A recent trip to China opened the eyes of many Dominican University students and Oak Park and River Forest residents, forever changing their preconceptions. A group of 18 business school graduate students and professors went to China for a week in late May, and the next week a group of political science professors and students followed for an additional seven days. A few of the original group joined the second group and enjoyed two weeks in China.
For the second straight month the Riverside Preservation Commission declined to vote on a request from the Cook County Public Guardian to put an asphalt roof on the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Coonley Coach House in Riverside. The coach house is owned by 91-year-old-widow Carolyn Howlett, whose affairs have been handled by the Public Guardian's office since May 2004 because she is suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
Like the Coonley Coach House in Riverside, the historic River Forest Women's Club has also been the subject of public controversy. But as of June 21, the River Forest Women's Club has new owners, Paul and Ellen Coffey. The name, however, remains the same.
After 30 years of prohibition, meat debuted at the Oak Park Farmers' Market this summer at the booths of Wettstein Organic Farm (on the Elmwood side of the market) and Heartland Meats (on the Lake side). While the vendors report mixed results, Farmers' Market officials are enthusiastic about the new product.
Two teenagers quickly decided that they'd picked the wrong guy to rob just before 3 a.m., Aug. 18. The two were on the Chicago side of the 1300 block of Austin Boulevard when Maywood Police Officer Eddie Harris pulled into his driveway on the Oak Park side.
WEB EXTRA Patricia Quane, a veteran Oak Park elementary school teacher, and president-elect of the Oak Park Cycle Club, was killed early Tuesday morning when the bicycle she was riding was struck by a Metra train in Riverside.
Unpopular mandatory overtime shifts continue to soar at the West Suburban Consolidated Dispatch Center with staffers on course to work 50 percent more such shifts than a year ago. Meanwhile, two of five police dispatchers inherited in the April merger of Elmwood Park into the Oak Park and River Forest police and fire dispatch center resigned last week after failing to make adequate progress to work independently.