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JOURNAL of Oak Park and River Forest

October 10, 2018 Vol. 39, No. 12 ONE DOLLAR @oakpark @wednesdayjournal

Museum shows fair housing fight from many angles ‘Open Housing’ exhibit unearths unheralded history By MICHAEL ROMAIN Staff Writer

Harriette and McLouis “Mac” Robinet moved to Oak Park from Chicago in 1965 after having secured the help of “straw buyers” — a white Presbyterian minister and his wife who bought the historic four-square home and immediately sold it to the African-American couple in order to evade the racist restrictions that had blocked the couple’s previous attempts to purchase a house. In a 1968 article published in Redbook, a national women’s magazine, Harriette recalled moving day. “When a Negro family moves into an all-white suburb, it’s officially called a ‘move-in,’” she wrote. “A ‘move-in’ involves many precautions. The Illinois Commission on Human Rights suggests that neighbors not see the Negro family near the house before the actual moving day. I hadn’t even been inside of our new home yet. “The moving must be fast and professional, done in the middle of the day, in the middle of the week — no weekend idlers nearby. And the white neighbors must be completely informed before See EXHIBIT on page 16

Image provided by John Sheehan

DRONE ZONE: A screenshot of a YouTube video by Oak Park resident John Sheehan’s “Better with a Drone” channel. The drone hovers above Scoville Park, 800 Lake St., at dusk.

Oak Park and River Forest by air Local resident gets amazing views of western suburbs and more


Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s … a drone! Over the last decade, as drone technology has advanced and the airborne machines have come down in price, hobbyists like Oak Parker John Sheehan have

become increasingly more common. Over the last year, or so, the semi-retired videographer has shot dozens of videos with his drones, which he posts to his YouTube channel “Better with a Drone” ( offering breathtaking views of wellknown local landmarks such as Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, Ascension

Catholic Church and St. Edmund Catholic Church in Oak Park, Grace Lutheran Church and the campuses of Concordia and Dominican universities in River Forest, the Forest Park water tower and the new Eleven33 luxury apartment building under construction at the corner of Harlem Avenue and South Boulevard. See DRONE on page 14


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Concordia president retires Daniel Lee Gard, a minister and retired rear admiral of the U.S. Navy, announced Oct. 3 he will retire as president of Concordia University Chicago at the end of the school year, after four years in the role. In a statement, Gard quoted the King James Bible saying, “to everything there is a season, a time to every purpose under the heaven.” He said serving as president of Concordia had been the “greatest honor of his life.” The Board of Regents had previously voted to offer Gard a five-year extension of his current contract. Dominic Salvino, chairman of the board, noted in a statement that, under Gard’s leadership, Concordia has completed construction of Concordia Hall, the first new residence hall constructed on campus in a half-century; renovated the Trusheim and Mary-Martha residence halls; and created the Kreft Center for Student Success, which serves as a hub for student services. “All of this flows from President Gard’s vision of putting students first — witnessed by his daily personal engagement around campus — and by God’s grace, it

A setback for Ginie

Virginia “Ginie” Cassin recently moved up to Minnesota to be closer to family after a lifetime in Oak Park. Recently she fell and broke her leg. Her daughter, Sheila MacLaughlin, writes, “At this time, Mom is in a rehab facility just minutes from where her son, Pat, and I live. She needs to regain strength in her broken VIRGINIA CASSIN leg as well as her Longtime Oak Parker upper arms. The PT and OT staff are wonderful, compassionate women who are getting to know Ginie well, and are witnessing that ‘get it done’ attitude. Of course, there are hard moments and joyful moments. But Mom remains her positive self, bringing good humor and inspiration to the lives around her.” Sheila says Ginie would love to hear from her Oak Park friends. Mail can be addressed to her apartment: 8182 Excelsior Road, Apt. 318 Baxter, MN 56425

Ken Trainor

Daniel Lee Gard to retire. has resulted in record enrollment now exceeding 6,000 students, an increase of approximately 20 percent during his tenure,” Salvino said in a statement. The university will work with representatives from the Concordia University System and the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod to conduct a nationwide search for Gard’s successor.

Grand opening and blessings Residents browse through the aisles during the grand opening of Oak Park Market on North Avenue.

Nona Tepper

OPRF notches baker’s dozen National Merit semifinalists

This year, around a baker’s dozen Oak Park and River Forest High School students qualified as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program, which students can enter by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The test screens around 1.5 million entrants each year, with only the highest-performing students advancing to the next round of the program. This year, those OPRF National Merit Scholarship semifinalists are: ■ Aaron C. Baker ■ Ev I Berger-Wolf ■ Nathan Devaud ■ Christopher E. Hugh ■ James N. Kennedy ■ Kevin H. Kodama ■ Merrick A. Ohata ■ Anna C. Schoeny ■ Ariel Sol B Schwartz ■ Ellary Shillington-Bartley ■ Dana M. Small ■ Jack P. Thomas-Colwell ■ Luca D. Zefran

Michael Romain


Scout gets a blessing from Rev. Peter Campbell, Oct. 6, during the pet blessing service at Christ Episcopal Church in River Forest. More photos on page 17.

iGOV hosts candidate workshop

Thinking of running for elective office in Oak Park or the western suburbs in the election set for April 2, 2019? Well, all prospective candidates can get a tutorial on what it takes to get your name on the ballot at a forum by the local intergovernmental group iGOV at 7 p.m. on Oct. 17 at Percy Julian Middle School, 416 S. Ridgeland Ave.

The event will include a presentation by the Citizens Advocacy Center. “They will not offer legal advice per se, but will point you in the right direction of where to find the necessary documentation to begin your candidacy,” an iGOV press release states. The two-hour forum will be followed by a panel of six board members from each governmental body in the village to discuss topics such as “what it is like to get on the ballot,” as well as sharing their experiences of being an elected official in Oak Park.

Tim Inklebarger



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Story Slam

Halloween Hoot ’n’ Howl

Thursday, Oct. 11, 7 to 10 p.m., FitzGerald’s: Benefit the Farther Foundation, which helps low-income students travel. Be entertained by storytellers, enjoy food and drink and more. $50 and up. Tickets/more: farther-

Friday, Oct. 12, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Trailside Museum: Enjoy live music, pumpkin painting, native animals, spooky stories, s’mores and more. Ages 10 and under with caregiver. Free. Cosponsored by River Forest Library RF Park District. 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest. ordially invited to join the LGBTQ community, ourand wonderful allies, e else who relishes a spectacular night out, at our fun-filled gala s as the Oak Park Lesbian and Gay Association celebrates our tment to electing our future, honors the winners of this year’s ward, presents our scholarship winners, and has a darn good time doing it! Don’t miss out – we throw a FABULOUS party!

Fire Department Open Saturday October Houses13, 2018, 6:30 p.m. THE NINETEENTH CENTURY CLUB OF OAK PARK Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 178 FOREST AVE, OAK PARK, IL 60301

River Forest Fire Department: See the newest equipment - Fire 213, tourof: the Mel Wilson OPALGA Founders Award inEngine memory station, “Touch a Truck,” try the 9-1-1 Practice Station for 8 Awardees: Bruce Broerman & OPRF School District 200 children, get sprinkler and fire extinguisher information, see the RF$75 Police before Department,September Public Works and1,more. Tickets: $95 after Questions: 708-366-7629. 400 Park Ave. TO PURCHASE TICKETS: Oct. 13, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., ONLINE: Saturday, Oak Park’s Central Fire Station: EMAIL: Get up close to equipment and talk to firefighters/paraPHONE: Kendall at (312) 504-6557 medics. Also tour the fire house, see presentations about MAIL: BOXAll1460, Oak Park, IL 60304 safetyP.O. and more. ages. Inquire: 708-358-5600. 100 N. If mailing a check, please include your meal preference Euclid Ave.

Open House Chicago Mark Dvorak Photo by Kevin Viol

Saturday, Oct. 13, and Sunday, Oct. 14: Visit 250 locations across Chicagoland, including nine in Oak Park and 11 in Austin. Free. More:

a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All Gala proceeds benefitinitiatives funded by OPALGA.

s exceeding the $75 Gala ticket price are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.

Oak Park Lesbian and Gay Association (OPALGA) Gala Saturday, Oct. 13, 6:30 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club: Celebrate the LGBT community, recognize leaders and assist students through scholarships while dining and dancing. $95. Tickets (by Oct. 10, midnight):

Free Musical Performances Saturday, Oct. 13, 2 to 3 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: Hear the Pharlis James Trio perform their Great American Songbook Concert with tunes of Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Nat “King” Cole, Bobby Darin and more. Sunday, Oct. 14, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: Remember music from the movies as it’s performed by vocalist Rachel Peterson and pianist Mark Streder. Featured composers include George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rogers and Hart and others. More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

October 10-17

BIG WEEK FolkTober Fest

The Oak Park Arts District is hosting a weekend of music to support the OP-RF Food Pantry, Housing Forward and the OP-RF Community Foundation. Donations to support these organizations accepted at each event. More: Friday, Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m., District Kitchen and Tap: Acoustic Jam - players of acoustic instruments, singers and listeners are invited. 220 Harrison St. Saturday, Oct. 13, 2 to 4 p.m. Val’s Halla Records: Showcase - Acoustic Neighbors, Jeff Burke’s Jam Class,

Oak Park After Dark Saturday, Oct. 13, 7 to 10 p.m., Oak Park Art League: Come to an evening of art benefiting Hephzibah Children’s Association. Cocktail reception includes tasty bites, art exhibition “Through the Cracks, the Light Comes In” (open through Nov. 3), local performance artists, original mosaics created by Hephzibah kids and more. $50. Tickets: 720 Chicago Ave.

the Young Stracke All-Stars and others. Free performance; $7.34, supper. 239 Harrison St. Saturday, Oct. 13, 6 to 8 p.m., Buzz Café: Pete Seeger Tribute and dinner show - Oak Park’s Dropped Notes String Band performs during dinner (BYOB). At 7 p.m., Mark Dvorak and Power of Song Singers feature Seeger’s most memorable music. $20. Tickets:, event 3578160. 905 S. Lombard Ave.

Silent Witness: Remember My Story, Remember My Name Monday, Oct. 15, 7 to 8:15 p.m., Pine Room, Ascension Church: Organized by Ascension, St. Edmund and St. Luke, this exhibit and forum includes two women sharing stories of abuse and survival. A Sarah’s Inn rep discusses resources for victims and families. The exhibit shows life-sized wooden figures bearing the tales of lives ended by abusers. 808 S. East Ave., Oak Park.

Nobuntu Sunday, Oct. 14, 3 p.m., Lund Auditorium, Dominican University: Hear the female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe perform traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro-Jazz to Gospel with voice augmented by minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments such as the Mbira (thumb piano) and organic, authentic dance movements. $25 - $40. Tickets: 708-488-5000, events. 7900 West Division St.

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UPCOMING VILLAGE ELECTIONS APRIL 2 Interested in running for office? Let us know! 3 positions on the Village Board of Trustees will be contested in the April election. Local citizen action group VOICE Oak Park will support independent candidates for the Board who will work for  Transparent and democratic Village government  A truly equitable community  Affordability and economic diversity  Development that respects the character of the village, its neighborhoods, and the environment.

Pulling off Greek tragedy in style By DOUG DEUCHLER


Theater Critic

’ve often mentioned how lucky we are in this community that, in addition to our wonderful local professional theater venues, we also have several universities producing high-caliber shows at very affordable prices. Antigone, a classic Greek tragedy by Sophocles, is the current offering from The Collective of Concordia University Chicago, River Forest. It’s a fine production, intensely directed by Brian Fruits, featuring impressive performances by a large and talented cast. The actors consistently maintain the tension of the play. I won’t go into a full-blown comparison but this ancient Greek tragedy in many ways seems almost a contemporary parable. Antigone, played by Kelsey Schultz, is a passionate and stubborn young woman who challenges the patriarchy and the unfair regime of a dictator. The play centers on the family of the recently deceased Oedipus, all of whom are cursed because he killed his father and married his mother. Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta, demands that her slain brother Polyneices receive a proper burial against the wishes of Antigone’s uncle, the vain tyrant King Creon, portrayed by Eamon Gonzales. Polyneices fought for the resistance against the powerful king. By Creon’s cruel order, the body has been left to rot, unlamented, to be devoured by scavenging wild dogs and crows. Burial was extremely important to the Greeks who believed if someone was not properly buried, their spirit would never reach the afterlife. So Antigone’s rebellious spirit motivates her, as well as her need for vengeance. She rejects authority and defies her tyrannical uncle in her determination to bury her dead brother. By so doing, she puts her life and her betrothal to King Creon’s son Haemon (Noah Dunsmore) at great risk in the process. Ismene, Antigone’s sister (Michelle Frerking), is lawful and obedient to authority. In a secret meeting she tells her sister

she won’t help her. There is a vociferous chorus of 15 Theban elders, led by Angela Matera, draped in red with their heads covered. Each barefoot chorus member wears a half-mask in the style of the ancient Greek theater. These stunning pieces of art were designed and constructed by director Fruits and Joshua Christ. At first the chorus seems deferential to the king. But ultimately they pledge support to Antigone. They are haunting, unnervingly omniscient. Despite the fact that she is King Creon’s niece and engaged to his son Haemon, Antigone knows she is risking her life to go against the edict of the powerful ruler. The chorus never stands still as they deliver their lines. They are a graceful but spell-binding presence, weaving, undulating, and ominously punctuating what they’re saying with their movements. At times they appear in the aisles. Eurydice, Creon’s wife, is played by Faith Koenig. Brandon Ellis portrays Teiresias, a blind prophet who chastises King Creon, accusing him of being foolish and corrupt. The set design by Christina Leinicke is impressive. Leinicke also designed the classical-style Greek costumes. Jonathan Hadley’s sound design is especially strong, bridging scenes with clips of regal-sounding music. The chorus of elders includes Ghaida Aljebreen, Allison Balden, Emil Clausing, Esmeralda Delgado, Nike Dobbs, Oralia Duarte, Aletheia Grossmann, Caitlin Johnson, Asia Lagrow, Angela Matera, Jakob Misey, Gillian Norris, Magdalene Piazza, Jess Smith, and Katie Vazquez. Three performances of Concordia’s strong production of Antigone remain this weekend at Madison Street Theatre in Oak Park. Catch Sophocles’ Greek tragedy “Antigone,” performed by The Collective, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 14, 3 p.m. $15; $10, students and seniors; $5, Concordia students. Tickets: Madison Street Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park.

