By a single-vote margin, the Illinois House Tuesday backed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Equality Act. Three of those votes came from Oak Park-area state reps: LaShawn Ford, Camille Lilly and Chris Welch.
Heritage Chorale, an Oak Park community-based chamber choir known for performing some complex religious and secular works, has offered one high school student the opportunity to practice and perform with the choir since 2012.
Laying on a round wooden table in the Evanston retirement apartment he shares with wife Lynn, is a picture of Jim McClure standing with the other 91 World War II veterans who traveled from Chicago to Washington, D.C. on Oct. 2 as a part of a trip sponsored by non-profit organization Honor Flight Chicago.
Over 300 Oak Park and River Forest residents participated in the the Chicago Marathon Sunday. A little over 230 people completed the race. Tyler Kirk, 32, of River Forest placed 337th overall and Ivan Arenas, 38, of Oak Park placed 497th overall. Both completed the race in under three hours.
In her native Norway, Oak Park resident Berit Engen, began what would be a lifelong craft of fine arts weaving. She continued her craft even after coming to live in the United States at the age of 30. Her most recent project has been a six year journey of interpreting Jewish texts, history and modern Jewish life through her art.
Large crowds, people whizzing by with luggage, the occasionally crying child are all pretty typical sights at an airport. A band playing songs of jubilee, however, is an unusual encounter near baggage claim.
The House and Senate could not come to a resolution over funding for the Affordable Care Act before Oct. 1. That means a government shutdown resulting in furloughed civilian government employees and some really peeved World War II vets.