Ken Trainor has been working for this newspaper since the last millennium, since copy was pasted on boards using hot wax ... in other words since 1990. Like the newspaper industry, he has changed with the times. The analog auteur is now digitally multidimensional and annoying a much wider audience as a result.
A free-thinking weekly columnist for Wednesday Journal for the past 19 years, he turns into a paragon of objectivity as he edits the Viewpoints section, the LifeLines section, the Obituary section, the Inside Report section and each week attempts to repair, rectify and remediate an avalanche of newspaper copy written too close to deadline.
In his spare time, he is working on a book about his Catholic roots. He also loves riding his 1974 Schwinn LeTour bicycle on the Salt Creek Trail, and attends local theater productions and concerts and as many films at the Lake Theatre as he can squeeze in.
A native of Oak Park, he can frequently be found wandering the streets looking anything but lost as he steeps in the two most aesthetically pleasing and historically rich villages to be found this side (or that side) of the continental divide.
Donald Trump is arguably the most controversial major party candidate ever to run for president. Since Republican/conservative reaction nationally, as reported by the media, ranges widely, we asked Oak Park and River Forest residents, whom we thought were likely Republican voters or at least conservative in their outlook, how they are dealing with the Trump phenomenon.
I've seen Taming of the Shrew many times, and I keep hoping it will turn out differently. But it never does. The fact is, certain plays by Shakespeare are inherently "uncomfortable," especially for modern audiences.
'We're on day two with no accidents!" Kristen emailed last weekend from "Potty Boot Camp," which her homefront has been renamed until further notice. It took about 10 days to reach this moment of triumph.
Storefront stickers created by The Suburban Unity Alliance are beginning to appear in the windows of area businesses. Businesses displaying the "United" stickers have signed the Suburban Unity Pledge to oppose discrimination. The storefront Yearbook (left), a home design store at 7316 Madison St., has put up the "Unity" sticker.
Students at St. Giles School have been awarded $2,500 for winning AARP's Dream Builders Video Contest, according to AARP Magazine. The contest challenged students submit one-minute videos of their work to improve the community in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Giles students submitted their video explaining how they'd plant fruit and vegetable gardens, AARP reports. The project will give students the opportunity to get their hands dirty learning about science, nutrition and other topics. The video is available at http://sweeps.aarp.org/dreambuilder/.