A collaborative effort among Oak Park and River Forest governments, schools, police and citizen activists has spurred a new law that offers options other than criminal consequences for first-time teenage offenders who get caught smoking, drinking or doing drugs.
The front doors of Ascension Church in Oak park and a nearby "Respect for Life" sign were vandalized with red paint some time between 10:30 p.m. Monday night and 7:15 a.m. Tuesday morning, when Rev. Larry McNally, Ascension's pastor, was alerted.
Five individuals suspected in a string of robberies at or near the Green Line station at Cicero and Lake in the Austin community have been apprehended, according to Chicago police. The suspects were charged with robbery or attempted robbery related to incidents occurring at the station from March through June.
Following initial approval in March, the Oak Park village board gave final approval to a set of policies related to penalties for minors possessing tobacco, attending drinking parties, or having less than 30 grams of cannabis on their person.
A frequent visitor to a gay nightclub that Oak Park officials said may have been destroyed by an intentional fire early Sunday has already sprung into action to help its employees. David Monterosso, of Melrose Park, is organizing a fundraiser next week at the Hideaway bar in Forest Park.