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.
Like Wrigley Field itself, Forest Parker Edna Mae Kleinfall has seen 98 years on this earth. And since 1925, when her family in Spring Valley, Ill., bought its first radio for Christmas, she has been a Cubs fan.
Mere months after opening a bar and restaurant in Oak Park, a village restaurateur is adding another eatery to her repertoire. Rachel Dennis, a former vice president for Bar Louie Group in Chicago and owner of Oak Park's Lake Street Kitchen + Bar, recently closed on a foreclosed restaurant space at 410 Circle Ave. in Forest Park.
Emanuel "Chris" Welch was 33 votes ahead of Rory Hoskins after provisional ballots were counted at the Cook County Clerk's Office Tuesday in the nose-to-nose 7th District Illinois state representative race.
Mail-in votes cast before the election in Tuesday's very close 7th District state rep race were tallied by the Cook County Clerk's office today. The latest votes, received by mail Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, increased the lead of Emanuel "Chris" Welch from 15 to 30 votes.
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.
News spread like lightning Thursday through south Oak Park on the playgrounds and through the Internet: Hole in the Wall is open a day early! Opening Day at the frozen custard stand at 901 ½ S. Oak Park Ave. is a harbinger of spring south of the expressway.
An anonymous flier delivered to Forest Park homes depicts Village Commissioner Rory Hoskins as if posing in a police lineup. Under the headline "Rory Hoskins Exposed," a photograph of Hoskins is shown against a height-measurement backdrop used in police mug shots. A red "X" is superimposed across Hoskin's photo.
Less than a month after the death of the company's 93-year-old patriarch and board chairman, Ferrara Pan Candy Co. is in negotiations to merge, sell or somehow align with Farley's & Sathers Candy Co., Crain's Chicago Business reported Wednesday. Farley & Sather's, makers of Chuckles and Brach's candy, would replace their Chicago-based CEO with Salvatore Ferrara II, the head of Ferrara Pan.