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May 16, 2018 Vol. 36, No. 20 ONE DOLLAR

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JOURNAL of Oak Park and River Forest

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Developers raze historic William St. home

Almost a year after purchasing, Mayborn demolishes 747 William St. By NONA TEPPER Staff Reporter

Demolition day has arrived for a historic yet dilapidated home in the 700 block of River Forest’s William Street, a house that is rumored to be designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and which sits on a block the village has declared a local landmark. Mayborn Development, which is comprised of River Forest residents Rob Sarvis and Mark Sullivan, purchased 747 Wil-

liam St. for $415,000 in August 2017, and completed their application to demolish the historic home that October. The block represents the first, and possibly only remaining, Prairie School planned development in the state. “The question is always, ‘What can be done?’” said Dave Franek, chairman of the River Forest Historic Preservation Commission. “We don’t believe that the community is a museum that should never be changed, it should be dynamic. But, at the same point in time, some significant thought should go in before certain structures are demolished.” In their initial application, Sarvis and See DEMOLITION on page 14

Oak Parker helps ‘farm lab’ grow in Chicago

Urban farm teaching students, building community, empowering neighbors By TIMOTHY INKLEBARGER


DIGGING IN THE DIRT: Neighbors and students began work at Chicago Farm Lab in the first weekend of May. Farm Lab organizer Marnie Ware says fundraising efforts are ongoing for the 2-acre urban farm.


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n a windy Saturday morning at a former soccer field in the BelmontCragin neighborhood of Chicago, students from Prosser Career Academy and neighbors from the surrounding area have gathered to begin their work digging in the soil. The students and residents have assem-

bled here for a variety of reasons but all with the same end game – to get something growing. Within weeks, the space will be teeming with corn, collard greens, lettuce, tomatoes and just about anything you can imagine. Chicago Farm Lab, located in Hanson Park, is in its fourth season and is described by one of its founders, Marnie See FARM LAB on page 15


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OPRF’s Dreadnought lives up to its name Dreadnought, Oak Park and River Forest High School’s Robotics Club team, earned a sixth-seed at the annual world championship in Louisville, Kentucky, late last month. This was Dreadnought’s second consecutive year competing at that level, even though the Robotics Club is only 2 years old. The young team must have been a source of dread for their competition. They earned their spot in Louisville after going undefeated and winning a state championship. At the world championship, the team earned their division’s Amaze Award for having an “amazing, well-rounded and topperforming robot,” according to the award criteria. The team — which featured seniors Tyler Yokoo, David Snyder, George Dickerson and Adam Potter, and sophomore Daniel Lingen — also went 8-2 in the elimination rounds and notched a sixth seed out of 500 teams

Hate group posts flyers in downtown Oak Park

Flyers from a white supremacist hate group calling itself Blood and Soil began appearing, taped to lampposts in the public way, on Friday, May 11, in downtown Oak Park, and Oak Park police are calling on residents to remove them. The flyers called on residents to report “illegal aliens” to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security tip line, listing the agency number and stating: “They are not immigrants, they are criminals.” Oak Park Deputy Police Chief Frank Limon said in a telephone interview that “it’s illegal to post these signs in the public right of way.” “We’re going request people who see

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that competed in Louisville.

Michael Romain

KILLING THE COMPETITION: Members of Dreadnought, a team fielded by the OPRF Robotics Club, had a strong showing at the world championships in Louisville, where they placed sixth out of 500 teams.

them to remove them, and if officers find them, we’re going to remove them,” Limon said. He said anyone caught posting such flyers would be issued a citation. It is the second time this year white supremacists have tried to spread messages in Oak Park. In February, members of a group calling themselves Identity Evropa was captured on video hanging a banner over the Ridgeland Avenue overpass of the I-290 Expressway that stated: “Danger: Sanctuary City Ahead.” Officers happened upon the six men and told them to remove the banner. Several of the men featured in the video, which was posted on the Chicago CBS2 website, covered their faces with masks to hide their identities.

Timothy Inklebarger

Pier 1 space off the market

Pier 1 Imports’ Oak Park location, 1143 W. Lake St., was recently listed by real estate firm Mid-America as up for lease, but agent Liz Krebs tells Wednesday Journal that listing has now been taken down. Pier 1 spokesman Katelyn Carroll also informed Wednesday Journal that it has no plans to pull out of the downtown location. The 8,088-square-foot retail space recently appeared on CoStar real estate as being available for lease. It’s uncertain why the space was suddenly up for lease, but fear not, the retailer is here to stay for the foreseeable future.

Timothy Inklebarger

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Farmers Market is back!

It’s that time again: Season 43 of the Oak Park Farmers Market commences this Saturday, May 19, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market runs every Saturday thereafter through October in the parking lot of Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St., a block west of Ridgeland Avenue. According to the village of Oak Park’s statement on the market’s opening, two new entities have signed on to become permanent vendors this year — American Pride Microfarm and Brian Severson Farms. “American Pride offers year-round,

naturally grown microgreens and farm fresh quail eggs,” the village statement points out. “Brian Severson Farms offers certified organic grains such as flours, meals, grits, rolled oats and corn.” Although this year’s spring has been colder than usual, market officials said several vendors grow their goods year-round and utilize preservation techniques, so a visit to the market “early in the season” is still “worthwhile.” Most vendors accept credit/debit cards, in addition to WIC and senior coupons. All vendors accept LINK cards. For more info on this year’s market, call 708-358-5780, email farmersmarket@ or visit farmersmarket.

Michael Romain



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May 16 - 23

BIG WEEK Hemingway Foundation’s Roaring ’20s Gala Saturday, May 19, 7 to 10 p.m., Main Library: Join guest of honor, author Paula McLain, and receive a signed copy of her new book, Love and Ruin. Enjoy ragtime jazz by Lakeside Pride Orchestra, food, cocktails, silent auction and a 1920s photo booth. Proceeds benefit the Scholarship Fund and more. $100; $185, couples. Tickets/info: hemingwaybirthplace. com/2018-foundation-gala. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

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Friday @ Hemingway’s

Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Oak Park Arts District: Fun for the whole family – art fair, multiple music stages, food trucks, children’s carnival, makers’ booths, stores/ galleries/restaurants open, after party at the Taylor Ave. main stage and more. Info: Cuyler to Humphrey on Harrison.

Connect with Nature Sacred Wandering Saturday, May 19, 8:30 to 10 a.m., Thatcher Woods Pavilion:

Join Terry Kinsey and Krista Mikos and explore nature in a new way. Move slowly through the out-of-doors with an intention to connect with nature’s healing power. There will be silence and discussion. Dress for the weather; bring something to sit upon. Meets on the third Saturday each month; next Wander – June 16. More: 8030 Chicago Ave., in River Forest.

Much Ado About Nothing, 2000 Style Thursday, May 17, and Friday, May 18, 7:30 p.m., Little Theatre, Oak Park & River Forest High School:

See William Shakespeare’s classic story with a twist – be transported back to early the 2000s summer camp days with all the joy, heartache and tetherball. $8; $6, students/seniors. Tickets: or at the door. 201 N. Scoville Ave., Oak Park.

Friday, May 18, 7 to 9 p.m., Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Home: This community engagement event takes place the third Friday each month with an emphasis on the arts. This month’s guests - Oak Park middle schools’ Spoken Word. $20; free, Hemingway Foundation members. Info/tickets:, or at the door. 339 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Liven up the Landscape with Native Plants Preorder through Sunday, May 20, West Cook Wild Ones: Make your yard a haven for butterflies, bees, birds and blooms. Not-for-profit West Cook Wild Ones “promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservations, restoration and establishment of native plants.” More/order: Plant pick up - Saturday, June 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., parking lot, Euclid Methodist Church. 405 S. Euclid Ave., Oak Park.

Sing Illinois Saturday, May 19, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: The Michel Teolis Singers celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial by featuring composers with Illinois connections including Pulitzer Prize winner John LaMontaine, born in Oak Park and an OPRFHS grad, and Lora Aborn who was a musician at Unity Temple for more than 40 years. Free. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Steinway Crawl Oak Park’s Steinway Crawl, featuring four Steinway pianos, will take place starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake St. Master piano technician Jeff Cappelli will talk about each piano beginning at First United, then moving to Unity Temple and finishing at the Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Ave. Pianist, Julian Chin will play at each location. Tickets are $20. Tickets: steinway-crawl-tickets-45435186867 More: 708-386-2729. 848 Lake St., Oak Park.

Author Talks “Forging a President” Sunday, May 20, 2 to 4 p.m., River Forest Public Library: The national bestselling author William Hazelgrove shares the story of Theodore Roosevelt’s time in the Wild West as a cattle rancher and deputy sheriff and how it shaped the man who became President. Book signing follows. Brought in partnership with River Forest Township. 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest.

Ben Austen with Alex Kotlowitz Tuesday, May 22, 7 p.m., Beer Shop: Austen discusses public housing through the lives of its residents in High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Kotlowitz, an Oak Parker, wrote There Are No Children Here, a York Public Library “150 most important books of the 20th Century.” Brought in partnership with The Book Table. More: authors-tap-ben-austen-conversation-alexkotlowitz. 1026 North Blvd., Oak Park.

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dull-witted racist store owner, Lyle Britten. He is both frightening and sad. Bruzzini gives us a nicely shaded Britten, with a disturbing amount of human decency. Lyle Britten desperately needs power over anyone he sees as lesser, including his wife. We know from scene one that Richard is dead and that Lyle has murdered him, so the plot holds few surprises. Many performances are outstanding, such as Richard’s love interest, played by Jasmyne McDonald and his concerned grandmother, portrayed by Sydney Paige Milligan. P.J. Destin is Rev. Meridian Henry. Cynthia Martz is the white grocery store clerk married to bigoted Lyle Britten. Edward Voci is credible and intelligent as a progressive white newspaper editor, the one man with genuine friends on the black side of town. He conveys a touching decency. “Mister Charlie” was a phrase once used by African Americans to refer to white folks. So the title suggests a sad song for the white man’s moral crisis. There are clear links to our current political climate though some of the once eye-opening message now sound preachy. Though at over 3½ hours, this three-act show is too slowly paced, it is still a solid production and we are fortunate to have the Echo Theater Collective revive an important, seldom-seen work in our community. The Echo Theater Collective was established in January 2017 to “redefine community theater by choosing works that give voice to those in our community who need it the most.” Through theater and music, the collective is “designed to promote unity and cultural understanding.” Echo Theater Collective is run by Artistic Director Kamau “Maui” Jones and an executive board. See “Blues for Mister Charlie,” Fridays and Saturday, 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, 2:30 p.m., through May 27, at Madison Street Theater. $20, $15, students/seniors/veterans/ teachers. Tickets: 1010 Madison St., Oak Park.




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‘Blues For Mister Charlie’ burns with intensity

ames Baldwin, mid-century African-American novelist and essayist, wrote only two plays. Blues for Mister Charlie is one of them. We are fortunate that the intrepid new Echo Theater Collective has mounted a production in our community at Madison Street Theater, 1010 Madison. This seldom-revived 1964 drama still burns intensely. The production is shocking — perhaps in some ways more now than 54 years ago with its nonstop use of the “n-word” and its outspoken racist banter. The plot depicts the attitudes of the early ’60s when racist bigotry was commonly believed to be strictly a phenomenon of the Deep South. Kamau “Maui” Jones, the ambitious director, and his large company of both seasoned professionals and hard-working newcomers, have mounted a passionate production of a loosely structured play that was clearly ahead of its time in its harsh depiction of racist oppression. Baldwin wrote his novelistic script in 1963 during a horrific time — when President John F. Kennedy was killed, Civil Rights worker Medgar Evers was murdered, and eight black girls died when their Montgomery, Alabama church was dynamited. Although it occurred 9 years earlier, the playwright also wanted to present his take on the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, a 14-yearold Chicagoan visiting family in Mississippi when he was brutally murdered for allegedly offending a white woman grocery storekeeper. His white attackers went free. The atrocity was one of the sparks that ignited the Civil Rights Movement. Trent Williams is full of energy as Richard, a young man somewhat older than Emmett Till. This pastor’s son had been up north for a few years where he became a drug addict. Now back home and “clean,” he seethes with rebelliousness. He vows never to act in a subservient way to anyone. But as a black young man, his behavior is interpreted as oversexed, cocky, and dangerous. Chris Bruzzini solidly portrays the poor,

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Ugly but grace-full Mills Park Tower

n a moment when the eyes of Oak Parkers are turned skyward to assess the latest tall building gracing or, depending on your adversity to change, defacing our views, my eyes recently rested on the inaugural skyscraper in our midst. That would be Mills Park Tower. I stared at it until my eyes hurt, about 15 seconds, because this really is one ugly sucker. And yet I love this building, all that it represents about Oak Park’s values, all the thousands of lives of our elders that it has steadied and blessed. Mostly, though I know the story well, I still wonder at how it got built in the first place, that being in 1975 and right on the edge of the historic and pastoral Mills Park. It got built on the strong shoulders, the infinite charm, and the dogged persistence of Dominic Meo, one of the great Oak Parkers you’ve never heard of. There is an honorary street sign right near the tower declaring Pleasant Place, the street created to connect the tower to the street grid, as Dominic Meo Way. Mills Park Tower is on my mind after a Journal story last week about a $250,000 federal grant provided to the Oak Park Housing Authority to support services for residents of the 198 onebedroom apartment units at Mills Park Tower. All the apartments at Mills Park are reserved for seniors with limited incomes. They pay rent based on a sliding scale tied to their income. The added support services will help these independent folks contend with all the bureaucratic challenges of social security, health care, connections with services that can enrich their well-lived lives. The fellow from HUD who came out recently with the giant check to present was identified in our story as Joseph Galvan. He offered up quotes that warm the heart but sound at odds with the material damage I’d expect the Trump/Car-

son combine might prefer in its doling out of tax dollars. “There’s only one human race,” said Galvan. “We’re all in this together, brothers and sisters. I know that with this grant, we’ll do great work.” Whatever you do, don’t rat this guy out. Trump apparently does not know that the super-sized spending bill he signed several weeks ago actually includes more money for federal housing programs than President Obama ever wrangled. Let’s leave it that way. As wonderful as this building is, as much as it has faded into our collective brains as “just there,” when you stop and stare, it is hard to take. The website Curbed described its 19 stories as “brutalist.” That’s an actual style of architecture, I’ve read. In this case, though, I think the poured concrete panel construction had more to do with cheap and fast than making a “Brutalist” statement in the village of Wright. An academic paper titled, “New Suburbanism: Sustainable Tall Building Development,” described it as “insensitive integration of a tall building in a predominantly low-rise community.” That’s academic speak for “Bloody hell, who set this thing in this lovely spot?” Oddly, I don’t recall any loud objections from the park district back in the 1970s over shadows on the park — more specifically, ugly shadows on the park. And I’m not sure if the park district deeded over a slice of its land to allow construction. But I’m glad Mills Park Tower somehow got built. That the Housing Authority and Meo pushed it through in a moment before we all got over-sensitized to height and under-sensitized to hideous. This is a good building, an actual example of affordable housing in Oak Park that has brought grace to aging in our village.






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Portion of hospital named after OPRF student

Shriners honor Alec Cabacungan By MICHAEL ROMAIN Staff Reporter

An Oak Park and River Forest High School sophomore recently received an honor that is often reserved for millionaires and moguls. Alec Cabacungan, 16, has been a patient, off and on, at Shriners Hospital for Children since he was 2 months old, said his father, Gil Cabacungan. Now the teenager — who suffers from osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic disease that results in fragile bones — is the namesake of one portion of the hospital. The facility features a two-story atrium, activity mall and café area connecting the main lobby, administration offices and laboratories with a surgical wing, hospital officials said. A dedication ceremony was scheduled for May 15. “We’re very honored about this and totally overwhelmed,” said Gil during an interview last week. “He just turned 16, but to have something as significant as this named after him is an incredible honor for all of us. We’re deeply humbled that they’ll recognize Alec like this.” Since 2014, Alec has been the face of Shriners, starring in at least two national commercials for the hospital that have aired on channels such as MSNBC, Fox News and the USA networks. As the hospital’s national spokesperson, Alec has become something of a celebrity in his own right. The OPRF teen can be seen on a YouTube video from 2017 prepping for an appearance on TNT’s Inside the NBA, where he crosses paths with one of the show’s cohosts, former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal.

TIED: OPRF student Alec Cabacungan goes bow-tie-tobow tie with Ernie Johnson (left) and trades quips with Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Anderson and Charles Barkley on “Inside the NBA” (above). Screegrab from Youtube

“I know you,” O’Neal tells Alec. “I’ve seen you somewhere before. Yeah, on the commercial, right? Yeah! I knew I’d seen you before on the commercial.”

During the TNT appearance, Alec, who easily wins over his co-anchors, shares his story of living with osteogenesis imperfecta. “I’ve broken over 60 bones in my lifetime,”

said Alec, who was 15 at the time, before expressing his admiration for the show’s studio host, Ernie Johnson. When Alec tells Johnson that he wore a bow-tie to the show in homage to him, cohosts Charles Barkley, Kenny Anderson and O’Neal — who are all bald — wonder aloud, ‘What about the rest of us?’ “I was going to shave my head, but …” Alec quips on a dime, causing uproarious laughter. Gil said that Alec has undergone many surgeries, hours of physical therapy, X-rays and clinical visits. He’s such a presence at Shriners, Gil said, that the staff considers him family. “Alec doesn’t see himself as an inspiration,” Gil said, “but millions of people do.” CONTACT:

Mixed-income apartments planned for South Oak Park

Four-story would go on empty lot at S. Oak Park Ave. and Van Buren St. By TIMOTHY INKLEBARGER Staff Reporter

A new mixed-use building is planned for the fenced-off parking lot at the corner of South Oak Park Avenue and Van Buren Street. The proposal by Community Builders, Inc., a non-profit real estate developer out of Boston, would include 37 mixed-income units – mainly one-bedroom and efficiency apartments, and ground-level retail. The building would be constructed next to the commercial retail space currently occupied by Divine Consign, which announced in February that it is relocating to North Riverside. Kirk Albinson, project manager with Community Builders, said in a telephone

interview that the project is in its earliest stage and the group is “excited about working with the village and introducing this concept to the neighborhood.” A public meeting is planned to discuss the proposal at the Maze library branch, 845 S. Gunderson Ave, on Tuesday, May 29, at 7 p.m. The public notice for that event notes the building will include “community retail and live-work units along the ground floor” that will “activate the corner while complementing the shops, restaurants, services and businesses already located on the block.” “The proposed transit-oriented development will predominantly focus on providing high-quality housing that is available to a range of incomes,” the notice states. Albinson tells Wednesday Journal, “The intent is to help strengthen that retail block.” Community Builders plans a number of studio apartments, one-bedroom units and a couple of two-bedroom units. “Our focus is on the advantages of the

transit-oriented development features with the Blue Line and walkability of the community, providing rents that appeal at a range of incomes with a strong focus on catering toward people in the workforce that live in Oak Park,” Albinson said. He emphasized that plans are still in the early stages, Community Builders envisions two live-work spaces on the ground floor and a commercial space at the corner of South Oak Park Avenue and Van Buren Street. He noted that the building to the south, which currently is home to Divine Consign, is not part of the project and will stay as-is. Albinson said it is too early to say how much the apartments would cost or the square footage of the units. Albinson said that Community Builders is known for high-quality developments and “we expect to do nothing less at this site.” No definitive timeline has been established for the project, but Community Builders plans to go through the village govern-

ment’s development permitting process over the next 12 months. “The goal would be to start the project sometime around mid-2019,” he said. Community Builders has constructed buildings in and around Boston, Washington, D.C., and Chicago, and areas in-between, Albinson said. More information about the company is available at Albinson described the company as mission-based with a “focus on helping revitalize communities and helping individuals achieve their true potential.” “How can we impact the built environment and help communities grow and be sustainable over the long term?” he said. The property is owned by Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest. Walter Healy, president and CEO of Community Bank, said in an email that the property is under contract. “I think it’s a good thing for the south side of town,” he said.

