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February 15, 2017 Vol. 35, No. 26 ONE DOLLAR

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Trinity tops Lyons Township Sports, page 48

Parents want school nut-free after allergic reaction Parents of a Holmes student say employees violated district’s food allergy policy, threaten legal action By MICHAEL ROMAIN Editor

about. Despite being cleared to enter earlier in the night, and having RSVP’d with no issues hours prior to the event’s 6 p.m. start time, a Wednesday Journal reporter and a photographer were shown the door

The parents of a Holmes School fourthgrader are demanding that District 97 officials take steps to make the school nutfree after they say their daughter nearly died from a food-allergic reaction on Feb. 3 during her lunch period. Tim and Laura Hunnewell say their 10-year-old daughter, Sadie, who is allergic to peanuts, went into anaphylactic shock just as her lunch period was ending. Tim Hunnewell believes that actions taken by school employees both before and after his daughter’s allergic episode violated the district’s Food Allergy Management policy. “They basically had her cleaning up in the cafeteria, which she isn’t supposed to do,” Tim Hunnewell said in an interview last week. “That’s a violation of protocol.

See ROSKAM VISIT on page 15

See ALLERGIC REACTION on page 13

WILLIAM CAMARGO/Staff Photographer

SEEKING SANCTUARY? Congressman Peter Roskam of Illinois inside Good Earth Greenhouse where he gave a talk last Friday.

Republican congressman’s visit met with protest in River Forest By MICHAEL ROMAIN Staff Reporter

At least 40 people gathered on the sidewalk outside of Good Earth Greenhouse, 7900 Madison St. in River Forest on Feb. 10, hoping that their signs

and chants would catch the attention of Republican Rep. Peter Roskam (6th District). The Congressman was headlining an RSVP-only affair hosted by the Oak Park and River Forest Republican Organizations. It wasn’t clear what Roskam would talk

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R E P O R T

River Forest clerk candidate drops out

The campaign season has barely begun, and already one candidate for office in River Forest – one of three write-in candidates for village clerk – has decided to drop out. In two separate messages posted on Linkedin.com, Laura Perna said she has decided not to run. “My name is listed, but I am not campaigning for the position. I am declining to run due to an opportunity to use my skills in local and state politics,” Perna wrote. She did not explain why she decided to file initially or what she would do if she won. Perna was a former community liaison for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and served one term as a park district commissioner in Oak Park. Kathleen White and Calvin Davis will continue as write-in candidates to replace Sharon Halperin, who decided not to seek a second term. Davis is also running for a seat on the River Forest Park District Board.

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Rush wins philanthropy award

The Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation has honored Rush Oak Park Hospital with its 2016 Outstanding Philanthropic Business Award for its work with students with developmental disabilities and helping to redistribute food in underserved communities, among other outreach programs. The award was presented to Rush Oak Park Hospital President and CEO Bruce Elegant at the Community Foundation’s Honors Banquet on Feb. 7. The hospital’s work with Oak Park and River Forest High School’s Community Integrated Transition Education Program — aiding students with developmental disabilities, such as autism, transition into adulthood with job training — and its work with The Surplus Project at the Oak Park-River Forest Food Pantry were noted among the many philanthropic endeavors undertaken by Rush Oak Park. “Providing support in the community through programs and outreach is a reflection of the quality of care our staff provides at the hospital,” Elegant said in a press release. “And we look forward to continuing our community service and

Demonstrators held a counter-protest in downtown Oak Park on Saturday, Feb. 11, in opposition to anti-abortion proponents’ national “Defund Planned Parenthood” demonstrations. Pro-abortion rights groups held demonstrations throughout the country in opposition to the anti-abortion demonstrations. building upon them in the future.”

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D97 students CLAIM their voices

When Carlos Pittman was 15 years old, he was kicked out of school after officials learned that his girlfriend was pregnant. “Has anybody ever been kicked out of school for something you felt wasn’t

right?” Pittman, an organizer with Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE), polled the crowd. Pittman addressed an audience of elementary and high school students gathered inside of Julian Middle School, 416 S Ridgeland Ave., on Feb. 9. They were there to have grownup conversations among themselves about ideas like the school-to-prison pipeline and restorative justice practices. They were also discussed solutions to the kind of school policies and practices that entrap young people like Pittman. The event was hosted by District 97’s Committee for Legislative Action, Intervention, and Monitoring (CLAIM)

and numerous community partners and featured breakout sessions facilitated by VOYCE organizers. On its website, the organization describes itself as a “youth organizing collaborative for education and racial justice.” VOYCE has previously helped organize students at Oak Park and River Forest High School into groups capable of analyzing and evaluating some the high school’s challenges and advocating for solutions. Last Thursday’s event also featured spoken word artists and performances by Julian’s jazz band. Visit oakpark.com to see video footage of the event.

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BIG WEEK I Am Jim Henson

Friday, Feb. 17, at 3:30 p.m., Magic Tree Bookstore: Storytime, puppet-making, a reading of I Am Jim Henson, and make your own sock puppet. Jim Henson was the creator of the beloved Muppets. 141 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. Call 708-848-0770 or visit www.magictreebooks.com.

Black History Month dances

Sunday, Feb. 19 at 10:30 a.m., Open Door Theater: Church of Beethoven-Oak Park presents marimba player/composer Thor Bremer and Nine Worlds Ensemble, 902 S. Ridgeland in Oak Park. Come early at 10 a.m. for cookies and coffee. Seating is limited, reservations recommended. Cost is $10 for adults/$5 for children. Tickets: http://www.churchofbeethovenoakpark.com/buy-tickets.html.

Thursday, Feb. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m., Oak Park Public Library, Veterans Room: Forum explores unconscious bias, stereotypes, discrimination, racism and privilege. Facilitated by Corrie Wallace, equity consultant with Evanston-Skokie School District 65. http://oppl.org/events/one-book-one-oakpark-gifts-challenges-our-diversity?ajax=1. 834 Lake St.

Crimes of the Heart Feb. 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. at Madison Street Theatre: The Collective theater company at Concordia University Chicago presents Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart, winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for drama and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. The play, directed by Stephanie Stroud, will be presented at 1010 Madison St., Oak Park. General admission tickets are $15, with discounts available for seniors, students and CUC alumni. Purchase tickets online at CUCcrimes. CALENDAR EVENTS brownpapertickets.com or by cash or check at the door ■ As you’ve likely noticed, our before show time. Calendar has changed to Big Week. Fewer items, higher profile. If you would like your event to be featured here, please send a photo and details by noon of the Wednesday before it needs to be published. We can’t publish everything, but we’ll do our best to feature the week’s highlights. Email calendar@wjinc.com.

Friday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: Pre-performance refreshments at 7:10 p.m. Good Shepherd hosts monthly live jazz programs on the third Friday of each month. Good Shepherd (www.GoodShepherdLC. org) is located at 611 Randolph (corner of East and Randolph) in Oak Park. No admission fee, but free-will donations to support the jazz concert program are appreciated. All are welcome.

Monday, Feb. 20 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the 19th Century Club ballroom: The Chicagoland English Country Dancers present an evening of rarely-heard music and dances by 18th-century English Saturday, Feb. 18 from 12-3 p.m., composer Ignatius Sancho, the first black Main Library Second Floor Book composer to have his music published. Discussion Room: Music by Black Composers is a project of the Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., The More Than a Month Rachel Barton Pine Foundation. 178 Forest Veterans Room, Oak Park Public Library: presents More Than You Know Avenue in Oak Park. Doors open at 6:30 Concerned about gun violence and want to impact ... Black History Quiz Show. p.m. Suggested donation at the door is change? Watch the second part of the film Making a Test your knowledge of black $15 for adults; $10 for students, seniors Killing – Guns, Greed and the NRA. Discussion afterward history facts, events, and and those with limited income; $5 for on how to take action in the community. Presented historic sites at this fast-paced non-dancing spectators. Proceeds benefit by Gun Responsibility Advocates. For more, email quiz show party. Learn more the Scholarship Fund of the Nineteenth joinGRA2016@gmail.com. 834 Lake St. about the library’s More Than a Century Charitable Association. For more inMonth initiative at oppl.org/more. formation, call Mady Newfield at 630-584834 Lake St. 0825, Tammy Bretscher at 847-508-5586, 4-9322. or Randi Woodworth at 708-524-9322.

Black History quiz

Diversity Gifts & Challenges

Nine Worlds Ensemble

Gershwin Jazz

Making a Killing

Old Time Radioo Sunday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m., Oak Park rk Arms retirement community: Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear Oldd Time Radio Recreations Troop presents “YEEEAASSSS?” EAASSSS?” an old time radio show featuring Jack Benny and the Magnificent Montague. 408 S. Oak Park Ave. A receptionn with coffee and cookies follows the performance. The radioo shows are free and open to the public. For more, call 708-386-4040 -386-4040 or visit http://www.oakparkarms.com. m.

River Forest Fores candidate forum

Thursday, Feb. 16 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. at Concordia University’s Krentz Center, Room 120: The River Forest Service Club and League of Women Voters of Oak O Park-River Forest will host a candidate forum intended inten to introduce voters to candidates for the following low River Forest boards: River Forest Park District, Village of River Forest and River Forest Township. 6:45 - 7:15 p.m., park district, two seats open. Candidates: Cheryl Cargie, Lynn Libera, Gerry Dombrowski, Calvin Davis

Boeing, Boeing

7:20 7 - 8:05 p.m., village board, three seats open. Candidates: Thomas Cargie, Patricia A. “Patty” Henek, Thomas J. Dwyer Jr., Respicio F. Vazquez

OPRF High School’s Studio 200 program presents a production of Marc Camoletti’s Boeing Boeing, Feb. 15, 16 and 17, (4 p.m. on the 15th and 16th and 7 p.m. on the 17). The Studio 200 program allows the students to take the reins as directors. The Little Theater, 201 N. Scoville.

8:10 8 - 8:45 p.m., township, four seats open. Candidates: Holly Economos, Helene Connolly, Karen Taubman, Mark Kelty, Anna Marie Romeo 7400 Augusta Ave., River Forest.


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ART BEAT I’ll (still) take romance By ELIZABETH BERG

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n Feb. 18, at 7 p.m., at the Oak Park Arts Center, 200 N. Oak Park Ave., Writing Matters will present the wonderfully engaging Elinor Lipman, author of the novels Then She Found Me, The View from Penthouse B, and many more. She is called the Jane Austen of our time for her cleverness, wry humor and sparkling dialogue, and she specializes in romantic comedy. Reading her novels and her collection of essays has reminded me of what romance really is — because none of us seem to start out particularly well-educated in that department. When I was a girl, I couldn’t wait to get older mindedness. I would be and go out on a with a man who would date because I be glad to take the back wanted the flowroads with me on trips ers and the candy. and stop to look at puppies I was sure you got and antiques and produce flowers and candy and a LITTLE GIRL, AGE 7 stands at every opportunity. date who had Brylcreemed And oh, maybe he would watch his cowlick down flat for the Project Runway with me! evening; everything in my proFinally, I grew up, and came to paganda-fueled life had told me so. see that the romance in my marriage On my first date, I did not get flowwas when my husband got my car ers and chocolate. Nor did I get flowers washed for me, when I fell asleep watchand chocolate on any date I had aftering TV and he took my crooked glasses off ward, all the way up to today. my sleeping face and carefully folded them Fine. Forget the flowers and chocolates; up and then covered me with a blanket. instead give me a guy who would say deep At its best, romance isn’t about you. It’s and romantic things to me, someone who about the other; it’s about demonstrating would see me — a guy who may not bring your love for them in lots of different ways. flowers but would speak them. Finally, it I knew when I was a nurse that doing things happened. In high school, a guy whispered for others did things for me. I just didn’t into my ear that he loved me not only for understand that the same was true for my what I was, but for what he was when he was relationships. with me. Yup, Elizabeth Barrett Browning. It is because of my love of reading and the But I thought it was a purely original quote joy of taking care of others that I started from Randy C. I thought he would never the Writing Matters series — a chance to leave me. He left me after maybe a date and hear and meet and ask questions of worthy a half. He delivered the same romantic line authors. An opportunity to be exposed to to my best friend and she was smart enough someone you might not know but might very to laugh in his face when he did. And then to well come to love. A way to turn off your tell me all about it. And then to dump him. cellphone and engage your mind and imagiI decided to wait for marriage to have ro- nation in real time with real people. I want mance. Get carried in over the threshold. people at Writing Matters events to be enterHave candlelit dinners and know that my tained, well fed, and reminded that they live every thought and deed would be cherished. in a wonderful and vital community. And to I’m too embarrassed to go much further. realize that writing really does matter. Suffice it to say that one day I screamed at In my romantic dreams, proposing was my then-husband, “Yes, Valentine’s Day is the man’s job, to come up with some cretoo important! You can’t ignore it! You have ative, endearing, way to pop the question. to get me a mushy card! And you have to get But I’m going to propose something to you: me the biggest, ruffliest, pinkest, satiny-est Come to the event this Saturday night at candy box you can find!” 7 p.m. Your eyelashes will go up and down, So he gave me that. But it was curiously and little stars will come out of you. unfulfilling. For tickets ($10 in advance, $15 at the After I divorced, I decided the romance door), go to: www.brownpapertickets.com/ I longed for would take the form of like- event/2727062.

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development community that Oak Park, specifically along the Green Line/Metra spine, can be a hot destination for young folks who want to pay rent, not buy, and seem to like teeny apartments with nice finishes. I think the developers are right. And, if they’re wrong, it is their money at risk. All-American. The other cranky notion is that families are going to move into 700-square-foot apartments and swamp our schools. “They’ll eat up all those new property taxes with more teachers!” So last week we finally asked District 97 how many kids they have coming out of the half-rented Vantage and the fully rented Whiteco on Harlem. That’s like 350 apartments. And there are 12 kids in school. Twelve. But the gathering storm on this project is clearly going to be the “shadows on Austin Gardens” gambit. Where’s the election fit in? Well three of the independent trustee candidates — Deno Andrews, Simone Boutet, Dan Moroney — have willingly taken to social media to box themselves into the too-danged-high-and-man!-thoseshadows position. They better hope there are thousands of Oak Parkers who really care about photosynthesis. If the two incumbent VMA trustees — Peter Barber and Glenn Brewer — manage to cling to the ballot despite a pretty legit challenge to their thin petitions, might they continue to support new development as they have over the past four years? And would that put the unopposed for mayor, Abu-Taleb, in the curious position of backing VMA candidates? Sweet. Then there is the coming resignation of Abu-Taleb stalwart Adam Salzman. When will the mayor make an appointment? Can he stretch this out till after the election so he can choose a trustee as loyal as Bob Tucker and Andrea Ott? The timing is awkward, too. Election Day is Tuesday, April 4. The developer says its plan could reach the Plan Commission on Thursday, April 6. That would put the ultimate decision before the newly reconstituted village board in late April.

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WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA?: The contest, held by the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation’s Entrepreneur Leaders in Philanthropy group, awards a $50,000 grant for socialimpact driven nonprofit and business ideas. Last year’s winner was The Food Surplus Project, which repackages and redistributes surplus food from local organizations. Photo provided by the OPRF Food Pantry

Big Idea grant helps expand surplus food project Pitch contest for entrepreneur leaders grant set for Feb. 22 By TIMOTHY INKLEBARGER Staff Reporter

Oak Park is getting ready for its next “Big Idea” from the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation’s Entrepreneur Leaders in Philanthropy group, which next week gives five finalists the chance to win grant funding for their social-impact driven nonprofit and business ideas. Last year’s inaugural winner of the Big Idea contest was The Surplus Project, which used the $50,000 grant to expand its program that repackages prepared food from local businesses such as Rush Oak Park Hospital and Dominican University and redistributes the meals to nonprofits like Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry and West Cook YMCA, among others. The $50,000 prize is raised annually from some 40 local businesses and entrepreneurs who each donate $2,500. Wednesday Journal is among those businesses. Andriana Riano, program coordinator for the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry, said in a telephone interview that The Surplus Program was created in 2015 and provided about 2,000 meals that year. After receiving the grant, that number has doubled to about 4,000 meals in 2016. Riano said The Surplus Project now is collecting surplus food from Rush, Dominican, Riveredge Hospital and OPRF High School and redistributing to the food pantry and the YMCA, Mills Tower senior housing and Youth Outreach Services. “The previous year was our first year, so the hospital and the food pantry were the only ones involved in the project,” Riano said. The meals are repackaged following

health safety guidelines set by the Oak Park Department of Public Health. Riano says surplus food that would be discarded is repackaged and distributed within 24 hours. “This is definitely helpful for, especially for those serving clients who don’t have access to a kitchen,” Riano said. She said most of the funds from the Big Idea grant were used to hire a staff member to help facilitate the expansion of the program through the creation of a handbook and making connections with new member organizations. “Reducing food waste and food insecurity go hand in hand,” Riano said. The Entrepreneur Leaders in Philanthropy is about to award its second grant later this month when it hears pitches from five new finalists. The grant is again for $50,000. The Big Idea pitch party will be held on Feb. 22 at 5:30 p.m. at Wire, 6815 Roosevelt Road. Tickets to the event are available from the foundation. The five groups that will pitch their projects include: ■ Contemporary Visual Arts Hub, which aims to “develop a constellation of vibrant, intellectual and culturally significant visual art spaces for a large and diverse public through permanent installations and popup storefronts.” ■ 100% College Ready, which focuses on ensuring that all OPRF High School students are college ready by 2020. ■ Felony Franks & Rescue, which provides workforce training for ex-offenders. ■ Lawns To Gardens, which aims to incentivize and encourage lawn owners to convert their yards into toxic-free edible gardens and landscapes. ■ Take2, which promotes “enduring age diversity in Oak Park/River Forest and impact medium-income elders who do not qualify for Medicaid yet cannot afford hourly-based care by providing affordable inhome services.” CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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Keystone booted from Lake and Park project

By DEBORAH KADIN Contributing Reporter

River Forest is going back to square one to redevelop its property at Lake and Park, dropping Keystone Ventures as the preferred developer and looking for another firm that can get the long-stalled project off the ground. Nearly 18 months after trustees selected Tim Hague’s Keystone Ventures to put together a proposal for the project, trustees unanimously directed staff to put selection of a new preferred developer on a fast track for approval by July. A consultant will be brought on board next month to bring new perspective to the process and help staff and the Economic Development Commission construct a more thorough request for proposal than one issued in October 2014. That document resulted in three proposals, one of which was from locally-owned Keystone. Approval of that RFP is due by late April;

submissions are expected back in late May. The EDC’s recommendation for a preferred is due in June. Selection is expected in July, according to a timeline provided by the village. With discussion of the triennial reassessment as a backdrop, Village President Catherine Adduci reiterated to trustees that “developing Lake and Park is one of the best ways of stabilizing property taxes and lowering our tax rate.” Added Village Administrator Eric Palm, “there’s a lot of development going on around River Forest. We won’t have the development that another town is having, but it will be suitable and appropriate for our community. The only way to add value to the assessed valuation is creating economic development opportunities.” Development of Lake and Park has been one of the village’s most important economic priorities for years. Nothing has happened since October 2014 when the village charged the EDC with crafting a request for proposal.

In a public meeting in March 2015, the EDC vetted three ideas. One was Keystone. Another was offered by Pathways Senior Living which proposed constructing a senior-assisted living facility. The EDC rejected it, not because they felt that type of development wasn’t needed, but because it was not an appropriate fit for the location. In May 2016, the EDC unanimously recommended Pine Grove Centrum Partners proposal to develop luxury rentals, because it fulfilled the desire for transit-oriented development on that site and it was a type of housing that was not available in River Forest. Residents vociferously objected because they didn’t want a multi-unit luxury rental building close to a school, citing traffic, parking and other concerns. The process stopped and started again, and in October 2015, after many meetings and hours of debate over several months, trustees gave Hague the nod to come up with a

planned development application for his concept of condominiums/townhomes/retail. A deadline for Hague to submit his application was March 2016; that was extended until June. There was no agreement drafted and signed between the village and Keystone to develop the site, Palm said. A letter informing Hague about the board’s direction is expected to go out fairly soon. He could not be reached for comment. Centrum and Pathways also will be asked if they may be interested in submitting another proposal, Palm said. This will be the third time the village has sought proposals to develop the property, which was purchased with dollars from the Central Business District TIF District. In 2011, the village unsuccessfully attempted to attract a developer. Because the economy had tanked around that time, the response they got was underwhelming, village officials said.

