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.
When Phil Cotter stepped up to the plate in May to run River Forest's public works department, he had a vague idea of what he was getting into. Big storms had hit River Forest hard since Cotter had joined the department as assistant director in 1999, but he'd been second in command to director Greg Kramer.
When John Rigas ran for president of the River Forest board in 2009, he said he wanted to get more done. As Rigas' first full year as village president comes to a close, it's apparent he's broken the impasse.
A lot of strange commissions cross Wednesday Journal's crime desk. Many of the perpetrations we report are ugly and damaging, but some are just plain weird. In case you missed them, here's our list of the most interesting odd crimes of 2010.
Four Chicago girls who mugged an Oak Park woman for her digital camera the night of Dec. 23 and drove off in a stolen minivan were arrested minutes later by Oak Park police on the 800 block of South Harlem in Forest Park.