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Former Oak Parker named interim dean of Medill

Charles Whitaker wrote weekly column for Wednesday Journal By TIMOTHY INKLEBARGER Staff Reporter

His status as a former Wednesday Journal columnist is but a blip in the long journalism career of former Oak Park resident Charles Whitaker, who was recently named interim dean of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Whitaker joined Medill in 1993 and is the Helen Gurley Brown Magazine Chair at the school. He begins his tenure as interim dean on July 1. We caught up with Whitaker, who wrote a weekly column for Wednesday Journal from

1999 to 2001. Whitaker was asked to write the column, which he described as “musings about living in Oak Park” around the time he served on a local task force concerning re-segregation in south Oak Park. Whitaker said the taskforce focused on a “kerfuffle” – good word; did we mention this guy’s a wordsmith’s wordsmith – about the demographic makeup of Irving and Longfellow elementary schools. Whitaker said those schools at the time were about to reach a tipping point where there “too many black kids” at the school and locals worried that “no white people would want to live in that part of the village.” Prior to joining Medill, he served as senior editor of Ebony magazine, where he covered two U.S. presidential elections and the first black members of British Parlia-

ment, according to a Medill press release. He also was a reporter for the Miami Herald and a deputy features editor for the Louisville Times. Whitaker also is co-author of the textbook, “Magazine Writing,” and has been an adviser on diversity issues for the Magazine Publishers of America. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Medill. “Medill is renowned as one of the leading schools of both journalism and integrated marketing communications,” Whitaker said in the press release. “It is unusual to be so strong in both of these areas, and it is one of the things that makes Medill special. I look forward to collaborating with my fellow faculty, Medill students and our dedicated staff as we continue to educate students who will become leaders in their professions.” CONTACT:

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Former McD’s CEO gives Fenwick $3M for garage School is one step closer on redevelopment project By TIMOTHY INKLEBARGER Staff Reporter

Fenwick High School has received a $3 million donation from former student Michael R. Quinlan to build a new parking garage. The 300-space garage is part of a larger redevelopment plan the school announced in 2015, which includes reorienting the entrance of the school to face Madison Street and building a new band room, choir room and cafeteria. The garage will be constructed on two parcels of land where two residential buildings are set to be demolished this summer. Fenwick made headlines a few weeks ago when it took its proposal to the Oak Park Zoning Board of Appeals to raze the buildings and construct a temporary surface parking lot while it continues its fundraising efforts for the parking structure. Zoning Administrator Michael Bruce confirmed that the ZBA approved that proposal, which now goes to the Oak Park Board of Trustees for final approval. Quinlan is a Fenwick alumnus, graduating in 1962, and a former chairman of the board and CEO of the McDonald’s Corporation, taking the reins at McDonald’s as the second CEO of the business after Ray Kroc, according to a Fenwick press release. “Fenwick High School placed me on a path to success for which I am eternally grateful,” Quinlan, 73, said in the press release.

“As a Friar, I want to do my part to ensure future generations of Fenwick students have the same access to the high-quality, Dominican education I had.” The press release notes that Quinlan’s mother worked as Kroc’s secretary, and Quinlan worked 25 hours a week in the McDonald’s mailroom. He rose up in the ranks to become CEO and is known for spearheading construction of the Ronald McDonald House for children in Maywood. The garage is expected to be built by the summer of 2019. CONTACT:


MCPARKING: Former McDonald’s CEO and Fenwick alumnus Michael R. Quinlan donated $3 million to the school to build a 300-space parking garage.

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Metra to introduce unlimited stops for roundtrip travelers “Round Trip Plus” will be available in late summer By NONA TEPPER Staff Reporter

Metra announced today it will introduce the “Round Trip Plus” pass in late summer, which will offer unlimited rides for 24 hours for the same price as a roundtrip ticket, or $7.50 for those traveling from the River Forest and Oak Park stations to Chicago. Customers will be able to purchase these tickets through the Ventra mobile application. “A lot of people are getting more work from home options, and more working four days a week for 10 hours, so there’s a lot more flexibility in the workforce and this product was introduced to meet those needs,” said Meg Reile, Metra spokesperson. Round Trip Plus was introduced for riders who travel on more than one Metra line on a given day, riders who wish to make multiple stops along a single Metra line or riders desiring a round-trip ticket. Reile also noted that since Metra will soon eliminate its online ticketing program, this

pass will save customers who don’t have the time or ability to purchase tickets from physical stations money. Riders are charged an addition $5 if they purchase tickets from conductors on the train. Metra announced in early April it was ending its online ticketing program, which allows customers to buy monthly and 10ride tickets via Metra’s website. The last day to purchase a monthly pass from the website will be June 20 and the last day to purchase a 10-ride ticket will be June 30. Metra estimates the end to its online ticketing program will save $144,000 in annual website hosting, maintenance and support costs. “We understand this change will inconvenience some Metra customers,” Jim Derwinski, CEO and executive director, said in a statement. “However, we are trying to find efficiencies wherever we can, and we still offer several other sales channels, including the convenient Ventra app.” Metra will measure demand of the new day pass for a year, and then decide whether to continue it or not. Its board of directors is still mulling providing discounts to customers who ride outside of peak travel times. CONTACT:

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D97 looks ahead to future construction

Summer 2018 work, upcoming Lincoln, Longfellow expansions discussed By MICHAEL ROMAIN Staff Reporter

During a regular board meeting on May 8, District 97 officials laid out the district’s future capital improvement plans, which include a summary of upcoming summer 2018 construction work, the status of the Holmes Elementary expansion, and future plans for expanding and renovating Lincoln and Longfellow. Alicia Evans, D97’s assistant superintendent of finance and operations, said during the meeting that the district’s Facilities Advisory Committee recommended that the district focus summer construction work on replacing a roof at Irving, fixing a Lincoln courtyard door, and renovating a first-grade classroom at Hatch. Evans said administration officials agreed with the committee’s recommendations. District officials did not discuss costs related to summer construction work, and the school board has not yet voted to approve the projects. At last week’s meeting, representatives from the district’s architect, STR Partners LLC, and general contractor Bully and

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WORKS IN PROGRESS: District 97 officials are looking ahead to more expansion and renovation work at Lincoln and Longfellow in 2019. Andrews said that the project to construct a two-story, six-classroom expansion at Holmes, at a cost of no more than $8.8 million, is on track to be finished within budget by mid-August. The project includes the expansion of the school’s multipurpose space and media center, along with various classroom space upgrades, among other improvements. The district has also started discussions

on renovating both Lincoln and Longfellow. Work on both of those schools will likely take place in 2019, officials said. Jennifer Costanzo, with STR Partners, said that many spaces in Lincoln, such as the cafeteria, band room and many general education classrooms, are too small for the school’s growing student population. So far, plans for the school include a threestory west-side addition, a two-story north-

side addition, various interior renovations, the installation of a new elevator and wheelchair lift and additional classrooms, among other features. District officials said cost projections for the Lincoln expansion have come in at $19.8 million — around $14.5 million more than the roughly $4.6 million price tag that was originally anticipated for the improvements a few years ago. School board President Holly Spurlock said during the meeting that the most recent cost estimate is closer to $7 million more than originally projected, since life safety, ADA, HVAC and other work was budgeted as separate line items. Costanzo said the recent plans for Lincoln are more costly because the district is “attempting to right-size” classrooms that have been shoehorned into spaces that may be less than ideal for instructional purposes. Board member Bob Spatz added that the new plans for Lincoln include more classroom space than earlier construction plans allowed for. The district’s facilities committee had flirted with deferring construction on Longfellow until the summer of 2020, but the school’s principal, Angela Dolezal, was against the idea. Dolezal said the school’s capital improvement needs were too pressing to be held off for a year. The school board is looking to meet with the facilities committee sometime in June to discuss Lincoln construction. CONTACT:


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Angie’s Pantry brings kitchen to Oak Park storefront

Healthy Chef Challenge winner open for business By TIMOTHY INKLEBARGER Staff Reporter

It’s been a whirlwind April for River Forest chef Angie Montroy, who won top honors at the first annual Healthy Chef Challenge cooking competition and opened her own storefront business in the Hemingway District. Montroy is the owner and head chef of Angie’s Pantry, which opened its doors for business at 809 South Boulevard on April 30. Just three weeks prior, she was competing against some of Oak Park’s top chefs in the Oak Park Food Pantry’s Healthy Chef Challenge. The fundraising event was held at the Nineteenth Century Club’s Forest Avenue location. Montroy had the home-field advantage at the competition; she spent about five years using the Nineteenth Century Club’s shared kitchen to build her catering and ready-to-eat meals business. Angie’s Pantry offers a variety of entrees, salads, desserts and a la carte items on a weekly basis. The dishes, which she says have no preservatives, trans fats or artificial ingredients, just need to be heated. Entrees are ever-changing, but a sample menu features braised beef/turkey meatballs in tomato wine sauce, chicken vesuvio with wine and garlic and spiced grilled pork tenderloin, among others. “They’re healthy meals that all my clients have to do is warm it up and serve, so there’s no prep involved,” she said.

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HEALTHY CHALLENGE: Angie’s Pantry is located near the intersection of Oak Park Avenue and South Boulevard. “Basically, pour yourself a glass of wine, put it in the oven and wait for it to warm up and be with your family.” Clients of the ready-to-eat meals get an email every Wednesday with the menu for the week; they have until Friday to make their selections. The following Tuesday they can pick them up at the store or have them delivered for a small fee. Angie said she started working as a personal chef about 20 years ago and for the last five years has been building her business at the Nineteenth Century Club kitchen. She opened the South Boulevard location because, “I wanted something with street presence,” she said. “When I ran my business out of (the Nineteenth Century Club), it was all word of mouth,” she said. “I had a lot of

business but when people would hear about it, they would say, ‘Oh, I’ve never heard of that.’” She said Angie’s Pantry also does catering, offering meals that are “very personalized to the client.” Montroy offers gluten-free and vegetarian options, touting her gluten-free chocolate chip cookie. “If you couldn’t have gluten and you couldn’t really have a chocolate chip cookie, that would be a bummer, wouldn’t it?” she said. With the new storefront operation, Montroy said she’s unable to make the deliveries herself, noting that she misses interfacing with her clients. “Today I’m going to deliver a couple because I miss my people,” she said. Montroy has been on a role lately, winning the Healthy Chef Challenge at the Nineteenth Century Club on April 7, where she competed against chefs from Maya Del Sol and Rustico. The chefs were given a variety of ingredients – day-old bread, black beans, canned plums and ground turkey – to use for their culinary creations, but one final ingredient – a can of SpaghettiOs – was not revealed until just before the contest began. Montroy’s winning dish was an open-faced sandwich with a crostini bottom topped with a roasted garlic and black bean mash, the plums, a turkey patty, pureed SpaghettiOs, and blanched collard greens. To top it off, Montroy added an over-easy fried egg. “I was so nervous until we started cooking,” she said, adding, “OK. I’m finally here, and I don’t have to think about it anymore, I just have to do it.” Montroy invited Oak Parkers and others in the area to stop in and check out the new shop and meet the staff. She said she’s still working on her website, which will be at Until then, the business can be reached at 708-434-5742. CONTACT:

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Cigar shop’s plans up in smoke after neighborhood outcry Business wants to move to 400 Ashland Ave. in River Forest

tio, five dedicated parking spots onsite and two parking spaces offsite. Architect John Schiess declined to comment about the proposal. When neighbors heard about the proposed move, about 60 residents piled into the River Forest Public Library on April 26 to voice By NONA TEPPER their concerns, many which stemmed from Staff Reporter second-hand smoke they believed they’d inAfter listening to neighbors’ concerns hale because of the open-air balcony, said Patricia McClimans, a condo owner at 410 about a proposed move to the 400 block of Ashland Avenue in River Forest, the owner Ashland Ave. “We don’t believe a tobacco shop belongs of Cigar Oasis and his architect are rethinking their plans for the store, although in a residential area, it belongs in a commercial area,” McClimans said. neither would not comment on “There are commercial vacanchanges being considering. cies on Madison in River Forest. Cigar Oasis must leave its longI have no problem with the owntime home at 7619 Lake St. after ers, but if you walk down Lake Lake and Lathrop LLC closed on Street you have to hold your the property in October 2017. breath.” Store manager Anthony Chacha called the cigar shop “Tony” Chacha said Cigar Oasis an “old-time cigar store” where owner Victor Jakovljevic knew ANTHONY “TONY” regulars come to unwind. the store would have to move, CHACHA “It’s not like a Cheech and since the new owner revealed Chong place,” said Chacha, plans to raze the block and build Cigar Oasis owner referring to the comedy duo. a five-story mixed-use develop“We’re a friendly establishment. Lake and Lathrop LLC is ment.” composed of Keystone Ventures McClimans said she was also and Sedgwick Partners. “They’re talking about tearing this block concerned about Cigar Oasis’ clientele disdown, we’re trying to get ahead of it,” Cha- turbing condo owners -- the store is open until 10 p.m. seven days a week – and patrons’ cha said. Jakovljevic bought 400 Ashland Ave. for cars clogging streets, causing residential $800,000 in September 2017. And, since he property values to fall. She also worried that owns the place, it seemed natural the cigar people smoking cigars might set a negative store would move there, Chacha said. He example for children nearby. “I just hope these people think two and said the owner was attracted to the larger space, because attendance at Cigar Oasis three and four and five times and find anothhas grown since Jakovljevic took over store er place to put their business,” McClimans said. She called their proposal ludicrous. operations two years ago. Chacha countered that the only way secThe store at 400 Ashland would be around 4,000 square feet and feature an outdoor pa- ond-hand smoke would be harmful to condo

“It’s not like a Cheech and Chong place.”

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CIGAR OASIS: After the property was bought in October 2017, owner Victor Jakovljevic knew he’d have to move. residents is “if it parks beneath your nose and sits there for five years.” “It’s funny how people complain about the cigar shop, but nobody says nothing about the train that’s parked up there at night time and sits and parks with diesel burning,” Chacha said. River Forest Village Administrator Eric Palm said the village does not have an ordinance that allows tobacco shops to operate in any zoning district, and that Cigar Oasis was grandfathered in to the previous landuse chart. He said the architect has already had a pre-filing meeting with the Development Re-

view Board to explain the group’s plans, and will need to seek a waiver from the land-use chart with the Development Review Board when they submit their planned development application. “They have not scheduled any of that yet, there was a fair amount of opposition at the resident meeting, so my guess would be they would go back and reevaluate that and look at that feedback,” Palm said. No formal hearings have been scheduled. Once they are, residents within 500 feet of the proposed business will be notified. CONTACT:

Schools launch new mental health app for students

Allows students access by text message to health clinicians By MICHAEL ROMAIN Staff Reporter

On May 1, Oak Park District 97, River Forest District 90 and OPRF High School District 200 launched a new mental health support service for middle- and high-school students called “support4u.” The resource allows students to text licensed mental health clinicians at any time of the day for assistance with mental healthrelated issues, according to a statement D97 officials released earlier this month. The program, officials said, is being fund-

ed by Oak Park and River Forest Townships, the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation and the Oak Park-River Forest Rotary Club. “While students can initiate a text conversation on any issue, some of the matters that students wish to address could include anxiety, depression, substance use, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, bullying, abuse, or any other mental health-related topic,” the D97 statement pointed out. If clinicians encounter students who present an “extreme threat of danger,” they can alert local authorities, but district officials said most of the interactions will “result in the student garnering immediate support from the clinician and being informed about local individuals (frequently school-based) who can assist them with their concern.” The resource was created by a nonprofit

in Lake County and is utilized throughout northern Illinois and several other states. The district said the police departments in Oak Park and River Forest are in support of the new resource. During a regular D97 school board meeting last month, social workers and psychologists employed at the district’s middle schools said they’ve experienced a marked increase in the number of students dealing with mental-health issues. Carolyn Doyle, one of two school social workers at Julian Middle School, said she had treated eight students who were having suicidal thoughts in a two-week period this school year. And Nathan Murawski, Julian’s other social worker, said at the time that he had treated 22 students this school year who “presented self-harm to the point where

they were hospitalized,” up from seven cases during the entire 2016-17 school year. “Over the past five years, we have seen an ever-steady uptick in mental-health issues impacting our middle-school students,” Doyle said. “[Students are] accessing our services at unsustainable rates.” CONTACT:


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“There’s ways to make money and not destroy history.”

‘What can be done?’


from page 1 Sullivan said the home’s structure was unsound, making rehabilitation impossible. But Historic Preservation Commissioner David Raino-Ogden disputed developers’ and architects’ claims, arguing that the other 24 Prairie-style homes on the block have been preserved and had their foundations replaced. Raino-Ogden even drew up plans for how the structure could be renovated. The commission voted to deny Mayborn a certificate of appropriateness that December, forcing the developer to wait an additional six months before it could demolish the home. Commissioners said if Mayborn submitted plans to construct a house using the same style and materials as the other Prairie School homes on the block, it could demolish the home earlier. Village Administrator Eric Palm said Mayborn submitted a plan to the village in April that is being reviewed by the village’s building department. He added that he is not qualified to comment on the proposed style of the home. Denying developers a certificate of appropriateness is the best the commission can do to stop demolitions. “I know a number of citizens have been very vocal at some of our meetings that they believe the ordinance should be strength-

Concerned neighbor

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KNOCKED OUT: Construction workers tear down the home at 747 William St. last Friday, in River Forest. ened to provide some additional teeth in the event of a proposed demolition, and that’s something that we’ve yet to take up as a commission,” Franek said. “We’re doing things in a certain order and probably the first thing to do is to continue some of the public outreach.” Franek said the best way people can offer feedback to the commission is to attend the

group’s meetings or email the village. He said the commission has also made a list of historic homes on the village website, so homeowners know the history behind what they have, and added that the commission has also written an explanation of how property owners who rehabilitate sites in accordance with certain preservation standards can apply for tax incentives.

Tom Bierzychudek, a concerned neighbor who runs the popular “700 William Prairie Homes” Facebook page, said he’s also working with the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest to develop bronze plaques to identify historic homes in the village, which will include facts like the name of the house’s original resident. He said he placed an order for his home at 754 William St. today, and that he plans to send out letters to everyone on the 700 block of William St. this week advertising the plaques, which cost $299 each. Homeowners would have to buy these plaques themselves. “There’s people doing business in the village that is contrary to what we’re trying to accomplish and who we are as a village, in terms of preserving our history. People like this should be recognized for what they are, and what they do, and discouraged from doing business in the village,” Bierzychudek said, referring to Sarvis and Sullivan. “They’re business people trying to make money, but there’s ways to make money and not destroy history,” he said. CONTACT:

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Education and activism from page 1 Ware, an Oak Park resident and Prosser science teacher, as “two acres of fenced-in gorgeousness.” Ware gives direction to her high school students, planting a tree near one of the entrances of the urban farm. They’re trying to make it the same distance as another tree already installed there. “What do you guys think?” she asks students Daniela Barrera, a 15-year-old sophomore, Christopher Rodriguez, a 17-year-old junior, and others as they place the tree. “Is it the right distance to make it symmetrical?” Another student uses the handle of a shovel to measure off distance between the tree and entrance. “You are so freaking innovative,” Ware said, praising the teen. These are the kinds of real-world decisions students are challenged to make at Farm Lab, where they’ve seen the fruits of their labor evolve over the last several years. For Ware, Chicago Farm Lab is more than just a space for learning – it’s a revolution, a challenge to the status quo. “Modern people have been divorced from just how things are done,” Ware said. “How things are made. “We’ve been domesticated to the point where we don’t understand natural systems, and how can we expect our kids to solve problems like global climate disturbance when we’re not trying to do it? Another part of this is, OK, how can I say I’m a biology teacher if I don’t know how to grow a plant?” Prosser, one of Chicago’s few public vocational schools, provides courses in trades. Several of the students at Chicago Farm Lab are on the culinary track. Ware describes Daniela Barrera as a “rock star” culinary student. She’s been working at the urban farm since last year, and this season is one of the few students given her own raised bed. It’s one of 24 plots, which are mainly provided to residents in the neighborhood. This year she’s planting watermelon and strawberries. “I just like fruit,” she said. It’s her first run at growing watermelon; last year she grew strawberries but the yield was small – only two. Barrera says she wants to be a chef someday and own her own restaurant, but still is uncertain what kind of food she would specialize in. “I’m still planning what I’m going to do,” she said, adding that Chicago Farm Lab is not only good for learning lessons about growing – it’s brought her closer to her fellow classmates. “I get to meet people I don’t really talk to in class,” she said. Building community is part of the mission of Chicago Farm Lab, between students and the larger community, according

to Ware. “This is a collaborative space; there are artifacts of collaboration everywhere,” she said. “It’s an authentic collaborative space between students, kids, community members – everyone is a part of this.” The efforts to grow the farm have been no small task. Ware and her colleagues have worked to secure participatory budgeting funds from Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36th) and continue to seek money wherever they can. Kimbal Musk, brother of famed entrepreneur Elon Musk, has contributed through his nonprofit organization Big Green, donating modular garden plots to the lab. It’s part of the technology focused direction Ware and others at Prosser want to take the curriculum. “My big dream is that Prosser, and other teachers in my building have this similar dream, that Prosser be an urban agricultural hub, that we have urban agricultural classes and vocational shops,” Ware said. “Like an updated sort of green technology.” She said the school’s Careers to Education program focuses on getting students jobs in various trades. With the changing nature of such trades, however, the schools need to keep up in preparing students for jobs of the future. The school is partnering with ComEd on educating students on learning solar technology, for example. “I have this really big sort of agenda to make urban agriculture, solar technology, hydroponics, those types of things, to update Prosser,” she said, adding that the school faculty is “just so passionate about updating.” “This should be an agricultural hub in

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FARMING THE NEXT GENERATION: Marnie Ware says she’s working to reconnect students to their agrarian past. Chicago Farm Lab also is empowering residents of the BelmontCragin neighborhood.

