Forest Park police arrested a man early Monday morning and charged him with robbing and burglarizing three antique stores on Madison Street within the past three months. Oak Park police also charged Carl Griffin, 44, of Chicago, with a convenience store burglary on Aug. 11.
Three Oak Park BP gas stations in may have sold tainted gasoline for two weeks in August. On Wednesday, BP released an updated list of gas stations that sold "off-specification" gasoline produced at the Whiting, Ind., refinery. This includes the stations at 203 Madison, 6119 W. North Ave. and 727 N. Harlem Ave in Oak Park.
Two brothers interested in medicine: One looked west, one looked east. The Harris brothers, Matthew and Mitchell are both doctors, of a sort. Matthew Harris is a board-certified dermatologist while Mitchell is board-certified in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Last week, they opened an office together in Forest Park, an experiment in combining eastern and western approaches to medicine.
A wake for a reputed gang member at a Berwyn funeral home on Roosevelt Road, July 12, attracted a Chicago Police Department helicopter and a visible police presence in southwest Oak Park Thursday evening.
A chance meeting at a law firm holiday party got Chicago writer/director Susana Darwin thinking about a script she's been working on for 17 years. Darwin, a Jewish lawyer, met a male attorney with his children, who were being raised as Orthodox Jews, even though he had left the Orthodox tradition and no longer practiced his religion.
String playing alumni of Oak Parker Michael Hining's violin studio have been busy over the last 25 years in the world of music. Some of them won the gold medal at the 1999 Sydney International Music Festival, others performed at Carnegie Hall in 2003 to four standing ovations.
Donald Peaslee, 85, former owner of Peaslee Hardware (now Schauer/Do It Best) and former president of the Forest Park Chamber of Commerce during the 1960s and '70s, died on April 26, 2012. Born on Jan. 18, 1927 in Oak Park to Eugene and Isa Peaslee, he grew up at 917 Chicago Ave. and attended Holmes Elementary and Oak Park and River Forest High School.