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Oak Park to hire more cops Board of trustees receptive to new hiring, lights, cameras By TIMOTHY INKLEBARGER Staff Reporter

Faced with an uptick in overall crime and residents unnerved by a surge in carjackings, the Oak Park village board Monday considered requests to hire up to eight new officers, beef up the budget for police overtime, launch a pilot program to up the amps of streetlights and fund support of new social media communications from the police department. Including two new police hirings previously approved by the board, the eight was poised to add officers to boost the number of sworn officers to 125. Police Chief Anthony Ambrose told the village board he needed the added resources to effectively fight crime in the village. Ambrose said a recent increase in police presence, including more marked squad cars and support from the Cook County Sheriff ’s Department which has been patrolling in Oak Park began in late January, has been seen as a positive by residents. But Ambrose noted the officers from the sheriff ’s department will not be available over the long term. Ambrose told the village board that Oak Park’s police department has joined the Chicago Police Department and the U.S. Department of See COPS on page 13

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Ellyana Nowinski, 10, of Oak Park, pulls her sister, Kyleena, on a sled through Scoville Park on Feb. 9, taking advantage of a snow day prompted by almost 10 inches of snow overnight. For more winter fun photos, turn to page 3.

Transgender lawyer reacts to political ad By NONA TEPPER Staff Reporter

When Joanie Rae Wimmer was in elementary school, she estimates she was the most unpopular student, disliked by all her classmates in Gary, Indiana because they could tell she was different. In second grade, her parents sent her to a child psychiatrist because she couldn’t

stop identifying as a woman. After that experience, she decided, “I’m not talking anymore.” More than 60 years later, Wimmer, 63, now lives as a trans woman and successful attorney in Oak Park, operating a private practice on Lake Street. She said she is one of three practicing transgender attorneys in Illinois. After coming out in 2008, Wimmer lost her wife Alison and many paying cus-

tomers at her private law practice. But she never expected to gain the attention of Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeanne Ives. Last week, Ives released a campaign commercial that featured a male actor wearing a dress, who thanked Governor Bruce Rauner for “signing legislation that lets me use the girl’s bathSee WIMMER on page 15

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Avenue Ale House gets new owner Avenue Ale House, 825 S. Oak Park Ave., has a new owner and could soon have a new look. The building was recently purchased for $730,000 by Rafael Gaspar, former executive chef of Quay restaurant, a Streeterville eatery which closed in 2016. Gaspar, who purchased the property in December under the name 825 S. Oak Park Ave. LLC, said he is planning to do some needed remodeling at the restaurant over the next few months.

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Snow day Above and left, Alouette Hays, Heath Baffa, Fisher Hays, Owen Baffa, and Porter Hays, build a snow fort on Ridgeland Avenue after a heavy snow overnight on Feb. 9.

The Children’s School returns to its roots

The Children’s School, a K-8 private elementary school located in Berwyn that promotes a progressive education philosophy, recently announced that it will be leasing space inside of the former St. Edmund School, at the corner of Pleasant Street and Oak Park Avenue, which closed in 2016. The Children’s School was founded in Oak Park in 2004 and it’s still legally incorporated as The Children’s School of Oak Park, according to a statement the school released on Feb. 12. It has been located on the former campus of St. Mary of Celle School in Berwyn for the last 12 years. The move to St. Edmund, which will be completed next school year, was prompted by growing enrollment. The school has grown from 32 students to more than 100, and has a full teaching

capacity of 145. Pamela Freese, The Children’s School’s director of administration, said that the move back to Oak Park will also “make our school more accessible for some families, and we hope that the relatively close proximity will make the transition easier for those who live closer to the Berwyn facility.” Mark Falkoff, the school’s treasurer and a board member, said that the move “will not affect next year’s tuition, which had already been set at 2.8 [percent] increase over last year.”

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River Forest seeks bids for village hall renovations

The village of River Forest recently released a request for bids to renovate its village hall and the reception area. Proposed renovations include new

An Oak Park resident shovels off his neighbor’s driveway on Elmwood Avenue in Oak Park. windows, doors, floors and much more for the municipal building at 400 Park Ave. Village Administrator Eric Palm said improvements will ultimately be approved at an upcoming village board meeting Feb. 26 or March 12, once the village has received bids back. Bids are due back from contractors on Feb. 20.

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BIG WEEK Love is in the Air

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Chicago a cappella Sings Love Stories Friday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m., Pilgrim Congregational Church: A love-drenched program ranging from Renaissance madrigals to jazz standards is coupled with a script performed by a ppair of Chicago actors. From Shakespearean sonnets to Rodgers & Hammerstein, this eclecti eclectic concert makes an unforgettable musical Valentine. $35; $43, preferred seating; $30, se seniors; $15 students. Tickets/info: 773-281-7820, chicagoacappella.org. 460 Lake St., Oak Park.

Family Fun - Stone Soup Monday, Feb. 19, 10 to 11 a.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: Based on a classic tale, this hilarious performance by Improv Playhouse is full of misunderstandings, live music and Abbott & Costello-like humor. Ages 3 and up. Free. Questions: (708) 452-3420, childrens@ s@ oppl.org. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

“Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Artists” Monday, Feb. 19, 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association: Educator and author Donna Seaman reveals the lives and work of almost-forgotten female artists in her new book. The program highlights Gertrude Abercrombie, Bay Area self-portraitist Joan Brown, Ree Morton, Loïs Mailou Jones of the Harlem Renaissance, Lenore Tawney, Christina Ramberg, and Louise Nevelson. $10, suggested donation. Questions: 708-386-2729, nineteenthcentury.org. 178 Forest Avenue, Oak Park.

“Hamilton” Workshop with a Chicago Cast Member Monday, Feb. 19, 3 to 5:30 p.m., Ovation Academy for the Performing Arts: Tweens and Teens: Join Aaron Gordon, Broadway in Chicago star of Hamilton, for a musical theater and dance intensive. Learn a songand-dance from the musical, participate in a Q&A with Gordon about his Hamilton experience, get a souvenir T-Shirt and get your Playbill signed. Recommended for 11+. (Contact regarding those younger.) $140. More: TeamOvation@OvationAcademy.org, (708) 222-7564. 126 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

The Art of Hearts Reception Friday, Feb. 16, 7 to 9 p.m., Expression Graphics: raphics: xhibit now Artists interpret love, relationships and more at a printmaking exhibit t k. through Feb. 28. Inquire: 708-447-9292. 29 Harrison St., Oak Park.

See Seed Startin Starting for Vegetables Saturday, Feb. 17, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Small Meeting Room, Main Library: Get a head start on gardening by learning how to start seeds to grow your own vegetables. Hosted by the Garden Club of Oak Park & River Forest. Free. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Sunday, Feb. 18, 3 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association: The Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself and his wife has disappeared. His lawyer and his spouse must concoct a story before the other guests arrive. The Free Readers Ensemble presents this dinner party farce. Free. dinner-party More: freereaders.com. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

Henry Fogel Presents Conley Johnson Thursday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association: Hear an accomplished Chicago pianist play romantic era music by Chopin and Liszt with the program concluding with Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. Enjoy conversation with Fogel and Johnson after the performance. $35; $30 members; $20, students. Special: 2 for 1 tickets., 708-386-2729, www.nineteenthcentury. org. 178 Forest Avenue, Oak Park.

A Jazz Interpretation of Burt Bacharach Friday, Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: Come explore the music of Burt Bacharach as interpreted by Stan Getz, Elvis Costello and the Jazz Prayer Band. All are welcome. Doors open at 7:10 p.m. Questions: 708-848-4741. 611 Randolph, Oak Park.

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LEGO Train Show Saturday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 18, 1 to 5 p.m., Gymnasium, Grace Lutheran School: See trains, trains towns, to ns cities and more all built b ilt from LEGOs. LEGOs Supports S pports Chicago Choral Artists. At the door: $5, per person; $20, family. Advance tickets: $4 each; $16 family. Tickets/questions: chicagochoralartists.org, 773-658-9799. Put on by Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club:niltc.org. 7300 Division St., River Forest.

Mind-Body Approaches to Mental Health and Wellness Wednesday, Feb. 21, 7 to 9 p.m., Priory Auditorium, Dominican University: Inger Burnett-Zeigler, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. She will discuss an approach that offers a more accessible way of treating common symptoms of mental illness such as depression and anxiety. It explores creative uses of meditation and mindfulness techniques as a holistic response to mental health needs. Free; pre-registration is encouraged. Questions/register: events.dom.edu, rhartwinter@ dom.edu. 7200 W. Division, River Forest.

“70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green” Sunday, Feb. 18, 2 to 5 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: See the documentary that explores the demolition of a high-rise public housing complex and its impact on the community’s longtime residents. Join the filmmakers for a postscreening discussion. For adults and teens. Info: oppl.org/more. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.


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ackling big issues isn’t easy. And while many avoid dealing with sensitive topics, or even deny they exist, those in the arts often embrace their platform and use their craft to raise awareness. Percy Julian Middle School is doing just that, tackling issues of race this school year through the CAST theater arts program. Up next in their “Black and White” season is a staging of The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 this weekend. The story deals with turning points in the Civil Rights Movement, including the Children’s March, a protest against segregated schools that still existed in the South despite the Supreme Court ruling of 1954 in Brown v. Board of Education that made racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional. LeKeya Shearrill, guest director for CAST since 2014 and director of the CAST Jr. program, said this season they are exploring how people either confront racism or fail. “It’s an opportunity to see where we’ve come from and how those lessons are applicable today,” Shearrill said. “It’s building a sense of community with the kids and they are receiving it well.” For The Watsons Go to Birmingham, historic images from the Children’s March of 1963 are shown during the show. Joshua Bonds, a Julian seventh-grader, plays Kenny Watson in the play. He first heard about the Children’s March and the “brutal things no kids should go through,” such as being blasted with fire hoses, in fifth or sixth grade. He believes the way Birmingham is staged will show the audience the real pain and suffering families went through during that historic time. Eighth-grader Samantha Duwe plays the role of a newscaster in the play. When she looked in her American History textbook, she noticed it didn’t have much on Civil Rights events, focusing more on the good things instead of the bad, which she finds biased. “We learn from our past mistakes in history class so we can be a better generation in society, but they sometimes keep us from doing that when they don’t talk about things

America is ashamed of like the Children’s March or slavery or what we did to the Native Americans,” she said. “It will be eye opening and the audience will gain something from watching our show.” In December, CAST put on My Vacation in Paris, which told the story of Thomas Jefferson’s house slave, Sally Hemings, and her eye-opening trip with the Jefferson family. According to Shearrill, upon seeing another way to live, Hemings realized she deserved better. Playing Hemings was eighth-grader Kirsten Plunkett, who said it was a very serious role, but it “was a nice adventure to go along with her, to research her and to understand the changes and struggles she went through.” “It makes me feel good to express these different problems that are going on in the world, but not just by saying it, by putting emotion, acting and costumes toward it,” Kirsten said. “It is nice to be a part of teaching, not just having a fun play, but it actually meaning something. At first, the audience was shocked. Once they got into the play, they were intrigued.” Putting the season together is CAST Program Director Bill McGlynn. CAST, which stands for Communication Arts Speech Theater, is open to all Julian students. “It doesn’t matter — your talent, if you have a disability, what your social status is,” Shearrill said about taking part in the CAST theater program. Zachary Polan, a sixth-grader who played Bugs in Bud Not Buddy last month, said everyone feels included and “when we put our show together, we’re proud of what we accomplish.” With a story like The Watsons Go to Birmingham, Shearrill said the students get more out of the production than just the accomplishment of putting on a show. “With stories of ordinary kids being heroes, it allows us to walk right into it,” she said. “Young people are catalysts for change. And you actually have the power to do it, too.” “The Watsons go to Birmingham 1963” will be performed Friday, Feb. 16, and Saturday, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m. at the Julian Middle School Auditorium. $10; $5, seniors/students. Tickets: jpnose19.wixsite.com/cast-at-pjms. 416 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park.

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t was maybe eight years ago. A meeting at the Cheney Mansion for village officials to present their plan for major infrastructure work and streetscaping along Oak Park Avenue and Lake Street. It was also the first time I’d ever seen Anan Abu-Taleb, owner of Maya del Sol, as a potential political force. A sort of Howard Beale kind of force complete with shouting and rumpus-making. The looks on the faces of the village hall folks were incredulous — and pissed. They wanted the meeting over and never to see this angry business owner in a public meeting again. They had a point. The plan to dig up Oak Park Avenue and replace 100-yearold water and sewer pipes had been in discussions for a long while. And the board of the local business association, of which I was and am a vice president, knew all about that plan and had been pushing to have the above ground streetscaping work done at the same time. The future mayor, who felt blind-sided by the news of the months-long reconstruction project right in front of his restaurant, seemed to be having flashbacks to a similar infrastructure project in front of another of his restaurants in another town. That he had a representative on the business association board, that the Journal had long been writing about the aging pipes under the downtown business districts did not placate him. Eight years later, the rotting pipes under Oak Park Avenue still mainly hold water and the 40-year-old streetscaping — bricks and lights, sidewalks and curb cuts — just gets older and bumpier. The attention of the village has shifted from Oak Park Avenue to Lake Street where the pipes generally are newer, the streetscaping is about as worn out, and a lot of new construction has taken place. Now the issue has wended its way through lots of staff meetings, various ad hoc committees, some engineering

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and design consultants, and arrived recently before the village board with a quite stunning price tag of $18.8 million. That covers some modest infrastructure work, streetscaping from Harlem to Euclid and repaving of the street from Harlem to Austin. (While a lot of the infrastructure work on Lake was accomplished during the malling and unmalling of Downtown Oak Park 40 years ago, there is, according to the village engineer, the ground zero of plumbing dysfunction on Lake between Oak Park and Euclid. That small stretch of street will be torn up for weeks — or months — at some point.) As village trustees figured out, the bulk of the money requested is for what goes on top of the pipes not what is going on underground. Initial estimates put the pipes and paving at less than $3 million of the overall cost estimate. The new, more chintzy village board has asked staff to come back with cheaper options soon. Truth is that Lake Street looks like hell if you’re a pedestrian, and our village has cast its lot with pedestrians, bikers, and new residents in tall buildings downtown. The bricks are buckled, the curbs are cracked, the street furniture looks like it came from a municipal recycling warehouse. This street needs work. But $18.8 million in work? Not hardly. Somewhere in the middle between the heated bluestone walkways, the granite curbs and the brick street of Marion and the current state of decay on Lake is a wide and welcome middle place. Sidewalks made of concrete. Curbs made of concrete. Streets lustrous with asphalt. And then some ruffles and flourishes of brick and bump-outs at key intersections, some decent benches and even curly-que light fixtures that streetscape designers seem to love. Oak Park needs to invest in its downtown area. But overpaying is not a virtue.

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Oak Park’s envoy to the universe By TIMOTHY INKLEBARGER Staff Reporter

Oak Park has a new ambassador, but not to the worlds of Frank Lloyd Wright or Ernest Hemingway. Think bigger. Oak Parker Mark Benson was recently named ambassador to the solar system by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Solar System Ambassador Program. This new concierge to the celestial neighborhood joins the ranks of nearly 1,000 ambassadors across the United States — about 20 of whom are in the Chicago area — in highlighting real NASA missions that explore the solar system. Benson has always had a passion for NASA and its space missions, but his journey to ambassadorship began the summer he started volunteering as a telescope facilitator at Adler Planetarium. He purchased a telescope a few years ago to share the stars with his daughter. They also started taking trips to Adler to look through the big telescope. One day, while looking at the hours of operation on Adler’s website, Benson came across a volunteer page and learned about the telescope facilitator program. “I thought, ‘You mean you’re going to let me come in and run your telescope?’” he recalled. Benson took his enthusiasm for the space program further in the fall, when he successfully applied to attend Jet Propulsion Lab’s completion of the Cassini Mission — that’s JPL’s 13-year mission exploring the atmosphere of Saturn. Benson traveled to the JPL lab in Pasadena, California to watch as scientists crashed the Cassini spacecraft into the planet’s surface. That’s where Benson learned about the ambassador program.

He applied and received his acceptance letter on Christmas Eve, he said. As an official ambassador, Benson is tasked with holding at least four events a year that celebrate the space program. “I’m eager to plan events around town that will get people using telescopes, and get people the most up-to-date information about what NASA is achieving,” he said in a news release announcing Oak Park’s new space ambassador. “But most importantly, I’m eager to answer people’s questions.” Benson is just getting started planning events to get people excited about space, but he plans to start with his daughter’s upcoming school field trip to Adler. “The kids are coming in with a list of questions when I meet them there,” he said. As a telescope facilitator at Adler, he has learned that “the most important answer I can give to someone is the answer to their question, not the question I raise. “They already have a question [when they visit the planetarium],” he said. “They don’t need me to rant at them for 15 minutes about what I think is cool.” Benson said he hopes to gain a reputation in Oak Park as a person stargazers can come to with questions. The Solar System Ambassador Program has been around since 1997, according to Kay Ferrari, program coordinator. She said the program started in an effort to promote the Galileo Mission, which studied Jupiter and its moons. It was later expanded to include all of JPL’s missions in 1999, Ferrari said. “It’s telling the story of NASA and what NASA does,” she said. Ambassadors have found a number of creative ways to share NASA’s accomplishments with the world, she said.

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REACHING FOR THE STARS: NASA Solar System Ambassador Mark Benson, of Oak Park, stands next to his telescope at his home in Oak Park. One ambassador created a weather map that shows areas on Earth that are colder than the location where the Curiosity Rover is exploring the surface of Mars, she said. “We have creative people who know what works in their communities,” she said. Learning about NASA from a local person in their own communities makes it “so much more meaningful,” she added. Some ambassadors hold dozens of events a year; at least one holds over 100 annually, she said. “Most have been doing this anyway since before they joined,” she said. More information about Benson and the space program is available at: https://solarsystem1.jpl.nasa.gov/ssa/biography.cfm?US_ID=1564. CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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Oak Park schools, residents push to increase minority hires Petition drive, hiring fairs, application changes among methods explored By MICHAEL ROMAIN Staff Reporter

Officials with Oak Park Elementary Schools District 97 and Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 recently outlined some of their plans to recruit more minority teachers after a petition drive created last month by Oak Park Call to Action gained some traction among community members. Citing data released in the Illinois Report Card, Oak Park Call to Action, a local activist group, demanded that both districts increase the number of non-white teachers they hire. As of Feb. 12, the petition had garnered 392 signatures — eight away from its goal. According to the report card, which measures the annual performance of school districts based on data those districts give to the Illinois State Board of Education, nonwhite students comprise 45 percent and 47 percent of the student bodies at D97 and OPRF, respectively. Nonwhite teachers at D97 and OPRF are only 19 percent and 21 percent of the teaching population at each district, respectively. “Not only that, but many of the non-white teaching staff are put in support, rather than primary, teaching positions,” the Oak Park Call to Action petition reads. “This puts our students and our community at a disadvantage.” When reached by email last week about the petition, Karin Sullivan, D200’s communications director, explained that the district was aware of the petition and had implemented measures to address the lack of minority representation. “Having a teaching staff that better

reflects the demographics of our student population is an area of focus for us,” Sullivan stated, adding that last year, the district added language to the postings it publishes on its website and other places for open employment positions. The term “equal employment opportunities” has been added, in addition to the following sentence: “OPRF’s goal is to increase its representation of people of color.” Sullivan said that D200 officials have also been in contact with officials at Howard University, one of the country’s most prestigious Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to explore possible ways to recruit more minority teachers. “Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Greg Johnson and Principal Nate Rouse recently visited Howard University to meet with the dean of its college of education to discuss actively recruiting more minority candidates for teaching positions,” Sullivan said. “As a result, D200 and D97 are partnering to send representatives to the college’s job fair at the end of March,” she added. “D200 administrators are reaching out to other HBCU colleges of education as well to see how we can engage in similar recruiting efforts.” During an interview on Feb. 12, Laurie Campbell, D97’s assistant superintendent for human resources, said that she’s working to finalize the details of the trip to Howard and exploring ways the district can pay for it. But Campbell and other D97 officials stressed that they were also looking at other, more substantive, ways to address the need for more minority hires. In particular, Campbell said that the district increased the percentage of black teachers from the 2016-17 to the 2017-18 school years by 1 percent. Last year, roughly 30 teachers retired, “which gave us the opportunity to be more

aggressive with reaching out to more minority candidates.” She said that 12 (or 20 percent) of the 59 new teachers hired in D97 were African American. “This year, we only have a few retirees, so we won’t be able to move the bar as much,” Campbell said. “You can only move things along as new people come into the system.” Campbell said that last year the district implemented some changes to its hiring process in consultation with the D97 Diversity Council (DivCo). The council includes leaders from each D97 PTO, school teachers and members of Excellence With Equity in Education (E-Team) — a grassroots coalition of community members who are focused on providing resources and support systems for children in Oak Park and River Forest. “We met with them several times last year to talk about the actual application and looked at ways to change the application in order to screen for people with high levels of cultural competency,” Campbell said. She said that each candidate was asked to post a 60-second video responding to the following question: What techniques, ideas and resources would you use to improve minority achievement? District officials also sent interview teams questions related to cultural competency to ask the candidates. District 97 Supt. Carol Kelley said that last year she and Campbell visited Evanston Township High School District 202, which the superintendent said has been effective at attracting high quality minority teachers. Kelley said that Evanston officials told them that, even more than job fairs and advertising, the most important factor in filling the need for minority teachers is providing them with an atmosphere they want to work in. “[It’s about] having a culture where excellent teachers, particularly those of color, feel comfortable,” Kelley said. Carrie Kamm, D97’s director of equity, said that the district has worked with the

National Equity Project — an Oaklandbased organization that offers leadership development training for schools to help them identify opportunity gaps “to improve learning and education outcomes for all students,” according to the website. Kamm said that, so far, the organization has facilitated three sessions with district employees designed to encourage deep dialogues and examinations about race and equity. One session, she said, “delved into the history of Oak Park and also the history of education,” Kamm said. “It’s not like we just ended up here, poof, out of nowhere. There are some structural, historical pieces that have really shaped and informed where we are today in terms of public education.” Kamm and other D97 officials, however, said that they recognize they’re up against some seemingly intractable structural challenges — namely a national teacher shortage that cuts across demographics. According to a 2016 report by the nonprofit Learning Policy Institute, “teacher education enrollments dropped from 691,000 to 451,000, a 35 [percent] reduction. This amounts to a decrease of almost 240,000 professionals on their way to the classroom in the year 2014, as compared to 2009.” But shortage or no shortage, the urgency to hire teachers of color remains, according to Oak Park Call to Action’s petition. “The research is clear that students of color benefit academically and emotionally from teachers of color,” the petition reads. “Hiring more teachers of color also benefits our whole community — if all our students are performing at their best, then we can truly claim that our schools are among the best in the country.” CONTACT: michael@oakpark.com

River Forest narrows Lake & Park developers to 2

Both have proposed mixed commercial-residential projects for the site By NONA TEPPER Staff Reporter

River Forest officials narrowed the pool to two preferred developers for the southeast corner of Lake Street and Park Avenue, where development has been stalled for three years. Trustees voted unanimously at a village board meeting on Feb. 12 to seek full pro-

posals from developers IBT/Walsh, the investment arm of the Chicago-based Walsh Construction, and the Chicago-based Focus Development. Both have proposed a mixed commercial-residential development for the area that would generate property tax revenue for the village. “It’s going to be hard to choose,” Trustee Susan Conti said at a village board meeting on Feb. 12. Last spring, the village created a work group comprising two village trustees, two members of the Economic Development Commission and consultants Ehlers and Associates to look for developers for the site. In November 2017, the village issued a

request for proposals at the corner, which consists of a village-owned parking lot and vacant lot. A third property, 7777 W. Lake St., is owned by Oak Parker Jack Strand, who has previously expressed a willingness to include his property in a coordinated redevelopment of the site. After issuing the RFP, the village received three proposals, one from IBT/Walsh, another from Focus Development and another from a nonprofit the village did not name. The work group conducted interviews and “within five minutes of our second interview, we knew what we wanted,” said Bob O’Connell, chairman of the Economic Development Commission.

