A handful of River Forest residents are refusing to take crime and violence sitting down. By all appearances, the village is a relatively safe place to live. Weekly police reports consist mostly of minor infractions, along with the occasional theft or burglary.
US Bank, 11 W. Madison St., was robbed Monday evening just one minute before a 5 p.m. closing time. Several other customers were in the bank at the time. According to police reports, a man placed a black duffle bag on the counter and handed the teller a note demanding money.
A 49-year-old man was riding his bike on the 7700 block of Greenfield, Sept. 5, when he was struck in the back with an egg, thrown by unknown offenders in a yellow midsize vehicle last seen fleeing southbound on Park Avenue.
Representatives of Community Justice Center Westside from the Cook County State's Attorney's Office joined forces with members of the Oak Park Police Department, village staff, and the Madison Street Business Association to stage a walking tour of Madison Street businesses last week, to make their presence known to local business owners.
A 76-year-old woman was transported to Loyola Medical Center to be treated for injuries sustained when she was struck while walking in the crosswalk at the corner of Park and Division by a vehicle headed eastbound on Division.
Six police officers from River Forest and other nearby police departments received departmental commendations by the River Forest Police Department at an Aug. 15 village board meeting, for their service during the investigation of a Chicago woman's murder in the village in July.
The River Forest Police Department and village government are considering issuing local ordinance tickets to low-level marijuana users and funneling those offenders into treatment and education programs.