Oak Park's last remaining independent bank took a hit from regulators today, as state and federal officials ordered Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest to get more capital and tighten the belt on problematic loans.
Odds and ends with some a bit odder than others: Houses under $200K: Got a postcard from a Realtor last week that got my attention. Did you know you could buy a house in Oak Park – a small house, a house that needs some updating, but not a bad house – for $186,000?
As I sit here on Tuesday morning waiting for the wind storm of the century and the inevitability that the power will go out, I am of mixed mind about ComEd. Of course, I hate them, because that is what you do to an electric utility.
It has been said, by me it turns out, that if the cash-impaired village of Oak Park had one do-over in the past several years it would be to save the million-plus it spent gussying up Chicago Avenue from Ridgeland to Austin to no particular effect.
It was a little stressful here at the Journal last Tuesday and then into last Wednesday as we readied the launch of OakPark.com, our new website. You'll be surprised to hear that everything did not go perfectly.
For the second time in a year, I have gone to the experts for their perspective on whether bike riders are legally, morally bound to obey all the traffic laws and signage designed for drivers of automobiles.
It's the website for Oak Park and River Forest that only Wednesday Journal could build. Thirty years of covering these villages and connecting them in print, online and across the back fence leads today to the debut of OakPark.com and, also, RiverForest.com.