Going forward, IBT/Walsh and Focus Development must meet with Strand to make sure he’s open to developing the site. If he approves, developers must then present a finished proposal to the village. The developers’ proposals come after years of failed development attempts at the site. In October 2015, Keystone Ventures and the village entered into negotiations for a redevelopment agreement. Keystone proposed a mixed-use development for the site that would have included up to 16,000 square feet of retail space and 35 residential units. Village Administrator Eric Palm said no agreement was ever reached between the village and Keystone. CONTACT: ntepper@wjinc.com


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Preferred developer chosen for former Sears site

Tucker Development to lead redevelopment of commercial corner By TIMOTHY INKLEBARGER Staff Reporter

The shuttered Sears department store at the corner of Harlem and North avenues could be headed toward redevelopment with the selection of a lead developer for the site. Judith Alexander, chair of the community group The North Avenue District (T-NAD), reports in her monthly North Avenue newsletter that Highland Park-based Tucker Development Corp. has been chosen as the local developer by Seritage Growth Properties, a real estate investment trust for Sears and Kmart properties. Alexander confirmed in a telephone interview that Chicago Ald. Chris Taliaferro (29th) has said publicly that Tucker will lead the project. Taliaferro, who could not immediately be reached for comment, is expected to discuss the topic further at a public meeting at Rutherford Sayre Park field house, 6871 W. Belden Ave., on Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. Representatives from Tucker also could

not immediately be reached for comment. Tucker has developed retail shopping centers and other properties in Chicago, Highland Park, Wheaton, and Lincolnwood, among others. Alexander believes the development company’s work on Marketplace at Six Corners, an 11-acre site at the intersection of Cicero Avenue, Irving Park Road and Milwaukee Avenue, could have helped get them named for the project. Marketplace, which was developed in the mid-90s, included a renovated Sears department store. That development used tax increment district funding on the project that also included a Jewel-Osco grocery store and Marshalls department store, according to Tucker’s website. It’s been four years since redevelopment of the Sears property was seriously considered. Sears was in negotiations in 2014 to locate a Mariano’s grocery store at the site, with Continental Properties as the lead developer. That plan also included demolishing the existing Sears and rebuilding a smaller Sears store and locating one or two restaurants along the North Avenue. That plan was declared dead in 2015, the same year the property was sold to Seritage, which purchased over 250 Sears and Kmart stores from Sears Holding Company. In 2017, Seritage put the 3-story property

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MOVEMENT: The development process for the corner of Harlem and North avenues has taken a step forward. up for partial lease, making only 131,359 square feet of the 356,744-square-foot building available. A few month later, Sears announced it was closing the location. Alexander said no details have been shared concerning what might replace the

Sears, but added that T-NAD supports more residential development in the district. “There is more office and retail space than there is demand for, so residential development is obviously part of the answer,” she said.

at Concordia University Chicago The Music Department

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Music Faculty Recital January 21 at 7 p.m., Chapel

Unfolding Secrets - by Claudia Craemer A collection of abstract oil paintings | January 8 - February 17 Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Ferguson Gallery is located in Kretzmann Hall

Life in a Sandcastle - by Jayme McGhan Directed by Meghan Beals | February 16 - 25 Madison Street Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park

Kapelle sings for Bach Cantata Vespers January 28 at 3:45 p.m., Grace Lutheran, 7300 Division St., River Forest

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Haley Smith Senior Flute Recital January 28 at 7 p.m., Chapel Music Department Information: 708-209-3060

Event details are subject to change. Unless noted, all events take place at Concordia University Chicago, 7400 Augusta St., River Forest. Visit CUChicago.edu


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Build them a home and they’ll come

OPRF grad starts nonprofit to make architecture welcoming for minorities By MICHAEL ROMAIN Editor

Maya Bird-Murphy knows intimately the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. As a young child growing up in Oak Park, she toured the famous architect’s home and studio, and marveled over the maple wood Froebel building blocks that are an intricate part of Wright’s style. She often walked among the skyscrapers downtown, where her father worked. By her senior year at Oak Park and River Forest High School in 2011, she had made up her mind. She would be an architect herself — the decision cemented when she earned the Russell C. Lissuzzo scholarship, named after local architect Russ Lissuzzo and given to students who plan to major in architecture in college. Bird-Murphy enrolled at Ball State University in Indiana, where she was often the only African American in her classes and the only black in her entire graduating class to leave with an architecture degree. “I think there was one African American

in 5 identify as women. professor in the architecture The absence of people of school the whole time I was color, in particular, she said, there,” Bird-Murphy, 25, recalled translates into a dominant during a recent phone interview. design perspective that barely “We never learned about black deals with, yet alone confronts, designers. I got a very good issues such as affordability, education, but there were always poverty and gentrification. The these awkward moments.” inanimate buildings too often Bird-Murphy recounted one of take precedence over living, the more awkward moments in breathing people, she said. the thesis statement she drafted MAYA BIRD-MURPHY “In America, space segregates for Chicago Mobile Makers — OPRF alumn and encourages inequality,” a nonprofit organization she Bird-Murphy said. “Eighty-five started to help young elementary and high school students, particularly percent of the people who are building minorities, discover careers in the buildings in this country are white, but architecture, construction and design fields. most of the people who [live and work] in “I sat in a class where we watched ‘The them, and who live in segregated areas, are Help’ as a historical guide to understanding not white. The architecture profession and racism and space,” Bird-Murphy recalled. the built world is elitist and inaccessible. Non-white people must have a way to change “Architecture school was not made for me.” The OPRF graduate said that she believes their own spaces.” Bird-Murphy’s organization — which the sense of alienation she felt during her undergraduate studies — and still feels includes five other people, including three while working at a Chicago firm on her architectural designers, a Chicago teacher way to becoming a full-fledged, licensed and a writer — offers free and low-cost youth workshops encompassing design, architect — is one reason for the dearth of architecture, digital fabrication, basic minority and women in the field. According to 2017 data by the National construction and place-making in Chicago Council of Architectural Registration communities.” According to its website, Chicago Mobile Boards, fewer than 1 in 5 new architects identify as a racial minority and roughly 2 Makers seeks to expand “the variety

of people entering the field will create more diverse workplaces, leading to more equitable decision making and design. American spaces must reflect America.” Currently, the organization can host entry-level workshops in schools and other community spaces, but Bird-Murphy and her team hope to scale up their capacity to offer workshops within a “mobile makerspace — a retrofitted step van that allows students to comfortably work inside or outside,” according to the website. The ultimate goal is to “someday have a permanent ‘hub’ for all our making needs.” Bird-Murphy said she hopes her organization can help convince people that architecture should be a right. “This is making architecture accessible to those who don’t go downtown or who aren’t exposed to the buildings or to really well-designed spaces,” she said. “My whole point isn’t that these kids need to become architects. “It’s just showing kids they can work with their hands and for the kids who want to go into careers in the design and architecture fields,” Bird-Murphy said. “We want to advocate for them and for diverse workplaces, because that will create better design and better buildings for all people.” CONTACT: michael@oakpark.com

Divine Consign moving to North Riverside

Longtime Oak Park business hopes to make the move this spring By BOB UPHUES Editor

Divine Consign, an Oak Park-based, up-scale home furnishings and furniture consignment shop is leaving its longtime home at 809 S. Oak Park Ave. and moving into half of what was once Sports Authority at 1800 Harlem Ave. in North Riverside. The new store will roughly quadruple the footprint of the business, said owner Kellie Scott, and the new location also comes with plenty of parking – something in short supply at the Oak Park location. The building housing the Oak Park store is owned by Community Bank Oak Park River Forest. The bank also owns the adjacent parcel, which had previously been used as parking for Divine Consign. Walter Healy, the bank’s president, said Monday, “It is now our intention to sell the Divine Consign property.” The bank had previously announced its intention to sell the parking lot site, as well. Of the new store, Scott said, “It’ll be the same kind of feel, but it will look much more professional and have much more space. It’ll be easier to shop, and the selection will be five times as much as in Oak Park.” Divine Consign offers furnishings that Scott gets from sources such as Merchandise Mart showrooms, furniture stores and model homes, so customers never know exactly what they’ll find. While much of the merchandise is new or

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Kellie Scott, owner of Divine Consign almost new, Scott said, Divine Consign is able to sell at 20 to 40 percent of the retail price. In addition, she said, the store keeps items on display for just 60 days, and the items are marked down 20 percent every 21 days they are on the showroom floor. But about 75 percent of the items sell before the first markdown, Scott said. “Our turnover is crazy,” Scott said. “People come in often, because everything is different.” While towns like North Riverside, which depends on sales tax revenue to largely fund village operations, have seen brick-and-mortar retailers reel in an increasingly online economy, Divine Consign is growing. “We’re hoping to triple our revenue from here [in the Oak Park location],” she said.

The store has also received a bump in traffic since Scott began, last summer, to co-host the radio call-in program “Real Estate Revealed,” which airs on 560-AM at 8 a.m. on Sundays. Divine Consign has called Oak Park home for 10 years, the last seven on Oak Park Avenue. While she loves Oak Park, Scott said, “There was just no space big enough for us in Oak Park.” The Oak Park store employs 10 people, Scott said, but she expects that number to grow when the move to North Riverside finally is made. There’s no firm opening date for the North Riverside location, Scott said, but she’s aiming for a date in the spring to open the doors there. It’s unclear when Divine Consign will be leaving the Oak Park location, which is currently under lease. Divine Consign occupies about 10,000 square feet of space in Oak Park, but Scott said the store can only use about 4,500 square feet of that area. The North Riverside location is roughly 20,000 square feet. The business also has a 12,000-square-foot warehouse in LaGrange, which it will maintain for at least a time after the North Riverside store opens. However, said Scott, “the intention is to consolidate everything in North Riverside.” Scott, a former attorney, also previously owned a clothing consignment resale business called Trends, but she sold that business last August. Build out on the new space has not yet started and is dependent on the former Sports Authority being divided by the building’s owner. The other half of the space has been leased by the Cook County Health and Hospital System, which is planning to open a 21,000-square-foot primary care health center there. The county has already submitted its building plans to the village of North Riverside, and the health center is expected to open in late 2018. The county is paying $26,706 a month to lease the space for the first five years of its 10-year lease.


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Visit Oak Park CEO resigns

Tourism organization begins search for new leader By TIMOTHY INKLEBARGER Staff Reporter

Visit Oak Park, which promotes tourism in Oak Park and 18 other communities in the area, announced that Sara Barnett, president and CEO since 2015, has resigned from the position to take a new job. “The board is thankful for Sara’s service

over the last two and a half years,” Aberdeen Marsh-Ozga, board chair for Visit Oak Park, said in a press release. “She brought stability to Visit Oak Park in the midst of our state budget crisis and built a solid team. “Sara also understood the value of personal experience in driving tourism. Our social media engagement is at an all-time high and we’re phasing in improvements at our Lake Street Visitors Center and retail shop, promoting attractions and artist from throughout our service area.”

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Barnett served as chief of staff and transition officer for the Illinois Lottery prior to taking the position. A press release SARA BARNETT from Visit Oak Park stated it is currently looking to fill the position. Those interested in the can send resumes and cover letters to VisitOakParkIL@ gmail.com CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 officials are currently replacing fixtures and supply lines and shutting-off valves after 15 fountains and sinks at the high school tested for excessive amounts of lead last month. According to a new state law, school buildings constructed before 2000 that are occupied by pre-kindergarten through fifthgrade students are required to undergo lead testing and provide the test results to parents. OPRF has a daycare onsite. According to a letter sent out to parents on Jan. 23 by Greg Johnson, D200 assistant superintendent, the district’s environmental consultant “collected and tested water samples from 148 water sources at the high school on Jan. 3 and Jan. 4.” Fifteen of those sources “contained lead exceeding 5.0 [parts per billion] on the first draw. “While samples on a second draw of water from the same sources showed that lead levels did drop, in some cases to non-detectable levels, the district is taking action based on the results of the first draw.” According to Johnson, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires action to be taken whenever lead concentrations exceed 15.0 ppb. OPRF is “following the more stringent guideline from the Illinois Department of Public Health and taking action on any results showing lead levels of 5.0 ppb or higher.” In light of the testing, district officials “shut off the affected water sources” and are in the process of replacing them. After the work is done, the consultant will retest the sources that did not pass the lead test on the first draw of water. The district has directed anyone with questions and concerns to call the Department of Buildings and Grounds at 708-434-3698. CONTACT: michael@oakpark.com

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thing ready.” Pereira said that although her husband is a co-owner in the venture, the new restauJust a few months after Taste of Brasil rant will be her business. “You’re going to find me here every day,” closed up shop at its former location at 906 S. Oak Park Ave., co-owner and chef Chris- she said. Though Pereira was reluctant to reveal tiane Pereira is ready to try again at the cormuch about the new restaurant, she did say ner of Lake Street and Oak Park Avenue. Taste of Brasil closed its doors in August that customers are likely to find some of the Taste of Brasil dishes on the after a new owner of the propmenu. erty declined to renew the res“Taste of Brasil was very autaurant’s lease. thentic Brazilian homemade Co-owners Pereira and Andre meals,” she said. “But we are goOtero, Pereira’s husband, said ■ Video ing to be innovating.” at the time that business was VISIT OAKPARK.COM She hopes to have the restaustrong, but the lease renewal is rant open in April. what forced them out of business. And Pereira’s not stopping Pereira and Otera were concerned that it would be difficult to find a new location, be- there. She said she hopes to eventually open cause available commercial is much scarcer another fully Brazilian restaurant. She said her faith helped her through the these days than when they opened Taste of closure of Taste of Brasil. Brasil in 2009. “Sometimes we go through difficult moThe new restaurant will be located at 136 N. Oak Park Ave., at the site of the former ments, but if you keep your heart on the Fresko juice bar – but it’s not going to be a right things, new, beautiful opportunities Taste of Brasil, Pereira said in a recent in- will come,” she said. “This for me right here is a miracle that we were able to come from terview. “I do already have a plan, but I just want very humble south Oak Park to one of the to make everybody curious,” she said. “I do prime locations in the city.” CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com have a name, I do have a menu. I have everyStaff Reporter

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Police resources from page 1 Justice in a regional taskforce to address the recent surge of carjackings. In fact, Ambrose appeared Sunday at a news conference in the city where efforts were announced to change state law to toughen consequences for juveniles arrested for rising in a stolen car. While Ambrose said in a separate interview that carjacking arrests made by Oak Park police have been split between teens and adults, that it is “very frustrating” for his officers to see juveniles rapidly released from custody and turned over to parents and guardians. Public Works Director John Wielebnicki also attended the board meeting, requesting the village launch a pilot program to test new streetlights in the village. The board discussed four options for replacing street lighting throughout the village. The village currently uses traditional incandescent lightbulbs for most of its street lights but is likely to upgrade to more energy efficient LED lights. Wielebnicki told trustees that the village has approximately 6,000 streetlights and about 1,000 alley lights, so replacing them

is no small task. About 2,500 of those streetlights are in residential areas, while the rest are in business districts, he said. New LED lights would result in a 50-70 percent energy savings, although new fixtures could cost as much as $350 each. Trustee Dan Moroney voiced support for the new LED lights but said he does not support a wholesale replacement of lights throughout the village, rather favoring a piecemeal approach over five years. Trustee Bob Tucker said he has no interest in “lighting the village up like a Christmas tree” adding that “the pilot program sounds like the perfect program for now.” Trustee Andrea Button suggested conducting a block-by-block analysis to determine where the need is greatest and whether residents there want new lights to “pay attention to the needs of different blocks.” Village Manager Cara Pavlicek said at the meeting that as recently as 15 years ago, the police department had upward of 170 sworn officers. But along with the rest of village government, the department “tightened its belt and that meant (cutting back on) staff.” The request would entail hiring six police officers and one patrol commander and possibly one additional officer. “The additional commander would provide relief to assist the patrol division (which is the busiest shift) and to cover other time off of the commander group and the other officers would allow the department

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MOVING NORTH: Cristiane Pereira is relocating from south of the expressway to Oak Park Avenue and Lake Street.

to increase staffing to each patrol shift by one officer and increase support servicesinvestigations by three detectives,” a village memo notes. Police did not detail how much it would cost to hire the additional officers, but the additional overtime request would increase that budget from $450,000 to $700,000 for fiscal year 2018. The part-time communications specialist – who would run the department’s recently created Facebook and Twitter accounts – would cost the village about $50,000 annually, and two mobile surveillance cameras would run about $19,000 apiece. Ambrose noted that in terms of carjackings, it has been quiet since Cook County began sending more sheriff ’s officers to the village. That’s prior to six carjackings – four unsuccessful attempts and two successful – in the village since the beginning of the year. He noted that there seems to be no pattern to the crimes, considering they’ve taken place throughout the village and arrests “have been split between adults and juveniles.” The request for additional officers was referred to at the meeting as over hiring of police, an effort that would help cover the department when officers go on leave for a disability. Pavlicek explained that overstaffing helps keep the department fully staffed when officers are injured.

Oak Park currently has 23 sworn officers per 10,000 residents, according to a village memo. “Excluding Chicago, both Oak Park and Evanston have the highest number of officers per 10,000 residents amongst all communities over 34,000 population based upon 2016 Illinois data,” the village notes. “Oak Park however, is more densely populated with over 11,000 residents per square mile while Evanston is estimated at 9,600 residents per square mile.” CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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True to who you are from page 1 room.” Ives told the Chicago Tribune the actor was based on Wimmer, who once served the conservative state representative a subpoena at her home in Wheaton. Ives did not respond to interview requests. “I’m not running for governor and it bothered me that she felt it necessary to bring me personally into the race, but what bothered me more was that she is continuing to demonize minority people for political advantage,” Wimmer said, comparing Ives’ political strategy to that of 1930s Germany, when fascists blamed the Jews for the economic and social problems of the post-WWII state. She said she believes Ives is trying to appeal to the extreme conservative wing of the Republican Party. “It’s like when you went to high school; there were the cool kids and the not-cool kids. I think it’s human nature to try and build yourself up at the expense of other people,” Wimmer said. “Anytime you have a group that’s different, there’s a potential for that, and I think it’s probably more common now just because gay people and transgender people are seeking equal rights, so we’re more visible and it’s controversial.”

