An Oak Park resident reputed to be a high-ranking member of the violent Four Corner Hustler street gang was arrested last Wednesday in a massive federal and Chicago police sweep of a West Side drug operation.
Wednesday Journal, the newspaper and the company, this week mark the start of a six-month celebration of the paper's launch in Oak Park and River Forest 25 years ago this summer. The celebration started Monday at River Forest's Memorial Day parade when the JOURNAL float unveiled both the paper's new logo and a new slogan, "Growing Community."
Twenty-five years ago this spring, Mary's Aunt Hazel died.And just in time.The $3,000 her niece, my wife, received from Aunt Hazel's estate is the reason WEDNESDAY JOURNAL exists. Without that cash, at exactly that time, this would-be publisher and his equally broke colleagues would have been back working in bookstores, restaurants, or, God help us, PR firms.
In an ultimatum backed by property titles, profitable long-term leases and legalese, the Taxman Corporation told the village board Thursday: If you want to redevelop the Westgate area of downtown, either work with us, or buy us out.
In the 1920s, construction crews digging foundations for a handful of buildings uncovered water that appeared to be rushing through sand pockets, giving rise to a long-held myth that underneath downtown Oak Park, runs a mysterious "underground river."
As if Monday's Memorial Day Parade wasn't enough, or all the hoopla over River Forest celebrating its 125th anniversary ... a long-time reader called to remind us, well, actually he had to tell us because we had no idea, that this Friday is River Forest's Zip Code Day.
At the beginning of this school year, musically-rooted students at Oak Park and River Forest High School suggested compiling a CD of student recordings. As the school year closes, that CD?#34;"Dog Yearz"?#34;is on sale at the school bookstore.
A week before Bob Walsh received an envelope containing $2,000 in cash from an anonymous person repaying him for the merchandise he stole from Logos Bookstore years ago, a similar card arrived on Rev. Daniel Whiteside's desk at St. Catherine of Siena/St. Lucy church.