A new computer store is looking to make its mark in Oak Park. As soon as early September, the vacant spot at 1010 North Blvd. will become Every Last Byte, a computer store that offers retail sales and various custom services.
Most municipalities require businesses to have a permit to operate, and Oak Park is no different. But those permits, viewed merely as a tax to some, serve a more important purpose in the village. The fee can range from $50 to around $1,000, depending on the type of business and number of specific licenses it needs, but the power to keep track and enforce violations is the true purpose for business licensing.
Celebrating the arts is no new phenomenon in the Oak Park, River Forest area, but at Dominican University, it's the more-than-100-year commitment that is being honored. The Dominican community will embrace that legacy on July 29 with a program hosted in partnership with the Oak Park Art League.
A Chicago woman has been charged with conning a 93-year-old disabled widow of a World War II veteran out of her River Forest home and leaving her at a nursing home without any of her belongings, forcing staff to provide her with second-hand clothes from former residents, according to a news release from the Office of Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez.
The deal has been in the works for roughly two years, but following approval from Oak Park's village board Monday, WeightWatchers will be one step closer to moving into the vacant property at 477 N. Harlem Ave., adjacent to the popular Trader Joe's location.
A report Monday about the parking structure underneath Oak Park's soon-to-be-tallest building revealed the plan for the 20-story high-rise at the corner of Forest and Lake in downtown Oak Park still has legs.
An 11-page document has been publicly released in hopes of finding the right fit for the next Oak Park village manager. Starting with a photograph of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certified public works building, the community and candidate profile document describes a robust village that is an ideal place to live and work.
The economic downturn has played a key role in the retail vs. non-retail debate, but a July 11 zoning board decision tipped decidedly toward the latter. The Avenue business district in Oak Park has a handful of vacant retail spaces. Soon, however, the former Flybird store at 719 Lake St. will be home to a dentist's office — a decision that was met with mixed reactions.
Interpreting the law isn't always black and white, but the reasons Mary Margaret Rowland chose to study law are simple. She loves the law and the practice of it. Recently, Rowland's career aspirations hit the next level as she was selected to fill one of two upcoming vacancies as a U.S. Magistrate Judge. The Oak Park resident and will be sworn in Oct. 1.
Former state Senator Rickey Hendon's campaign treasurer, along with six other people, were arrested on various corruption charges, July 17, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Hendon's ex-treasurer, Dean Nichols, of Oak Park, was among those named in the federal grand jury indictments. Nichols, 62, was charged with three counts of bribery conspiracy.