Transitioning In her younger years, Wimmer focused her energy on developing a tough-guy persona, walking with her shoulders out, talking in the lowest register of her voice and constantly looking to others for validation. She loved watching Perry Mason on TV, a legal series that always ended with the guilty party confessing at the hour’s close. She abandoned her “feminine” love of music, and pursued a “macho” career that her father said would allow Wimmer to support a family: Law. In 1990, Wimmer opened a private law practice, following the advice she always gave her kids Benjamin, Jeremy and Sarah: “follow your dreams.” Wimmer wanted more of a choice in what cases she picked, and “I wanted to be in control of my life a little bit,” she said. But by the time she was 40 years old, Wimmer was losing control of her carefully curated identity. She started buying women’s clothing and wearing it under her suits. She began shaving her legs. Every March, her wife Alison would have to remind her to stop, so her leg hair would be grown out by the time they made their annual summer trip to the beaches in Michigan. Wimmer felt sad watching the hair return. “It’s important to be who we are,” Wimmer realized. “As someone who lived for 53 years being someone I’m not, I think it’s really important to be who one is. I think that when people deny who they are because they’re afraid they won’t be accepted or they won’t get a job, they’re killing a part of themselves.”

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TRANSITIONAL: Oak Park attorney Joanie Rae Wimmer practices law at her office on Lake Street in Oak Park. At right, man in a dress poses as a transgender woman in a recent Ives campaign ad. When Wimmer realized she was a trans woman, the revelation made her remember her painful school years. She thought about killing herself, and had a recurring fantasy where she’d die, go up to see St. Peter and say, “Look I know I got a lot of things wrong the first time through, but I’ve learned from my mistakes. Now send me back and I’ll get it right.” In her dream, St. Peter would reply, “Sorry, you only had one chance.” Wimmer decided to make the transition to woman in 2008 and started hormone therapy, which caused her to develop breasts, softer skin and longer hair. Her physical changes led her wife to file divorce papers, after nearly 30 years of marriage. “I always thought our marriage was going to survive,” Wimmer said. “You like to say you love the person and not their body, but I respect my ex-spouse’s decision because physical intimacy’s important.” After years of pretending to be someone she wasn’t, Wimmer also started seeing a therapist in Oak Park to help her break the cycle of seeking approval from others. One day a week, Wimmer avoided speaking to anyone she knew. Then she would lie down, meditate and reflect on her feelings. She realized her identity was split between John Robert, the calculating part of herself, and Joanie Rae, her emotional gut. She worked to integrate the two selves by studying liberal bishop John Shelby Spong’s philosophy, which basically advises people to live without limits, love wastefully and

act as your most genuine self without being affected by society.

Practice When Wimmer first transitioned, she wore a wig to hide her male pattern baldness. But summer temperatures that soared to 100 degrees made the style uncomfortable. From then on, Wimmer went without a wig. “It just rankles them so much. I want to be in the face of the Ives of the world,” Wimmer said of her bare head. She had her first encounter with Ives in 2013, while defending Stephen Bona, a gay man who was convicted of leaving threatening messages on Ives’ voice mail after Ives described gay marriage as “disordered” in a radio interview and said gay couples were trying to “weasel their way into acceptability.” Wimmer recalls going to Ives’ home and Ives’ husband coming to the door with a “big dog.” Eventually, Wimmer dropped Bona’s case, although she continued to focus on federal civil rights and employment discrimination suits, representing those who can’t afford to hire a lawyer. She said being a transgender lawyer actually helps in these cases since it throws off the power dynamic in the courtroom. “If you have a dispute between a homeless person and a wealthy person or corporation, I think most people would want to side with the wealthy person or the wealthy corporation because they want to be in the in-crowd

too,” Wimmer said. “But when you have a trans lawyer come into the courtroom, it kind of throws everything upside down. It’s like, ‘OK, now we’re going to have a free-forall, and it’s going to be about the facts and the law.’” She said word-of-mouth referrals drive most of her business. But “I still don’t have as many paying customers as I used to,” she admits. Her bread and butter is winning cases and forcing defendants to pay her attorney’s fees. After nearly 40 years of practicing law, she recognizes a shift in what the federal government is fighting for. She said in the 1950s and ’60s the federal government fought to promote racial equality — now, the government has banned transgender people from serving in the military and is ostensibly protecting religious freedom by allowing people to discriminate against queer people. With this mentality, she said, it’s no surprise crimes against queer people are on the rise. Wimmer was born in the 1950s, she said, an era of conformity where society demanded that women be homemakers and men work to provide for the family. During the 1960s, she said the Civil Rights Movement empowered people to be themselves. But now, “there’s been this backlash, and now we’re in a time where a lot of people like Ms. Ives and Mr. Trump are trying to require people to go back and conform and be who they’re not and that’s just so wrong. When you’re done, you’re done,” she said of life. CONTACT: ntepper@wjinc.com


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Oak Park police release sketch of alleged child abductor

The Oak Park Police Department has released new information about a man who reportedly attacked and abducted a 13-year-old girl on Feb. 5 about 4:15 p.m. The man allegedly grabbed the girl from behind and carried her to his vehicle, but she fled from the vehicle. Police originally reported that the vehicle was a red Toyota, but have updated that to a black Toyota. Also, the vehicle was parked in the 400 block of Washington Boulevard, Composite sketch not the 600 block, as originally reported. A sketch artist from the Cook County Sheriff ’s Office released a composite drawing based on the girl’s description. She described him as a light-skinned black man, 6-feet tall with green eyes.

Armed robbery on Scoville A man was robbed at gunpoint in the 500 block of South Scoville Avenue at 9:55 p.m., Feb. 8, according to the Oak Park Police Department.

The victim was walking southbound on Scoville, near the Adams intersection, when a white Lexus pulled up and a man emerged from driver’s side door. He displayed a silver handgun and demanded the man’s possessions. The victim handed over his wallet, which contained credit cards and $6, a pair of Monster DNA headphones and a black iPhone 6S. The offender drove southbound on Scoville Avenue. The estimated loss is $525. The offender was described as a black man between the ages of 20 and 25, 5-foot-10, with a thin build and wearing a dark hoodie and dark pants.

Concordia equipment stolen During the night of Feb. 11 or early morning of Feb. 12, someone broke into property owned by Concordia University on the 1100 block of Monroe Avenue, according to a release by the River Forest police. The front door was forcibly entered and a computer and camera equipment were taken. River Forest police did not specify the estimated value of items taken. They encourage anyone with information on the incident to call 708-366-7125.

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2014 black Chevy Impala was stolen

from a garage in the 1100 block of South Grove sometime between 3 p.m. on Feb. 4 and 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 5. The thief gained entry to the garage and entered the vehicle, which was left unlocked with the keys inside. Also missing is a standard set of Titleist/Calloway golf clubs. The estimated loss is $26,200. ■ A 2008 Audi, parked unlocked and unattended, was stolen in the 6600 block of West Roosevelt Road about 8:55 p.m. on Feb. 6. The estimated loss is $8,500. ■ A male between the ages of 16 and 20 took two packages containing miscellaneous clothing from the front porch of a residence in the 800 block of Lyman sometime between 6:43 p.m. on Feb. 2 and 10:49 p.m. on Feb. 5. The estimated loss was $75. ■ A silver Macbook Pro and a purple water bottle were stolen from a victim’s unattended backpack that was left in the hallway of Oak Park and River Forest High School, 201 Scoville Ave., sometime between 5 and 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 6. ■ A Lenovo laptop and black headphones were stolen from Rush Oak Park Hospital, 520 S. Maple Ave., sometime between 10 and 10:20 a.m. on Feb. 5. The man was described as black, approximately 40, 6-foot, with a heavy build, bald head and wearing a dark, puffy jacket, light blue jeans and tan boots. ■ A man described as being between the

ages of 40 and 50 stole a 750 ml bottle of Jameson Black Irish Whiskey from Carnival Foods, 824 S. Oak Park Ave., about 7:40 p.m. on Feb. 6. The estimated loss is $36.02. ■ A black Google Chromebook left unattended was stolen at Percy Julian Middle School, 416 S. Ridgeland Ave., sometime between 9:45 and 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 31. ■ A gray iPad, left unattended on a school desk, was stolen from Beye Elementary School, 230 N. Cuyler Ave., at 2:50 p.m. on Jan. 26. The estimated loss is $314. ■ A man was seen stealing a small Amazon package from the front porch of a residence in the 900 block of South Clinton Avenue about 10:50 a.m. on Feb. 7. These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Jan. 26-Feb. 7, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated. We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public’s help in making an arrest.

Compiled by Timothy Inklebarger and Nona Tepper

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Spice up your Winter Olympics

Korean flavors combine for a gold medal-worthy salad

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ll eyes are on Pyeongchang, South Korea, as they host the 23rd Olympic Winter Games this month, and folks who love cooking on a theme will have a full 16 days to whip up Korean dishes at home. Korean dishes like bibimbap, bulgogi and galbi are prized for balancing sweet, salty and spicy flavors in an artful manner. Readily available ingredients like garlic, sugar, chilis, ginger and vinegar make up the Korean pantry and work in harmony to bring bold flavors to otherwise cozy dishes like fried chicken and grilled beef. Few Korean meals are complete without a hefty dose of kimchee. The punchy and highly addictive side dish is a Korean mainstay made from fermented vegetables like cabbage, radishes and scallions. Watching elite-level athletes compete in an array of obscure chilly-weather sports night after night doesn’t really justify an indulgent dinner, but thankfully my bulgogi salad is light and bright. The composed salad features assertively marinated grilled beef and an array of crunchy fruits and vegetables, but pungent kimchee and quick pickled onions turn an average salad into a gold medal-worthy meal. oakparkeats.com debuts in March.

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Bulgogi salad

Gold medal-worthy bulgogi salad Beef bulgogi ¼ cup soy sauce 3 tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons sesame oil 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon minced ginger ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (more or less to taste) 1 tablespoon gojuchang (Korean chili paste)* 1 pound beef tenderloin, cut into thin strips (about 2 inches long and a ½ inch wide) 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Quick pickled onions 1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced 2 tablespoons white sugar ½ cup rice wine vinegar ½ cup water ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

For the salad garnishes 1 head of Boston or green leaf lettuce 1 small pear, thinly sliced 1 small Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced 3 carrots, peeled and sliced into ribbons with a vegetable peeler 1 small cucumber, cut into thin slices or matchsticks 4 scallions, thinly sliced Hot or mild kimchee*

To prepare the bulgogi beef: Combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl or storage container. Add the strips of beef tenderloin to the marinade and toss well to ensure the meat is evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight. When ready to serve the salads, heat a grill pan or large skillet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray over high heat until smoking. Cook the meat in batches 1 to 2 minutes per side until sugars begin to caramelize and meat is cooked through. Do not overcrowd the

beef in the pan or it will steam rather than sear. Transfer the cooked meat to a serving bowl and sprinkle with the sesame seeds. To make the pickled onions: Place the thinly sliced red onion in a storage container. Whisk together the rice vinegar, water, sugar and kosher salt. Pour the dressing over the onions. Cover and refrigerate overnight (pickled onions are also a nice garnish for tacos and will keep for three weeks in the refrigerator). Assemble the salad: Place four lettuce leaves on each of four dinner plates. Divide the warm beef among each of the plates. Garnish each salad with pear, apple, carrot, cucumber, scallions and a portion of kimchee. Top each salad with the pickled onions and serve at once. *Gojuchang and other Korean pantry items can be purchased at finer grocery stores in the international aisles or at Korean specialty markets like the recently opened H-Mart, 722 W. Jackson in Chicago.


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LISTINGS Mathnasium of Oak Park/ Code Play Learn

132 N. Ridgeland, Oak Park, IL 60302 Code Play Learn and Legacy Sports are teaming up again to offer their popular, fullday Sports & Coding Camps this summer. This unique program offers an experience like no other, with STEM and sports activities that exercise kids minds and bodies. Camps are open to kids who are currently in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Each weeklong camp runs from 8:30am to 4:00pm. Code Play Learn activities take place at 132 North Ridgeland and Legacy Sports activities take place right across the street at The Tennis and Fitness Centre at 301 West Lake Street in Oak Park. Campers are walked between location by staff from Legacy Sports. For more information on these and other Code Play Learn summer camps and after school programs, please call 708-374-8286 or visit www.codeplaylearn.com.

Master S.H. Yu Martial Arts & Fitness Associates

6701 W North Ave Oak Park, IL 60302-1006

We are the Original Home for True Martial Arts in Oak Park, IL, building a legacy of martial arts excellence for more than 20 years. Led by GrandMaster Yu, a 9th-Dan, licensed 1st Class Certified, internationally recognized GrandMaster, we proudly uphold the ancient, over thousands of years Martial Arts Teachings. We educate and create future leaders with a well-rounded awareness and knowledge of societal challenges, guiding them to distinguish their Way. We believe that the purpose of the Martial Arts Dojhang is to promote discipline and the Way which includes the Way of Life, Justice, Peace, and Prosperity. The Martial Arts Dojhang is NOT a playground nor is it a birthday party venue, it is a sacred space for human development and fostering a disciplined purpose, good health, strength, and community through practice. We believe the Martial Artist is “The One who follows and creates the Way using his/her own mind, body, and spirit.” Our teachers and instructors have a mission: they are responsible to develop each student’s highest quality of life. Our purpose is to “help the student discover the foundation of their life and build their interior kingdom.” This is true Martial Art. Total Martial Arts equals MuYae Do, the Way of the Complete Martial Artist, which includes Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Kumdo, Karate, Aikido, Judo, Kung-Fu, and many more. Contact us today for a site-visit! We are Ready to Serve You!!

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Use the Summer to let Mathnasium help your child Catch up, Keep Up, and Get Ahead! Mathnasium is the nation’s leading math only learning center, specializing in teaching kids math in a way that makes sense to them in a fun and engaging environment. Mathnasium can prevent the summer learning slide and prepare your student for the rigors of his or her new math curriculum in the fall. Working with students in Pre K-12th grade, Mathnasium can make a student’s summer both enjoyable and productive. Whether your child is significantly behind or leaps ahead, Mathnasium develops a program to challenge and excite their math muscles. Mathnasium now has learning centers in both Oak ParkTHand La Grange! For PRE-K – 12 GRADE SAT, ACT & ISEE TEST PREP more information and to schedule a trial session, call Mathnasium and see what a difference it can make.

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The Oak Park Art League›s Gallery + S.T.U.D.I.O. summer art camps give children ages 5-13 opportunities to explore creativity in an environment where artists have come to work and play for over 97 years! Art gallery and studio NOW OPEN IN experience combined, young artists will LA GRANGE! find inspiration through art exhibitions in Pre K - 12th Grade OPAL’s historic Carriage House Gallery, specifically WE themed to cultivate ideas for Remediation to Enrichment ARE EXPERIENCED WE ARE EXPERIENCED EARLY REGISTRATION SPECIAL: projects, and then guided by professional MATH SPECIALISTS MATH SPECIALISTS FREESummer CONSULTATION CONSULTATION Slide Prevention 25% OFF ALLFREE Summer teaching artists in the studio. In addition An in-depth SAT/ACT look at how the An in-depth look at how the Prep to skill development through a variety of Programs the Method works WE TEACH ALL LEVELS WE TEACH ALL LEVELS during Mathnasium Method works Mathnasium media and processes, students will learn & Geometry and howAlgebra we can meet your and how OF MATH ABILITY OF MATH ABILITY month of Februarywe can meet your how to curate and install an exhibit for a family’s needs. family’s needs. Review/Preview gallery presentation of their artwork. One PROVEN PROVEN RESULTS week camps run from JuneRESULTS 11 to August 17 Mathnasium Oak Park/River Forest Mathnasium La Grange and meet weekdays from 9-noon. 1101 Chicago Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302 1½ S. Waiola Ave, La Grange, IL 60525 web address Your Locationlagrange@mathnasium.com mathnasium.com/your web add For more information or to register, mathnasium.com/your Your Location oakparkriverforest@mathnasium.com contact the Oak123 Park ArtStreet League Any Rd.at: 708123 Any Street Rd. 800-123-4567 800-123-4567 mathnasium.com/oakparkriverforest mathnasium.com/lagrange Anythe Town, ST website 90000 at: Any Town, ST 90000 386-9853 or visit OPAL 708.613.4007 708.582.6593 mathnasium.com/your web address mathnasium.com/your web address oakparkartleague.org


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The Viola Project SUMMER 2018, OAK PARK CAMPS Using the works of William Shakespeare, The Viola Project unites and empowers girls from diverse backgrounds to stand up, advocate for themselves, and demand inclusion. The Viola Project welcomes all youth ages 10–16 who culturally identify as girls and women. Our students are welcomed regardless of their race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation or ability. All camps run from 9am–3pm Monday–Friday unless otherwise noted.

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Come and enjoy your summer with the Park District of Oak Park! Our camps are accredited by the American Camp Association and we offer a variety of camps from a couple of hours, half-day, full-day and extended care. For more information please visit www.pdop.org/ camps

There is no better way to spend a summer than enjoying outdoors with friends. And this year, West Cook YMCA is the place for kids to be all summer long.

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REGISTER TODAY! For more information and registration, please visit violaproject.org or call 773-349-2685 This program is partially supported by grants from the Chicago Foundation for Women, the Illinois Arts Council Agency through federal funds, a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, and the Conant Family Foundation.

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In addition to our popular half-day morning camps (Tot Camp, Kidz Camp, and Ultimate Sports Camp), we offer a large variety of afternoon specialty camps ranging from sports and fitness to STEAM, cooking, and art. For the older kids, we offer Thrill Zone, a field-trip based camp for kids ages 10-14. With over 40 camps to choose from, we have something for everyone! To view our 2018 Summer Camp Guide, go to rfparks.com Resident registration for Summer Camps begins February 26. Non-resident registration for Summer Camps begins March 26.

The Viola Project violaproject.org 773-349-2685

Are you a young actor? Want a challenge? Do you want to be in a room of fantastically creative peers and teachers? Do you believe in girl power and speaking your mind? Come spend a week (or two, or three!) with The Viola Project, Chicago’s all girl Shakespeare camp! You’ll act in magnificent scenes, talk social justice, and play theatre games. All programs culminate in a performance and we want YOU to come play! The Viola Project welcomes youth ages 10-16 who identify as girls and women regardless of their race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation or ability. Financial assistance is available.

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We provide a safe and inclusive environment, so that every youth feels welcome and finds a place to belong.

CAMP MAGELLAN

June 4th – August 17th West Cook YMCA’s Camp Magellan is your child’s destination to have the best summer ever! Days filled with activities at the local forest preserve, swimming, games, sports, and field trips. Your child will experience the best of what summer has to offer- all in a safe environment where he or she can try something new, build friendships, and make memories to last a lifetime. For children ages 5-14. Camp runs weekly sessions from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm with available extended care from 7:009:00 am and 4:00-7:00 pm, so you can rest easy knowing your child is having their best summer ever, all day, with the Y. Plus, we have Summer Boosts – a chance to focus on extra activities that teach skills that are fun and just may impact a camper’s future. Campers can be registered for Summer Boosts to enhance their camp experience during weeks 2 through 10 of Camp Magellan. For one hour every day, kids will enjoy summer boosts like: S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math), Drama, Arts, and Cooking! For more details, visit westcookymca. org/camp or contact Lisa Gacki, Youth Development Administrator at lgacki@ westcookymca.org or 708-366-2764.


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Gallery + S.T.U.D.I.O. Summer ART Camps | Children ages 5-13 June 11 through August 17 One-week camps, 9:00-Noon daily

Art gallery and studio experience combined, young creatives will:

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Camps for every age, ability and interest including: Traditional Day Camps Half-day, Full-day & Extended Care General Sports Camps Tennis LEGO Camps Golf Soccer Lacrosse Science & Nature Football Skateboarding Arts Circus Basketball Figure Skating Baseball Gymnastics Teen Scene Counselor-In-Training Program Chess Hockey Preschool Camps Swimming Volleyball Cooking and more!

MOST VARIETY. FLEXIBLE OPTIONS. CLOSE TO HOME. Register before May 1 and Save! pdop.org/camps

The Oak Park Art league is partially funded by grants from the Oak Park Area Arts Council and the Illinois Arts Council, a State Agency.

On February 16th, Success of All Youth (SAY) will add to its website a consolidated list of local summer camp information and links to simplify your search. Check it out in the SAY “Library” at sayoprf.org


Camp Guide ... Spring 2018

EDUCATION & ENRICHMENT GUIDE Section Special Advertising Section

February January14, 17,2018 2018

Camp Program Exercises Mind and Body

W

ith winter break over, kids are counting down the days until summer. Which means for parents, it’s time to start looking into summer camps.

Code Play Learn and Legacy Sports are teaming up again to offer their popular, fullday Sports & Coding Campsthis summer. This unique program offers an experience like no other, with STEM and sports activities that exercise kids minds and bodies.

physical activities teach campers how to communicate with each other and work as a team to accomplish their goals. Together, this one-of-a-kind Sports & Coding Camp program gets kids to think creatively, reason systematically, work collaboratively, and have fun!

Through Code Play Learn, kids can engage their brains across all kinds of camp offerings. New this summer, Chess Camp and Rube Goldberg Inventions Camp enable kids to apply strategy, critical thinking and creativity to their play. New STEAM camps spark imaginations by combining art with coding.

Learn activities take place at 132 North Ridgeland and Legacy Sports activities take place right across the street at The Tennis and Fitness Centre at 301 West Lake Street in Oak Park. Campers are walked between location by staff from Legacy Sports. For more information on these and other Code Play Learn summer camps and after school programs, please call 708-374-8286 or visit www.codeplaylearn.com. Register now and use the code SUMMER18 to receive a 10% multi-camp discount.