Hanson Park,” she said. Though Farm Lab is opening new opportunities to students, it’s also bringing residents closer together in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood. Sydney Prise said he and his wife, Kathy Rosenfeld, have been coming to Chicago Farm Lab for a couple of years. This year they’re growing tomatoes. Prise said the

space is more than just a place to come get your hands dirty. “I think gardening is activism,” he said, calling it “revolutionary.” “I think the future of the cities is going to be more like the country, and we need to start dealing with the fact that instead of battling over this or that political issue, which are important in the moment, we have to start talking about the survival of our people, of our species, of our human race,” he said. Prise said gardening and learning to do for one’s self is a non-partisan issue – something that we can all agree on. “It’s the kind of activism that unites rather than divides, and I think that’s sorely lacking now,” he said. “Anybody can dig in the soil and make something happen.” CONTACT:


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Woman robbed by armed man on Home Avenue

An Oak Park woman was robbed by a man with a gun in the 100 block of South Home Avenue at 11:25 p.m. on May 8, according to Oak Park police. The man, roughly in his 20s, approached the woman, displayed a handgun and demanded her property. She handed over her purse and cellphone. The estimated loss is $505. The man was described as black, 5-foot-6, with shoulderlength dreadlocks and wearing a white Tshirt and red hooded sweatshirt.

and charged with theft of a package. ■ A vehicle that was reported stolen out of Oak Park on May 7, 2018, was recovered by the Chicago Police Department in the 4300 block of West Thomas, Chicago, at 10:17 a.m. on May 9. ■ Two patio chairs were stolen from the front porch of a residence in the 900 block of South Boulevard sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. on May 8. The estimated loss is $200.

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■ A man in his early 20s shattered the glass of the front door of a PACE bus in the 400 block of Lake Street at noon on May 11. The estimated damage is unknown. ■ Someone fired a gun at West Suburban Hospital, 3 Erie St., sometime between 6 p.m. on April 29 and 2 p.m. on May 4, damaging a 6th floor outer window pane. No additional information was provided. The estimated loss due to damage is $650.

■ A vehicle was burglarized in the 300 block of Home Avenue sometime between 11 a.m. and noon on May 10. The burglar damaged the door lock to gain entry to the vehicle, which was parked on the street. They then removed a Bosch rotary hammer, a Milwaukee Sawzall and a Bosch jigsaw. The estimated loss is $1,105. ■ A man attempted to burglarize a residential garage in the 400 block of North Humphrey Avenue at 6:39 p.m. on May 13. He was last seen fleeing eastbound. He wore a black hoodie and black pants. ■ A residential garage was burglarized in the 300 block of Chicago Avenue some-

Theft ■ Two

juveniles were arrested in the 400 block of South Taylor at 6:48 p.m. on May 11

Police seek help finding missing person The River Forest Police Department issued a statement that Howard A. Wax, of River Forest, was reported missing on May 14. River Forest police are working with the Chicago Police Department on the case. Wax, 52, stands about 5-11, has curly black hair, a full black beard and a Vshaped scar on his right check. “Preliminary investigation has suggested no foul play is involved,” according to the police statement. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Sergeant Greenwood at 708-366-71125, extension 349.

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time between 3 p.m. on May 5 and 3:30 p.m. on May 7. The burglar stole a paint sprayer, pressure washer, air tank, vacuum and bouncing playhouse. The estimated loss is $900. ■ A residence was burglarized on the 200 block of North Elmwood sometime between 12:01 and 6 a.m. on May 1. The burglar gained entry to the residence by unknown means and stole two Macbook laptops, a Nintendo Switch and a Nintendo Wii. The estimated loss is $3,350. ■ A vehicle was burglarized in the 700 block of North Lombard Avenue sometime between 8 p.m. on May 7 and 9 a.m. on May 8. The burglar gained entry to the garage with a garage door opener. The burglar then gained entry to the vehicle and ransacked the center console. The total estimated loss is $200. ■ Louise E. Murray, 54, of the 7000 block of Indiana Avenue, Chicago, was arrested in the 1100 block of South Boulevard at 10:15 a.m. on May 8 and charged with committing a burglary that occurred on March 26, 2017.

Battery ■ Evans

D. Robinson III, of the 5100 block

of West Castle, Bellwood, was arrested for aggravated battery to a peace officer after being stopped for a DUI. The incident occurred in the 100 block of North Oak Park Avenue at 10:41 p.m. on May 11. ■ A woman in her 20s committed battery and criminal damage to property at Happy Nails, 403 Chicago Avenue, at 5:30 p.m. on May 6. The woman entered the business and engaged in an argument with someone in the store. She struck the victim in the face and damaged a cell phone and credit card reader and then fled in a white Nissan Altima. These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, May 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

Apartment fire on Lyman No one injured in early morning blaze By TIMOTHY INKLEBARGER Staff Reporter

The Oak Park Fire Department was called out on Friday, May 11, to extinguish a fire at a 34-unit apartment building at 910 S. Lyman, according to village spokesman David Powers. Powers said in a telephone interview that the fire broke out in a third-floor unit at about 5:30 a.m. “When firefighters arrived on the scene, they could see flames coming from the kitchen of the third-floor apartment,” Powers said. He said no injuries were reported. “The first thing they did is make sure everybody was evacuated,” Powers said. “They had it out in about 30 minutes.” Two apartments were damaged in the blaze – one where the fire is believed to have originated and the apartment below, which had water damage. “They also went in and checked the ceiling to make sure no fire got in the floor between the two apartments,” Powers said. He said the fire appears to have started in the kitchen, but no cause has yet been deter-

mined. Firefighters from Forest Park, River Forest and Berwyn assisted in extinguishing the fire, Powers said. Separately, Oak Park Fire Chief Tom Ebsen said in a telephone interview that the fire department has completed its investigation of a fire that took place at a 10-unit condo building at 327 Wisconsin Ave. on April 1. The cause of the fire, which resulted in the death of tenant Craig B. Wilson, 48, could not be determined, Ebsen said. CONTACT:

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A painstaking artist finds that painting takes away pain By MICHELLE DYBAL


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t is a début of sorts though he has been an artist most of his adult life. After seven weeks or so of being unconsciousness and nearly a year in the hospital, and several more years of near reclusiveness, dealing with pain, Robert Baker III is ready to be seen through his art. His exhibit, 100 Skulls and the Abstract Grid, is showing in the Oak Park Public Library Art Gallery this month. “In a sense, I am coming out as a disabled artist,” Baker, 45, said. “My community is the right place to do it, to say I’m still here.” Art has been part of Baker’s life since childhood. His mother took him to the Art Institute when he was young. As an adult, he became a self-taught decorative painter and muralist, starting his own business in Oak Park in 2005. Five years later, he said, everything was coming together. He had an established business with clients in Oak Park, River Forest and Chicago, and 18-month-old and 6-year-old daughters with his wife Kelly Donahugh, also an artist. But a trip to Colorado to visit family changed their lives forever. Driving back

from a fun family outing — dinner and a sleigh ride — turned tragic when the car in which Baker was riding hit black ice. The accident resulted in an incomplete spinal cord injury at the neck and traumatic brain injury. This limits his mobility — Baker uses a wheelchair — and affects the use of his arms and hands. In recovery, Baker was determined to get back to art. “As soon as I was well enough, I made it into an art area [at the hospital],” he said. “I was trying to do things with clay and painting clay a little bit. It was something I did on the weekends when I didn’t have therapy.” The first paintings Baker created, when he returned home and regained more movement, were small acrylics. According to his artist statement, Baker writes, “At that time a 3 x 3 inch canvas was all I could handle. Simply holding a brush took great effort,

assistance, and an immense amount of determination. The small canvases set the stage for the series of skulls I painted in honor of my own.” From there, he began his abstract grids. On much larger canvases, lines are drawn with assistance by a caretaker. Then Baker gets to work in his home studio in River Forest, where he paints daily. He has adapted how he holds his paintbrush, no longer able to grasp it as before. “It’s about limitations,” Baker said. “It’s like this has become my space with all these little rooms within my painting, like I’m nesting. I’m trying to make what I have beautiful, but it’s linear, its recurring, and that comes from my desire to stand, the desire to be upright.” Painting has also provided solace. Before the accident, Baker’s palette was dominated by earth tones. Now his canvases are vivid

blues, greens, orange, with accents of red, purples, whites. He finds color fascinating and uses his love of color mixing to shift how he feels. “I knew I wasn’t going to be able to paint the same way,” he said. “When I’m painting, it’s quite positive. I had enough gloom in my life. I needed it bright; I needed it happier.” And painting has alleviated the artist’s physical pain too. “There’s moments that I’m in a lot of pain, several actually. You can’t relate to anybody, you can’t talk to anybody,” Baker said. “That point in the day is when I roll into my studio and I can focus on painting and it can take me out of myself.” It can take up to two months to paint a larger canvas. It’s painstaking. In some areas, the paint is applied with a flat brush, tapping some of it on, somewhat inspired by tebori, Japanese tattooing done by hand with a set of small needles. The group of paintings on exhibit at the Library Gallery took six years to complete. Meet Robert Baker III at an opening reception, Thursday, May 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Main Library Art Gallery. The exhibit continues through May 30. For more: oppl. org. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

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Mallen House returns to walk and to original style George W. Maher-designed home extensively restored



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his year’s Wright Plus housewalk will feature a home that was last on the walk in 1991. Since that time, architect George W. Maher’s Herman Mallen House has undergone quite a transformation. Brian DeVinck, Frank Lloyd Wright Trust research captain for the Mallen House, says that attendees this year can expect to see a

home that is being extensively restored by the current owners and says the home is an interesting reflection of Maher’s work. The home on Euclid Avenue in Oak Park was completed in 1905 for the family of Herman and Ellen Mallen, who lived in the house with their four daughters. Mallen founded a furniture manufacturing business with his father and later bought his father out and ran the firm himself. DeVinck says the company was known for manufacturing parlor furniture and made

furniture for almost every room in the house. Ellen Mallen outlived her husband and lived in the house until 1936. An original garage with living quarters for a chauffeur above lasted only 10 years, and today has been replaced with a singlefamily home across the alley from the current garage. Subsequent owners raised a monkey named Mike in the home’s solarium and reportedly donated the monkey to the Brookfield Zoo when they moved. In the 1950s the

owners modernized the house and installed one of the first private pools in Oak Park in the backyard. A 1982 fire damaged the home, and another fire later in the 1980s also did some damage to a small upstairs corner area of the house. The current owners purchased the home in 2000 and have undertaken extensive interior and exterior restoration efforts.

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First United Methodist Church of Oak Park (Tallmadge & Watson, 1925): An impressive English Gothic Revival building featuring breathtaking Giannini & Hilgart stained glass windows. COURTESY OF FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT TRUST| PHOTO BY JAMES CAULFIELD

Edward McCready House (Spencer and Powers, 1907): A lavish Prairie with eye-catching details, including shimmering earth-toned art glass.

MALLEN HOUSE Transitional design from page B1

Architectural history Architect George W. Maher spent much of his childhood in Indiana and came to Chicago as a teen, when he apprenticed for the architecture firm Bauer and Hill. Maher later worked with architect Joseph Silsbee in the 1880s, overlapping for a short period of time with Frank Lloyd Wright. While neither worked for Silsbee for long, DeVinck says both were inspired by Silsbee and his shingle-style home designs. Wright’s own Oak Park home is a shingled residence. Unlike Wright, DeVinck says that Maher never really broke out of the interior compartmentalization typical of the shinglestyled homes. Maher homes shared the sense of grandeur found in East Coast-style shingle homes, and he often incorporated a grand staircase in his designs. Maher opened his own firm in the late 1880s and moved to Kenilworth after he married in 1893. He designed over 40 homes in Kenilworth.

“Maher is to Kein the art glass, the capinilworth what Wright is tals of the columns and to Oak Park,” DeVinck in the plaster molding. It said. also appears in some of He also points to a two the original light fixtures, block stretch of Hutchinwhich the owners were son Street in Chicago able to find and return to that boasts five grand the home. While they no BRIAN DEVINCK Maher-designed homes. longer exist, the home’s Frank Lloyd Wright Trust research DeVinck calls the Maloriginal draperies also captain for the Mallen House len House a notable Masported the poppy motif. her design, because it DeVinck says that a forwas executed while he mer resident of the home, was transitioning into whose parents owned it in his third phase. the 1930s and 1940s shared “His second phase is exemplified by Oak photos she took in the house as a child. NotPark’s Pleasant Home. It has clean lines ing that the photos are from a child’s perand is symmetrical,” DeVinck said. “This spective, he says they include many details house is moving more towards his mature of the original exterior, the original draperphase, which was inspired by the English ies, interior window seats and the mosaic in arts-and-crafts and the Vienna Secession- the fireplace surround. ist movements. It still has some symmetry In an interesting twist, a house designed and is still very rectilinear, but the porch in Pasadena by Maher in 1906 is quite simiis integrated into the body of the house lar to the Mallen House. DeVinck points out and not attached to the front.” that the Edmund Blinn family moved to PasAnother hallmark of Maher designs was adena, leaving behind their Oak Park house the use of the “motif-rhythm,” in which across the street from the Maher-designed he chose something native to the site as a Pleasant Home. decorative motif for the home. Now on the National Register of Historic In the Mallen House, the poppy flower Places and open for private tours, the Blinn appears throughout the home. It is found Home shares the porch style, bedroom ar-

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rangement and fireplace mosaic of the Mallen House.

Restoration Maher originally designed the Mallen House as a stucco house boasting an interior rich with ornamental details. As was often the case, DeVinck notes the house was “modernized” in the 1950s. Many of the interior details were simplified and removed, including the dining room builtin buffet, plate rack and the original light fixtures. On the exterior, the stucco was covered with brick, and the entry was covered with stone work. The modernization, along with smoke damage from the fires in the 1980s, created a fixer-upper opportunity for the current owners. The current owners have taken on what DeVinck describes as “an incredible amount of work.” They have restored the stucco and roof, opened up porches, replicated original trim, replicated windows, renovated the kitchen in an appropriate style and even had missing spindles replicated for the grand stair case. Aided by the photos taken by the home’s Depression-era inhabitant, they have sought to return much of the house to its original state.

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Charles E. Roberts House (Burnham & Root, 1885; Wright remodel, 1896): A majestic Queen Anne with Wright’s hand evidenced in the extensive decorative woodwork.

Burnham and Root, with a good I dash of Wright Architectural archives reflect storied past

By LACEY SIKORA Contributing Reporter

n many ways, Charles Roberts was quite the progressive Oak Park resident in the late 19th century. While he may have been the first U.S. inventor to manufacture an electric car – which is carefully cared for and rumored to still be running in Rhode Island -- he was a bit too ahead of his time to make his fortune in the automobile industry. His electric car and dandelion rake proved disappointments in monetary terms, but his patent for a machine that could create a screw in a single operation made him a rich man.

Roberts founded the Chicago Screw Company with some financial backing from fellow Oak Park resident James Scoville, and in 1904 sold the business for a cool $1 million. You might not know it to look at his house today, but the Queen Anne-style home on Euclid Avenue was also a bit progressive for its time. According to Frank Lloyd Wright Trust research captain Sue Blaine, the home represents a progressive stage for architects Burnham and Root. Famous for their work on the Field Museum and the Chicago Main Post Office spanning the Eisenhower expressway, their Rookery Building in Chicago also was considered See ROBERTS HOUSE on page B15

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MOVE RIGHT IN to this newly renovated home with inviting fenced in back yard. This 3 bedroom, 1-1/2 bath home offers an open floor plan with natural wood floors, wood burning fireplace, island kitchen, mudroom, three season enclosed porch & finished basement. ..............................................................................$464,900





DESIGNED BY NOTED ARCHITECTS Perkins & Will in 1941. Stately 5 bedroom, 4-1/2 bath home with spacious rooms and high ceilings. Plenty of built-ins and storage. Perennial garden with fabulous landscaping in the backyard. LL boasts a unique neon and glass block wet bar. ....$1,325,000


GRACIOUS FRENCH PROVINCIAL, four bedroom, 3.1 bath home. This beautiful home will not disappoint you! Beautiful kitchen, elegant, sundrenched LR & DR, 1st fl fam room and breakfast room. Finished LL, and unfinished attic available for further expansion. ............................. $899,000


THIS HOME HAS IT ALL! Open floor plan, hardwood flooring and natural woodwork. High-end kitchen, first floor laundry area. Four large bedrooms. Large basement offers additional living space. 2-car attached garage. Tons of storage with lots of natural light throughout. ......... $845,000




STATELY LANNON STONE GEORGIAN that is move in ready with five large bedrooms, and three full baths. Large room sizes, remodeled gourmet kitchen, family room, three fireplaces , full finished basement, walk up third floor storage with 10 foot ceiling. Slate roof. Attached 2 car garage........................................$1,155,000

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. ..............................................................................$2,399,000 BEAUTIFUL RIVER FOREST ESTATE features a detailed stone and brick exterior leading to a timeless Interior. includes a two story marble foyer, spiral staircase and 5 fireplaces.............................................................................................................................$1,895,000 LEGENDARY 1883 ITALIANATE VILLA available for the first time in 37 years! Meticulously preserved original features AND unparalleled Guest House! One of a kind! ...............................................................................................................................................$1,550,000 EXPERT DESIGN RENOVATION! The very best in contemporary design, finishes and mechanicals alongside restored leaded glass doors and hardwood floors. $1,499,000 PREPARE TO BE IMPRESSED with this STUNNING 5 BR brick home that was renovated from top to bottom. Hffers endless amounts of quality upgrades. .$1,495,000 TIMELESSLY BEAUTIFUL & COMPLETELY UPDATED! Move in ready, luxurious home. Classic lines and smart design together create a perfect home! ...............................................................................................................................................$1,049,000 LOVELY BRICK GEORGIAN with elegance, modern day conveniences, and space. Hardwood floors, 3 fireplaces, sunroom with heated floors, LL rec room. ...........$925,000 PRICE REDUCED! UPDATED VICTORIAN with 5 Bedrooms, 4-1/2 Baths. Besides the first floor having space for everyone, third level has BR & full BA, and LL has a large fin rec rm. ....................................................................................................................$849,000

BRICK ENGLISH STYLE HOME has curb appeal and character! Well maintained home includes leaded glass windows, hardwood floors, family room, butler’s pantry, sunroom/office, wood-burning fireplace, built-ins, eat-in kitchen. Two car English style garage..................................... $739,000


THIS HOME HAS IT ALL! Bright, sunny north east lot located in Horace Mann School District. Freshly painted walls, refinished hardwood floors, over sized Master Bedroom with room for multiple seating arrangements. Beautiful gardening surrounds the home. ............................................. $599,000 ELEGANT, GRACIOUS HOME with 4 BRs, 2-1/2 BAs offers, hardwood floors, beautiful molding, family room, eat-in kitchen, finished LL and whole house generator. ..................................................................................................................................................$775,000 THIS IS THE HOME FOR YOU! This 3 bedroom, 2 bath open flow plan home with flexible living space, features the “ultimate” kitchen , Family Room and screened-in porch. .....................................................................................................................................$699,000 MOVEIN READY four/five bedroom, two and one half bath home is available for you! Open floor plan, quarter - sawn oak flooring, large deck, new two car garage. ..................................................................................................................................................$679,000 RARE BRICK BURMA HOME with original coved moldings, leaded glass windows and wood floors accent well-built house. Authentic tile roof on house......$673,000 GREAT LOCATION & EASY LIVING in this Tri-level home. Great flow for entertaining, complete with family room. Finished LL. Growth to make it your own..$639,000 CHARMING, SPACIOUS QUEEN ANNE BUNGALOW in pristine condition. Art glass windows, French doors, wood trim, hardwood floors. Fin bsmt, enclosed porch. ..................................................................................................................................................$629,900 THIS IS YOUR PERFECT HOME! Brick, three generous sized bedroom Georgian on a corner lot. Updated kitchen, 1st Fl fam rm, fin bsmt, and laundry/storage room. ..................................................................................................................................................$609,000 BEAUTIFUL 3 LEVEL SINGLE FAMILY offers 3800+ sq/ft of living! Open concept on first floor. Second floor features 4 BRs & sunroom overlooking backyard. ..................................................................................................................................................$600,000

VERY UNIQUE PRAIRIE HOME suggestive of Tallmadge & Watson has a dramatic fam rm, expansive LR with fireplace. Private brick patio & XL 2 car garage. ..................................................................................................................................................$589,000 LOCATED ON A WONDERFUL BLOCK, this four BR, two full bath home with open LR, DR & den combination. Two fireplaces. Backyard is private with a deck. ..................................................................................................................................................$549,900 CLASSIC, BRICK, SIDE ENTRANCE COLONIAL with pool. Hardwood floors, leaded art glass windows, heated enclosed sun porch, 2 car garage w/4 addl outside spaces. ..................................................................................................................................$539,000


UNPRECEDENTED ESTATE in the Frank Lloyd Wright Historical district of OP! Meticulously renovated property offers exquisite details and refined finishes. A showcase home! ..................................................................................................................................$1,850,000 PRICE REDUCED! STUNNING & DISTINCTIVE QUEEN ANNE VICTORIAN with exquisite woodwork and molding, pocket doors, sophisticated designer lighting, generous sized rooms. .....................................................................$899,000 LARGE ENGLISH COUNTRY TUDOR HOME with 5 BRs, 3-1/2 BAs in the heart of OP’s Historic District. Impressive home blends both old and new, with natural woodwork.............................................................................................................................$834,000 STATELY BRICK CENTERENTRANCE COLONIAL. WB fireplace, high ceilings, crown molding, architectural details, leaded glass windows, hardwood throughout. ..................................................................................................................................................$799,500

ELEGANT BRICK HOME lives large in Northern OP. Great architectural details of yesteryear with today’s amenities. Fabulous and elegant brick home on a corner lot. 3 bedrooms, 2.1 bath . Hardwood floors, updated eat in kitchen, C/A, large finished basement. Must see! ...........................................................................................$579,900 MOVEIN READY with space for everyone! Enjoy the well thought out design of this 5 BR, 4 BA home! Open floor plan, kitchen/fam room combo, finished bsmt. ...$679,900 BRICK TRILEVEL HOME nestled in the heart of the Oak Park’s Gunderson Historic district. Family room in LL plus Sub-basement. Cherry wood floors throughout. ..................................................................................................................................................$435,000 SWEET NORTH OAK PARK 3 bedroom / 2 bath home. Lovely wood floors, large family room. Spacious bedrooms. Nicely updated bathrooms. Lots of basement living space. ......................................................................................................................................$349,500


METICULOUSLY MAINTAINED NEW CONSTRUCTION. Open floor plan features 10 ft ceilings, hardwood floors, and many custom details from crown molding to door handles. .......................................................................................................................$464,000 TWO STORY BRICK & FRAME HOME w/open floor plan on first floor with slate entry & hardwood floors. Basement is semi finished with laundry room. ...........$429,000

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OAK PARK 3BR, 2BA. High ceilings, crown molding. ............................................$274,000 OAK PARK 2BR, 1BA. Three season room. ...............................................................$195,000 NEW LISTING OAK PARK 1BR, 1BA. ...............................................................$78,000 NEW LISTING FOREST PARK 3BR, 3BA. ....................................................$355,000 NEW LISTING FOREST PARK 2BR, 2BA. ....................................................$298,000 FOREST PARK 1BR, 1BA. In-unit laundry. .............................................................$210,000 PRICE REDUCED! FOREST PARK 1BR, 1BA. ..........................................$194,500

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ROBERTS HOUSE Wright remodel from page B11 progressive at the time. Blaine says that researching the 1885 Roberts house reminded her that the era shaped the architecture. “It helped me put the house in context,” Blaine said. “I hadn’t thought of the Queen Anne style as being progressive, but it is in comparison to the elaborate Victorian style that preceded it.”

