Two of the three Oak Park and River Forest school districts' superintendents say they do not plan to administer a survey in 2014 that incorporates students' and teachers' opinions of their school environment into the Illinois School Report Card.
Diane Stanke, the marketing, customer service and a little bit of everything else director at the Park District of Oak Park, is, after 12 years, well-respected and much admired within the park district and Oak Park community. And now she has the statewide honor to go with the local adulation.
A tailor shop employee questioned the authenticity of a $50 bill offered by a man in his 30s who needed a coat repaired around 9:30 a.m. Feb. 15. When the victim discovered the bill was counterfeit, the offender fled the scene eastbound on Madison Street.
Can and should River Forest become the equivalent of the "sign police," telling residents that they can only have one political sign on a portion of their lot? That debate was inadvertently launched in December when the village board discussed a change in local code to limit lawn signs placed by construction contractors.
We all have cabin fever, so chase those blues away by attending a series of free lectures presented in collaboration with the Pleasant Home Foundation. The three intriguing talks will be offered at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Room at Oak Park Public Library. Drive over and park in the underground, protected from the elements.
In 1994, Oak Park resident Isabel Wilkerson, then the New York Times' Chicago Bureau chief, won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for her articles about Mississippi River flooding (our profile appeared in the April 20, 1994 issue of Wednesday Journal). The following year, she took on a much more ambitious project — a book-length treatment of "America's Great Migration," the exodus of some six million African Americans from the South to the North and West over a period of six decades.