I've been following our coverage of Jassen Strokosch's disappearance mainly from the road. We were furiously packing on Thursday morning when I checked my email one last time and saw the first notes of worry. Thanks to our reporters, photographers and web staff for the good job they have done in covering this story.
Odds and ends with some a bit odder than others: Bike riders wake up: We've got a problem. More and more people, all ages and levels of intensity, are riding their bikes around town. Good for them. I'm one of them. But the more bikes there are, the goofier, the more amplified are the mistakes.
Had an email early Saturday from John O'Neill, the chairman of F.C. Pilgrim real estate. He was mortified, he wrote, about how he thought he sounded in a quote at the end of our OakPark.com story Friday following the announcement that Baird & Warner had acquired the 118-year-old, family-owned firm.
If there are better merchandisers in Oak Park and Forest Park than the two women from Two Fish, I've never met them. And so the news last week that Two Fish, the Madison Street art glass and home accessory emporium, won't make it out the other end of this beastly recession came like a blow.
Say you want to open a restaurant in Downtown Oak Park. You've worked in town, so you sort of have a feeling for what might fly here. Of course, you get that whole locovore, seasonal, artisanal menu thing going. You've got a great location right at Marion and Lake. And you want to send a subliminal message that this isn't just a latter-day corner grill; it's more of an all-hours spot. Great for dinner. Great for just a drink after a movie.
Dear Journal readers, We are just back from Springfield and wanted to report that central Illinois is as lovely as ever, and that Wednesday Journal received the sweepstakes trophy as the best weekly in our circulation division from the Illinois Press Association. This is a terrific honor and we are delighted to have won it.
Shirley Klem was an Oak Park village trustee for eight years, mainly in the 1970s. That means she was on the village board for two of the four most consequential, most innovative, most daring terms in our community's history.
It wasn't suspenseful Monday evening, watching at village hall as the trustees moved ever so slowly toward approval of the Comcast housing proposal. They went in rounds through multiple layers of questions and comments — the planning process, the demographics of the likely residents, the financing — and trustees started dropping in portions of their closing statements as they went.
Odds and ends with some a bit odder than others: Not in my backyard: Picture the corner of Oak Park and Madison. No, we're not looking at the Comcast building (more on that later). Look north at the Oak Park Arms and the radio antenna atop the building. I'm no judge of heights (more on that later) but that tower appears to be, what, 100 feet tall?