There was a lot less history to account for in the villages of Oak Park and River Forest in 1970 — the year the local historical society set up shop in a single room of the landmark Pleasant Home at 217 Home Ave.
Departing Triton Community College President Patricia Granados got a generous going-away gift when she announced her retirement at the March 25 board meeting: a pension-sweetening raise of 27.4 percent of her salary, bringing it to $312,000 per year.
The Oak Park and River Forest parent group IMPACT, which formed in 2010 to deal with substance abuse issues among students at OPRF High School, is looking to hire a part-time director to oversee the group's operations and help it grow.
An article recently published in Traditional Building is challenging and worthy of consideration. Author Alvin Holm argues, "The reason we see so little ornament in buildings of our modern culture is that we do not love them."
Six or seven times a year, Dr. Ben Stark, a biology professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, drops everything and goes into his "adopted" fourth-grade classroom at Beye Elementary School in Oak Park.