At an age when some of us might be thinking about retirement, Downs was installed as president of the Illinois State Bar Association on June 18, after winning a three-way race against two prominent Chicago attorneys, Russell W. Hartigan and Stephen M. Komie.
Until they can identify suspects, Oak Park police are calling a shooting at the LaSalle Bank parking lot, 6720 W. Roosevelt Road an aggravated unlawful discharge of a firearm. But it easily could have been worse. A witness reported seeing two men in their late teens or early 20s approach two men waiting in the ATM drive-thru lane in a luxury sports utility vehicle just after 8 p.m., June 15.
Silver lining department: Yes, it was disappointing to see the injury-depleted Oak Park and River Forest girls' soccer team lose to arch-rival Lyons Township in the sectional championship, but let's look at the bright side! The Huskies:
In the local newspaper business, spring brings forth student-athlete recognition awards and dean's lists and valedictorians. Several springs ago, it got us wondering here at WEDNESDAY JOURNAL about the students who might not have starred in sports or been, absolutely, at the top of their class academically.
Diane Njindam When Diane Njindam moved to Oak Park from Cameroon, West Africa, she was 13 years old, didn't speak any English, but knew she loved math and that she was here to take advantage of new opportunities.
Peter Ruger Oak Park River Forest High School graduate Peter Ruger considers it very important to be of service to people. And indeed, around town the Seattle University-bound Ruger is known as a reliable and helpful young man.
Emily Poleski Usually the most stressful things most high school students have to deal with are keeping up in school, getting to practice on time, and having fun with their friends. Not many high school students are faced with having to support themselves when their family is in financial trouble.