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).
Oak Park police said two Matteson men were robbed at gunpoint of $45,000 Dec. 17 after they agreed to buy a Bentley from a Westchester man they met on Instagram. The two men, both age 20, agreed to meet Sean Howard, 23, in the parking lot of the Walgreen's at Ridgeland Avenue and Roosevelt Road around 4 p.m., police said.
A 10-year-old Oak Park boy was credited with saving his family — including a sleeping baby sister — from a two-flat fire Tuesday night. The building, in the 1400 block of North Austin Boulevard, burned intensely on the second floor. Oak Park firefighters said a live Christmas tree near an overloaded extension cord burst into flame and burned quickly. Firefighters extinguished the blaze in about half an hour with help from neighboring fire departments.
The family of two Oak Park District 97 students was living in a North Austin Boulevard two-flat that caught fire Tuesday night, a school spokesman confirmed. Volunteers are coordinating help for the family.
Oak Park firefighters were summoned at 11:06 p.m., Tuesday, to the 100 block of North Oak Park Avenue, where a parked 2000 Mercury on the west side of the street was engulfed in flames. The smell of burning rubber was pronounced from half a block away.
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.