Editor's Note: After approving a deal with Foley Rice Cadillac last week, the Village of Oak Park is finally going to have a sizable parcel ripe for development at the northeast corner of Madison Street and Oak Park Avenue.
First let me start with an introduction and a story. I am an Oak Park resident and a physician. My children are products of the Oak Park public schools. Mv wife and I have lived in Oak Park for 19 years.
From the time Whiteco first surfaced several years ago, it appeared the village was poised to shove a secretly negotiated development deal down Oak Park's collective throat. Its sudden appearance left a bad taste in the mouth of activists and has made Whiteco's trek through the public process all the more agonizing.
It's been a busy few weeks at the northeast corner of Euclid and Chicago avenues. On Saturday morning, Jan. 8, strangers bearing tools emerged from vans and trucks, entered the two-story home at 500 N. Euclid Ave., and left a few hours later carrying items that were once secured to walls and countertops.
Kids leave. They grow up, go to college, find jobs. But Mia Yankow and Ruth Giorango have taken leaving a bit further than most. They joined the Peace Corps last year, and are now in Africa‚Ä"Mia in Mozambique and Ruth in Lesotho.
Margaret Fleming is an old hand at adoption. A mother of 10, she's adopted seven children and runs Adoption Link, an Oak Park agency that specializes in placing African-American babies?#34;but what she saw in Vietnam when she adopted Lien, now 4, changed her life.
In the world of food, it's not uncommon for an earnest, determined cook to travel far in search of a food item. Indeed, tracking down a certain ingredient, or better yet, locating the whereabouts of a new or unusual ingredient, is all it takes to send any self-respecting gourmet galloping on his way.
The Odd Couple is so well known through numerous versions on stage, on film and in endless reruns of the TV sitcom, that images of this show are now permanently seared into our collective consciousness. Among their other challenges, Village Players actors Jack Crowe and Carl Occhipinti must dodge the ghosts of icons past, like Tony Randall and Jack Klugman. But despite the blizzard going on outside the theater last Friday night, the performances heated up immediately and never lost their steam.
The Oscar nominations came out yesterday, which I pay some attention to but don't get too worked up about anymore (my last emotional outburst came over the snub of Steve James' wonderful documentary Hoop Dreams, and that was even before I knew James lived in Oak Park.
Almost 20 percent of the senior class at Trinity High School in River Forest have been named 2005 Illinois State Scholars. Selection is based on SAT 1 and/or ACT test score results and/or a students' class rank at the end of the junior year in high school. Trinity's President Sister Michelle Germanson, O.P. said, "How super-proud we are of these most amazing young women. They truly put into action what the wonderful mission Trinity High School proclaims."