Leaders from some of Oak Park's largest religious institutions have released a statement calling on the Oak Park village board to reverse its decision rejecting renewable energy as the village's primary power source.
The responsibility of bringing children from their first years through high school and on to a career path is not one that can be "simply outsourced to teachers, principals or schools." Instead, at all points of contact from a church to a social worker to a youth sports team, a child needs to be nurtured and propelled by the wide community.
Eager to grant a range of modest awards to several local nonprofits from a cache of funds raised by their Future Philanthropist Program are six fresh-faced high school juniors, awaiting their turn to present their proposal pitch at the regular meeting of the Grants and Programs Committee at the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation.
Triton College administrators who had their salary bumped up at the March 25 board meeting made campaign contributions to the "Friends of Mark Stephens" campaign fund for the board president, as well as a new PAC for other trustees.
A state lawmaker suggested last month that the River Forest Township annual town meeting would be a better forum to bring up a possible referendum on whether voters should opt to merge village and township government than to adopt legislation in Springfield.
Oak Park police said a man, 20-35 years old, placed a drink on the counter of Austin/Lake Food Mart around 2:30 p.m., April 13. Instead of pulling out a wallet, he removed a chrome-plated revolver from his waist and pointed it at the store clerk while demanding "all the money." The clerk handed him $200 and he fled northbound on Austin on foot, then westbound into the North Boulevard alley. Police are still investigating.