VOICE may also be able to support candidates for Library, Park, and School Boards. Contact us for more information. VOICE will help endorsed candidates with monetary support, volunteer efforts, and shared programs. If you are interested in being considered for VOICE endorsement contact us by October 15 at Learn more about us at Facebook: “VOICE of Oak Park” email



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Plain talk on race at Mann


or the second time in recent weeks I have been in the audience as a black, female leader of an Oak Park school has reported that they felt disrespected and undermined upon their arrivals in their own schools. Joylynn Pruitt-Adams, superintendent at OPRF, told a crowd at the Lake Theatre watching an America to Me preview in August, that she has experienced racial bias directed at her both within the school and in the community. Last Thursday evening, the PTO at Mann School in northwest Oak Park, hosted a brave discussion about race and equity in response to the now seven broadcast episodes of America to Me. There was a panel of five, four Mann parents and Faith Cole, the school’s principal for the past four years. Cole, a black woman, has an interesting history since she is a graduate of Mann. After school, she returned to District 97 as a teacher for seven years before being chosen as Mann’s principal in December 2014. But she also reported hearing stories on her arrival of opposition to her appointment, based on her race. “Having me as a leader is not what some people wanted.” Last week, in the auditorium of Mann School, Cole was clearly wanted and much respected by her activist parent community. But I add in the unceremonious departure of LeeAndra Khan as principal of Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School a year ago after her bold, and to some antagonizing, efforts to jump-start black kids into advanced math. And I include the departure of Chala Holland, a leading voice for change in early episodes of America to Me. Holland was assistant principal of OPRF and expressed frustration at the lack of urgency in the school. She is now principal of Lake Forest High School.

There is not an unlimited supply of black women eager and determined to work in our schools, women with the experience and chops to create change that is so overdue. This is something for us to think about. Meanwhile back at Mann’s PTO meeting, Cole launched the evening in principal-mode with a detailed presentation on the school’s demography – 68 percent white, 6 percent black, 8 percent Latino, 14 percent multiracial. Then before noting the reality of an academic gap in math and reading between the school’s white and black and Latino students, she made a point that would be repeated many times during the two-hour discussion. Unlike any other school in Oak Park, there is no income gap between races in the Mann community. That removes the go-to response often heard when we look at dramatic disparities between races on test scores. “Well, maybe its not race; it’s really about income levels.” At Mann School there is no income gap between races yet the academic gap persists. A parent asked, if there is no income gap, then why is there a racial gap? Cole called that “the million-dollar question. And if anyone can do [something about] it, Mann can do it.” They’ve already started. A PTO cochaired by two former teachers intently focused on equity (Aimee Davis and Dot Roche), a PTO ready to convene a meeting solely on equity, parents (Davis, Oscar Johnson, Katie Korrison and Doug Rainey) ready to sit on a stage and talk plainly about race and racism and how it is real in the lives of their young children at Mann. Korrison said that racism is out there in the community. “We have to talk early and often about this. Many whites don’t talk about race. If we don’t, our kids will learn their values elsewhere.”


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D200 realigns in effort to improve equity

Curriculum and Instruction, HR departments restructure By MICHAEL ROMAIN Staff Reporter

At least two departments at Oak Park and River Forest High School have undergone major realignments in order to ensure that District 200 achieves its many equity-related goals. During a Committee of the Whole meeting, Sept. 18, district officials in the Curriculum and Instruction Department and the Human Resources Department presented reorganization plans to board members. Greg Johnson, the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, said that his department’s redesign includes the establishment of three new standing committees. The Teaching and Learning Team, he said, meets twice a month and includes the principal and around five other administrators. The group is responsible for “setting teaching and learning goals and initiatives for the year,” Johnson explained in a memo. The Evaluation Committee meets once a month and is composed of administrators who monitor and evaluate performance

data. The group discusses the methods used to collect data for teacher observations, the “process we use to implement student growth, and how we use the data we collect in these processes to determine teacher ratings,” Johnson explained. A third committee, the Teaching and Learning Advisory Committee, meets monthly and includes teachers and administrators who “will provide guidance” on things like professional and curriculum development. This year, Johnson said, the department rolled out a new Curriculum Evaluation and Development Manual, which is designed to focus on “providing a guaranteed and viable curriculum that ensures all students have equal opportunity to learn, including equal access to content, knowledge, and skills, regardless of the section or class they enroll in.” Roxana Sanders, the district’s new senior director of human resources, presented a draft Talent Management Framework during last month’s meeting. The framework, she said, is a comprehensive plan to identify, recruit, hire and retain qualified minority employees, including teachers, support staff and administrators. Sanders said the plan focuses on ways to build a pipeline of qualified candidates through a variety of sources and strategies,

including what’s called a “grow-your-own program” that “takes advantage of aspiring teachers’ tendency to prefer to return home to teach.” The initiative would train candidates from within the district to become qualified teachers to fill “high-need positions.” Sanders also proposed that OPRF establish a partnership with an area university that would “allow it to offer some dual-credit courses to its high school students preparing them for a teaching career.” In order to implement the HR reorganization, the board approved the creation of a full-time administrative assistant and the reclassification of two other administrative positions at a special meeting on Sept. 18. The cost of the new full-time administrative assistant position, which has a salary range of between $47,933 and $63,911, would be partially offset by the elimination of a $45,670 temporary receptionist position, officials said. The salary range for the two reclassified positions were increased from between $54,869 and $73,158 to between $63,191 and $84,255, in order to reflect the additional administrative work that these employees will be expected to perform. CONTACT:

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Period of adjustment • Care, grooming should be consistent but adolescent dogs may require new approach


ur latest in a series of columns on the growth cycle of dogs, from puppy to senior, with a continued look at the adolescent years. Think back to your child’s first day of kindergarten. You shopped together for crayons and glue; you pondered over that first-day outfit and you kissed away a few tears as your son or daughter headed to the front door of the school to line up with his or her new classmates. Fast forward to their first day of junior year: You had no idea they even left the house that morning, much less what they wore. Granted, your dog will always require more hands-on care than your son or daughter as they get older but you shouldn’t expect them to act like they did when they were puppies. In fact, you may need to adjust to their behavior just as much as they’ll need to adjust to yours.

See the signs

IN THE DOG HOUSE with Jill Showalter

Dogs who’ve been trained to go to the bathroom outside won’t deviate from that behavior unless they’re placed in extreme circumstances. In other words, if your dog waits to go to the bathroom until you let her out each day when you come home from work, you’ll expect her to keep your house urinefree unless you extend that window of her time spent alone. Home by six? Perfectly fine. Home by nine? Expect to see a puddle or two when you come home. You may not like having to clean up a fresh mess when you enter your house but you’ll probably understand why it happened.

But if your dog pees in the house after a couple of hours, or worse, when you’re sitting in the other room, it’s probably a sign that something isn’t right. He may be nervous about some new sights or sounds in the area, angry over a change to his routine or showing symptoms of an illness or ailment. In the third case, call your vet. If it’s one of the first two scenarios—they’re building a new house next door, meaning your dog’s mornings of quiet reflection—OK, sleeping—have been replaced by anxious hours or pacing and whining; you’re paying a lot of attention to your sister’s puppy, who’s spending another week with you while your sibling spends another “I have to find myself” weekend in Las Vegas—than you can hep make adjustments—shut the windows and crank NPR while you’re not home; tell your sister she just needs to get a job and you can’t watch her puppy for the third weekend in a row—so your dog can live a more harmonious life.

Keeping up appearances

Some of the least desired changes with dogs may be the undeniable changes to their appearance. That puppy with the soft fur who would snuggle up to you each night? Now she’s a dog with coarse hair who leaves a mark on your neck when she comes in for a hug. Like your son’s wonderful curls that ended up on the hair salon floor after that first haircut, only to be replaced by something that felt like paintbrush bristles thereafter, your dog’s fur will change. So expect your care of that fur to change as well.

If you put your dog through an occasional brushing that seemed as easy as mixing cake batter, don’t be surprised if you find yourself fighting with the brush to work through mattes and curls. If you’re in love with a particular style of hair, be sure to check the breed before you bring a new puppy into your home. Like that kid with the natural curls, your dog’s hair is going to change—and maybe, at least in your opinion—not for the better.

Mine, mine, mine As dogs get older, they get more territorial. Like the teen who locks you out of his room, dogs want their space, so don’t be surprised when they retreat to their cage or collect their toys in one area of the house. And like teens, dogs can become selfish with their time, especially with you. Sure, you have a ton of responsibilities but if you chose to own a dog, that responsibility should always be pretty high on the list. Take your dog for walks when you come home or spend some time running around with him in the yard. Think of them as those late-night, kitchen-table talks you have with your 17-year-old son. Your son may not directly come to you for advice but if you do it right, he won’t even know you’re passing on some wisdom. Dogs are the same. They should always be part of your routine, regardless of age. Don’t let a few awkward months keep you from continuing to develop your relationship. Jill Showalter owns Yuppie Puppy and Doggie Day Play in Oak Park. She has personally tended to more than 100,000 dogs since 2007 and has shared stories and advice with numerous dog owners.


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Ford exploring mayoral run

the way for Ford — the group’s second choice. Although he is not formally endorsing a candidate for mayor until after the gubernaA prominent elected official whose district torial elections in November, Davis said in includes parts of Oak Park is considering a recent interview that he would support a entering an already crowded race for Chi- candidate who would prioritize building an cago mayor and he believes he could get the all-purpose high school in Austin -- something Ford has pushed in a ballot initiative backing of most West Side elected officials. -- and appointing West Side resiState Rep. La Shawn K. Ford (8th) dents to key seats on commissaid during an interview over earsions and other governmental lier this month that he currently bodies, among other measures. has volunteers circulating petiDavis also lavished praise on tions and that an exploratory comFord’s governing experience and mittee has formed to vet the feasileadership skills. bility of a possible mayoral run. Ford said Ald. Chris Taliaferro “It appears we’ve been getting (29th) made the motion while a great response,” Ford said at Ald. Walter Burnett (27th) secthe time, adding that he could onded. When reached by phone make an official announcement on Monday morning, Taliaferro within a week. In the meantime, LA SHAWN FORD referred questions about the prohe’s been hosting exploratory State rep. cess to Ald. Emma Mitts (37th), meetings across Chicago. the chairman of West Side Black Ford said his flirtation with running for mayor was “sparked” after West- Elected Officials. Mitts could not immediately side Black Elected Officials, an organization be reached on Monday morning for comment. “Maybe they’ll say they don’t like the findcomprising African-American lawmakers from across the West Side, voted unanimous- ings of the exploratory committee, but what’s great is that they feel I’m qualified enough to ly to support his exploratory committee. Ford said U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis (7th) run; otherwise they wouldn’t have [endorsed had been at the top of the organization’s the exploratory committee],” said Ford, addlist as the person they would back to run for ing that if he decides to join the race, his canmayor, but Davis declined the offer, clearing didacy would be a “strong community grassEditor

roots campaign,” noting that his record in Springfield “proves I’m pretty independent and not controlled by any party.” The longtime state legislator, who was first elected to the General Assembly in 2007, said he thinks “it’s important that the black community has someone willing to raise the issues for black people and bring the city together. I’m not afraid to talk about the struggles of black people in a way that lets white people know we’re in it together and that the black struggle is their struggle, and the brown struggle is our struggle.” When asked if he thinks his 2014 misdemeanor income tax charge would be a problem, Ford said he hopes to leverage the issue in order to raise awareness of criminal justice reform. In 2012, Ford, who owns a real estate company, was indicted on 17 felony bank fraud and false information charges after allegations that he submitted misleading information in order to obtain an additional $500,000 on a line of credit. Two years later, prosecutors dropped all 17 felony counts in exchange for the lawmaker pleading guilty to the misdemeanor charge. “I’m looking forward to making sure that people understand I have knowledge and experience with the criminal justice system,” Ford said. “I was wrongfully charged and 17 counts of bank fraud were dropped,” he said. “I think this is the perfect way to bring criminal justice reform front and center. It’s one

of the [top] issues in the state and the country, but for some reason it doesn’t get the attention that’s needed.” Ford also said that, if he runs and is elected, his administration “will build schools in communities left behind” and implement more community engagement than the current administration. “We really don’t need to constantly have a dictatorial, strong mayor not listening to the community,” he said. “Citizens protesting to be heard, all that kind of stuff has to end. We have to have a more participatory form of government, which is why I believe the old book of Chicago politics will be put to rest and we’ll start a new chapter.” The race for mayor has only widened ever since Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced last month that he would not seek re-election to a third term. As of Sept. 28, there were 17 declared candidates in the mayoral race, including Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, former Chicago Police commissioner Gary McCarthy, former CPS CEO Paul Vallas, and former Police Board president Lori Lightfoot. So far, Amara Enyia, the head of the Austin Chamber of Commerce, is the most highprofile, black, West Side resident to have declared her candidacy. The filing deadline for the Feb. 26, 2019 mayoral race is Nov. 26.

2018 Fall leaf collection set to begin... The annual fall leaf collection program is scheduled for Oct. 15 – Dec. 6 with eight pickups planned for each section of the Village. Residents should rake leaves into the street at least 18 inches from the curb the day before the scheduled pickup dates indicated on the map. Leaves raked into the street will be pushed into piles by Public Works crews during the night to reduce impact on traffic and parked cars. Leaves will be collected the following day. Residents who miss a scheduled pickup date should keep their leaves on the parkway until the night before the next scheduled pickup. Sweepers will be scheduled to run at the end of the collection program to clean up residue. Cooperation is essential to the success of this operation, so please follow these simple rules:

• Keep catch basins clear of raked leaves to avoid flooding.