Other returning favorites include Minecraft Modding,Kids Can Code where campers can explore the fundamentals of engineering and programming through play, and Battlebot Engineering where kids can build a variety of bots for competition. Through Legacy Sports, kids can spend the other half of the day playing multisport athletic activities like Hand Hockey, Countdown Dodgeball, Treasure Island, Battleship, Capture the Flag and Soccer. These

Camps are open to kids who are currently in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Each week-long camp runs from 8:30am to 4:00pm. Code Play

Full Day

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For registration and information about all our programs visit www.codeplaylearn.com 708-374-8286 • 132 North Ridgeland, Oak Park, IL 60302

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Oak Park zoning board says no to dividing landmark property Owner cites financial hardship as reason for request

By LACEY SIKORA

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Contributing Reporter

n Feb. 7, the village of Oak Park’s Zoning Board of Appeals voted not to recommend approval of a zoning variance to allow a landmark corner property at 500 Linden Ave. to be subdivided. Raj and Dhanalakshmi Ganesan purchased the Tallmadge and Watson-designed home on the northeast corner of Chicago Avenue in 2005 for $1,370,000. In December, they submitted an application for a zoning variance for the property, stating their desire to subdivide their approximately 18,377-square-foot lot into two lots: one of 10,150 square feet containing the existing house and another of 8,228 square feet, on which they would build a new house. In 2006, they sought and received local landmark status for the circa-1919 property, which is located in the Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie School of Architecture Historic District. In April of 2010, they listed the property for sale for $1,599,000 but deactivated the listing three months later. The home has been listed for rent for over 100 days for $5,500 a month. On Feb. 7 meeting, Raj Ganesan stated that he and his wife sought the zoning variance due to financial hardship. A realtor advised them that their house had an estimated market value of $1,150,000, almost 20 percent less than their purchase price. Property taxes on the property rose from roughly $20,000 to $36,000 since 2005. Their realtor also advised them that in 2017 the area saw 87 homes list at $1,000,000 or higher and only four of those listing sold. Ganesan requested the variance, citing the declining value of his home, rising property taxes and the 2018 changes to the state and local tax deductions in federal tax law. Ganesan and his architect, James Collins, stated that the Ganesans’ intention was to build a new house between the original house and Chicago Avenue. As they stated, the original house would still retain a market value between $900,000 and $1,100,000 while a newly constructed home on the smaller lot could fetch approximately $900,000 when listed for sale. Michael Bruce, Oak Park’s zoning ad-

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NO GO: The Oak Park Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously voted not to recommend dividing the large parcel of land at the corner of Chicago and Linden in two. The present owner wanted to build a house on a newly created corner lot in order to recoup part of his investment in the property. ministrator, said a zoning variance was required because the minimum lot area requirement is 10,000 square feet in that particular district, bounded roughly by Lake Street, Thomas Avenue, Grove Avenue and Fair Oaks Avenue. Bruce said such variance requests are fairly rare, but admitted that the pressure for owners to try to find ways to get more from their property is becoming more prevalent.

Reversing a trend? In a letter to the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Oak Park Historic Preservation Commission stated unanimous opposition to the proposed subdivision of 500 Linden Ave. Preservation Commission Chairman Chris Payne noted that there has been a trend in recent years to demolish smaller ranch homes that destroy the grand appearance of estate homes fronting Chicago

Avenue, pointing to the demolition of two homes on the north side of Chicago at Euclid Avenue. Payne expressed concern that allowing the subdivision would set a precedent that would go against that positive trend. Another concern was that the ornamental brick and iron fence that surrounds the entire property would be destroyed and the See 500 LINDEN on page B12


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Obscuring history from page B9 decorative front entrance of the home would be obscured by the addition of a new house. “These are some of the main things that make this house historic,� Payne stated. “They are part of what makes this building a landmark.� In addition, preservation commissioners worried about the overall effect of building a new home between the existing home and Chicago Avenue. “From the side street, the home is now seen as a large estate,� Payne stated. “You’d be shoe-horning it into a smaller property and making it more urban and more dense than what is the norm in that neighborhood.� During his tenure on the preservation commission, Payne says he cannot recall another instance of a property in a historic district applying for a variance to subdivide. He says aspects of 500 Linden Ave. demanded a closer look. “It’s a pretty unique circumstance with the front of the home on Chicago Avenue,� he said. “It’s not like we can regulate what they can put up if they build a new house there.�

Neighborhood concerns Seven neighbors spoke in opposition to the application. While all were sympathetic to the rising tax burden faced by the Ganesans, all

Linden Ave.

500 LINDEN

voiced concern that the historic character of the home and neighborhood would be negatively impacted by a subdivision of the property. John Biek, who lives directly across Chicago Avenue from the Ganesan house, says that he and his wife, Tina Norton, were opposed to the subdivision of the property, but not without some misgivings. Calling the Ganesans great people, he said his concerns are based solely on the architectural integrity and character of the streetscape. “In terms of architectural character and feeling for the neighborhood, it is in jeopardy if the Zoning Board of Appeals grants these variances,� Biek said. Calling attention to the wider frontages and deep setbacks, with larger distances between homes in the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District, Biek says that the neighborhood is a little less dense than other areas. “Putting an infill house on Chicago would be totally out of character,� he said. Biek echoed Payne’s concerns about reversing the trend on Chicago Avenue of removing infill houses and restoring the neighborhood to what it was historically. Biek also agreed that it would go against the home’s landmark status to cover up the Tallmadge and Watsondesigned exterior with a new home. Members of the Zoning Board of Appeals, after a few minutes of discussion, unanimously agreed that issues of tax hardship and housing market swings were not valid reasons to grant a variance from the zoning ordinance.

500 Linden Li d Ave. A

CHICAGO AVE.

Courtesy of cookcountyil.gov

INTACT: In addition to concerns of the zoning board, neighbors were concerned that dividing the lot would change the character and integrity of the streetscape of a neighborhood showcasing grand homes on ample corner lots.

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P R O P E R T Y

T R A N S F E R S

Oak Park home sells for $1,175,000

The following property transfers were reported by the Cook County Recorder of Deeds from December 1 to December 31, 2018. Where addresses appear incomplete, for instance where a unit number appears missing, that information was not provided by the recorder of deeds.

OAK PARK ADDRESS

PRICE

SELLER

BUYER

210 Home Ave 1143 Woodbine Ave 500 Clinton Ave

$1,175,000 $930,000 $968,000

Morris Michael C Priceman Eric 500 Clinton Llc

300 N Elmwood Ave 1119 Fair Oaks Ave 825 S Oak Park Ave 837 S Lyman Ave

$915,000 $830,000 $730,000 $700,000

1122 S Oak Park Ave 818 S Elmwood Ave 541 N Lombard Ave 6441 North Ave 735 N Ridgeland Ave 704 Fair Oaks Ave 1015 N Ridgeland Ave 141 Le Moyne Pky 1167 S Oak Park Ave 714 Clinton Ave 716 Carpenter Ave 1123 S Humphrey Ave 420 S Taylor Ave 19 Le Moyne Pky 1133 Paulina St 921 S Humphrey Ave 1023 S Harvey Ave 1037 S Lombard Ave 339 Home Ave 4C 544 S Cuyler Ave 1027 Clarence Ave 221 N Kenilworth Ave 206 1135 Schneider Ave A2 312 S Maple Ave 2N 423 S Kenilworth Ave 4231S 223 S Maple Ave 1331 N Harlem Ave 13315 1116 S Harvey Ave 222 N Grove Ave 2B 830 Carpenter Ave 922 North Blvd 305 1041 Susan Collins Ln 101 950 Washington Blvd MANY 922 North Blvd P32

$650,000 $588,500 $540,000 $480,000 $437,500 $425,000 $389,000 $380,000 $375,000 $370,000 $366,000 $365,000 $355,000 $350,000 $340,000 $335,000 $330,000 $330,000 $315,000 $308,000 $305,000 $285,500 $250,000 $237,000 $230,000 $217,500 $210,000 $205,000 $205,000 $183,000 $170,500 $168,000 $158,000 $155,000

408 Wisconsin Ave 303

$140,000

Youman Lisa M Tr Beile Brad S Chicago Title Land Trust Co Tr7175 Peterson Joseph L Matykiewicz Michael Lbs Mgmt Llc Series 825 Abcd Real Est Llc Series 839 S Lyman King David J Tr Patai Kristina E Tr Papd Prop Inc 6441 Oak Park Inc Hammet Owen M Iii Lopardo Marykay Malecki Peter R Heckman Charles J Ii Brs Betther Neighborhoods Inc Van Eyndhoven Kathleen Rius Richard G Thompson Nicole Ernst Shawn Mcbride Cami K Carmel Barrie Gross Thomas L Tr Fields Kimberly D Kirshenbaum Steve Hunt Linda B Wagener James R Hoenisch Daniel Tr Conover Scott C Tr Alexander Kevin F Montgomery Kevin Waterston Robert Hugh Barfield Marla J Pisone Diana Martin Kevin Extr Jones Robert J Wells Fargo Bk Torres Carlos E Streeting Barbara J Gierusz Denise M Chicago Title Land Trust Co Tr8002363479 Drungole Victoria L

Anderson Martin E Jr Nacke Jerrimy C 825 S Oak Park Ave Llc Cruz Sudrutai Illinois White Pelican Llc Rosen Greggory S Yesufu Mobola Campbell Oxford B&t Tr1869 Franconia Real Est Services Inc Blue Ink Homes Llc Bennett Stephen Smith Scare Timothy Heide Nora R Hammond Torrence K Peplinski John Stephens Quinn Salette Keith Jr Larocque David J Stefanski Thomas Wilson Tony D Hutchins Susan Aldous Meers Carolyn Yankow Richard E Sankowski Michael Irish Oak Dev Llc Young Janice C Tr Jannsen Roberta K Trust Orourke Amy J Roebker Andrea Colchamiro Ethan Nigh Jonathan R Godziszewski Daniel Pallares Amalia Olevsky Margarita Turner Daphne P Correa Vira Bohnoff Aaron Godinez Jose L Jr Scodra Llc-408 Wisconson Ave Unit 303

210 Home Ave., Oak Park

ADDRESS

PRICE

SELLER

BUYER

OAK PARK 1025 Randolph St 203 1339 N Harlem Ave 10 833 N Harlem Ave 2C 508 Madison St 5083S 1111 Holley Ct 213 1020 W Washington Blvd 2B 222 Washington Blvd P1 112 S Austin Blvd 925 Chicago Ave

$126,000 $96,500 $95,500 $87,000 $73,500 $72,000 $6,000 Unknown Unknown

Tepavcevic Radule Figiel Grzegorz Laucius Rob C Feuser Aimee Schultz Merchen Emilia T Pascual Edeza Field Morgan E Judicial Sales Corp Staszewska Halina R

Tawzer Tiffany Lara Angelo Czachowski Malgorzata B Eberle Andrew Tholen Bonnie Van Dellota Thomas Triple Jay Partners Bank Amer Wright Frank Lloyd Trust

RIVER FOREST 129 Thatcher Ave 727 Jackson Ave 239 Ashland Ave 703 Bonnie Brae Pl 316 Ashland Ave 411 Ashland Ave 3E 7352 Lake St 3W 8113 Lake St 1535 Park Ave 305 500 Bonnie Brae Pl B2 7618 Madison St

$695,000 $674,000 $575,000 $555,000 $448,000 $239,000 $210,000 $195,000 $185,000 $134,000 Unknown

129 Thatcher Llc Concord Home Sol Llc Sellers Advantage Chgo Llc Wagner Patricia S Kunkel Eugene H Tr Shah Shilendra Narendra Oconnor Mary L Kallas James W Tr Jankowich David Lillie Nancy Lutheran Child & Family Services

Youman Lisa M Tr Forest Dev Grp Llc Cue Alexander Glick Rachel Beth Fields James Kunkel Eugene H Tr Radtke Thomas L Burns Chicagoland Prop Llc Pedemonte Walter A Di Pierro Massimo River Forest

See PROPERTY TRANSFERS on page B18

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PRICE

SELLER

BUYER

940 Ferdinand Ave

$415,000

Gordon Jones Llc

Jewell Sara A

901 Dunlop Ave

$412,500

Doyle James B

Franconia Real Est Services Inc

1340 Marengo Ave

$400,000

Mccloskey Jennifer L

Gawlas Paul

1110 Ferdinand Ave

$330,000

White Jenna Elizabeth

Schellhase Joel

428 Elgin Ave

$306,000

Chicago Trust Co Tyr 89973

Garzini Nicholas V

825 Lathrop Ave

$303,000

Mackey Michael J

Van Slyke Brian D

1409 Harlem Ave

$275,000

A & W Rehab Llc

Bohanon Susan M

626 Lathrop Ave

$270,000

Siddiqui Masood A

Harris Latrice

321 Burkhardt Ct

$252,000

Wood Christopher R

Haukas Andreas

1311 Elgin Ave

$228,000

Hamilton Naomi

Ledezma Ismael

119 Circle Ave

$227,500

Haring Jon

Javors Janice

524 Beloit Ave

$225,000

Schulz Jacqueline

Grimes John V

323 Burkhardt Ct

$200,000

Costas Enrique Posse

Oesterle Gail Noel

251 Marengo Ave 5BS

$177,000

Rozmus Karen J Tr

Cwik Ronald

7706 Monroe St

$139,000

Lejcar Sandra A

Hibbitts Kevin

235 Marengo Ave 4DN

$117,000

Thorsen Michael Tr

Billingsley James E

1037 Des Plaines Ave C507

$115,500

Pollack Jeffrey

Ortiez Rivera Juan H

7443 Washington St 407

$75,000

Parekh Sonali

Jospeh Jamses K

7443 Washington St 603

$61,500

Nash Maggie J

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GRACIOUS FRENCH PROVINCIAL, four bedroom, 3.1 bath home. This beautiful home will not disappoint you! Beautiful kitchen, elegant, sun-drenched LR & DR, 1st fl fam room and breakfast room. Finished LL, and unfinished attic available for further expansion. .............................................................................. $999,000

UPDATED VICTORIAN with 5 Bedrooms, 4-1/2 Baths overlooking Thatcher Woods. Besides the first floor having space for everyone in the LR/DR/Parlour, there is also a third level with BR, & full BA, and the LL has a large fin rec rm. Wrap around porch, two story, 4 car garage. ....................................................................................$885,000

BEAUTIFUL 3 LEVEL SINGLE FAMILY offers 3800+ sq/ft of living! Open concept on first floor. Second floor features four spacious bedrooms & a sunroom overlooking backyard. Third floor has great room w/separate guest BR and workout room. Finished basement. .................................................................................................$600,000

ELEGANT, GRACIOUS HOME with 4 BRs, 2-1/2 BAs offers a large formal LR w/gas fireplace, spacious DR, hardwood floors, beautiful molding, family room, eat-in kitchen, finished lower level and whole house generator. Outside includes back deck & 3 car garage. .......... ................................................................................................. $799,000

749 JACKSON• RIVER FOREST OPEN SUNDAY 1-3

300 N HARVEY • OAK PARK OPEN SUNDAY 1-3

821 N EUCLID • OAK PARK OPEN SUNDAY 1-3

605 S ELMWOOD • OAK PARK OPEN SUNDAY 10-12

RARE BRICK BURMA HOME with original coved moldings, leaded glass windows and wood floors accent well-built house. Enjoy sunroom view of park. 3-bdrm, 2-1/2 bath with large bonus room on 2nd fl, den on 1st fl. Authentic tile roof on house and twocar brick garage. ..................................................................... $689,000

COMPLETELY UPDATED mission influenced interior with amazing craftsmanship detail. Built-in oak shelving, gourmet kitchen, family room, mud room. Special lighting & hardwood floors throughout! Finished LL. Large lot with privacy fence, dog run, patio, and 2 car attd garage ................................................. $729,000

JUST LISTED!! Be the first to see this traditional American Four Square with 3 good sized bedrooms and a first floor family room addition. Great kitchen too! Two separate central air systems and mechanical system in good shape. Well maintained throughout by long time owner..................................................................... $595,000

BEAUTIFUL BRICK TRILEVEL HOME nestled in the heart of the Oak Park’s Gunderson Historic district. Great layout with 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths. Family room in lower level plus Sub-basement. Beautiful new cherry wood floors throughout. Two car garage. ....... .................................................................................................$450,000

RIVER FOREST HOMES

1000 N MARION • OAK PARK

828 JACKSON • RIVER FOREST

HULBERT BUILT HOME located on a fantastic corner lot in Historic Oak Park! Five bedroom, two and one half bath home with natural woodwork, hardwood floors, and art glass windows. The kitchen/breakfast room overlooks spacious backyard, two car attached garage. ................................................................$617,000 STUNNING VICTORIAN! Updated 3 bedroom, 3 bath home. Original details have been preserved, and well considered updates added to create an ideal blend of historical character and contemporary design. House sits on an extra large lot with professional landscaping.........................................................................$549,000 BEAUTIFUL QUEEN ANNE completely rehabbed with the highest quality craftsmanship throughout. Open kitchen with SS appliances, maple cabs and granite counters. Four bedroom, two full baths; bedroom on first fl can be office or in-law. Professionally landscaped back yard. ...............................................$499,000 INVITING TWO STORY three BR on a corner lot designed in 1921 by renowned architect Lyman Allison. This classic home has retained all of its original charm including natural woodwork and stained glass windows. The tranquil back yard provides a perfect place to relax......................................................................$399,900

LEGENDARY 1883 ITALIANATE VILLA on Keystone available for the first time in 37 years! One of a kind house with 7BRs, 3BAs, new hdwd floors, custom stain glass windows, eat-in kitchen. Meticulously preserved original features. AND unparalleled 2014 Guest House!...................................................................$1,650,000 PREPARE TO BE IMPRESSED with this STUNNING 5 BR renovated from top to bottom in ‘10. Endless amounts of quality upgrades. Exceptional lower level like none you have ever seen. New 2 level brick and stucco heated garage.$1,495,000 A REAL STUNNER! 4BR, 4 full, 1 half BA was completely gutted and rehabbed in ‘10. First flr features open floor plan, chef’s kitchen. BRs feature full walk in closets. Basement has an addl BR, full high end bath and rec room.....$1,275,000 THIS HOME HAS IT ALL! Open floor plan, hdwd flooring and natural wdwk. High-end kitchen, first floor laundry area. Four large bedrooms. Large basement offers additional living space. 2-car attached garage. Tons of storage with lots of natural light throughout ...................................................................................$899,000 STUNNING & SOPHISTICATED RENOVATION of this Mid Century 3 BR ranch. Gracious living, dining and family rm. GOURMET kitchen. First flr laundry/ mudrm, finished LL, attached 2 car gar. Yard with patio............................$835,000 VERY UNIQUE PRAIRIE HOME sits on beautiful corner lot. Suggestive of Tallmadge & Watson has fam rm that opens to kit. LR with fireplace. Basement has 2nd half BA, storage. Private brick patio & XL 2 car garage. ...............$629,000 MOVEIN CONDITION HOME. Many tasteful upgrades, art glass windows, radiant heated flrs in kitchen & baths, central air, mud room, new roof, brick paver patio, new garage, 3 season front porch, extra ext parking space............$599,000

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THIS HOME HAS IT ALL! Bright, sunny north east lot located in Horace Mann School District. Freshly painted walls, refinished hardwood floors, over sized Master Bedroom with room for multiple seating arrangements. Beautiful gardening surrounds the home. .... ................................................................................................. $659,000

OVER 60 LEADED GLASS WINDOWS in this four BR, three BA house with gleaming hardwood floors and beautiful woodwork throughout. Located in the middle of town, it offers custom cabinetry, Batchelder tiles in LR, hand painted tile in kitchen, Ann Sacks designer tile in bathroom. ..................................................... $869,900

OAK PARK HOMES

AMAZING GUT REHAB with second floor addition. Open first floor plan, UNPRECEDENTED ESTATE in the FLW Historical district of OP! Meticulously family room, mud room. 2nd floor laundry room. Hardwood floors, fabulous renovated 5 BR, 5 full/2 half BA property offers exquisite details, refined materials, wood and wrought iron railings. New custom deck and fenced back yard. Finished custom millwork. A showcase home! .........................................................$1,875,000 basement, two car garage with addl parking space ...................................$699,000

1426 JACKSON • RIVER FOREST OPEN SUNDAY 1-3

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RIVER FOREST 1BR, 1BA. Open floor plan. .............................................$169,900 RIVER FOREST 2BR, 1BA. Updated bathroom..........................................$85,000 OAK PARK 2 Flat ............................................................................................$549,900 OAK PARK 2BR, 1BA. Eat-in kitchen...........................................................$169,500 OAK PARK 2BR, 1-1/2 BA. Generous closet space. .................................. $124,500

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1040 S. Maple, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$315,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 927 S. Humphrey Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weichert Realtors Nickel Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$339,500 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-2 1526 Bonnie Brae Pl, River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baird & Warner Oak Park/River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$389,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 804 CARPENTER Ave, OAK PARK I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Classic Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$399,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-2

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605 S. Elmwood Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gagliardo Realty Associates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$450,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-12 625 Clarence Ave, Oak Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weichert Realtors Nickel Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$475,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 1023 Bonnie Brae, River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$560,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-2 821 N. Euclid Ave, Oak Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gagliardo Realty Associates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$595,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 38 Park Ave, River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gagliardo Realty Associates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$600,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 1104 S. Cuyler Ave, Oak Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Re/Max In The Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$625,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 232 N. Taylor Ave, Oak Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baird & Warner Oak Park/River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$649,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 749 Jackson Ave, River Forest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gagliardo Realty Associates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$689,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 1204 N. Grove Ave, Oak Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baird & Warner Oak Park/River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$719,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 300 N. Harvey Ave, Oak Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gagliardo Realty Associates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$729,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 1230 N. Grove Ave, Oak Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beyond Properties Realty Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$749,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-1 1426 Jackson Ave, River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gagliardo Realty Associates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$819,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 219 S. Grove Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weichert Realtors Nickel Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$835,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-2

Tom Carraher redefines the essence of real estate service. Finding someone who has a true passion and enthusiasm for life and business is rare. Tom Carraher’s enthusiasm for his profession and for his clientele’s best interest is not only infectious, it generates fantastic results as well. The right attitude moves mountains. Call Tom Carraher at 708-822-0540 to achieve all of your real estate goals.