Albion makes its case for high-rise

Top-notch project and no government subsidies, say developers By TIMOTHY INKLEBARGER Staff Reporter

Albion Residential has made its first presentation to the public for its plans for an 18-story building at the corner of Lake Street and Forest Avenue, and now the proposal heads to the village’s Plan Commission for review. In a sit-down with Wednesday Journal this week, Andrew Yule, vice president of development for Albion, said the company is putting the final touches on the planned development proposal that it will formally submit to the village later this month. Yule said the ground-floor retail would likely be a restaurant fronting Lake Street and an already interested Chicagobased coffee shop fronting Forest Avenue. There would also be a large hotel-like lobby fronting the intersection. Albion said it would encourage public use of the lobby space. The proposed project has faced some tough opposition from residents; they argue that the building will bring more traffic congestion and negatively impact the adjacent Austin Gardens, a public park, while others simply don’t want another skyscraper in downtown Oak Park. Yule said the Albion team has recognized the importance of Austin Gardens from the first day they began looking at the property as a potential development site. “That park is our biggest asset,” said Yule. That’s why Albion oriented the building in an L shape with the greatest massing near Lake Street. That configuration, they said, would dramatically reduce the shadows cast over Austin Gardens. The board of the Park District of Oak Park last week formally went on the record opposing the proposed project. Nestled in the L is a four-story structure that will largely serve as a parking garage, with 243 spaces for residents and the neighboring office building. A small pool and a dog spa area are planned for the roof of that four-story structure, Yule said. The proposal also includes a wide walkway lead-

ing from Lake Street to Austin Gardens running between the high-rise and the building directly to the west, Yule said. Jason Koehn, Albion’s president, said the average unit – about 75 percent of the luxury rentals – will be one-bedroom or smaller. That might be welcome news to those concerned that along with the 21-story high-rise across the street, Albion’s 265 apartments will overburden local schools with new students. Koehn said the units, which are expected to run between $1,200 and $1,800 a month, are unlikely to attract tenants with children. There will be dogs and cats, however, he said. In response to a Wednesday Journal inquiry last week, District 97 reported that there are currently a combined 12 students enrolled in their schools from the Oak Park Place/ Whiteco project on Harlem Avenue and the partially leased Vantage high-rise at Lake and Forest. That would encompass somewhat over 300 leased units. Koehn said that some residents opposed to the project have suggested that Albion build within the existing zoning, which allows for an 8-story building. The company will have to go to the Oak Park Village Board for a zoning variance that would allow for the 18-story building. Koehn said an 8-story building is not financially feasible. He made the case that the building is projected to cost $80$85 million to build. An 8-story building would result in a $5-$10 million loss, and a 12-story project would fall between break even and a $5 million loss. Fixed costs to operate the building – such as the cost of hiring a service manager and leasing manager and other costs – typically are the same for a building whether it’s eight stories or 18, he said. Koehn said the developer’s margin on an $80 million project would be 13-17 percent, meaning that at a 15 percent profit margin, the building could eventually sell for an estimated $92 million. Considering the risks involved, he defended that as a fair return on investors’ money. Chicago-based Albion is owned by Dallas, Texas-based investment real estate firm Compatriot Capital, which directs the real estate investment strategy for Sammons Enterprises, Inc. Koehn said Albion’s project will be more than just a place to live – he says the company wants to create a social environment where Oak Parkers and visitors are welcomed to

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come into their lobby and “plug in” and hang out. “I want my residents to be out of their homes and in my lobby,” he said, adding that studies show tenants are six times more likely to renew their lease if they have a friend in the building. He noted that Albion is not asking for any kind of public subsidy, such as a tax break or funds from Oak Park’s Downtown Tax Increment Finance District, to bring the project to Oak Park. The group hopes to present the project to Oak Park’s Plan Commission in April. If approved for the project, Albion hopes to break ground in the fourth quarter of this year and have the building completed 18 months later, Yule said. CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com


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River Forest issues third default letter over Lake and Lathrop Developer has until early March to buy two properties By DEBORAH KADIN Contributing Reporter

Later this month, River Forest could terminate its arrangement with Keystone Ventures to redevelop land near the intersection of Lake Street and Lathrop Avenue if two of the parcels needed for the project are not purchased. Tim Hague, the owner of Keystone Ventures, missed the Jan. 30 deadline to get that done and received a default letter on Feb. 1. He still will have a 30-day grace period to buy 7602-13 Lake St., owned by the estate of Ed Ditchfield and 7617-21 Lake St., which is owned by Ali ElSaffar, Oak Park Township’s assessor, Village President Catherine Adduci said. The third, and the least important parcel of the three, 423 Ashland Ave., was purchased in September from Forest Park National Bank. It’s premature to say what the village will do until the end of the month, Adduci added. “We’re hopeful we’re working through this, and I am confident that we’ll get it done and not need a backup plan. If we do, we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it,” she said. Adduci declined to comment further on the status of Hague’s efforts to buy the properties, since it involved a pending real estate transaction in which the village is playing a role. Approximately $1.9 million from the 2010 Lake Street Tax Increment Finance district will be used for prop-

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Rendering for a proposed development at a key corner in River Forest. erty acquisition and environmental cleanup of the site, including the Ditchfield property. “Right now, we’re working through the current contract, but for any reason, we hit a bump in the road, I’m confident we will have a path forward as well,” she said. The Feb. 1 default letter is the third Hague has seen since he and the village inked the initial development agreement in March 2016. The only difference between the one sent Feb. 1 and the other two are the dates spelled out in them. Here are the deadlines that have come and gone: ■ The initial agreement on the contract was signed on March 23, 2016. The deadline to meet the terms was June 14. He was sent a default notice on June 29. ■ A first amendment was approved on July 12. The deadline to meet the terms was Oct. 14. ■ Before that amendment expired, Hague sought and trustees approved on Oct. 10, a second amendment, giving

Hague an extension to Nov. 15. ■ On Dec. 2, a default notice was sent to Hague. Hague came back and got a third amendment on Jan. 9. A redevelopment application had been filed late last year, but had to be scrapped because a partnership between Hague and Inland Real Estate Group, which had been involved in the residential component of the project, fell apart, Hague told the board in January. Hague and Inland parted company and he found another partner, Sedgwick Partners, to work on the project with him. Sedgwick is owned by Marty Paris, a River Forest resident and son of former River Forest Village President Frank Paris. In seeking what is the third extension of that initial timeline, Hague told the board there had been a lot of challenges associated with this redevelopment, including purchasing the property from the Ditchfield estate and from ElSaffar. But Hague confirmed that this third extension had the right dates and he would get the job done. Over the years, a big issue during discussions with Ditchfield was cleanup of the site. As far back as 2001, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency found that the property, which had housed a dry cleaner since 1922, was contaminated. Ditchfield operated River Forest Cleaners on the site. Ditchfield’s property contaminated ElSaffar’s property and the parcel at 411 Ashland Ave. The development has been in the works since 2010, when Hague was tapped by the board at that time. The village president was John Rigas, who is on the board of directors at Forest Park National Bank. Adduci, Susan Conti and Mike Gibbs were trustees at the time.

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Edward-Elmhurst opens in Vantage building

14,000-square-foot facility offers doctors’ offices, immediate care facility By TIMOTHY INKLEBARGER Staff Reporter

Oak Parkers have a new place for medical care downtown with the opening of Edward-Elmhurst Health’s 14,000-square-foot, $5.2 million immediate care facility on the third floor of the new Vantage residential high-rise building at 932 Lake St. Elmhurst Hospital president and CEO Pamela Dunley said the facility offers a wide range of services, including primary care physicians; X-ray, mammogram and ultrasound imaging; lab services; occupational health services; and immediate care for injuries that are not life-threatening. She said patients will be served better through the new facility’s centralized registration desk, which allows for scheduling multiple appointments in one place. “Let’s say you go see the doctor and they say you need a lab test or a quick X-ray — you can have it right there; you don’t have to go home and schedule an appointment and come back,” Dunley said in a telephone interview.

Edward-Elmhurst noted in a news release that patients can go to the new immediate care facility for minor burns; cuts that may need stitches; abrasions; broken bones; sprains; high fevers; sore throats; earaches; allergies; minor skin rashes; minor back, joint and muscle pain; and work-related illnesses and injuries. The facility is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s not Edward-Elmhurst’s first presence in Oak Park and River Forest, Dunley said. The health group maintains doctors’ offices at 1100 Lake St., with specialists in rheumatology; midwifery; gastroenterology; endocrinology; OBGYN; and ear, nose and throat. The group also has a clinic office at 7355 W. North Ave. and a walk-in clinic at Jewel-Osco, 7525 Lake St. in River Forest. Dunley said the new facility is already getting a big response, noting that the immediate care facility got eight walk-in patients and 80 physician office visits on the first day of operation. Edward-Elmhurst is the first of two tenants at the Vantage building. The developer also has signed a lease with Cooper’s Hawk Winery, which is opening a restaurant in Vantage’s 12,000-square-foot ground-level space. CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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IMMEDIATE CARE: Edward-Elmhurst has opened its newest immediate care facility in downtown Oak Park. (Above) Drs. Alison Sage and Elaine Biester. (Left) Dr. Daniel J. Murauski speaks with EdwardElmhurst Health’s Barb Zahrobsky and Erica Solis.

Crime in Oak Park up slightly in 2016

Calls for police service almost doubled compared to previous year By TIMOTHY INKLEBARGER Staff Reporter

Aggravated assault and battery cases jumped 62 percent in Oak Park in 2016 from the previous year, while motor vehicle theft dropped 13 percent, according to the state’s annual Uniform Crime Reporting Index report, which is used to compile crime data. The Oak Park Police Department reported investigating 34 cases of aggravated assault and battery in 2016, up from 21 the year before, while the total number of motor vehicle theft cases investigated dropped to 80 from 92 a year earlier. The total number of serious crimes investigated by the Oak Park Police Department increased 2 percent in 2016, with police reporting 1,605 cases last year, compared to 1,568 in 2015. A press release from Oak Park Village Hall notes that the 2 percent increase is still below the 1,665 crimes reported in 2014 and the 1,798 reported in 2013. That number also is far below crime rates seen in the 1980s and ’90s, which frequently were double the numbers seen today. Police made almost the same number of arrests in 2016 as the year prior, reporting 167 last year and 164 in the prior

year – 83 for theft, 48 for burglary, 19 for robbery, 16 for aggravated assault and battery and one for motor vehicle theft. Oak Park Police saw calls for service in 2016 almost double, jumping 91 percent from the previous year. Police reported 65,830 calls for service in 2016, compared to 34,529 the previous year. David Powers, a village spokesman, said in an email that

the jump in service calls was due to a change in how the West Suburban Consolidated Dispatch Center categorizes calls. “In the past, they would separate calls into categories with only high-priority calls reported with the crime data,” Powers said. “Last year, they began to lump all police activity into a single category, which resulted in the huge increase in 2016 from 2015. The data for 2016 included all police responses, including high-priority calls, traffic stops, vacation property checks and alarm/security checks.” Oak Park Police Chief Anthony Ambrose credited the public’s work with police for the low crime statistics last year. “Oak Park remains a very safe community thanks to residents who actively assist Police by assuming a sense of proprietorship over their neighborhoods,” Ambrose said in the press release. “Police can’t be everywhere all the time, but residents who are willing to report suspicious persons and activities are essential to helping us be in the right place at the right time.” Robbery, burglary and theft were all up slightly in 2016 – robbery was up 5 percent, with 68 incidents reported, compared to 65 a year earlier; burglary was up 7 percent, 360 incidents from 337; and theft was up 1 percent, 1,057 incidents from 1,043. Criminal sexual assault dropped to three incidents in 2016 from six the year prior. CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com


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A OPRF pop-up museum of black history Images of prominent African Americans accompany QR codes offering virtual history lessons By MICHAEL ROMAIN Staff Reporter

Faith Clark, 18, stared curiously at the poster of an ancient, dark-skinned figure wearing a golden crown before whipping out her smartphone. Underneath the poster, which was taped to a wall in a second-floor hallway at Oak Park and River Forest High School, a QR code prompted her to scan. “This looks like it was during Egyptian times,” said Clark as she fiddled with her phone last Friday afternoon. The visual depicts Mansa Musa’s famous 14th Century pilgrimage to Mecca. The Mali ruler, one of the wealthiest people in all of human history, is credited with Islam’s proliferation throughout West Africa during the 25 years of his reign, from roughly 1312 to 1337 C.E. “He had so much gold that when he went to visit a town, it drove down the value of everybody else’s gold,” said Jason SpoorHarvey, OPRF’s history division chair. “Really? Wow,” Clark said. “That’s cool.” Spoor-Harvey is working with students from his history classes and various extracurricular clubs to tape a total of 150 images “celebrating black excellence” on hallway walls at OPRF for the duration of Black History Month. Since the posters have started appearing, Spoor-Harvey said, there have been many of those Aha! moments. “A lot of times students and even teachers will be walking and they’ll see something that catches their eye in the image, stop and scan it,” he said. “For instance, they’ll see that castle downstairs, this great castle on this beach with beautiful water. Then they’ll stop, scan it and see that it was a fort from the triangle slave trade.” Spoor-Harvey said the students retrieved many of the images from Google, before blowing them up to poster size. They were also responsible for creating presentations that were uploaded to a website where those who scan the QR codes are directed for more information. Students Sylvia Battersby, 17, Andrea Krunick, 15, and Nadia Fields, 17, worked together on creating a poster, taped to a wall on the fourth-floor — which is dedicated to notable African American singers — of musician and songstress Billie Holiday. Scan the image’s accompanying QR code, and you’re taken to a brief biography of Holiday’s life and career, and you can even watch a YouTube clip of her singing. “She was a blues and jazz singer who really intertwined music and civil rights,” said Krunick, explaining why she and her classmates selected an image of Holiday to feature in this virtual black history museum. “It was cool to see someone so famous who was a woman, especially at that time. She sort of, like, came from nothing.” Spoor-Harvey said that he wants to feature these African American figures so

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prominently throughout the school in order to shed light on historically significant personalities who may otherwise go unmentioned during conventional history lessons. “I teach African history, so we talk about how our history classes are white-washed and what that means and how that supports the racial hierarchy,” Spoor-Harvey said while standing near a poster of Claudette Colvin. On March 2, 1955, Colvin was arrested because she wouldn’t give up her seat while riding a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama — nine months before Rosa Parks would go on to make the kind of black history that’s much more mainstream. Colvin was named as a plaintiff in the federal court case, Browder v. Gayle, that ultimately led to the Supreme Court ruling in 1956 that Alabama’s bus segregation was unconstitutional. Her role in history, however,

has been downplayed for various reasons. According to author Phillip Hoose, who wrote an award-winning book about Colvin called “Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice,” black civil rights leaders at the time declined to press Colvin’s case through the courts because they “worried they couldn’t win with her,” Hoose told the New York Times in 2009. “Words like ‘mouthy,’ ‘emotional’ and ‘feisty’ were used to describe her,” Hoose said, adding that Parks was considered “stolid, calm, unflappable.” Colvin told the New York Times that, “My mother told me to be quiet about what I did. She told me: ‘Let Rosa be the one. White people aren’t going to bother Rosa — her skin is lighter than yours and they like her.’” When Colvin became pregnant by a married man, any thought of making her the symbol of the desegregation fight was completely banished from the minds of black leaders. OPRF student Honora Nudnik, who was in the hallway working on her laptop near the Colvin poster, said she didn’t know the woman the image depicted. She did know Rosa Parks. “It’s really important to educate ourselves,” said Krunick. “I think the struggles and successes of these prominent figures in society shouldn’t be ignored just because of their skin color.” CONTACT: michael@oakpark.com

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Village Manager Association candidates to stay on ballot – for now Attorney for challengers plans to appeal decision By TIMOTHY INKLEBARGER Staff Reporter

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“It is clear from this language that the voters intended that their signatures stand for each of the candidates. While putting candidates’ names on one form may be technically deficient, the 735 signatures on the petitions are signatures for each of the candidates that meet the threshold requirements.” JUDGE MARGARITA KULYSHOFFMAN Cook County Circuit Court

Illinois Supreme Court left the decision up to the electoral board on whether the candidates should be granted access to the ballot. Kulys-Hoffman, however, said in her decision that the 753 signatures collected by the candidates was sufficient, because the petition stated that a signature was for all three candidates. “It is clear from this language that the voters intended that their signatures stand for each of the candidates. While putting candidates’ names on one form may be technically deficient, the 735 signatures on the petitions are signatures for each of the candidates that meet the threshold requirements,” Kulys-Hoffman wrote in the deci-

sion released on Tuesday, Feb. 7. The VMA candidates collected 735 signatures total but needed 251 each to make it onto the ballot. Burt Odelson, attorney for the challengers, could not immediately be reached for comment, but his office confirmed that he would be appealing the decision. Odelson said last month that the 735 signatures still didn’t meet the signature requirement of 251 for each candidate. “If they want to be independent, they have to file the number required by statute, and if you add up all the numbers, they are collectively short signatures,” Odelson said in January.

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ALLERGIC REACTION Peanut-free district? from page 1 cleaning up garbage and then she went to sit at her table, and who knows if they were eating [food with peanuts]. But, whatever the case may be, at some point, she was exposed.” Hunnewell said that after his daughter went into shock, she wasn’t given an epinephrine injection — which is an emergency medical treatment for victims of severe allergic reactions — and 911 wasn’t called until his wife showed up to the school around 10 or 15 minutes later. “The injection wasn’t given right after she went into shock, even though you’re supposed to give it right away,” he said. “It literally says that on the package. My kid could’ve been dead by then. Five more minutes and she would’ve choked on her tongue.” “A couple of more minutes would not have been good when people go through that shock their throat closes, so time is of the essence,” said Laura Hunnewell. “Depending on how severe the reaction is to the allergy, you can go into anaphylactic shock and die,” said Rhonda Policandriotes, a critical care nurse at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet who also has a nut allergy. According to epipen.com, a website that lays out proper procedures for administering auto-injections and dosages of epinephrine, the immediate administration of the drug is critical for all patients who show the symptoms of anaphylactic shock. “Any delay in treatment increases the risk of a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction or a biphasic reaction in these patients,” the website notes. The Hunnewells say Sadie was rushed to the hospital, where her condition stabilized, but that later in the day, she needed to be taken to the hospital again after experiencing a reaction to the medications that doctors prescribed. And on Feb. 10, their daughter was taken to the hospital for the third time in a week after experiencing a reaction while in class. The Hunnewells said that, based on conversations they had with the school’s nurse and other employees, they believe nuts may have been allowed in the classroom, in violation of district policy. The Hunnewells said Sadie hasn’t returned to school since Feb. 10 because she’s suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and now needs therapy. Her pediatrician, they added, does not believe the school to be safe due to her nut allergies. Mike Padavic, the district’s senior director of special services who is responsible for overseeing the district’s Food Allergy Management program, could not be reached for comment.

In an email statement, District 97 Communications Director Chris Jasculca said that the district intends to perform a “comprehensive investigation into this incident, and will take whatever actions are necessary based on our findings to preserve and protect the continued health and safety of every child we serve.” The district’s food allergy policy was developed in 2013 with assistance from nurses, and the parents and guardians of students with food allergies. The policy lays out responsibilities, protocols and procedures for parents and guardians, nurses, teachers food service staff members, custodial staff members and principals. In an email, the Hunnewells highlighted

at least 30 specific areas of the policy that they say they are certain were violated by school employees. During a visit to the school on Feb. 10, Laura Hunnewell said that she witnessed many apparent violations of the policy herself. For instance, she said, a table in the school’s cafeteria that is designated nutfree was not marked and “at least one teacher did not know that the table was for nut allergies so he sat a kid at the table who doesn’t have allergies.” And according to Sadie, cafeteria workers don’t wipe the table down regularly, despite protocol requiring them to do so. “I’d say it almost seems like they have these protocols that they claim are in place,

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but the left hand is not working with the right hand,” Laura Hunnewell said. “It seems like there’s a lot of miscommunication between the staff.” Tim Hunnewell said that his daughter’s two reactions, show that, because of a lack of training and other factors, the policies will never be enough to completely ensure that his child doesn’t have another lifethreatening allergic reaction. “My goal is to apply enough pressure to get the nuts out of the school,” Tim Hunnewell said. “If they aren’t going to do it, then we’ll take them to court to force them to do it.” CONTACT: michael@oakpark.com

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OUT ABOUT E Excellence in Philanthropy Award Winners: Bruce Elegant for Rush Oak Park Hospital, the Outstanding Philanthropic Business award winner; Patricia and Kendall Hunt, Outstanding Individual Philanthropists and Oak Park-River Forest High School Senior Sydney Jackson, Outstanding Youth.

