Spring sprung early in 2012, and it's likely the rains will arrive soon. How many inches will fall is unknown, but most homeowners aren't interested in a reprisal of the last two years when overloaded municipal sewers caused many basements here to fill up with sewer water. In Oak Park, the concentration of the flooding was in the northeast and northwest corners of town.
With two precincts still outstanding at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, Chris Welch was maintaining a very narrow 37 vote lead over Rory Hoskins in the highly contested race for the 7th District state rep seat. Welch had posted 4,528 votes to Hoskins' 4,491 votes.
Peggy Tuck Sinko, 62, earned her 55-year Girl Scout membership pin in the 100th anniversary year of girl scouting in the United States. Do the math: 7 and 1912 — the age Sinko became a brownie in Indiana, and the year Girl Scouts of the USA was born. In Oak Park, the first Girl Scout troop was organized at First Baptist Church in 1920, so, locally, the anniversary rings up as 92.
Nina Allen says she was looking for a challenge when she decided to leave her job in Alaska to become CEO of Thrive Counseling Center in Oak Park. Allen is still getting acclimated to her new job since officially coming on board in September. An Oak Park native, she was in Alaska working for a social service nonprofit for six years.
For Sidney Jones, 29, life has been anything but ordinary. In the last seven years, one of her four children died at infancy. She experienced Hurricane Katrina first hand while living in Mississippi. Upon her return to her hometown of Chicago, Jones, homeless and residing in shelters with her children, was diagnosed with breast cancer, which is currently in remission.
Bravo for BRAVO! Sorry, we couldn't resist. Apparently no one else can either. BRAVO is the acronym for the celebrated Band, Repertoire, Art, Vocal and Orchestra arts program at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School in Oak Park, and at the moment, it's on fire — specifically the theater branch, under the decade-long leadership of artistic director Tina Reynolds.
Craig Hendee of the International Heritage Conservancy put two of his live falcons on display for children and their parents to see at the Oak Park Library Monday. Hendee brought along a rare Gyrfalcon named Bo and a Peregrine falcon named Alvin.
What the OPRF boys basketball team lacked in style in the Class 4A Lyons Township regional final, it made up for with grit. The second-seeded Huskies overcame a slow start with a strong defensive effort and enough offense to turn back No. 10 seed Morton 56-46 Friday night in LaGrange.