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.
A month ago, I received a query about one of my past columns. Seven years past. It came from Kathleen Schrobilgen, mother of Malachy, who said he was inspired by it when he ran track for OPRF High School, starting in 2008.
It's tougher to feel thankful this Thanksgiving. If you watched John Oliver's takedown of 2016, you might agree this year will go down as one of the worst. Most are thankful the Cubs conquered their curse at last, but it's almost as if the price of the Cubs' good fortune drained fortune from everything else.
We just lost the latest battle in this seemingly endless culture war — which has been ongoing since America developed the two-party system in 1796. Since then Americans have struggled through an almost uninterrupted succession of cultural conflicts. So says author Stephen Prothero, a professor of religion at Boston University, in his new book, Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars – Even When They Lose Elections.
The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest has canceled its Dec. 4 Holiday Open House party, according to executive director Frank Lipo. The open house would be the first chance for many Oak Parkers to see the society's new location at the historic Cicero Township Firehouse building at 129 Lake St.
With a renewed focus on changes to immigration and worker rights under the specter of a Donald Trump administration, Dominican University is presenting a forum featuring attorney Mony Ruiz Velasco from PASO (Proyecto de Accion de los Suburbias del Oeste) on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. at the auditorium on the college's Priory Campus, 7200 W. Division St.