• Leaves only -- do not add brush, grass clippings or yard waste.

• Obey all parking restrictions. Regulations will be strictly enforced.

• Do not park on or near a pile of leaves, which can hinder leaf removal operations. Heat from a car also could ignite the leaves.

• Dampen piles after raking to avoid leaves being blown by the wind.

• Rake leaves onto side streets whenever possible. Try to avoid major thoroughfares where piles of leaves might create traffic hazards. • Do not rake leaves into or close to cul de sacs or traffic diverters. The equipment needs room to operate.

• Inform landscape services of the leaf collection schedule.

• Drive carefully. Leaves are slippery when wet and large piles may hinder visibility. • Drive cautiously – crews will create safe work zones and close intersections for a few minutes while removing large leaf piles.

For more information call 358.5700 or email


• Rake leaves out the day before the scheduled pickup date.

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SOUTH BLVD. TUESDAY Oct. 16 Oct. 23 Oct. 30 Nov. 6 Nov. 13 Nov. 20 Nov. 27 Dec. 4


• Do not rake leaves into or close to bus shelters or bicycle racks.

WEDNESDAY Oct. 17 Oct. 24 Oct. 31 Nov. 7 Nov. 14 Nov. 21 Nov. 28 Dec. 5

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• Consider composting or using the leaves as garden mulch as an alternative to raking.




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Oak Park OKs $1.2M for village hall parking lot

Project includes new charging stations | for electric cars By TIMOTHY INKLEBARGER Staff Reporter

The Oak Park Board of Trustees has approved spending $1.2 million to resurface the parking lot at village hall, 123 Madison St., and install 10 electric car-charging stations for public use. Trustees unanimously approved the contract with Alliance Contractors Inc., the only company to submit a bid. Trustee Andrea Button was absent. The project also includes new lighting, repairs to the basementgarage, landscaping, and beautification of the plaza. “While the project is being bid this year the construction would not occur until the spring of 2019,” Village Manager Cara Pavlicek told trustees at the Oct. 1 meeting. “We have a number of busy activities this fall including early voting that occurs at village hall.” Village Engineer John Wielebnicki called the project a “reconstruction” of the lot where village employees and police vehicles park. He said it has been a so long since the lot was resurfaced, village planners were “picking our brain to figure out the last time it was rebuilt.” He said many of the trees around the parking lot have been removed over the years “and while they look nice and green right now there’s a lot of dead wood in there, and they’re about due for a replacement.” “There is some structural work that will be going in over the underground parking area,” he said. According to a memo to the village board repairs to the south portion of the basement/garage area “will disturb a large portion of the current plaza area which is proposed to be beautified with installation of hexagon unit pavers throughout, decorative planters, new trees, and the addition of street-furniture to make the space more inviting and a place for residents and staff to meet.” The electrical vehicle-charging stations will be available to village vehicles as well as the public, Wielelbnicki said. The structural repairs to the underground parking garage are a continuation of a project that began in 2016. The project will largely be funded with money from Madison Street Tax Increment Finance District. The electric car-charging stations are estimated to cost $75,000 and will be funded through the village’s parking fund. In 2016, the village spent $630,900 on repairs to the underground parking garage, the driveway in front of village hall and the pedestrian bridge that runs between the surface parking lot and the building.


Begging in Oak Park just became allowable, following the Oak Park Board of Trustees’ decision to repeal a generally unenforced ordinance forbidding the practice. Village Manager Cara Pavlicek explained at the board meeting on Oct. 1 that the begging ordinance has been around for about 30 years “but it has consistently been determined by

the courts that it isn’t really the right way to handle begging and panhandling.” Lawsuits against municipalities that have such ordinances have been consistently upheld, prompting the board to remove the ordinance. “The police department has not enforced this in a number of years because of concerns about free speech,” she said. “They really work to provide service and approach the situation much differently in a pro-active way.” While the police department did not enforce the panhandling ordinance, it did begin ticketing and arresting people in 2015 for

PARKING REIMAGINED: The Oak Park Board of Trustees has approved spending $1.2 million to redo the parking lot at Village Hall, 123 Madison St., and install charging stations for electric cars.

Image provided by Alliance Contractors, Inc.

Oak Park repeals begging ordinance

ACLU lawsuits prompt village’s decision


soliciting in the roadway. Oak Park Interim Police Chief LaDon Reynolds, who was a commander for the OPPD in 2015, said at the time that soliciting in the roadway was a safety concern for panhandlers and those in vehicles. Panhandling is often seen on the exit ramps of the Eisenhower Expressway and at major intersections of the village like Harlem and North avenues. Trustee Dan Moroney suggested that the village consider installing machines downtown that allow people to give to local charities that serve homeless and vulnerable populations.

“Springfield, Illinois and Rapid City, South Dakota have ‘giving meters’ in their downtown, so one line of thinking is that money given to the homeless is better given to an organization such as Housing Forward. … It can help provide service to the homeless, and there’s a lot of people who want to give but want to give to the right source,” he said. He described the giving meters as looking similar to parking meters. “So when they are asked for money, maybe with their kids, and they want to set a good example, they can put the money directly into a meter,” he said.


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Have you lost your righteous mind? By MICHAEL ROMAIN

Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project showed that fewer than 10 percent of American high school seniors could identify A very astute white student in Jessica slavery as the cause of the Civil War. Less Stovall’s class made the trenchant observa- than one-third of them could identify the tion that he doesn’t understand why the white 13th Amendment as the formal end of slavkids in James Sieck’s AP American History ery in the country, the Atlantic points out. If the white students in AP American Hisclass “can’t talk about race like we can.” “If you can’t go into the curriculum be- tory cannot competently talk about race, cause of your own personal feelings, then despite their advanced academic pedigree, then it’s because the people who create the that’s not a good student to me,” he says. That’s one of the more memorable in- curriculum have made it so — the social and sights in this seventh episode, but after historical context in which the curriculum some moments of reflection, this argument was created has made it so. This is how whiteness lives on. Whiteness assumes that even academic curricula are somehow free of the racist inflections of the is stitched into the minds of white people and black people p p alike — reified as a neutral mostly white men who helped shape p them. or even benevolent norm — by William Sanders Scarborough the disciplined, studied avoidwas one of the founders of the ance of its implications. American Philological AssociaFor a black person, living tion and generally regarded as with such normalcy takes a sothe first African-American clascial and psychological toll. We sical scholar. He wrote a textmust deal with notions of inbook in Ancient Greek that was feriority, shame, degradation used widely at the university and worthlessness — to name level. He was also a former slave. WATC H I N G In 1909, Scarborough was ‘ A M E R I C A T O M E ’ a few forces. Black people must escape the indoctrinabarred from attending an asE P I S O D E VII tion into whiteness as a matter sociation meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, because the hotel where of survival. We must shake the myth (which the meeting was to be held refused to serve means confronting it) in order to keep our him and had threatened to sue the associa- “righteous mind,” as referenced in Episode tion for breach of contract if it canceled. 7 by Denzel Washington’s character from a Someone else read the paper that Scarbor- scene in the film The Great Debaters. This takes constant struggle. ough was due to read at the meeting. For the white person, living with whiteTo this day, the overwhelming majority of undergraduate classics majors and faculty ness also takes a social and psychological members in the classics is white. According toll, which most white people have been to the Society for Classical Studies, only 2 careful to make others pay. But the moral percent of full-time classics faculty mem- debt, accrued by centuries of plunder and domination, strains to be recognized. bers are minorities. I cringed listening to the reprehensible At this point, it’s been pretty well established that the study of Greek antiquity was closing arguments made by Jason Van Dyke’s quite literally whitewashed, as Sarah E. lawyer (who made a mentally ill teenager out Bond, an assistant professor of Classics at to be a ravenous beast) and statements by the University of Iowa, explained in a wide- the police union representative in response to the guilty verdict (the rep was outraged ly referenced 2017 essay. “Most museums and art history textbooks that Van Dyke was even on trial for shooting contain a predominantly neon white display a black kid 16 times). Whiteness has turned of skin tone when it comes to classical stat- some white people into moral monsters. In Take This Hammer, a 1963 documenues and sarcophagi,” Bond writes. Many Western statues, reliefs and sar- tary about San Francisco’s race problem, cophagi, Bond explains, “were, in fact, James Baldwin, in the words of the writer painted. Marble was a precious material for Brandon Tensley, returns to white people Greco-Roman artisans, but it was consid- the problem of “the nigger” (Baldwin, after ered a canvas, not the finished product for all, must maintain his righteous mind). “I didn’t invent him. White people invented sculpture.” And yet generations of high-level history him,” Baldwin says. “If I am not the nigger, students and even professors and PhDs have and if it’s true that your invention reveals considered the ancients “Anglo Saxon an- you, then who is the nigger? ... Well, he’s uncestors” — evidence of how “not a few West- necessary to me, so he must be necessary erners have attempted to racialize antiquity, to you. I’m going to give you your problem making history into white race history and back: You’re the nigger, baby, it isn’t me.” To be white and not grapple with the morclassics into a lily-white field, complete with pictures of blond ancient Greeks,” as histo- al consequences of your whiteness is to lose rian Nell Irvin Painter writes in The His- your “righteous mind.” To see some white people in this episode attempting to reclaim tory of White People. A similar whitewashing extends to the their righteous minds — like that student in Stovall’s class — is refreshing. teaching of American history in schools. CONTACT: For instance, a 2018 report by the Southern Staff Writer

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Altiro closes, property in foreclosure

Future uncertain for former site of Erik’s Deli By TIMOTHY INKLEBARGER

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It’s been about a month since the Latin fusion restaurant Altiro — where the oncebeloved Erik’s Deli was previously located at 107 N. Oak Park Ave. — closed its doors. But public records show that the building, owned by Erik’s owner Ajay Bhatia, went into foreclosure about eight months after Altiro opened in September 2017. It’s unlikely that the closure of Altiro and the foreclosure were connected. Neither Bhatia nor Altiro executive chef Roberto Avila could immediately be reached for comment. A mortgage of $1 million was placed on the property in September 2016 but went into foreclosure less than two years later in May 2018. In addition, the condo association placed a lien on the property for $18,366 in August. For those nostalgic for the days of Erik’s Deli, that restaurant also is unlikely to return. Shortly after its closure, Bhatia attempted to reopen Erik’s at the site currently occupied by Courageous Bakery and Café, 736 Lake St. Signs appeared on the door of the restau-

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DEPARTED: The Latin fusion restaurant closed about a month ago and the property is in foreclosure. rant storefront announcing that Erik’s was moving to the high-profile location, formerly occupied by Red Hen Bread, at the corner of Lake Street and Oak Park Avenue but Bhatia said in 2017 that the deal fell through.

It is uncertain how long the foreclosure process could take, resulting in a vacant storefront for the foreseeable future.


Mattress Firm LA company to buy Oak spared in initial Park cannabis dispensary Seven Point on Lake wave of closures Street to be purchased by The Mattress Firm store in Forest Park was spared from closure for now, after the chain announced Oct. 5 it was filing for bankruptcy and closing some 210 stores across the U.S. Mattress Firm plans to eventually close another 500 stores nationwide in an effort to “strengthen our balance sheet and accelerate the optimization of our store portfolio,” Steve Stagner, executive chairman, president and CEO, said in a statement. “Leading up to the holiday shopping season, we will exit up to 700 stores in certain markets where we have too many locations in close proximity to each other,” Stagner said in a statement. “We intend to use the additional liquidity from these actions to improve our product offering, provide greater value to our customers, open new stores in new markets, and strategically expand in existing markets where we see the greatest opportunities to serve our customers.” Mattress Firm has been open in Forest Park for at least four years. A spokeswoman did not respond to an interview request about how many people work at the store. The chain was founded in 1986 in Houston, Texas. It operates approximately 3,230 stores in 49 states.

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to the state, the press release notes. “Seven Point is proud of its strong commitment to the local medical patient community and the loyal following we have built over the years,” Seven Point owner Brad Zerman said in the press release. “MedMen will By TIMOTHY INKLEBARGER Staff Reporter continue that tradition while bringing its industry-leading retail operations The Los Angeles-based and commitment to quality medical cannabis company and service.” MedMen has announced its MedMen now owns displan to purchase Oak Parkpensaries in three other based dispensary Seven Point. states – California, Nevada The dispensary opened in and New York. Seven of August 2016 at 1132 Lake St., those are in Los Angeles and making it the first shop of one is located in Manhattan. its kind in the village. “Our strategy has been MedMen stated in an Oct. to put our brand in high3 press release that Illinois visibility commercial disis among the fastest growtricts in popular locations ing medical marijuana marlike Beverly Hills, ManhatADAM BIERMAN kets in the country, with a tan, Los Angeles …” MedMedMen CEO 41 percent growth in mediMen CEO Adam Bierman cal cannabis cardholders to said, adding that Oak Park 42,203 since the beginning “fits the mold perfectly.” of the year. Illinois also has experiThe deal is expected to close in the enced a 35 percent increase in retail next 90 days, pending approval by the sales over the same period, according state.


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has been to put our brand in high-visibility commercial districts in popular locations.”

It’s just around the corner: the McAdam Pumpkin Party is back on Saturday, October 20th, from Noon to 3 p.m. Hayrides, painted faces, a pumpkin Scott painting station, McAdam Jr. a spooky story time and sweet treats are the main ingredients. The Pumpkin Party is for kids of all ages and is open to the entire community—and it’s all free. During the event, we will also have huge fall discounts on all in stock trees, shrubs, and perennials. Want to know what you can still plant? Our professionals will be offering tips on how to winterize your garden. Particularly with plants that have been growing in the same containers all year long, this is a good time of year to landscape. They have gotten full-sized and are ready to plant. It’s very beneficial, before next summer’s heat, to give new plantings as many as six to eight months to get established. At 2001 Des Plaines Avenue, a half-mile south of Roosevelt Road, McAdam Nursery & Garden Center is open until at least the end of October. Weather permitting, it may remain open into early November as well. Questions? Call the Garden Center at 708-771-4903 or visit us online.

