There's debate around who introduced the idea of a workers' holiday in the United States. Some say it was Matthew Maguire, a machinist, and later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Patterson New Jersey. Others credit Peter J. McGuire, who was general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor (AFL).
The day I called to sign up for Oak Park-based company FunQuilt's three day workshop, Idea to Quilt, I was a little taken aback at what I was told. "Sometimes there's tears," said Bill Kerr, one of the two creative forces behind the company.
When composer Alex Wurman was offered the job of writing the score for his latest film, he jumped at the chance. "The movie has a story that is positive, characters that are intricate, and I could see a love store there," he remembers. "There was an opportunity for me to write a love theme, so I was happy about that, too."
There's no rhyme or reason," no remission and no cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), says Peggy Gilmore. An Oak Park native who recently moved back here with her husband and two children, Peggy aims to help change that. Her mom, Mary Larson Gilmore, was just 49 when she died of ALS in 1991.
When I first heard the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest was sponsoring a gangster trolley tour of River Forest, I was shocked. Way back in 1970, when I announced I was moving to River Forest, my friends were aghast. All they knew about that western suburb was that it was a haven for hoodlums.
Almost 600 people packed the Lake Theatre's biggest auditorium last Wednesday night as Wednesday Journal celebrated its 25th anniversay with a special showing of The Blues Brothers during the film's 25th anniversary.
When guests enter the century-old home at 315 N. Euclid Ave. during the Painted Lady House Walk, they'll see original windows and wood siding, period stencil work in the entry parlor and a sturdy wooden banister leading upstairs.
One year into a master's degree program in social work at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Regan Hoerster realized she didn't have the same passion she had as a women's studies major at the University of Iowa.