenilworth
    A man brandishing a handgun ordered a woman from her vehicle in the 1100 block of North Kenilworth Avenue on Wednesday, Jan. 17, but he failed to drive off with the car, according to a police report.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

Car thieves strike again on same block in River Forest

For the second time in less than a month, a vehicle has been stolen during a garage burglary on Franklin Avenue in River Forest. Read More...

    Car thieves strike again on same block in River Forest
    For the second time in less than a month, a vehicle has been stolen during a garage burglary on Franklin Avenue in River Forest.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

Oak Park ends Divvy program

The fledgling Divvy bike-sharing program in Oak Park was killed last night by the Oak Park Board of Trustees on a 4-3 vote, with trustees voicing their disappointment with the low ridership and high cost of the program. Read More...

    Oak Park ends Divvy program
    The fledgling Divvy bike-sharing program in Oak Park was killed last night by the Oak Park Board of Trustees on a 4-3 vote, with trustees voicing their disappointment with the low ridership and high cost of the program.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

Man carjacked at gunpoint on Pleasant

A man was cleaning snow off his girlfriend's car in the first block of West Pleasant Street at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, when he was carjacked at gunpoint. Read More...

    Man carjacked at gunpoint on Pleasant
    A man was cleaning snow off his girlfriend's car in the first block of West Pleasant Street at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, when he was carjacked at gunpoint.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

New Trinity president focuses on raising enrollment

Corinne Lally Benedetto first stepped in front of a classroom when the 24-year-old graduate student was trying to get Dominican University undergrads excited about the lost language of Mercia. How did she teach young learners about a forgotten dialect? By reading straight from the textbook. Read More...

    New Trinity president focuses on raising enrollment
    Corinne Lally Benedetto first stepped in front of a classroom when the 24-year-old graduate student was trying to get Dominican University undergrads excited about the lost language of Mercia. How did she teach young learners about a forgotten dialect? By reading straight from the textbook.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

Activate Oak Park: Start the New Year on the Right Foot

It's a new year, and the Park District of Oak Park is here to help you meet your wellness goals for 2018.  Read More...

    Activate Oak Park: Start the New Year on the Right Foot
    It's a new year, and the Park District of Oak Park is here to help you meet your wellness goals for 2018.
    http://www.oakpark.com

4 days ago

Family remembers missing Austin teen

Ten years after she was last seen, friends and family of 15-year-old Yasmin Acree said they still hold out hope they will discover what happened to the honors student who disappeared on Martin Luther King Day in 2008.

    Family remembers missing Austin teen
    Ten years ago this week, 15-year-0ld Yasmin Acree disappeared from her Austin home. Acree's family held a vigil Tuesday night to remember the teen, just as they have every year. The family is still upset that the Chicago Police Department initially treated Yasmin's disappearance as a runaway as opposed to a possible abduction.
    http://austintalks.org

4 days ago

In the Dog House with Jill

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    In the Dog House with Jill
    In the Dog House with Jill
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Celebrating Schubert's birthday

You could hop a plane and make your way to Hohenems or Schwarzenberg, Austria, to take in world-class performances of music by a 19th-century master of lieder (song) and chamber music at the Schubertiade. Or you could treat yourself to the same right in Oak Park at a national Historic Landmark. Read More...

    Celebrating Schubert's birthday
    You could hop a plane and make your way to Hohenems or Schwarzenberg, Austria, to take in world-class performances of music by a 19th-century master of lieder (song) and chamber music at the Schubertiade. Or you could treat yourself to the same right in Oak Park at a national Historic Landmark.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Condo construction stalls on Bonnie Brae

A condo development approved in late 2016 and expected to be well on its way to completion by now won't break ground until later this year due to market conditions.  Read More...

    Condo construction stalls on Bonnie Brae
    A condo development approved in late 2016 and expected to be well on its way to completion by now won't break ground until later this year due to market conditions.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

A hand up ... and out

Rashad Glover, an Oak Park and River Forest High School graduate, is an industrial designer by profession. Read More...

    A hand up ... and out
    Rashad Glover, an Oak Park and River Forest High School graduate, is an industrial designer by profession.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

River Forest law fines those who lie to the village

After being misled by a local parish and a former colleague, River Forest trustees recently voted to crack down on those who lie to them, fining scofflaws up to $750 over proven falsehoods. Read More...

    River Forest law fines those who lie to the village
    After being misled by a local parish and a former colleague, River Forest trustees recently voted to crack down on those who lie to them, fining scofflaws up to $750 over proven falsehoods.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

How do you like your food? Old, please

Odds and ends with some a bit odder than others: Read More...