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Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore is proud to welcome Chicago’sFREE own Sara& Open to the Public! Tours available: 1-4PM Paretsky to discuss & sign her latest V.I. Warshawki novel Shell Game. The event is free and open to the public. To get your book signed by our guest author, please purchase the book at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore. Otherwise, there is a $5/book fee to have the guest author’s book signed if not purchased at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore. This is store policy.

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Former Alberto Culver CEO shares life, business lessons Carol Lavin Bernick will give free talk at Dominican U. on Oct. 16 By NONA TEPPER Staff Reporter

Former CEO of Alberto Culver, River Forest resident and current philanthropist Carol Lavin Bernick believes she’s had more tough things happen to her than most people. “I’ve had missed pregnancies, stillborn pregnancies, my brother died of a drug overdose,” she said. “I had a crazy public divorce and I’m very private person. The love of my life died of brain cancer. “In each of those situations, I’ve learned a whole bunch of stuff and just as much wonderful stuff has happened in my life.” In an effort to share her personal stories in addition to professional wisdom she learned from her experience running Alberto Culver, a global consumer products manufacturer, Lavin Bernick has self-published “Gather As You Go,” a book she describes as a combination of short life lessons related to business, party planning, decorating and surviving divorce, death and more. Published this year, “Gather As You Go” also features excerpts by Byron Trott, head of BDT Capital Partners merchant bank, who Warren Buffett has called the only banker he trusts; Sally Blount, a professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University who formerly

served as the school’s dean; James Chandler, still keeps in touch with friends she made in a neurosurgeon; and more. grammar school. Lavin Bernick will share these life lessons “I love River Forest. I think it’s down-to-earth, and talk about her work with her nonprof- hardworking people,” Lavin Bernick said. it, Enchanted Backpack, which provides As she grew older, Lavin Bernick went school supplies to needy schools on to work at Alberto Culver, in the Chicagoland area, at 6:30 which her father started in 1955. p.m. on Oct. 16 at Dominican She spent more than 30 years in University’s Performing Arts executive roles in the company, Center, 7900 W. Division St. developing the Mrs. Dash spice The talk, which is co-sponmix and Static Guard, and growsored by the Oak Park River Foring the company to more than $3 million in sales. est Women Leaders in PhilanOne of her biggest challenges thropy, is free but registration is was convincing her father, who required. Visit or was then in his early-70s, that he email Kate Dierkes at kdierkes@ to reserve a space. At- CAROL LAVIN BERNICK needed to give up control, she said. tendees will receive a free copy The company worked with two Philanthropist of “Gather As You Go.” outside directors, a business psy“I’m reflective and I also bechologist and family business exlieve in sharing your truths if you can, pert for two years to change the management. you can really connect with people,” Lavin “My claim to fame is probably turning around Bernick said. “So I tell the whole story, and the culture of the company. It is the best new sometimes it makes me uncomfortable. I try change agent I created. I helped put us back on to connect with the audience in a very per- the map after a long time,” Lavin Bernick said. sonal way. Hopefully, it will go well.” Lavin Bernick later guided the company Growing up on the 1100 block of Ashland through an acquisition in 2011 by Unilever, Avenue until she was 13 years old, Lavin which purchased the company for $3.7 bilBernick said she watched her mother and lion in cash. father leave for work every morning, and reShe now heads Polished Nickel Capital turn home every evening with enough time Management, which is a family investment to connect with their children. company in charge of holding her famLavin Bernick’s grandmother also ily’s assets and managing the Lavin Family worked, a rarity in those days. Despite some- Foundation. times feeling like she was the only girl withIt was through the foundation that Lavin out a stay-at-home mom, Lavin Bernick said Bernick launched the nonprofit Enchanted she felt supported by the local schools, and Backpack, which has provided more than 50

schools with books, supplies, athletic equipment and more since its launch in 2016. To qualify for supplies, more than half of the students in these schools must receive a free or reduced-price lunch. Enchanted Backpack has helped schools in Melrose Park, where Alberto Culver was once headquartered, as well as Maywood, the West Side of Chicago and more, Lavin Bernick said. A portion of all book sales benefit Enchanted Backpack. “It’s making such a huge impact. It’s humbling to see your philanthropy literally in action and this has been a very, very unique thing to do,” Lavin Bernick said. “It’s amazing with how bad, how ill-equipped, some of the schools are and the amazing jobs the principals and staff are doing to make their students’ lives better. It’s a privilege just to be able to help.” In addition to her work with Enchanted Backpack, Lavin Bernick said she is working to create a “Gather” community where strangers can share their wisdom and truths in a safe space. After she published the book, which she intended primarily for friends and family, she said people began writing her stories from their life, as well as sending donations to her nonprofit. She said she has since received more than $150,000 in donations, and is even thinking of publishing another book full of lessons readers have sent in. “I think the magic of “Gather,” and why it’s resonating, is because it’s real,” Lavin Bernick said. CONTACT:

Oak Park board approves three liquor licenses

Alcohol sales OK’d for Live Café, Cajun Boil & Bar and Oak Park Market By TIMOTHY INKLEBARGER Staff Reporter

Oak Parkers will have three new places to wet their whistle in the village, following the Oak Park Board of Trustees’ approval of three new liquor licenses. Live Café, 163 S. Oak Park Ave., Cajun Boil & Bar, 1109 S. Boulevard, and Oak Park Market, 6209 W. North Ave., were all given unanimous approval by the board. Trustees Andrea Button was absent from the vote. Live Café already was approved for a liquor license in 2017 to serve beer and wine, but the new license expands the license to other forms of booze. “What we’re adding is opportunities for Kalua, Bailey’s, pomegranate liqueurs, blackberry liqueurs to accompany lattes, lemonades and that kind of thing,” Live Café co-owner Resheeda Washington told the board. Trustee Simone Boutet, who can frequently be found at the popular coffee shop said, “I think everyone on this board hangs out at Live Café, and I appreciate the gluten-free food, too.” The café is holding a “Prohibition Party” on Oct. 26, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., to celebrate the new license.


LICENSE TO IMBIBE: Live Cafe can expand its alcohol sales. “Come in your ‘Gatsby Garb’ and bring some ‘Flapper Flair!’ Have some ‘Prohibition Punch,’ an ‘Illegal Latté,’ or a ‘Mohogany Manhattan,’ while listening to 90s Hip Hop and R&B (‘cause we only love the 20s so much!),” the business notes on its website. Cajun Boil & Bar got its liquor license in anticipation of

the new restaurant opening later this year. Co-owner and operating partner Kurtis Lott said the restaurant plans to offer Louisiana-style specialty drinks like Hurricanes. “We’re looking to add a little Louisiana flair to the diverse crowd of Oak Park, and we’re looking to have beer, wine and many different spirits to go along,” he said. Lott said the business hopes to open sometime before Thanksgiving. “We’re going to have gumbos and jambalaya and catfish and fried tilapia and fried alligator,” he told trustees. The third liquor license goes to Oak Park’s newest grocery store Oak Park Market. The grocery store opened last week and will sell beer, wine and some liquor, according to owner Angelo Palivos. Trustee Deno Andrews praised the new store, saying it serves a need in northeast Oak Park. “Angelo has made an incredible investment over there. He’s completely transformed the space into a very warm and inviting neighborhood market, lots of organic goods,” Andrews said. “One of the things the community on the Northeast Oak Park Community group on Facebook is there’s no place in northeast Oak Park to go be able to walk and buy a bottle of wine or get a craft beer or anything like that, so the neighborhood really encouraged him to go after this liquor license.”


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South in the forest preserve across First Avenue from Loyola University Medical Center. The airfield is at the site of one of the first aerodromes – open grassy fields that served as landing strips before the first official airports were built. Model airplane enthusiasts from page 1 now use the field. Sheehan has also posted drone videos of “[Famed American aviator] Charles LindChicago, Lyons, Riverside, Cicero and else- bergh used the field … as the anchor for the where. U.S. airmail route,” Sheehan explained. He refers to himself as a hobSheehan, a former videograbyist now, but he’s working to sepher, got his start on YouTube, cure the necessary certifications posting videos of political events to market and sell his drone vidand demonstrations around ■ Video online eos to developers, real estate comthe Chicago area. The attention panies and others with a need for brought to the videos, and, more VISIT OAKPARK.COM aerial views of their projects. importantly, the clicks he reSheehan said the Federal Aviaceived from people watching the tion Administration now prohibvideos, earned Sheehan an income its hobbyists from making money stream in his retirement. off drone photos and video, reYouTube recently changed its quiring them to obtain profesrules, however, preventing users sional licensing. from making money off of clicks But, flying drones professionfrom political events, Sheehan ally can be a time-consuming and said, so he began looking for aninvolved undertaking, according other way to attract attention to to Sheehan. his channel. “For a serious pilot flying in the “There are a few people around public airspace, the drone has to here who are making money from be registered, and anyone can do YouTube, so I switched over to a that,” he said. “The FAA requires hobby channel,” he said. JOHN SHEEHAN you to register your drone if it’s He said those interested in Drone hobbyist over half a pound and capable of drones and drone videos can learn flying in the open airspace.” more through the Academy of A lot of hobbyists meet at Forest Park’s Model Aeronautics. old Checkerboard Airfield at Miller Meadow

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“For a serious pilot flying in the public airspace, the drone has to be registered, and anyone can do that.”

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LOOK UP: Videographer John Sheehan, of Oak Park, talks about his experiences flying drones at Scoville Park in Oak Park.


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Lotto tickets stolen after showing gun in purse

Two people — one woman and another person — robbed a business in the 200 block of Chicago Avenue at gunpoint at 11:07 a.m. on Oct. 7. The woman, described as black and wearing a gray flower jacket, a pink hat and with long, curly hair, and the second offender, described as wearing all dark clothing and with hair in a ponytail, entered the business. The second offender made a purchase and left the business, and then the woman made a purchase, walked behind the counter and took an unknown number of lottery tickets. The female offender showed the employee a gun in her purse, left the store and drove off in a small white vehicle.

Carjacking An Oak Park woman was the victim of aggravated vehicular hijacking in the 400 block of North Austin at 7:10 p.m. on Oct. 3. She was approached by two as she was parking her 2016 Kia Optima. The offenders displayed black handguns and demanded the vehicle. The victim handed over her vehicle which headed eastbound. It was later recovered in the 100 block of North Pine, Chicago. No apprehensions were made. Both offenders were described as black, between the ages of 17 and 18, 5-feet-9 to 6-feet with thin builds, both wearing black, hooded jackets. One of the jackets was Adidas brand with whites stripes down the sleeves.


■ Antonio Cole, 20, of the 500 block of North Pine, Chicago, and Dion Butts, 21, of the 100 block of Oak, Hillside and two juveniles from Chicago were arrested in the 100 block of South Humphrey and the 300 block of North Austin at 7:21 p.m. on Oct. 5 and charged with aggravated robbery, attempted aggravated vehicular hijacking, and aggravated assault for an incident that took place in the 100 block South Elmwood on Oct. 5 at 5:59 p.m. Butts also was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle and driving with a suspended license. One of the juveniles had an active Cook County warrant for robbery. ■ An Oak Park business was robbed at gunpoint at 11:06 a.m. on Oct. 2. Two men entered the business, and one of the men displayed a handgun. The second offender took numerous pieces of clothing and put them in a large red bag. They were last seen on Madison Street. Both offenders were described as black males between the ages of 40 and 49. One was 6-feet tall, with a slim build, facial hair and wearing a blue and white bucket-style hat, a black long-sleeve button-down shirt, blue jeans and white and blue shoes. The second was described as 5-feet-10, with an average build, a black baseball hat, black sunglasses, a black hooded sweatshirt, red pants and red shoes. ■ An Oak Park woman was robbed at gunpoint in the 100 block of North Harvey at 9:54

p.m. on Oct. 3. The woman was approached by a man covering the lower part of his face in a black mask. The offender implied he had a weapon and demanded the victim’s property. The woman dropped her purse, which contained an iPhone, $25 and miscellaneous IDs and credit cards. The offender fled with the purse and was last seen entering a dark sedan driven by a second person. The vehicle was last seen headed eastbound on Ontario. The estimated loss is $415.

Nike powerlifting shoes, Apple ear pods, gas cards and cash. The estimated loss is $600.

Criminal sexual assault

Unlawful use of a weapon

Anthony Jones, 47, of the 200 block of North Central, Chicago, was arrested in the 1100 block of South Boulevard at 6:53 a.m. on Oct. 4 and charged with attempted criminal sexual assault and attempted robbery.

Darnell Lofton, 34, of the 3700 block of West 78th St., Chicago, was arrested in the 100 block of Erie Street at 8:25 p.m. on Oct. 5 and charged with unlawful use of a weapon and both possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition without firearm owners identification card (FOID).