Wright remodel


ing wooden screens to allow light to shine through, and on the first floor added a horizontal band of wood to give the house a sense of continuity. Wright added two fireplaces to the three already put in place by Burnham and Root and used similar enamel tile to tie the designs together. \ On the first floor, Wright designed a bedroom for the Roberts, with a full bathroom, closet and pull-down bed. The current owners use the room as a music room. Blaine notes that researching the early changes to the house was a treat, because she had Wright’s drawings for the project. “Wright took Burnham and Root’s drawings and, in colored pencil, he marked what he was doing that was new,” Blaine said. “Unfortunately, as is typical of Wright, what was drawn and what was built didn’t always match. They gave the house a bit more functionality in the building.”

In 1896, Roberts hired Frank Lloyd Wright to remodel the house. Roberts was friendly with Wright and a big proponent of his work. In 1905, when Roberts was head of the From full house to single-family home building committee for the Unity Temple, Blaine’s research showed that for much he pushed to have Wright named as head of its history, the Roberts House was often architect. full of inhabitants. Roberts also convinced his nephew to All three of the Roberts children lived in hire Wright to design his house in Kankakee. The B. Harley Bradley House is today the home with their spouses and children at various times. The second considered the first Prairie owner lived in New Jersey Style home that Wright deand likely rented out the signed. On the heels of the house. Bradley commission, BradAfter World War II, village ley’s brother-in-law, Warren records show that the ownHickox, also hired Wright to ers, the Atherton family, had build his home next door to three boarders living in the Bradley’s in Kankakee. house, and the subsequent Not all of Wright’s plans owners also lived in the were immediately implehome with extended family. mented by the Roberts famiNot until 1979 did it bely. For example, his drawings SUE BLAINE come a true single-family proposed a new front porch Frank Lloyd Wright Trust home. A family who purthat would span the front of research captain chased the home in 1981 bethe house, and it wasn’t ungan some restoration work, til the late 20th century that adding the Wright-designed owners followed Wright’s porch and stripping paint drawings when they rebuilt from some of the interior the older porch. woodwork. The current The current owners rehaowners continued the restobilitated much of the house, including the exterior, and Blaine says the ration work, hiring a Wright expert, archirestoration was incredibly sensitive to the tect John Thorpe for several remodels. In the kitchen, they incorporated what architectural history of the house, down to had been a rear porch into the space. Thorpe the details. “Between the second floor and third floor put in a wall of age-appropriate windows on gable, there is a band that is painted green,” the rear wall to recreate the porch-like feelBlaine said. “On Burnham and Root’s draw- ing. Four 100-year-old light fixtures hang ings for the home, that band is labelled over the island and in the breakfast room. In the stairwell, the owners found anoth‘green.’” Many of Wright’s changes were imple- er vintage light fixture and sought out vinmented and remain to this day. He added tage glass to restore the period-appropriate a Palladian window on the second floor, a piece. Back on Wright Plus for the first time window so large it actually served as a door since 1988, the Roberts House, Blaine says, leading out to a porch. The decorative glass resembles a Louis offers a lot to enjoy, with insight into the Sullivan pattern, perhaps reflecting the in- work of several important architects as fluence Wright still felt from his former em- well as stunning architectural details. “It’s had a couple of remodels since it was ployer. Wright also created a library with a fireplace flanked by windows in the same on in 1988,” Blaine said. “The current ownpattern. ers have been meticulous in terms of their Wright remodeled the staircase, add- renovations. People are in for a real treat.”

“The current owners have been meticulous.”


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From stable to garage to home

The Roberts Stable makes Wright Plus debut By LACEY SIKORA


Contributing Reporter

ost likely built in 1885, the structure next door to the Charles E. Roberts House, the Charles E. Roberts Stable has seen multiple uses in its existence. Frank Lloyd Wright Trust research captain Sue Blaine, who oversaw research for both the house, which is also on the tour, and stable says that the stable, now a singlefamily home, has a pedigree as interesting as the larger house next door. The first picture she discovered of the stable is dated 1888, and she says no original architect’s plans survive. “It looks like a typical Midwestern barn with rusty paint and a triangular roof,” Blaine said. “There are a couple of cows, a horse and a carriage in the photo. My best guess is they didn’t use a high-priced architect for the design. They probably thought about how many animals they needed to house and would a carriage fit inside.” Blaine believes SUE BLAINE the stable was most Frank Lloyd Wright Trust likely remodeled research captain when Wright remodeled the main Roberts House in 1896. In 1888, photos show a barn and in 1908, the stable had been moved and part of it rounded out. She hypothesizes that Wright remodeled the stable so that Roberts could use it to house his car. On the second floor, a bedroom was created in the rounded side, while an additional three bedrooms and a bath were on the op-

“They are both really fabulous homes with very different feels.”


Charles E. Roberts Stable (Wright, c. 1900; Charles E. White remodel, 1929): A secluded Tudor Revival cottage, once a stable then garage adapted by White to a residence. posite side with a sitting room. She guesses that the living quarters in Wright’s redesign were intended for servants. In 1929, Roberts had his son-in-law, architect Charles White, remodel the stable again. Based on Sanborn fire insurance maps, Blaine could see that White moved the stable, turning it 90 degrees so that the rounded part faced east. Blaine says that White’s drawings label much of the second floor “as is,” leading her to believe that he did little to remodel the second-floor spaces. Phone directories of that time indicate that both Charles White and Chapin Roberts, Charles Robert’s son, are listed in living at the property in the “rear,” leading Blaine to deduce the home had now become living quarters for family. Chapin Roberts lived in the home until his death in 1954. A family purchased the home

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and, on the death of his parents, the son rented out the house. The third owners, the McBride family, tackled what Blaine calls a “fairly massive” remodel. They converted the second-floor sitting room to a Jack-and-Jill bathroom between bedrooms and combined two hall bathrooms to create a master bathroom. On the first floor, they removed interior walls to create a larger kitchen with a breakfast room and a powder room. An interior art-glass window created by Eve McBride was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s stork panels at Wright’s Oak Park home and studio. Blaine says the current owners have taken pains to renovate and restore the home. They updated the second-floor bedrooms and turned a potting room into an office and mudroom space.

They also used space from a bedroom to create a staircase to the third floor and created an attic play space with wood trim inspired by the trim used in the Wright Home and Studio. Highlighting the curved motif of the east facing wall, the current owners also created a pergola-type carport that sports a curved top. The patio curves to mimic the curve of the house, and the kitchen cabinets are also curved. For Wright Plus, guests will stand in one line for both homes, viewing the house first and then exiting towards the stable. Blaine notes that the Wright Plus volunteers aim to develop a narrative between the Roberts House and Stable for visitors. “They are both really fabulous homes with very different feels,” Blain said. “It’s 1885 versus 1929 in terms of layout.”

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821 LAKE STREET #2S – OAK PARK 2 BR/ 1 BA Vintage Charmer.......................................... $173,900

PENDING! 618 THATCHER – RIVER FOREST 5 BR/ 4.1 BA ................................................................... $995,000


1435 LATHROP - RIVER FOREST 4 BR/ 3.2 BA ................................................................... $875,000


632 N. HUMPHREY - OAK PARK 3 BR/ 1.1 BA...................................................................... $419,000


7770 WASHINGTON - RIVER FOREST 4 BR/ 3.1 BA ................................................................... $620,000


1017 S GROVE - OAK PARK 3 BR/ 1.1 B ....................................................................... $300,000

Additional Recent Sales

1133 S. Humphrey, Oak Park $404,900

201 S. Maple #102, Oak Park $204,900

704 Forest, River Forest $419,000

505 N. Rose, Park Ridge $445,000



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ost everyone knows that in the Midwest, the Spring Market is typically the busiest time of the real estate year. Our local market is no different. Many of our members are working long hours on behalf of our buyer and seller clients. Your local real estate association, the Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS® (OPAAR), has also been hard at work advocating for the interests of their membership and in turn their clients in Springfield during the peak of the legislative season. OPAAR sent a delegation down to the State Capitol last month to participate in the Illinois REALTOR® Capitol Conference and Lobby Day. This year over 750 agents from across the state met with their local state representatives to advocate on a variety of real estate related topics. Our members met with State Senator Don Harmon, (39th Sen. District) and Camille Lilly (78th District Rep.) both graduates of Oak Park-River Forest High School. We also met with 20th District Rep. Michael McAuliffe whose district encompasses Elmwood Park. In Illinois, a large portion of the legislative calendar is packed into a roughly three week window and we were fortunate that our meetings coincided with this window. Especially during an election year when attention can be diverted, the opportunity to meet face to face and explain our positions on a variety of real estate related legislation was paramount. We advocated against two bills designed to repeal the Rent Control Preemption Act which could allow local governments to enact rent control ordinances and mandate rent control boards in all 102 Illinois counties. Another bill, detrimental to our clients and our industry is attempting to

provide for the sealing of court records regarding eviction actions, thereby preventing landlords from learning if prospective tenants have had eviction actions filed against them. We supported a bill that will mandate that a local government may not conduct a physical inspection of residential property without the voluntary consent of the owner or occupant of the property, or a warrant or court order. This event, which has grown considerably in the last several legislative sessions, was capped with a reception where we were again given the opportunity to discuss issues with our representatives including Governor Bruce Rauner.

Pat Cesario (right) is named REALTOR® of the Year by OPAAR.

The evening before, the annual REALTOR® of the Year banquet was held where Pat Cesario of Gagliardo Realty Associates was recognized by the state association as OPAAR’s REALTOR® of the Year. This award is given to the agent who best exemplifies the professional qualities of a REALTOR®. It is based on a person’s service and leadership in the community and civic affairs as well as activities in the association. When considering buying or selling a home, choose a local expert member of OPAAR. We are advocates for the communities we serve as well as the goals of our clients.

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1142 FRANKLIN AVE, RIVER FOREST $1,395,000 :: 4 bed :: 4.5 bath

728 N ELMWOOD AVE, OAK PARK $850,000 :: 4 bed :: 2.5 bath

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119 KEYSTONE, RIVER FOREST $799,000 :: 4 bed :: 2.5 bath

131 GALE AVE, RIVER FOREST $824,000 :: 4 bed :: 2.5 bath

1104 N ELMWOOD, OAK PARK $849,000 :: 4+ bed :: 3.5 bath

Awesome newer construction, newer designer kitchen and baths. Great location - walk to train.

Updated Victorian - renovated kitchen & master bath - huge park-like yard walk to train.

Stylish brick English Tudor. Beautifully designed.


Burton F. Hales House (Henry Fiddelke, 1904-1905): A grand Tudor Revival with Arts and Crafts features and various hardwood details throughout.

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Baird & Warner, one of Chicago’s Top Workplaces for the 6th consecutive year is pleased to announce our

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April Top Producers After a long winter the spring market is in full bloom! John Matthews, Sales Manager was pleased to announce that Baird Warner’s Oak Park/River Forest Office has closed more Oak Park/River Forest homes in 2018 than any other real estate company in Chicago.


teve Scheuring and Bethanny Alexander, Brokers with the Oak Park River Forest Office both led the way as Top Producers for Most New Listings, Highest Sales Volume and Most Homes Sold in the month of April. Bethanny and Steve are both recognized real estate leaders in the local market and well known for their marketing expertise and exceptional client service. When asked for a quote John Matthews, Sales Manager for the Oak Park/River Forest Office said “It’s not a surprise to see these two outstanding agents being acknowledged once again. Their work ethic, market knowledge and innovative marketing approach set them apart from the competition.”


o learn more about Steve Scheuring visit or call him at 708.697.5946. You can learn more about Bethanny Alexander by visiting her website or call her at 708.697.5904. n addition to the accomplishments of Bethanny and Steve, Matthews stated “Many of the local Baird & Warner agents are on a record pace for sales this year.” He went on to say “The office has surpassed 2017’s Year to Date sales and we are excited to see what the remainder of 2018 has in store!” Thanks to these Top Producers and our entire team Baird & Warner. If you would like to work for one of the Top Workplaces in the Chicagoland area, Baird & Warner is now hiring new agents to the real estate industry. To find out more about Baird & Warner contact John Matthews at 708.697.5900 or visit their website at

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The best of old and new


uilt in 1887, this beautiful five bedroom, two full and one half bath home has been lovingly cared-for by the same family for decades and is now ready for a new family and new memories. A freshly painted exterior greets you and an open front porch looks out on a quiet cul-de-sac street. Step inside the large foyer with its original light fixture, and take in the art glass, beautiful woodwork and uniquely inlayed hardwood floors. Original built-ins will surround you in the stairway, foyer, and double parlor. You will love the woodburning fireplace with its quarter-sawn oak mantel. The separate dining room and kitchen overlook the deck and huge backyard landscaped with legacy perennials and native plants. The updated sustainable kitchen boasts new bamboo floors, a reused cream city brick backsplash, locally-made maple cabinets with tagua pulls, and energy star appliances. The second floor has four big lightfilled bedrooms and a full bath. The third floor is an amazing versatile space with a bedroom, full bath, and huge common area—great for a master suite or family room. This home also has a new tear-off roof (2016), High Efficiency HVAC (2018) and a two-car garage. Located at 318 S. Humphrey in Oak Park, this home is currently listed for $685,000. To schedule a showing, contact Erica Cuneen, Beyond Properties, at 708.220.2025.




Wright Home and Studio (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1889/1898): An architectural laboratory for Wright’s experiments with space.


Need more Wright? Make it a road trip Frank Lloyd Wright Trail features 13 sites statewide By LACEY SIKORA


Unity Temple (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1905-08): One of Wright’s most sophisticated accomplishments, declaring a new era of innovation in modern architecture.


Contributing Reporter

ast year, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust welcomed more than 150,000 visitors to five Frank Lloyd Wrightdesigned sites: the Wright Home and Studio and Unity Temple in Oak Park, and the Rookery Building, Frederick C. Robie House and the Emil Bach House in Chicago. On May 8, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, along with the Illinois Department of Tourism, announced an initiative sure to grow the number of Wright tourists in Illinois, where Wright lived and worked during the first 20 years of his career. The new Frank Lloyd Wright Trail Illi-

nois features 13 Wright-designed buildings throughout the state open for self-guided tours. State Sen. Don Harmon, an Oak Park native, helped introduce the legislation designating the trail. “Growing up in Oak Park, I may have taken Frank Lloyd Wright for granted, with a masterpiece around every corner,” Harmon said. “With Wright’s architectural genius clearly recognized around the world, though, we have an opportunity and responsibility to share him more generously.” Illinois Department of Tourism Director Cory Jobe noted that the bill was introduced last year in what was the 150th anniversary See WRIGHT TRAIL on page B25

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Frederick C. Robie House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1908-10): A masterpiece of the Prairie style and an icon of modern architecture.

WRIGHT TRAIL from page B23 of Wright’s birth, and passed this year, during Illinois’ bicentennial year. According to Jobe, signs will be rolling out this summer to mark the stops along the trail. Suggested itineraries and stories related to the stops are available at

Trail stops include the Emil Bach House, Charnley-Persky House Museum, Frederick C. Robie House and the Rookery in Chicago; Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and Unity Temple in Oak Park; Colonel George Fabyan Villa in Geneva; Muirhead Farmhouse in Hamphsire; Petit Memorial Chapel in Belvidere; Kenneth Laurent House in Rockford; B. Harley Bradley House in Kankakee; Frank L. Smith Bank in Dwight and the Dana-Thomas House in Springfield.

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Tom Carraher redefines the essence of real estate service.

Call Tom Carraher at 708-822-0540 to achieve all of your real estate goals.


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3427 Elmwood Ave, Berw . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beyond Properties Realty Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $269,900 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:30-3:30 3206 Maple, Berwyn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gagliardo Realty Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $286,125 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 820 Dunlop Ave, Forest Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weichert Realtors Nickel Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$337,500 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:30-4 804 Carpenter Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weichert Realtors Nickel Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $369,900 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12:30-2 1731 N . Newland Ave, Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Re/Max In The Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $389,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:30-4 1018 N . Humphrey Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weichert Realtors Nickel Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $395,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-2 1037 Thomas Ave, Forest Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beyond Properties Realty Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $412,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:30-1 625 Clarence Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weichert Realtors Nickel Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $425,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 635 N . Ridgeland Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coldwell Banker Residential . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $445,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-2 546 N . Cuyler Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beyond Properties Realty Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $460,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:30-4 1183 Wenonah Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gagliardo Realty Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $464,900 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 1217 N . Marion St, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Re/Max In The Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $524,800 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-2 824 S . Harvey, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gullo & Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $525,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:30-4:30 545 S . Humphrey Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weichert Realtors Nickel Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $525,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:30-4:30 7925 Washington, River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Classic Properties Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $529,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 735 Belleforte Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weichert Realtors Nickel Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $565,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-2 947 S . Euclid Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baird & Warner Oak Park/River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $569,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12:30-2 334 S . Lombard Ave, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weichert Realtors Nickel Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $574,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:30-4:30 1218 N . Euclid Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weichert Realtors Nickel Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $579,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 1008 Wisconsin Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weichert Realtors Nickel Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $595,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12:30-2:30 1000 Marion St, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gagliardo Realty Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $599,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 1201 Rossell Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gagliardo Realty Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $599,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 1207 N . Elmwood Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baird & Warner Oak Park/River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $609,500 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-3 925 Columbian Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Re/Max In The Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$618,800 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:30-4 1213 Columbian Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coldwell Banker Residential . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $624,900 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 215 S . Ridgeland Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weichert Realtors Nickel Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $625,900 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-2 530 S . Elmwood Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beyond Properties Realty Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $639,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 231 S . Elmwood Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baird & Warner Oak Park/River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $650,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4 1100 Rossell Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Re/Max In The Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $675,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 730 Fair Oaks Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baird & Warner Oak Park/River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $675,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-1:30 1204 N . Grove Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baird & Warner Oak Park/River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $679,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 318 S . Humphrey Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beyond Properties Realty Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $685,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-2 1443 Thatcher Ave ., River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MV Construction/Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $695,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 730 N . Grove Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weichert Realtors Nickel Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $725,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-1 312 Linden Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Re/Max In The Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $735,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 926 William St, River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gagliardo Realty Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $739,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 202 S . Harvey Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coldwell Banker Residential . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $744,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:30-4 916 Hayes Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beyond Properties Realty Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $775,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:30-4 826 Forest Ave, River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baird & Warner Oak Park/River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $799,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 1041 N . East Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baird & Warner Oak Park/River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$810,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 1206 Lathrop Ave, River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gagliardo Realty Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $845,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 633 William St, River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weichert Realtors Nickel Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $860,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-2 546 N . Oak Park Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weichert Realtors Nickel Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 899000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 1339 Ashland Ave, River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gagliardo Realty Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $899,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 209 S . Grove, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $915,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sat 1-3 166 N . Ridgeland Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coldwell Banker Residential . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $989,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-2 1207 Jackson Ave, River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gagliardo Realty Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,155,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 1010 Franklin Ave, River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gagliardo Realty Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,325,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 526 Ashland Ave, River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Re/Max In The Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,335,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-2 310 Gale, River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gullo & Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,499,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4 1122 Forest Ave . River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gullo & Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,699,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:30-1:30

7753 Van Buren St, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beyond Properties Realty Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $250,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-1 1005 South Blvd . UNIT 304, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coldwell Banker Residential . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $397,500 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-2 1133 W . Chicago Ave . UNIT 2SW, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baird & Warner Oak Park/River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $699,900 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-2 1133 W . Chicago Ave . UNIT 3W, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baird & Warner Oak Park/River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $719,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-2

101 N . Euclid Ave . UNIT 18, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weichert Realtors Nickel Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $459,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-2 15 Forest Ave . UNIT 19, River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $554,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-1 15 Forest Ave . UNIT 19, River Fores . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $554,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sat . 11-1

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5 BR, 1.1 BA Victorian filled with architectural character on 2 large adjacent lots. Woodwork, built-ins throughout and generous areas spanning over 5,000 sq ft.

