By a vote of 4-2, the Oak Park village board agreed last week to spend the next four months working with the Taxman Corporation on a plan that could result in the redevelopment of much of the southwest quadrant of downtown.
It didn't take long for James Ward to apparently run afoul of law enforcement. The 19 year old, who was paroled from the minimum security wing of the Tamms Correctional Facility in far southern Illinois on Monday, June 27, allegedly assaulted two Oak Park women in separate incidents early Wednesday morning. Unfortunately for Ward, the two women he allegedly chose refused to play the victim.
It usually takes rookie cops months to get their feet wet, so speak. But last week Oak Park's nine newest officers found themselves hitting the pavement their first three days on the job passing out Community Alert fliers related to the murder of Peter D'Agostino. That is, when they weren't busy running down alleged criminals.
Maze lovers and users have until the end of the month to enjoy the beloved branch library before it closes for renovation. The last day to check out books will be July 30, said Jim Madigan, assistant director of the Oak Park Public Library. This Saturday, July 9, will be the last day you can put a hold on a book and expect to pick it up at Maze (it takes up to three weeks).
A Chicago man who allegedly robbed a River Forest man of his wallet at gunpoint was shot and killed in Austin Friday night after a police chase. Tommy Morris, 46, of the 4800 block of West Washington Boulevard was shot "multiple times" by 15th District tactical officers after he allegedly turned and pointed a handgun at them, according to police spokesman Pat Camden.