Burglary ■ A residence was burglarized in the 1000 block of South Oak Park Avenue, sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. on Oct. 5. The burglar possibly gained entry to the residence through an open window and ransacked the residence, stealing a blue Dell laptop, cash and a red ankle tennis bag. The estimated loss is $370. ■ A 2009 Honda Accord was burglarized in the 600 block of Washington, sometime between 11 p.m. on Oct. 5 and 9 a.m. on Oct. 6. The burglar entered through an unlocked door and took a bottle of prescription pills,

Battery An Oak Park juvenile was the victim of battery in the 400 block of Lake Street about 2:45 p.m. on Oct. 5. A man in his 20s with a thin build, dreadlocks and wearing a black jacket, struck the victim on the buttocks with his open hand and then fled southbound.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Oct. 2-8, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated. We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public’s help in making an arrest. Compiled by Timothy Inklebarger


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Award-winning museum from page 1 the move-in takes place.” The Robinets did not integrate timidly. Harriette organized Saturday morning marches in 1966 in order to pressure local government to implement fair housing measures. A replica liberty bell used during those demonstrations was built in the Robinets’ home. Harriette and Mac’s struggle helped lead to the passage of Oak Park’s Fair Housing Ordinance in 1968. The Oak Park Board of Trustees voted 5-2 in favor of the ordinance, which outlawed race-based discrimination against people looking to rent or buy in the village. That staple legislation is the focus of the Oak Park River Forest Museum’s newest exhibit, “Open House: The Legacy of Fair Housing,” which runs through June 2019. Wednesday Journal visited the exhibit a day after the Historical Society of Oak ParkRiver Forest, which operates the museum, was named the 2018 Small Museum of the Year by the Illinois Association of Museums. The distinction is a first for the society, said Executive Director Frank Lipo. Lipo said he didn’t want the fair housing ordinance itself or the most obvious local personalities — such as the village trustees or famed chemist Percy Julian — to dominate the viewer’s perspective. “I’m a mother, not a pioneer,” Harriette wrote in her 1968 article, which could also be the exhibit’s creed as it seeks to reinforce the idea that history is made in the mundane, by everyday people organized into forces larger than their individual selves. “This is not just about any one story,” said Lipo, who curated the exhibit along with Sarah Doherty, a North Park University professor and Oak Park and River Forest High School graduate. Lipo and Doherty said they’re conscious of how the everydayness of the past can get glossed over by heroic narratives. “To understand fair housing, we really thought you’d have to start off [well before the mid-20th century],” said Lipo. “You have to walk in and say, ‘African-American people were not latecomers to the community. There were black residents here in the late 19th century and let’s not forget that.’” For instance, it’s relatively well-known that Julian, the famous chemist who was perhaps the first African American to move into Oak Park’s tony estate section — had his home firebombed twice (both albeit rather feckless attempts) not long after he moved to the village in 1950. That part of history, however, comes later in the exhibit, after the visitor discovers that the home of Fredericka and Gertrude Jefferson, who lived at 622 S. Cuyler Ave., was firebombed in 1914. The incident “was buried on page 12 of the Oak Leaves with minimal details,” according to a museum label in the exhibit’s

first section, which is designed to look like the entryway of a historic Oak Park home. The Chicago Defender, the country’s leading black newspaper at the time, ran the story on its front page and also pointed out that white women were held in custody for the firebombing — a fact that the Oak Leaves’ coverage did not include. The exhibit also tells the story of Oak Park’s small African-American community, which was formed around Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. In 1905, the church broke ground on a sanctuary near Harlem and Lake, “two years prior to the groundbreaking for Oak Park’s first Catholic church, St. Edmund,” a museum label explains. In early 1900s Oak Park, the exhibit shows, there were blackface comedy shows performed by Bible classes at local churches and there were even chapters of the Ku Klux Klan. “The history is more than black and white,” said Doherty. “It’s religious, too. It’s anti-Catholic and anti-Jew, as evidenced by the fact that in the 1920s, you had very active local chapters of the Klan operating out of Oak Park.” Oak Park has always been “a community of contradictions,” as a museum label notes — a town of two unreconciled strivings, two warring ideals in one white body (to paraphrase W.E.B. DuBois) that, over the years, becomes less and less so as African Americans and other minorities move in. Nowhere in the exhibit is this contradiction more sharply drawn than in the glass case under a banner from a fair housing march that proclaims, “We Seek Equal Service From Realtors.” A racist letter dating to 1971, written by

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OPENING THE PAST: The entrance inside the Fair Housing exhibit at the Oak Park River Forest Museum on Lake Street. (Left) An old advertisment for the Ku Klux Klan.

a neighbor of Oak Park sociologist Bobbie Raymond — who founded the Oak Park Housing Center to ensure that blacks and whites lived beside one another, instead of clustering apart — sits next to an ad taken out in the Oak Leaves supporting fair housing. “Even here the blacks have been raping women at the expressway entrance in south Oak Park,” the letter, written by a Mrs. T. Richardson, reads. “Is this what you want?” In today’s political environment, such blatant racism seems less like a vestige of a bygone history than an old tradition that has been revived. Lipo and Doherty said they wanted to

emphasize the “past is prologue” nature of history — something that rings clear in the exhibit’s very formation. The period pieces and historical artifacts, such as the letter to Raymond, come from people still very much alive. The Robinets donated the fair housing march banners, which had been in their basement, Lipo said. Doherty said the Herman Miller chairs and some yard signs come from her family’s Oak Park home. The curators worked with Museum Explorer Inc., a North Riverside company that plans and creates museum exhibits, and is owned by an OPRF graduate, in order to “elevate the way we do exhibits,” said Doherty, adding that she hopes the exhibit will inform the present. The exhibit ends with the visitor looking onto the home’s outer wall, which features activist signs and buttons going back three decades, and bearing slogans like “Black Lives Matter.” “Some of these signs are ripped from lawns today,” Lipo said. “Some things don’t change or they’re slightly different.” In order to address present hatreds, the curators said, we have to seriously grapple with, and reexamine, their past iterations. CONTACT:

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Hands on

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Clockwise, from top left, Frank and Estelle greet humans and fellow pets during a pet blessing service at Christ Episcopal Church in River Forest on Oct. 6. Rev. Peter Campbell begins the blessings with Carly, a German shepherd before moving on to a cute black and white cat.


Dave Woznica, MD, from Caring Medical, Oak Park’s longest-running prolotherapy clinic, will present an interactive talk about the most effective non-surgical injection treatments currently available. If you have osteoarthritis, sports injury, or chronic pain, you won’t want to miss it!

Monday, October 15, from 5:30pm-7pm at the Oak Park Public Library (Veterans Room), 834 Lake St.

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Combat trauma, gender, and a talking koala


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erwyn’s 16th Street Theater has built a solid reputation on showcasing cutting-edge, socially-conscious material in solidly directed and performed productions. Their new show, Koalas by J. Joseph Cox, is typically well-paced and acted. In this world-premiere play, the plot is a bit too overloaded with conflicts and none of them are explored or developed in enough depth. It’s a fascinating tale in many ways, with a talking koala adding insight periodically, but the human characters are stereotypes and we’re never sure whose story this is. Nonetheless, director Josh Sobel keeps the pace tight and the fine ensemble work of the five actors is excellent. Thelonius, or Theo, a koala, has escaped from a California zoo in 1999, just as the century is ready to turn. Played by Esteban Andres Cruz, this marsupial’s got personality and attitude. Often nibbling on the leaves of his chosen tree, he’s delightful, yet a tad ferocious and intimidating, too. He’s a loner who decides to live in a leafy eucalyptus tree in a suburban backyard belonging to Ray (Eddie Dzialo), an often angry, divorced veteran of Desert Storm whose 10-year-old daughter Natalie is coming to visit. Ray’s unemployed brother, a geology major named John (Michael Holding), moves in unannounced. He’s a likeable but irresponsible guy who connects with Natalie, played by Leo Sharkey, who is very gender nonconforming. The two are like playmates, gobbling Captain Crunch and going on insect-searching safaris in the yard. Sharkey is a very fine young actor, convincingly portraying both Nate/Natalie and in flashbacks, Ray as a young kid. Natalie now prefers being called Nate and has gotten into difficulty with the whole gender issue situation at her school. Her father, Ray, has considerable difficulty with all this and throws away all her boy-oriented toys and videos. He will not tolerate his child identi-

fying as a boy. But Nate denies she’s a girl. John, the younger brother, is sympathetic to the child, which annoys Ray more than usual. John also becomes friends with Gabby (played by Michele DiMaso), who lives next door and may be a lesbian. Gabby is currently memorizing the number codes for all the fruits and vegetables at the grocery store where she works so she can get a promotion. She and volatile Ray have an occasionally strained relationship, but they usually work out their conflicts. Ray is complicated. It’s 1999 but he still uses a manual typewriter instead of a computer. He won the Purple Heart fighting in the Persian Gulf but clearly has some post-traumatic stress issues. He faces an assortment of challenges. Perhaps Ray is about to lose his visitation rights with his child. He spends much of the play carrying around and tinkering with a rifle. Is he a time bomb who will eventually explode? Theo the koala is clearly a metaphor, but of what? Is he simply another defiant and territorial creature like Ray? Jose Manuel Diaz Soto did the fine scenic design. We see part of Ray’s house, which somewhat resembles a cage at the zoo. There is also a large plaque downstage center, like one might find identifying an animal resident at the zoo, but I was sitting in row 3 on the aisle and could not make it out. We also see part of the backyard with a chaise lounge and the large leafy tree in which Theo resides. The original music and sound design by Mike Przygoda is particularly well done. The sounds of sirens, cicadas singing, dogs barking, and other noises seem particularly crisp and realistic. Koalas by J. Joseph Cox is both fascinating and frustrating. It seems quite unique in many ways and also pretty familiar. “Koalas” runs through Oct. 27, Thursdays and Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 4 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 21, 3 p.m. $22; $18, blue star (military/veteran) families, low-income and Berwyn residents. Tickets: 708-795-6704 x107, 6420 16th St., Berwyn.

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na and Chad Davis and their two sons were looking to move to Oak Park from Chicago when they stumbled across a home unlike any other they had seen. “We looked at many, many houses, and this house was just so unusual,” said Ana. Originally used as a chicken coop, enlarged to become a squash court and updated to become a single-family home (see more on the history of this home at

cles/5-24-2016/The-curious-history-of-711-SuperiorSt./) this unique home in Oak Park can now claim another title: artist’s residence. The home at 711 Superior St. once was part barn, part hen house when it was built by the Paul Blatchford family behind their home on Elizabeth Court and Forest Avenue in Oak Park. The couple moved to Euclid Avenue and had architects Pond & Pond construct a new home in 1887, but they moved over the hen house and barn from Forest Avenue for the rear of their property.

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DESIGNING WOMAN: Ana Davis partners with companies such as International Greetings to create designs that end up on textiles, glassware, ceramics and paper products.

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Building business from page B1 In 1909, they hired Pond & Pond to reimagine the structures as a garage, dovecote and squash court, and in 1921 the Blatchfords brought in the architects again to convert the space to a single-family home for their son, John, who had married the girl next door, Esther Roberts, the niece of architect E.E. Roberts. The Davis family was immediately sold on the charm of the home and its tucked-away oasis of a back yard. The previous owners never moved into the house, and Ana said that the backyard was a bit of a project, which her husband Chad happily took on. “Chad actually found about 400 antique bricks and dug them out of the yard and laid them out,” she said. Today, the garden is unseen from the street but lush with green plants. Ana says of the house, “It lives from the back.” Arguably, it also lives from within. With bead-board walls from the barn in the family room, and an antique fireplace in the living room, the house boasts loads of original details, and while a dog, a cat and two young boys keep things bustling, so does Ana’s eponymous business, Ana Davis Design.

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BRUSHING UP: Ana Davis (above) works on designs in her studio on Superior Street in Oak Park. At left are ceramics bearing Davis’ designs.

Artist in the making A native of the Chicago area, Davis studied fine art in college only to face the age-old question when she graduated: “What do you do when you get a degree in fine art?” For her, the answer was move back to Chicago and take a job in mass market publishing. She found it was a way to incorporate art into a professional job that worked for her while gaining exposure to a world of licensing of big names from retailers, to movies

and cooking departments. “The people there really mentored me,” Ana said. “I moved up to creative director in the gift division.” While there, she got to know a lot of the smaller artists doing the work behind the products, and thought it would be interesting


UNIQUE SPACE: Ana Davis created a studio inside her quirky home, which over the years has served as a chicken coop, garage and squash court before being converted into a single-family home in the 1920s.

to be in their shoes. After years in the field, she built up her portfolio and took the leap to go out on her own. Right off the bat, she scored two large successes when she partnered with Anna Griffin, a maker of paper goods and fabric lines, and International Greetings, a gift wrap company. Those two connections got the ball rolling but she continues to work at getting her designs licensed by others. “I’ve been slowly building my business ever since,” Ana said. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Part of that is that there is a very long lead time in retail.” She created a spacious studio surrounded by windows in her new Oak Park home. Chad built her a work table that also doubles as a craft table for the kids, and most days find her doing some sort of design work in the studio. “I truly draw, paint and create artwork in my studio,” Ana said. “I usually do that first and then play with the designs on the computer.” Then, she puts together project proposals that she or her agent can send out to companies. Her designs end up on a variety of items from textiles to glassware to ceramics to paper products. For instance, one recent project is set of ombre-colored glasses covered with intricate gold patterns. After partnering with a manufacturer of glassware and ceramics, the design turned into reality. Davis says that typically manufacturers have distribution channels already in place and they determine where and how the product will be sold. She also works with some

companies that have licenses that get her work into big retailers like Nieman Marcus, Cost Plus, Meijer or Dillard’s. Locally, Two Story Farmhouse carries some of her designs. “I’m super excited to have a local place to send people to,” she said.

Her own store Davis says that through it all, she has sought to create a recognizable brand. “I wanted to present the product in a way that shows the thought and care that went into it,” she said. Ana decided that a logical next step was to open up her own online store at www. to showcase some of her work and offer direct-to-consumer sales. She wanted her online shop to keep her less removed from the end sale and says that in the changing world of retail, having her own shop keeps her closer to the people who connect with her vision. “It’s important to have an on-line destination so that when people discover the work, they can buy it,” Ana said. Hours in the studio on top of fueling her tank with inspiration from visiting museums, looking at vintage fabrics, and studying architectural details, keeps Davis busy enough, but as the doorbell rings for her first post office pick-up of on-line orders, it’s clear her newest venture is taking off. “I love that I’m able to curate it,” she said. “If I’m going to do it, the time is now.”