Record Crowd Honors Local Philanthropy

xcellence in Philanthropy Awards are presented each February by the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation (www.oprfcf.org) at its Community Foundation Honors event. These annual awards honor those who demonstrate significant philanthropic impact in Oak Park-River Forest. Each year the Foundation recognizes an outstanding individual philanthropist, an outstanding business or group, and an outstanding young person or youth group. Each of the recipients of these awards has been inspired to be philanthropic and their generosity supports the well-being and sustainability of Oak Park and River Forest, just as the Community Foundation does. This year the event drew a record 135 people to celebrate philanthropy in our community.

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Community Foundation Honors Guests settle in for the awards presentations.

Foundation President & CEO Kristin Carlson Vogen, shared the Foundation’s 2016 accomplishments and plans for 2017 with the Community Foundation Honors audience.

Kristin Carlson Vogen presents the President’s Award to New Moms’ Laura Zumdahl and Angie Grover. This award recognizes the merger of Parenthesis with New Moms, enabling both organizations to better serve their clients. The award is accompanied by a grant of $1000.

Community Leader Peter Barber welcomed guests at Community Foundation Honors, recalling how many connections his friends and family have developed with the activities of the Community Foundation and how the Foundation helps us connect with what we appreciate most about our community.

Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation Past Board Chair, Clare Golla addresses the audience assembled of Community Foundation Honors on February 7 in the Grand Ballroom of the Carleton Hotel.


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Greenhouse hosts congressman from page 1 shortly after Roskam arrived and not long before he would start speaking. The meeting, however, was recorded by one of the attendees, who uploaded the audio to YouTube. Cronin said he suggested that guests RSVP as a courtesy to Roskam and to the affair’s guests, which included Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak (1st), the only Republican on that three-person board. “I know Peter, I’ve known him for many years,” said Patlak. “I think he does a wonderful job. I think he’s a great congressman. He certainly represents the constituents in his district. As far as individual issues, I’m not going to get into all of them. That’s his thing. I’ll let him answer the question.” But Roskam, a six-term incumbent who is the House Republican Chief Deputy Whip and a member of the powerful Committee on Ways and Means — which is responsible for making recommendations on all revenue-raising bills in the House — has been rather evasive of late, according to several of his constituents who gathered outside of Green Earth. The congressman entered the Madison Street facility discreetly through the backdoor. “I have called him and left messages,” said Phyllis Salerno, who lives in Roskam’s district, which includes all or parts of Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, Hoffman Estates and Wheaton, among other municipalities that span Cook, Lake, Kane, DuPage and McHenry counties. Salerno, who described herself as a former Republican who has voted for Democrats recently, and who “votes the issues” more generally, said she disagrees with Roskam on numerous measures. “I’m here to protest how he has voted on various bills, including allowing the mentally ill to have guns, allowing dirty water to go into streams,” she said. “I want to keep the ACA [Affordable Care Act] and I disagree with Paul Ryan’s wanting to privatize Medicare and Social Security.”

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DRAWING A CROWD: Protesters, many of them women, pace the sidewalk in front of Good Earth Greenhouse in River Forest as area Republicans host Congressman Peter Roskam inside the facility during an RSVP-only event. On the YouTube audio, Roskam can be heard praising Tom Price, the recently confirmed Health and Human Services Secretary. Roskam — who sits on the Health subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee, the powerful body that makes recommendations on revenue-raising items — said that he served on the House Budget Committee with Price, a former Georgia congressman. “If I could choose a single person who will have the authority under the Affordable Care Act to do everything that needs to be done,” Roskam said, “the single person I would have chosen is Tom Price, and by some crazy set of circumstances, so did Donald Trump.” Roskam told the crowd of at least 30 people that the GOP could maneuver around voting to dismantle the controversial healthcare legislation and that Price would be in the driver’s seat. “Here’s what the liberals didn’t figure when they created the ACA,” Roskam said. “There are 1,400 — one, four, zero, zero — times in the ACA when it says, ‘the Secretary of Human Services may,’ and ‘the Secretary of Human Services shall.’ “So what does that tell you? They didn’t

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create a statute that ever contemplated that a conservative was ever going to have that kind of power and what we want is the smart person who is in their adjusting those dials,” the congressman said, “helping us to dismantle the system that is in there that has so aggrieved so many people and then create something that can be ultimately transformational.” Roskam didn’t go into detail about what that “transformational” alternative might look like and he didn’t specify what discretionary adjustments Price plans on making. According to an estimate by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, at least 18 million people could lose their health insurance coverage if Republicans were to repeal significant aspects of the law without putting in place an alternative plan. Dr. Marian Sassetti, an Oak Park physician, said she hopes that Roskam will rethink his intentions to dismantle Obamacare. “He needs to understand that he can be a hero here,” said Sassetti, who was still wearing her white robe when she joined the protesters. “The ACA saves lives. If he votes against it, people will die on his watch. That’s the truth. I know that for a fact. “People are terrified. Women are com-

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ing in with IUDs because they’re not sure they’ll be able to get one. They don’t necessarily want one, but they’re coming in to get one just in case. People are coming in to see me for the first time because they’re afraid they won’t get a doctor.” Jean Meister, a River Forest resident, stood a few feet away from Dr. Sassetti, holding a sign that read, ‘ACA saved my child’s life.’” “I am pissed! I am really mad!” Meister said. “I have a daughter with a chronic illness that was excluded from coverage on our private pay health plan for two years. It cost us more than $100,000 for hospitalizations, treatments, medications and lab tests. None of it was covered by insurance. The ACA allowed my daughter to be covered by our health care and she’s alive!” As Roskam spoke, his words went unheard by the people outside. A man who appeared to be providing security guarded the doors, asking people whether or not they had RSVP’d. At one point, he blocked the doors to a resident of one of the nearby apartment complexes who said he just wanted to see what all the fuss was about. “What do we want? Town hall!” the crowd chanted, some people cupping their mouths, whenever the doors intermittently opened. “When do we want it? Now!” Jeffrey Leef, a River Forest radiologist who ran unsuccessfully for Congress as a Republican against U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis (7th), was among those who were allowed in as Roskam was speaking. “Everybody has a right to protest; that’s all fine, obviously, and it’s all peaceful,” Leef said. “But there are many people who are moderate, like myself, so it’s not as though every Republican blindly agrees with what the administration is doing.” Leef said he believes that the ACA is “deeply flawed,” but would not support repealing the law “if they don’t have something that’s able to make up for its huge inadequacies on day one.” In the meantime, people like Muriel Quinn, of Oak Park, just wants those with the power to repeal to at least talk about their intentions. “Women are very scary evidently,” Quinn said sarcastically. “Roskam runs away from moms.” CONTACT: michael@oakpark.com


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New book sheds light on a complex divide

Jeff Ferdinand’s ‘Austin Boulevard’ combines personal and social observations By TERRY DEAN AustinTalks

Former Austin resident Jeff Ferdinand was hesitant to move with his wife to Austin in 2014. Friends and family warned him about the violence and becoming the victim of a robbery. None of those things happened, recalled Ferdinand, a Chicago elementary school teacher who has written a book about his time in Austin. Ferdinand recently self-published Austin Boulevard: The Invisible Line between Two Worlds, his first book. He and his wife, Elise, lived on Austin Boulevard near Lake Street for two years. Ferdinand uses that experience to tell a larger story about the city’s historic racial divide between black and white residents. The book also explores those divisions by comparing Austin with the more affluent

neighboring Oak Park. Austin Boulevard is the dividing line between the two communities. “It’s just crazy to me still, the divide that exists right there and in many other places in the city,” said Ferdinand, a Mount Prospect native who now lives in Logan Square. Ferdinand, who teaches physical education at Bucktown’s Jonathan Burr Elementary School, volunteers at the Better Boys Foundation on the West Side. He and his wife were looking for a new place to live, but Oak Park’s rent was too high, so they chose Austin. Despite the warnings, the couple decided to move to the neighborhood and judge it for themselves. Yet he recalled still having some fears: “People were saying, ‘Oh, you can’t live on Austin. It’s too dangerous.’” “My initial reaction was one of fear. I wasn’t familiar with those neighborhoods,” said Ferdinand, who grew up in a mostly white, middle-class neighborhood. “I was driving through and was just nervous. But

when I got back I was like, ‘Why did I feel like that?’ And my wife was the same way.” Those fears disappeared once Ferdinand got to know the area and its residents. That revelation also led him to delve deeper into Oak Park’s community and history. Though it’s one of the most racially diverse communities in the Chicago area, its history isn’t without racial strife, Ferdinand noted. “At one point, Oak Park was exclusively a white neighborhood. Percy Julian, the famous chemist, was one of the first black residents to move into Oak Park; his house was fire-bombed, and it was racially-motivated,” Ferdinand said of the 1950 incident. His book also looks at the history of race relations and black people in America. Among the notable facts he includes in the book: One in eight black men in their 20s are in jail or prison on any given day. Twenty-eight percent of blacks live at or below the poverty line, compared to 10 per-

cent of whites Nearly half of America’s black population currently live in neighborhoods with no or few white residents. (Austin, with its roughly 98,000 residents, is 85 percent black and only 4 percent white, according to the 2010 Census). In writing the book, Ferdinand said he wants to get people talking about these issues while also making readers more aware about Austin. “We don’t do a good enough job in teaching our racial history in schools,” he said. “We truly haven’t reckoned with our past, I don’t think. So I hope I can reach people and help them learn something new and think about things differently.” The author published the book through Amazon. Since its debut, Ferdinand has been trying to get the word out about the book, which he said has been a challenge as a self-publisher. Nonetheless, he’s thinking of a possible follow-up to the book. “I would like to talk to more people and have their input in the book,” he said. “This book is specifically about my experiences, and then the history. If I do another book, I would like to go into both communities.” CONTACT: austintalks.org@gmail.com

Affordable housing may be part of River Forest master plan Village contends state’s figures are incorrect By DEBORAH KADIN Contributing Reporter

A proposed plan to address future land use and development in River Forest may spell out how the village intends to satisfy a state requirement on affordable housing, village officials say. The state has contended that River Forest has not yet filed a report on how it planned to increase its number of affordable housing units beyond 10 percent of its overall housing stock. Now, the village is looking to remedy that by adding affordable housing to its list of elements that will be part of an updated comprehensive plan, Village Administrator Eric Palm said. Completion is not slated until the next fiscal year, which begins May 1. The last comprehensive plan was completed in 2003. A request for proposals to prepare the document is in the works, Palm said. And the consultant who drafts it will verify the data the state has used to show that River Forest has not been in compliance with the Affordable Housing Planning and Appeal Act since 2013. The village has stated that the figures are incorrect, but has not yet provided any evidence of that. “We have disagreed with this,” said Palm referring to the state’s information. “If the

state data plays out, we will develop the plan that’s required. Affordable housing is a component of our society, and this is something we should look at.” Palm said he would consider sending a letter informing the Illinois Housing Development Authority, the agency that provides guidance and direction for the state’s affordable housing programs. It unclear if the village still will include affordable housing in its comprehensive plan if the village’s take on the data is correct. A spokesman for the Illinois Housing Development Authority declined comment on the village’s idea until the agency received a proposal from the village. After several attempts to try to speak with Village President Catherine Adduci, she said in a text, “I heard you already have spoken to Eric [Palm], so you should have all the information from him.” According to an agency spokesman, Illinois Housing Development Authority notified River Forest of its non-exempt status by letter on Dec. 2, 2013 and invited them to come to an informational public panel/conference on Dec. 16, 2013. Assistant Village Administrator Lisa Scheiner attended the meeting, but Wednesday Journal has not yet ascertained if Scheiner filed a report. Since December 2013, the agency sent three reminder letters in October 2014, April 2015 and August 2015. There were no subsequent letters sent to

River Forest, an agency spokesman said, and there had been nothing from the village, including letters explaining why they felt the data was wrong. As to why IDHA hadn’t been more aggressive in following up with River Forest to respond or submit a plan, a spokesman said, “As the appointed administrator of [Affordable Housing Planning and Appeal Act], IHDA will act and perform its duties pursuant to the legislation. Unfortunately, the provisions contained in the act do not give IHDA any enforcement authority. Furthermore, IHDA is not a regulatory body. However, we welcome the legislature to revisit the legislation.” At the time the law on affordable housing was adopted in 2004, River Forest was in compliance. As of August 2015, 172 of the community’s 3,886 housing units, or 4.4 percent, were considered affordable. River Forest’s percentage was lower than 10 percent, and that triggered the requirement that the community had to file a plan on how that would be remedied. The Affordable Housing Planning and Appeal Act, in part, was adopted to identify communities with an acute shortage of affordable housing stock, including single-family homes, condominiums or apartments. Housing is defined as affordable if a homeowner pays no more than 30 percent of the gross annual household income toward mortgage, amortization, taxes, insurance, and condominium or association fees. The

same applies to renters, except that no more than 30 percent of the gross annual household income can go toward rent and utilities. To determine if a community complied, IHDA uses U.S. Census Bureau data and calculates the number of units based, in part, on the median household income in a county or primary metropolitan statistical area. In Cook County, where River Forest is located, the median household income is $61,045. That would mean affordable monthly rent in the community is somewhere between $750 and $999. A calculation of affordable homeownership is based on real estate taxes, interest rates and other factors. The IHDA spokesman stated that River Forest and other non-exempt communities can select one of three goals options for increasing local affordable housing stock: ■ Have a minimum of 15 percent of all new development or redevelopment within the local government defined as affordable. ■ Increase by a minimum of a 3 percentage points the overall percentage of affordable housing within its jurisdiction. ■ Establish a minimum total of 10 percent of affordable housing within its jurisdiction. Thirty-three towns, including River Forest, have failed to submit plans to IHDA, including LaGrange, Northbrook, Western Springs, Deerfield, Wilmette and Winnetka. A 34th community, Naperville, is in the process of submitting its documentation, the spokesman said.


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Armed robbery at CTA station Two men robbed a man at gunpoint as he walked from the CTA station at Austin and I-290 about 7 a.m. on Feb. 8. The two robbers yelled to the victim from a black Oldsmobile Alero, and the man approached the vehicle. One of the men in the car — police describe him as black, between the ages of 20 and 30, with dreads, a slim build and all black clothing — displayed a black, rusted handgun with an extended clip and said, “Don’t move.” He then went through the victim’s pocket and stole an Illinois ID card, a CTA card, cash, a smartphone and red headphones. The other robber was described as black, about 20 to 21 years of age, with a slim build and a dark shirt.

Aggravated robbery arrests Ishmael C.L. Simpson and Javontay J. Kindred, both 19 years old and both of the 1900 block of South Trumbull in Chicago, were arrested in the 300 block of South Clinton at 7:50 p.m. on Feb. 7 and charged with aggravated robbery. Kindred also was charged with an Illinois Department of Corrections parole violation warrant for aggravated battery to a school employee.

Recovered stolen motor vehicle A black 2017 Volvo S90, stolen from Volvo of Oak Park, 1140 Garfield St., on Jan. 26, was recovered by Chicago police in the 5200 block of West Adams in Chicago at 10:36 a.m. on Feb. 8. No apprehensions were made.

Theft of motor vehicle A Berwyn resident’s gold 1999 Chevy S10 pickup was stolen from the 100 block of South Clinton at 11 p.m. on Feb. 7. No additional information was given.

Burglary from a motor vehicle A red 2016 Honda Civic was burglarized in the 100 block of South East Avenue at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 7. The burglar took an Anker GPS mount, a black Anker USB charger, a USB cable, and cash. The loss was an estimated $43.75.

Residential burglary A residence in the 1100 block of North Marion was burglarized at 11:50 p.m. on Feb. 7. The burglar entered the residence through an unlocked rear door and stole an

Acer Aspire computer valued at $1,000.

Burglary A storage unit in the 400 block of South Euclid was burglarized sometime between 11 a.m. on Feb. 1 and 12:57 p.m. on Feb. 9. The burglar entered the storage unit by removing the door hinges and stole 25 pairs of athletic shoes.

Street racing Two Chicagoans were arrested by River Forest police and charged with street racing and reckless driving in the 7100 block of North Avenue at 2:04 a.m. on Feb. 4. Police radar showed both cars were traveling 84 mph in a 30 mph zone. The drivers, both in their mid-20s, were also charged with aggravated speeding and other traffic violations.

Retail theft arrest A 47-year-old Chicago woman was arrested for shoplifting $435 worth of over-thecounter medication from the River Forest Jewel-Osco grocery store, 7525 W. Lake, at 10:11 a.m. on Feb. 6. The responding officers stopped the woman at the corner of Harlem and Ontario and found her in possession of the medication. She was taken into custody and charged with felony retail theft and driving on a suspended license.

Criminal damage to vehicle A brick was used to damage the rear window of a silver 2007 Pontiac Torrent in the 600 block of Scoville sometime between 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 6 and 9 p.m. the next day. The loss due to damage was an estimated $500. These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Feb. 7-14, 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

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Park is putting forth and the police department — the family just refutes it emphatically,” said Eric Russell, executive director of the Tree of Life The family of a Glendale Justice League of Illinois, at the Heights man shot to death by press conference. “I will address a Forest Park police officer is the elephant in the room; who poised to sue the police departcan we trust to do a thorough ment over the shooting, which investigation?” they say was unjustified. At the time of the incident, Family members of Marco Gomez was on parole and had Gomez held a press conference previously served jail time on Feb. 8, with civil rights atfor robbery and theft. Illinois torney Andrew Stroth and Department of Corrections ΜARCO GOMEZ members of the Tree of Life Fatally shot records show Gomez was conJustice League of Illinois, victed of committing six difsaying they aren’t accepting ferent thefts between 2008 and the Forest Park Police Depart2016. He also was convicted of ment’s narrative. robbery in 2008 and possession Forest Park police say an of■ To read more of a controlled substance in ficer spotted Gomez, 26, in a 2014. stolen car at the intersection VISIT OAKPARK.COM Russell said at the press conof Harlem Avenue and Jackference that he believes Gomez son Boulevard on Feb. 3. The officer got out of his car to approach Go- would not have been shot had he been Caumez, who reportedly attempted a U-turn casian. “It appears they have moved from reckto flee and drove the vehicle directly at the officer. Fearing for his life, the officer fired less policing to homicidal policing and where does this family go for answers?” into the vehicle killing Gomez. “The narrative that the mayor of Forest Russell asked. Staff Reporter

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HELPING FIRE VICTIMS: Local organizations are looking for donations to aid residents displaced by an apartment fire on Feb. 10 in Oak Park.

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Oak Parkers help families displaced by fire By TIMOTHY INKLEBARGER Staff Reporter

Oak Parkers rallied to help those displaced by a 3-alarm fire in a six-unit apartment building during the early morning of Feb. 10 in the 300 block of Washington Boulevard. No injuries were reported in the fire, but residents are still picking up the pieces. Suburban Unity Alliance and Oak Parkbased real estate group Steller Performance launched an online fundraiser at http:// www.gofundme.com/oak-park-fire for the families, which, as of Tuesday, Feb. 14, had raised just over $3,000. “Stellar Performance is partnering with Oak Park nonprofit Suburban Unity Alliance to support these community members in need. Stellar Performance and SUA value tenants and community members and we recognize that, as communities, we have the power and ability to step up and help community members in need,” SUA states on the fundraiser page. The groups also are calling on the community to donate nine care packages — six for women between 40 and 60 years old and three men between 20 and 50. Suggested items for donation include: toothbrushes and toothpaste; shaving razors and shav-

ing cream; soap; deodorants; toiletries; feminine hygiene products; nonperishable healthy foods; batteries; hair brushes and combs; trash bags; easily prepared tea and coffee products; and gift cards. Donors can drop off items at United Methodist Church, 405 S. Euclid, on Wednesday, Feb. 15, between 6 and 8 p.m. For more information, contact Anthony Clark at Suburban Unity Alliance, anthony@suburbanunity.org. Deputy Fire Chief Peter Pilafas said fire broke out around 1 a.m. and is believed to have started in the basement of the building. Pilafas, who described the fire as “pretty aggressive,” said roughly a dozen people were evacuated from the six-unit building and stayed in the Carleton Hotel of Oak Park. He said 70 firefighters from three communities assisted in extinguishing the blaze, which was put out at 3:07 a.m. “The majority of the damage was in the basement and first floor of the building,” Pilafas said. “There was smoke and water damage on the second and third floors of the building.” He said the origin of the fire is unknown and under investigation. The extent of the damage to the building is unknown, he added, but it does not appear to have suffered structural damage. CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com


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REVITALIZED: 1228 N. Austin is a reclaimed reminder of Austin Boulevard’s heyday.