223 Thatcher Ave, River Forest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gagliardo Realty Associates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$885,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 1339 Ashland Ave, River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gagliardo Realty Associates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$999,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3

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644 Harrison St. UNIT 3, Oak Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weichert Realtors Nickel Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$112,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-1 242 1/2 S. Maple UNIT 2S, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$142,900 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 514 Wenonah Ave. UNIT 3S, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Re/Max In The Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$149,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 419 Wisconsin Ave. UNIT 3W, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weichert Realtors Nickel Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$189,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-2 515 N. Harlem UNIT 201, Oak Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$319,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3

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1018 Randolph St. UNIT 3E, Oak Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Re/Max In The Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$369,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3

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1144 Schneider Ave, Oak park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baird & Warner Oak Park/River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$389,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12:30-2 15 Forest Ave. UNIT 19, River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @properties. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$554,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sat. 11-1 15 Forest Ave. UNIT 19, River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @properties. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$554,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-1

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A gentle man’s life: Remembering Sergio Quiano

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hey were born outside the United States, made their way to this country many years ago and found a home in Oak Park before dying recently at the age of 77. One is internationally renowned and beloved actor John Mahoney. He died while in hospice care on Sunday, Feb. 4. The other is Sergio Quiano, found stabbed to death in his apartment two days earlier. Unlike many Oak Parkers, I never met John Mahoney, about whom many have already written tributes, lauding his talent, kindness, and all-around goodness. Embodying a humble Everyman quality that was an integral part of his charm these past four decades, he made an outsized impact through his work in theater, film and television, through his philanthropic efforts, and through the many friendships he formed. It is altogether fitting, this posthumous praise for Mr. Mahoney. Meanwhile, though the mysterious circumstances of Sergio’s death form the bulk of what most people know about him, his life likewise deserves to be honored. I first met Sergio a little over a year ago, after years of seeing him mostly around Downtown Oak Park. We were standing in line at Prairie Bread Kitchen one cold December morning when he struck up a conversation with me. Within a few minutes, apparently sensing I was safe, he asked if I could drive him to an Elmwood Park drug store to pick up a prescription and some sundries. Although the request would have been overly forward coming from most any other stranger-turnedfresh acquaintance, I agreed. He swayed me with his child-like innocence, soft-spoken demeanor, and artful close-the-deal declaration that he didn’t want to stand in the cold waiting for buses to take him there and back. Throughout our excursion, we enjoyed a cordial conversation. My memory is foggy on the particulars, but I believe Sergio said he was from the Philippines. I do not recall him making any mention of relatives living nearby.

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A bittersweet journey

within months. My family had to sell whatever ittersweet — that’s how I would best describe the last 30+ years of researching they couldn’t carry. Bill and Chie sold their my family history. What started as a hisgarden nursery in Culver City, California to the tory paper in high school has ballooned milkman for $75. They took a chance and stored into a consuming passion, with many their valuables (including the Harding Museum twists and turns. Not to mention all the crazy photos) in the local Buddhist Temple. Many of “coincidences” I have uncovered along the way. these temples were pilfered and vandalized durI was lucky to have the chance to interview ing the war. My grandmother had my grandfather throw my grandparents for my original project in 1982, and then away his collection of celebrity autographs from his Harding — on a whim — tape recorded my grandfather’s life story Museum days. She feared that if officials saw the signatures, in 1990. It was the last time I saw him alive. The tapes they would be suspicious of his ties to them. turned out to be a priceless source of information in the Eleven camps were set up in remote locations in various ensuing years. mostly western states. My grandparents chose Manzanar My grandparents really in the California desert. didn’t talk about living in More than 10,000 people of a Japanese incarceration Japanese descent ended up camp during World War II. there. The dusty town in the It was only when I inquired high desert of the eastern that I learned about those Sierras was windy, barely dark days. Honestly, it’s populated and definitely been heartbreaking and “in the middle of nowhere.” eye-opening experience to The 500-acre plot of land understand all the complex was surrounded by barbed issues, thoughts and concluwire and eight guard towsions that resulted from ers which were patrolled the discrimination they by military police — 504 faced — and the shame they barracks organized into 36 carried with them the rest blocks. Eight individuals, of their lives became clear related or not, were crowded to me. into a 20 x 25-foot room. The My grandfather, Kimen and women shared a yotsugu “Bill” Tsuchiya, laundry room, mess hall, came to the U.S. as a teen, toilets and showers. Privacy and eventually made it to was virtually non-existent, Chicago where he spent the not to mention dignity. 1920s and ’30s as a curator, My grandparents arrived lecturer and hands-on exCourtesy Lourdes Nicholls on April 8, 1942. Their ID pert of priceless antiques numbers were 9191 and they CULTURAL EXCHANGE: Lourdes with her daughter, Mariko, at the now-defunct Harding were assigned to Block 20. I during OPRF’s 2018 Japanese Fest. Museum. The home and can’t imagine how “uncastle, which was located homey” it must have felt for in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago, was owned by my grandparents and my aunt Kieko, born in 1940. George Harding Jr., an eccentric multimillionaire and politiSoon after arriving, Ralph Merritt, the camp director, cian whose collection of arts and armor rivaled the Hearst learned that Bill had museum experience and asked him Castle in California. to create a Visual Education Museum at Manzanar. He asHarding met my grandfather while he was a student at the sembled a small staff and got to work. One of his staff memSchool of the Art Institute. Bill, as he was called then, lived bers, Toyo Miyatake, later became famous for “sneaking a on the Harding site for years. He met hundreds, possibly camera” into the camp. Toyo had taken my grandparents’ thousands of people, dignitaries, elected officials and celebwedding photos and his son Archie took my baby photos. rities. When Harding died unexpectedly in 1939, Bill stayed After months of preparation, the Manzanar Visual Educafor a short time but eventually decided to move back to Los tion Museum opened on Dec. 5, 1942 with monthly rotating Angeles to be with my grandmother’s family. exhibits. The museum gave incarcerees something “new” to Fast forward to my grandparents’ wedding day: Monday, look forward to, participate in and learn from. My grandDec. 7, 1936. Who gets married on a Monday? Their fifth father worked on two exhibits by the famed photographer wedding anniversary brought the Japanese attack on Pearl Ansel Adams, who visited Manzanar four times. Harbor. They quickly recognized that they would remember My mom, one of 500 babies born in the Manzanar hospitheir anniversary in a much different way for the rest of tal, was born in February 1945. I have two photos of her in their lives. 1945, barracks in the background, I assume taken by Toyo On Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Miyatake. Executive Order 9066 calling for the incarceration of 120,000 When the war ended, incarcerees were given $25 and a bus people of Japanese ancestry. It didn’t matter if you were ticket to a destination of their choice. Bill got a job teaching a U.S. citizen or not. Anyone with Japanese ancestry who lived on the West Coast would move to incarceration camps See NICHOLLS on page 24

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ood things and good possibilities keep happening along North Avenue. And we’re talking both sides of this state highway from Oak Park to River Forest, from Chicago to Elmwood Park. Last week we reported on the likely deal to bring a hard cider brewery, 2 Fools Cider, to a formerly derelict site the village government of Oak Park had reclaimed out of foreclosure. This week we report that a “preferred developer” has been chosen for the vacant behemoth that once was Sears at Harlem and North. A preferred developer is a long piece from new life and new tax dollars, but it is a necessary step in the reclamation process. And there may be a new residential project on the mammoth site of the old Charter One Bank on the north side of the street. Going west, there is River Forest’s proposal for a North Avenue TIF. A series of three public meetings take place next week to answer questions from both residents and business owners. We’d certainly anticipate the TIF will be approved by local taxing bodies in the near future. While TIFs have been exploited in some municipalities, while they are complex and municipalities have too often worked to avoid transparency, they remain a key tool to foster economic development. Based on its history with TIFs on Lake Street and also on Madison Street, we have confidence that River Forest will ably manage a North Avenue TIF. That said, whether it is through TIFs or private development, local governments need to spur change on North Avenue. The 1950s version of North Avenue from Austin to Thatcher is littered with obsolete uses. Small medical offices, third-rate retail storefronts, pretty ghastly and increasingly vacant strip malls, and a hodge-podge of residential multifamily are not the cohesive future of this underdeveloped thoroughfare. Kudos also to River Forest and Elmwood Park officials for their joint application for an IDOT grant to fund new streetscape on North from Harlem to Lathrop. The villages expect to hear if they’ve won the grant lotto by this spring. That work — planters lighting, curb bump-outs — would be in support of two standout North Avenue successes, the Restaurant Row in Elmwood Park and the still-new Fresh Thyme grocery store in River Forest. For the first time in decades there is momentum on North Avenue. It is driven by refreshing collaboration between Oak Park officials and the new city alderman representing Galewood and Austin. The emergence of a determined citizen and business group called the North Avenue District has linked concerns across this busy street. The shared efforts of Elmwood Park and River Forest are also encouraging. North Avenue, for all its traffic, needs to be more than a speed route to Elmhurst. We believe this street’s long decline is about over.

More black teachers

As complex and stubborn as the achievement gap between black and white students remains, an equally difficult challenge is increasing the number of African American and minority teachers in our local public schools. We’ll stipulate as to the challenge on both fronts. And then we’ll pile on some criticism of districts 97 and 200 for their years and decades of blather and timidity in actually taking on these challenges. Yep. It’s hard to find black teachers, especially black men. More demand than supply. Better options than teaching, etc. Finally, though, with both districts profoundly focused on equity issues, we seem to have broken through the “let’s place some ads in online education journals” approach to hiring. Doesn’t hurt that Oak Park Call to Action is trying to force the issue with a petition drive. Our two Oak Park school districts will travel to the Howard University job fair this spring. That’s smart. So are D97’s recent moves to make equity a focal point in their recruitment efforts. Let’s hope the job fair trip conveys the urgency and the opportunity that awaits a young black teacher in these schools. Let’s go recruiting, stealing black teachers. Bonuses for referrals. This is important and it is hard. But what we’ve done in the past doesn’t cut it.

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A valentine for the ones we miss

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Bryce makes several references to ’ll miss you forever,” Bryce says something called a “cashuckshin site.” as I buckle him into his car seat I ask him to repeat it several times for the ride home at the end of until my specialized papa translator our day together. function solves the mystery. “And I’ll miss you until next “Ah, construction,” I say. week,” I reply, kissing the top of his “Site,” Bryce adds, lest I forget. head several times. My apartment has become a recTyler is a less dramatic. He smiles reation site with multiple options. and says, “I love you, too … Mr. They move from one thing to the next Boogerman.” with ease and enthusiasm. When What is it about boys and boogers? It the officially designated playthings seems hardwired into the male gene. aren’t sufficient, they start exploring Boogers or not, my 4-year-old grandmy drawers and cupboards for more boys are becoming more complex. And material, asking, “What’s this?” and so am I. One part of me is Playmate when they get the OK, pouring them Papa who enjoys Magformers and into their creative constructions. They loves the smell of Play-Doh as much lose track of time altogether and when we have to as they do. Part of me is Helicopter Papa, making move on to something else, like dinner, they need sure they don’t do themselves bodily harm (and time to transition (depending on how hungry they tending to them when they do). And part of me is Papa Jane Goodall, observing these ever-changing are — and what’s being served). They play hard, marvels with awe and appreciation. in other words, which is wonderful to watch. Bryce began one of his sentences last week with But sometimes confusing. Looking over his “Actually …” sounding shoulder, I explain to very grown up. Later, Tyler how something as we read a book works. about cats, he turns “I not Tyler. I Bryce,” and asks, “Papa Ken, says Bryce who I swear why don’t you have has magically traded a cat?” He asks good places with his brother. questions, thoughtI can’t always tell the ful. Questions I can’t difference from behind. always answer. QuesIn the chaos of play, I tions I praise to the hilt. lose track. Pretty soon they forget If I want to read them I haven’t answered a book, I don’t ask. them. But I’ve reinThey’re too busy. I just forced the quality of start reading aloud. questioning, that it’s Their curiosity gets the OK to ask something best of them and soon not that simply can’t be they’re looking at the answered but that can’t pages and climbing up be answered simply, on the couch next to at least not right now. me. Photo by Anita Trainor As Rilke wrote, “Don’t When it’s time to set Tyler and Bryce, playing hard. search for the answers, the table for dinner, I which could not be don’t ask if they want given to you now, because you would not be able to to help. I call out from the kitchen, “Who’s taking live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the plates? Who’s putting out the forks?” They the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the love to help, but it needs proper framing. Playing future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, them off one another doesn’t hurt either. live your way into the answer.” After dinner, they want to watch the Paw Patrol The art is not to make up something that merely DVD we picked up at Maze Library. Tyler sits in appeases. Instead, questions can be the start of my lap. Bryce sits with Dad. Halfway through the a good conversation, like comparing their cat to first episode, Bryce looks over and says, “Papa Grandma’s cat, the most laid-back feline ever, who Ken, I love you very much.” doesn’t seem to mind at all being boy-handled. “I love you very much, too, Brycie.” Kids respond to animals, I suspect, partly beThey loved before this, of course, but now cause they’re easier to figure out than humans. they’re becoming aware enough to say so. They’re “What is ‘play hard’?” asks Tyler after I use the old enough to know what it means to “miss” term. someone. They feel the ache when Mama leaves to “Whenever you come here you guys always play go to work. It’s painful, but they have to learn that hard,” I say. Tyler pauses as if thinking, “As opsome pain is not all bad. There’s no cure, but why posed to what?” would anyone want to be cured of missing the They throw themselves into play, never holding ones we love? back. They enter the realm of the imagination and The boys are bonding. They’re still so young, weave narratives that Tyler in particular likes so innocent, yet life is already becoming more to do a running commentary on as he proceeds. complex, so much richer, so much deeper. Sometimes their narratives collide and compete, They’re learning that it’s bittersweet. requiring corrections and negotiations. And who would want to be cured of that?

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n Proust’s Swann’s Way there is a passage about the evocative power of madeleines. The narrator tastes the sweet and his mind flashes back through time as he suddenly and vividly recalls a distant past and place when he had a similar taste sensation. I think Proust was onto something here. I recently discovered the band Dire Straits and their song “Tunnel of Love.” It is a song about a guy meeting a girl at an amusement park. The song includes the phrase “when we were young.” That phrase, like Proust’s narrator’s madeleines, caused a flood of memories. When I was young, I remember hitting an inside-the-park home run on July 4 at the only game my Pop Hubbuch ever saw me play. When I was young, I remember waking up in the night, and going down the stairs on a hot summer evening in our house on Indiana Avenue to get a drink of water, and bracing myself for the inevitable scurry of the cockroaches in the bathroom when I turned on the light. When I was young, I remember my dad, with me and brother Bob in a boat, picking off copperheads with a .22 rifle on Turkey Fork Creek. The smell of gunpowder. The

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sweat running down my neck. The explosive crack of the rifle. When I was young, I remember how humiliated I was when I peed my pants at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and how kind Sister Patricia Ann was in helping me with the embarrassment. It’s all kind of sad. When I was young it was just me and my family. No job. No children. No aging parents. No thought of dying. Just my pals and my cousins and my mom and dad and my brother and sister. Life was a long road of endless, perfect days that stretched to the horizon and beyond. Don’t get me wrong. I love my current life, filled with grandchildren, travel, books, movies and diminished stress and responsibility. I do understand the way of the world. Our pasts are gone forever. But none of us — whether we are 18 or 68 can ever go back to when we were young. Proust says it far better than I: Our past is “only a thin slice among contiguous impressions which formed our life at the time; the memory of a certain image is but regret for a certain moment; and houses, roads, avenues are as fleeting, alas, as the years.”

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District 97 needs to rethink priorities I read with dismay that District 97 is considering cutting loose the BRAVO and CAST performing arts programs at Brooks and Julian middle schools. I recognize that budgets are tight. Still, I wonder if administrators have looked at cutting other programs — say, sports? Let’s compare. The number of students in any given production likely rivals the number of students participating in the larger sports programs. Coaches are paid, just like the administrators of the performing arts programs. D97 spokesman Chris Jasculca criticized the performing arts programs by saying, “We also provide access to facilities, cover the cost of custodial services during nonschool hours, [and] cover the cost of supplies.” Every sports team incurs these costs — plus the costs of buses for games and meets. D97 administrators also criticized the performing arts programs because they aren’t part of the academic curriculum. Neither are sports. However, many students from CAST and BRAVO continue their theater involvement at Oak Park and River Forest High School, and I would guess that a dozen or so students every year are accepted into nationally prominent college programs and pursue theater as a career. That certainly seems academically related to me. I wonder how many of our middle-school athletes go on to compete in college? BRAVO is nationally recognized for the caliber of its program and CAST is also celebrated.

Nearly all of their shows sell out. They perform for students from all of our elementary schools. They perform at the Oak Park Arms and other community venues. They march in Chicago’s holiday parade. Families move to Oak Park so that their children can participate in these programs. How many of our middleschool sports teams can claim that? Let me be clear: I do not want to cut sports. I believe that sports — and performing arts programs — are worth every penny as a means for teens to gain self-esteem and confidence, learn teamwork, explore their abilities, and find a sense of identity and belonging. I’m simply frustrated that, when cuts are discussed, the arts quickly end up on the chopping block, while sports remain sacrosanct. I expect more from a community as well-educated and wellinformed as Oak Park. Lastly, many Oak Parkers cast their votes to approve the most recent D97 tax levy with the expressed goal of preserving BRAVO and CAST. For D97 to jettison these programs now is the worst kind of bait and switch. It would not surprise me if there were lawsuits. And how discouraging that would be, to pour our tax dollars into legal fees instead of these two magnificent programs. Rethink your strategies, D97.

Kris Gallagher

Oak Park

Frankel a person of high integrity Scott J. Frankel is running for Judge in the 11th Subcircuit of Cook County. I have known Scott since our daughters started kindergarten together at Beye School more than 15 years ago. Scott and his wife Laurie have raised two great children in Oak Park, supporting them thoughtfully in their academics and

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other activities. Scott is a person of high integrity who cares deeply about his community and the legal system. I hope you’ll join me on March 20 in voting for Scott Frankel for Judge.

Karen Berman Oak Park

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P Riksha Magazine and Banyan, Asian American Writers Collective, in partnership with the Oak Park Public Library, presents a screening of The Orange Story, a short film directed by Erika Street Hopman about one's man journey and the injustice of Japanese American incarceration during World War II. Please join us after the screening for a discussion about the film and the personal journeys that humanize this tragedy in our nation's history. A special panel of guests will be present including: Matsumot executive producer of The Orange Story, Jason Matsumoto, Lourdes Nicholls, whose family was incarcerated in Manzanar, Joe Takehara who stars in the film, and Karen Su, who teaches in the Global Asian Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Saturday, February 24, 2018, 2:30-4:30pm. Oak Park Public Library, Veterans Room 834 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL

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astor Walter Mitty arrived at the Main Café last Saturday morning before anyone else in the men’s fellowship group got there, so he had time to check out the red Valentine’s Day hearts and cupids decorating the diner’s walls. As he looked, the lifelong bachelor found himself thinking about Susan. He had spent a year up in Manitowoc taking care of his brother Herman who was, as it turned out, dying of cancer. Herman’s wife, Susan, had to work to pay the bills and their two boys were still going to school. He had never thought about Susan in romantic terms. She was his brother’s wife, after all, and somehow that made her off limits, even in his fantasies. But Herman had been dead for two years now, and Mitty realized not only how close he and his brother’s family had become during thE year he had lived with them, but also that now he had permission to think about Susan as being quite attractive. Mitty’s fantasies were interrupted by seven male church members taking their places at the big oak table in the café’s overflow room, complaining about the cold weather and grumbling about the fact that the day before, Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog, had seen his shadow. Eric Anderson didn’t waste any time launching into a five-minute diatribe about President Trump’s State of the Union speech. “He’s taking credit for the economy doing well,” Eric fumed, “but it was on the way up when Obama was in office and Trump talks like it’s all because of him.” “There you liberals go again,” said Alice sarcastically as she filled coffee cups. “You simply don’t like him because he isn’t politically correct and tells it like it is. Did you see those Democrats during the State of the Union? Even when President Trump said he wanted to give a pathway to citizenship to two million illegal immigrants, they sat there with sour pusses and wouldn’t admit that he was compromising.” “Alice has a point,” said Dominique, after Alice had finished taking their orders. “You have to admit that even when the President says something liberals should like, they always respond with a ‘Yeah, but.’ They just don’t like or trust him as a person. But when Southern Republicans said they didn’t like Obama, Democrats blasted them as being racist.” Eric shot back, “That’s different, Dominique, and you as an African American should be the first one to acknowledge that it is.”