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Spectacularly adorned 5 bed, 2.1 bath Victorian, original paneling, columns, “toceiling” art glass, grand staircase, large LR, formal dining room & spacious kitchen. Steve Schuering - ID# 09922306

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3+1 BR, 2 BA bungalow features original mosaic tile, hdwd floors, wood burning fireplace, renovated kitchen, and partially finished basement with family room. Vanessa Willey - ID# 09946116


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Stunning, wonderfully maintained and updated 3 BR, 2.1 BA Georgian with an attached garage, family room with fireplace, finished basement and many more updates on a extra wide lot. Arrick Pelton – ID# 09926302

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Sweet 3 bedroom bungalow with enclosed front porch, leaded glass window, gleaming hardwood floors, great eat-in kitchen and spacious rear deck. Bobbi Schaper Eastman - ID# 09921406


5 BR, 2.1 BA features grand staircase, great flow and open space, fireplace, updated eat-in kitchen and great third level that would make a royal master suite!

Oak Park $799,000 Modern 4 BR, 3.1 BA with designer finishes, 12 ft ceilings, open layout, Ginormous kitchen, “True Luxury” master BR suite, finished basement, convenient location! Kara Keller - ID# 09942218


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4 BR, 3.1 BA Victorian, sun room, fireplace, family rm, in-law/guest arrangement, radiant heat floors, and kitchen, breakfast bar & master suite with cathedral ceilings. Saretta Joyner – ID# 09939149





Beautiful Victorian 3 bed, 2 bath home in the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District of Oak Park. Comfortable living room with great exposure with formal dining room, wood burning fireplace, newer wood flooring, large kitchen with desk area, large family room, 2 tiered deck, rec room & MUCH MORE!

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5 BR, 2.1 BA with Prairie Period staircase, DR with beamed ceiling, master loft used as a suite/studio with skylights, lower level game/rec rm, den/workout areas.

1032 Superior St, Oak Park

3 BR, 2.2 BA with updated kitchen, brkfst rm, gas fireplace, master suite with heated BA flrs , large rec rm features wine cooler, upper and lower decks and side drive! Patricia McGowan - ID# 09934619


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4 BR, 2.1 BA Queen Anne, modern comforts, ceramic fireplace, half-circle staircase, Cook’s kitchen, rec rm with gas fireplace, kitchenette, 20x17ft exterior deck! Steve Scheuring - ID# 09871000




Updated 4 BR, 3 BA with recent addition adds an open kitchen/fam rm, expansive master suite and full basement! Deck and fenced yard. Victoria Atkins - ID# 09888202

4 BR, 3 BA Queen Anne with Chef’s kitchen with quality cabinets, mud room, master BR, built-in closets, large, finished bsmnt with fam rm and heated bath flrs! Swati Saxena - ID# 09932051

5 BR, 2.1 BA is a must see! Large living space, open floor plan eat-in kitchen leads out to large deck. 3rd flr master suite, many updates! Patricia McGuinness - ID# 09942838

Amazing floor plan in this 3 BR, 2.1 BA town home. Large kitchen with island, newer applncs, fam room, gas fireplace, master suite and large walk-in closet. Lois Bonaccorsi – ID# 09942902






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3 BR + tandem BR, 2.2 BA Burma checks all the boxes! Beautiful architectural details and elegance. Home is close to everything and surrounded by mature trees. Kara Keller - ID# 09942921

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Oak Park | 5/4 | $960,000 423 N Kenilworth Avenue

Oak Park | 7/4 | $875,000 233 N Elmwood Avenue

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Oak Park | 4/3 | $720,000 311 N Elmwood Avenue

Oak Park | 4/3 | $624,900 1213 Columbian Avenue

Stately English Tudor 6 br. Classic design, modern finishes. FLW historic district.

5 br, 3.5 ba home in Frank Lloyd Wright Historic Dist on extra-large lot w/in-ground pool.

Huge 2-flat! 1st flr unit - 3BRs, 1BA. 2nd unit - 4BRs, 2BAs - master ste duplexed up.

5 br, 3.5 ba home situated on a beautifully landscaped corner lot on a quiet cul-de-sac.

Quintessential Oak Park home w/ expanded floor plan! 4 br, 2.5 ba. Newer roof. Ideal loc!

Stylish 4 br, 2.5 ba home seamlessly blends vintage detail & contemporary cool. Back yard.

Oak Park | 3/4 | $615,000 101 N Euclid Avenue 1

Oak Park | 8/4 | $599,000 201 S Ridgeland Avenue

Oak Park | 4/2 | $445,000 Open Sun 12-2 635 N Ridgeland Ave

Oak Park | 2/2 | $397,500 Open Sun 12-2 1005 S Boulevard 304

Oak Park | 3/2 | $335,000 1106 S Harvey Avenue

Elmwood Park | 3/2 | $279,900 3040 N 78th Court

Beautiful, sun-drenched 3 br, 3.5 ba gated corner unit in prime central Oak Park location.

A grand dame of the Ridgeland Historic District! 4-unit apartment bldg. Near schools.

Light & airy contemporary one-owner unit in Soho condo building. 2 br, 2 ba. Garage prkg.

Classic 3 br, 2 ba expanded Oak Park bungalow w/tons of space at 1,900 sq ft. Huge bsmt.

Well-maintained 3 br, 1.5 ba brick Georgian w/family rm addition. Great loc w/nice yard!

Maywood | 3/3 | $189,000 1416 N Maywood Drive

Forest Park | 1/1 | $155,000 211 Elgin Avenue 4E

Maywood | 4/2 | $143,999 819 S 8th Avenue

Oak Park | 1/2 | $130,000 922 N Boulevard 303

Oak Park | 1/1 | $129,000 242 S Maple Avenue 2S

Oak Park | 1/1 | $125,000 1118 Harrison Street 3

Newer construction 3 br, 2.5 ba home w/2-car attached garage & full bsmt. Liv rm w/fplc.

Great location! 1 br unit in beautiful move-in condition w/storage & parking. Eat-in kit.

Beautiful 4 br, 1.5 ba home in nice area close to park, transportation & expressways.

Bright, sunny condo. Freshly painted, all new carpet. Southwest corner unit, lrg balcony.

1 br condo facing west in wellmaintained building. Overlooks nicely landscaped courtyard.

Lovely, sunny 1 br vintage condo w/ updated kitchen and bath. Near Blue Line, shopping.

Riverside | 4/3 | $520,000 291 Nuttall Road

Riverside | 4/3 | $397,000 398 Blackhawk Road

Westchester | 3/2 | $300,000 1927 Mayfair Avenue

Westchester | 4/2 | $259,900 10342 Cambridge Street

Forest Park | 3/1 | $199,900 1031 Ferdinand Avenue

Maywood | 3/3 | $195,000 513 N 2nd Avenue

4 br Mid-Century home w/huge back yard & attached 2-car garage. Sun rm. Private balc.

Spacious 4 br, 3 ba split-level w/subbsmt built in 2000 & in a great loc! 2.5-car garage.

3 br, 2 ba home w/2,450 sq ft of living space. Full freshly finished English basement.

Charming 4 br, 2 ba brick ranch all rehabbed! Newer mechanicals and move-in ready.

Classic 3 br brick bungalow w/nice eat-in kit, hdwd flrs, full bsmt, 2-car gar & more.

Vintage 3 br, 2.5 ba Maywood home which was almost completely remod in 2010. Near Metra.

Berwyn | 4/3 | $399,000 6860 Riverside Drive

Berwyn | 5/3 | $387,000 2429 Elmwood Avenue

Westchester | 3/2 | $269,900 1646 Manchester Avenue

Westchester | 2/2 | $230,000 1427 Mandel Avenue

Elmwood Park | 2/2 | $199,900 2545 N 72nd Court 4

Broadview | 3/1 | $154,900 2102 S 19th Avenue

Fantastic brick bungalow in desirable loc! Solid 4 br, 3 ba home w/ enclosed back porch.

5 bedroom, 2.5 ba single-family home. Don’t miss this opportunity to own!

Gorgeous 3 br, 2 ba gut rehab w/ hdwd flrs thruout, gourmet kit, enclosed porch, fin bsmt.

Adorable & lovingly maintained 2 br, 1.5 ba solid brick ranch. Eat-in kit. Back yard.

Well-maintained 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo on the 2nd floor with its own garage. In-unit w/d.

3 br home w/new roof, newer furnace, c/a. Recently tuckpointed. Amazing rehab opportunity!

American 4-Square w/open front porch on lrg lot! Refin hdwd flrs. Fresh paint. Full bsmt.

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Email Viewpoints editor Ken Trainor,

Why we made a gun commercial


y journey on the gun topic was a rather serendipitous path. I have been thinking and pondering about gun violence for many years. In fact, I detested guns. I would have arguments with gun owners in my family and would have a very difficult time talking to anyone about it without getting emotional. I was, of course, taken aback, floored, like all of us during incidents like Columbine High School; the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting; the church in Charleston, South Carolina; the Texas church shooting; and countless more. While all of these events were horrific, it really hit home after Sandy Hook. Being an elementary teacher myself, I was able to picture myself in that situation and it made me shiver. But even after all the hoopla died down, I was still at a loss on how to help. So I did like most people — talked about it but did nothing. It was not until the 5th anniversary of Sandy Hook that I decided to act. Shortly after, the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School incident happened in Parkland, Florida, which put more fuel to the fire. Watching the youth inspired me to act. I have a friend named Tanja Murray, who is very active in Moms Demand Action. So I started arranging forums with her where we would show documentaries such as Under the Gun and Making A Killing. Moms Demand Action is bipartisan. The goal of these events were to raise awareness on current laws, and how to regulate, not control. In attempting to educate myself, my first goal was to see the other side. I stepped out of my comfort zone and started having conversations with gun owners. Some were family, some were friends. I even applied for a FOID card and received it, so I can see what the steps are to get a gun legally in Illinois. I found out it was not too difficult at all. I even went on a few tours of a gun shop with my uncle as well as learn about the many different types of guns and what they are capable of doing. This then led to marching in Washington D.C. We had a trip planned already, but left a day early to be there for the March of Our Lives. By listening to the high school speakers, I was inspired further to help with positive change. An article was written about my experience in D.C. and from there, my neighbor, who is a casting agent, contacted me as she heard about my activism. When she told me about a commercial I would be in and that it would include a 10hour class with other teachers and actually firing a gun, I was hesitant. But I knew if I want to understand the other side, I needed to step out of my comfort zone. So I went, along with six other teachers. The other Oak Park teachers are Jamie Sloan, Rhona Taylor, and Valencia Williams. The other three teachers were from Evanston, Chicago and Ottawa. To say we shared an unforgettable day is putting it mildly. It was a nerve-wracking experience, complete with 35-degree temperatures, rain, and 30 mile per hour winds — all a good recipe for a firing a gun, right?



See STUKEL on page 20

Wednesday Journal, May 16, 2018



Trainor’s credo is too subjective p. 22

Why I’m proud to be from Oak Park


afford to play a wait-and-see game with fair y pride in this village is more housing. … Yesterday was already late.” Mac than mindless booster-ism. It’s and Harriette Robinet are Oak Park residents based on something. We haven’t to this day. done everything right, but we did The vote came a month and two days after some big things right. the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King And one of the things we did right hapJr. and exactly a month after Congress passed pened 50 years ago this month, May 6, 1968 the national Fair Housing Act. in fact, when our Village Board of Trustees Opponents tried to get a referendum on passed the first local Fair Housing Ordinance the ballot but were unsuccessful. So the local in the nation, the culmination of a movement elections the following spring served as a that started in 1963 and led to weekly “open referendum. The real estate community put housing marches,” putting pressure on local up a slate of candidates, but Village President realtors to stop the real estate fearmongering John Gearan and the rest of the VMA slate that caused the entire West Side of Chicago easily prevailed, proving that Oak Parkto re-segregate. Many predicted it would ers were firmly committed to the course of sweep through Oak Park as well. integration. The more familiar term for re-segregation But Oak Parkers demonstrated their commitment to is “white flight.” But village leaders and the mostly white open housing long before that. They showed it in the — and mostly Republican-voting — population stood open housing marches down Lake Street each Saturday their ground against unreasonable fear and against an morning. They showed it by volunteering to document existential threat to their community. Opponents said it wasn’t “fair” housing or “open” the unfair practices of real estate firms who refused housing. They called it “forced to give information to black housing,” and they took out couples, then provided plenty full-page ads in local papers to white volunteers who posed warning against it. Public as couples looking for the same meetings on the subject were homes. (To their credit, the local full of sound and fury. real estate community evenIn an April 22, 1968 public tually got on board and have forum on the proposed ordiremained on board ever since.) nance, for instance, opponent Oak Parkers also showed George Phelan said: As we will their resolve on April 16, 1964 all agree practically without when a full-page ad appeared in exception, our village is a fine the Village Economist newspaplace in which to live. … Howevper under the headline, “The er, we have recently encountered right of all people to live where a serious problem, which has they choose,” signed by hunsplit our village into two opposdreds of Oak Park and River ing camps — a fearful majority Forest residents, many of them on one side, and a dedicated, Republicans (back when that acorganized, liberal minority on tually meant something). When the other side. The people of we reprinted the list on April 30, Oak Park, whom you represent, 2008, the names filled two full have heard many predictions pages across 12 columns. from this organized minorThe text read: We, the underity — none of which they can signed residents of Oak Park FILE guarantee to the majority. Many and River Forest, believing in the Open housing marches in Oak Park in the of us are rightly suspicious and essential oneness of humankind, mid-1960s led to the Fair Housing Ordinance and seeking to foster such unity fearful of these predictions. In of 1968. fact, we have witnessed just the in our communities, do hereby opposite, time after time — the declare: ultimate fall of community after That we want residence in community. our Village to be open to anyone interested in sharing our During that same forum, one overwrought woman in benefits and responsibilities, regardless of race, color, creed, the audience demonstrated her opposition by charging or national origin. the dais where the village board was seated and started That we believe in equal opportunity for all in the fields choking Trustee Hazel Hanson. of education, business, and the professions, in harmony At a five-hour public hearing that February, 73 people with constitutional guarantees of equal rights to life, libdelivered five-minute statements, 53 in favor of the ordierty, and the pursuit of happiness. nance, 20 against. One of those in favor, McLouis Robinet That mutual understanding between people of diverse (the Robinets were one of the first black couples to move ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds can best be into Oak Park in the 1960s) said, “It is unreal to pretend that we as a village can survive un-integrated. We cannot See TRAINOR on page 20




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Finally, Harrison blooms


very May, the Oak Park Arts District optimistically stages its What’s Blooming on Harrison street fest. And for as long as this determined band of artists and entrepreneurs has been staging the fest, the real answer has been that not much has been blooming in the arts district. Core commercial buildings, empty for decades, increasingly derelict, sat at the Harrison and Lombard core of the district. There was more decay than new growth on this lovely street surrounded by a strong residential community, two stellar public schools and fantastic public transit. What’s Blooming returns this Saturday. And we are thrilled to note that in the Spring of 2018 there is much to celebrate and anticipate on Harrison Street as its hollow core is being rejuvenated, demolished, remade in a model fully consistent with its arts colony milieu. On the north side of Harrison, a rickety commercial building has been leveled and new townhomes that combine work and living space for artists are being inserted. The handsome end pieces of that old building are being salvaged and renovated. Also on that side of the street, the forlorn LaMajada space has been fully remade — and turned a stunning shade of green — by two local developers who have thoughtfully curated a new batch of stores and restaurants. Due to open just in time for Saturday’s celebration is District Kitchen and Tap, 220 Harrison. This is the latest spot opened by Patrick O’Brien who launched Scratch in Forest Park, expanded to Scratch on Lake, and is now bringing a variation on the theme to Harrison. Other new eateries and fresh uses of empty spaces are coming soon. Meanwhile, the stalwarts of the arts community work to mount Saturday’s celebration of the welcoming and truly blooming Oak Park Arts District.

Two demolitions Oak Park and River Forest saw the demolition of two notable structures last week. Different villages, different circumstances. In Oak Park’s downtown, the squat and obsolete white box at Lake and Forest has begun to come down. We’ll remember it as Lytton’s Department Store, part of downtown’s long-gone glory days as the shopping destination of the near suburbs. Most, though, will recall it as “the place near the Lake Theatre with the really big Subway.” Obviously not the highest and best use. Coming immediately in its wake will be Albion, the newest highrise in Oak Park’s newly crafted skyline. We see the many upsides of new, more dense residential development in our downtown. Among them are more customers for downtown’s shops and restaurants, and, if taxing bodies aren’t greedy, a major boost to the property tax base. Amid the legitimate angst over unsustainable property taxes, the major organizing should not be against a swimming pool at OPRF; it should be to pressure each taxing body not to suck up this new tax revenue and build it into its spending plan. In River Forest, meanwhile, a home on the 700 block of William Street was demolished. By itself, it was not a remarkable home, though Frank Lloyd Wright may have had his hand on it. But together with its neighbors, this house was part of a block considered to be the first and maybe only Prairie School planned development. As always, in these River Forest demo stories, our point is that the village’s preservation ordinances are weak tea. There is no genuine protection here, only ways to nag and nit developers who have already built in the cost of waiting out the annoying delays. If River Forest wants to actually preserve its historic architectural heritage, then it ought to build an ordinance that is up to the challenge. Otherwise it will continue to lose its legacy.


TRAINOR from page 19 attained by an attitude of reciprocal good will and increased association. That all citizens, in a spirit of justice, dignity, and kindness, should give serious consideration to the challenge that now faces all Americans in the achievement of brotherhood under God. Some white homeowners fled, but many were more afraid than bigoted and stayed in spite of their fears. Call it a “non-leap of faith.” Heady stuff, heroic really. And it did not go unnoticed. In last Sunday’s On Being interview, in fact, Krista Tippett rebroadcast her 2015 conversation with John Powell, director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and professor of Law, African American, and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, who held up Oak Park as an example: Tippett: You told one story about Oak Park, near Chicago. You talked about this very practical measure that was taken so that the housing values didn’t change. Powell: Chicago is one of the most segregated areas in the country. Cook County has the largest black population of any county in the United States, and a lot of studying of segregation takes place in Chicago. So here you have Oak Park, this precious little community. And there were liberal whites there. And blacks started moving in. They were saying, “Look, we actually don’t mind blacks moving in, but we’re concerned that we’re going to lose the value of our home. That’s the only wealth we have. And if we don’t sell now, we’re going to lose.” [Village government] basically said: If that’s the real concern, what if we were to ensure that you would not lose the value of your home? We’ll literally create an insurance policy that we will compensate you if the value of your home goes down. They put [the Equity Assurance Program] in place, and they haven’t had to pay one policy. Whites didn’t run and that’s a stable community. It’s been that way for 50 years. ■

The story isn’t just that Oak Park passed a Fair Housing Ordinance in 1968 and everything was hunky-dory ever after. The struggle to intentionally manage and maintain “stable diversity” (aka integration) goes on — at the village government level and at

@ @OakParkSports the village resident level, and everywhere in between (especially public education). We put in place a raft of policies and institutions — from the Equity Assurance Program (which Powell mentioned above) to the Oak Park Regional Housing Center (which Rob Breymaier wrote about in Viewpoints last week and Dan Haley the week before in his column), to the realtors agreeing not to post “for sale” signs (to this day) and much more, it has been a comprehensive effort. It takes a village, and we’re all part of this ongoing heroic journey. Oak Parkers are a modest, self-critical group. “Oak Park isn’t as great as we think we are,” I often hear. What they likely mean is “Oak Park isn’t as great as we want it to be.” We grouse about parking. We complain bitterly about taxes. But talk to any Oak Parker who has been here for 20 years or more, to those who are still here even after their kids are out of school, to black and white citizens who live next door to each other in every part of the village — from Austin Boulevard to Harlem Avenue, North Avenue to Roosevelt Road — and who don’t have immediate plans to leave, and you’re looking at genuine heroes even though they would deny it, people who have made diversity work in this small village like it has worked nowhere else in this country. When you get right down to the fundamentals, isn’t every community pretty much as great as it aspires to be? White Oak Parkers didn’t cut and run when fear raised its hoary head. Black Oak Parkers didn’t just move in. They became part of the community fabric. And the Fair Housing Ordinance, 50 years old this month, made a lot of this possible. So it’s worth celebrating. We may not be perfect and we may have a long way to go, but when I tell people “I’m from Oak Park,” I say it with pride. If you’re interested in learning more, check out the Oak Park Public Library’s “Legends of our Time” oral history project, a series of 23 DVDs that can be checked out, several of which deal with the early days of integration. Jay Ruby’s multimedia ethnographic study, “Oak Park Stories,” can also be found at the library. And the Historical Society of Oak Park-River Forest has a wealth of information in the new Oak Park River Forest Museum, 129 Lake St., which, once upon a time, was the starting point of the Open Housing marches in the mid-1960s. The museum is hosting a 50th anniversary celebration of the Fair House Ordinance on Thursday, May 31 from 7 to 9 p.m. For more, visit the website,, or call 708-848-6755.