Adding appeal on Austin New life for a vintage multifamily building By LACEY SIKORA

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ak Park Apartments recently was awarded a Cavalcade of Pride Award from the village for its effort to rehabilitate a vintage courtyard apartment building. Located at 1228 N. Austin Blvd., the 1920s-era structure had fallen into disrepair. The Cavalcade awards recognize extraordinary efforts to preserve Oak Park’s heritage, but for Oak Park Apartments, the effort was all in a day’s work.

Preserving Oak Park’s multifamily heritage Jim Rolff, vice president of Operations for Oak Park Apartments, said the company has viewed the preservation of apartment buildings in Oak Park as part of their business model for almost 30 years. “One hundred-year-old buildings have been there long before we were born and will be there long after we are gone,” he observed. “All of these buildings have a life span. You can continue to put Band-Aids on the older buildings and not have a great product or great demand, or you can take

it down to the studs — which is what we did — to make these buildings last another century.” With about 50 buildings and 1,500 units under management, Oak Park Apartments has had a hand in remaking and preserving quite a bit of Oak Park’s multifamily heritage, and according to Rolff, the basic formula is the same: rehabilitate buildings with a focus on safety throughout the structure and with more modernity in kitchens and baths.

Vintage modern The Oak Park Apartments approach is to overhaul the systems of the apartments while retaining vintage elements that make the buildings appealing. Rolff said walls are ripped out, and new plumbing, electrical systems, drywall and paint are installed or applied. The kitchens and bathrooms are updated to today’s standards. See AUSTIN AWARD-WINNER on page 23


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RIVER FOREST THE ULTIMATE HOUSE. Stunning Tudor on massive lot 200x188. Rehab offers all the modern amenities. Make an appt today. .............................. $2,750,000 OUTSTANDING BURMA HOME. 6BRs, 3.2BAs. Designer kitchen & family rm. Finished bsmt. Beautiful park-like lot. ........................................... $1,520,000 SPECTACULAR 6 BR, 3.2 BA on amazing block. 4 flrs of living space. High-end, designer kitchen & vaulted family rm. ............................................... $1,399,000 NEW CONSTRUCTION! ELEGANT “COASTAL” STYLE home. Deluxe kitchen. 3 levels of finished luxury. 4BRs, 4.1BAs, 2nd flr lndry & a whole lot more. Just beautiful! ..........................................$1,350,000 PRAIRIE SCHOOL home built in ‘06 w/classic architectural design & contemporary amenities. Spacious w/4BRs & 4½BAs. Family rm. SPECIAL! $1,225,000 FLAWLESS ATTENTION TO DETAIL. 5BR, 2.1BA home w/coach house. Chef’s kitchen w/over-the-top amenities. Family rm. Much more! ........$1,059,000 QUEEN ANNE Victorian w/open frt porch on lrg lot! 6BRs, 2.2BAs. Dble parlor. Frplc. Great location near train, schools, park. ....................................$599,000 MIDCENTURY MODERN RANCH w/open floor plan on a large lot. 3 BRs, 2.2BAs. WBFP. MBR suite. 1st floor laundry. Cool fin’d bsmt. C/A. Att garage. $594,000

OTHER AREA HOMES ELMWOOD PARK. JUST LISTED! WELL MAINTAINED 2-story - 3BR, 2BA with great yard. Super location. .......................................... $227,000 BERWYN. AM 4SQ, 3 BR, 1.1 BA near Proksa Park & train. Huge deck & patio w/parking for 3 cars. ......................................................................$259,000 ELMWOOD PARK. GREAT HOME, terrific location what else can one ask for? 3 BR, 1.1 BA on great lot. This is the home for you! .................................. $338,000 EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY

JUST LISTED! VINTAGE DETAILS in tact in this 4 BR, 3 BA recent rehab - check it out! ........................................ $394,000

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ELMWOOD PARK. TURNKEY BRICK 4 BR, 3 BA bungalow. Move right in to this spacious home with updated kitchen. ........................................$285,000

INCOME RIVER FOREST. MUCH MORE THAN A 2FLAT. Side-by-side living. 3BRs, 2.1 BAs in each unit. Hdwd flrs. C/A. 3½-car garage. ...........................$749,000

COMMERCIAL OAK PARK. MIXED USE BLDG. 1st flr: lrg commercial spc – approx. 3000SF. 2 apts on 2nd flr: 3BR, 1BA /1BR, 1BA. 2-car gar. 1st flr handicapped access. Call for more info. .........................................................$395,000

OAK PARK CONDOS/TOWNHOUSES ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! Updated end unit townhouse. Freshly painted. 3BRs, exceptional closets, 2.1BAs, new kitchen. 2+car garage. ....... $599,000 NEW PRICE! FANTASTIC LU VIOLA, 1st flr unit. Hdwd flrs & wdwk thru-out. Walking distance to trains, shops & restaurants. Parking. .................. $249,500 BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL corner condo in heart of OP! 2 large BRs w/big closets, 2BAs, freshly painted, berber carpet, eat-in kitchen, pkg! Available NOW!.. $162,500 ONE OF THE LARGEST FLOOR PLANS in the Santa Maria. 2BRs, 1BA. Updated kitchen. Fireplace. Lots of light. Pkg spc available. ............................ $160,000 IN THE HEART OF TOWN, 2BR, 1BA condo w/view of lovely lndscpd courtyd. Floor-to-ceiling windows. Open flr plan. Pkg. ...........................................$155,000 IDEAL LOCATION close to DTOP, library, Scoville Pk, & transportation. 2BR w/new flrs. Elevator bldg. Parking . .......................................................................... $119,000 WELLLOCATED STUDIO features hdwd flrs, new SS fridge and portable washer. Murphy’s bed. ... $68,000 EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY

FOREST PARK CONDOS/TOWNHOUSES THREE BEDROOM, 2.1BA townhouse. Open plan w/ fplc in living rm. Granite/SS kitchen w/island. Dining rm w/balcony. BRs/lndry on 3rd flr. Family rm w/patio. .................................................................... $362,000 MUCH SOUGHT AFTER 3 bedroom townhouse at the Grove w/balcony & patio. Granite & stainless steel appliances. 2-car garage. ..........................$339,000

OTHER AREA CONDOS/TOWNHOUSES ELMWOOD PARK. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! MBR w/BA & large living space, in-unit W/D, C/A, elevator bldg. - check it out! . $139,000

OAK PARK. BRIGHT 2 BEDROOM, 2 bath updated condo w/parking close to Green Line, restaurants & shopping. ............$154,500 RIVER FOREST. INVITING 4/5 BR, 2 bath Victorian 2-Flat. 2 levels of living space, 10 rms, high ceilings, hdwd flrs, remodeled BA, huge yd & garage pkg. .........................................................................$3,300/mo

COMMERCIAL RENTALS OAK PARK. OFFICE SPACES in lovely Art Deco bldg. 2 Elevators. Entry handicap equipped. Tenants pay electric. Public pkg. Call! Rent ranges from ....................................................$2,616/mo to $898/mo WESTMONT. CLASSIC STORE FRONT/walk in office on busy street. 2 blocks from Metra train. In-suite restrooms and kitchen. Great exposure. .....$1,525/mo

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CONDOS/APARTMENTS OAK PARK. NEW RENTAL! COZY 2BR in great loc’n. Newer kitchen. In-unit laundry. 2 parking spaces. Storage............................................................$1,700/mo

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A return to the boulevard’s glory days

ed online. Today, the vast majority of those tenants have signed leases for a second year in the building. Because Oak Park Apartments takes a long-view approach to its projects — holding onto its rehabs for the long term, their approach makes economic sense for the com-

from page 19 “When you rehab a building, you’re held to stricter standards and you’re able to meet those because the building is taken down to the studs,” Rolff said. “This leads to great improvements to health safety and life safety. We install new smoke detectors and safety measures for electrical and circuit systems, making these buildings much safer for tenants.” Complementing all that modernity, vintage details like wood trim, fireplace mantels and building adornments are preserved in order to maintain the architectural character. At 1228 N. Austin, which has a mix of one- and two-bedrooms among its 13 units, turning the apartments into the kind of spaces tenants are looking for involved making everything new except the layouts. A lot of vintage buildings have kitchens and closets that are more suited to the 1920s than 2017, but Rolff said that wasn’t the case here. “In this building, the units lent themselves to the way people live today,” he said. “The rooms were good-sized.”

Austin in demand Oak Park Apartments purchased its first building on Austin about 25 years ago, Rolff noted, and now has 15 buildings on both the Oak Park and Chicago sides of the street. He understands that some might have been reluctant to pour money into buildings on the boulevard that divides suburban Oak Park from the West-Side Chicago neighborhood of Austin. “People have been hesitant to do this because they thought the demand wasn’t there,” he said, “but we find it is.” Rolff pointed out that buildings on Austin share many of the amenities that draw people to other parts of Oak Park. One plus is aesthetics. The vintage buildings on the once-posh boulevard are often full or architectural character — something many renters enjoy. “I’ve always thought that when you drive down Austin, it’s one of the most aesthetically pleasing views in the village” he said. Plus, Austin shares a great location with the rest of Oak Park. It’s close to public transportation, the city

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AFFORDABLE GRANDEUR: For size, aesthetics and amenities, this grand old apartment building on Austin is quite economical. and Oak Park amenities that many renters are looking for. You’re close to the vibrancy of Oak Park.”

Economic and aesthetics Beyond a convenient location and architectural niceties, Rolff said buildings like 1228 N. Austin make economic sense — for both Oak Park Apartments and the people looking to rent. He points out that not all of the apartment buildings in Oak Park are affordable for those who want to live here. “People come in with an expectation and say they can’t spend more than $1,000 a month,” he said. “The product they’re looking for just isn’t available in

downtown Oak Park.” “People may be priced out of the new towers,” he noted, “but with our buildings, you still get the nice kitchen and bathrooms at half the price. In addition, you get these architectural amenities that the towers are lacking. It’s art, in a way. People come to Oak Park looking for this.” In the Austin apartments, tenants feel like they are getting a good value, he said, and that is reflected in the success of 1228 N. Austin. Oak Park Apartments purchased the building at the end of 2013, and began the rehab in the fall of 2014. By the spring of 2015, the building was completely rented, and Rolff said most units rented within a few days of being list-

pany as well. Noted Rolff, “There are two models in Oak Park [toward] these old buildings: the Band-Aid approach and doing it the right way. It’s a challenge for everyone in Oak Park. We did it the right way without any subsidy. People don’t see it by the numbers, but it does make sense. “In the end, we think everyone wins. There’s an affordable product that needs less maintenance. The tenant is able to live in Oak Park, and we build a sense of community. Most of us at Oak Park Apartments live in Oak Park. We grew up in Oak Park. “That’s why this award means a lot to us. We see the results here in our hometown.”


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CLASSIC RED BRICK COLONIAL with 3 bedrooms, 2-1/2 baths. Traditional floor plan includes first floor family room with fireplace, hardwood floors, separate living room, separate dining, along with kitchen and separate breakfast room. Side driveway with two car garage. .................................................................................... $699,000

JUST LISTED! Originally built as a ranch in the 1950’s, has since had a second floor addition in 2003 creating a 4 bedroom, 2-1/2 bath home with a master bedroom suite on the first floor. Plenty of storage, full finished basement, and side drive. Well maintained throughout. .............................................................................$594,900

MUCH LOVED HOME for over 50 years is ready for a new family to create new memories! Four BR home circa 1899 features natural wood details, 1st fl family room with wood burning fireplace, LR, DR, kitchen, breakfast room. Extra deep lot offers expansion opportunities. ................................................................................... $489,900

CHARMING, SUN-FILLED DUTCH COLONIAL on beautiful corner lot. Formal living room with fireplace, separate dining, sunroom, family room eat-in kitchen and office all on the first floor. 4 bedrooms on the 2nd floor with spacious master bedroom suite + bath. ...................................................................................$649,900

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PR ICE R ED UCE D! BEAUTIFULLY MAINTAINED HOME features a detailed LR, DR and kitchen with east facing sun/breakfast room on 1st FL. 2nd FL features sun filled library w/fireplace, large master suite. Finished basement includes a family room with a fireplace and a game room. ................................................................................................. $799,000

RIVER FOREST HOMES BURMA BUILT BUHRKE HOUSE combines Tudor revival & chateau style architecture elements. Gorgeous décor and impeccable attention to detail and care found in house and landscaped grounds, extends to fabulous in ground pool and patios. Perfect for entertaining. .........................$2,449,000 CLASSIC BRICK COLONIAL with all high-end finishes. First floor features hardwood floors, family room off kitchen. Finished basement has media room, 2 addl BRs, full bath, plenty of storage. Backyard offers private deck, large heated patio, built in pool. 3 car garage, heated driveway. ....$1,695,000 RESTORE THIS HOUSE with fabulous curb appeal or Build your dream home on this 100’ x 184’ lot. .................................................................$1,400,000 STUNNING BRICK ENGLISH TUDOR with 5 bedrooms, 4-1/2 baths on one of River Forest’s most private streets. This house has everything you need. Fabulous family room, large eat-in gourmet kitchen, a truly amazing basement with a full spectacular wet bar. This is a must see. .......... $1,195,000 GEORGOUS FRENCH NORMANDY with 5 bedrooms, 5 full & 5 half baths sits on a 75 foot corner lot. Gleaming hardwood floors and fireplace in LR, simply stunning eat-in kitchen with adjoining family room. Lower level rec room with gas fireplace. Beautifully landscaped grounds. ...............$1,099,900

BEAUTIFUL STYLISH UPDATED HOME with 4 BRs, 3.2 BAs on four floors of living space. Includes LR w/ frpl, new high end kitchen, Breakfast Rm, 1st FL office. LL has Fam Rm, Rec Room, Laundry, Wine Cellar and Full Bath. 2 car garage with extra storage and rooftop deck.................................$1,049,000 CLASSIC TUDOR located in the center of town includes many upgrades and a lot of remodeling! Bathrooms, basement, added closets including MBR walk-in. Resurfaced numerous hardwood floors. Stained glass windows. 2 car attached garage. Large private backyard. A can’t miss! .......................$999,900 CHARMING, SPACIOUS QUEEN ANNE BUNGALOW in pristine condition. Art glass windows, French doors, wood trim, hardwood floors. Granite kitchen, breakfast nook. Family room and 1st floor bedroom. 3 bedrooms on 2nd floor. Finished basement, enclosed porch, 2 car garage. ........................................................................................................................$639,900 LOCATION,LOCATION,LOCATION. Stucco home with a great floor plan. Hardwood floors, large rooms throughout. Living room includes a gas fireplace. Separate dining room with built-ins and stained glass windows. L-shaped kitchen, family room. Koi pond in the backyard. .................$629,000 SPECIAL HOME IN SPECIAL LOCATION! Good size rooms, large picture window, views out every window, family room overlooks kitchen. Just finish off the basement with the second fireplace located there. Beautiful brick pavers, attached garage. Make this home yours. .................................$599,000 MID CENTURY RANCH with plenty of options to work with in this open floor plan. Extra large kitchen with eating area. Family Room with gas fireplace. Three Bedrooms with master suite. Two and a half baths. Huge rec room in basement. Attached 2 car garage. Private yard. ....................$570,000 LARGE VICTORIAN with 4 bedrooms, 2-1/2 baths has great original details including wide moldings, wood burning fireplace, beamed ceilings, large room sizes and high ceilings. Master bedroom with bath, good closet space. Large backyard with deck. ............................................................$385,000

PRICE REDUCED! BEAUTIFUL, MOVE-IN READY REHAB in River Forest. Large open kitchen with all brand new SS. New 3/4 inch Brazilian Koa wood floors throughout. Designer baths. Wood burning fireplace. Master suite. Full basement. Great backyard with covered patio. Close to great schools! .........................................................................................................$379,900

OAK PARK HOMES UNPRECEDENTED ESTATE in the Frank Lloyd Wright Historical district of Oak Park! This meticulously renovated 5 BR, 5 full / 2 half bath property offers exquisite details and refined finishes that boast timeless materials and over the top custom millwork. This is a showcase home!................$2,525,000 GORGEOUS HOME WITH OPEN FLOOR PLAN. This 4 bedroom, 3-1/2 bath brick colonial sits on a majestic corner lot in Historic Oak Park! Spacious living room, sun room or home office, expansive dining room, family room and a true chef’s kitchen with large eat-in area. ........................$760,000 BEAUTIFUL KENILWORTH PARKWAY! 3 bedroom, 2-1/2 bath Classic Colonial in ideal location. Brick, slate roof, curb appeal galore and move in ready!!! Walk up attic, lower level playroom, screened porch overlooks exquisite landscaped backyard. All you need to do is move in!...........$679,000 BEAUTIFULLY REMODELED 5 bed/ 2 full bath home with a newly remodeled kitchen with a large attached breakfast area or family room. Bathrooms updated this year. Four large bedrooms on 2nd fl , 5th BR on 1st floor, perfect for company, or your private office...................................$474,900 BEAUTIFUL, SPACIOUS TWO STORY HOME in the Arts District in Oak Park. Large Living Room with adjoining Sun Room, Dining Room, Family Room, updated Kitchen. Unfinished dry basement. Wood floors and freshly painted. Parking pad for 3 cars. Nice backyard with a patio and shed. ........................................................................................................................$349,500

BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED VICTORIAN style three bedroom, two bath home in central Oak Park. Large front porch. Open high end kitchen with granite, perfect for entertaining! All new furnace/ ac, windows, siding, roof, etc. make this a nearly maintenance free home ........................................................................................$519,000

FOREST PARK HOMES TOTALLY REMODELED!! All new: kitchen, hardwood floors, windows, siding, roof, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, doors and hardware, and fencedin yard. Master bedroom has walk-in closet, master bath, and walk out deck. 2 car garage with additional exterior parking space. ............................$559,900 COMBINATION OF VINTAGE AND MODERN in this open concept home perfect for living and entertaining! Features hardwood floors, art glass windows, fresh baths, full basement. Charming front porch and backyard deck. Well maintained, move-in condition. ........................................... $319,000

CONDOS/TOWNHOMES/2 FLATS NEW LISTING RIVER FOREST 2FLAT. ............................... $530,000 RIVER FOREST 1BR, 1BA. ENTERTAINMENT AREA. .............. $89,000 OAK PARK 2 FLAT ..................................................................... $525,000 OAK PARK 2BR, 2-1/2BA. LARGE WRAP AROUND DECK.....$359,400 OAK PARK 2BR, 2BA. UNIQUE CONDO....................................$275,000 OAK PARK 2BR, 1BA. LOADS OF NATURAL LIGHT! ...............$177,000 OAK PARK 1BR, 1BA. FANTASTIC VINTAGE BUILDING..........$139,000 OAK PARK 1BR, 1BA. UPDATED KITCHEN AND BATH. ........... $69,000 FOREST PARK 2BR, 2BA. SPACIOUS CORNER UNIT. .............$289,000

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1153 S. Ridgeland Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Re/Max In The Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $314,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 1108 Marengo, Forest Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gloor Realty Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $394,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 181 S. Delaplaine, Riverside . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beyond Properties Realty Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $435,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-2

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607 Home Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weichert Realtors Nickel Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $480,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4 633 N. Taylor Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weichert Realtors Nickel Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $499,900 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 812 Augusta, Oak Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gagliardo Realty Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $519,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:15-3:15 834 N. Ridgeland Ave, Oak Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gloor Realty Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $525,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 134 N. Taylor Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baird & Warner Oak Park/River Forest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $549,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 5307 W. Catalpa Ave, Chicago. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Re/Max In The Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $569,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-2 834 Woodbine Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gagliardo Realty Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $594,900 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 7616 Vine St., River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gullo & Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $599,900 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-2 614 Fair Oaks Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weichert Realtors Nickel Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $624,900 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:30-1:30 815 S. Kenilworth Ave, Oak Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baird & Warner Oak Park/River Forest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $629,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:30-4 1231 Columbian Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Re/Max In The Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $645,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3:30 801 Jackson Ave, River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gagliardo Realty Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $649,900 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-2 938 S. Euclid Ave, Oak Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weichert Realtors Nickel Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $699,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-2 847 N. East Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weichert Realtors Nickel Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$727,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-2 1526 Clinton Place, River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gullo & Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $769,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4 1433 Keystone Ave, River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gagliardo Realty Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $799,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-12 1035 Berkshire, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gloor Realty Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $845,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:30-3:30

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211 N. Marion St. Unit 2B, Oak Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baird & Warner Oak Park/River Forest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $81,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 643 Ontario, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gullo & Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $175,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11am-1pm 949 Lake St. Unit B1, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Re/Max In The Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $200,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3:30 Showroom Open At 139 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, Il . . . . . . . Gloor Realty Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $669,900 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-2 Showroom Open At 139 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, Il . . . . . . . Gloor Realty Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $684,900 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-2 Showroom At 139 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, Il . . . . . . . . . . . . Gloor Realty Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $699,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-2

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7226 Washington Unit A, Forest Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beyond Properties Realty Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $264,500 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 325 Chestnut Ln, Oak Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baird & Warner Oak Park/River Forest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $564,900 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-2 324 Chestnut Ln, Oak Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baird & Warner Oak Park/River Forest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $569,900 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-2

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847 Clinton Pl, River Forest $1,149,000 :: 4 beds :: 3.5 baths Beautifully designed center entrance brick colonial with a gourmet kitchen. Walk to train.

