Rosalyn Hall moved to River Forest to get away from Oak Park. She'd had drama and trauma in the neighboring town, she said. Her infant son had died in her rented home on Scoville Avenue, and she'd split up with her husband there.
Lake and Lathrop isn't the only project that got last-minute cash from River Forest's economic development fund — the village is also using funds for vacancies in River Forest Town Center to entice someone to fill the shopping center's big holes.
River Forest police have arrested a man for stealing a showering Dominican University student’s backpack. Roy F. Schaffer, 42, a homeless man whose last address was on Chicago’s South Side, was taken into custody Wednesday morning at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street in Oak Park.
The Park District of Oak Park has begun using chemical weed-killers again after a decades-long moratorium. For the first time since the late 1980s, the park district began using herbicides in September to kill weeds on baseball infields in the park district.
A Chicago-based watchdog group is skeptical of River Forest's plans to hold onto its $5 million in saved development funds, set to expire at the end of this year, saying it raises "legal questions" and generally violates the public's trust.
The dry cleaning chemicals at Lake and Lathrop are a problem, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says, and River Forest Cleaners is responsible for dealing with the side effects for the cleaners' neighbors.