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Oak Park Gorgeous Home with sustainable design on double lot! Open floor plan, beamed ceilings, 1st floor family room, 2nd floor laundry, master suite with private deck, 3 closets, tub & shower, finished basement! Rare energy star rated home-geothermal heating/ cooling system. 5BR/3.5BA ....$775,000

Erica Cuneen • 708-220-2025

Erica Cuneen Managing Broker

Ruby Blair

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Cynthia Howe Gajewski

Broker Associate

Denise Espinosa

Broker Associate

Karen Baldwin

Broker Associate

Denise Sacks

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Oak Park

Michele Strimaitis

Phil Joseph

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Broker Associate

Lisa Allen

Kristen Hollinden

Client Care Coordinator

Marketing Coordinator

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Marketing and Technology



Glen Ellyn

Unique condo is truly a one-of-a-kind find! Hardwood floors, woodwork, art glass windows, abundance of natural light make unit incredibly warm and inviting. Kitchen with cherry wood cabinets, granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances. Don’t miss out! 3BR/2BA ................$320,000

Bungalow in highly desirable location! Large living room feat built-in bookshelves, opens to DR. Eat-in kitchen leads to enclosed back porch, overlooks backyard. Second floor master suite boasts sitting area, newer BA, closet space. Fully-finished basement. Has it all!4BR/3BA........$525,000


Lovely 3BR/2 BA historic brick bungalow on an oversized lot! Highly desirable location in Hermosa Park just on the edge of Logan Square! 3BR/2 BA ............................$305,000

Georgian in heart of Galewood. Hardwood floors, new windows, open floor plan, updated granite/SS kitchen, DR. LR with WBFP, mantel, built-in shelving. Fnshd bsmnt, large fam rm with WBFP. Wellmaintained home! 3BR/1.5BA ......$325,000

Master suite is sure to please with a vaulted ceiling, two closets and an updated en suite bathroom. The main floor has a bright, airy feel with a 2-story open living room with gas fireplace, a dining area with sliding doors that opens to private patio with trees all around! 2BR/2.5BA.........................$299,900

Erica Cuneen •708-220-2025

Erica Cuneen •708-220-2025

Erica Cuneen • 708-220-2025

Erica Cuneen • 708-220-2025

Karen Baldwin • 708-288-1995


Oak Park

HDWD flrs, built-ins, art glass! Modern kit with ss applncs. Mstr Suite with two walk-in closets, window seat plus mstr BA, double vessel sinks, sep shower, soaking tub. 3rd flr with BR, wd flrs, built-ins, skylights. Fnshd bsmnt with half BA. Close to El, shops and restaurants. 4 BR/3.5 BA .................$600,000

Erica Cuneen •708-220-2025

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Oak Park

Craftsman Bungalow is simply stunning! New kitchen with quartz counters, & ss applcs! Central A/C, updated 2nd flr Master w/ en suite bath, new windows, doors. Upgrd lighting, plumb & elect serv. 1st flr renovated full BA, WBFP.4BR/2BA ..$455,000

Vintage home with updates, including “green” cert. Freshly Painted exterior! Vintage wdwk, art glass, built- ins, WBFP, and HW flrs, inlays, updated sustainable kit, new bamboo floors. Space for office, family room, rec rm and/or guest suite! New roof (‘16), HE HVAC (‘18) 5BR/2.5 BA ...$650,000

Fantastic Four Square! Large eat-in kitchen with new SS applncs, expanded master BR, updated electrical, sump pump. Newer sewer line, roof, furnace, A/C, and garage. Private patio, koi pond. Central location close to trans! 3BR/1.5BA...............$424,000

Bungalow, unique details, beautiful woodwork, art glass, built-in bookshelves gorgeous original light fixture in e DR. Screened-in back porch and Central AC too! Great location, nearby access to parks and transportation. 3BR/1BA.........$305,000

Cynthia Howe Gajewski • 312-933-8440

Erica Cuneen • 708-220-2025

Cynthia Howe Gajewski • 312-933-8440

Erica Cuneen • 708-220-2025













Oak Park

Bungalow with hardwood floors. 2 BRS on main flr & 1 HUGE BR upstairs that can be a combo BR/office/playroom. Updated kitchen has walk-in pantry Central A/C is ready to keep you cool! Close to shopping, metra, & bus, 3BR/1.5BA ................$265,000

Winner of Historic Preservation Award, a stunning example of an Arts/Crafts Style Bungalow,amazing features, lovingly restored! Generous LR with wood burning fireplace and gorgeous wdwk leads to sepa dining room. Great outdoor space in the front AND the back! 4BR/2BA.......$525,000

Cynthia Howe Gajewski • 312-933-8440

Erica Cuneen • 708-220-2025


708.386.1366 • 109 N. Marion St., Oak Park • October 10, 2018 ■ Wednesday Journal/Forest Park Review






2 BR, 2 BA .....................................$469,000 Tagger O’Brien • 708-456-6400



4 BR+1 below grade, 2.1 BA.........$395,000

4 BR, 2.1 BA ..................................$449,000 Greg Jaroszewski / Vee Jaroszewski 708-248-0446

Jolyn Crawford • 708-860-2510

Tagger O’Brien • 708-456-6400


4 BR, 2.1 BA ..................................$465,000 Jolyn Crawford • 708-860-2510

7375 West North Avenue River Forest, Illinois 60305 708.771.8040



Tagger O’Brien • 708-456-6400 6LQFH

7375 West North Avenue River Forest, Illinois 60305 708.771.8040

4 BR, 2 BA .....................................$492,000


2 BR, 1 BA .....................................$194,000



OPEN SUNDAY 2:30- 4:30 P.M. 824 S HARVEY


5 BR, 4 BA .....................................$529,900 Laurie Shapiro • 708-203-3614

7375 West North Avenue River Forest, Illinois 60305 708.771.8040


3 BR, 3.1 BA ..................................$545,000 Gagliardo Realty Associates • 708-771-8040


 7375 West North Avenue River Forest, Illinois 60305 708.771.8040

7375 West North Avenue River Forest, Illinois 60305 708.771.8040





6 BR, 3.1 BA .................................................................................................................. $590,000 Steve Scheuring • 708-369-8043

5 BR, 3.1 BA .................................$675,000 Laurie Shapiro • 708-203-3614

7375 West North Avenue River Forest, Illinois 60305 708.771.8040




3 BR, 2.1 BA .................................................................................................................. $775,000

5 BR, 2.2 BA ..................................$719,000 Laurie Shapiro • 708-203-3614

7375 West North Avenue River Forest, Illinois 60305 708.771.8040

Steve Scheuring • 708-369-8043


4 BR, 2.1 BA ..................................$719,000 Donna Barnhisel • 773-418-9137

7375 West North Avenue River Forest, Illinois 60305 708.771.8040


4 BR, 4.1 BA ..................................$899,000 Ramona Fox • 708-363-3394

7375 West North Avenue River Forest, Illinois 60305 708.771.8040

Want to see your listings in Distinctive Properties? Contact Marc Stopeck at 708.613.3330 or B6 View more at â– October 10, 2018



4 BR, 5.1 BA ..................................$899,000 Donna Barnhisel • 773-418-9137

7375 West North Avenue River Forest, Illinois 60305 708.771.8040


5 BR, 3.2 BA .................................................................................................................. $875,000 Steve Scheuring • 708-369-8043


4 BR, 5 BA ..................................$1,595,000 Ramona Fox •708-363-3394

7375 West North Avenue River Forest, Illinois 60305 708.771.8040


5 BR, 3.2 BA ...............................$1,200,000 Chris Garvey • 312-434-3187

7375 West North Avenue River Forest, Illinois 60305 708.771.8040


5 BR, 5.1 BA ...............................$2,399,000 Ramona Fox • 708-363-3394


5 BR, 4.1 BA ...............................$1,250,000 Gagliardo Realty Associates • 708-771-8040

7375 West North Avenue River Forest, Illinois 60305 708.771.8040


3 BR, 2 BA .....................................$190,000 Ken Van Santen • 708-975-0210

7375 West North Avenue River Forest, Illinois 60305 708.771.8040

Now in our Second Century of Service To find a local expert, go to Want to see your listings in Distinctive Properties? Contact Marc Stopeck at 708.613.3330 or October 10, 2018 ■ Wednesday Journal/Forest Park Review




Oak Park home sells for $747,500

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





537 Belleforte Ave 521 Fair Oaks Ave 922 Linden Ave 531 S Elmwood Ave 1112 Paulina St 1159 S Cuyler Ave 807 Hayes Ave 311 N Elmwood Ave 1027 Gunderson Ave 155 N Harvey Ave 9 Elizabeth Ct 800 Clinton Ave 1119 Home Ave 1032 N Harvey Ave 830 N Oak Park Ave 1136 S Euclid Ave 706 Wisconsin Ave 823 N Elmwood Ave 622 N Grove Ave 540 N Humphrey Ave 426 S Elmwood Ave 836 Wenonah Ave 1050 Mapleton Ave 733 S Lyman Ave 639 S Ridgeland Ave 1157 S Grove Ave 724 Belleforte Ave 1025 N Lombard Ave 175 N Ridgeland Ave 135 N Taylor Ave 720 S Ridgeland Ave 825 N Ridgeland Ave 643 S Lyman Ave 1126 Schneider Ave 1035 S Grove Ave 839 Wenonah Ave 6557 North Ave 1166 S Taylor Ave 740 S Ridgeland Ave 1170 S Highland Ave 1184 S Maple Ave 835 Forest Ave 1046 S East Ave 1014 S Ridgeland Ave 303 N Marion St

$920,000 $917,500 $747,500 $710,000 $640,500 $630,000 $630,000 $617,500 $569,500 $560,000 $550,000 $540,000 $530,000 $510,000 $500,000 $490,000 $485,000 $480,000 $450,000 $445,000 $432,500 $430,000 $425,000 $420,000 $417,500 $410,000 $399,000 $395,000 $389,000 $383,000 $381,500 $375,000 $373,500 $366,500 $360,000 $357,500 $340,000 $339,000 $336,000 $336,000 $335,000 $320,000 $313,000 $300,500 $300,000

Jacobson Jeffrey R Banout Anthony Ahsmann Todd Brown Justin M Elmer Scott Temperly Todd F Murray Chris E Moroni Matthew Irwin Tracy Williams David J Haseman Greer Merrill Briana Melbye Jason D Bagri Shelley Tr Clark Benjamin Schroeder Nancy Pearce Nicole M Marek Ryan M Chambers Gillian Giannone Haly Akbar Sophia Sethi Bethany J M Griffith Daniel Oconnor Daniel Michael Vincent Simos George Leclair Coleman Kemp Jerome E Pratt Geoffrey Aldin Gregory Richard Dudek Kathleen Saliny Shannon Schuller Bradley R Gold Susan J Grumieaux Daniel Jordan Parker Trevor 6555 North Llc Flores Brian D Norman Philippa Barlich Anthony D Reavey Brooke M Pouryousef Hamed Meixner Kevin Deegan John E Picchiotti Robert D

917 N Lombard Ave 426 Wisconsin Ave 4261

$288,000 $287,000

Baronger Dev Llc Piel Michelle Lombardo Louis Stanislaw Susan C Birch Phillip Tr Jpw Investments I Llc Exodus 1 Llc Buehler P Terrence Bloyd-Peshkin Alec P Ewert Steven Lister Kristin F White Terrence P Holt Brian M R Way Investments Iii Llc Loseke Matthew Turnbull Brian M Planvest Llc Janush Kathleen E Fred Morris A Rowsell Donna M Lee Lyle Montei Richard Spencer Marek Ryan M Butt Zeeshan Byrum Ashton Green Jason J Crowe Jack J Fenske Michael G Smith Tecia L Adm Hall Jane Tr Benoit Robert L Ostler Michael G Leib Ruth Tr Han Xue Johnson James D Tr Niewald Kyle E Farrales Joseph L Rothman Jacob Tr Lamour Ruth E Quevedo Enrique E Li Karen S Tr Lennon Timothy J Thorne Dillon A Mccormick Homes Llc Chicago Title Land Trust Co Tr 0000010327401 Fannie Mae Kestler Cathlyn

B8 View more at â– October 10, 2018

Rodriguez Gustavo Cozzi Kimberly

922 Linden Ave., Oak Park





528 Carpenter Ave 1234 Edmer Ave 1157 S Scoville Ave 427 S Ridgeland Ave

$280,000 $280,000 $268,000 $250,000

922 S Grove Ave 169 N Grove Ave 5D 1227 Hayes Ave 1040 Erie St 310 1150 S Harvey Ave 427 S Taylor Ave 4272N 1021 Washington Blvd 10212A 1419 N Harlem Ave 727 Erie St 3E 819 Lake St 8193W 815 Lake St 8153N 1439 N Harlem Ave 1007 Madison St 6443 North Ave 221 N Marion St 3A 410 Wisconsin Ave 501 2 Le Moyne Pky 3S 301 W Chicago Ave 1CW 109 S Elmwood Ave 13 1301 N Harlem Ave 2 109 S Elmwood Ave 17 950 Washington Blvd 100 720 N Austin Blvd 1NW 725 S Maple Ave 105 631 N Kenilworth Ave 900 N Harvey Ave

$240,000 $215,000 $213,000 $208,000 $200,000 $188,000 $180,000 $179,000 $175,000 $165,000 $165,000 $150,000 $150,000 $145,000 $137,500 $137,000 $93,000 $90,000 $84,000 $81,000 $75,000 $74,000 $38,000 $25,000 Unknown Unknown