“I’m not so sure it’s all that different,” Dominique continued, “and you have to admit that although the stock market took a nosedive last week, on the whole it is doing great. I didn’t vote for Trump, as you all know, and wrote John Kasic in as a protest. But c’mon, at least give us Republicans credit for knowing something about how to stimulate the economy.” “OK, OK,” Eric replied grudgingly, “but you also have to acknowledge that half the population in our country doesn’t own stock, and they are the very ones who swallowed his promise that they’d be better off.” As it turned out, Alice and, at times, Dominique, were the only ones in the overflow room to say anything good about the current president. Basically, it wasn’t that they disagreed with all of his policies, which admittedly changed from day to day, but they just didn’t like the guy. Mitty tried several times to intervene and get the two sides to see it from the other side’s point of view, but he eventually gave up trying. On his way home, he felt a need to let off steam and stopped in at History/Herstory Bookstore to tell his friend Bernie Rolvaag what had happened. Just as he started venting, Fr. Bob Sullivan walked in and sat down. “The problem,” said Mitty as he finished his rant, “is that those guys hate Trump’s guts, and that causes them to find a reason to discount everything he says. They just don’t trust him.” Fr. Bob waited until he was sure his friend had finished before saying, “Walt, do you remember Anders Nygren from seminary days?” “You mean Agape and Eros?” “Yeah, the book we all read back in the day. Remember how Nygren argued that there are three kinds of love? Eros is the kind of love we are talking about when we say, ‘I love chocolate’ or ‘I’m attracted to you romantically.’ When you say ‘I love you’ in the eros sense of the word, you mean ‘I like you a lot.” Mitty blushed, remembering his fantasies about his sister-in-law two hours earlier. “Philia is the kind of love that the members of your men’s group feel for each other. Call it fellowship or team spirit.” “I think that’s how many of us in our history book discussion group feel about each other,” said Bernie. “Like-minded people being on the same page. Great minds running in the same channels. That sort of thing.”

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OAKPARK.COM | RIVERFOREST.COM Continued from page 22 “And then there’s agape,” Fr. Bob concluded. “It’s like when Jesus was dying on the cross and saying, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’” “Are you saying,” Bernie protested, “that we need to love people we don’t like?” “I think so.” “But that’s humanly impossible,” Bernie pleaded. “I think you’re right,” said Fr. Bob. “It isn’t humanly possible, but isn’t that what is needed in this country — in order to build bridges of understanding over this polarized chasm we have created?” As Pastor Walt walked home from Bernie’s book store, it dawned on him that this year Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday were both on the same day. And he wondered, “How in the world do you observe both at the same time?” He didn’t have the answer. But he had a suspicion that hearing the words “remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return” would help him say “I love you” better.

Legit massage therapists maintain a high standard I read Mr. Kelty’s letter about the massage profession [Also publicize legit massage businesses, Viewpoints, Feb. 7]. My daughter is a fully licensed massage therapist. She owns and operates her own massage studio. She has had customers who expect more from her than offered. These customers do not last long. They are told to leave. If they do not, authorities can be called and charges filed. Perhaps Wednesday Journal should do an article on the therapists who work hard to maintain a high standard of practice. I am proud of the person my daughter is. She is highly rated and popular with her customers. Her business is very successful and will always focus on all things above board. Proud Dad!

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Above and beyond

Many years ago, the late John Mahoney called our home. It was dinner time. He was not seeking our purchase of tickets for his play. My daughter was in the process of writing a paper about someone famous, and our cousin (at the time a local theater person) connected her to him. What is so impressive was after she left Mr. Mahoney a message — I believe he was in California — he called her! A few days after the interview, Mr. Mahoney was having breakfast at the Maple Tree restaurant (now Delia’s), and I stopped him as he was leaving. I said, “I don’t mean to bother you, but I wanted to thank you for helping my daughter do her report.” Before I could finish, he gave me his Martin Crane smile, and said, “Oh, yes, it was fun being interviewed by her,” and he added, “a great interviewer.” That was the first time, and the last time, I saw Mr. Mahoney in Oak Park. He lived among us, and as has been said by many, he liked it that no one made a big deal about him. However, his act of kindness, helping a child to write a report about a “famous” person, speaks for itself. Rest in peace.

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Say no to Trump’s war fantasies

Along with millions of others, I watched the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony on Friday. Of all the inspiring images nothing was as important or powerful as the collaboration of athletes from North and South Korea. We must use this moment to support our Congressional representatives in their efforts to resist the war-mongering rhetoric of the President. The drum beat of the false idea of a “preventive war” as the only way forward with the odious government of North Korea is dangerous and wrong. Senator Duckworth should be supported for her co-sponsoring SB 2047, asserting the Constitutional check on Presidential over-reach of power. Only Congress can declare war. A war with North Korea is not supported by our military leaders. Senator Durbin has joined other senators in a letter to the President asserting the importance of contin-

ued diplomatic efforts. The South Korean government’s use of the Winter Olympics to try to move the process forward is not just naive window dressing. It is important that we support our ally. We take pride in our community’s efforts to stand for justice. This is an urgent time to speak up. Let Senator Duckworth (312886-3506) know you support her co-sponsorship of SB 2047. Let Senator Durbin (312-353-4952) know you support his efforts and urge him to become a cosponsor as well. Let Congressman Davis (773-533-7520) know that HR 4837, No Unconstitutional Strike Against North Korea, deserves and needs his support. Stand firm, Congress, against the foolhardy and dangerous White House “leadership” threatening to engage us in a horrifying and illegal war.

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A journey of discovery from page 19 Japanese to military personnel in Oklahoma, which led to a job as a translator for the U.S. during the post-war tribunals in Japan. His family accompanied him. I’m certain that was a difficult job — not only all the details he heard but balancing his feelings about his home country and the country he called home. Bill died in 1990. Fifty days later his government reparations check arrived. My grandmother died on Dec. 7, 1991, the 50th anniversary of Pearl Harbor and her 55th wedding anniversary. Other stepping stones in my journey: I visited the Art Institute of Chicago in 1991. When I came upon the Arms and Armor Exhibit I immediately started to feel ill. I was convinced it was the same armor I had seen in my grandfather’s photo collection (which survived the war). When I inquired, I learned the curator, who had been writing a book about the Harding collection, had just been killed in an auto accident in Europe. I left feeling hopeless. Eventually, I learned that the exhibit and dozens of other pieces at the Art Institute did indeed come from the Harding Museum. 2009 – My mother and I visited Manzanar for the “40th Pilgrimage.” It was an emotional trip that I had wanted to take for a long time. My mom was less enthusiastic but as the weekend progressed, it felt healing. We met Jane Wehry, who had written two books on Manzanar, and showed her dozens of documents and items from my grandfather’s Visual Education Museum. She was surprised and excited. On Facebook later that year, I noticed the only item she “liked” was Occidental College, which is where my parents met in the 1960s. I asked if she had gone to Occidental. Not only did she go there but she and my mom

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BEST OF TIMES, WORST OF TIMES: (Top left) Kiyotsugu and Chie Tsuchiya on their wedding day, Dec. 7, 1936. (Top right) Kiyotsugu Tsuchiya in his workshop at the Harding Museum, where he was curator of the mansion’s collection. (Bottom right) Armored knights astride their steeds, the centerpiece of Harding’s collection, created by Kiyotsugu’s painstaking effort. (Bottom center) Notice of evacuation in May of 1942. (Bottom left) Photo of the Visual Education Museum staff taken by Ansel Adams (Toyo Miyatake, far left, Kiyotsugu, far right). knew each other. They didn’t recognize each other during our visit because they both had different last names. This connection raised my mom’s comfort level about donating copies of the Visual Education Museum pieces to the Manzanar archives, which has since created a barrack highlighting my grandfather’s work while he lived there. 2010 – I was introduced to Gloria Groom, chair of European Painting and Sculpture at the Art Institute. Our kids were in the same grade and school in Oak Park. I showed her my grandfather’s albums of photos, which he took while living and working at the Harding Museum. 2013 – A colleague at Wednesday Journal mentioned that a new employee, Sky Hatter, had worked in a Japanese Incarceration Camp. Not only did she work at Manzanar,

(Left) Chie Tsuchiya with her daughter Fumi in Manzanar, 1945. (Right) Lourdes Nicholls and her mom, Fumi Knox, at what was the hospital complex at Manzanar.

but she was the person who scanned the items we donated! Wednesday Journal has less than 50 employees. What are the odds? Sky grew up in Independence, the closest town to Manzanar, and lived next door to author Jane Wehry! 2014 – Gloria Groom arranged a meeting with Jonathan Tavares, Curatorial Fellow of European Painting and Sculpture. He was about to embark on assembling the new Arms and Armor wing at the Art Institute. My grandfather’s albums helped them research the layout and items in the original Harding collection. 2016 – While visiting Porto, Portugal, my mom and I met a nice couple, Pete and Betty from Portland, while looking at a restaurant menu on the street. We decided to dine together. At dinner Pete mentioned that his friend Richard Cahan. Richard had contacted me about Manzanar months before while working on his book, Un-American. 2017 – Cahan contacted me to see if I could find items for “Then They Came for Me” – Alphawood Gallery’s Chicago exhibit about the Japanese incarceration that he was assisting with. I asked my mom if we could look through things at her house. Four items were selected for inclusion in the exhibit, which ran from June through November 2017. Jan. 25, 2018 – I visited New York City’s International Center of Photography’s opening night of “Then They Came for Me.” A lot of research and determination went into this journey of 35 years. A labor of

Keeping the past alive Riksha magazine and Banyan, the Asian American Writers Collective will co-sponsor a screening of “The Orange Story,” a short film about one man’s journey through the injustice of Japanese American incarceration during WWII. Afterward, a panel of guests will lead a discussion, including Lourdes Nicholls; Karen Su, who teaches in the Global Asian Studies Program at UIC; Joe Takehara, who stars in the film; and Jason Matsumoto, the film’s executive producer. Saturday, Feb. 24 from 2:30 to 4:40 p.m. in the Veterans Room of the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St.

love. I thank my lucky stars that I’ve been at the right place at the right time. So many crazy coincidences. After 75+ years, there is still a lot of progress that needs to be made. When I hear talk of border walls, barbed wire, excluding certain races from coming to the U.S., it really disappoints and frightens me. Incarcerating people based on ethnicity didn’t work then and doesn’t make sense now. It fuels me to keep speaking, writing, and posting about what happened to my family. I want my small voice and story to make a difference in the ongoing discussion.


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Frankel has the legal experience I am writing to express my endorsement of Scott Frankel, who is running to be Judge in the 11th Subcircuit. Scott has lived in Oak Park for the past 19 years. He has also been an attorney for 32 years. Before going into private practice, Scott worked as a Cook County public defender. He and I have worked together on a number of cases and I have firsthand knowledge of his great expertise, diligence and respect for people. As a fellow attorney but also as a voter, I am comforted to know that attorneys and people like Scott exist. He is a very compassionate person and is dedicated to his work and ideals of improving the justice system. He believes that every man deserves competent and committed representation

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Two kind souls from page 19 At the end of our impromptu errand, we exchanged phone numbers. Turns out we were virtually neighbors, as he headed into his apartment and I went to my office, a few doors down. The overall impression he left was that of a gentle, friendly man leading a simple life who enjoyed meeting people in his daily path. Later that day, Sergio sent me a text again thanking me, wishing me a Merry Christmas and conveying well wishes for my family. Periods punctuating almost every word, the text matched the decidedly unhurried pace I had long observed in him. The next time I saw Sergio inside Prairie Bread Kitchen, a week or two later, he was seated as I entered. He sprang up, approaching the counter as briskly as I ever witnessed him move. I was about to place my order when he insisted that he pay for

in the courts. Such dedication to his cases, his intelligence, expertise and perseverance, has brought him much success in his private practice. Scott never ceases to be a passionate advocate for respect and justice in the court system. He believes that in the courtroom, there should be no room for egos and games, that fair representation and conscientiousness can ensure justice. I believe that as a judge, Scott Frankel would remain as honest, hard-working and conscientious as he is now. I would encourage anyone who has not met Scott to take an opportunity to do so and to vote for him in the upcoming election.

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my coffee. It was a sweet gesture, clearly communicating that he was a giver in this community. Thereafter, our mutual regard sealed, we would greet one another along the sidewalk. I would be moving hurriedly for some appointment while Sergio would be inching along ever-so-slowly, often carrying a shopping bag and wearing a smile that lit up his face. In life, Sergio Quiano was not a household name. In death, newspaper headlines have referred to him as “elderly” or as a “77-year-old.” After learning it was Sergio who was the man behind those generic headline terms, whose life had come to such a cruel end, my heart sank. Who would perpetrate this evil, and why? It is my fervent hope that someday soon we will get the answers to those questions, and that justice is meted out to the individual or individuals responsible for his murder. Regardless of the outcome of the police investigation into his death, I regret not slowing down long enough to connect more with Sergio in these last months of his life.

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Chuck Dressel, 68 Owner of Dressel’s Hardware

Charles (Chuck) Raymond Dressel, of River Forest, died on Jan. 22, 2018 at the age of 68. Born on Sept. 11, 1949 in Oak Park to Raymond and Blanche Dressel, the oldest of four siblings, he attended Grace Lutheran CHUCK DRESSEL School and went onto excel in three sports: football, wrestling, and track & field at Oak Park and River Forest High School, where he was named the school’s 1967 Athlete of the Year. As a senior, he was honored as an all-star football athlete by the Chicago Tribune and received the Knute Rockne Award, bestowed by the University of Notre Dame. He was also a standout three-sport athlete at Princeton University. After graduating in 1971, he returned home to assist his father with the running and managing of the Dressel Family Hardware Store. Started by his grandfather in 1923, the store at 1137 Chicago Ave. remains one of Oak Park’s oldest businesses. In 1976, Jan Novak, a young teacher and local resident, wandered into the store to buy lawn care supplies. She and Chuck found kinship in the fertilizer aisle and began dating. The pair were married the following January and eventually purchased a home a few blocks from the store. Over the next decade, they welcomed three children — two girls and a boy. He became active in the local sports community, coaching youth teams and fundraising for the OPRF Huskie Booster Club. He was instrumental in securing the funding to construct the Keystone Park batting cages, procure additional fields across from the high school, and light the football stadium. He practiced softball pitching with his daughters for hours on end, devotedly dragging gear and equipment on every family vacation. During winter months, he engineered an indoor pitching studio on the upper floor of

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the hardware storage facility, equipped with a kerosene cannon heater and a life-size “batter” made out of pink styrofoam. His daughters affectionately recall the numerous dents in that styrofoam and dragging their feet through the snow to practice, spurred on by their dad’s resolve that repetition was the only path to improvement. He was especially keen on passing on his love of wrestling and football to his only son, Blake. The two of them were fixtures in the Little Huskies Wrestling Club and youth football program. Some of Chuck’s proudest moments were watching Blake qualify for high school state wrestling three years in a row and lead his football team as captain and MVP during his senior season. “He was a rare lover of lima beans, an accomplished baritone shower singer, and suffered from abysmal penmanship,” said daughter Emily. His children remember his exuberance whenever there was a major snowfall as it meant more customers coming into the store to stock up on shovels and ice melter. He also jokingly proclaimed that dandelions were his favorite flower, given that he was the town’s local purveyor of weed killer. In his later years, Chuck struggled with bipolar disorder and heart disease, resulting in compromised physical mobility. Despite that, he adored interacting with his four grandchildren, one of whom is currently learning the sport of wrestling. Chuck is survived by his wife, Jan Novak Dressel; his children, Emily (Brad) Hampson, Amy (Bryan) Pritchard and Blake Dressel; his grandchildren, Brady, Bridget, Jack and Grace; his siblings, Beth Ann, Bob (Nora), and Todd (Erin); and several nieces and nephews. Private family services have been held per the deceased’s request. In lieu of flowers, the family graciously asks that any donations be made in Chuck’s name to Huskie Wrestling Family (427 Thomas Ave, Forest Park, IL 60130) or via the link on http://www.oprfwrestling. com. Chuck’s eulogy can be read at http://emilydressel.blogspot.com/2018/01.

Jane Murphy, 98

Co-owner, Murphy’s Equipment Jane E. Murphy, 98, of River Forest, died on Feb. 6, 2018. A graduate of Trinity High School and Rosary College (Dominican University), following college, during the war years, she worked at the torpedo facility in Forest Park. In 1951 she and her husband, Frank, established Murphy’s Contractors Equipment Inc. currently located in River Grove, where she worked until her retirement in 2008. Jane was the wife of the late Frank J. Murphy; the mother of Steven F. Murphy, Peter J. (Susan B.) Murphy, Susan A. Murphy, and Mark R. Murphy; the grandmother of Matthew (Brittany) Murphy, Jennifer Murphy, and Daniel Murphy; sister of the late James (the late Doris) Wahle; and the aunt of many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Feb. 15

from 3 until 9 p.m. at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 16 at St. Luke Church, 7600 W. Lake St., River Forest, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society.

Martha De Leon, 57 Wright aficionado, avid traveler

Martha Irene Stewart De Leon, of Oak Park, died on Feb. 4, 2018. Born on May 15, 1960 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, she was the daughter of Judith Zucker Stewart and James Stewart. After high school she continued her edMARTHA DE LEON ucation at Newcomb College of Tulane University, Class of 1982, where she received a BA in International Business. She worked many jobs, including market development/senior project manager/strategic marketing director for AT&T-Bell Labs/Lucent. On Dec. 24, 1987, she married Tavo DeLeon in Chicago, and they resided in Oak Park. She was a docent at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio and a lifelong FLW aficionado. A devoted dog owner and dog lover, she was also a world traveler, crossing the Atlantic on the QE2; an archeological dig in Oaxaca, Mexico; a bamboo raft trip down the Li River, Guilin, China; and 3rd class rail from Spain to Morocco. A lover of indigenous cultures, colorful stylish clothes, and fly fishing, she was also a Master SH Yu Martial Arts participant, an arts teacher (Craft Fairy at Ninja Camp) and a talented member of the Process Painting Studio. Martha is survived by her husband Gustavo “Tavo” De Leon Jr.; her sister, Katherine Margaret Stewart West; Freyja (canine); and many devoted friends and family for whom she was a loving, classy inspiration.

Fred Spurgat, 88 Lifelong Concordia career

Dr. Frederick A. Spurgat, a longtime Oak Park resident, died on Feb. 7, 2018. Born Dec. 7, 1929, he came to Concordia Teachers College as a high school freshman in the fall of 1944 and earned his bachelor’s degree in 1952. He was FREDERICK SPURGAT awarded an MBA in Accounting in 1961 and a PhD in Organization Theory in 1976, both from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

He began his lifelong career at Concordia after graduation in 1952, initially as a member of the faculty and also serving as a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod minister. He taught music and accounting, later shifting to organizational theory and economics. He also held many administrative positions at Concordia during his career, including vice president of Administration and Finance (1992-1996), and senior vice president of Administration (19761997). He officially retired on Dec. 31, 1997 after 45 years of continuous service on the campus. At his retirement, he was awarded the title of professor emeritus of Economics and Administration. The Concordia physical plant building was named the Spurgat Service Building in 1998. Following retirement, he served as special assistant to the vice president for Finance/CFO through June 2017. Fred Spurgat was the husband of Eunice G. (nee Nuechterlein); the father of Valerie Crone, Liam Wolf and Julie (Jerry) Novak; the grandfather of James (Jenny) Crone and Joshua and Jacob Novak, the great-grandfather of Addy and Emma Crone, the brother of Frances Benson, Carolyn Meyer, Miki McClelland and Mary Spurgat (deceased). The funeral was held at The Chapel of Our Lord on the campus of Concordia University on Feb. 10, followed by burial at Concordia Cemetery in Forest Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Frederick and Eunice Spurgat Endowment Fund at Concordia University.

Adolph Ross, 85 River Forest resident

Adolph Otto Ross, 85, died peacefully at his River Forest home on Jan. 29, 2018. Born on Dec. 22, 1932, “I did it my way” surely was Adolph’s style — in living, in aging and in dying. Adolph Ross is ADOLPH ROSS survived by his wife, Maria; his children Adolph (Dzana), Denise (Tomas), Adrienne, Anna (Tony), John, Ivonne (José) and Fabiola (Julio); his grandchildren, Ashley, Christina, Jennifer, Sarah and Ely, and Antoinette, Adriana, Joey, Kimberly, Melisa, Kael, Adam, Saya and Hunter; his sister, Helen; his brothers-inlaw, Tomas and Joe; his sisters-in-law, Carol and Penny; his nieces, Linda, Doreen, Jean, Sharon and Tammy; and his nephews, Kenny and Brian. He was preceded in death by his parents, Adolph A. and Helen; his siblings, Betty, Margaret, Shirley, William and Robert; several nephews; his first wife, Dorothy Ann; and his first-born child, Mary Joanne. Your prayers are appreciated and condolence cards for the family may be directed to Denise Ross Jimenez at 2127 N. Harlem Ave., Chicago, Illinois, 60707. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.


