The prospect of Oak Park and River Forest High School taking ownership of the Lake and Scoville parking garage from the Village of Oak Park, which has administered the structure since its construction 10 years ago, will not happen anytime soon.
Last week 26 people gathered around three long tables in the second floor library at Oak Park and River Forest High School for the first joint meeting of the three public boards that are funding the Collaboration for Early Childhood Care and Education, the Oak Park based organization that is working to improve early childhood education, especially for at risk children.
Local writer Lee Brooke is nothing if not prolific. The author of 20 self-published books over the last three decades has now assembled a delightful assortment of personal reflections titled, Zig-Zagging Through Life: Light-Hearted Recollections, which is selling for $10 at The Book Table.
A. Dean Rogers Sr., 78, of River Forest, died peacefully at home on Nov. 25, 2013. Born in Blue Earth County, Minn., the Rogers family moved to Illinois, where he attended Julia Ward Howe Elementary School and graduated from Austin High School, class of 1953. An Oak Park resident of 46 years, he moved to River Forest in 2005.
I have been ashamed to admit it, but I am second-generation welfare. When my dad retired back in the 1980s from a meat-packing company in southern Indiana, he was to receive a $600 per month pension from his company, but it had gone bankrupt — along with my dad's pension.