101 N Euclid Avenue #24, Oak Park $565,000 :: 3 bed :: 3.5 bath Town house with attached two car garage. End unit, walk to everything!

BUNGALOW with many upgrades, like new! Fabulous state-of-the-art designer kit and fam rm addition. Baths have been completely updated. Basement is fully finished. $10K credit to build garage.

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GORGEOUS STONE Georgian. Modern amenities! Fully renovated in 2014. Open layout on 1st flr perfect for family, entertaining. Sep office space. 2nd flr feat 4 BRs, laundry, balcony, master suite. Finished Bsmt has full BR.

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VERY CHARMING and completely updated home! Large open floor plan on first floor with beautiful chefs kitchen. Two nice sized BRs on the second floor. Two full BAs. The basement has a nicely finished family room, laundry and storage. The yard is landscaped and has a brick paver patio. Two+ car garage. Walking distance to CTA Blue line. Walk to parks, schools and pool! Easy living!!

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SUPER CHARMING and completely updated home! Beautifully appointed kitchen with granite counter tops and all stainless appliances. Bathrooms completely rehabbed. Replacement windows throughout. Openconcept living on the first floor. Generously sized BRs with TONS of storage! Finished family room in the basement can also be home office or kids play area! Located steps from restaurants, shops, groceries and more!

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SPACIOUS Brick Beauty on Great Block! Huge living room, separate dining room + office/study! Chefs kitchen with top of the line appliances, granite counters, and bar seating. 1st flr Fam Room with cozy brick fireplace. Master Suite has large bath with separate tub/shower. 2nd en suite is perfect for guests. Fully finished 3rd floor. Finished basement with high ceilings, tile floors and full BA! Great location! Walk to schools, parks, Metra, CTA, shops and restaurants!

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with the Oak Park - River Forest Chamber of Commerce February 13th, 2017

Tale of Two Coffee Shops

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By CATHY YEN, Executive Director

new coffee house just opened. Alive with energy, enthusiasm, new fixtures and terrific product. Social media lit up with excitement. Pictures were posted. Meet-ups were scheduled. Work-fromhome entrepreneurs are happy about the wi-fi, java, and a chance to get out of the house. L!VE Café opened to immediate positive reviews, reflecting their hard work but also suggesting an unmet niche in the market. There is a great vibe inside. Excellent coffee. I wish them well and expect to be in there very often. Meanwhile, about a block and a half north on the very same street, another coffee

shop is closing. After seven years on one of the most visible corners in Oak Park, Red Hen is moving on. Reading between the lines, we can guess that the retail store was not sufficiently profitable to keep open any longer. The owners will focus on their large wholesale operations in Chicago. There are a million different reasons why a small business closes. Only family truly knows the whole backstory. But, insufficient revenue to pay expenses is usually part of that story – especially when the owners decide to close instead of sell. Small business is hard. I used to frequent Red Hen pretty regularly. Liked their vibe as well. Used their wi-fi and held dozens of meetings there. I enjoyed the coffee and the bread. Sorry to see it go. I am excited for L!VE Café and I am sad for Red Hen. Their stories are unrelated. One beginning the same time another ends is coincidence.

Still, I am struck by timing. I wonder about the online comments suggesting that the new place provides the market with something different, something lacking. Is it really new, or does it just have a new feel? Did the older business not keep up? Did its vibe no longer resonate? Are there lessons for the next coffee shop that wants to open in this neighborhood? Hard to say sometimes what the market wants or needs. Best we can do is wish Rose and Bob well and thank them for their investment while supporting Darrell and Reesheda as they L!VE their new dream.

Sugar Beet Schoolhouse 349 Ashland, River Forest sugarbeetschoolhouse.org

… to Sugar Beet Schoolhouse on their new space! Pictured: Meghan Hobbs, PNC Bank; Kim Goldschmidt, AXA Advisors; Susie Goldschmidt, MB Financial; Eric Palm, Village of River Forest; Cheryl Munoz, Sugar Beet Schoolhouse; Assistant to Chef Zeldin, Sugar Beet Schoolhouse; Wendy Lynn Zeldin, Sugar Beet Schoolhouse; Assistant to the Director, Serenity Acupuncture; Annie Grimes Spindler, Serenity Acupuncture; Benjamin Trissel, sidgl.com; Kathy Marchwiany, Community Bank of OPRF; Dr. Mary Ann Bender, Mary Ann Bender Podiatry; Natalie Casas, Community Bank of OPRF; Donna Fantetti-Slepicka, River Forest Chocolates; Cliff Osborn, Gloor Realty. Not pictured: Adam Doe, State Farm

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Community Mental Health Board

The Oak Park Developmental Disabilities Consortium,

under the auspices of the Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township, and with support from the River Forest Township Mental Health Committee, is dedicated to supporting individuals with disabilities in reaching their dreams and aspirations. CHECK THE WEDNESDAY JOURNAL FOR INSPIRING STORIES FROM THE MEMBERS OF THE CONSORTIUM.

of Oak Park Township

The Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township (CMHB) is a branch of Oak Park Township. The CMHB is comprised of nine residents appointed by the Township Supervisor with the approval of the Township Trustees. One CMHB member is a Township Trustee. The purpose of the Community Mental Health Board is to assist in planning, developing, coordinating, evaluating, and funding mental health services in Oak Park. This includes services for persons with mental illness, alcohol or other drug dependence or developmental disabilities. The Township’s Community Mental Health Fund provides over $1 million in financial support for programs and services to 12-20 agencies per year in Oak Park.

Visit one of Oak-Leyden’s adult day program facilities, and you’ll see a flurry of activities and welcome smiles. Participants with developmental disabilities are learning about nutrition, exercise, cooking, reading, arts and crafts, safety, self-advocacy, plus earning money and developing new skills through contract work. Allen has been attending Oak-Leyden’s Lifelong Learning day program for fourteen years. Staff has helped him flourish by establishing routines, setting goals, and facilitating social connections. Allen explains, “I have a lot of friends here. The staff is really helpful and they teach us new things. I like writing in my journal, planting and watering with our garden club, and group trips – last week we went to Chinatown.” He is also a resident in one of Oak-Leyden’s family-style group homes, which provide security along with the independence to participate in communities as their neighbors do. Allen adds, “At my home, I help out with work and chores. We like to play games, watch movies, and go grocery shopping.” Headquartered at Chicago and Ridgeland in Oak Park, Oak-Leyden annually helps more than 600 adults and children with developmental disabilities reach their fullest potential. Its children’s services include Early Intervention up to age three, therapy services for children age three to five, Music Together® classes, and drop-in play groups. Adult services include day and residential programs, vocational services, supported employment services, group homes, and independent living assistance.

Contact us.

Oak-Leyden Developmental Services 411 Chicago Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 708.524.1050 • oak-leyden.org facebook.com/OakLeyden • twitter.com/OakLeyden

Camp Seguin RCA has been operating in Winnebago, Illinois since 1975. Along with 28 acres of farmed land and scenic pond, camp also includes a 10-acre outdoor activity area, our campfire area where campers enjoy s’mores and singing around the campfire, the Farm Inn where campers enjoy arts and crafts, music, dancing, and performances on stage, and our modernized farm house, which includes our dining area, camper dormitories, and family room for relaxing and visiting with friends old and new. Our camp experience also includes classes in dancing with the Rockford Dance Company, equine therapy through Hope Reigns Ranch, Swimming at the Rockford YMCA, and music class with international jazz singer Stephanie Brown. In addition to 8 one-week camp sessions scheduled in the summer, we also offer weekend respite camping in the fall and spring. Respite camp gives veteran campers the opportunity to experience many of the fun things that they love about camp during the off season, and for new campers like Anita the opportunity to give camp a try for just a few days, and perhaps, as is the case with Anita, have so much fun that they sign up for one or more weeks in the summer.

The River Forest Township Mental Health Committee (RFMHC) works to enhance the mental health and developmental potential of residents by supporting a continuum of community based services that are costeffective, systematically evaluated and responsive to evolving needs. The RFMHC’s mission is fulfilled through partnerships with community agencies, which provide a flexible network of easily accessible services for treatment and prevention of mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance use. Services include case management, supervised housing, psychiatric treatment, volunteer opportunities, 24hour crisis management and social/recreational services.

DD CONSORTIUM AGENCY LIST Aspire aspirechicago.com

Community Support Services cssservices.org

Oak-Leyden Developmental Services oak-leyden.org

Oak Park Township Senior Services oakparktownship.org/departments/seniors

Opportunity Knocks opportunityknocksnow.org

Seguin RCA’s programs, including art and music, bowling, respite and summer camp opportunities, and holiday parties and activities throughout the year, strive to stimulate imagination and facilitate creativity for adults with developmental disabilities. Seguin RCA also provides advocacy for individuals with developmental disabilities, to enhance a positive quality of life and promote community awareness of the unique needs of these individuals and their families. Seguin RCA receives no government funding.

PACTT Learning Center pactt.org

Riveredge Hospital riveredgehospital.com

Seguin RCA seguinrca.org

Suburban Access, Inc. subacc.org

Contact us.

Seguin RCA 6223 W. Ogden Ave. Berwyn, IL 60402 708.788.5777 • info@seguinrca.org seguinrca.org • campseguin.org

The Answer, Inc. theanswerinc.org

UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago ucpseguin.org

West Suburban Special Recreation wssra.net

You can show your support for our Consortium members and the great work they do by visiting their websites – learn more, donate, volunteer, and follow them on social media. We appreciate your support!


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Bike-friendly? Try Chicago, not Oak Park

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commute downtown by bike most days, year-round. I take Lake Street through Oak Park, Austin, Garfield Park, and into the Loop. The most dangerous part of the ride? Lake Street in Oak Park. The city of Chicago makes Oak Park look like a piker when it comes to bike-friendliness. In 2016, Bicycling Magazine named Chicago the most bike-friendly city in America. How did that happen? The city worked with bikers to create over 100 miles of protected bike lanes, with more on the way. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s goal is that no resident of the city is more than a half mile away from a bike lane. Talk about transformative. Oak Park is talking the bikefriendly talk more than walking (or pedaling) the walk. The village has built some bike lanes, but in Oak Park we want it all. So we jam bike lanes in with pedestrian cut-outs that push the biker into traffic at every intersection, as on Jackson Boulevard. Most bikers want to reach home alive. The result is that I rarely see anyone biking on Jackson. Lake Street has the same problem, only it’s worse. The city made Lake Street its main biking route from the western suburbs to downtown, the biking equivalent of the Eisenhower Expressway. This industrial corridor provides a protected bike lane all the way. The lane is not perfect — watch out for broken glass — but it is far safer than what cyclists find on Lake Street in Oak Park. Here, it is a free for all of cars, cyclists and pedestrians, plus the occasional median with trees hogging space. So far, the debate over redoing Lake Street is focused on whether to use blue pavers. (Don’t do it. They’re expensive and don’t age well — see Marion Street). The conversation should turn to making Lake Street accessible for all, including bikers. The village has made one excellent improvement to bike safety in the last year. It installed yellow flashing lights that blink at the cars on Chicago Avenue whenever a bike or pedestrian is crossing at Harvey. It used to be that crossing this intersection on bike required cautiously inching the front wheel into the intersection, hoping that a Good Samaritan in a car would slow down and not run over the bike. The new flashing lights have made it the safest way for bikers to pedal between north and south Oak Park. Making Lake Street more bike-friendly will do one more thing. Some people complain about increased density in downtown Oak Park. (For the record, I like the new highrises and the improved liveliness and increased tax dollars they bring.) By getting more folks to traverse the town by bike, we make our village a cooler place to live. Just ask any cyclist in Chicago.

JACK CROWE

SEBASTION HILDAGO/Contributor

Protesters marched on Scoville Park recently during what was billed as a “Rally for Sanctuary in Oak Park,” an event organized by the Democratic Party of Oak Park and Suburban Unity Alliance, among other groups.

My father is a Muslim immigrant

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y father is a Muslim immigrant from Iraq. I was raised by him and my mother, an Americanborn Christian, in the suburbs of Chicago. My mixed heritage makes President Trump’s attitude toward Muslims very personal to me. As a candidate, Trump proposed a ban on Muslim immigration to the U.S. Since taking office, he has sought to impose a ban on Iraqi immigrants. Had either ban been in effect in the 1960s, my father, who taught college physics to thousands of American students, would not have been allowed into this country. My Dad’s cousin, an Iraqi doctor who has treated countless Americans suffering from heart disease, would also have been banned. My father, his cousin, and millions of other Muslim immigrants have made important contributions to American society. We should not turn away people of the Muslim faith who would contribute to our country because some terrorists have adopted a twisted version of Islam. I support efforts to defend the U.S. against terror-

ism committed by Muslims, Iraqis, or anyone else. But we should not adopt policies that stereotype all Muslims or all Iraqis. Instead, we should protect this country in a way that is consistent with American values. America is a nation of immigrants. People from around the world have come to this country because of the promise that success in America is not based on one’s race, religion or ethnicity, but rather on one’s character and abilities. As a child, I dreamed of becoming an elected official. My dad worried that I might encounter bias because of my Arab name, but when I ran for this office, my community gave me a fair opportunity to present my candidacy, and ultimately elected me township assessor. Giving people a fair chance to achieve their dreams is what America is all about. But fairness is missing in Donald Trump’s approach to Muslims. Even though no Iraqi immigrant has ever carried out a terrorist attack in the U.S., Trump seeks to impose a 90-day ban on immigrants

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here are many critical issues to be debated these days, a few even to be litigated. But the specific level of involvement of the faculty sponsor of the Gospel Choir at Oak Park and River Forest High School is not one of them. And yet, a group of activist atheists out of Madison, Wisconsin has the high school on the run. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has insisted in various letters to the school since December, in vague threats of legal action, that the role played by Latonia Jackson, the faculty sponsor, has been too active and must be restricted. The school seemingly has agreed to these restrictions, saying that, going forward, the well-regarded choir would be a fully “student-initiated group.” Jackson would be sidelined as safety supervisor, making sure the gospel performers were safe and secure. Basically a baby-sitter. Wednesday Journal lines up pretty readily on the progressive side of most issues. Church and state. Free speech. Freedom of religion and, therefore, freedom from religion, too. But this is the sort of baffling fight that does no honor to those values. It denigrates the critical battles that must be fought, and fought right now, in this moment for freedom from a religious test in immigration, for actual free speech when there is a nascent national taste for authoritarianism. Spending even a moment seeking to limit the freedom of an enthusiastic group of high schoolers to come together and celebrate the great American gospel tradition is small and misguided. No one is being proselytized at a gospel music concert. No god is being worshipped in rehearsal. Rather, we are honoring the strength and the power of African Americans to endure and rise through music that resonates with a culture.

Another Big Idea Next week another Big Idea. Another $50,000 investment from local entrepreneurs in a singular concept that has the possibility of bringing notable, sustainable change to Oak Park and River Forest. The brain child of a small group of local business people harnessed through the good offices of the Community Foundation of Oak ParkRiver Forest, the Big Idea launched one year back. From that core, some 40 entrepreneurs, including Wednesday Journal, have again invested to fund the notable prize. It will be awarded next Wednesday in a live vote by funders at Wire on Roosevelt Road in Berwyn. It is an inspirational evening and you are invited to take part for a small cover fee. This week the Journal looks back at last year’s winner: The Surplus Project at the Oak Park-River Forest Food Pantry. The critical concept was that people locally are hungry even as well-prepared meals in hospital cafeterias and other institutions are going to waste. Creating channels to salvage that food and quickly package it for delivery to those in need is the life-changing purpose of The Surplus Project. What will be the next Big Idea?

Roskam in River Forest

At this critical juncture, it is progressives who have turned out with passion and voice to make plain their anger and frustration with the hash that cynical Republicans are actively making and fully in league with the unstable president they enable. And so when a conservative Republican congressman comes to River Forest and Oak Park to speak to supporters, a Republican who has not made himself available to his own critical constituents because he can’t take the heat, then there will be protestors. On Friday night, Rep. Peter Roskam, the west suburban Republican on the rise in the House GOP ranks, came as a guest of the bedraggled Oak Park and River Forest Republican organizations. If you can’t grow ’em, you have to import them. Roskam and the GOPers had no interest in press coverage and bounced the duly pre-registered Wednesday Journal reporter and photographer before he started serving up his defense of Donald Trump and a typically vague plan to overhaul the ACA. Didn’t take long for an audio recording of the talk to surface on YouTube. Better would be actual discussion.