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www.livingwd.org www.billwinston.org

“Here is where you belong!” Engage Christian Church Engaging God, His Family, and His Mission 1000 S. Elgin Ave. Forest Park, IL (In First United Church) To stay connected visit our website and join us on social media www.engagecc.org Facebook: @EngageCC Twitter: @engagecchurch Instagram: @engccchurch

West Suburban Temple Har Zion

1040 N. Harlem Avenue River Forest Meet our Rabbi, Adir Glick Pray, learn, and celebrate with our caring, progressive, egalitarian community. Interfaith families are welcome. Accredited Early Childhood Program Religious School for K thru 12 Daily Morning Minyan Weekly Shabbat Services Friday 6:30pm & Saturday 10:00am Affiliated with United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism 708.366.9000 www.wsthz.org

324 N. Oak Park Avenue 708-383-4983 www.firstUMCoakpark.org Sunday School for all Ages, 9am Sunday Worship, 10am Children’s Chapel during Worship Rev. Katherine Thomas Paisley, Pastor Professionally Staffed Nursery Fellowship Time after Worship Presbyterian

Fair Oaks

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Lutheran—ELCA

744 Fair Oaks Ave. Oak Park 386-4920

United Lutheran Church

409 Greenfield Street (at Ridgeland Avenue) Oak Park Holy Communion with nursery care and children’s chapel each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. www.unitedlutheranchurch.org

708/386-1576

Lutheran-Independent

Grace Lutheran Church

7300 W. Division, River Forest David R. Lyle, Senior Pastor David W. Wegner, Assoc. Pastor Lauren Dow Wegner, Assoc. Pastor Sunday Worship, 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. Sunday School/Adult Ed. 9:45 a.m. Childcare Available

Sunday Schedule Christian Education for All Ages 9:00am Worship Service 10:00am

Child care available 9-11am

fairoakspres.org OAK PARK MEETING OF FRIENDS (Quakers) Meeting For Worship Sundays at 10:00 a.m. at Oak Park Art League 720 Chicago Ave., Oak Park Please call 708-445-8201 www.oakparkfriends.org

Roman Catholic

Ascension Catholic Church

Grace Lutheran School

Preschool - 8th Grade Bill Koehne, Principal 366-6900, graceriverforest.org Lutheran-Missouri Synod

Christ Lutheran Church

607 Harvard Street (at East Av.) Oak Park, Illinois Rev. Robert M. Niehus, Pastor Sunday Bible Class: 9:15 am Sunday School: 9:10 Sunday Worship Services: 8:00 and 10:30 am Church Office: 708/386-3306 www.christlutheranoakpark.org Lutheran-Missouri Synod

St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church

305 Circle Ave, Forest Park Sunday Worship 8:30am & 11:00am Adult Bible Class & Sunday School 10:00am Wheelchair Access to Sanctuary Leonard Payton, Pastor Roney Riley, Assistant Pastor 708-366-3226 www.stjohnforestpark.org

808 S. East Ave. 708/848-2703 www.ascensionoakpark.com Worship: Saturday Mass 5:00 pm Sunday Masses 7:30, 9:00, 11 am, 5:00 pm Sacrament of Reconciliation 4 pm Saturday Taize Prayer 7:30 pm First Fridays Feb.– Dec. & Jan. 1

Rev. James Hurlbert, Pastor

Roman Catholic

St. Edmund Catholic Church

188 South Oak Park Ave. Saturday Mass: 5:30 p.m. Sunday Masses: 9:00 & 11:00 a.m., 5:30 p.m. Weekday Mass: 8:30 a.m. M–F Holy Day Masses: As Announced Reconciliation: Saturday 4:15 p.m. Parish Office: 708-848-4417 Religious Ed Phone: 708-848-7220

Roman Catholic

St. Bernardine Catholic Church Harrison & Elgin, Forest Park

CELEBRATING OUR 107TH YEAR! Sat. Masses: 8:30am & 5:00pm SUNDAY MASSES: 8:00am & 10:30am 10:30 Mass-Daycare for all ages CCD Sun. 9am-10:15am Reconciliation: Sat. 9am & 4pm Weekday Masses: Monday–Friday 6:30am Church Office: 708-366-0839 CCD: 708-366-3553 www.stbern.com Pastor: Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

St. Giles Family Mass Community

We welcome all to attend Sunday Mass at 10 a.m. on the St. Giles Parish campus on the second floor of the school gym, the southernmost building in the school complex at 1034 North Linden Avenue. Established in 1970, we are a laybased community within St. Giles Roman Catholic Parish. Our Mass is family-friendly. We encourage liturgically active toddlers. Children from 3 to 13 and young adults play meaningful parts in each Sunday liturgy. Together with the parish, we offer Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Montessori-based religious education program for children in grades K-8. For more information, go to http://www.stgilesparish.org/ family-mass-community or call Bob Wielgos at 708-288-2196.

Traditional Catholic

The Traditional Catholic Latin Mass

Our Lady Immaculate Church 410 Washington Blvd Oak Park. 708-524-2408 Mass Times: Sat. 8:00am Sun. 7:30 & 10:00am Operated by Society of St. Pius X. Confessions 1 hr. before each mass

Third Unitarian Church 10AM Sunday Forum 11AM Service Rev. Colleen Vahey thirdunitarianchurch.org (773) 626-9385 301 N. Mayfield, Chicago Committed to justice, not to a creed Upcoming Religious Holidays

Psychotherapy & Life Coaching Services

Rev. Dr. Charles E. Cairo

Master Addictions Counselor -Therapist Certified Criminal Justice Specialist www.fireescapecounseling.com 7645 W Jackson Blvd. Suite 200 Forest Park, Illinois 60130

FireEscapeEFBC@gmail.com Proverbs 13:10 - Jude 1:22-23 312. 719.6936

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ELECTRICIAN The Village of Oak Park is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Electrician in the Public Works Department. This position will perform complex and skilled electrical work in maintenance, repair, installation, and inspection of street lighting and traffic signal systems and components. Applicants are encouraged to visit the Village of Oak Park’s website http://www.oakpark.us/. Interested and qualified applicants must complete a Village of Oak Park application no later than February 16, 2018.

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The Day Care Program of Hephzibah Children’s Association is accepting applications for warm, caring, nurturing individuals to provide care and supervision of 5-11-year-old children in the After School Day Care program on site at Oak Park public schools. Plan and supervise arts and crafts, indoor & outdoor play, games, sports, homework help and more. Mon–Fri from 2:30-6:00 PM and 1:30-6:00 PM on Wednesdays. Requirements include: minimum of 6 semester hours in education, recreation, social work or related college courses previous experience working with children. Contact Amy O’Rourke, Director of Day Care at aorourke@hephzibahhome.org Equal Opportunity Employer

Betty’s Day Care Academy, INC, located at 5719/25 W. Chicago Ave., is seeking Teachers, Administrative Support, and a Director to assist her in her newly remodeled Day Care center. Must have 4 years of Head Start experience, a love for children, be organized, professional and able to work well with others. If this is you, call the Daycare at 773-261-1433 or fax your Resume to 773-261-1434.

CAREGIVERS NEEDED NOW Start working fast. Looking for Caregivers that are available to work immediately. Visit our website at www.cantata.org for more information and to submit an application. On-The-Spot Interviews and Hiring every Tuesday at 1pm-3pm. CROSSING GUARD The Forest Park Police Department is seeking qualified individuals for the position of Crossing Guard. This position requires flexible hours during days when schools are in session. A background investigation and drug screening will be conducted prior to consideration for the position. Applications available at Village Hall, 517 Desplaines Avenue or on-line at www.forestpark.net and should be returned to Vanessa Moritz, HR Director, at Village Hall. For additional information, contact Dora Murphy at 708-615-6223 or write dmurphy@forestpark.net. Applications accepted until position is filled. EOE.

EQUIPMENT OPERATOR The Village of Oak Park is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Equipment Operator in the Public Works Department. This position will operate construction and maintenance equipment in a variety of street activities including loading, hauling, and related operations. Applicants are encouraged to visit the Village of Oak Park’s website http:// www.oak-park.us/. Interested and qualified applicants must complete a Village of Oak Park application no later than February 16, 2018. Immigration Attorney in Chicago, IL to advise corporate & individual clients on immigration law matters; Prepare immigrant & nonimmigrant visa petitions, PERM Labor Cert, Humanitarian Reinstatement & Asylum Applications; Respond to DOL audits, etc. Reqr’d: JD Deg & a member of good standing with Bar in any State. Reqr’d: 2yrs work exp as Immigration Attorney: Representing clients before DHS/ USCIS, DOL, DOS, & DOJ/EOIR; & Preparing & submitting various immigrant & nonimmigrant visa petitions, PERM Labor Cert, Humanitarian Reinstatement & Asylum Applications, etc. Reqr’d: 2yrs work exp using immigration form software: INSZoom & Immigration Tracker. Mail resumes to Ira Azulay, CEO/Attorney, Immigration Attorneys, LLP, 300 W. Adams St., Ste. 500, Chicago, IL 60606. Lead Nursery Teacher Oak Park Building Blocks is seeking full-time DCFS qualified lead nursery teacher. Applicants must: -Be DCFS teacher qulified -Be flexible, able to plan, organize & relate well with children, parents & co-workers -Love children and have a passion to help them learn & grow -Be able to lead and work well as part of a team -Model the love and joy of learning, earnings 20 workshop credits yearly

VILLAGE OF FOREST PARK DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY BUILDING INSPECTOR PART TIME The Village of Forest Park is accepting applications for a parttime Building Inspector position in the Department of Public Health and Safety. Duties will include, but are not limited to, inspections of residential and commercial projects, including record keeping, responding to complaints, and numerous other responsibilities related to the operations of this highly active department. The candidate must posses a high school diploma and a valid State of Illinois driver’s license. Additionally, a candidate must possess knowledge of the principles and practices of building, plumbing, electrical and mechanical construction and maintenance including an ability to read and understand blueprints. Knowledge of ICC codes is mandatory. Previous experience with a municipal building department, architectural or construction firm is desirable. Interested candidates should submit an application or resume to Vanessa Moritz, Human Resource Director, 517 Desplaines Avenue, Forest Park, Illinois, 60130. Applications accepted until position is filled. EOE. You have jobs. We have readers! Find the best employees with Wednesday Classified! Call 708/613-3333

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ITEMS FOR SALE LLADRO MOTHER & CHILD Lladro sculpture “Adoration� #12, mother & child. $1495. Call 708-488-8755. PICKARD CHINA 11 place settings, 5pcs each. Cream w/ platinum edge. $149 for set. Serving pieces priced separately. 708-488-8755 ZENITH TEMPEST BINOCULARS 7 x 50mm field range 7.1 708-488-8755

WANTED TO BUY WANTED MILITARY ITEMS: Helmets, medals, patches, uniforms, weapons, flags, photos, paperwork, Also toy soldiers-lead plastic-other misc. toys. Call Uncle Gary 708-522-3400

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Email inquiries and resumes to admin@oakparkbuildingblocks.com or call 708-386-1033 for more info. PART TIME DRIVER Part Time driver/receiving clerk. Must be drug free and have valid IL DL. Must be able to lift 75lbs. Hours 9am-3pm Mon-Fri. $12/hr No phone calls. Email resume hr@ sievertelectric.com

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ELECTRICAL– LOW VOLTAGE KINETIC KONCEPTS A division of Kinetic Energy Inc, is a local, residential low voltage specialist in home networking, smart TV installation and programming, landscape and under-cabinet lighting. Call for free estimate.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING VILLAGE OF OAK PARK PLAN COMMISSION DOCKET NUMBER: PC 18-03 & 04; Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment & Special Use HEARING DATE: March 1, 2018 TIME: 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as the Agenda permits. LOCATION OF HEARING: Room 201 (Council Chambers), Oak Park Village Hall, 123 Madison Street, Oak Park, Illinois, 60302 APPLICANT(S): Erik Stegemann as agent for Centre Physical Therapy, LLC, 939 W. North Avenue, Suite 750, Chicago, Illinois 60642 PROPERTY OWNER: Harrison Street Ventures, LLC, 15 Forest Lane, South Barrington, IL 60010 REQUEST: The Applicant has requested (1) an amendment to Article 8 (“Uses�), Section 8.3 (“Use Restrictions�), Table 8-1: (“Use Matrix�) of the Oak Park Zoning Ordinance, by adding “Physical Therapy Clinic� to the list in the “Medical� category within the “Use� column as a Special Use (“S�) within the HS – Harrison Street District; and (2) a special use to allow a 1,840 square foot Physical Therapy Clinic to be established within the HS – Harrison Street District at 207 Harrison Street. Copies of the application and each of the applicable documents are on file and are available for inspection at the Village Hall, Development Customer Services Department, 123 Madison Street, Oak Park, Illinois 60302, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The Plan Commission may continue the hearing to another date without further notice by public announcement at the hearing setting forth the time and place thereof. Persons with disabilities planning to attend and needing accommodations should contact the ADA Coordinator at (708) 358-5430 or e-mail building@ oak-park.us at least 48 hours before the scheduled hearing. ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE INVITED TO BE HEARD.

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David Mann, Chairperson OAK PARK PLAN COMMISSION, Sitting as a Zoning Commission Oak Park, Illinois 60302 Published in Wednesday Journal 2/14/2018

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PUBLIC NOTICES PUBLIC NOTICE Here comes BONAFIDE AUTO INC, corporate address of 4160 US HIGHWAY 69 S, LUFKIN, TX 75901 making a good faith attempt to inform SHANIKA L GREEN “Owner�, residential and mailing address of 8811 S ELIZABETH, CHICAGO, IL 60620 and EXETER FINANCE “Lienholder�, mailing address of P.O. Box 166008 Irving, TX 75016, of the intent to enforce a mechanics lien pursuant to ILLINOIS 770 ILCS 45/1 attached to the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C300 (VIN# WDDGF81X48F187734) “Property� being held as collateral. A public auction will be held at 1906 S 22ND AVE, MAYWOOD, IL 60153 on March 8, 2018 (3/8/18). Competitive bidding will begin promptly at 9:00 AM with the last bid being heard at 9:30 AM. Property will be sold “as is� to the highest cash bidder. BONAFIDE AUTO INC and officers reserves all rights including the right to refuse any bid for any reason. Published in Forest Park Review 2/14, 2/21, 2/28/2018

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LEGAL NOTICE The Village of Oak Park will receive sealed proposals at the Office of the Village Engineer, 201 South Boulevard, Oak Park, Illinois 60302, until 10:00 a.m. on Thursday March 1, 2018 and at that time will be publicly opened and read aloud for the following Village Project: 18-4, ALLEY IMPROVEMENTS. In general, the improvements consist of the removal of the existing alley pavements and garage aprons; installation of storm sewers and drainage structures; installation of concrete alley pavements and garage aprons; parkway restoration; and all appurtenant work thereto. Plans and proposal forms may be obtained from the office of the Village Engineer starting on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 12:00 pm. A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required for each set of plans and specifications. The Village of Oak Park reserves the right to issue plans and specifications only to those contractors deemed qualified. No bid documents will be issued after 4:00 p.m. on the working day preceding the date of bid opening. All prospective bidders must prove they are pre-qualified by the Illinois Department of Transportation before receiving bid documents. This project is financed with local Village funds and federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and thus is subject to all federal rules, regulations and guidelines, including Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, Section 3, and Equal Opportunity requirements. Locally funded phases of the project are subject to the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act, 820 ILCS 130/0.01 et seq. THE VILLAGE OF OAK PARK Bill McKenna Village Engineer Published in Wednesday Journal 2/14/2018

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PUBLIC NOTICE Notice is hereby given, pursuant to “An Act in relation to the use of an Assumed Business Name in the conduct or transaction of Business in the State,� as amended, that a certification was registered by the undersigned with the County Clerk of Cook County. Registration Number: D18153401 on Januar 31, 2018. Under the Assumed Business Name of MKUZMA DESIGNS with the business located at: 3618 BLANCHAN AVENUE, BROOKFIELD, IL 60513. The true and real full name(s) and residence address of the owner(s)/ partner(s) is: MELISSA KUZMA, 3618 BLANCHAN AVENUE BROOKFIELD, IL 60513.

The Riverside Township Board will hold a special meeting at the Riverside Township Hall 27 Riverside Road Riverside, IL 60546 On Thursday, February 22, 2018 At 6:30 p.m. in Room 4 Agenda 1. Call to Order 2. Pledge to the Flag 3. Roll call of the Board 4.Old Business a) Continued discussion of the 2018-2019 Township Budget 5.Adjournment Liane J. Blauw, Clerk February 2, 2018 Published in RBLandmark 2/14/2018

PUBLIC NOTICE Notice is hereby given, pursuant to “An Act in relation to the use of an Assumed Business Name in the conduct or transaction of Business in the State,� as amended, that a certification was registered by the undersigned with the County Clerk of Cook County. Registration Number: D18153418 on February 1, 2018. Under the Assumed Business Name of THE FROSHIONISTA with the business located at: 645 N. LOMBARD 2S, OAK PARK, IL 60302. The true and real full name(s) and residence address of the owner(s)/partner(s) is: KEESHA VINSON 645 N. LOMBARD 2S OAK PARK, IL 60302.

Sealed bids will be received on or before, but not after, 10:30 a.m. on February 23, 2018. at the Maywood Park District Office located at 921 S. 9th Avenue, Maywood IL 60153. Bids received after that time will not be considered. Sealed envelopes or packages containing the Bid Forms shall be transmitted to the attention of the “Executive Director� and shall be marked or endorsed with the title of the Bid (“Sealed Bid for Maywood Park District Recreation Center Renovations�) and the Bidder’s full legal name. The bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at the Maywood Park District Office at 10:30 a.m. on February 23, 2018. Bidding Documents. Contractors may obtain copies of the Bidding Documents from any BHFX Digital Imaging location. Please contact BHFX at (630) 393.0777 to obtain a set of Bidding Documents, or visit their Plan Room online at www.bhfxplanroom.com. Bidders shall be responsible for the costs of reproduction of printed copies. Pre-bid meeting. A pre-bid meeting will be held at the project site on February 13, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. with a tour of the existing facility to follow. Prospective bidders are strongly recommended to meet the Owner and Architect at the May-

wood Park District Office for the pre-bid meeting. If the Contractor is not able to attend the pre-bid meeting, then they shall contact the Owner and/or the Construction Manager to make arrangements to visit the building. Contractors submitting a bid are required to certify on the Bid Form that they have visited the building to familiarize themselves with the existing conditions. Information to bidders. Each bid must be accompanied by a bid bond or a cashier’s check in the amount of 10% of the total bid, made payable to Maywood Park District, as a guarantee that the successful bidder will promptly execute a satisfactory contract, will furnish a satisfactory performance bond and payment bond and proceed with the work. Upon failure to do so, the bidder shall forfeit the amount deposited as liquidated damages and no mistakes, errors, exclusions, or omissions on the part of the bidder shall excuse the bidder or entitle the bidder to a return of the aforementioned amount. No bid will be considered unless the bidder shall furnish evidence satisfactory to the Board of Commissioners that the bidder has the necessary facilities, abilities, experience, equipment, financial and physical resources available to fulfill the conditions of the Contract and execute the work, should the Contract be awarded to such bidder. This project is being financed, in part, with funds from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, “Park and Recreational FacilPublished in Forest Park Review 1/31, 2/7, 2/14/18

STATE OF ILLINOIS) COUNTY OF COOK )ss Circuit Court of Cook County, County Department, Domestic Relations Division. In re the marriage of Maria Silvia Hernandez, Petitioner and Jose de Jesus Yarza-Garcia Respondent, Case No. 2018D-000936. The requisite affidavit for publication having been filed, notice is hereby given to you, the above named Respondent, that a Petition has been filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, by the Petitioner, for Dissolution of Marriage and for other relief; and that said suit is now pending. Now, therefore, unless you, the said Respondent, file your response to said Petition or otherwise make your appearance therein, in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Room 802, Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, in the City of Chicago, Illinois, on or before March 20, 2018, default may be entered against you at any time after that day, and a judgment for Dissolution of Marriage entered in accordance with the prayer of said Petition. DOROTHY A. BROWN, Clerk. Published in Wednesday Journal 2/14, 2/21, 2/28/2018

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ity Construction Grant Program� (PARC) grant program. Maywood Park District encourages minority business firms to submit bids on this project and to utilize minority businesses as subcontractors for supplies, equipment, services and construction. Not less than the prevailing wage shall be paid for labor on the work to be done as required by law. The PARC grant program requires that 50% of the labor hours on the project must be performed by residents of the State of Illinois. Substantial Completion of the Work is required by September 28, 2018. The Board of Commissioners reserves the right to reject any and all bids, to waive any technicalities and irregularities in the bidding, and to hold the bid proposals for a period of sixty (60) days from the date of opening set forth above. Questions about the bid documents should be submitted, in writing, to Tedd Stromswold, Williams Architects (tastromswold@williams-architects.com). Responses to questions submitted by bidders during the bidding period shall be in the form of written addendum to all plan holders of record. By order of the Board of Commissioners of the Maywood Park District, Cook County, Illinois. Dated at Maywood, Illinois this January 29, 2018.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING VILLAGE OF OAK PARK PLAN COMMISSION DOCKET NUMBER: PC 18-05 (Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment) HEARING DATE: March 1, 2018 TIME: 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as the Agenda permits. LOCATION OF HEARING: Room 201 (Council Chambers), Oak Park Village Hall, 123 Madison Street, Oak Park, Illinois, 60302 APPLICANT(S): Village of Oak Park, 123 Madison Street, Oak Park, Illinois 60302 REQUEST: The Applicant has requested an amendment to the Oak Park Zoning Ordinance, Article 8 (“Uses�), Section 8.4 (“Principal Use Standards�), Subsection 8.4(E) (“Community Residence�) by adding: “4. Requests for reasonable accommodations will be reviewed and acted upon in accordance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations.� Copies of the application and each of the applicable documents are on file and are available for inspection at the Village of Oak Park Village Hall, Development Customer Services Department, 123 Madison Street, Oak Park, Illinois 60302, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The Plan Commission may continue the hearing to another date without further notice by public announcement at the hearing setting forth the time and place thereof. Persons with disabilities planning to attend and needing accommodations should contact the ADA Coordinator at (708) 358-5430 or e-mail building@ oak-park.us at least 48 hours before the scheduled hearing. ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE INVITED TO BE HEARD. David Mann, Chairperson OAK PARK PLAN COMMISSION, Sitting as a Zoning Commission Oak Park, Illinois 60302 Published in Wednesday Journal 2/14/2018