STUKEL from page 19 What was most impressive was our gun instructor. He knew how we felt, made no judgment, and was so educated. He also agreed that teachers with guns is a terrible idea, and he saw it even more when we were done. He was in Iraq, Afghanistan, is a police officer with a psychology degree, and has a film background. We all felt so at ease with him in such a tense situation. In closing, that’s my journey so far, and I know I have a long one ahead, but won’t give up this cause. We have over 2,500 views of our commercial on YouTube but need more. I feel passionate as a teacher, that more guns in the classroom will create even bigger problems. The goal is to get as much coverage as we can to promote this cause. After


TAKING AIM: Teachers film a commercial opposing the proposal to arm teachers in the classroom. 20 years of teaching, the thought of a gun on my hip while teaching shakes me to the core. Here’s the link:



Will Jupiter Realty fool us twice?

n the April 25 Wednesday Journal, in an article and an accompanying editorial, the Madison Street Bend was reported to be dead. As an exciting alternative, the Journal informed the public of the new proposal from Jupiter Realty touted by the village president: relocating the proposed grocery store from the site of the former Foley Rice building on the south side of Madison to the villageowned lot on the northeast corner of Madison Street and Oak Park Avenue. The size of the “Christmas tree lot” would be augmented by the land currently occupied by the shuttered CarX building, which the village purchased last year. In addition, the article reported support for the project by Trustee Bob Tucker, who said, “This is about making no small plans.” During this past Monday’s village board meeting, a unanimous vote agreed to prepare a new Request for Proposals (RPF) for the selection of a new preferred developer for the expanded site. Trustee Dan Moroney said Jupiter Realty is going to have to “up its game” to again be selected as the preferred developer. The preparation of the RFP and review of responses received is again being done by the Oak Park Economic Development Corporation (OPEDC). Looking back at the process for the original RFP for the site in 2016, it should be remembered that the specifics for all proposals were based completely on a plan from an unidentified developer that was unveiled as the purpose for including a bend in

Madison as part of the design of the Madison Street Road Diet. Including the bend in the design and plans for the Road Diet increased the budget for the contract with Christopher B. Burke Engineering by $360,000. Near the time that the 2016 RFP was released, it became news that Jupiter Realty was the developer proposing the plans for the bend and north side villageowned lots and Foley Rice property and building. (By the way, how much of that $360,000 was spent on planning the failed bend? And what is the status of the Road Diet as the Madison Street TIF District expires?) If the new RFP process follows the pattern established in 2016, the specifics will include all the features of the Jupiter plans outlined by the village president in the April 25 Journal article. It cannot be denied that Jupiter failed in its delivery of all the attributes of its 2016 proposal. The most glaring example of that failure was the village having to purchase the CarX property for $1.3 million, not including the cost of environmental clearance. Wednesday Journal and the village board recently repeated that Jupiter had control of the Foley Rice property. There is no evidence that is true. It comes down to this: What makes the village board and the OPEDC believe that Jupiter has the capacity to “up its game” this time? Perhaps they should follow the old adage, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” Chris Donovan is a resident of Oak Park.



Village board should reject inadequate parking pilot On April 30, the Oak Park Transportation Commission recommended the proposed parking pilot be sent on to the village board. As a witness to presentations to the Transportation Commission by the outside consultant for this proposal, I am shocked by this recommendation. Over eight years of District 97 board service, I attended many consultant presentations representing several Oak Park village boards, and I candidly say that I have never witnessed presentations for any village proposal that were less coherent, credible, convincing, or confidence building than the presentations to the Transportation Commission. The presentations to the Transportation Commission lacked comprehensible information, rationales that warranted any further discussion of the parking pilot proposal, and facts on a range of topics from signage to technology to enforcement to budget to safety to the impact on the quality of resident life in Oak Park. When questions were submitted to the Transportation Commission seeking information to fill in the gaping factual holes created by the consultant’s presentations, those questions went unanswered — I assume because there were no answers. On April 30, a six-member commission representing 0.011602274% of the Oak Park 2016 total population of 51,714, recommended to the village board an illconceived, incomplete, and unjustified parking pilot. Despite an absolute lack of data that this pilot is nei-

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ther needed nor doable, this pilot was recommended to move forward. This leads me to believe that this pilot is in reality step one in a plan to overturn an overnight parking ordinance that has played a pivotal role in making Oak Park the safe, successful, and nationally recognized village that it has been for decades. If you need further evidence that this pilot is a disaster in waiting, after recommending the pilot to the village board, the Transportation Commission recommended the village set up a task force to monitor the pilot, establish goals, measures, and benchmarks because “it could be difficult to measure how effective the proposed pilot study could be.” I find the Transportation Commission request for this task force after the recommendation of the pilot to be proof positive that this process was a rush to judgment, a solution in search of a problem, without due reflection on the multiple negative impacts on the villagers of Oak Park. Over their next two meetings, the duly elected trustees on the village board will review the recommendation of the Transportation Commission. As trustees of the common good of our village, there is only one credible and correct action that the village board can take that promotes and protects the common good: reject the recommendation of the Transportation Commission.

James Gates Oak Park

About Viewpoints Our mission is to lead educated conversation about the people, government, schools, businesses and culture of Oak Park and River Forest. As we share the consensus of Wednesday Journal’s editorial board on local matters, we hope our voice will help focus your thinking and, when need be, fire you to action. In a healthy conversation about community concerns, your voice is also vital. We welcome your views, on any topic of community interest, as essays and as letters to the editor. Noted here are our stipulations for filing. Please understand our verification process and circumstances that would lead us not to print a letter or essay. We will call to check that what we received with your signature is something you sent. If we can’t make that verification, we will not print what was sent. When, in addition to opinion, a letter or essay includes information presented as fact, we will check the reference. If we cannot confirm a detail, we may not print the letter or essay. If you have questions, email Viewpoints editor Ken Trainor at

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Credo vs. Credimus

en Trainor’s May 2 column in Wednesday Journal titled, “What I Believe,” is yet another purely subjective postulation on religion. My appreciation for his honesty notwithstanding, he espouses a nebulous faith that excludes theology and therefore rationality. Though he seems to preach “science” and the elevation of the mind, big words like “consubstantial” have no place in his religion. But the Trainor creed is only seven decades old and yet already old-fashioned. In a society steeped in “spirituality” and “personal religion,” it is the Church that has the progressive voice, calling us back to objective, time-tested truth. Christian orthodoxy has again become the foundation for a renewed counter-culture in Western society. To substantiate this claim for orthodoxy, we can address Mr. Trainor’s opinion that since the word love nowhere appears in the Christian creeds, they must have been the work of “bureaucratic dweebs.” Before you start imagining old prigs in miters, smoking from warden’s pipes and snickering at the rest of humanity, know first that the creeds were defended by both the intellectual bishop and the undereducated desert monk. And each bore the scars of imperial oppression. Second, the shaky underlying assumption here is that there is little relationship between Christ’s teaching and that of the institutional Church. This neo-gnostic tendency to separate Christ from His Church, the soul from its body, is convenient for Mr. Trainor’s subjective credo. What he really seeks is a kind of freedom. But a credo devoid of objective theology and a visible body is a religion that quickly turns from liberty to libertinism. The standard of truth, of faith and morals, ultimately lies with one’s own perception. This is cheap, fast-food spirituality. True freedom, however, “consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.” (St. John Paul II) To be a Christian, therefore, is much more costly. The original Nicene Creed begins with Credimus, “We believe.” The “We” is suggestive of the collective emptying of the self. From the very first words of the creed, we begin to recognize love, for love is sacrificing the self. Yet the ultimate sacrifice of Christ, of which the creed also speaks, is only worth its weight if Christ was both consubstantial with us and consubstantial with the Father. If Christ wasn’t consubstantial with us, God could not love us so intimately. If Christ wasn’t consubstantial with the Father, man could not love God so intimately. The most popular verse in the Bible highlights this fact: “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son [consubstantial Son], that whoever should believe in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) He who is God condescended to us so that we might ascend to Him. Christ’s consubstantiality with the Father establishes His great humility, in that He became man. His great humility shows forth His limitless love, in that He died for us. Through the “bureaucratic” Creed, then, we learn of love’s gravity and extent. Mr. Trainor, you’re mistaken. The Nicene Creed does employ the word love, only it is defined. It reads, “He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate.” But God’s love did not begin on the cross or even at creation. The linguistic precision of the creed allows the Church to teach that God has always been love. Each consubstantial person of the Trinity forever abides in relationship with one another. Christ could properly say that the Father “loved me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17:24) The Trinity is about the “We.” Given our contextual reading of the creed, we see that consubstantial is not just some “Latinate bastardization.” When we take the time to understand it, we find that it is essential for comprehending that vague English word, love. “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” (1 John, 4:11-12) Is it any wonder, then, why Mr. Trainor is uncomfortable with that other pesky word, “incarnate?” Embodied religion challenges a mere spirituality of the mind. Incarnation is costly because it requires active “devotion.” As God came to serve in the body, likewise we offer ourselves in service to God and to one another. How does that saying go? Something like, “If it’s not hard, it’s not worth doing.” Daniel Alspach is a resident of River Forest.




Join us to help Imagine OPRF Imagine OPRF is just a few weeks away from initiating discussion with the District 200 school board about recommendations for a long-range facilities master plan. We invite all to come review and discuss our master plan concepts on May 19 (9:30 a.m.) or May 21 (7 p.m.), our fourth round of community conversations since November. Imagine OPRF is a community-led volunteer group of 30 community members and 11 faculty and staff. We’ve been working since August to research OPRF’s facilities needs, gather input from students, faculty, staff, and community members, develop conceptual solutions for addressing the school’s current and future needs, and recommend a long-range facilities master plan to the D200 board. As is common in master planning, Imagine’s process is program-driven rather than budget-driven. It is also more holistic than some recent planning processes. We began by assessing OPRF’s needs campuswide, conceptualizing solutions to meet them, and refining concepts based on stakeholder input (our current stage). Imagine will present a conceptual master plan to

the D200 board in June. After the board gives us more direction regarding component and staging priorities, Imagine will again refine the master plan and, only then, begin putting enough detail on that plan to develop cost estimates for first-stage plan components. We expect the planning process, and interaction with the D200 board, to continue on through 2018. This patient, open process is intended to solve multiple problems efficiently and interdependently, rather than in isolation; to solve for the long term, with multiple stages carried out and paid for over years, or even decades, rather than a single project with a single price tag; to make sure that money is not wasted on shortterm fixes when a longer-term solution is planned; and to ensure that every dollar is invested wisely, with the greatest impact. (The Imagine community members are taxpayers too!) We invite all to come talk with us about our master plan concepts on May 19 (9:30 a.m.) or May 21 (7 p.m.) in the OPRF South Cafeteria, 201 N. Scoville Ave. Both meetings will cover the same content.

Lynn Kamenitsa and Mike Poirier

Imagine OPRF co-chairs

Thanks for sharing our path to peace We want to thank the people who joined us on May 12 for the Interfaith March for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine. We were delighted that you chose to spend a part of this busy weekend thinking, talking, and singing about our shared commitment to pursuing paths that can transform the structures of suffering in that land. Special thanks go to the speakers, representing multiple faiths and humanist traditions, and the musicians who inspired us with their timely and insightful messages and rhythms. Among the many and rich takeaways were these: the challenge to leave our own comfort to confront injustice; the Kairos injunction to practice resistance with love as its logic; the plea to remember both Sarah and Hagar and the covenants made with both of their children on this Mother’s Day; the connections among multiple social justice movements; the need to pledge ourselves to principles of

partnership; the liberation theology framing which reveals that religion, when used as a tool for empire, betrays itself; the need to see Israel/Palestine within an oppression paradigm rather than a conflict paradigm; and the recognition that security is impossible without equity. We marched with a drum circle and joined the musicians in the words of Ella’s Song to sing, “We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.” Finally, we thank First United Methodist Church and First United Church of Oak Park for opening their doors so that we might explore together core tenets of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian faith and humanist principles and how these tenets relate to our own actions that have profound effects in the land Israelis and Palestinians call home. In peace and hope for justice,

Interfaith Action Group on Peace and Justice in Israel and Palestine

Little Free Libraries in South Oak Park I’m in the habit of taking a weekly walk of several miles with my friend Bob. Recently I came across a brief flyer prepared by a teacher candidate at Elmhurst College listing a selection of Little Free Libraries in Oak Park and Berwyn, which gave me the idea of putting our weekly walks to a practical use — I mean other than the exercise. Bob and I simply started walking on each street in south Oak Park and noting the Little Free libraries along the way. The books are free. My hope is both that you will find it an excuse to take a walk or a bike ride and also find something good along the way. You might also drop off some the books you’re done with — you know you have them sitting around your house.

832 S. Clarence 329 S. Clinton 1110 S. Clinton 608 S. East 1156 S. East 639 S. Harvey 704 S. Harvey 535 S. Highland 620 S. Highland 915 S. Highland 1038 S. Highland 431 S. Home 802 S. Home 1114 S. Home 318 S. Humphrey 820 S. Humphrey 1034 S. Humphrey 1154 S. Kenilworth

639 S. Lyman 739 S. Lyman 1115 S. Lyman 424 S. Linden 1102 S. Lombard 1167 S. Lombard 1171 S. Lombard Mills Park - south center 316 S. Oak Park 512 S. Oak Park 1014 S. Scoville 736 S. Taylor 1043 S. Wenonah 1126 S. Wesley 332 S. Wisconsin 1138 S. Wisconsin 1133 S. Wisconsin

Steve Olderr Oak Park

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Building relationships across borders

From April 21 to 28, a delegation of five judges from the Republic of Georgia gained firsthand experience of the life and lifestyle of Oak Park. Their visit was sponsored by the Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress. The focus of the delegation’s program was “Rule of Law: Judicial Independence and Ethics.” The delegates came to Illinois to observe American best practices in the rule of law, to compare and contrast judicial independence and ethics in both countries, and to take back home applicable strategies and practices. They spent the week meeting with professionals from a variety of institutions, including the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and the University of Chicago Law School. The delegates had roundtable discussions with judges from the 7th Federal District Court, Cook County, and DuPage County courts. The trip was part of an exchange program administered by the Council of International Programs (CIP), an Illinoisbased nonprofit organization, which is an affiliate of CIP USA. It is sponsored by the Open World Leadership Center, whose mission is to enhance understanding and encourage cooperation between the United States and the countries of Eurasia and the Baltic states. Its goal is to develop

a network of leaders in the region who have gained significant, first-hand exposure to America’s democratic, accountable government and free-market system. Host family living is an integral part of this exchange program, made possible by four Oak Park families. We were able to learn something about the history and culture of Georgia, which we were largely unfamiliar with before this visit. My wife, Linda Wyco, and I hosted two of the visiting members. This was our first time hosting international professionals through CIP. Claudia and Tim Divis have hosted several CIP participants from different countries in the past. “We provide a low-stress environment, home cooking, answers for questions, and help in navigating the city,” Claudia said of her experience. “Americans participating in this way can learn about other cultures and social systems,” she added. “Host family living is the main vehicle of cross-cultural exchange that is one of the goals of this program,” said George Palamattam, executive director of CIP Chicago. CIP Chicago offers a variety of opportunities for community members to be a part of this noble endeavor. Interested individuals may contact CIP at 312-545-6882 or

Ken Hooker Oak Park

Concerns with art and music in D97

Oak Parkers passed a referendum for the schools last fall. District 97 told us we needed to raise our property taxes in order to maintain our art and music programs. Our community supports the arts and understands the value of arts education. The referendum passed. One would think all is well in the schools. However, I have discovered there are serious problems with art and music programs namely, lack of appropriate space, lack of adequate staff, which leads to a lack of appropriate time for the teaching of art and music. Schedules have become extremely crowded for general music teachers. For example, some teachers have 6-7 consecutive class sessions in a morning or afternoon. There is no time for a bathroom break. General music teachers have groups of 25 students coming and going every half hour for three hours. There is barely time to set up and take down for each class, with little time left for instruction. Exhausted teachers cannot offer the best of instruction.

Some teaching situations are inappropriate. The general music classroom at Longfellow School, which had previously been housed in a spacious room on the third floor, is now located in a tiny, dank sub-basement room with very little room for special equipment which costs thousands of dollars. Also, there is little room for movement, which is an important part of general music. From what I heard, there was discussion in some quarters about moving instrumental music out of the regular school day. That would mean a total deterioration of our excellent instrumental music program. The public should become aware of what is happening in the schools. Find out what is happening in your local school. Contact the superintendent and board members if you have concerns. It would be a shame if things were not well, after having agreed to raise our own property taxes to support art and music.

Elizabeth Rexford

Retired District 97 general music teacher


Equity, residency, morality and taxes It has been said, “There is no such thing as a victimless crime,” and to this I would tend to agree. With this in mind, my eyebrows rose when I read the article describing the rise in the number of students trying to obtain (or maintain) admittance into OPRF High School without the mandatory residency requirement. [Questionable residency cases rising at OPRF, News, April 25]. I went online to view comments and my eyebrows took on a different shape as my forehead became furrowed with a look of concern and confusion at the comments I read. Some commenters used the article to ask, “If the performance gap is so bad, why are so many outsiders trying to get into OPRF?” I interpreted this as meaning that a second look should be given as to whether or not we should spend precious resources to address an equity problem that may not be as bad comparatively. Then there were the comments indicating a crime was being committed (theft of school resources, falsification of documents, deception, etc.) and that the perpe-

trators should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and forced to pay restitution. After all, they reasoned, why should Oak Park and River Forest taxpayers get stuck with the perpetrators’ expenses? Still, there were those who felt a poor and amoral example was being set by the adults who were actively involved in the deception. Finally, there were those who could partially empathize with the plight of the families from the listed areas of Forest Park, Maywood, Bellwood, Berwyn, and Chicago’s Austin community. Austinites were particularly singled out to make a case for both sides of the argument. Much could be said about any one of the varied points of view. One thing is for certain: This intersecting of equity, residency, morality, and taxes will come up again soon. The question is, what will the communities of Oak Park and River Forest do to creatively address the issues?

Ken Woods Oak Park

Contacting our elected officials I appreciate your kind responses to my pleas to get involved. One of my callers reminded me that I have neglected to list phone numbers for contacting our Senate and House leaders. Therefore, for your information, I am listing the central office numbers to contact: The White House, 202-456-1111 The U.S. Senate Majority Leader, 202-224-2541 The U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader, 202-225-0600 The Capitol Switchboard, 202-224-3121 Political Parties: Democratic Congressional Committee, 202-863-1500 Democratic National Committee, 202-8638000 Democratic Senatorial Committee, 202224-2447 Republican Congressional Committee, 202-479-7000 Republican National Committee, 202-8638500 Republican Senatorial Committee, 202675-6000 From these central numbers, you can be connected to the individual leaders’ offices you may wish to contact. Every call counts. My grandson worked as a

clerk for a Wisconsin senator some years ago and informed us that all offices contain “hot issue” boards on which calls are recorded on “yes” or “no” columns. He assured me that every call is welcomed and every letter and email is read for the elected official’s knowledge. Both compliments and our annoyances are important to share with our elected officials. In a recent television interview, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright surprisingly quoted Benito Mussolini: “If you pluck a chicken’s feathers one at a time, the chicken won’t realize it is losing her feathers.” Ms Albright compared this quotation to our losing our Constitutional and Civil Rights one at a time under the Trump Administration. These offenses are happening almost daily. She contends that the American public and our elected officials are becoming immune to the “plucking of our law feathers” one at a time. She urged the television audience to alert the Congress to their responsibility as equal partners to the executive office (under the Constitution) and control this outrage. I hope we can follow her lead and contact our lawmakers.

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What about the opioid shortage? This is pretty amazing: A nationwide shortage of IV opioids. There must be a news story there! Hard not to think this is related to having a president who has neglected to appoint people to hundreds of federal jobs (and, of course, the ones he has appointed all want to destroy the federal government). A quick investigation shows: March 12, 2018 - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) asks the DEA

to lift production quotas that are limiting the supply of legal opioids used at hospitals nationwide. It seems the shortage was known to be impending, but the DEA acted slowly and tardily. They, of course, are mainly concerned about making sure people do not misuse drugs. Their second priority is serving the needs of actual suffering patients.

