18 hours ago

Why we need more laughter in our lives

I have been a professor and a writer for more years than I care to reveal in print. It all started with my first "mid-life" crisis and my fascination with how we are affected and identified by our jobs and our careers (My Job My Self, 2000). Read More...

    Why we need more laughter in our lives
    I have been a professor and a writer for more years than I care to reveal in print. It all started with my first "mid-life" crisis and my fascination with how we are affected and identified by our jobs and our careers (My Job My Self, 2000).
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18 hours ago

OPRF student brings 'look-alike' gun to school

The student was taken to the police station following the Nov. 21 incident Read More...

    OPRF student brings 'look-alike' gun to school
    The student was taken to the police station following the Nov. 21 incident
    http://www.oakpark.com

18 hours ago

Shop Small, Shop Local with Camille et Famille

Camille et Famille has been a part of the local retail scene for twenty-seven years, and the small town, locally-owned shop is a great place to turn out for Small Business Saturday. Read More...

    Shop Small, Shop Local with Camille et Famille
    Camille et Famille has been a part of the local retail scene for twenty-seven years, and the small town, locally-owned shop is a great place to turn out for Small Business Saturday.
    http://www.oakpark.com

19 hours ago

Three arrested in River Forest carjacking

The River Forest Police Department has arrested three people — a Chicago man and two teenage boys. Read More...

    Three arrested in River Forest carjacking
    The River Forest Police Department has arrested three people - a Chicago man and two teenage boys.
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19 hours ago

Oak Park board approves fee increases

The Oak Park Board of Trustees approved a number of ordinances increasing fees for various services throughout the village at its Monday meeting. Read More...

    Oak Park board approves fee increases
    The Oak Park Board of Trustees approved a number of ordinances increasing fees for various services throughout the village at its Monday meeting.
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19 hours ago

WJ Conversations: Peter Sagal

In Monday night's Wednesday Journal Conversation (second installment), NPR radio host Peter Sagal was alternately funny and serious. Read More...

    WJ Conversations: Peter Sagal
    In Monday night's Wednesday Journal Conversation (second installment), NPR radio host Peter Sagal was alternately funny and serious.
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20 hours ago

House cleaner recommendations

My mom is a senior with mobility issues. I'm looking to hire someone to come clean her 2BR/2 BA apartment

20 hours ago

Lake and Lathrop plans begin to emerge, vaguely

At long last, details are emerging about the condo-retail combo planned for the corner of Lake and Lathrop.  Read More...

    Lake and Lathrop plans begin to emerge, vaguely
    At long last, details are emerging about the condo-retail combo planned for the corner of Lake and Lathrop.
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20 hours ago

A race to the bottom ... of the world

On Nov. 18, Ed Baehrend flew to Santiago, Chile, and stayed in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped Andes, admiring the city's colonial Plaza de Armas center.   Read More...

    A race to the bottom ... of the world
    On Nov. 18, Ed Baehrend flew to Santiago, Chile, and stayed in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped Andes, admiring the city's colonial Plaza de Armas center. From there, Baehrend, of River Forest, caught a plane and traveled three and a half hours south to Punta Arenas, Chile, a stub of land located at the Strait of Magellan, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
    http://www.oakpark.com

20 hours ago

Time to hurry up at OPRF

Right at the very end of last week's blunt and searing forum on race and education at OPRF, a young woman, a freshman at the school, came to the microphone. Read More...

    Time to hurry up at OPRF
    Right at the very end of last week's blunt and searing forum on race and education at OPRF, a young woman, a freshman at the school, came to the microphone.
    http://www.oakpark.com

20 hours ago

BB gun shots cause thousands in damage

They're easy to overlook and often inconspicuous due to their size – typically about as big as a quarter – but the pockmarks left on windows from projectiles shot from a BB gun can cost thousands of dollars in damage. Read More...

    BB gun shots cause thousands in damage
    They're easy to overlook and often inconspicuous due to their size - typically about as big as a quarter - but the pockmarks left on windows from projectiles shot from a BB gun can cost thousands of dollars in damage.
    http://www.oakpark.com

20 hours ago

Condos out, apartments in

It was a golden age for condo conversions in the Chicago area in the 1980s and 90s. Read More...

