Eager to grant a range of modest awards to several local nonprofits from a cache of funds raised by their Future Philanthropist Program are six fresh-faced high school juniors, awaiting their turn to present their proposal pitch at the regular meeting of the Grants and Programs Committee at the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation.
Triton College administrators who had their salary bumped up at the March 25 board meeting made campaign contributions to the "Friends of Mark Stephens" campaign fund for the board president, as well as a new PAC for other trustees.
A state lawmaker suggested last month that the River Forest Township annual town meeting would be a better forum to bring up a possible referendum on whether voters should opt to merge village and township government than to adopt legislation in Springfield.
Oak Park police said a man, 20-35 years old, placed a drink on the counter of Austin/Lake Food Mart around 2:30 p.m., April 13. Instead of pulling out a wallet, he removed a chrome-plated revolver from his waist and pointed it at the store clerk while demanding "all the money." The clerk handed him $200 and he fled northbound on Austin on foot, then westbound into the North Boulevard alley. Police are still investigating.
3D printing is no longer an idea of the future. And thanks to inventors Maxwell Bogue and Peter Dilworth of WobbleWorks LLC and 3Doodler co-founder David Cowen, 3D printing is a tangible item of the present and in the hands of an Oak Park 14-year-old.
When housewalk season begins, it's a sure sign that spring is finally here. Kicking off a season of local home tours, Oak Park-based Parenthesis Family Center offers an annual favorite with their 29th Kitchen Walk on Saturday, April 26.
Some folks figure being a folksinger is mostly a matter of definition and deeds. Until the standards start flowing, from names like Bob Dylan; Woody Guthrie; Joan Baez; John Denver; Peter, Paul and Mary and so many other icons.
The family in Andrea Thorne's semi-autobiographical play Pinkolandia at 16th Street Theater in Berwyn can never go home again. They are Chilean exiles who fled the fascist military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet in 1973. It's now 1982 and the family of four struggles to build a new life in Wisconsin.