Eight years ago Oak Parkers Monte and Kathy Lewis purchased a charming, century-plus-old "transition-style" house on the 200 block of South Ridgeland Avenue in Oak Park. It was big, drafty and close to Oak Park and River Forest High School, which their teenagers, Emma and Drew, would be attending.
A week prior to the funeral of Hadiya Pendleton, the teen who was randomly shot down in a playground shelter on Jan. 29 in Chicago, I was figuring out how I could be at her Baptist Church on Chicago's South Side.
It's a long vacant, two-story, unfinished condo conversion that has struggled to come back since the recession. It sits on the northwest corner of Taylor Avenue and Washington Boulevard in Oak Park. Since 2008, joining this dwelling has been 112 other so-called "apartment buildings" that have gone belly up in Oak Park. But is this currently a serious problem in the village?
Last weekend, my husband Kevin and I took the el to the Loop to stand in the cold with a candle to support a beleaguered community of Chicago families standing strong for their children, who had fallen to gun violence on Chicago's mean streets.
It turns out not all happy families are alike. At any rate not all love stories. This one is about work and family — and animals. Nothing about Kathie Walsh, M.D., and Joe Walsh, Ph.D. is cookie cutter.
Jerry Delaney is a feisty, former nun who filters her political world view through the immortal words of President John F. Kennedy, who in 1961 said, "Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country."
Marc Lucas lost everything in his life when he became a quadriplegic after a car crash in 2004. For eight years, Lucas, 27, lived at the Berkshire Nursing and Rehab Center in Forest Park hoping to get out.