Coat Co. looking for coats

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The Little Red Coat Co., 235 Harrison St., is collecting "gently used" children's coats and giving donators 15 percent off the purchase of a new coat.

The drive is part of the Snug Hugs for Kids drive, run by Merlin Muffler & Brake shops across the country. Last year the drive collected 15 tons of children's winter clothing and outerwear, according to a Merlin statement.

Merlin, founded in 1975, has 70 facilities in five states, including its Geneva headquarters.

Oak Parker Shanon Williams moved the Little Red Coat Co. back to the village approximately six months ago, and hopes to expand into offering women's coats and accessories as early as next summer.

The drive doubles as a promotion for the shop, Williams said. She had collected 10 coats before the Thanksgiving holiday.

"This is my first year," she said. "Every year it will get bigger."

Williams said she has "always worked with charities," including donating coats to Hephzibah Children's Association.

"This is my hometown, and I want to give back to it," she said.

Illinois high court disbars one,  suspends another OP attorney

The Illinois Supreme Court disbarred Paul M. Goldman, an attorney who practiced at 410 Lake St. in Oak Park, in November.

It was the third time Goldman was disciplined by the highest court in the state. In January 2004, Goldman, who was licensed in 1983, was suspended for neglecting two civil matters, making misrepresentations to clients, obtaining an unreasonable fee, and failing to cooperate with the disciplinary investigation by the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC).

He was suspended in January 2002 for similar misconduct.

In November, the court found that Goldman neglected a divorce matter for one client and failed to file an application for nonprofit, tax-exempt status for another client, and misrepresented the status of the matters to both clients, according to an ARDC statement.

? Also in November the court suspended Patience Robinson Nelson, 130 LeMoyne Parkway, for 90 days beginning Dec. 8.

The court found that during her employment with the Chicago Transit Authority, Nelson "removed confidential personnel documents without her employer's consent and attempted to use them for her own benefit in litigation" against the CTA, the statement says.

Nelson was licensed to practice law in Illinois in 1998.

The ARDC, which is funded with annual fees from the approximately 80,000 attorneys in Illinois and receives no tax dollars, investigates alleged wrongdoing by Illinois attorneys.

?#34;Drew Carter

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