Ben was Wednesday Journal's crime, parks, and River Forest reporter, until he kept bugging us enough to promote him. Now he's managing two of Wednesday Journal's sister papers in the city, Chicago Journal and Skyline.
In Oak Park, it isn't necessary to be a "Gleek" (Glee freak) or even turn on a TV to be glee-dazzled. Last fall Noteworthy, the inaugural show choir at Oak Park and River Forest High School, debuted, and under the co-direction of Amber Hooper, 30, and Kejuan Carter, 26, the new extracurricular student activity is taking off.
Another woman was attacked and robbed Thursday night in an alley behind First United Methodist Church, an incident Oak Park police said is likely connected to four earlier attacks this month. Oak Park Deputy Police Chief Anthony Ambrose said the woman, who was in her mid-20s, was attacked in the alley behind the 300 block of North Oak Park Avenue around 8 p.m. Thursday night.
Annie's Beef, one of River Forest's few fast-food outposts, is closing Saturday after more than 25 years in business. The rising rent and increasingly murky future of their storefront at the intersection of Lake Street and Lathrop Avenue in River Forest convinced owners Simon and Agnes Chung to suddenly call it a day this week.
Oak Park resident Jim Andrews opened a hot dog stand on the West Side of Chicago in 2009 to give ex-offenders a place to work. But now, after almost three years of ups and downs, Andrews had to call it quits. His restaurant, Felony Franks, ceased operation a week ago Monday.
River Forest’s former village administrator has landed on his feet. Steve Gutierrez, who served as the village’s head honcho for two years to top off his 20-year tenure at village hall, parted ways with River Forest in September to spend more time with his family and go job-hunting.
Former River Forest Police Chief Nicholas Weiss, who resigned in 2008 under pressure from the village board, has landed a position as interim chief of far southwest suburban Elwood, according to the Joliet Herald-News.