Tom DeCoursey Oak Park

Patricia Huebner, 89 Rosary grad, Board of Realtors exec

Patricia A. Huebner (nee Roney), 89, of River Forest, has died. A graduate of Rosary College (now Dominican University) and an executive officer at the Oak Park Board of Realtors and the La Grange Board of Realtors, she enjoyed needlepoint, reading and music. She was also an avid bridge player. “The cards were terrible,” she would say, “but I had a lot of fun.” Patricia Huebner was the wife of the late Harold C. Huebner Jr.; the mother of Margaret, Peter (Laura Dowdle), James (Jen-

ny) Huebner and Mary (Mark) Connelly; and the grandmother of Michael, Marion and Cody Huebner, Katie (Ante) Guzic, and Danny and Patrick Connelly. Visitation was held on May 14 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Giles on May 15, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. The family appreciates memorials to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or to Dominican University.



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Getting Down To Business

with the Oak Park - River Forest Chamber of Commerce May 14th, 2018

What Did You Expect?


ife is largely a matter of expectation,” said the Roman poet Horace. Simple enough, assuming one’s own expectations are all there is to it. Recently, I spoke about expectations to the West Suburban Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program. We compared and contrasted expectations that young physicians have for their careers with the demands and expectations set upon them by the medical field. We also spoke candidly about what a community expects from its doctors - the role of physicians in today’s society, the stereotypes and the subtle or not-so-subtle assumptions about a doctor’s life. Sometimes there is alignment between these three sets of expectations - professionalism,

expertise, long hours, patient care. Sometimes there isn’t - research, wealth, administrative responsibilities, community contributions, leadership, public speaking, accessibility and availability. When expectations are at odds, striking a balance is tricky. For example, a young physician will struggle to establish him / herself while raising a family despite long hours, relentless emails with links to the most recent medical literature, speaking engagements and a mountain of student loans - even while the community assumes that s/he is philanthropically wealthy, on the golf course, and available for volunteer service and free medical advice. So it is with small business. An entrepreneur often goes into business with a set of expectations that is not aligned with marketplace realities or demands from the community. Put simply, entrepreneurs hope to offer a skill, a service, a product or a trade that they believe they has value to others - enough value that people will pay an amount sufficient for the entrepreneur to cover costs and make a


OPRF Chamber 5th Annual ECONOMIC LUNCHEON “Next Stop Oak Park: The Impact Of Chicago’s Development Boom on Surrounding Suburbs”

TUESDAY, MAY 22, 11A - 1:30P Dominican University, Parmer Hall Atrium 7900 W. Division Street, River Forest

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living. They don’t always expect the day to day realities. Employees, rent, taxes, zoning, marketing, Yelp reviews, unreliable vendors and pesky customers. At the same time, the community will expect a unique, curated, price-worthy, memorable, consistently great experience. Run by an affable community leader, active in local affairs and generous with what the community assumes to be ample profits. Different expectations - and not easily reconciled. Meeting expectations is one thing. Managing the disparate expectations of oneself, one’s profession and one’s community is another thing altogether. In my view, a much harder thing.



By CATHY YEN Executive Director




AECOM Tishman



Wednesday Journal, May 16, 2018


Religion Guide Methodist

Check First.

First United Methodist Church of Oak Park

First Congregational Church of Maywood

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 When you're looking for a place to worship the Lord, Check First.

You’re Invited to A Church for All Nations A Church Without Walls SERVICE LOCATION Forest Park Plaza 7600 W. Roosevelt Road Forest Park, IL 60130

William S. Winston Pastor (708) 697-5000 Sunday Service 7AM, 9AM & 11:15AM

LIVE Webcast - 11:15AM Service Believer’s Walk of Faith Broadcast Schedule (Times in Central Standard Time) Television DAYSTAR (M-F)





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

Fair Oaks


United Lutheran Church

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



Grace Lutheran Church

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

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

744 Fair Oaks Ave. Oak Park 386-4920 Sunday Schedule Christian Education for All Ages 9:00am Worship Service 10:00am

Child care available 9-11am OAK PARK MEETING OF FRIENDS (Quakers) Meeting For Worship Sundays at 10:00 a.m. at Oak Park Art League 720 Chicago Ave., Oak Park Please call 708-445-8201

Roman Catholic

Ascension Catholic Church

Grace Lutheran School

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

West Suburban Temple Har Zion


Christ Lutheran Church

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

St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church

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

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

Rev. James Hurlbert, Pastor

Roman Catholic

St. Edmund Catholic Church

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

Roman Catholic

St. Bernardine Catholic Church Harrison & Elgin, Forest Park

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

St. Giles Family Mass Community

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

Traditional Catholic

The Traditional Catholic Latin Mass

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

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

To place a listing in the Religion Guide, call Mary Ellen: 708/613-3342

May16 Ramadan starts 17 Ascension of Jesus 20–21 20 23 27 29 31 Jun 2 8 9

Islam Orthodox Christian Shavuot Jewish Pentecost Christian Declaration of the Bab Baha’i Pentecost Orthodox Christian Trinity Sunday Christian Ascension of Baha’u’llah Baha’i Corpus Christi Catholic Christian All Saints Orthodox Christian Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Christian St. Columba of Iona Celtic Christian

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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


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SPACE FOR RENT 4807 SQ FT In beautiful neighborhood in Oak Park. Varied uses possible for any kind of not-for-profit. Offices, community center, school, day care, etc. Private Cell: 708-846-9776 OFFICE / STOREFRONT / STUDIO Historic Downtown Oak Park location. 1 BLK from El and Metra+Parking. 5,000+sf including 20’ street frontage. Acoustically designed studio space Contact Rick at 708-524-2800

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PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held by the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Village of Oak Park on Wednesday evening, June 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Village Hall, 123 Madison St., Oak Park, Illinois on the following matter:

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held by the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Village of Oak Park on Wednesday evening, June 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Village Hall, 123 Madison St., Oak Park, Illinois on the following matter:

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held by the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Village of Oak Park on Wednesday evening, June 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Village Hall, 123 Madison St., Oak Park, Illinois on the following matter:

Cal. No. 08-18-Z: 54 Madison Street, Little Jungle Land Day Care

Cal. No. 09-18-Z: 1159 S. Lyman Avenue, Tim Pomaville

Cal. No. 10-18-Z: 325 N. Grove Avenue, Vasyl Romanyuk

Angela Slack, Applicant, on behalf of Little Jungle Land Day Care, filed an application pursuant to Section 8.3 (Table 8-1: Use Matrix) of the Oak Park Zoning Ordinance, requesting the issuance of a special use permit authorizing a day care center in the MS Madison Street District at the premises commonly known as 54 Madison Street, Oak Park, Illinois.

Tim Pomaville, Applicant, is seeking a variation from Section 4.3 (Table 4-1: Residential District Dimensional Standards) of the Oak Park Zoning Ordinance, which section requires five (5â&#x20AC;&#x2122;) foot side yard setbacks, to permit the construction of a singlefamily residence in an R-4 District featuring three (3â&#x20AC;&#x2122;) foot side yard setbacks at the premises commonly known as 1159 S. Lyman Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois.

Those property owners within 300 feet of the Subject Property and those persons with a special interest beyond that of the general public (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Interested Partiesâ&#x20AC;?) wishing to cross-examine witnesses must complete and file an appearance with original signatures with the Village Clerk no later than 5:00 PM on the business day preceding the public hearing.

Those property owners within 300 feet of the Subject Property and those persons with a special interest beyond that of the general public (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Interested Partiesâ&#x20AC;?) wishing to cross-examine witnesses must complete and file an appearance with original signatures with the Village Clerk no later than 5:00 PM on the business day preceding the public hearing.

Vasyl Romanyuk, Applicant, is seeking a variation from Section 9.4 (Table 9-1: Permitted Encroachments Into Required Setbacks) of the Oak Park Zoning Ordinance, which section regulates structures permitted in the required front yard setback, to permit the construction of an off-street parking space in the required front yard setback at the premises commonly known as 325 N. Grove Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois.

All papers in connection with the above matter are on file at the Village of Oak Park and available for examination by interested parties by contacting the Zoning Administrator at 708.358.5449. The Zoning Board of Appeals may continue the hearing to another date without further notice by public announcement at the hearing setting forth the time and place thereof.

All papers in connection with the above matter are on file at the Village of Oak Park and available for examination by interested parties by contacting the Zoning Administrator at 708.358.5449. The Zoning Board of Appeals may continue the hearing to another date without further notice by public announcement at the hearing setting forth the time and place thereof.

All papers in connection with the above matter are on file at the Village of Oak Park and available for examination by interested parties by contacting the Zoning Administrator at 708.358.5449. The Zoning Board of Appeals may continue the hearing to another date without further notice by public announcement at the hearing setting forth the time and place thereof.

DATED AT OAK PARK, ILLINOIS, this 16th Day of May, 2018

DATED AT OAK PARK, ILLINOIS, this 16th Day of May, 2018

DATED AT OAK PARK, ILLINOIS, this 16th Day of May, 2018

Published in Wednesday Journal 5/16/2018

Published in Wednesday Journal 5/16/2018

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Those property owners within 300 feet of the Subject Property and those persons with a special interest beyond that of the general public (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Interested Partiesâ&#x20AC;?) wishing to cross-examine witnesses must complete and file an appearance with original signatures with the Village Clerk no later than 5:00 PM on the business day preceding the public hearing.

NOTICE TO BIDDERS AND INVITATION FOR BIDS RECEIPT OF BIDS The Village of Brookfield will receive sealed proposals for tree removal services until 10:00 A.M. Central Daylight Savings Time, Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at the Office of the Village Manager, Village of Brookfield, 8820 Brookfield Avenue, Brookfield, Illinois, immediately after which time bids will be opened and publicly read aloud. The Services consists of the removal of trees and tree stumps from parkways and roadsides of the Village and returning the areas to a neat and orderly appearance. CONTRACT DOCUMENTS Specifications and bid forms may be obtained from the Office of the Village Manager at 8820 Brookfield Avenue, Brookfield, Illinois 60513. No bidding documents will be issued after 3:00 P.M. on Friday, June 1, 2018. Bid proposals must be submitted on the forms provided. Submission of a bid shall be conclusive assurance and warranty that the bidder has examined the site of the work and the local conditions affecting the contract and understands all of the requirements for performance of the work. The bidder will be responsible for all errors in its proposal resulting from failure or neglect to conduct an in-depth examination. The Village of Brookfield will, in no case, be responsible for any costs, expenses, losses or changes in anticipated profits resulting from such failure or neglect of the bidder. The bidder shall not take advantage of any error or omission in the plans or proposal. Sealed envelopes or packages containing bids shall be addressed to the Office

of the Village Manager and plainly marked â&#x20AC;&#x153;BID PROPOSAL FOR THE TREE REMOVAL SERVICES CONTRACTâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;2018â&#x20AC;? on the outside of the envelope. QUESTIONS, CHANGES, CLARIFICATION Any questions that arise must be made in writing and shall be directed by electronic mail to Amy N. Wagner, P.E., Director of Public Works and Services, 8820 Brookfield Avenue, Brookfield, Illinois 60513 The written questions, along with the Villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s response, shall be circulated to all known potential bidders without identifying the party submitting the questions. The cutoff for receipt of additional questions shall be 3:00 P.M., Central Daylight Savings Time on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in order to facilitate preparation of any addenda. No inquiry received after that time will be given consideration. Replies and/or addenda will be electronically mailed to all known potential contractors by 4:00 P.M., Central Daylight Savings Time on Friday, June 1, 2018. Receipt of any addenda must be acknowledged in writing as part of the Bidderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Proposal. Bidders shall be responsible for ensuring that they have received any and all addenda. The Village of Brookfield shall not assume responsibility for the receipt by the Bidder of any addenda. BID SECURITY Each proposal shall be accompanied by a proposal guaranty in the form of a bid bond, executed by a corporate surety company, a bank Published in RB Landmark 5/16/2018

cashierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s check or a certified check payable to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Village of Brookfieldâ&#x20AC;? for not less than five percent (5%) of the amount of the proposal. The proposal guaranty checks of all, except the two responsive, responsible bidders which the village determines in its sole discretion to be the bidders with whom the village desires to commence negotiations for a contract, will be returned after the proposals have been checked and tabulated. The proposal guaranty checks of the two responsive, responsible bidders will be returned after the contract and the contract bond of the successful bidder have been properly executed and approved. Bid bonds will not be returned. RIGHT TO REJECT BIDS The Village of Brookfield reserves the right to waive technicalities and to reject any and all proposals for any reason deemed in the best interest of the Village of Brookfield. AWARD OF CONTRACT Unless all bids are rejected, the contract award will be made to the lowest responsive, responsible bidder that the Village of Brookfield in its sole discretion determines to be in the best interest of the village. In determining who the lowest responsive, responsible bidder is, the Village of Brookfield will consider all factors that it, in its discretion, deems relevant. BY ORDER THE PRESIDENT AND BOARD OF TRUSTEES VILLAGE OF BROOKFIELD, ILLINOIS

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PUBLIC NOTICE Notice is hereby given, pursuant to “An Act in relation to the use of an Assumed Business Name in the conduct or transaction of Business in the State,” as amended, that a certification was registered by the undersigned with the County Clerk of Cook County. Registration Number: D18154380 on May 3, 2018. Under the Assumed Business Name of SMOKETOWN STRATEGY & INNOVATION CONSULTING with the business located at: 949 N EAST AVE, OAK PARK, IL 60302. The true and real full name(s) and residence address of the owner(s)/ partner(s) is: RYAN PINTADO-VERTNER, 949 N EAST AVE OAK PARK, IL 60302.


NOTICE TO BIDDERS Sealed separate bids will be received by the Board of Education, Oak Park Elementary School District 97 (the “Board”) for the following project: OAK PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT 97 HOLMES ELEMENTARY ADDITIONS & RENOVATIONS 508 NORTH KENILWORTH AVENUE OAK PARK, IL 60302 & 2018 LIFE SAFETY WORK VARIOUS LOCATIONS OAK PARK, IL 60302 HOLMES/ 2018 LIFE SAFETY BID GROUP 4 – General Trades and Landscaping. Bids will be received until 2:00 p.m. prevailing time on Wednesday June 6, 2018 at the Oak Park Elementary School District 97 Administrative offices, 260 Madison Street, Oak Park, IL 60302, and will be publicly opened and read at 2:15 p.m. prevailing time on that date. Bids shall be submitted in an opaque sealed envelope clearly marked: Oak Park Elementary School District 97 260 Madison Street, Oak Park, IL 60302 Attention: Bulley & Andrews Project: HOLMES ELEMENTARY ADDITIONS & RENOVATIONS & 2018 LIFE SAFETY WORK - BID PACKAGE 4 Scope of work for Bid Package 4 generally includes, but is not limited to: General Trades and Landscaping. All bids must be submitted in accordance with the bidding instructions contained in the Bidding Documents for the project. Bid security in the form of a bid bond in an amount equal to ten percent (10%) of the base bid amount shall be submitted with the bid. Should a bid bond be submitted, the bond shall be payable to the Board of Education, Oak Park Elementary School District 97, 260 Madison Street, Oak Park, IL 60302. All documents and information required by the bidding instructions contained in the Bidding Documents for the project shall be submitted

with the bid. Incomplete, late or non-conforming bids may not be accepted. No bids shall be withdrawn, cancelled or modified after the time for opening of bids without the Board’s consent for a period of ninety (90) days after the scheduled time of bid opening. The Bidding Documents for the project (which include the bidding instructions for the project and other related documents) will be available Wednesday May 16th, 2018 and may be purchased from Springer Blueprint Services – 1640 S. Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60643 – 773-238-6340. The Bidding Documents are available for viewing/ download online without cost or purchase at the Bulley & Andrews, LLC FTP Site, https://ftp.bulley. com, username: Holmes, password: bulley1891. The Board reserves the right to reject any or all bids or parts thereof, or waive any irregularities or informalities, and to make an award that in the Board’s sole opinion is in the best interest of the District. The site will be available for visits by appointment to be coordinated with Bulley & Andrews, LLC. Interested parties may inspect the existing conditions. Schedule an appointment with Jason Stonchus of Bulley & Andrews in advance if you wish to visit the sites. All bidders must comply with applicable Illinois Law requiring the payment of prevailing wages by all Contractors working on public works. If during the time period of work, the prevailing wage rates change, the contractor shall be responsible for additional costs without any change to the contract amount. All bidders must comply with the Illinois Statutory requirements regarding labor, including Equal Employment Opportunity Laws. For additional information on the project, contact Jason Stonchus of Bulley & Andrews, LLC at or 773-6452024. Dated: 05/16/2018 Jason Stonchus Bulley & Andrews, LLC

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NOTICE OF MEETING CANCELLATION Village of Brookfield Brookfield, IL 60513 The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees and the regular meeting of the Committee of the Whole of the Board of Trustees scheduled for the 4th Monday of May, Monday May 28th are hereby cancelled. The next Village Board of Trustees meeting will be on Tuesday May 29, 2018. The meeting shall be convened at 6:30 p.m. and the Committee of the Whole meeting shall be convened at such time as the Board of Trustees meeting is adjourned but not earlier than 6:35 p.m. Brigid Weber, Village Clerk Monday, May 14, 2018 Published in RB Landmark May 16, 2018

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PUBLIC NOTICE On Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 8:30 a.m., Oak Park Elementary School District 97 will be conducting a “timely and meaningful consultation” meeting to discuss plans for providing special education services to students with disabilities who attend private/parochial schools and who are home schooled within the district for the 2018-2019 school year. The meeting will be held at the District’s administration office located at 260 Madison Street, Oak Park, IL. If you are a parent/guardian of a home-schooled student who has been or may be identified with a disability, and you reside within the boundaries of Oak Park Elementary School District 97, you are urged to attend. If you have further questions pertaining to this meeting, please contact District 97’s Department of Special Education at 708-524-3030. Published in Wednesday Journal 5/9, 5/16/2018



PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held by the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Village of Oak Park on Wednesday evening, June 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Village Hall, 123 Madison St., Oak Park, Illinois on the following matter:

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held by the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Village of Oak Park on Wednesday evening, June 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Village Hall, 123 Madison St., Oak Park, Illinois on the following matter:

Cal. No. 11-18-Z: 6802 Roosevelt Road, Eglentin Baci

Cal. No. 12-18-Z: 1100 S. Humphrey Lyman Avenue, David Wachtel

Eglentin Baci, Applicant, is seeking a variation from Section 8.3 (Table 8-1: Use Matrix) and Section 5.4 (K) (Table 5-12: RR District Use Restrictions by Building Type) of the Oak Park Zoning Ordinance, which sections requires that residential dwelling units be located above the ground floor in buildings in the Roosevelt Road District, to permit the construction of a residential dwelling unit at the rear on the ground floor, inside a single-story shop front building at the premises commonly known as 6802 Roosevelt Road, Oak Park, Illinois.

David Wachtel, Applicant, is seeking a variation from Section 9.3 (N) (2) (c) of the Oak Park Zoning Ordinance, which section requires that if a lot abuts a public alley that provides adequate access to a street, a detached garage must be constructed so that access is from the public alley, to permit the construction of a garage that features access from an existing curb-cut from Harvard Street at the premises commonly known as 1100 S. Humphrey Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois.

Those property owners within 300 feet of the Subject Property and those persons with a special interest beyond that of the general public (“Interested Parties”) wishing to cross-examine witnesses must complete and file an appearance with original signatures with the Village Clerk no later than 5:00 PM on the business day preceding the public hearing.

Those property owners within 300 feet of the Subject Property and those persons with a special interest beyond that of the general public (“Interested Parties”) wishing to cross-examine witnesses must complete and file an appearance with original signatures with the Village Clerk no later than 5:00 PM on the business day preceding the public hearing.

All papers in connection with the above matter are on file at the Village of Oak Park and available for examination by interested parties by contacting the Zoning Administrator at 708.358.5449. The Zoning Board of Appeals may continue the hearing to another date without further notice by public announcement at the hearing setting forth the time and place thereof.

All papers in connection with the above matter are on file at the Village of Oak Park and available for examination by interested parties by contacting the Zoning Administrator at 708.358.5449. The Zoning Board of Appeals may continue the hearing to another date without further notice by public announcement at the hearing setting forth the time and place thereof.

