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.
Friday night, the American Writers Museum, a new enterprise based in Chicago, will co-host a fundraiser with the Oak Park Public Library in the second-floor Veterans Room at 7. Writer and media personality Rick Kogan (Chicago Tribune, WGN Radio) will be on hand to interview two of Oak Park's best known writers, novelist Elizabeth Berg and journalist/author Alex Kotlowitz.
Changes are afoot at Wednesday Journal. Things will shift starting next week as we continue our rolling reinvention of this newspaper. The biggest change you'll notice is the absence of the LifeLines section.
Martin Luther King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail" was familiar to me by name only. I had never read it until Sun magazine (which I enthusiastically recommend) presented excerpts on its "Dog-eared Page" (classic prose from the past).
Symphony of OP-RF Musical Director Jay Friedman couldn't have been more pleased about the symphony's performance of the Beethoven's Ninth at Concordia University, Jan. 18 —that is, until Riccardo Muti, musicial director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra came backstage to congratulate everyone on the performance.
Every year at this time, PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter), our area's long-running, and remarkable, homeless program, releases statistics from the previous year. Here are a few that Executive Director Lynda Schueler shared with us recently:
Just in case anyone forgot during our Jan.31/Feb. 1 "Super Bowl" blizzard, it was also the fourth anniversary of the 2011 blizzard that dumped 21.3 inches on O'Hare Airport, the third largest in Chicago area history (after 1967 and 1979).
Staffing Coordinator (Oak Park) (Oak Park) Total Nurses Network is a supplemental nursing agency servicing Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. We employ nurses and find them positions in hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, hospice...