Ivory Porter has returned to greater independence thanks to a federal program that provides subsidies for non-elderly disabled individuals who live in skilled nursing facilities but want to return to the community.
If there are obstacles in Harvey Finkelstein's life, they are swept aside when his hands work a broom. Parts of Oak Park are a little tidier thanks to Finkelstein, 59, who asks local business owners for odd jobs like sweeping, taking out garbage or cleaning bathrooms.
Maeve Ryan was a little apprehensive in her sixth-grade science class last month. The 11-year-old had a three-pound Falcon perched on her arm. Ryan became an assistant, of sorts, when falconer Craig Hendee visited Percy Julian Middle School, 416 S. Ridgeland Ave., to talk about restoring birds of prey back to their natural habitat.
Attorneys for State Rep. LaShawn Ford (D-8) on Tuesday questioned the U.S. Attorney's office's decision to bring federal bank fraud charges against the West Side Democrat on what, the attorneys claim may amount to a mistake in paperwork. The argument took place as Ford was being arraigned in federal court in downtown Chicago.