DATED AT OAK PARK, ILLINOIS, this 16th Day of May, 2018

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PUBLIC NOTICE Notice is hereby given, pursuant to “An Act in relation to the use of an Assumed Business Name in the conduct or transaction of Business in the State,” as amended, that a certification was registered by the undersigned with the County Clerk of Cook County. Registration Number: D18154235 on April 23, 2018. Under the Assumed Business Name of TABITHA J ENTERPRISES with the business located at: P.O. BOX 3785 OAK PARK, IL 60303. The true and real full name(s) and residence address of the owner(s)/ partner(s) is: TABITHA JOHNSON 5247 W QUINCY ST CHICAGO, IL 60644. Published in Wednesday Journal 5/2, 5/9, 5/16/2018

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STATE OF ILLINOIS) COUNTY OF COOK )ss Circuit Court of Cook County, County Department, Domestic Relations Division. In re the marriage of Alberto Villalobos, Petitioner and Alma Rosa Martinez Respondent, Case No. 2018D-003284. 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 June 4, 2018, default may be entered against you at any time after that day, and a judgment for Dissolution of Marriage entered in accordance with the prayer of said Petition. DOROTHY A. BROWN, Clerk. Published in Wednesday Journal 5/2, 5/9, 5/16/2018

PUBLIC NOTICE Notice is hereby given, pursuant to “An Act in relation to the use of an Assumed Business Name in the conduct or transaction of Business in the State,” as amended, that a certification was registered by the undersigned with the County Clerk of Cook County. Registration Number: D18154292 on April 26, 2018. Under the Assumed Business Name of OLEK TRAVELS with the business located at: 1118 S LYMAN AVE, OAK PARK, IL 60304. The true and real full name(s) and residence address of the owner(s)/ partner(s) is: OLAFUYI LEKAN ALLI BALOGUN, 1118 S LYMAN AVE, OAK PARK, IL 60304. Published in Wednesday Journal 5/2, 5/9, 5/16/2018

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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 Michael E. Henderson and Adrienne Irone Henderson for change of name to MalakYAH Ben YisraEl and YAHminah ZaniYAH YisraEL, Case No. 20184002872. Notice is given you, the public, that on April 23, 2018 I have filed a Petition For Change of Name in this Court, asking the Court to change our present names of Michael E. Henderson and Adrienne Irone Henderson to the names of MalakYAH Ben YisraEL and YAHminah ZaniYAH YisraEL. This case will be heard in Courtroom 112 at the Circuit Court of Cook County, Fourth Muncipal District Maywood Courthouse located at 1500 Maybrook Drive, Maywood, IL 60153, on July 23, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. Published in Wednesday Journal 5/2, 5/9, 5/16/2018

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Notice is hereby given by the Board of Education of Oak Park District 97 in the County of Cook, State of Illi- nois, that its tentative 2017-18 bud- get amendment, adopted at the May 8, 2018 meeting, will be on public display until, June 11, 2018, when a Public Hearing will be conducted on said budget. This tentative 2017-18 budget amendment will be on file and conveniently available for public inspection in the office of the Secretary of the Board of Education - 260 Madison Street - Oak Park, IL (60302) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. commencing Wednesday, May 9, 2018 through Monday, June 11 , 2018. A Public Hearing on the budget will be conducted on June 12, 2018 prior to final adoption of said 201718 budget amendment at its June 12, 2018 meeting - held at 7:00 p.m. at Lincoln School - 1111 South Grove - Oak Park, IL (60304). Published in Wednesday Journal 5/16/2018

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF 2018-2019 BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING DATES FOR RIVERSIDE BROOKFIELD TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 208 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on April 24, 2018, a resolution was passed establishing that the 20182019 meetings of the Board of Edu- cation, Township High School Dis- trict 208, Cook County, Illinois, will be held in Room 201 at the hour of 7:00 p.m. in the Riverside Brookfield High School building, 160 Ridge- wood Road, Riverside, IL 60546. The Regular Meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of each month. The Committee of the Whole Meetings will be held on the fourth Tuesday of each month with the exception of June, July, August, November, December, and March. The Canvass/Organizational Meeting will be held on the 5th Tuesday of April 2019. Meeting dates can be found on the Riverside Brookfield High School website ( Published in RBLandmark 5/16/2018



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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT– CHANCERY DIVISION LENDINGHOME MARKETPLACE, LLC Plaintiff, -v.CJGUN CORP., MITCH GUNDOGDU A/K/A MUCAHIT GUNDOGDU, ST. CHARLES ROAD HOMEOWNERS’ ASSOCIATION, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NONRECORD CLAIMANTS Defendants 17 CH 9599 335 32ND AVENUE Bellwood, IL 60104 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on April 5, 2018, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on May 29, 2018, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 335 32ND AVENUE, Bellwood, IL 60104 Property Index No. 15-09-211-0140000. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $116,319.07. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in “AS IS” condition. The sale is further subject to confir-

mation 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 17-0694. 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 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: Attorney File No. 17-0694 Attorney Code. 40342 Case Number: 17 CH 9599 TJSC#: 38-3459 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. I3085570

proved with a single family residence. If the subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of the Condominium Property Act. Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds, balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. No refunds. The property will NOT be open for inspection. For information call The Sales Department at Plaintiff’s Attorney, Anselmo Lindberg & Associates, LLC, 1771 West Diehl Road, Naperville, Illinois 60563-1890. (630) 453-6960. For Bidding instructions visit 24 hours prior to sale. F15080009 INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I3085371

interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/ 18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver’s license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, examine the court file or contact Plaintiff’s attorney: CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876 Please refer to file number 14-17-09201. 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 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: Attorney File No. 14-17-09201 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 17 CH 008921 TJSC#: 38-2430 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. I3084990

Commonly known as 1915 S 6TH AVE., MAYWOOD, IL 60153 Property Index No. 15-14-311-0070000 fka 15-14-311-007. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $164,558.38. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in “AS IS” condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/ 18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver’s license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, contact Plaintiff’s attorney: HEAVNER, BEYERS & MIHLAR, LLC, 111 East Main Street, DECATUR, IL 62523, (217) 422-1719 Please refer to file number 621025070. 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 for a 7 day status report of pending sales. HEAVNER, BEYERS & MIHLAR, LLC 111 East Main Street DECATUR, IL 62523 (217) 422-1719 Fax #: (217) 422-1754 Attorney File No. 621025070 Attorney Code. 40387 Case Number: 17 CH 13199 TJSC#: 38-2546 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. I3082665

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT– CHANCERY DIVISION WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A.; Plaintiff, vs. SANDRA L. ALVARADO; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD CLAIMANTS; Defendants, 15 CH 13662 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 Thursday, June 7, 2018 at the hour of 11 a.m. in their office at 120 West Madison Street, Suite 718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, as set forth below, the following described mortgaged real estate: P.I.N. 15-29-105-044-0000. Commonly known as 11006 Windsor Drive, Westchester, Illinois 60154. The mortgaged real estate is im-

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT– CHANCERY DIVISION DITECH FINANCIAL LLC F/K/A GREEN TREE SERVICING LLC Plaintiff, -v.CHRISTOPHER TRENHAILE, LINDA TRENHAILE, LEYDEN CREDIT UNION, CITY OF NORTHLAKE, PORTFOLIO RECOVERY ASSOCIATES, LLC Defendants 17 CH 008921 257 HAYES DR NORTHLAKE, IL 60164 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on March 8, 2018, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on June 11, 2018, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 257 HAYES DR, NORTHLAKE, IL 60164 Property Index No. 12-29-306-0150000. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in “AS IS” condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT– CHANCERY DIVISION BANK OF AMERICA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, -v.JESSIE M. GRAHAM, VILLAGE OF MAYWOOD Defendants 17 CH 13199 1915 S 6TH AVE. MAYWOOD, IL 60153 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on March 14, 2018, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on June 15, 2018, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate:

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT– CHANCERY DIVISION REVERSE MORTGAGE SOLUTIONS, INC. Plaintiff, vs. MARGARET CORDERO; Defendants, 13 CH 08651 NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO JUDGMENT OF FORECLOSURE UNDER ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above entitled cause on April 15, 2014, Intercounty Judicial Sales Corporation will on Monday, June 18, 2018, at the hour of 11 a.m. in their office at 120 West Madison Street, Suite 718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell to the highest bidder for cash, the following described property: P.I.N. 15-13-212-015-0000. Commonly known as 511 CIRCLE AVENUE, FOREST PARK, IL 60130. 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: 25% down by certified funds, balance within 24 hours, by certified funds. No refunds. The property will NOT be open for inspection. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale which will entitle the purchaser to a Deed to the premises after confirmation of the sale. For information: Visit our website at Between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. only. McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC, Plaintiff’s Attorneys, 1 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602. Tel.No. (312) 476-5500. Refer to File Number 1118. INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I3086651

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Proven leader from page 36 for three years has been something I will never forget. I have been playing with a lot of these guys since Little League so it means a lot to me. I’ve had the time of my life with my brothers on the diamond. It’s hard to think that soon enough, it will all be over.” Before the last out is recorded, however, May is enjoying his senior campaign on an excellent OPRF baseball squad. In terms of next year, May will attend and play college baseball at DePauw. “Going to DePauw was a decision that seemed to fit me perfectly.” May said. “I love playing ball and didn’t want to hang up the cleats. I wanted to find a place where I can continue to do what I love, but still be able to have a college experience.” May is undecided as to what he will study in college. However, he plans on staying involved with sports (perhaps as a sports agent) after getting his degree. May, a River Forest resident, credits humility as the key to his success as an OPRF student-athlete. “I’ve been successful as a student-athlete at OPRF because of my mindset,” he said. “Sure, hard work has been very helpful as well, but my calm head has kept me humble yet confident. “In sports, a big thing is you can never let things get in your head. By that I mean if you’re playing well, you can’t get complacent. If you’re not playing well, you can’t get down on yourself.” During the fall, May was the starting quarterback for the Huskies. He led OPRF to a sixth consecutive postseason berth and spearheaded some comeback victories for the Huskies. “Playing quarterback requires so much mental toughness,” May said. “Many would think if you can throw a ball far and you can run fast you should be all set. That’s not the case. From all the way from making reads in a very fast-paced game to getting over an interception on my last drive, mental toughness is key.” Initially, May hadn’t planned on playing high school football. However, Hoerster convinced him to get on the gridiron during his very first week as a student. “My experience with football changed my high school experience partly because going into high school, I wasn’t even a football player,” May explained. “Having Coach Hoerster as an English teacher my freshman year changed that when he persuaded me to play a week into my freshman year. If I didn’t play football I wouldn’t have progressed as a person nearly as much.” Being a multi-sport athlete can take up a lot of time. Despite that challenge, May strives to find balance in life. He is always looking to find out more about himself. “Although sports take up a lot of my time, I love spending time with my family, friends, and my girlfriend,” May said. “Recently I

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Known for making clutch plays and providing leadership, OPRF quarterback Brian May guided the Huskies to a sixth straight playoffs appearance. have been exploring myself and trying to figure out what I love to do. At this age it is really difficult because interests change on a day to day basis.”

High hopes for Huskies The OPRF baseball team, which has won 8 of their last 9 games, is 19-4 overall and 13-4 in the West Suburban Silver. The Huskies and Lyons Township are in a tight race for first place. OPRF features a bevy of excellent pitchers. Senior Brendan Barrette is 5-1 with a .589 ERA and 43 strikeouts. He tossed a no-hitter against York this season. Griffin Holderfield (1-1, 2.12 ERA, 37 strikeouts, 4 saves) and Nathan Diamond (4-0, 1.61 ERA, 39 strikeouts) are standouts as well. Offensively, the Huskies attack as a pack. Dylan Whitney (.365, 16 RBIs), Luke Fitzgerald (.302, 18 RBIs), Jake Adams (.338, 13 RBIs, 15 runs), Jai Mason Hsieh-Bailey (.340, 15 stolen bases, 27 runs), Andrew Neilson (.393) and Holderfield (.357, 2 home runs, 24 RBIs) are all extremely tough outs for opposing pitchers. “Our pitching, both starters and the bullpen have been the anchor of this team,” Parenti said. “Our defense has been consistent and we have the ability to overcome errors. Baserunning has been strong and aggressive. Hitting seems to continue to improve throughout the

year. Our hitters are making the appropriate adjustments to be successful. We are a wellbalanced team with good leaders.” For his part, May is hitting .388 with a home run, four doubles and nine stolen bases. “Brian is able to do everything very well. He hits and fields well, runs the bases and he’s a leader,” Parenti said. “The best teams we have coached over the years have had good leadership. Brian, and a few other guys, have embraced that role and done well with it. He has helped keep the focus on the team and not on the individual.” Barrette, a fellow senior and close friend of May, offered similar praise. “For as long as I’ve known Brian he has been a quiet leader,” Barrette said. “This year he has changed in that sense. It sounds cliché, but he is the quarterback of our team on and off the field. “When he’s at shortstop, he is communicating with other infielders and making sure everyone knows where the ball needs to go,” Barrette said. “It’s the same in the dugout as he’s always making sure everyone is paying attention and into the game. That role serves him really well. He continues to lead by example but has really stepped up being a vocal leader this year.” In terms of the postseason, the Huskies

are the top seed at the Loyola Sectional. OPRF hopes to atone for a shocking upset loss to Maine West in the regional semifinal last season. Beyond that, the annual goal is to win a state championship. “At the beginning of the season we knew we had the talent, but had to become a unit and not just a bunch of individuals,” May said. “We have come a long way as a team, but still have things we can improve on. Personally, I think I have been playing the way I am expected to play.” Diamond, who has committed to Pepperdine, believes the Huskies’ success is attributable to team chemistry and balance. “Our team’s success this season is because we have really gotten in sync as a team,” he said. “Between our pitching, which is usually strong, our hitting and fielding has strengthened a ton. We are a complete team. “Brian May contributes to this because he makes the plays when we need it at shortstop and puts the ball into play from the plate. He pairs well with second baseman Dylan Whitney to cover the middle infield. Our coaches have really worked hard with us on our hitting to ensure that we get the runs we need to win. When our defense is on, and our offense is in sync, we have played some really great baseball.”



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Huskie badminton on the rise

Solid showing at state and growing numbers in program bodes well By MARTY FARMER Sports Editor

The Oak Park and River Forest High School badminton team sent two doubles teams to compete in the state tournament at Eastern Illinois University over the weekend. The Huskies’ top tandem of Halley Bergen and Maeve Heflin fared reasonably well at state, splitting four matches in Charleston. After a loss to Wheaton-Warrenville South in the first round, Bergen and Heflin rebounded nicely with two straight wins in the consolation bracket. They defeated Audrey Treadwell and Jordan Walters (St. Charles North) 21-15, 21-15 and consolidated that result with a 21-15, 18-21, 21-12 victory against Felice Espada and Caitlyn Krueger (Lockport). Hinsdale South’s Aimee Puz and Kaitlyn Hurka ended the Huskies’ run with a 21-18, 21-13 win in the quarterfinals of the consolation bracket. “Halley and Maeve really set the tone for our doubles play all season,” said OPRF coach Paul Wright. “They scored well against our conference’s powerhouse teams. York, Hinsdale Central and Lyons all finished in the top 15 at state so that tells you the strength of our conference.” Gabriela Simone and Grace Cho (the other OPRF doubles representative at state) dropped a pair of matches in

straight sets against Barrington and Buffalo Grove. In the Stevenson Sectional, Bergen and Heflin won three of four matches while Simone and Cho won three of five matches to qualify for the state tournament. When the two OPRF pairs squared off at Stevenson, Bergen and Heflin prevailed with a 21-5, 21-17 victory. Although she didn’t qualify for state, OPRF singles player Emma Proctor played well at Stevenson. “Emma just missed making it downstate by losing the qualifying match in sectionals,” Wright said. “Emma and Halley will be the leaders of our program next year.” In the team standings, sectional host Stevenson won the championship with 18 points, followed by OPRF (10), Addison Trail (8), Warren (5.5) and Leyden (2.5). During the regular season, the Huskies finished second at the Hersey, Conant and T.F. South Invites and competed well in the stacked West Suburban Conference Silver Division. As for the future of OPRF badminton, the outlook is bright. The Huskies welcome back Proctor, Bergen, Maya Jamroz, Annie Wren, Annika Carlson, Nelly Schalich, Evelyn Drews and Olivia Remington next season. “The program is looking up and we have a solid foundation,” Wright said. “I think we have a solid shot at finishing in the three spot in a tight conference race next season.” OPRF has had encouraging results at state in recent years,

Courtesy Paul Wright

OPRF state qualifiers (left to right) Grace Cho, Gaby Simone, Halley Bergin, Maeve Heflin show their school pride. while growing an interest in the sport at the youth levels. “For the sixth year in a row, we have qualified several individuals downstate,” Wright said. “We have more girls taking badminton seriously in the offseason which has helped our program drastically. “We started a summer camp six years ago for grades 4-6 and 7-9,” Wright added. “Our numbers are huge so we are getting more girls playing badminton.”

Fenwick water polo sweeps sectional Friars roll into state tourney with title aspirations, both boys and girls

By MARTY FARMER Sports Editor

The Fenwick High School girls water polo team left no doubt which team was best at the York Sectional over the weekend. Fenwick outscored its three opponents 56-14 en route to the title. In Saturday’s final, they routed the host Dukes 19-5 to advance to the state tournament at Stevenson this weekend. Fenwick offered more of the same dominance in the semifinals at York, cruising past upstart Riverside-Brookfield 17-4. Millie Sheean scored a match-high five goals with five steals. Kassy Rodriguez (3 goals, 3 steals) and Molly McGuire (3 goals, 3 assists) also contributed for the victors. The top-seeded Friars opened the playoffs in auspicious fashion with a 20-5 victory against Westinghouse. Harper Daniels had six goals and McGuire five against the Warriors. Defensively, reserve goalie Cece Jenkins played well in the cage with 19 saves. Junior Paulina Correa and sophomore Xonhane Medina chipped in three steals apiece. At the Metro Catholic Aquatic Conference tournament, girls head coach Jack Wagner was named the MCAC Coach of the Year. McGuire, Correa and Sheean made the first-team, while Sam Rodriguez, Kassy Rodriguez and Medina were second-team All-

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Fenwick’s Jackie Doyle (10) goes for the ball on Thursday, May 10, during a varsity girls water polo match at York Community High School in Elmhurst. MCAC selections. Fenwick (22-6) faces Lane in the state quarterfinals Friday, May 18 at Stevenson. The match begins at 7 p.m. The other quarterfinal matches on the same day are Lincoln-Way East vs. Naperville North (4:30 p.m.), Mother McAuley vs. Stevenson

(5:45 p.m.), and Loyola vs. Conant (8:15 p.m.).

Boys head to Stevenson The Friars edged sectional host York, 8-6, to punch their ticket to the state tournament this weekend at Stevenson. They took a 3-1 lead after one quarter

and matched the Dukes at five goals apiece the rest of the game to claim the sectional championship on May 12. Payton Comstock scored four goals and Ivan Soto added three to power the Fenwick offense. Jack Fisher chipped in a goal, while Ramses Flores dished out six assists. Goalie Alejandro Perez had five saves. Simon DeGrace tallied three scores and Isaac Marlott contributed two goals for York. In the semifinals, Fenwick defeated crosstown rival OPRF 13-8. Comstock scored four goals while Fisher and Flores had three goals apiece against the Huskies. “The entire lineup of 20 guys was able to play in this game,” Fenwick coach Kyle Perry said. “Brian Moore made three saves in his second varsity game. We’re excited about this young group of guys.” In the quarterfinals, Fenwick and OPRF cruised to victories over Chicago Public League teams. The Friars beat Schurz 21-1 and the Huskies topped Von Steuben 17-5. Alex Figus scored a match-high six goals for the Friars. Cal Jaques, James Kouris, Finn McMullen, Nicolas Cronin-Barron and Robert Schweig each scored for OPRF. Fenwick (25-8) takes on St. Ignatius in the state quarterfinals Thursday, May 17 at Stevenson. The match begins at 4:30 p.m. “We have a lot to work on, but three days of practice will do us good,” Perry said. “It’s great to be playing water polo in May.” The other quarterfinal matches on the same day are Evanston vs. Lyons (5:45 p.m.), Lincoln-Way East vs. Conant (7 p.m.) and Naperville Central vs. Stevenson (8:15 p.m.)



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Fenwick student-athletes sign letter of intent

Courtesy Fenwick High School

Friars’‘Sweet Sixteen’ set sights on college athletics Fenwick senior student-athletes recently signed letters of intent to play their respective sports in college on National Spring Signing Day. The list includes (left to right): Margaret Planek, University of Pennsylvania, volleyball; Grace Rogowski, Lehigh University, swimming; Brooke West, U.S. Naval Academy,

swimming; Marie Miller, University of Lynchburg, equestrian; Vanessa Celio, Aurora University, volleyball; Tea Abraham, Illinois College, basketball; Margaux Giacotto, Carthage College, lacrosse; McKenzie Blaze, DePauw University, basketball; Mike Cerceo, St. Thomas University, baseball; Lauren Stibich, University of Illinois, soccer;

Josh Harris, Benedictine University, track and field; AJ Nixon, Loras College, basketball; Anthony Leopold, Sacred Heart University, football; Ivan Soto, California Lutheran University, water polo; Tim La, Elmhurst College, baseball; Jason Ivery, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, football




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May leads by example

Huskies’ two-sport captain anchors successful baseball, football teams By MELIN TATE

W OPRF senior shortstop Brian May is hitting .388 with a home run, four doubles and nine stolen bases. File photo

Contributing Reporter

hether it’s playing shortstop for Joe Parenti or playing quarterback for John Hoerster, Oak Park and River Forest senior Brian May is an athlete and leader for all seasons. So what has it been like for the co-captain on both teams playing for two successful coaches in Joe Parenti (baseball) and John Hoerster (football)? “Playing under Parenti and Hoerster are two very different coachJOE PARENTI ing styles mostly because football OPRF baseball coach and baseball are such different games,” May said. “Both those guys are high class individuals. I have nothing bad to say about either of them. I can’t even put into words how lucky I am to have played under these two coaches. Not only are they great coaches, but they care about more than just the sport. I have great relationships with both of them off the field.” While he has developed a passion for football, May’s favorite sport from a very early age was baseball. “Baseball was my (first) love ever since I picked one up as a toddler,” he said. “Playing on (OPRF) varsity baseball

“Brian is able to do everything well.”

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