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.
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.