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Reconciling pragmatic and romantic love Last week, we discussed romantic love [A Valentine for those who dream, Viewpoints, Feb. 8]. This week, as we move past Valentine’s Day, let’s talk about the troubled relationship between romantic and pragmatic love. My inspiration was listening to On Being last Sunday morning (WBEZ-FM, 7 a.m., rebroadcast Tuesday, 9 p.m.) as Krista Tippett interviewed novelist Alain de Botton, founder of The School of Life, whose opinion piece, “Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person” was the most-read New York Times article of 2016. To give you some idea of how de Botton approaches the subject, he states in that article: “In a wiser, more self-aware society than our own, a standard question on any early dinner date would be: ‘And how are you crazy?’ In other words, the realist is firmly in charge as de Botton regards the landscape of modern love. “We are strangely obsessed by the run up to love,” he told Tippett. “And what we call a love story is really just the beginning of a love story. Most of us [are] interested in long-term relationships. We’re not just interested in the moment that gets us into love; we’re interested in the survival of love over time.” Agreed. He also said, “We must fiercely resist the idea that true love must mean conflict-free love, that the course of true love is smooth. It’s not. The course of true love is rocky and bumpy at the best of times. That’s the best we can manage as the creatures we are. It’s no fault of mine or no fault of yours; it’s to do with being human. And the more generous we can be toward that flawed humanity, the better chance we’ll have of doing the true hard work of love.” A lot of what he says makes sense — that is to say, it appeals to the realist inside. “If you say to people, ‘Look, love is a painful, poignant, touching attempt by two flawed individuals to try and meet each other’s needs in situations of gross uncertainty and ignorance about who they are and who the other person is, but we’re going to do our best,’ that’s a much more generous starting point,” he said. “So the acceptance of ourselves as flawed creatures seems to me what love really is. Love is at its most necessary when we are weak, when we feel incomplete, and we must show love to one another at those points.” He adds, “Compatibility is an achievement of love. It cannot be its precondition” and “however well-matched, every couple will encounter these problems, that love is something we have to learn, and we can make progress with, and that it’s not just an enthusiasm; it’s a skill.” De Botton even praises the notion of a “good enough” relationship. “That’s really good,” he said. “For a human, that’s brilliant. And that’s the attitude I think we should have.” The realist in me is loving this. The romantic? Not so much. It’s good as far as it goes. The problem is it doesn’t go far enough. Accepting

ourselves and our significant others as flawed individuals and becoming more generous with one another is sound advice and might make marriages more functional, but it can also be a prescription for sustaining marital mediocrity. This kind of arrangement leaves little room for genuine passion and romance. In fact, such notions are looked at askance — delusions of grandeur that work against our modest hopes for happiness. Romanticism certainly can be delusional, but so can a “well-adjusted” relationship be a euphemism for emotional dormancy. Not everyone is meant to have or even want a “great love,” but some of us are and do, and de Botton’s view doesn’t include that possibility. “Romanticism has been unhelpful to us,” he concluded in his popular N.Y. Times op-ed last May. “It is a harsh philosophy. It has made a lot of what we go through in marriage seem exceptional and appalling. We end up lonely and convinced that our union, with its imperfections, is not ‘normal.’ We should learn to accommodate ourselves to ‘wrongness,’ striving always to adopt a more forgiving, humorous and kindly perspective on its multiple examples in ourselves and in our partners.” The problem I have is that he defines romantic exceptionalism with the greatest put-down a realist can muster: It’s not realistic because it expects love to be conflict-free and the lovers perfect. But I’m betting few great loves expect or experience smooth sailing. Indeed they may go through many trials and come through them largely because of a remarkable quality that the two individuals can’t really explain — a mystery larger than both of them. De Botton accuses traditional romanticism of believing it should transcend the mundane, that the lovers never have to do the laundry. But perhaps he has never experienced the transcendent moments that are possible simply standing next to one another in a kitchen preparing a meal — finding the sacredness in the ordinary, which a great love allows. He does allow that in “good enough” relationships, “there are islands and moments of beautiful connection, but we have to be modest about how often they’re going to happen.” He doesn’t seem to believe that couples might be capable of experiencing such moments more often than they do now. Why do we have to be modest? The romantic in me insists that the extraordinary is accessible by every couple — because true love makes the extraordinary possible. This isn’t theoretical. It’s real. The question then is: How do “pragmatic” lovers get in touch with their respective romantics to feed a greater, more intense connection — not with the expectation that one can live in that state forever, but with a realistic expectation that we can experience it more often than we do now, however flawed and imperfect we are? My realist says, pragmatic love can co-exist with romantic love. My romantic says, it must.

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The shadow of development density Having lived across the street from Austin Gardens for the past 18 years, naturally I was curious to see developer Albion’s proposal for 1000 Lake St., revealed to the public on Jan. 30 at the 19th Century Club. Because our zoning ordinance allows an 80-foot-tall structure at that location, nothing taller than 80 feet is permitted to be built unless it receives permission from our village board. What I saw was an 18-story high-rise fully maxing out the site footprint, almost lot line to lot line, except for a “Greenway Path” connecting Lake Street to the park, which was narrow enough that I couldn’t see it on the rendering until it was pointed out. The sheer bulk of the building, with its extra wide presence on Lake Street, dwarfed the adjacent, 8-story 1010 Lake building and the street level presence of the new 21-story Vantage building just to the east. Of course, aside from the standard traffic concerns, the biggest impact of this building on this site would be on Austin Gardens. As far as the park is concerned, there could not be a worse location for a tall building. Austin Gardens is a unique jewel in Oak Park. There is nothing like it and it belongs to everyone.

This past year, the park district has done a wonderful job enhancing the park, planting native species, creating a nature center and programming to showcase sustainability and bring children and people of all ages to experience nature more intimately. A building this size would rob the entire southeast quadrant of Austin Gardens of much of its sunlight. Particularly vulnerable would be the white pine trees in the southeast corner, and all of the thoughtful plantings done by the park district. Such a building would dwarf even the tall oak trees, spoil the tranquility offered by the natural character of the park, and the attendant darkness would diminish people’s experience of the park as well as hurt the vegetation. We all want to manage the finances of the village realistically and wisely. We all want to increase density in a responsible way in order to help businesses thrive and create an (even more) vibrant and diverse Oak Park. But we’ve got to ask, at what point do the efforts for density begin to destroy the very qualities that make people want to live here?

Debra McQueen Oak Park

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Oak Park’s review of parking is much needed Using the guiding principles of sustainability, public safety and customer service, the Oak Park Village Board and the Transportation Commission recently committed to a much needed comprehensive review of parking. The commission has been charged with developing a plan that is both holistic and equitable while also utilizing best practices in technology. Community engagement is key in order to thoughtfully develop a system that is fair to everyone. It should never be forgotten that the streets of Oak Park are owned by the community as a whole. With these thoughts and goals in mind, it’s important for the Transportation Commission to set priorities going into this process so they can help frame the discussion that will need to take place. But priorities need to be grounded in reality and based on hard facts that currently define our village parking system. We are constrained by both physical space for cars as well as the limited ability of Oak Park residents to pay additional parking-related fees and taxes. In order to set these priorities and develop best practices needed to ensure success, it’s important to review the full financial effect parking has on our community.

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Frankly speaking, parking is big business in Oak Park, and changes to our parking system need to be monitored closely to determine how they might affect our greater financial picture. With that in mind, I’ve taken the liberty of looking at the 2017 budget in depth and was able to reconstruct an accurate picture of the overall parking revenue in Oak Park. Due to differences in governmental accounting, not all parking revenue shows up in one location in the budget. However, by reorganizing the data, I was able to present a comprehensive picture that takes into account all sources of revenue: (top chart) In addition, a look at the numbers wouldn’t be complete without reviewing the debt currently existing on our Village garages: (bottom chart) Total interest payable on this debt is currently projected at an additional $9,045,000, making the combined principal and interest $37,402,665. However, it’s important to note that some of this debt is callable before maturity and/or may be refinanced at some point in the future. The Transportation Commission is well aware that parking is the number one complaint in Oak Park of both residents and

visitors. Certainly a lot hangs in the balance based on the comprehensive review they’ve undertaken. However, we now have an extraordinary opportunity to improve a situation that can impact our village in a positive way for decades. I’m optimistic

Speaking truth-to Trump supporters

n open letter to those who voted for Trump: You have reason to feel relief and vindication. You picked the surprise winner. Issues of importance to you stand a better chance now of being safeguarded. Issues of concern to you stand a better chance now of being repealed and replaced. You are hopeful, but I doubt you are elated. This letter is to remind you of your own deep misgivings about Donald Trump. Many of you held your nose when you voted (“the lesser of two evils”). As high as were Hillary’s unfavorable ratings, I remind you Trump’s were even higher. As loose with the truth as Hillary was accused of being, fact-checkers throughout the campaign rated him significantly higher on the outright lying scale. On quickness not only to react but to insult, there was no comparison. On crudeness and lewdness, of behavior as well as rhetoric, there was no comparison. Along with your reasons to hope, you share with the rest of us reasons to worry. Give the man a chance, I imagine you saying. Give him the benefit of the doubt, as even Hillary and Obama are trying to do. Can you imagine Trump himself doing

likewise (“Lock her up!”) if the situation were reversed? Perhaps, I hear some of you saying, a lot of it was pure bombast, shrewdly devised in order to get elected. Not one of us can fault Donald Trump’s shrewdness. Perhaps now, you go on, he’ll not only get things done as he promised but shift to a more conciliatory tone, be more “presidential.” But here’s the thing. What we saw may not change one iota from what we get. In the weeks following the election Donald Trump has remained Donald Trump. If it is only those on the left who challenge his behavior when it continues to be offensive, then of course he will dismiss and demean — “what do you expect from whining losers?” But if he hears from his base that self-aggrandizement and defensiveness and mean-spiritedness are not fitting from the President of the United States and leader of the free world, that they are not only embarrassing but morally repugnant to them, well, perhaps then he will scapegoat less and listen more. We can only hope. Will you who voted for him, a great many with firm Christian beliefs in the dignity and compassion belonging to every human being, stand in protest with those

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who did not if such behavior continues? Or will your politics trump your religion? Here, honestly, is our foreboding. What we have learned from studying authoritarian figures, present as well as past, is that when their tactics of intimidation and retaliation are challenged, civil liberties are the first things to go. Read again the freedoms of the First Amendment to that rock of a Constitution all Americans stand on. We count on you to fight as hard to defend the First as many of you have defended the Second. We need all the courage we can muster to live out our respective faiths. Christians especially, called to be particularly mindful of “the least of these,” know that following the man of the Gospels entails carrying a cross. As we on the more liberal side pray for the courage to speak truth to power, cost what it may, may we be joined by our conservative brothers and sisters, holding no less to this need to speak truth. Our Constitution, our civil liberties, our humanity — all are at stake. May we keep inching forward toward our possible future greatness, not fearfully lurching back to a fancied greatness that excluded many. Charles Finn is a resident of the Roanoke, Virginia area. This essay was published in the Roanoke Times on Inauguration Day.

that the commission and the village board will take into account all of these elements and craft a holistic and thoughtful plan to address our parking problems.

James Taglia

Candidate for village trustee

Bannon’s appointment is alarming

I am somewhat embarrassed to be writing another letter to the editor. It is presumptuous of me to assume that readers would be interested in my views. But just this week, President Trump made some hypocritical remarks that caused me to write again. In order to appeal to a Jewish audience, President Trump met with a group of Jewish religious leaders proclaiming his interest in them and his desire to end antiSemitism. I would hope most Jews, and concerned non-Jews, would find this insulting. Imagine, as he professed this concern, he hired as his chief strategist and trusted advisor, Steve Bannon. Bannon is a selfadmitted “white supremacist” and active member of the Alt-Right group who profess bigotry — anti-black, anti-Semitic and antiimmigrant views. With the president’s newest appointment of Bannon, he has indeed placed the “fox in the chicken coop.” This signals an alarm to all minorities and all Americans.

Harriet Hausman River Forest


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A letter to the rest of the world

ear humanity, We American voters of the November 2016 U.S. presidential election who failed to achieve the outcome we sought, respectfully declare to all people of the world that we are sorry our votes were not enough to prevent a candidate who chose to use the tools of division over unity, fear over empathy, and blame over hope. We are proud Americans and accept the outcome of the 2016 election, though it troubles us, because as true patriots who love our country, we know democracy is bigger than any one man or any one woman. Although we believe our democracy will survive what seems a terrible misfortune, we are disappointed to learn that our major media outlets persistently opt for simplistic sound-bites over in-depth exploration of the issues and perpetually fail to report on the actual effects of policy initiatives. Sadly, the power of propaganda yet holds undue sway over the minds of many voters. We are shaken by the realization that the age-old device of “divide and conquer” has again been successfully deployed, that half of our population succumbed to the lie that the other half is the enemy, that many of our neighbors and friends now believe the real-life problems they encounter every day are caused not by grotesque income inequality, and the men and policies that protect and promote it, but rather by their fellow Americans who share the very same struggles and concerns they do. We are disheartened to see wage earners and laborers elect to power those who fight against fair wages and dismiss the value of labor. We are also disheartened to see that many of the most powerful members of our society seem fundamentally incapable of empathy, that they still look upon the blind pursuit of profit as a character strength instead of a character flaw and that they are either ignorant or careless of the fact that the demise

of the middle class means the eventual demise not only of the country they claim to love, but of themselves. We can ignore the caustic rhetoric of the president’s campaign and hope it fades away like the impossible promises he made, but we do so at our own peril. Though it may be easy to dismiss his hateful ravings for what they are — devices used to keep the misinformed raging at, and fearful of, the invented “other” — it is far less easy to dismiss the deep wounds that result. The studious observer has witnessed the powerful filling the disenfranchised with fear and anger in order to flood them with the high of self-righteous indignation, for it is only thus intoxicated that men can be compelled to cheer the executioner as they are sacrificed to the gods of the moment (today’s being quarterly profits and the privatization of everything). But we also know that hate and anger are not easily corralled once summoned. Rather, they destabilize the very pillars of our society and eventually, if left unchecked, they manifest in blind violence against the innocent. On the campaign trail, the president-elect famously ly said, “I love the poorly educated.” ed.” We ask, do you love them enough to educate them? Or do you merely love the fact they are poorly educated? We fear that many of our fellow Americans, ns,

uninformed or misinformed, are oblivious to the very real consequences of the policies that typically come from men of the president-elect’s ilk — namely, removal of oversight of the abuses of the rich and powerful; privatization of our natural resources, our infrastructure, our education system and government services; and destruction of worker, consumer and environmental protections — all of which lead to ever greater costs and sacrifices for the average men and women of America and ever-shrinking opportunities for their children. We worry that too many voters have been convinced of the lie that the government is our enemy rather than our servant and that our assets are always better off in the hands of private profiteers. We tire of hearing the deliberately repeated fallacy that the only alternative to the relentless concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a few oligarchs is a communist-style dictatorship! We are intelligent Americans who are keenly aware that all of the Earth’s people are intimately connected — that a single humanity shares this magnificent and fragile planet. We acknowledge that we share this planet with every life form that dwells here and that their protection is our protection. We respect our borders, pro both bo political and cultural, yet also understand that if our species is to u survive and thrive we must equally s respect the climate that pays our r borders no heed. With clear and b open op eyes, we see that the problems we let flow down our rivers return to us in the rain. We W are realistic Americans who acknowledge that many millions of ack Americans would have felt the same Am

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way we feel now had their chosen candidate failed to emerge victorious. While we believe the tools of propaganda succeeded in misrepresenting the truth behind each of these candidates, we remain hopeful that the president-elect will rise to this incredible opportunity and seek to use his new-found powers to ensure enduring liberty and justice for all instead of ensuring the further enrichment of himself and other plutocrats. We wish our new president the courage to use the greatest power of all he has been granted, a power too rarely used by the strong: extending the hand of peace and reconciliation to those with whom we find ourselves in conflict. We have learned that our kindnesses and our cruelties always make their way back home, that our abuse and neglect of the environment is an abuse and neglect of ourselves and that what divides us are only errant ideas, but what unites us is flesh and blood. As pro-active Americans, we vow this very day to reflect on the great truth that all of humanity is created equal, that each of us is valuable, and that all of our lives have purpose and meaning. That our culture is more about nurture than nature, that our race is but a leftover circumstance of evolution, and that our “color” is merely a pigment of our imagination. We also know deep in our hearts that though our lives may seem a toss of the dice, in the end our greatest dreams, coupled with our greatest efforts, will bring about the change we desire. With hope for peace in our world and success in our lives, we urge our elected officials to reflect the best in us and to shun the worst. We ask that they contemplate deeply the gravity of the office, that they do not betray our trust, and that they obey their sworn vow to use the office to further serve the ultimate glory of any democracy — governance by and for the people. Francis Puccinelli is a longtime resident of Oak Park.


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Half measures of snake oil

December 2016 issue of TIME magazine featured Donald Trump on its cover as Person of the Year. Bravo! Congratulations, Mr. President-elect! That same week, President-elect Trump made his influence felt as he took credit for saving a thousand jobs in Indiana. Carrier Corporation was about to relocate a facility to Mexico. Mr. Trump suggested he had salvaged the worker’s livelihood just as he had promised during his campaigning. But in fact the Carrier Corporation CEO had made a somewhat more measured proposal. The Indiana plant will be kept open, but it will become automated to maintain profitability. In the next three years, automation will eliminate nearly half of the current jobs in question. The outcome of this bargain? A reasonable compromise for Carrier Corporation and great publicity showmanship by Mr. Trump. In electioneering, he made vast promises. However, in reality, he delivered a half-vast result. Sprint Corp. plans to hire 5,000 new employees in the U.S. Three thousand

more jobs will be returned to America by another corporation. Mr. Trump attributes that to his influence and persuasiveness, but it’s questionable whether that is true. Yes, it is a beginning, but a humble and feeble one. It brings to mind Mark Twain’s comment about a hen crowing as if she had laid an asteroid. Eight thousand new jobs in comparison to more than 12 million that have been lost in the past decade seems like “much ado about nothing.” While half a loaf is better than none, it’s a long way from being even a half measure, leaving many hungry indeed. In numerous exposes, the public TV series, Frontline has highlighted Mr. Trump’s obsession with winning. Frontline also noted Trump’s inclination to discount small losses or transform them into wins. The stand-off with Carrier Corporation in Indiana and the lauded 8,000 jobs brought back to America fit into this pattern of half measures being elevated to the status of grand victories. Over decades, as organized labor escalated wages, management resorted to technology, automation and job out-

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Atheists can appreciate religious art Atheists in this country are often stereotyped as obnoxious, self-righteous, and all-too-eager to engage in pedantic arguments with the spiritually inclined. As a non-believer, I willingly concede that this negative perception is not entirely without basis. Last week’s front page article concerning the Freedom From Religious Foundation’s [FFRF] legal protest of staff participation in OPRF High School’s choir program is a prime example of why atheists continue to suffer an undesirable reputation. A separation of religion and secular institutions, such as public school, is undoubtedly a crucial principle of American society. While this separation has become increasingly threatened by the current presidential administration, FFRF’s focus on choir music is entirely counterproductive. Generally speaking, full elimination of religious influence from all aspects of secular society is a point-

less and potentially destructive initiative. While America may not be “a Christian nation,” it’s an undeniable fact that American cultural traditions have been broadly influenced by Christianity. Choir music is an inherently Christian art form. Does this really mean that school staff ’s participation should be prohibited? Whose rights are really being infringed upon when an employee of the school takes part in a cooperative musical experience? I may be an atheist, but that doesn’t prevent my appreciation of art forms directly influenced by belief in a higher power. There’s no reason that secular institutions cannot value religious traditions such as choir in an artistic context. The creative products of theistic belief are more than just extensions of organized religion; ultimately, they are representations of the human experience and should be valued as such.

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sourcing to reduce costs and maintain profitability. Various trade treaties left American workers out-priced, outmoded, discarded and angry. The Presidentelect pretends to hear their desperate outcry but, so far, he delivers solutions that fall short of his election promises. There has been no mention of retraining the workers who are likely to lose their jobs to automation. There has been no talk of persuading capitalists to view workers as a worthy asset and resource, rather than expendable. There has been no consideration given to those who lost their livelihood to dying industries such as coal in Appalachia. They are the millions echoing the song, “Hard times are here, brother, can you spare a dime?” Also there has been no plan presented to create new industries, no proposals to build new entities to generate new employment opportunities. Persuading our international corporations to bring employment back to America is only half of a measure. After inauguration, one cannot help wondering if President Trump will continue lauding his half-measures as real achievements. Can the angry half of our nation be pacified with a half-bottle of snake oil?

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Scapegoating doesn’t safeguard from page 31 from Iraq and other Muslim countries. After 90 days, he plans to replace the effective system for vetting immigrants currently in place with “extreme vetting.” I suspect the “extreme vetting” will be so onerous that it will operate as a ban. President Trump justifies these new measures by noting that there are terrorists in Iraq and other Muslim countries. Although this is true, I would add that every religious, racial and national group has some members who resort to violence. Those same groups, however, also have members who demonstrate creativity, genius and love. The challenge for all human beings is to overcome the darker impulses that lurk within so that, as President Lincoln put it, “the better angels of our nature” can flourish. Terrorists have succumbed to the violent side of human nature and pose a serious threat. But in addressing the threat, America itself must not give in to dark impulses by scapegoating innocent people or assuming that only people with my father’s religious and ethnic profile engage in terrorism and violence. People closer to my mother’s profile —

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Romance entices in many ways Nice column, Ken, on one of your favorite topics [A Valentine for those who dream, Ken Trainor, Viewpoints, Feb. 8]. I saw La La Land this past weekend with my love, Maureen. It made for quite a dinner discussion at Maya del Sol. Wow, did those two characters resolve a lot about life in only six years! Of course, it was a movie. There were those conflicting strands of romantic energy in each: the romantic attachment to the dream of the work — true jazz and beautiful acting — and the romantic lure of the other’s glow. They resolved the conflicts — partly and painfully — by helping each other follow the former, while releasing one another from the relationship itself. On Valentine’s Day, we emphasize the romantic attachment to the lover, but romance does entice us in many ways over time.

