The Flagg family decided to pick up a few things before Christmas, so they went to Dominick's in River Forest. But Frederick C. Flagg, 39, of Elmwood Park, and his nephew Christopher C. Flagg, 27, of Maywood, just didn't want to pay for anything.
Alberto Velasco wasn't your average Oak Park police officer. During his six years with the department, he also served in the Marine Reserves, going on two tours of duty in Iraq. He invaded Baghdad. He fought in the Battle of Fallujah and saw eight of his comrades die there.
It built River Forest's Town Center, Village Hall and a slew of other projects up and down Lake Street. But after 22 years, the pool of development cash that targeted the heart of the village is being closed out.
For the second time in two months, a victim was pushed onto the tracks at a CTA Green Line station. A man was waiting for a train just after midnight, Dec. 13, at the Green Line's Oak Park stop when he allegedly was pushed off the platform by a 35- to 40-year old man wearing a green army coat.
After four years of spearheading spirited and often rancorous debates, the River Forest village board's two minority trustees, Steve Hoke and Steve Dudek, are leaving. Neither filed petitions to run for one of the three openings on the board by the deadline Monday night.
The Park District of Oak Park nixed plans for a new gymnastics center last night, dropping out of negotiations with developers of a proposed office building on Madison Street to relocate the center into the planned project.