You can tell it's spring in in the western suburbs when you hear Oak Park resident Tony Del Ciello's bell. When the weather starts getting nice, you'll see him walking up and down the streets of nearby towns, pushing his green and red knife sharpening cart, the wooden wheels grinding against the sidewalk and the cart's bell ding-ding-dinging as he goes.
Judy Baar Topinka, the independent, plain-spoken Illinois comptroller who was equally at ease overseeing the state's finances or hunting for bargains at local garage sales, died early Wednesday morning at age 70 after suffering a stroke.
The man suspected of robbing the TCF bank at 800 N. Harlem Ave. in River Forest Aug. 25, and 13 other possible banks, has been captured and charged with one count of bank robbery, the FBI announced on Sept. 3.
Rodrigo Medellin, 31, whom the FBI dubbed the "No Boundaries Bandit," is suspected of robbing a string of Chicago-area banks.
The Cook County Forest Preserve District last week unveiled its Recreation Master Plan, which proposes the construction of an off-leash dog area, expanded picnic groves and other amenities at Miller Meadow, which is located just north of Cermak Road at First Avenue.
Driving on Harlem Avenue north of 26th Street is about to get a little more frustrating. A resurfacing project for the state route is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 16 and won't be complete until late summer or early fall, said a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Transportation on Friday.