    How do you like your food? Old, please
    Odds and ends with some a bit odder than others:
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

A celebration fit for a King

For the past few years, sixth- through eighth-graders from Austin's Ella Flagg Young Elementary Schools have been singing and dancing at Oak Park's West Suburban Medical Center on Martin Luther King Day. Read More...

    A celebration fit for a King
    For the past few years, sixth- through eighth-graders from Austin's Ella Flagg Young Elementary Schools have been singing and dancing at Oak Park's West Suburban Medical Center on Martin Luther King Day.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Stop allowing others to define us!

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    Stop allowing others to define us!
    I hope and pray that the older I get, the wiser I get. Yet my wisdom is self-proclaimed.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

5 days ago

Let's focus on the most vulnerable taxpayers in 2018

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    Let's focus on the most vulnerable taxpayers in 2018
    There has been a lot of attention paid to those homeowners who could afford to pay their property tax bills early.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

5 days ago

Circulate black dollars in black communities

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    Circulate black dollars in black communities
    Once and for all, let's get this straight. America has gotten out of the Black people business!
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

5 days ago

Fraudster busted fleeing to Ecuador

A Florida man who defrauded investors of an estimated $175 million, including area municipalities and school districts, was arrested by federal authorities on Jan. 6, attempting to flee the country to avoid incarceration. Read More...

    Fraudster busted fleeing to Ecuador
    A Florida man who defrauded investors of an estimated $175 million, including area municipalities and school districts, was arrested by federal authorities on Jan. 6, attempting to flee the country to avoid incarceration.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Report: Oak Park among highest tax rates in 2015

While many communities in Cook County saw their effective residential property tax rates drop in 2015, three municipalities of the dozen studied by the nonprofit Civic Federation experienced increases – and Oak Park was one of them. Read More...

    Report: Oak Park among highest tax rates in 2015
    While many communities in Cook County saw their effective residential property tax rates drop in 2015, three municipalities of the dozen studied by the nonprofit Civic Federation experienced increases - and Oak Park was one of them.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

At OPRF, but tested by the streets

They are close friends — both 17-year-old girls, both juniors at Oak Park and River Forest High School, both of their lives nearly wrecked by homelessness, sexual abuse, drugs and broken homes in downstate Illinois that they both fled last year before finding a refuge called Anne's House in Chicago. Read More...

    At OPRF, but tested by the streets
    They are close friends - both 17-year-old girls, both juniors at Oak Park and River Forest High School, both of their lives nearly wrecked by homelessness, sexual abuse, drugs and broken homes in downstate Illinois that they both fled last year before finding a refuge called Anne's House in Chicago.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Oak Park area faces flu 'pandemic'

The number of people experiencing coughs, sore throats, and more at hospital emergency departments across the county is rising, according to Cook County Department of Public Health data. And area medical experts say the flu virus causing these symptoms is more severe and presenting itself earlier than in years past.  Read More...

    Oak Park area faces flu 'pandemic'
    The number of people experiencing coughs, sore throats, and more at hospital emergency departments across the county is rising, according to Cook County Department of Public Health data. And area medical experts say the flu virus causing these symptoms is more severe and presenting itself earlier than in years past.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Armed robbery at Lake N Austin Foodmart

Lake N Austin Foodmart, 422 N. Austin Blvd., was robbed at gunpoint at 7:55 a.m. on Jan. 11.  Read More...

    Armed robbery at Lake N Austin Foodmart
    Lake N Austin Foodmart, 422 N. Austin Blvd., was robbed at gunpoint at 7:55 a.m. on Jan. 11.
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Nike ad features wisdom of Dorothy Gaters

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    Nike ad features wisdom of Dorothy Gaters
    Dorothy Gaters - the winningest basketball coach in Illinois High School Association (IHSA) history - was allowed to share some of her abundant wisdom in a short promotional video Nike.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

5 days ago

Shared sidewalk program applications available

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    Shared sidewalk program applications available
    On Jan. 9, the city started accepting applications for its popular shared cost sidewalk program.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

5 days ago

CPS CEO: 'I don't play race politics'

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    CPS CEO: 'I don't play race politics'
    During a phone interview last week, Dr. Janice K. Jackson - the current interim CEO of Chicago Public Schools who is expected to be appointed to the position permanently.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

5 days ago

Ald. wants stiffer penalties for crimes near senior housing

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    Ald. wants stiffer penalties for crimes near senior housing
    An ordinance introduced by Ald. Chris Taliaferro (29th) would add penalties for crimes that involve weapons and happen near senior housing.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

5 days ago

A novel way to honor MLK

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    A novel way to honor MLK
    As far as Jahmal Cole, founder and head of My Block, My Hood, My City is concerned, there is no better way to celebrate Martin Luther King Day than to encourage everyone to do their part
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

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