Elected officials met for the first time last week, looking to fill the shoes of the recently departed Oak Park village manager. The village board is attempting to set an aggressive timeline to replace Tom Barwin, who left his post after five years on Feb. 29.
Divine Consign may lose its high-profile retail space just north of the Green Line tracks. Wednesday Journal has learned that the storefront now housing Divine Consign, 111 N. Oak Park Ave., was recently listed for rent.
Poor Phil's — a popular seafood restaurant and bar on South Marion Street in Oak Park — is expanding its footprint, which will eventually mean about 100 more seats and a kitchen four times as productive.
The timeline to build an affordable housing complex in Oak Park has been pushed back, but the developers say that it will still get built on time. For years, Chicago-based Interfaith Housing Development Corp. has been looking to reinvent the vacant Comcast cable television facility at 820 Madison St.
As Oak Park continues to explore how it wants to regulate handguns in the village, if at all, one expert had a few suggestions last week. Ever since the Supreme Court struck down Oak Park's longtime handgun ban in 2010, the Oak Park Board of Health has been exploring ways to govern gun use going forward.
Picking a U.S. congressman for Oak Park and River Forest in the March 20 Democratic primary comes down to a choice between sticking with the longtime incumbent or shifting gears in favor of a relative newcomer.
Oak Park residents have two candidates to choose in the race for 78th District state representative. Incumbent Camille Lilly, a Chicago native who grew up in Oak Park, was appointed to the post in April 2010, and won re-election later that year.
A split Oak Park village board gave the green-light late Monday night, paving the way for a possible $43 million project that could completely change the community's main shopping strip. Oak Park has tried and failed twice already in attempting to grab $26 million in federal grants to deck out areas on or near Lake Street and Oak Park Avenue in bricks and bluestone sidewalks.
Fly Bird, a funky, independent Oak Park shop, located at 719 Lake St., is closing soon, just short of its eight-year anniversary. Owner Julia Nash announced in January that she was hoping to sell the store to a new owner, as she planned to finish the nursing degree she started 15 years ago.
Oak Park residents, whose basements filled up with sewer water following a storm last summer, may be getting government relief. The village board voted 5-0 last week in favor of creating a grant program to help homeowners install flood-prevention systems in their basements.