Rich Kordesh Oak Park

American and Christian — also engage in violence and terrorism. Timothy McVeigh killed 168 Americans in an Oklahoma City terrorist attack. And America has more violence that is not called terrorism: our murder rate is much higher than in Canada or Europe, and we have been plagued by mass shootings in schools, movie theaters, and elsewhere. A foreign leader with an attitude similar to President Trump’s might conclude that Americans are violent, and seek to restrict our visits to their countries. Putting all Americans under suspicion for the violent acts of a few would be unfair — but it is no more unfair than Donald Trump’s attitude toward Muslims. The appropriate response to terrorism was demonstrated in Oklahoma City. We punished Timothy McVeigh and those who helped him carry out the attack. But we did not put innocent Americans under suspicion just because they were raised in the same religion as Timothy McVeigh or came from his home state. The capacity for good or evil is not limited to one group; it exists in all human beings. America’s Declaration of Independence recognized this when it proclaimed that “all men are created equal.” President Trump should heed the wisdom contained in America’s founding document. Ali ElSaffar is an attorney who has served as Oak Park Township Assessor since he was first elected in 2001.


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Don’t stereotype ‘atheists’ In response to the Feb. 8 article, “Atheists: OPRF Gospel Choir isn’t complying with law” [News], please understand that “Freedom From Religion” doesn’t mean that members of that organization are “atheists” as it is currently defined, since the meaning of atheism has been allowed to be defined by theists and is therefore demeaning. (https:// www.atheists.org/activism/resources/ what-is-atheism) “Atheists,” as you refer to them, come in a variety of shapes, colors, beliefs, convictions and backgrounds. What they all hold in common is the lack of belief in gods and supernatural beings. And they may call themselves many things such as: nonbeliever, disbeliever, unbeliever, skeptic, doubter, doubting Thomas, agnostic, nihilist or humanist. Using that negative word in summing up the organization is oversimplified and

wrong. I hope you will remove it from the title of your article and any reference within it. More and more people are beginning to understand that they want to be “free from religion” since religion often makes illogical demands on one’s thinking and one’s behavior and may require that, as a member of one religion, they should feel superior to all others. The result? Disharmony, hate, injustice, bigotry, racism, violence … and war. Please understand that people have many beliefs, and no one targeted “religious” belief should be taught to our children in our “public” schools. It’s up to their families and eventually themselves as it should be. More and more often today, they are deciding for themselves as they grow older that they do not believe in gods and are free thinkers.

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I have mixed feelings about this issue. On the one hand, gospel music is amazing music, and, quite honestly, trying to eradicate religious elements from all things public would be an exercise in futility (“good bye” being itself derived from “god be with ye”). J.S. Bach wrote almost every single one of his works “for the glory of God.” Do we ban his works from being performed by public school orchestras and keyboardists? On the other hand, gospel music is very obviously just that: the music of the gospels. There’s no getting around the direct intention of this music, which is also the direct intention of the church: to praise God, and Christ in particular. It seems to me that separation of church and state should prevent not only faculty but students as well from collecting for this purpose in a public school. There are plenty of churches in Oak Park. Back on the first hand, nobody is being forced into this activity, and unless it is getting in the way of secular activity at the school (which should most definitely take priority in a public school), I really don’t see

an issue. Of course, your issue was with the usage of the word “atheist” and its potential disparaging and reductive connotations. I agree, and I would even hazard to guess that not everyone who is a member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, or at least not everyone who supports the idea of “freedom from religion,” is an “atheist.” The real issue I have with the usage of that word is like you said: It suggests that the only people who might have an issue with a potential infraction of the Constitution are these “damn atheists,” which ignores the fact that the people who came up with the idea of separation of church and state were themselves “god-fearing” individuals. The last thing this country needs right now is more reasons to turn situations into an usvs.-them scenario. Reducing any group to a single ideology, or any individual to a single group, is counterproductive in the most dangerous way.

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Limit the height of this building Dear Mr. Abu-Taleb, People move to Oak Park for many reasons. They move here for the excellent schools and close-knit community. They move here for the convenient location and public transport. They move here for the historical architecture and vibrant businesses. They move here for the diverse population and beautiful green spaces. They do not move here for the height of our buildings. High-rise construction in Oak Park should be kept to a minimum to preserve the village’s aesthetics

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Rev. James Francis Moriarty, 91, formerly of River Forest, died on Feb. 8, 2017, at the Bishop Timothy J. Lyne Residence for Retired Priests, where he was a resident. Born in Chicago on Dec. 11, 1925, he attended St. Theodore School in Chicago then went on to study at Quigley Preparatory Seminary North and graduated from the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary with a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) and a Master of Arts degree. He was ordained into the priesthood on May 3, 1951, by Samuel Cardinal Stritch, Archbishop of Chicago. Fr. Moriarty celebrated his first Solemn Mass at St. Theodore Parish on May 6, 1951. JAMES MORIARTY He served in a number of different parochial roles, including pastor of St. Luke Parish in River Forest (1982-88). He dedicated much of his work to the development of Catholic Television, as director of the Catholic Television Network of Chicago from 1973 to 1984. Fr. Moriarty will lie in state on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 3 to 9 p.m., at Curley Funeral Home, 6116 111th St., Chicago Ridge. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., at Most Holy Redeemer Parish, 9525 S. Lawndale Ave., Evergreen Park. Cardinal Blase J. Cupich will be the main celebrant and Fr. George Kane will be the homilist. Interment will take place at St. Mary Cemetery in Evergreen Park. Fr. Moriarty is survived by his brothers, Thomas, Robert and Gerald Moriarty, as well as his nieces and nephews.

Rose Joseph, 73, co-founder of the Magic Tree Bookstore, died on Feb. 11 after a 4-year battle with cancer. Born on Oct. 13, 1943 in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada, she grew up on a farm. As a young adult seeking adventure, she moved to Chicago and found a job with TWA, giving her an opportunity to travel. Soon she met a fellow adventurer, Bertram Joseph, who had recently moved to Chicago from Trinidad and Tobago. After their first child was born, the family traveled throughout Europe for several months in a Volkswagen camper. They returned to Chicago and moved to Oak Park in 1976. Since its founding on Madison Street in 1985, Magic Tree has become Oak Park’s community bookstore and an important resource in the Chicago metropolitan area. After the move to its present location on Oak Park Avenue, the store became well-known for its special events. A highlight was the midnight introduction of each of the Harry Potter books. Oak Park Avenue was closed to traffic for a giant block party that attracted people from around the country. The 2003 party was covered by national media including the New York Times. Rose brought to the bookstore her love of children, her love of books, and her interest in arts and design. In 2014 the village of Oak Park honored Magic Tree with a proclamation recognizing its hosting of children’s authors and illustrators. “Rose was sunshine and grace personified,” said Beth Albrecht, the new owner of Magic Tree Bookstore. “I’ve never known anyone so endlessly positive and generous. She spent her life creating beauty and good will and things for all the rest of us to enjoy and learn from. She changed my life dramatically for the better, and I will for-

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188 South Oak Park Ave. Saturday Masses: 8:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Sunday Masses: 9:00 & 11:00 a.m. Weekday Mass: 8:30 a.m. Holy Day Masses: As Announced Reconciliation: Saturday 4:15 p.m. Parish Office: 708-848-4417 School Phone: 708-386-5131

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400 N. Fifth Avenue (1 block north of Lake St.) Come join us for Sunday Morning Worship at 11 am Pastor Elliot Wimbush will be preaching the message. Refreshments and fellowship follow the service. 708-344-6150 firstchurchofmaywood.org When you're looking for a place to worship the Lord, Check First.

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United Lutheran Church N. Ridgeland & Greenfield, Oak Park Holy Communion with nursery care and Children’s Chapel each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Thomas Mass Third Sunday at 5:00 p.m. www.unitedlutheranchurch.org 708/386-1576 Lutheran-Independent

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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. Jenny Weber, Pastor Professionally Staffed Nursery Fellowship Time after Worship Presbyterian

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CELEBRATING OUR 105TH 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 Traditional Catholic

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DELIVERY DRIVER/HELPER Opening for a delivery driver or driver helper to deliver food and supplies to grade schools in the area. No nights or weekends, paid holidays. Full or part time available. Must be able to lift some heavy objects and work in all types of weather. Must be able to pass fingerprinting and drug test. Must have valid drivers license. No CDL required. Please call 708-442-7500 ext 2135. FULL TIME PARKING SERVICES The Village of Oak Park is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Parking Services Specialist. This position which performs a variety of responsible and difficult clerical work in support of parking & mobility services functions; and to perform the more difficult and complex clerical duties including but not limited to parking permits, parking passes and vehicle stickers. 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.

INCS Job Fair, Sat 3/18!

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools will host its 12th annual job fair on Saturday, March 18 at ASPIRA Business and Finance Campus (2989 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL, 60618) from 10:0012:30pm. Representatives from the state’s charter schools will be on hand to recruit hundreds of teachers, social workers, counselors, nurses, and other administrators. Register for free at www.teacherjobfair.org and contact Stephanie Arias at sarias@incschools.org with any questions. PART TIME PARKING SERVICES The Village of Oak Park is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Part-time Parking Services Specialist. This position which performs a variety of responsible and difficult clerical work in support of parking & mobility services functions; and to perform the more difficult and complex clerical duties including but not limited to parking permits, parking passes and vehicle stickers. 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.

VILLAGE OF RIVERSIDE SEASONAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY The Riverside Department of Public Works is seeking applicants for part- time, seasonal employment from approximately April through September. Duties are primarily outdoors and include landscape, streets, building and water/sewer maintenance and other duties as assigned. Hours of work are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Berwyn 6 RM, 2BR. Heated. Dining rm. Close to transport. Nice area. $995.

902 S. 3RD AVENUE (2 blks W of 1st Ave & 1 blk N of Madison) Tired of renting? Why not consider buying an affordable 2BR condo w/ 1000+ sq ft of living space? Savings are built in from a unique 12 year tax freeze plus lower utility costs from energy saving systems and appliances. Onsite pkg, exterior lighting and enhanced security systems included. Plus you can customize and design your living space to better meet your needs! For details Call 708-383-9223.

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Applicants must be at least 18 years old, possess a valid Illinois Driver’s License and a high school diploma or equivalent. Applicants will be subject to a criminal background employment physical and drug/ alcohol screen.

APARTMENTS FOR RENT 2 & 3 Bedroom Apartments, LR, DR, hardwood floors, tile bath, heat included $1300 & $1400 + security deposit. (708) 717-3975.

Applications will be received until all positions are filled. Applications are available for download from the Village web site - www.riverside. il.us or can be obtained at Riverside Village Hall, 27 Riverside Road, Riverside, IL 60546. Completed applications should be submitted to Riverside Village Hall.

BERWYN 2 BR Large 5RM 2BR vicinity of Clinton & 21st St. Residential prop. Owner occupied. Close to shopping & transport. Fully applianced. Carpeted. All util. incl. $1100/mo. Credit check. Good tenants. 708-347-2500

The Village of Riverside is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

HOME-BASED BUSINESS WORK FROM HOME Looking for 5 individuals who would like to work from home. For more info call (708)657-4209 or email ptaylorco@gmail.com. Interviews on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 2pm to 6pm.

ANNOUNCEMENTS Kindergarten Info Nite Riverside School District 96 Kindergarten Information Night

March 7th at Hauser Jr. High School, 65 Woodside Rd, Riverside 6:00 pm (last name A-L) 7:15 pm (last name M-Z) Learn about our kindergarten program and take advantage of early registration. Visit www.district96.org for details

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Riverside 5 RM, 2BR. Heated. Pkg. Close to train & bus. $950. Brookfield Deluxe 4 RM, 1 BR. Excellent woodwork. Fully applianced. Heated. Laundry. Close to park. $825 No smoking. No pets. Credit Check a must. Welcome good tenants. (708)284-2500 OAK PARK SMALL 1 BR Downtown Oak Park. Hardwood floors throughout. All utlities included. $800 per month. Call 708-657-4226. OAK PARK FOREST PARK Studio, 1, and 2 BDRM. Heated. Dining room. Parking available. Walk to El. $625-$1250.

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RIVER FOREST 2BR CONDO River Forest condo for rent. 2 BR, 1 BA, Hardwood floors, built-in microwave and dishwasher. $1350 per month includes heat + 1 parking space. 1-1/2 month security deposit. $39.95 application fee. Call Vicki at 708-714-0686 or vicki@beyondpropertiesrealty.com.

M&M property management, inc.

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GLA PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, INC. LaVerne Collins Managing broker

Office located at: 320 S. Wisconsin Ave. Oak Park

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Properties may be broker owned.

Call us for a complete list of rentals available.

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CITY RENTALS AUSTIN VILLAGE 5939 W. Midway Parkway Remodeled 1 BR. Half block from Oak Park, Green Line & shops. 3rd Floor. $800/month. Heat not included. 708-383-9223 or 773-676-6805.

ROOMS FOR RENT AUSTIN CLEAN ROOM With fridge, micro. Nr Oak Park, Super Walmart, Food 4 Less, bus, & Metra. $116/wk and up. 773-637-5957 Large Sunny Room with fridge & microwave. Near Green line, bus, Oak Park, 24 hour desk, parking lot. $101.00 week & up. New Mgmt. 773-378-8888

CHURCHES FOR RENT

* RIVER FOREST * 7777 Lake St. - 3 & 5 room suites 7756 Madison St. - Store: 926 sq. ft. - Office: 2800 sq. ft.

* OAK PARK *

6955 North Ave. - 3 room office suite 6957 North Ave. - 2 room office suite 6142-44 Roosevelt Rd. - 4 & 5 room office suites

Strand & Browne 708/488-0011

PARKING SPACES/ GARAGE PARKING DOWNTOWN OP Overnight parking 6PM–7AM available immediately in lot near downtown Oak Park. Close to downtown, Green Line, Metra, Marion Street and Lake Street. $75 per month 708-848-4303X314 vjoshea@sachemco.com

ITEMS FOR SALE FINE CHINA Lucien Piccard Fine China. Cream with platinum rim. 12 place settings. $150. Call 708-488-8755. FUTON Black futon on heavy iron frame. $49. Call 708-488-8755.

BEAUTIFUL CHURCH FOR RENT

MOTOR SCOOTER Child’s ZIP electric motor scooter. $69.00. Call 708-488-8755.

in OAK PARK. Perfect for a congregation. Other potential uses. Corner of Scoville & Adams. 708-848-5460 MAYWOOD COUNTRY CHURCH Lovely, old fashioned country church in Maywood, on corner of Fifth and Erie is looking for a roommate or tenant. We are willing to work out a flexible arrangement if you are an appropriate tenant. Various size spaces. Call 708 344-6150, leave a message.

SPACE FOR RENT OAK PARK SPACE Suitable for not-for-profit. Varied uses possible such as school, office spaces, community services center, clinic, etc. Please call 312-810-5948

Find your new apartment this Saturday from 10 am – 4pm at 35 Chicago Avenue. Or call us toll free at 1-888-328-8457 for an appointment.

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OAK CABINET & HUTCH Solid wood. Perfect condition. $150 both pieces together. Call 708-488-8755. Old Hausen Pool Table The best in billiards. Upright Freezer Entertainment Center Armoire Martha Stewart Cherry wood.

OUTDOOR FURNITURE High Quality Outdoor furniture. Heavy wrought iron. $150 obo. Call 708-488-8755.

ITEMS FOR SALE

SEWING MACHINE Singer Sewing Machine. Like new. $99.00. Call 708-488-8755. TECHNICS STEREO Sony tuner, Technics Stero System with 5 surround sound speakers, automatic turntable, cassette deck and and 5-CD player. $175 obo. Call 708-386-0087 TOY MOTORCYCLE Motorized child sized Harley Davidson motorcycle. $69.00. Call 708-488-8755. WROUGHT IRON DINING TABLE Together with glass top. $99.00 Call 708-488-8755.

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS STEINWAY GRAND PIANO 7 ft reconditioned refurbished Steinway Grand Piano “L”. Very excellent condition. $1900. Call 708-488-8755

AUTOS FOR SALE 2007 FORD FOCUS WAGON 2007 Ford Focus SE Wagon. Clean straight car. No rust or body damage. Everything works. $5500. 708-447-6513

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

MUSICAL INSTRUCTION PIANO LESSONS IN YOUR HOME

Experienced, creative teacher. Excellent with children.

Yamaha Upright Piano Black lacquer. Pitch perfect.

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Thomasville Table Mahogany square cocktail table.

TAX SERVICES

Ryan Grass Aerator

INCOME TAXES BY CPA.

Milwaukee Buffer Cars for Sale. All good condition. Call for prices (708) 447-1762

Inexpensive. Will travel. www.fiazeissa.com or 708-870-5006

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Chertkow and Chertkow (22019) Attorneys for Petitioner 1525 East 53rd Street Chicago, Illinois 60615

STATE OF ILLINOIS) COUNTY OF COOK )ss Circuit Court of Cook County, County Department, Domestic Relations Division. In re the marriage of Marisela Ramirez, Petitioner and Jose Luis Ortiz, Respondent, Case No. 2016D-011584.

STATE OF ILLINOIS) COUNTY OF COOK )ss Circuit Court of Cook County, County Department, Domestic Relations Division. In re the marriage of Adijat Folake Rosiji, Petitioner and Babajide Olugbenga Rosiji, Respondent, Case No. 2017D-001132.

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.

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 FAST RELIABLE SERVICE Cook County, Illinois, Room 802, (708) 452-8929 Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West CLASSIC PAINTING Washington Street, in the City of Fast & Neat Chicago, Illinois, on or before / Painting/Taping/Plaster Repair bMarch 13, 2017, /rdefault may be Low Cost entered against you at any time Licensed Insured Zap 'em Trap 'em-z2BX B&S 06.08.16:Layout 1 6/3/16 11:27 AM that Page after day, 1and a judgment for 708.749.0011 Dissolution of Marriage entered in accordance with the prayer of said Petition.

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 / bMarch 20, 2017, /rdefault 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.

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PLASTERING– STUCCOING McNulty Plastering & Stucco Co.

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PUBLIC NOTICES 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: D17149641 on February 10, 2017. Under the Assumed Business Name of UNDERGROUND WEB LAB with the business located at:3605 FOREST AVE, BROOKFIELD, IL 60513. The true and real full name(s) and residence address of the owner(s)/partner(s) is: ANTONIO PASSARIELLO 3605 FOREST AVE BROOKFIELD, IL 60513, PAUL KIRBY 3605 FOREST AVE BROOKFIELD, IL 60513.

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Chertkow and Chertkow (22019) Attorneys for Petitioner 1525 East 53rd Street Chicago, Illinois 60615

Chertkow and Chertkow (22019) Attorneys for Petitioner 1525 East 53rd Street Chicago, Illinois 60615

STATE OF ILLINOIS) COUNTY OF COOK )ss Circuit Court of Cook County, County Department, Domestic Relations Division. In re the marriage of Oluwatosin C. Ikumonisan, Petitioner and Evard David Ruf, Respondent, Case No. 2017D-001131.

STATE OF ILLINOIS) COUNTY OF COOK )ss Circuit Court of Cook County, County Department, Domestic Relations Division. In re the marriage of Jesus Del Cid Flores,Petitioner and Martha Lidia Pichilla Pineda Respondent, Case No. 2017D-001130.

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.

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 / bMarch 20, 2017, /rdefault 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.

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 / bMarch 20, 2017, /rdefault 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.

DOROTHY A. BROWN, Clerk.

