If Margaret Fleming could adopt every child who needed a home, she probably would. But the local organization she founded 20 years ago, Adoption-Link, needs some help of its own to continue the mission of finding loving homes for kids.
After some 250 local Democrats gathered at FitzGerald's to celebrate President Barack Obama's acceptance speech on Sept. 6, their attention turned the next day to building support for the president in neighboring Iowa. While the president visited battleground Iowa on Friday, supporters back in Oak Park were planning another weekend campaign bus trip to the state.
Steve Edwards, an Oak Park resident and the host of his own afternoon talk show on Chicago Public Radio's WBEZ, has announced he'll be moving on to a new post as deputy director of programming at the University of Chicago's new Institute of Politics.
It was just over a year ago that the Oak Park Arts District took its biggest hit. The facade of 201 Harrison St., a major parcel, centrally located in the nine-block district, came crashing down after contractors hired by then-owner Chris Kleronomos did the work without proper permitting.
Creating a better union between South Marion Street and North Marion Street in Oak Park has been a challenge on village leaders' lists for years. In 2007 the overhaul of Marion Street began when the last remnant of the 1970s pedestrian mall was removed just north of the train tracks.
The Oak Park Board of Health is exploring a way to save kids' noggins. Although discussions are in the preliminary stage and no formal recommendations have been made, the idea of a bicycle helmet ordinance in Oak Park was among discussion items at the group's Aug. 28 meeting.
A two-bedroom house provided by your employer seems like a nice perk. It's a little different when that home has a full-time guard staffed outside the property, which is surrounded by a razor-wire fence. But it's pretty standard in that country, said Jennifer Goldstein, an Oak Park native who is getting ready to spend a two-year tour with the U.S. State Department in Congo-Brazzaville.
Being a Republican in the liberal bastion of Oak Park isn't easy for those who are looking to vote red this election season. Be it the harassment one Republican family felt after sharing their views via a large, handmade yard sign, the small crowd at an informal event held at Bar Louie Aug. 30 to watch the final night of the Republican National Convention, or the lack of funding Republican groups in Cook County can scrape together from its state and national affiliates — it's not easy.