    Condos out, apartments in
    It was a golden age for condo conversions in the Chicago area in the 1980s and 90s.
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20 hours ago

Hoops Capsules: Huskies, Friars set sights on conference titles

The Oak Park and River Forest and Fenwick High School boys basketball teams both won well over 20 games and enjoyed deep post-season runs last season. With several key returns back for the Huskies and Friars, expectations remain understandably high this year. Read More...

    Hoops Capsules: Huskies, Friars set sights on conference titles
    The Oak Park and River Forest and Fenwick High School boys basketball teams both won well over 20 games and enjoyed deep post-season runs last season. With several key returns back for the Huskies and Friars, expectations remain understandably high this year.
    http://www.oakpark.com

22 hours ago

Thanksgiving

As we wish all of our readers a happy Thanksgiving, we offer a particular thanks to the Community of Congregations for its uplifting and inclusive service Sunday evening at Unity Temple.  Read More...

    Thanksgiving
    As we wish all of our readers a happy Thanksgiving, we offer a particular thanks to the Community of Congregations for its uplifting and inclusive service Sunday evening at Unity Temple.
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22 hours ago

John Hutzenlaub, 67

John Travers Hutzenlaub, 67, died peacefully on Nov. 15, 2017 at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, surrounded by family. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he was the son of John and Lillian Hutzenlaub, graduated from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, and was an associate member of the Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association.  Read More...

    John Hutzenlaub, 67
    John Travers Hutzenlaub, 67, died peacefully on Nov. 15, 2017 at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, surrounded by family. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he was the son of John and Lillian Hutzenlaub, graduated from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, and was an associate member of the Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association.
    http://www.oakpark.com

22 hours ago

These (snow) boots were made for walking

When you've finally eaten your last leftover turkey sandwich and said goodbye to your Thanksgiving guests, it's time to get ready for the holiday season. Nothing helps get you in the spirit and ready for decorating and gift-giving like the Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society's annual Holiday Housewalk and Market.  Read More...

    These (snow) boots were made for walking
    When you've finally eaten your last leftover turkey sandwich and said goodbye to your Thanksgiving guests, it's time to get ready for the holiday season. Nothing helps get you in the spirit and ready for decorating and gift-giving like the Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society's annual Holiday Housewalk and Market.
    http://www.oakpark.com

22 hours ago

Armageddon and tax revenues

I am writing in opposition to the idea of raising waste disposal rates to prevent a rise in property taxes. For a democratic society to function without chaos, there is a need to match tax revenues with the corresponding expenses. Read More...

    Armageddon and tax revenues
    I am writing in opposition to the idea of raising waste disposal rates to prevent a rise in property taxes. For a democratic society to function without chaos, there is a need to match tax revenues with the corresponding expenses.
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22 hours ago

Arbor West Neighbors forum hits the mark

People spoke from the heart and from experience. Housing became the very personal, human thing that most of us just gloss over.   Read More...

    Arbor West Neighbors forum hits the mark
    People spoke from the heart and from experience. Housing became the very personal, human thing that most of us just gloss over.
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22 hours ago

Charles Finn, 85

Charles Finn, 85, died peacefully on Nov. 17, 2017. Born in Gerled, Iowa on Oct. 13, 1932 to Harold and Anna (nee Seibold) Finn, he graduated from the University of Illinois and served in the U.S. Army. Read More...

    Charles Finn, 85
    Charles Finn, 85, died peacefully on Nov. 17, 2017. Born in Gerled, Iowa on Oct. 13, 1932 to Harold and Anna (nee Seibold) Finn, he graduated from the University of Illinois and served in the U.S. Army.
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22 hours ago

Racial watersheds, yesterday and today

Watershed moments around race, power and deliberate intentions to do things differently have occurred throughout our history.  Read More...

    Racial watersheds, yesterday and today
    Watershed moments around race, power and deliberate intentions to do things differently have occurred throughout our history.
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22 hours ago

We will not give up on sensible gun legislation

At Thanksgiving, we find ourselves blessed if we are able to gather with loved ones for a delicious meal and the simple gift of being together.  Read More...

    We will not give up on sensible gun legislation
    At Thanksgiving, we find ourselves blessed if we are able to gather with loved ones for a delicious meal and the simple gift of being together.
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22 hours ago

The obvious solution to our male problem

I am not very interested in the Little Picture. I don't really care about fabric, plates, shrubs or soaps. I'm a Big Picture guy. I'm much more interested in the problem of evil, the existence of the afterlife, and why there is something instead of nothing. Read More...