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PUBLIC NOTICE Public Notice of Mechanicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lien. Notice is given that a 1981 Mer cedes Benz 300SD sedan, VIN #WDBCB20A6BB010307, belonging to Luke Russell, amount due and owing on this vehicle for repairs is $3101.81, is subject to enforcement of a mechanicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lien pursuant to Chapter 770 ILCS 45/1 et. seq. and 90/1 et. seq. Vehicle will be sold to the highest offer on or after April 1, 2017 at 435 Madison Street, Oak Park IL 60302. Published in Wednesday Journal 2/15, 2/22, 3/1/2017

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The Village of Oak Park will receive sealed proposals at the Office of the Village Engineer, 201 South Boulevard, Oak Park, Illinois 60302, until 12:00 P.M. on Thursday, March 2, 2017 for the following: #17-11: Building Demolition, 932-946 Madison St and 970 Madison St. In general, the contract will require the following work: demolition of 932946 Madison St and 970 Madison St buildings including removal of any remaining contents, asbestos abatement, disconnection of utilities, parking-lot removal, restoration of the site with aggregate, and all appurtenant work thereto. Proposal forms may be obtained from the office of the Village Engineer starting on Thursday, February 16, 2017 beginning at 12:00 p.m. The Village of Oak Park reserves the right to issue proposal documents and specifications only to those contractors deemed qualified. Proposal forms will not be issued after 4:00 p.m. on March 1, 2017. A pre-proposal meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. meeting in the parking-lot at 970 Madison St, Oak Park, Illinois.

The work to be performed pursuant to this Proposal is 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 2/15/2017

PUBLIC NOTICE Notice is hereby given, pursuant to â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Act in relation to the use of an Assumed Business Name in the conduct or transaction of Business in the State,â&#x20AC;? as amended, that a certification was registered by the undersigned with the County Clerk of Cook County. Registration Number: D17149402 on January 24, 2017. Under the Assumed Business Name of M MEJIA CONSTRCTION with the business located at: 7829 RUTHERFORD AVE APT 1NW, BURBANK, IL 60459. The true and real full name(s) and residence address of the owner(s)/partner(s) is: MACEDONIO MEJIA SILVAS 7829 RUTHERVORD AVE APT 1 NW BURBANK, IL 60459. Published in Wednesday Journal 2/8, 2/15, 2/22/2017

PUBLIC NOTICE PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME In the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, County Department, County Division. In the matter of the petition of Eric C. Kelleher for change of name to Eric C. Rooney, Case No. 17M3000453. Notice is given you, the public, that on January 18, 2017 I have filed a Petition For Change of Name in this Court, asking the Court to change my present name of Eric C. Kelleher to the name of Eric C. Rooney. This case will be heard in courtroom 205 on March 28, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Published in Wednesday Journal 2/15, 2/22, 3/1/2017

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LEGAL NOTICE The Village of Oak Park will receive sealed bids at the Public Works Service Center, 201 South Blvd., Oak Park, Illinois 60302, until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 for the following: REQUEST FOR BIDS 17-114 VILLAGE OF OAK PARK Village Hall Painting Project Bid forms may be obtained from the Public Works Customer Service Center by calling 708-3585700 or by stopping by the office located at 201 South Blvd., Oak Park, Illinois between the hours of 7:30 am and 4:00 pm. The Village of Oak Park reserves the right to issue bid documents and specifications only to those vendors deemed qualified. No bid documents will be issued after 4:00 pm. on the working day preceding the date of bid opening. THE VILLAGE OF OAK PARK Published in Wednesday Journal 2/15/2017

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 11:00 a.m. on Thursday March 2, 2017 and at that time will be publicly opened and read aloud for the following Village Project: 17-15 RESURFACING OF VARIOUS STREETS PARKING LOTS. In general, the improvements consist of: removal and replacement of curb and gutter, sidewalks, ADA ramps, driveways, drainage structure adjustments, pavement patching, cold-milling of bituminous concrete, installation of hot-mix asphalt binder and surface courses, pavement striping, 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 16, 2017. A non-refundable deposit of $40 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. THE VILLAGE OF OAK PARK Bill McKenna Village Engineer Published in Wednesday Journal 2/15/2017

Oak Park River Forest High School District 200 is soliciting is accepting proposals from qualified firms to provide community engagement coordination services. Proposals and qualifications are being accepted for community engagement consulting services that would encompass duties ranging from consultation, meeting facilitation, development of marketing materials, creation and implementation of surveys, compiling feedback, messaging key priorities, and overall development of a solid community engagement plan. A Mandatory Pre-Submittal Meeting and Walk-through will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM CST at Oak Park & River Forest High School. Attendees are to gather and obtain ID badges at the Welcome Center located at Scoville Avenue Entrance 4 near Ontario Street. Proposals are due on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 1:00 PM CST. Interested firms can may access the bid documents on the Districts solicitation website located at www.oprfhs.org,”About Us”, “Services”, “Business Office”, “Bids and RFP’s” or by contacting Ron Johnson at rjohnson@oprfhs.org. Published in Wednesday Journal 2/15/2017

REAL ESTATE FOR SALE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT–CHANCERY DIVISION BAYVIEW LOAN SERVICING, LLC Plaintiff, -v.JOYCE MORRIS, OAK PARK TERRACE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, 914 N. AUSTIN CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NONRECORD CLAIMANTS Defendants 16 CH 006865 914 N. AUSTIN BLVD. UNIT #B2 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 October 19, 2016, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on March 1, 2017, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive–24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 914 N. AUSTIN BLVD. UNIT #B2, OAK PARK, IL 60302 Property Index No. 16-05-320-040-1009. The real estate is improved with a condo/ townhouse. 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, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. 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

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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 14-16-04652. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236SALE 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. 14-16-04652 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 16 CH 006865 TJSC#: 36-12688 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. I713183

LOAN TRUST 2006-7 Plaintiff, -v.JOHNNY JAMISON, SUSAN JAMISON, STATE OF ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE, CITY OF CHICAGO, MIDLAND FUNDING, LLC Defendants 11 CH 25850 841 N. Lombard Ave. 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 May 19, 2015, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on March 13, 2017, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive–24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 841 N. Lombard Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302 Property Index No. 16-05303-023-0000. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $487,146.09. 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, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. 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, contact Plaintiff’s attorney: HEAVNER, BEYERS & MIHLAR, LLC, 111 East Main Street, DECATUR, IL 62523, (217) 422-1719 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) 4221754 CookPleadings@hsbattys. com Attorney Code. 40387 Case Number: 11 CH 25850 TJSC#: 3611955 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. I713178

19, 2016, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on March 21, 2017, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive–24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 1017 South Harlem Ave., Forest Park, IL 60130 Property Index No. 15-13-423-020-0000. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $244,072.49. 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, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. 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, contact Plaintiff’s attorney: HEAVNER, BEYERS & MIHLAR, LLC, 111 East Main Street, DECATUR, IL 62523, (217) 422-1719 If the sale is not confirmed for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale sh all 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) 4221754 CookPleadings@hsbattys. com Attorney Code. 40387 Case Number: 10 CH 21202 TJSC#: 3614591 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. I713207

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT–CHANCERY DIVISION DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR LONG BEACH MORTGAGE

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT–CHANCERY DIVISION WILMINGTON SAVINGS FUND SOCIETY, FSB, D/B/A CHRISTIANA TRUST, NOT INDIVIDUALLY BUT AS TRUSTEE FOR CARLSBAD FUNDING MORTGAGE TRUST Plaintiff, -v.WILLIAM M. LAWRENCE, ANNAMARIE POPLAWSKA AKA ANNA POPLAWSKA AKA A. POPLAWSKA, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS EMPLOYEE’S CREDIT UNION Defendants 10 CH 21202 1017 South Harlem Ave. Forest Park, IL 60130 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on December

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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 16, 2017, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive–24th Floor, 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. 16-07-403-059-0000 Vol. 142. The real estate is improved with a townhouse. 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, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. 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, 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#: 36-14542 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. I713609

ger, 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 14-16-08522. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236SALE 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. 14-16-08522 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 16 CH 009347 TJSC#: 37-47 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. I713637

Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. 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 14-16-08579. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236SALE 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. 14-16-08579 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 16 CH 009406 TJSC#: 36-14055 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. I714201

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT– CHANCERY DIVISION CARRINGTON MORTGAGE SERVICES, LLC; Plaintiff, vs. CEDRIC K. MORRIS; TARIA M. MORRIS; MONIQUE MORRIS; CARRIE WILLIAMS; STATE OF ILLINOIS; THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY; Defendants, 13 CH 26038 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 13, 2017 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. 15-15-314-007-0000. Commonly known as 1925 South 19th Avenue, Maywood, IL 60153. 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. 13-038680 F2 INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122

the above entitled cause on August 8, 2016 Intercounty Judicial Sales Corporation will on Monday, March 13, 2017 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. 15-15-210-008-0000. Commonly known as 1217 South 16th Avenue, Maywood, IL 60153. 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 Ms. Kimberly S. Reid at Plaintiff’s Attorney, Kluever & Platt, L.L.C., 65 East Wacker Place, Chicago, Illinois 60601. (312) 236-0077. INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT–CHANCERY DIVISION CITIZENS BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION F/K/A RBS CITIZENS, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO CHARTER ONE BANK, F.S.B SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO HINSDALE FEDERAL BANK FOR SAVINGS Plaintiff, -v.CARL T. GROESBECK, LEIGHTON HOLDINGS, LTD., UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NONRECORD CLAIMANTS Defendants 16 CH 009347 331 N. TAYLOR AVENUE 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 15, 2016, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on March 17, 2017, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive–24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 331 N. TAYLOR AVENUE, OAK PARK, IL 60302 Property Index No. 16-08-109-011-0000. 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, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. 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 lon-

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT–CHANCERY DIVISION PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, -v.GLENVILLE H. WALKES, OAK PARK PLACE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NONRECORD CLAIMANTS Defendants 16 CH 009406 430 HOME AVENUE 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 November 29, 2016, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on March 28, 2017, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive–24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 430 HOME AVENUE, OAK PARK, IL 60302 Property Index No. 1607-324-033-1047. 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

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 PASSTHROUGH 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 Monday, March 13, 2017 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. 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 Ms. Kimberly S. Reid at Plaintiff’s Attorney, Kluever & Platt, L.L.C., 65 East Wacker Place, Chicago, Illinois 60601. (312) 236-0077. INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I714701

I714705 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT– CHANCERY DIVISION HSBC BANK USA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE HOLDERS OF THE DEUTSCHE ALT-A SECURITIES, INC. MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST, MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES SERIES 2007-OA3 Plaintiff, vs. CESAR HERNANDEZ, JANE DOE, CURRENT SPOUSE OR CIVIL UNION PARTNER, IF ANY, OF CESAR HERNANDEZ, UNKNOWN OWNERS, GENERALLY, AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS Defendants, 14 CH 13338 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in

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OPRF shut out of gymnastics state finals Despite graduation of Jochaniewicz and Weeks, future looks bright for Huskies By BILL STONE

Then came warmups. “I was on bars and did a flyaway (dismount) and my knee decides to just give out,” Jochaniewicz said. In 2016, Oak Park and River “I knew that I was out.” Forest senior Alyona JochanAt sectionals, the injured Joiewicz overcame a late-season chaniewicz supported her teamconcussion and sprained finmates as seniors Natalie Weeks ger to qualify for her first girls and Camille Moore and sophogymnastics state meet as an allmores Grace Luptak, Sophia arounder. Preys and Zion Phillpotts comWhen an injured right knee peted as individual qualifiers. hampered her chances enterNone advanced to state. Coming the DeKalb Regional Jan. ing closest were Luptak (8.75) and 30, Jochaniewicz remained determined to reach the Glenbard ALYONA JOCHANIEWICZ Weeks (8.725) on uneven bars to OPRF senior the 9.075 at-large state cut. North Sectional Feb. 8 and evenStill undecided about college tually state, even if limited to uneven parallel bars and perhaps balance gymnastics, Jochaniewicz was scheduled for magnetic resonance imagining (MRI) beam. Contributing reporter

Friday. “It’s definitely a bummer. I’m very upset it didn’t happen for state,” Jochaniewicz said. “I’m happy to experience state once. I think everyone should experience state. I’m just proud of myself that I made it there. It (stinks) that I didn’t do it this year, but I have a bright future. I’m not really worried about state. I have bigger things in my life.” Jochaniewicz initially was injured practicing after three top-five finishes at the Jan. 28 conference meet, including 9.25 on floor. The at-large state cut was 9.075. “It has to be heartbreaking as a senior. (State is) your goal and you’ve been looking so good,” OPRF coach Kris Wright said. “That’s really hard, but hopefully she’ll do (gymnastics) in college and she’ll have other moments.”

Trinity tops Lyons Township

Fresh off successful regular seasons, both teams turn their attention to 4A playoffs “The team has been progressing this season and improving with By LAUREN RECCHIA each game,” Hayes said. “Our bigContributing Reporter gest improvement has been our defense. It’s grown tremendously. The Trinity and Lyons Township “We’ve been coming together High School girls basketball teams more as a team, and that’s another capped off the regular season with a big reason we’re having a great Feb. 11 nonconference game in River season.” Forest. Although the host Blazers Sydney Bugaieski led LTHS with pulled out a 49-41 win, both teams ben12 points, while promising freshefitted from the hard-fought regular man Lily Courier had 10 points. season finale. Both teams also begin the Junior guard Tessa Elliot chipped Class 4A playoffs this week. in six points. “This game was in a lot of ways great Last season, Trinity earned a tune-up for regionals,” LTHS coach Paul third-place finish in the Class 4A Krick said. “We have had five overtime state playoffs. The Blazers (19-9) games this year and lost all of them. We believe another trip downstate is had three other losses by single digits. possible. Our girls are tired of coming up short. “Everybody just needs to be fo“With a fresh start in the postseason, cused,” Lee said. “It all starts with we are looking forward to the chalpractice. We do a great job of praclenges that are in front of us. If we ticing hard and working together learn from our close games, value each to pick each other up. possession and really dig in, I think all “Right now, we’re all very fothings are possible.” cused and looking forward to tryLeading 23-19 at halftime against ing to make it downstate again. LTHS, the Blazers went on a pivotal 10-3 File photo We’re already in that mindset and run led by the effective play of junior are looking forward to a great end forward Alex Fanning and junior guard Trinity junior guard Lauren Lee had 12 points and of the season.” Lauren Lee. The 6-foot-2 Fanning scored six rebounds in a 49-41 win against Lyons Township LTHS (16-10) takes on Downers a lay-up to cap off the Blazers’ spurt. on Feb. 11. Grove North Wednesday, Feb. 15 in “We were taking smart shots and the semifinals of the Oak Lawn Renot forcing anything,” Lee said. “We (10 points, 12 rebounds) and senior guard gional. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. were focusing on our defense. Lyons is a If Trinity wins its opener (Tuesday, Feb. big team so we knew that defending them Emma Hayes (11 points) reached double figures scoring. Zee Stafford (8 points, 4 as- 14/past deadline), the Blazers will likely would be a key component to our game.” Lee scored 12 points and pulled down sists) and Dayjah Chmielewski (7 points, 7 face Loyola in the Trinity Regional final six rebounds for the game, while Fanning rebounds) also played well for Trinity. on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.

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OPRF sophomore Grace Luptak is a promising gymnast. The postseason Huskies combined seniors and promising underclassmen. Luptak, Weeks and Preys reached sectionals as allarounders. Luptak also qualified on vault, uneven bars and floor, Weeks also qualified on vault and uneven bars and Moore and Phillpotts qualified on vault. Because of a pre-season ankle injury, Luptak never vaulted until regionals. There she took fourth (9.15) and fourth in all-around (34.85) with Weeks fifth (34.275). Pushing the ankle likely contributed to Luptak being disappointed with sectional scores of 8.4 and 33.70. “I have two years ahead of me. Hopefully those (sectionals) are going to go better,” Luptak said. “I’m going to work really hard this summer, really push to try to go (to state) next year.” “If she just keeps it up, she’ll be good,” Jochaniewicz added. “I see a bright future for her and I’m really proud of what she’s been doing.” For Preys, this was her first season of high school gymnastics. “It was a lot different than USAG (club gymnastics),” Preys said. “I feel like I made progress. I learned some new skills that I didn’t even know existed. I feel really motivated to learn a bunch of new stuff.” Even minus Jochaniewicz at regionals, the Huskies scored 134.825 at regionals, their third highest score this season. Also in the lineup were freshmen Jenna Schainis and Nicole Perla and sophomore Claire Massmann. “Because they knew (Jochaniewicz) wasn’t going to be there, everybody stepped it up. I think it was our best team effort to come together and to be supportive of her and of each other,” Wright said.


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OPRF bench from page 48 and Sid Allgood provided playmaking, scoring and relentless ball pressure, while Malachi Ross, Phil Saleh and Mike Saleh brought high energy, defense and rebounding. The Huskies’ depth wore down the Trojans. “I do everything I can to help the team,” Allgood said. “Isaiah and Dashon play so hard and they are competitive. I try to bring that into my game.” Pickett added, “Our defensive pressure was phenomenal. We practice as hard as we can so we’re ready for games. “This is a very fun and important time of the year. We need to beat Hinsdale (Central) and pull out the conference title, which is our No. 1 goal. Hopefully, everything in the JARED SCOTT playoffs can build OPRF senior off that success.” The first quarter against Downers Grove North was entertaining as the teams exchanged the lead six times. Hoene scored seven points as the Huskies seized a 19-14 lead after one. Holding a 32-21 halftime lead, the Huskies kept momentum going their way by outscoring the Trojans 19-12 in the third quarter. The lead swelled to 58-39 midway through the fourth quarter when Maloney pulled his starters. “I thought this was one of our more complete games of the year,” Maloney said. “Our bench was able to take a small lead and lengthen it out. An issue for us has been playing all four quarters with our foot on the pedal. We did that tonight against Downers.” On Friday, OPRF defeated visiting York 57-45. Scott had 15 points and six rebounds,

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OPRF senior forward Cameron Gross will need to play at a high level if the Huskies hope to make a run in the Class 4A playoffs. while Ross finished with 11 points and four steals. Gross chipped in eight points and four steals. The Huskies (18-6, 9-1 West Suburban Silver) hosted Hinsdale Central on Tuesday, Feb. 14 (past deadline). The winner clinches the conference title.

In their first meeting (Jan. 21) this season, the Red Devils defeated OPRF 67-60 as the Huskies played short-handed with Scott on a recruiting trip. Hinsdale Central is led by senior point guard Jack Hoiberg, the son of Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg.

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Charlie Hustle, bench emerge against Downers North Huskies’ depth on display against visiting Trojans By MARTY FARMER

“Throughout the year, I’ve been thinking too much on the court,” Hoene said. “[Today] I just came out and erased everything verybody has been waiting on promis- from my mind. I just concentrated on the ing OPRF sophomore Charlie Hoene — game and getting a big win. “At first, I took criticism personally. Now especially Charlie Hoene. I just see it from a basketball standpoint The anticipation by many makes and that’s really helped.” sense considering his OPRF coach Matt Maloney 6-foot-6 rangy frame and his said Hoene turned in his signaability with a basketball. ture performance of the season With such high expectations, Saturday. however, comes pressure. And “This was his best game of by his own admission, Hoene the year by far,” Maloney said. has played tentatively on the “It’s the same process some of basketball court. the other guys like Cam (Gross), Sustained measures of his Jared (Scott) and Isaiah (Fuller) talent, however, came to light went through. It’s going to click, during the Huskies’ 65-47 win but be patient. over visiting Downers Grove CHARLIE HOENE “Charlie was active tonight North on Feb. 11. Hoene finOPRF sophomore on both sides of the ball. He has ished with 11 points and eight tremendous potential; the sky’s rebounds, but his impact went the limit really.” well beyond the numbers. He Hoene has developed his game deflected passes, hit the boards by following the lead of his fellow and encouraged teammates. big men. He was all over the court; “I look at [OPRF junior Malaenvision Charlie Hustle with a chi] Mali as the guy who brings jump shot. energy to our team,” Hoene said. Junior guard Isaiah Fuller “Cam teaches me things and actually claimed scoring honJared leads the team in general.” ors with 14 points and senior While OPRF fans are familiar forward, Wyoming-bound MATT MALONEY with the “Big Four” of Scott, Jared Scott had 12 points and OPRF coach Gross, Fuller and Dashon Enoch, five rebounds for the Huskies. the Huskies’ role players and But Hoene was the player reserves made the difference who stood out. against Downers Grove North. Perhaps borrowing Phil Along with Hoene, guards Kelton Pickett Jackson’s Zen-like view of basketball, Hoene finally freed his mind and simply let See DEEP on page 47 his talent follow.

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