Mandarin is not a difficult language to learn, even for high school kids, says Ailien Hung. That's a misconception about many languages but especially those from Asian countries, explained Hung, who teachers Chinese-Mandarin at Oak Park and River Forest High School.
Beth Houle has a plan to save the world. It's her job. No, really, it's her job. So far, Houle, 46, has been called a visionary business strategist; a go-to person who can answer almost any question, and a team player and leader who is committed to collaborating with others to improve the lives of people in marginalized situations around the world.
Chicago police officers responded early Monday morning to a man perched atop the Kostner Avenue bridge overlooking the I-290 expressway. Police were able to rescue the man before he fell. Officers talked to the man, who climbed over a fence and stood on the outside ledge of the Kostner bridge overlooking traffic. The incident occurred around 11 a.m.
After Saturday afternoon's emphatic 58-35 win for the OPRF boys basketball team over Lyons Township, Huskies 6-foot-7 star center Gabe Levin was besieged with autograph requests from kids, high fives from classmates, and he even conducted an interview with Comcast which televised the game as its "Game of the Week."
Video stores are quickly joining typewriter repair shops and evening newspapers as relics of yesteryear. Madison Video, a staple at 500 Madison St. for almost 25 years, quietly shuttered in December. With that, just one video emporium remains in Oak Park, where once there were a dozen back in the go-go days of VHS in the 1980s.
This is not an ordinary story, simply because Sintayehu "Ty" Fleming is not an ordinary teenager. To start from the beginning would be too conventional, and there's been nothing too conventional about the first 18 years of this kid's life. We begin here and now with Ty in his senior year at Oak Park and River Forest High School.
Tom Benno may appear to be a mild-mannered Oak Park lawyer, but he has an inner-wrestler. His name is Apocalypto. Dressed in a black, hooded robe, he wears a mask with a mouth that twists from a frown to a smile. He introduced the character at the Nov. 5 Reincarnation Show at the Addison Community Center. The house lights went off as Apocalypto made his dramatic entrance to the Darth Vader march.
The senior-laden experience and talent of the Fenwick girls basketball team couldn't quite match up with Montini's dazzling combination of youth, depth and athleticism as the Broncos pulled out a 53-47 win over the Friars on Friday night in Oak Park.
The Julian-Brooks Alliance took first place in the Great Lakes-Midwest-Illinois Vex Robotics Championship held February 11 in Batavia. The middle schoolers beat out teams of mostly high school students to earn a spot in the national championship in March.
Her segment on the show will only be 22 minutes long when it airs later this month, but Maggie Latos made sure to warn her grandpa about the swearing. "There were days when maybe I was out a little too late the night before or I forgot to shave my legs," said Latos, a 29-year-old pastry chef at Oak Park's Marion Street Cheese Market.