It's not easy to portray an historic figure, especially if it involves wearing wool pants. But there were so many benefits to depicting manufacturing giant William C. Grunow, I couldn't pass up the opportunity. It would not only give me a chance to dress up and ham it up. I'd get to tour the crown jewel of River Forest, Grunow's mansion at 915 Franklin.
Carolyn Saxton is not surprised by the outpouring of support for Hurrican Katrina victims from Oak Park and River Forest. She saw the same response after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks when she was executive director the Community Chest/United Way.
Rev. Ray Pritchard is leaving Calvary Memorial Church. He loves his church and his congregation. He loves Oak Park. He doesn't have another pulpit to go to. What's driving him is "a restlessness in my soul."