Lincoln Keirstin Celis Andrew R Warren Lajuana H Dossaji Mahir H Davis James A Nowicki Peter G Chicago Title Land Trust Co Hurley Jennifer Tr 0000000091811 Flanagan Thomas E Manning Lydia Kristina Angalet Alex H Williams Thomas Beckman Sue Tr Lester Valerie Gaskill Robert Aiken Daniel K Mitchell Nettie Bell Ramzey D Llc Lowry Nicholas Price Daniel G Gray Kay M Johnson Trevor Bradley Lee Gosha Jennifer Szwaya Jennifer E Krause Michael Aidan Romens Thomas P Gigilio Jerry W Reese Kimberly L Wassan Samuel Matthew Meszaros Emily Orlock Investments Llc Zaluba Elizabeth Hall Tr 1007 Madison Oak Park Llc Day-Gee Christie Ndp Bldg Mgmt Llc Kubasak Benjamin Kasia Christopher T Stojack Kristina Slattery Michael Equity Trust Co Fbo Ashok Bansal Ira Batres Liliana Miltner Terrence Hladilek Robert Justice Trust Stigler Nadine M Bernacchi Fred Obed Shannon Mahrt Joshua Trust Rigoni Daniel R Scudierri Terrence Jr Ntuen Imeh Coplen David Alan Flowers Roy Belmont Rlty Corp Bll Dev Judicial Sales Corp Northern Trust Co Judicial Sales Corp Reverse Mtg Solutions Inc








Dairyko Gregory H Jr Burdeen Michael Gottlieb Elizabeth G Lazari Paul Wang Debbie S Ireland Thomas Brown Faust C Stan Martinez Laura Lewis Daniel Blumenthal Jordan Kehm Steven Hulcher Julia M Reeves Robert Michael Pettinger John Smith Monique L Ray Sandra Zeisel Nicholas J Mendoza Celina Mcintosh Edward W Ocmc Properties Llc Grant Randall J Cross Gene Nix Matthew T Nikols Eleni Us Bk

520 Des Plaines Ave


Hampshire House

520 Rentals Llc

519 Jackson Blvd


Orland Frank Tr

Hs Tarara Llc 519 Jackson Blvd Series

7432 Franklin St


Jurgureanu George Tr

Pelafas Dean P

905 Elgin Ave


Bertucci Richard

Drever Peter G

339 Des Plaines Ave


Wicklow Dev Grp Llc

Sands Allison

842 Marengo Ave


Damtwo Inc

Casten Maureen

915 Elgin Ave


Michael Frank P

Wegner Jessica L

505 Hannah Ave


Nacke Jerrimy C

Gillian James S

438 Marengo Ave


Leff Lila

Chicago Title Land Trust Co Tr 0008002378565

1125 Circle Ave


Mowbray Mgmt Services Llc

Reckinger Scott James

620 Elgin Ave


Fan Yu

Whitlock Sarah

820 Dunlop Ave


Moritz Brian P

Connor Ryan

1035 Ferdinand Ave


Meadows Dylan Scott

Gettinger Cary

1429 Harlem Ave


Beikzadeh Ray

Hunt Zachary

1013 Dunlop Ave


Drever Peter G Iii

Balasubramanian Neelam G

1039 Hannah Ave


Lapen Janet

Mccormick Homes Llc

912 Elgin Ave


Greider Sharon L

Gaylord Hannah

1520 Marengo Ave


Bailey Eric

Moritz Vanessa

211 Elgin Ave 2L


Federal Natl Mtg Assn

Stennis Chantel

300 Circle Ave 6I


Domalik Pawel

Nii Tigi

1101 Harlem Ave 101


D A M Enterprises Inc

Owens Eugene

1023 Marengo Ave


Judicial Sales Corp

Bank Ny Mellon

140 Marengo Ave 103


Cook County Clerk

Rdg Fund-5 Lns Llc

RIVER FOREST 1001 Ashland Ave 818 Jackson Ave 131 Gale Ave 1523 Thatcher Ave 935 Lathrop Ave 926 William St 818 Park Ave 1443 Thatcher Ave 1238 Ashland Ave 7606 Vine St 7206 Quick Ave 1 Gale Ave 5C 1526 Bonnie Brae Pl 32 Ashland Ave 234 Lathrop Ave 424 Park Ave 603 414 Clinton Pl 505 424 Park Ave 204 407 Franklin Ave 4BS 7369 North Ave 1536 Forest Ave 1540 Park Ave 1A 1010 Franklin Ave 414 Clinton Pl 603 1420 N Harlem Ave

$1,375,000 $862,500 $781,000 $750,000 $718,000 $710,000 $700,000 $665,000 $605,000 $523,000 $516,000 $510,000 $470,000 $332,000 $316,500 $265,000 $254,000 $250,000 $247,000 $247,000 $211,500 $173,500 $165,000 $163,000 Unknown

Young James F Harrington Patrick J Maxwell Donald Dziengel Andrew Gregg Bobbie Mcghee Latham Karen N Mcguire Patricia A Tr Condon Michael H Kersh John Mcdermott Edward D Cartwright William D Small Jean Moses Tr Weldon-Linne C Michael Gangl Irmtraut Tr Bagri Shelley Tr Young Kenneth Jorge Nathalie Marte Balmes Susan Vongsaphay James Demeur Basil E Puterbaugh John Walsh Kathryn M Locascio Lawrence J Jr Cliggett Kevin Froio Jonathan





50% SOLD IMMEDIATE AVAILABILITY STARTING AT $479,000 New Luxury Townhomes Walk to restaurants, shops, Metra Attached 2-car Garages Blue Ribbon Schools

M O D E L O PE N 15 Forest Avenue, River Forest (Corner of Forest Ave & Madison St)

Open Saturday and Sunday from 11AM-1PM or by appointment · 708.457.1400 October 10, 2018 ■ Wednesday Journal/Forest Park Review


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400 Park Avenue River Forest, IL 60305 708.366.8500



Wednesday, October 10th Pilgrim Congregational Church | 460 Lake St. Oak Park B10 View more at â– October 10, 2018

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In The Village, Realtors®

189 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 386-1400 1041 N EAST AVE OPEN SUN 12-2 PM

429 WISCONSIN AVE 2 OPEN SUN 1-2:30 PM Harry Walsh, Managing Broker

Mike Becker

Oak Park • $725,000 4BR, 2.2BA Call Roz x112

Oak Park • $778,800 4BR, 2.1BA Call Kyra x145

Oak Park • $205,000 2BR, 1BA Call Kris x101

Oak Park • $639,998 4BR, 4.1BA Call Keri x127

Roz Byrne Joelle Venzera

Tom Byrne

Oak Park • $319,900 3BR, 2.1BA Call Elissa x192

Oak Park • $469,000 3BR, 3BA Call Roz x112

Oak Park • $604,800 4BR, 2.1BA Call Kyra x192

Oak Park • $317,000 3BR, 2BA Call Joe x117

Home of The Week

Kris Sagan

Laurie Christofano

Oak Park • $262,000 3BR, 1BA Call Marion x111

Oak Park • $259,000 2BR, 1BA Call Steve x121

Linda Rooney

Marion Digre

601 S Harvey Ave

Morgan Digre

Ed Goodwin

Oak Park • $119,800 1BR, 1BA Call Laurie x186

Joe Langley

Oak Park • $499,000 6BR, 3BA Call Joe x117

Forest Park • $62,000 1BR, 1BA Call Joe x117

Jane McClelland

B12 View more at ■ October 10, 2018

Keri Meacham

Mary Murphy

Steve Nasralla

Kyra Pych

Elissa Palermo

LUXURY 510 KEYSTONE, RIVER FOREST :: $1,395,000 :: 7+ BED :: 7.5 BATH Gourmet kitchen opens to family room. Attached 3 car garage. Walk to train.




1104 N ELMWOOD, OAK PARK $749,000 :: 4+ bed :: 3.5 bath

1 GALE AVE #4A, RIVER FOREST $850,000 :: 4 bed :: 5.5 bath

7410 NORTH, #503, ELMWOOD PARK $158,000 :: 2 bed :: 1.5 bath

Stylish brick English Tudor. Beautifully designed.

Huge condo with over 5000 sq ft of beautifully finished space with balcony & 4 parking spaces. Walk to train.

C/A, in-unit washer/dryer, balcony and parking.

Sunday, October 14, 1-3pm 810 Fair Oaks, Oak Park....$549,500 BEAUTIFUL, WELL MAINTAINED stucco home in the heart of the FLW Historic District. Features include a spacious living room, plus an elegant dining room with faux ceiling beams, quarter sawn build-in china cabinet and hardwood floors. The kitchen is comfortable and modern. The 1st floor also has a half bath. On the 2nd floor are 3 spacious BRs and a tandem/study room. In the center is a comfortable bathroom with a large linen closet. Other features include a new 40-gallon water heater, a new 95% efficient furnace and an energy efficient AC. The whole house has been completely rewired including a new electrical box panel. Outside is a large deck and big backyard.

KATHY & TONY IWERSEN 708.772.8040 708.772.8041

For Sale by Owner who is a Real Estate Broker Contact Victoria Rivera • 312-848-0520

save the date! The Hemingway District presents...

Charming Victorian!


Halloween Parade


Saturday, October 27 28 Line Up Begins at 9:45am • Oak Park Avenue & Pleasant Street

Kids, come in costume! Trick or Treat on The Avenue Parade Begins at 10am

Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb will lead the parade escorted by the Oak Park Fire & Police Departments Find details at

You’ll love sitting on the wide wrap-around porch! Lovely original woodwork abounds in this Victorian gem. Features include a double parlor, fireplace, working pocket doors, art glass windows, front & back stairs. Remodeled, huge, sunny kitchen w/ custom quartersawn oak cabinetry, SS apps, & granite counters. Tiered deck. 4 BRs. En suite half BA each in middle BR & master. Lovely block! Newer tear-off roof, boiler, and appliances. Don’t miss this home!..............................................................................................$480,000

Deborah Wess

Coldwell Banker Residential – Oak Park

708.212.1122 ©2018 Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate LLC. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Operated by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker and the Coldwell Banker Logo are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor sales associates and are not employees of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

October 10, 2018 ■ Wednesday Journal/Forest Park Review



(vur’ choo was’ e te’) noun. Displaying great technical skill above and beyond the average; masterful

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Tom Carraher redefines the essence of real estate service.



1630 73rd Ave, Elmwood Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baird & Warner Oak Park/River Forest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $290,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3

1132 Rossell Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gagliardo Realty Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$337,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:30-3 1749 N. Newland Ave, Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gagliardo Realty Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$339,999 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-12 1221 N. Humphrey Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baird & Warner Oak Park/River Forest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 365000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3:30 827 Lathrop Ave, Forest Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gagliardo Realty Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $395,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-2 1192 Clarence Ave. UNIT 2, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baird & Warner Oak Park/River Forest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $399,900 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-2


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


1136 Scoville Ave, Oak Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beyond Properties Realty Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $305,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11-12:30

Finding someone who is indeed dedicated to mastering his craft is rare. For Tom Carraher, being the best is the only way to be. He works hard to make it look easy. He will not settle for second best—not for himself or his clients.


1017 N. Taylor Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gagliardo Realty Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$419,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 532 Clarence Ave, Oak Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beyond Properties Realty Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $424,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4 1016 Baldwin Ln, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baird & Warner Oak Park/River Forest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 450000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:30-4 824 S. Harvey Ave, Oak Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gagliardo Realty Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $465,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:30-4:30 113 S. Euclid Ave. UNIT A, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baird & Warner Oak Park/River Forest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $499,900 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2:30 818 N. Marion St, Oak Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beyond Properties Realty Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $525,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5 810 Fair Oaks, Oak Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . For Sale By Owner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $549,500 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 1032 Superior St, Oak Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baird & Warner Oak Park/River Forest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $560,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 305 N. Grove Ave, Oak Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baird & Warner Oak Park/River Forest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $625,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sat. 12-2 142 S. Scoville Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gagliardo Realty Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $675,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 934 Jackson Ave, River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gagliardo Realty Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $719,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 316 N. Harvey Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gagliardo Realty Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $719,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 1041 N. East Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Re/Max In The Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $725,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-2 1206 Lathrop Ave, River Forest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gagliardo Realty Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $795,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 236 Forest Ave, River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gagliardo Realty Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $995,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 630 N. East Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baird & Warner Oak Park/River Forest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1249900 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4 703 N. East Ave, Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baird & Warner Oak Park/River Forest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1299900 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-1:30


1140 Jackson Ave, River Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gagliardo Realty Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,300,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3





429 Wisconsin Ave. UNIT 2, Oak Park ` . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Re/Max In The Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $205,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2:30


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PERFECT LOCATION! This 3 BR, 2-1/2 BA home has it all! Remarkable Kitchen that opens to DR, gracious LR with fireplace, & a sunroom. Fin bsmt with family room , full bath and separate laundry room. Huge deck off the kitchen that overlooks professional landscaped yard. .................................................................... $629,000

STUNNING & SOPHISTICATED ENGLISH TUDOR on highly desired RF block! This beautiful brick home is flooded with natural light and offers quality and stunning details throughout. Ideal open floor plan on 1st FL, three BR’s and full bath on 2nd FL. Fully renovated lower level. ....................................................................$719,000

SO MUCH TO LOVE about this house in the Historic Harrison Street District built in 1913! Since then, house has doubled in size. It includes an open front porch, eco friendly lot and location, oak woodwork, family room, lower level office, built-in breakfast bar, 2 car garage. ..............................................................................$465,000

CLASSIC OAK PARK BRICK HOME on a beautiful block in great location. Large living room with crown molding & wood burning fireplace. Dining room perfect for entertaining. Hardwood floors under carpet. Large master bedroom + 2 additional bedrooms & unheated tandem. ..................................................................$337,000



