Apparently well aware of Mark Twain's famous caution about "lies, damn lies, and statistics," Oak Park officials are currently pouring over preliminary figures released by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) related to its Illinois Traffic Stop Study.
Sprinklers were on high all last weekend, as Oak Park and River Forest homeowners tried to prevent green lawns from turning brown under the endless sunshine and high temps of June. The result was high water consumption, according to the villages' public works departments.
Twenty-five years ago this newspaper was born. While Ted Turner was creating his Cable News Network (CNN) to televise round-the-clock news coverage during the summer of 1980, WEDNESDAY JOURNAL sprang full-blown uponâ€"and fromâ€"this community.
Days after graduating from college, I found myself back at my mom's house in River Forest, being asked (frequently), "So, what are you going to do now?" I wanted a job at a newspaper, I said, adding with desperation, any newspaper.