An alert citizen informed the Downtown Oak Park beat officer of a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun lying on the front seat of a Chevy Yukon parked in the Shops of Downtown Oak Park parking lot the morning of Jan. 27.
"It's a very sunny, happy place to live," Gail Friedman says of the mango-hued, circa-1888 farmhouse she and husband Jay wake up in each morning. Modest in size but brimming with personality, "It's perfect for us."
Not long after 5 p.m., the students in Stephanie Clemens' Thursday evening ballet class began shuffling in one by one. Distilled out of the chaos in the hallwayâ€"a flashing din of moms and siblings and snow boots and bookbagsâ€"10-year-old Alex Schorsch gabbed with Max Gorgol, and Christopher Gaumond meandered the length of the room, humming to himself.
Keith Anwar has never set foot in Afghanistan, but he has "interest and emotion wrapped up in it," he says, because of his family's history. He also has a piece of it to share?#34;a century's worth of history told by his father, Afghanistan native Mohammed "Hammad" Haider Anwar?#34;in a memoir first published more than 20 years ago.