I am an Oak Park resident and a Northwestern University student. As part of my curriculum, I am working at St. Leonard's Ministries, a 50-year-old halfway house located on Chicago's Westside. Specifically, I am doing research and analysis on child sex offender residency restrictions, that is the laws prohibiting this population from loitering or residing within 500 feet of a school, playground or daycare center.
Cuddled within the western edge of the Rocky Mountains is a cozy, snow-capped area called the Wasatch Range, which is the home of Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals, considered by film buffs to be the best of the independent venues. Hollywood seems to agree.
When Richard Feldman was getting ready to close on the sale of his home on North Kenilworth Avenue last April, he got an unexpected surprise. His Realtor called to remind him that he had to pay $7,480 to the Village of Oak Park for the privilege of making the sale. Oak Park?#34;along with many other communities in the Chicago area, he learned?#34;has a real estate transfer tax.
It's hard to believe on a dreary February day, but the end of the school year is just around the corner. But have no fear. WEDNESDAY JOURNAL has once again compiled a list of local activities to keep the kids happyâ€"and supervisedâ€"through the summer. The information listed below is not conclusive, as many camps are still finalizing details. Please call the locations with any questions or up-to-date information.
There's a well-worn cliche in sports fiction: an upstart team of scrappy players with big hearts wins the big game against a bigger, richer favorite. It's a story playing out for real with a group of Oak Park and River Forest High School kids, but their sport of choice isn't a sport at all.
Much of my inspiration for this column comes from the foods I'm currently preparing in my own home kitchen. Quirky as it may sound, much of what I prepare at home is more often than not dictated by the weather. And then there are other idiosyncrasies.