    The obvious solution to our male problem
    I am not very interested in the Little Picture. I don't really care about fabric, plates, shrubs or soaps. I'm a Big Picture guy. I'm much more interested in the problem of evil, the existence of the afterlife, and why there is something instead of nothing.
    http://www.oakpark.com

22 hours ago

Safeguards to prevent future Trumps

A year ago, I tried to comfort the community, in the wake of an election that disappointed 85% of us. I observed that the election was already sparking '60s-style activism but said we should wait for the man to do something unacceptable, before taking to the streets. Read More...

    Safeguards to prevent future Trumps
    A year ago, I tried to comfort the community, in the wake of an election that disappointed 85% of us. I observed that the election was already sparking '60s-style activism but said we should wait for the man to do something unacceptable, before taking to the streets.
    http://www.oakpark.com

22 hours ago

Community rec center is a collaborative win-win

Collaboration among Oak Park public entities is an opportunity for a win-win outcome for our community in need of facilities and services.  Read More...

    Community rec center is a collaborative win-win
    Collaboration among Oak Park public entities is an opportunity for a win-win outcome for our community in need of facilities and services.
    http://www.oakpark.com

22 hours ago

Count me in favor

The high school pools are in disrepair. We have few safe places for our teens to go. There aren't enough community meeting spaces. A new, intergovernmental community center can help solve all of these problems. Read More...

    Count me in favor
    The high school pools are in disrepair. We have few safe places for our teens to go. There aren't enough community meeting spaces. A new, intergovernmental community center can help solve all of these problems.
    http://www.oakpark.com

22 hours ago

Parking question marks

Questions are what I am left with after reading all available information on this potential Pilot Parking Program. Read More...

    Parking question marks
    Questions are what I am left with after reading all available information on this potential Pilot Parking Program.
    http://www.oakpark.com

22 hours ago

A Thanksgiving Address for all seasons

If you're looking for a Thanksgiving reading when you sit down to dinner tomorrow, you can't do better than the Thanksgiving Address of the Native American Onondaga Nation, included in Braiding Sweetgrass, a book that had a powerful impact on me — as much as any I read this year.  Read More...

    A Thanksgiving Address for all seasons
    If you're looking for a Thanksgiving reading when you sit down to dinner tomorrow, you can't do better than the Thanksgiving Address of the Native American Onondaga Nation, included in Braiding Sweetgrass, a book that had a powerful impact on me - as much as any I read this year.
    http://www.oakpark.com

22 hours ago

One for your 'best of' book

Ken, what a sweet column [Bryce and Tyler to the rescue, Ken Trainor, Viewpoints, Nov. 8]. But real, not syrupy. Honest. An artfully indirect summary of three generations of a family's life. But you are all still a family. Read More...

    One for your 'best of' book
    Ken, what a sweet column [Bryce and Tyler to the rescue, Ken Trainor, Viewpoints, Nov. 8]. But real, not syrupy. Honest. An artfully indirect summary of three generations of a family's life. But you are all still a family.
    http://www.oakpark.com

22 hours ago

No on community center

With decisive no votes, elected leaders at Oak Park and River Forest High School and the River Forest Park District have effectively put the kibosh on a dubious plan to join the Park District of Oak Park in constructing a community center which would include an indoor pool, gymnasium, track, meeting rooms and other amenities. Read More...

    No on community center
    With decisive no votes, elected leaders at Oak Park and River Forest High School and the River Forest Park District have effectively put the kibosh on a dubious plan to join the Park District of Oak Park in constructing a community center which would include an indoor pool, gymnasium, track, meeting rooms and other amenities.
    http://www.oakpark.com

22 hours ago

Consequences at Lake and Lathrop

Good to see River Forest getting serious in applying pressure to the current preferred developer at Lake and Lathrop. There is a Nov. 30 deadline in place for Sedgwick Properties to file a planned development proposal for the mixed-use project they are proposing for this key site. Read More...