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REAL ESTATE FOR SALE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT– CHANCERY DIVISION JPMORGAN CHASE BANK N.A. Plaintiff, -v.TERRENCE M. THULIS A/K/A TERRY M. THULIS A/K/A TERRY THULIS, THE 938 NORTH BOULEVARD CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, CITIBANK (SOUTH DAKOTA), N.A., CACH, LLC Defendants 12 CH 030427 938 NORTH BLVD. OAK PARK, IL 60301 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on March 12, 2013, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on March 8, 2018, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 938 NORTH BLVD., OAK PARK, IL 60301 Property Index No. 16-07-128-0321015. The real estate is improved with a residence. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in “AS IS� condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. Where a sale of real estate is made to satisfy a lien prior to that of the United States, the United States shall have one year from the date of sale within which to redeem, except that with respect to a lien arising under the internal revenue laws the period shall be 120 days or the period allowable for redemption under State law, whichever is longer, and in any case in which, under the provisions of section 505 of the Housing Act of 1950, as amended (12 U.S.C. 1701k), and subsection (d) of section 3720 of title 38 of the United States Code, the right to redeem does not arise, there shall be no right of redemption. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assess-


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ments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/ 18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver’s license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, examine the court file or contact Plaintiff’s attorney: CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876 Please refer to file number 14-12-21271. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 E-Mail: pleadings@il.cslegal.com Attorney File No. 14-12-21271 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 12 CH 030427 TJSC#: 38-1029 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff’s attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. I3076270

Chicago, Illinois, sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, as set forth below, the following described mortgaged real estate: P.I.N. 16-06-119-019-0000. Commonly known as 1023 North Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302. The mortgaged real estate is improved with a single family residence. If the subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of the Condominium Property Act. Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds, balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. No refunds. The property will NOT be open for inspection For information call Mr. Anthony Porto at Plaintiff’s Attorney, Kluever & Platt, L.L.C., 150 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60601. (312) 981-7385. INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I3074690

If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/ 18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver’s license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, contact Plaintiff’s attorney: JOHNSON, BLUMBERG & ASSOCIATES, LLC, 230 W. Monroe Street, Suite #1125, Chicago, IL 60606, (312) 541-9710 Please refer to file number 15-2716. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. JOHNSON, BLUMBERG & ASSOCIATES, LLC 230 W. Monroe Street, Suite #1125 Chicago, IL 60606 (312) 541-9710 E-Mail: ilpleadings@johnsonblumberg.com Attorney File No. 15-2716 Attorney Code. 40342 Case Number: 15 CH 16132 TJSC#: 38-809 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff’s attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. I3075316

tion to the highest bidder for cash, as set forth below, the following described mortgaged real estate: P.I.N. 15-22-419-004-0000. Commonly known as 2913 South 10th Avenue, Broadview, IL 60155. The mortgaged real estate is improved with a single family residence. If the subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of the Condominium Property Act. Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds, balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. No refunds. The property will NOT be open for inspection For information call the Sales Clerk at Plaintiff’s Attorney, The Wirbicki Law Group, 33 West Monroe Street, Chicago, Illinois 60603. (312) 3609455 WA17-0359. INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I3075078

balance in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in “AS IS” condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. Where a sale of real estate is made to satisfy a lien prior to that of the United States, the United States shall have one year from the date of sale within which to redeem, except that with respect to a lien arising under the internal revenue laws the period shall be 120 days or the period allowable for redemption under State law, whichever is longer, and in any case in which, under the provisions of section 505 of the Housing Act of 1950, as amended (12 U.S.C. 1701k), and subsection (d) of section 3720 of title 38 of the United States Code, the right to redeem does not arise, there shall be no right of redemption. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/ 18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver’s license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in

Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, examine the court file or contact Plaintiff’s attorney: CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876 Please refer to file number 14-17-11627. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 E-Mail: pleadings@il.cslegal.com Attorney File No. 14-17-11627 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 2017 CH 11043 TJSC#: 37-10385 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff’s attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. I3074900

Commonly known as 1500 EVERS AVENUE, WESTCHESTER, IL 60154 Property Index No. 15-20-122-0410000. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $366,288.66. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in “AS IS” condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/ 18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver’s license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT– CHANCERY DIVISION THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON TRUST COMPANY, N.A., AS TRUSTEE, IN TRUST FOR AND FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS OF MULTI-CLASS MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES OF CHASEFLEX TRUST, SERIES 2007-2 Plaintiff, vs. WILLIAM H. FARLEY, JR. AKA WILLIAM H. FARLEY, GALE FOSTER FARLEY AKA FARLEY G. FOSTER, CITIBANK, N.A, UNKNOWN OWNERS, GENERALLY, AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS Defendants, 09 CH 9575 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above entitled cause on September 16, 2016 Intercounty Judicial Sales Corporation will on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at the hour of 11 a.m. in their office at 120 West Madison Street, Suite 718A,

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT– CHANCERY DIVISION FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION (‘’FANNIE MAE’’), A CORPORATION ORGANIZED AND EXISTING UNDER THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Plaintiff, -v.WYNONA REDMOND, BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. Defendants 15 CH 16132 521 SOUTH BLVD. Oak Park, IL 60302 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on December 14, 2016, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on March 27, 2018, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 521 SOUTH BLVD., Oak Park, IL 60302 Property Index No. 16-07-403-0590000 Vol. 142. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $293,186.61. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance in certified funds/ or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in “AS IS” condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT– CHANCERY DIVISION OCWEN LOAN SERVICING LLC; Plaintiff, vs. MAURICE D. MOORE; SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT; THE BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE UNDER THE POLLING AND SERVICING AGREEMENT DATED AS OF FEBRUARY 28K, 1998 SERIES 1998-A; UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF MAURICE D. MOORE, IF ANY; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NONRECORD CLAIMANTS; Defendants, 17 CH 9767 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above entitled cause Intercounty Judicial Sales Corporation will on Friday, March 9, 2018 at the hour of 11 a.m. in their office at 120 West Madison Street, Suite 718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public auc-

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT– CHANCERY DIVISION CITIMORTGAGE, INC. Plaintiff, -v.PATRICIA A. DEARMAN A/K/A PATRICIA DEARMAN, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA– DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT Defendants 2017 CH 11043 2421 S 22ND AVENUE BROADVIEW, IL 60153 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on November 9, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on March 16, 2018, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 2421 S 22ND AVENUE, BROADVIEW, IL 60153 Property Index No. 15-22-116-0410000. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT– CHANCERY DIVISION JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, -v.BABATUNDE OWOLABI AKA B. OWOLABI AKA BABATUNDE O. OWOLABI Defendants 17 CH 04675 1500 EVERS AVENUE WESTCHESTER, IL 60154 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on December 12, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on March 13, 2018, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate:

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Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, contact Plaintiff’s attorney: HEAVNER, BEYERS & MIHLAR, LLC, 111 East Main Street, DECATUR, IL 62523, (217) 4221719 Please refer to file number 2120-13189. If the sale is not confirmed for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the purchase price paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee’s attorney. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. HEAVNER, BEYERS & MIHLAR, LLC 111 East Main Street DECATUR, IL 62523 (217) 422-1719 Fax #: (217) 422-1754 CookPleadings@hsbattys.com Attorney File No. 2120-13189 Attorney Code. 40387 Case Number: 17 CH 04675 TJSC#: 37-11079 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff’s attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. I3071889

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT– CHANCERY DIVISION CITIZENS BANK, N.A F/K/A RBS CITIZENS N.A., SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO CHARTER ONE BANK, N.A. Plaintiff, -v.DEAN BREY Defendants 17 CH 10580 4443 MADISON STREET HILLSIDE, IL 60162 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on November 6, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on March 12, 2018, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 4443 MADISON STREET, HILLSIDE, IL 60162 Property Index No. 15-17-100-0330000. The real estate is improved with a residence. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without

any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in “AS IS” condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/ 18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver’s license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county

venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, examine the court file or contact Plaintiff’s attorney: CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876 Please refer to file number 14-17-11241. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 E-Mail: pleadings@il.cslegal.com Attorney File No. 14-17-11241 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 17 CH 10580 TJSC#: 37-10212 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff’s attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. I3073398

If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/ 18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver’s license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information: Visit our website at service.atty-pierce.com. between the hours of 3 and 5pm. McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC, Plaintiff’s Attorneys, One North Dearborn Street, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60602. Tel No. (312) 416-5500. Please refer to file number 257347. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC One North Dearborn Street, Suite 1200 Chicago, IL 60602 (312) 416-5500 E-Mail: pleadings@mccalla.com Attorney File No. 257347 Attorney Code. 61256 Case Number: 2016 CH 9957 TJSC#: 37-11291 I3073567

SERVICES OF ILLINOIS, INC.; TOWN OF CICERO, A MUNICIPAL CORPORATION; THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, OFFICE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY; STATE OF ILLINOIS CITIMORTGAGE, INC.; Defendants, 17 CH 6027 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above entitled cause Intercounty Judicial Sales Corporation will on Monday, March 5, 2018 at the hour of 11 a.m. in their office at 120 West Madison Street, Suite 718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, as set forth below, the following described mortgaged real estate: P.I.N. 12-25-106-028-0000. Commonly known as 3128 North 76th Court, Elmwood Park, IL 60707. The mortgaged real estate is improved with a single family residence. If the subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of the Condominium Property Act. Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds, balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. No refunds. The property will NOT be open for inspection. For information call Sales Department at Plaintiff’s Attorney, Manley Deas Kochalski, LLC, One East Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60601. (614) 220-5611. 17-014287 F2 INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I3074630

The mortgaged real estate is improved with a single family residence. If the subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of the Condominium Property Act. Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds, balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. No refunds. The property will NOT be open for inspection. For information call Sales Department at Plaintiff’s Attorney, Manley Deas Kochalski, LLC, One East Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60601. (614) 220-5611. 16-001639 F2 INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I3074660

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT– CHANCERY DIVISION US BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE FOR THE STRUCTURED ASSET INVESTMENT LOAN TRUST MORTGAGE PASS THROUGH CERTIFICATES SERIES 2004-10; Plaintiff, vs. JUAN VALENCIA; MICHELLE HERNANDEZ; ONEMAIN FINANCIAL OF ILLINOIS INC. FKA AMERICAN GENERAL FINANCIAL

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT– CHANCERY DIVISION NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC; Plaintiff, vs. EDITH CUATE; JOSE F. CUATE; DISCOVER BANK; CITY OF CHICAGO; Defendants, 16 CH 2263 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above entitled cause Intercounty Judicial Sales Corporation will on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at the hour of 11 a.m. in their office at 120 West Madison Street, Suite 718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, as set forth below, the following described mortgaged real estate: P.I.N. 15-08-118-012-0000. Commonly known as 301 50th Avenue, Bellwood, IL 60104.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT– CHANCERY DIVISION CARRINGTON MORTGAGE SERVICES, LLC; Plaintiff, vs. JAMES RAMIREZ; ELVIRA RAMIREZ; B E AT R I C E RODRIGUEZ AKA BEATRICE RAMIREZ; LVNV FUNDING LLC; Defendants, 16 CH 15659 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above entitled cause, Intercounty Judicial Sales Corporation will on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at the hour of 11 a.m. in their office at 120 West Madison Street, Suite 718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell to the highest bidder for cash, the following described mortgaged real estate: P.I.N. 15-18-228-009-0000. Commonly known as 13 HOWARD AVENUE, HILLSIDE, IL 60162. The mortgaged real estate is improved with a single family residence. If the subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of the Condominium Property Act. Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds, balance within 24 hours, by certified funds. No refunds. The property will NOT be open for inspection. For information call Mr. Ira T. Nevel at Plaintiff’s Attorney, Law Offices of Ira T. Nevel, 175 North Franklin Street, Chicago, Illinois 60606. (312) 357-1125. Ref. No. 16-03197 INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I3074700

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OPRF sends nine wrestlers to state

OPRF sophomore Jake Rundell (38-2) won the 106-pound championship of the Larkin Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 10. He advances to Champaign as a top contender to win the state title at 106. (Below) Fenwick sophomore Jacob Kaminski (27-2), right, won the 195-pound title at the Grayslake Central Sectional by defeating three opponents in convincing fashion.

Huskies set up for strong showing in Champaign By MARTY FARMER Sports Editor

In the very competitive Larkin Sectional of the Class 3A state series, the Oak Park and River Forest High School wrestling team advanced nine wrestlers to the IHSA individual state tournament at the State Farm Center in Champaign (Feb. 15-17). As expected, the Huskies fared particularly well in the lower weight classes, with titles from sophomore Jake Rundell (106 pounds), sophomore Josh Ogunsanya (113) and junior Eddie Bolivar (132). Sophomore Nico Bolivar (26-7) earned second at 120. Rundell (38-2) maintained his dominant ways with two pins and a tech fall to claim his sectional title. In the final, Rundell pinned Jamier Castleberry at 3:04 of the match. Ogunsanya claimed the 113-pound championship with an 11-5 decision over Mark Guerrero from St. Charles East. Eddie Bolivar (37-7) cruised to a 16-1 tech fall victory against Maine West’s Arslana Afsar. In the middleweights, senior Eddie Ordonez (145) and sophomore Joe Chapman (152) also finished first. Senior Jack Fischer (27-8) came in third at 160. Chapman (37-8) won

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a 6-5 decision against Glenbard East wrestler Cole Martin (40-9) in a compelling final. Other OPRF state qualifiers included junior Daemyen Middlebrooks (3rd at 170) and senior Elijah Osit (2nd at 195). Middlebrooks has won 35 matches this season, while Osit owns a 24-3 record heading into state.

Fenwick As a freshman last year, Fenwick wrestler Jacob Kaminski compiled a 22-2 record at 195 pounds, highlighted by regional and sectional titles and a fourth-place finish at 195 pounds in the IHSA Class 2A individual state tournament. Kaminski was undefeated until the state semifinal, where he lost to eventual champion Jacob Warner of Washington. Kaminski returns to the State Farm Center in Champaign this weekend to compete in the state tourney again as one of

three state qualifiers (along with Matt Zuber and Liam Mahon) for the Friars. Among the three grapplers, Kaminski has the best chance of bringing home a state title as one of the best 195-pounders in the state. Kaminski (27-2) earned his berth in the state tournament with an impressive performance at the Grayslake Central Sectional of the 2A state series on Saturday. In the 195-pound quarterfinals, Kaminski defeated Faheem Mannan from Vernon Hills by pin at 2:56 of the match. He beat Woodstock’s Aidan Jacobs by a 9-3 tech fall in the semifinals. He capped off his perfect run through the weight class with an 8-2 decision over Liam O’Donnell of Crystal Lake. At 285, Mahon (23-9) finished third, truly earning his way to state. After losing in the quarterfinals to Notre Dame’s Gabe Fitzpatrick, Mahon won four straight matches (all by pin) en route to third place. Mahon pinned Wake Caldero from Grayslake North at 1:58. Zuber went 3-2 to place fourth at 132, as the Friars’ third state qualifier. After winning three straight matches, Zuber lost in the third-place match to Crystal Lake Central’s Caden Ernd via a pin at 2:15.

OPRF gains experience at sectional Thompson advances in bars and vault to state finals

By MARTY FARMER Sports Editor

The Oak Park and River Forest High School girls gymnastics team benefitted greatly from the addition of three newcomers this season. Junior Hannah Thompson, previously a member of a very competitive club team, and freshmen Evelyn Dellgrazie and Iry Conley produced the Huskies’ best all-around scores at the Lake Park Sectional on Feb. 8. Thompson finished 10th in all-around with a score of 35.75. She qualified for the state finals in bars and vault at Palatine High School this weekend. “I earned a 9.4 on bars and a 9.275 on vault,” Thompson said. “I am thrilled to be able to go and represent OPRF at State on bars and vault. In terms of scores, I was very happy with my bars score in particular. I placed sixth with that score and was 0.025 and 0.05 away from the fourth and fifth spots. The field was very close together in that regard.”

A few errors cost her in the other events. “Unfortunately, I had a mistake on both beam and floor,” Thompson said. “That pulled me out of an all-around spot (at state) or qualification on beam or floor.” Dellegrazie and Conley scored 34.40 and 33.225, respectively, in all-around. “I thought my performance went well at sectionals,” Conley said. “I was most pleased with my bars score. The team did an amazing job. We all had a great time spending the evening together. It was very emotional because we got closer together and worked very hard to get (to sectionals).” In the team standings, OPRF placed sixth with a score of 138.175. Glenbard West (149.425), Wheaton-Warrenville South (145.20) and DeKalb (144.175) took the top three spots in a stacked sectional. Competing against such outstanding teams in a meaningful meet perhaps affected the Huskies’ performance. “I feel that the sectional meet was not our best as a team,” junior Zion Phillpotts said. “I think it was because of the high pressure

of the meet.” Fellow junior Sophia Preys concurred with Phillpotts’ assessment of OPRF. “It wasn't our best meet of the season,” she said. “We definitely had the ability to do so much better, but our teamwork really helped us stay positive. We were so supportive and there for each other the whole time.” The Huskies return the bulk of their lineup next season. Along with the aforementioned gymnasts, junior Grace Luptak (sectional qualifier in 2017) junior Claire Massmann and sophomore Jenna Schainis will be back. “We had a great season,” Thompson said. “OPRF produced some of its best team scores ever this year. We rose to the occasion at all of the meets. I am also really looking forward to being a part of what will be a very senior-heavy team.” Veteran coach Kris Wright will foster the Huskies’ development. "We have a higher level of gymnastics this year," Wright said during the regular season. "We have a very focused group competing at

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OPRF junior gymnast Hannah Thompson qualified for the state finals in vault (9.275) and bars (9.4) at the Lake Park Sectional on Feb. 8. a high level. There's great team camaraderie and the girls really support each other."


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PLAYOFFS High stakes from page 36 to play at a high level for the Friars. “When both Kate and McKenzie are on, look out, because that’s when we’ll beat teams,” Power said. “You’re talking about 2,300-2,400 points between those two which is something you don’t see often. They are team-oriented players, though, and care about their teammates more than individual stats.” Lily Reardon, Gianni Ortiz, Maggie Van Ermen, Margaret Planek and Katie Schneider comprise a solid supporting cast of players. “We have yet to play our best basketball and I’m excited to see what we can do these next few weeks,” Planek said. “I think it will be a good run.”

OPRF At first glance, the Huskies’ pedestrian record of 13-15 might suggest an early exit from the 4A playoffs. In reality, OPRF has played better than its won-loss record. Plus, the recent return of senior leaders Amaya Coleman and Maeve Nelson from injury helps the Huskies’ chances in the Maine East Sectional. “It was certainly an up-and-down regular season,” OPRF coach JP Coughlin said. “We got off to a good start but then started to struggle. However, we had some nice wins during the season, including (West Suburban Silver Conference champion) Glenbard West near the end - they came in on a 19game winning streak at the time. That was the highlight. “Injuries were a factor for some of our struggles - (Darse) Sanchez is out for the season. Everyone else is healthy for the playoffs. We haven’t been that way in a long time.” In addition to improved health, OPRF guard Ahsha Spencer provides cause for optimism. Spencer, who poured in 24 points in OPRF’s 68-64 victory over Leyden on Feb. 7, has taken on a larger role in the absence of Sanchez. “Since Darse went down, Ahsha has taken on quite a load offensively,” Coughlin said. “Having to be the point guard, getting other people involved, and having to be the leading scorer is no easy task. She has the most points, rebounds, steals, and blocks on the team.” Another positive for OPRF is having Nelson back. The Northwestern softball recruit is an all-court player with great instincts for the game and plenty of athleticism.

(Top) OPRF guard Ahsha Spencer leads the Huskies in points, rebounds, steals and blocks on the team. She’s a difference-maker at both ends of the floor. (Right) Trinity senior Lauren Lee averages 11 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals per game. She’s committed to the University of California, Santa Barbara. File photos

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Friars, Huskies and Blazers have high hopes for playoffs By MELVIN TATE

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et the second season begin. That’s the opportunity the Fenwick, Oak Park and River Forest and Trinity basketball teams will embrace as the IHSA state playoffs rev up this week. Since the NCAA has March Madness, consider the upcoming itinerary of girls hoops as a February Frenzy of sorts. Fenwick is seeded second in the St. Joseph Sectional of the Class 3A playoffs. A matchup against top-seeded Nazareth in the sectional final seems likely; however, Fenwick coach Dave Power isn’t taking anything for granted. “We certainly have the talent to get back Downstate for the first time since 2010 when we had Tricia Liston (Fenwick finished third at state), but we’re going to have to bring our ‘A’ game. Our ‘B’ game won’t do it,” Power said. “Anything is possible. You can’t look ahead because there are so many good teams and many upsets early. We’re going to approach every game as if it could be our last.” Senior stars Kate Moore and McKenzie Blaze will have See PLAYOFFS on page 34

Fenwick senior McKenzie Blaze has scored over 1,000 points during her high school career. She also provides the Friars leadership, rebounding and defense. File photo

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