Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for Oak Park and River Forest in Wednesday Journal.
She graduated from University of Chicago and is a former daily reporter/night editor for the Lafayette, Ind. Journal & Courier (Gannett).
Before Christmas break at Oak Park and River Forest High School, 59 students reported their phones, iPads or calculators lost or stolen, but only five of those incidents were reported to Oak Park police. And police reported only two thefts in crime summaries given to the newspaper.
Oak Park Police Chief Rick Tanksley praised two female victims who fought back against an attacker, Friday -- even though the offender claimed he was carrying a gun. Police said quick thinking by the two Oak Park women led to the man's arrest.
River Forest police arrested a Chicago man and charged him with defrauding at least nine businesses, including a River Forest bank, by accepting around $46,000 for snow plowing, painting and landscaping services he allegedly never provided.
Oak Park firefighters responded around 1:30 p.m. to a house fire in the 900 block of Forest Avenue Saturday. Dispatchers said the fire started in the living room. Firefighters rescued a single resident and two dogs trapped on the second story back porch.
A benefit concert for prostate cancer awareness at WIRE on Roosevelt Road will pay tribute to the sports and musical heritage of the Roosevelt strip by honoring the late "Big John" McConachie Jr., 87, one-time proprietor of Berwyn's legendary Sportsman's Lounge.
A gaggle of Albuquerque cellists celebrated the life and work of Oak Park native Felix Wurman (1958-2009) founder of the Church of Beethoven Oct. 26 at the Sunday Chatter concert series in Albuquerque.
Forest Park's Famous Wine and Spirits at 7714 Madison St. is for sale and negotiations are in play with Cardinal Wine and Spirits, which purchased a Famous Liquors branch at 7533 Roosevelt Road in 2009.