    Consequences at Lake and Lathrop
    Good to see River Forest getting serious in applying pressure to the current preferred developer at Lake and Lathrop. There is a Nov. 30 deadline in place for Sedgwick Properties to file a planned development proposal for the mixed-use project they are proposing for this key site.
    http://www.oakpark.com

22 hours ago

Suspicious of opposition

I thought it was interesting that there was a full-page ad against a community center in Oak Park and River Forest for several reasons, including:  Read More...

    Suspicious of opposition
    I thought it was interesting that there was a full-page ad against a community center in Oak Park and River Forest for several reasons, including:
    http://www.oakpark.com

22 hours ago

Memorial service

A memorial service will be held at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Oak Park on Nov. 25 at 3 p.m. for Cheryl Corbin Tartakoff, 73, of Oak Park, who died on Sept. 7, 2017. Read More...

    Memorial service
    A memorial service will be held at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Oak Park on Nov. 25 at 3 p.m. for Cheryl Corbin Tartakoff, 73, of Oak Park, who died on Sept. 7, 2017.
    http://www.oakpark.com

25 hours ago

OPRF hoops poised for more success

Entering his 10th season as the head coach of the Oak Park and River Forest High School boys basketball team, Matt Maloney has been around long enough to coach some of the best high school players in Illinois. Most notably, Maloney coached NBA champion/Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert. Read More...

    OPRF hoops poised for more success
    Entering his 10th season as the head coach of the Oak Park and River Forest High School boys basketball team, Matt Maloney has been around long enough to coach some of the best high school players in Illinois. Most notably, Maloney coached NBA champion/Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert.
    http://www.oakpark.com

25 hours ago

Fast-paced Friars have high hopes

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    Fast-paced Friars have high hopes
    Fast-paced Friars have high hopes
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25 hours ago

Healthy Huskies aim to win conference

Despite a last-place finish in conference last season, the Oak Park and River Forest High School girls basketball team's fortunes could completely flip for the better this year. Read More...

    Healthy Huskies aim to win conference
    Despite a last-place finish in conference last season, the Oak Park and River Forest High School girls basketball team's fortunes could completely flip for the better this year.
    http://www.oakpark.com

25 hours ago

Fenwick ready for another banner season

The Fenwick High School boys basketball team is hungry and focused to achieve more post-season success. Read More...

    Fenwick ready for another banner season
    The Fenwick High School boys basketball team is hungry and focused to achieve more post-season success.
    http://www.oakpark.com

28 hours ago

OPRF student athletes 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 athletes 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

28 hours ago

Fenwick student athletes 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 athletes 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

47 hours ago

Fenwick shut down by St. Ignatius in Prep Bowl semis

St. Ignatius uses a style that isn't played much at the high school level - the classic triple-option. Executing its offense to near-flawless perfection, the Wolfpack defeated host Fenwick 35-0 in the Prep Bowl semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 17. Read More...

    Fenwick shut down by St. Ignatius in Prep Bowl semis
    St. Ignatius uses a style that isn't played much at the high school level - the classic triple-option. Executing its offense to near-flawless perfection, the Wolfpack defeated host Fenwick 35-0 in the Prep Bowl semifinals on Friday, Nov. 17.
    http://www.oakpark.com

2 days ago

Waging a war with weight

Weight gain is natural when we age, but it is not inevitable. Read More...

    Waging a war with weight
    Weight gain is natural when we age, but it is not inevitable.
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4 days 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

4 days 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
    http://www.oakpark.com

5 days ago

Police: Harlem Avenue traffic thwarts carjacker in River Forest

According to River Forest police, a man parked his running car at 4:12 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of TCF Bank, 800 N. Harlem Ave., then got out and began to wipe dirt away from his car.

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According to police, the stolen car, driven by Mitchell, was spotted by a Forest Park police officer on Harlem Avenue near Jackson Boulevard.

The two in the Kia Soul were later spotted by Oak Park police units in Chicago after abandoning the car in the 900 block of South Menard Avenue, and they were taken into custody, police said. Both were petitioned to juvenile court.

    Police: Harlem Avenue traffic thwarts carjacker in River Forest
    A Chicago man and two boys face charges after police said the three hijacked a car from a bank parking lot in River Forest on Wednesday afternoon and one got caught in rush-hour traffic as he attempted to elude police. According to River Forest police, a man parked his running car at 4:12 p.m.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

5 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

5 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

6 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

6 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

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