At an age when some of us might be thinking about retirement, Downs was installed as president of the Illinois State Bar Association on June 18, after winning a three-way race against two prominent Chicago attorneys, Russell W. Hartigan and Stephen M. Komie.
Two Oak Park residents, 9-year-old brothers Jake and Sam Koeningsberg, attended the 18th Annual Wish Ball on May 21 at Union Station in Chicago. The ball is the largest annual fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois, which raises more than $350,000 annually to make wishes come true for local children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Nearly 300 hundred people filled the Oak Park Country Club as Family Service & Mental Health Center of Oak Park & River Forest presented Fran and Moe Sullivan with the Rita Johnson Humanitarian Award on April 29 at the agency's annual spring benefit, "Bridging the Gap to Mental Wellness."
There are so many exciting residents who made their contributions during River Forest's rich history, it's difficult to single out only 30 for celebration. But we've done it, as part of our nod to River Forest's 125th anniversary.
'Mache, mache!' I learned that Haitian-Creole phrase during my first volunteer mission to the island nation, and since then it's been bouncing around in my brain, becoming a mantra for the experience I had there, one that continues to both haunt and inspire me.
"It looks like it's going to rain, so it's a perfect night for listening to some stories," said nurse/author Elizabeth Berg at a Celebration of the Nursing Profession hosted by RUSH Oak Park Hospital on May 23.
The board of directors of The Nineteenth Century Club in Oak Park has announced the promotion of Amy Brinkman to the position of club manager. Brinkman, who was a marketing director and national sales executive for a number of large Chicago-based companies and a PR consultant for a variety of organizations, has been the club's events coordinator since June 2004.
Many of us learned to make collages in kindergarten, then left the art formâ€"along with our white paste and curved scissorsâ€"behind. But River Forest artist Bernadette Freeman has continued to create provocative pieces from scraps of paper.