It just wasn't Oak Park and River Forest's day. Lake Forest claimed its second-straight Illinois High School Field Hockey Association (IHSFHA) championship with a 3-0 win over OPRF on Saturday in Oak Park. After a 0-0 first-half tie, the Scouts dominated play in the second half en route to claiming their fifth State title.
Cross-country Sectional Results Injuries took their toll on the OPRF girls' cross-country team at the Niles West Sectional in Skokie on Saturday. The Huskies failed to advance as a team to the IHSA Class AA State tournament by just three points, but Jenny Donley will be the lone runner to represent her team at Detweiller Park in Peoria this weekend as the senior placed 12th overall with a time of 18:36.
The party is over for pooches in Oak Park for the time being, at least as far as frolicking off leash in public spaces is concerned. The Park District of Oak Park was ordered by the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control (DARC) last week to "cease and desist" allowing dogs to run off leash in village parks, pursuant to legislation that became effective last June 1.
Though officials from both Forest Park and the West Cook YMCA seem devoted to moving the Y to the Altenheim property in Forest Park, one group of local residents is most likely hoping the deal falls through.
Don Harmon lives in the house he grew up in on North Elmwood Avenue, so it seemed natural to make that one of the spots where he announced the beginning of his re-election campaign last Saturday afternoon. The one-term state senator also figured that, instead of walking a precinct to begin collecting the needed signatures to put him on the ballot (due in December), he would walk his childhood paper route instead.
It took nearly 14 years to bring Eddie Davis to trial for the murder of Margaret Coder, but just 2½ hours for a jury to convict the 35-year-old Chicago man of her brutal slaying. Davis was 22 and Coder 48 back in January of 1992. Davis, who faces 20-60 years in prison, will likely be sentenced on Nov. 29.
The village board spent most of a 5 1/2-hour meeting last week questioning the conclusions reached by the Downtown Sub-Area Plan Steering Committee, and less time clarifying the committee's positions on opening Marion Street and saving the Colt Building or building a new street in its place.
The proposed new bank drive-thru would be right up their alley?#34;and adjacent neighbors don't like it one bit. The Oak Park Plan Commission held a public hearing last Thursday to consider the application of Community Bank of Oak Park and River Forest for a special-use permit, and the citizens who live near Van Buren Street and Grove Avenue came prepared to comment and cross-examine.