Oak Park resident Michael Lawson, one of 12 current or former Cook County Jail guards charged with bringing contraband into the jail, has been indicted by a Cook County Grand Jury. He is scheduled to be arraigned next Tuesday, July 12. Lawson, 42, of the 1100 block of South Humphrey, is charged with official misconduct, bringing contraband into the jail, and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
Gov. Rod Blagojevich's chief educational aide and state Sen. Don Harmon met with District 97 board members, administrators and members of the district's Legislative Advocacy Committee recently to discuss increasing and reforming school funding.
Oak Park police have received 142 calls as of early Tuesday morning in response to over 25,000 Community Alert fliers. The fliers were passed out early last week identifying a "person of interest" in the June 22 murder of southeast Oak Park resident Peter D'Agostino.
Changes in grading practices considered earlier this year at Oak Park and River Forest High School will not affect the incoming freshman class of 2010, Asst. Supt. for Curriculum and Instruction Phil Prale said last week.