BURMA BUILT BUHRKE HOUSE combines Tudor revival & chateau style architecture elements. Gorgeous décor and impeccable attention to detail in both house and landscaped grounds. .........................................................................$2,399,000 BEAUTIFUL RIVER FOREST ESTATE features a stone and brick exterior leading to a timeless Interior. Includes a two story marble foyer, spiral staircase, 5 fireplaces..................................................................................................................$1,895,000 SPECTACULAR HOME offers modern/elegant architectural design, tasteful decor and impeccable attention to detail throughout, featuring 4 BRs, and 5 full baths. .......................................................................................................................$1,595,000 CLASSIC, ELEGANT HOME with exceptional design & open floor plan. Special features include a dramatic double door entry, gracious foyer, limestone mantle, open great room...............................................................................................................$1,250,000 SPECTACULAR HOME features generously sized BRs, loads of closet space, a chef’s kitchen. High end features throughout. Two car attached garage....$1,200,000 IMPECCABLY MAINTAINED COMTEMPORARY HOME 3 BRs, 3 full and 3 half BAs, bamboo floors, multi-faced gas fireplace, in-ground pool...........$940,000 HANDSOME TUTOR with original details that beautifully blend with updated baths and kitchen. 4 BR, 4-1/2 BA home with full outdoor kitchen and patio............... ......................................................................................................................................$899,000 LOVELY TUTOR HOME offers beautiful woodwork and custom built-ins throughout. Original details blend seamlessly with the updated 3-story addition. .... ......................................................................................................................................$899,000 LOVELY BRICK GEORGIAN with elegance, modern day conveniences, and space. Hardwood floors, 3 fireplaces, sunroom with heated floors, LL rec room. ........ ......................................................................................................................................$875,000 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.................................................................................................................................$719,000 SOLID BRICK GEORGIAN located on beautiful tree-lined street. This 3 BR, 2-1/2 BA home offers generous room sizes, sitting room, French doors, family room. ........ .......................................................................................................................................$619,000 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. . .......................................................................................................................................$619,000 BEAUTIFUL 3 LEVEL SINGLE FAMILY offers 3800+ sq/ft of living! Open concept on first floor. Second floor features 4 BRs & sunroom overlooking backyard. ......................................................................................................................................$595,000 THIS IS YOUR PERFECT HOME! Brick, three generous sized bedroom Georgian on corner lot. Updated kitchen, 1st Fl fam rm, fin bsmt, laundry/storage room............................................................................................................................$595,000


SETTING A NEW STANDARD in approachable elegance, this five bedroom, 3-1/2 bath home will exceed your ex-pectations with wide plank hardwood floors, striking lighting and custom millwork throughout. One of a kind floor plan, and three fully finished levels. ....................... $1,300,000


STUNNING RENOVATION by Birmingham Development. Situated on a tree lined cul-de-sac block, this four bedroom, three and one half bath home has been thoughtfully designed and constructed with high quality craftsmanship & great attention to detail......................................... $995,000


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. ......... $795,000


WONDERFUL HOME offers a combination of original features and updated modern conveniences in this five bedroom, 2 full, 2 half bath home. Gracious foyer, gourmet kitchen, family room, beautiful deck, landscaped backyard with 3-car garage. Rec room in basement. ...................... $719,000


CENTER OF TOWN VICTORIAN with high ceilings, four spacious levels of living in beautiful Oak Park. 5 BR, 3-12 BA offers a formal entry, wood burning FP, sun room, family room, eat-in kitchen. Great flow, tons of natural light & storage throughout this beauty!..................................... $675,000


MOVE-IN READY, HANDSOME COLONIAL HOME. Hardwood floors, newer windows, central air. Stunning new kitchen, great size LR, Venetian finished walls in a separate DR. Three large BRs and heated enclosed porch. Newer 3-car garage with storage. A must see! ............................ $419,000


PRICE REDUCED TWO STORY BRICK & FRAME w/open floor plan on first floor with slate entry & hdwd flrs. Large LR, formal DR open to wood cabinet kitchen. 2nd floor has 4 BRs, 5th BR in basement, semi finished with laundry room. Large fenced in yard, 2 car garage. ..................... $395,000

OAK PARK HOMES UNPRECEDENTED ESTATE in the Frank Lloyd Wright Historical district of OP! Meticulously renovated property offers exquisite details and refined finishes. A showcase home! ....................................................................................................$1,625,000 COMFORT & CONTENTMENT LIVING in gracious A.L. Gardner House. Many improvements include a total kitchen redo and finished 3rd floor family room............ ......................................................................................................................................$899,000 YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED in this recently renovated, move-in ready E.E. Roberts home. This stunning 4 BR prairie style house is located in OP’s estate section.........................................................................................................................$899,000

STATELY BRICK CENTER-ENTRANCE COLONIAL. WB fireplace, high ceilings, crown molding, architectural details, leaded glass windows, hardwood throughout.................................................................................................................$760,000 LARGE ENGLISH COUNTRY TUDOR HOME with 5 BRs, 3-1/2 BAs in OP’s Historic District. Impressive home blends both old and new, with natural woodwork. .......................................................................................................................................$749,950 GORGOUS TOTAL GUT REHAB of this unique bungalow. A lot of house in this 6 BR, 4-1/2 BA home with open floor plan, quality finishes, family room.....$665,000 MOVE-IN READY! Enjoy the well thought out design of this 5 BR, 4 BA home! Open floor plan, kitchen/fam room combo, finished bsmt. .............................$599,900 CLASSIC QUEEN ANNE HOME with 3 BRs, 3-1/2 baths includes sun rm, family room, updated kitchen, great closet space, fin rec room, custom deck.........$545,000

LARGE BUNGALOW with beautiful slate entry, amazing art glass windows, hardwood floors & stunning period lighting throughout! ................................$529,900 A TRUE OP BEAUTY! Enjoy the deep park-like lot in Northwest Oak Park. Well maintained 1905 Farmhouse with 3 BR, 1-1/2 baths. In great condition!......$479,900 PRICE REDUCED READY TO MOVE IN charming 3 BR home features a welcoming front porch with swing and sitting area. Home offers oak woodwork, stained glass & hardwood floors. ..........................................................................$453,000 SIDE ENTRANCE COLONIAL LR with wood burning fireplace, formal DR, breakfast room, laundry in basement, mature fenced yard..............................$450,000 WARM, CLASSIC OP HOME with vintage charm throughout. Stained glass window, hardwood floors, beamed ceiling, built-in cabinet, eat-in kitchen. $415,000 CLASSIC OP BRICK BUNGALOW in wonderful location! Newly decorated, hardwood floors thru-out, all new windows. Nice sized yard with patio......$370,000


PRICE REDUCED METICULOUSLY MAINTAINED NEW CONSTRUCTION. Open floor plan features 10 ft ceilings, hardwood floors, and many custom details from crown molding to door handles. ...........................$449,000


LARGE BRICK COLONIAL beautifully renovated from top to bottom! Some updates include wood floors, plumbing, electrical, appliances, siding, roof. $409,000 PRICE REDUCED JUST MOVE IN! Serious pride of ownership is evident. Crown molding, a remodeled cook’s kitchen, separate breakfast room with built- ins, den. A must see.........................................................................................................$320,000 PRICE REDUCED CHARMING ENGLISH TUDOR oversized lot. 3 BR, 2-1/2 BA, eat-in Kitchen, fam rm, cedar closets, bsmnt with rec rm & wet bar.......$318,000


RIVER FOREST 3BR, 2BA. Two parking spaces.............................................$319,000 RIVER FOREST 2BR, 2BA Penthouse condo w/balcony.............................$264,500 PRICE REDUCED RIVER FOREST 2BR, 2BA. ........................................$199,000 OAK PARK 3BR, 3-1/2BA. Screened porch & open deck..............................$578,000 OAK PARK 3BR, 3BA. Two separate balconies. ..............................................$412,500 OAK PARK 2BR 2BA. Newer elevator building! ..............................................$315,000 OAK PARK 3BR, 2BA. “Chicago style apartment”..........................................$249,000 OAK PARK 2BR, 1BA. Original character/modern comforts. .......................$160,000 OAK PARK 1BR, 1BA. Spacious, sunny, top floor.............................................$129,900 OAK PARK 1BR, 1BA. Vintage condo. ...............................................................$115,000 PRICE REDUCED OAK PARK 1BR, 1BA......................................................$99,000 FOREST PARK 1BR, 1BA. Heated garage space.............................................$179,500 PRICE REDUCED FOREST PARK 2BR, 2BA. ...........................................$174,900 FOREST PARK 1BR, 1BA. Vintage unit...........................................................$109,500 FOREST PARK 1BR, 1BA. Balcony & parking space. .......................................$99,500

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Congratulations to Mora Asian Kitchen on their grand opening! 201 Harrison St., Oak Park * (708) 613-4546 * Among the celebrants: Cliff Osborn, Jack Carpenter Realtors; Dexter Cura, Escape Factor; Liz Holt, OPRF Chamber of Commerce; Jondalyn Fields, Mora Asian Kitchen; Jason Morales, Mora Asian Kitchen; Mary Ann Bender, Dr. Mary Ann Bender Podiatry; Thomas Bender; Jonathan Biag, Escape Factor; Joanne Biag, Escape Factor; Abbey Kemph; Bob Stelletello, Right at Home Oak Park / Chicago / Hinsdale; Christina Waters, Village of Oak Park; Geraldine Healy, David King & Associates; Mona Navitsky, Harrison Street Partners; John McCartney, Blast Marketing; and more!

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OUT ABOUT Suicide Prevention Summit at Riveredge Hospital

Steve Moore, Bruce Sewick, Leyden Family Services, Carey Carlock, Vicki Scaman, Village Clerk Village of Oak Park Township


n Friday, September 21st, in collaboration with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Illinois Chapter, Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois Public Health Association, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, and Illinois State Board of Education, Riveredge Hospital sponsored the 2018 Illinois Suicide Prevention Summit.

Dr. David Baker, The Joint Commission, Dr. Mary T. Stimming, NAMI Metro Suburban, Allison Corsino, Hepzibah Children’s Association

The 2018 Illinois Suicide Prevention Summit was held at Loyola Health Services Campus Center for Translational Research & Education in Partnership. Summit Moderator was Steve Moore, Illinois Chapter Co-Chair of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Co-Chair of the Illinois Suicide Prevention Alliance. Dr. Nneka Tapia and Dr. Joseph Penn

This all day summit was the first of its kind in Illinois. The 2018 theme is AFSP’s Project 2025, which aims to reduce suicides by 20% by the year 2025 in four areas -Firearm Safety, Criminal Justice Systems, Hospitals and Emergency Departments.

Jill Harkavy-Friedman, PhD, Vice President of Reseach, AFSP, and Micheal Rosanoff, Senior Director of Project 2025, AFSP

Tandra Rutledge and Ned Wagner, D209 School Board President

Sen. Kimberly Lightford and Steve Moore, AFSP, Illinois Chapter, Board Co-chair

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The Kavanaugh episode got me thinking

HIGH-RENT DISTRICT: Data from the Census Bureau’s latest American Community Survey and information available on the condo prices at District House and the rents at the Emerson, Vantage, and Albion high-rises.


nly the naive could have thought that Mr. Kavanaugh would not be a Supreme Court judge. Republicans do what they gonna do. Democrats do what they gonna do. After all of the month-long hullabaloo, we are where we were at the beginning. Something is wrong with this process. Millions of written words, a cacophony of braying media, and the collateral damage to Ms. Ford and Mr. Kavanaugh — it all now seems so very predictable and pointless. At least MSNBC and Fox got ratings bumps and the two parties raised some money. I found it rather thoughtprovoking in a number of unanticipated ways. I like how the banal and mundane provide an access point, a worm hole if you will, to ideas that I am really more interested in. The Ford-Kavanaugh conflict impacted other areas of intellectual interest to me. Memory. Just how trustworthy is our memory? I have known Marsha for 54 years so we have had many shared experiences over those years, but some I remember; some she doesn’t; some she does; some I don’t. Some we agree we were both there, but we disagree on the details. Our past really isn’t our past. You think you know your history, but you don’t. Alcohol. How much makes you a drunk? Daily drinking? Blackout drinking once a month? Once a year? Do good people do bad things when they are drunk? Does alcohol reveal or distort essence? The past. If you do something bad when you are young, does that make you a bad person? How young? How bad? How long ago? What should be the penalty for bad youthful deeds? Is there a statute of limitations on youthful indiscretion, even crime? Truth. No one can really know what happened at the party Ms. Ford remembered being assaulted by Mr. Kavanaugh. Mr. Kavanaugh said it never happened. Is there truth? If there is, does our subjectivity, a combination of nature and nurture, filter that truth? Of course it does. Of course, like most everyone in the world, I have no idea what happened at the forever-famous party so many years ago, but I have tried hard to identify my biases. Two come into play here: First, I don’t like the rich and the privileged. The


New housing out of reach: What’s a village to do?



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Census Bureau’s latest American Community Survey and information available on the condo prices at District House and the rents at the Emerson, Vantage, and Albion high-rises. Lo and behold, most Oak Parkers cannot afford to rent or buy in these new buildings. According to the affordability formulae the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the nation’s city planners use, a household can afford to spend up to 30 percent of its gross monthly income on rent and can buy a home that costs up to three times a household’s annual income. One of the measures of housing affordability in the many analyses of impediments to fair housing choice that my planning firm has conducted for jurisdictions across the nation is whether the median household income of a city is high enough to rent or purchase a home. The median is the midway point: half of a city’s households have incomes above the city’s median and half below it. Oak Park’s median household income is $82,826 and the median for nonfamily households (single people, roommates) is $45,310. The least expensive condominiums at District House sold for $600,000, which required an annual household income of at least $200,000, well above the $82,826 Oak Park median. Even a median-income married couple with a $141,197 household income — the highest income group in Oak Park — could not afford to buy the least expensive condo at District House. Thanks to the census providing more fine-tuned data by income range, we can more precisely estimate the proportions of Oak Park households that can’t afford new construction.


hat’s a village to do when it becomes so attractive that the seniors who made it great can’t afford to live there anymore, when its teachers, nurses, small business owners, first responders, librarians, village staff, recent college graduates, physical therapists, and even newspaper publisher can no longer afford to live there? That’s Oak Park’s growing dilemma. It has become so desirable as one of the few well-located, stable, raciallydiverse communities in the Chicago area that its racial and economic diversity are slowly slipping away as the cost of housing here has soared beyond the means of most Oak Parkers. Nearly half of Oak Park tenants are considered “cost-burdened,” which means they spend 30 percent or more of their gross household income on housing. A quarter of Oak Park renters are considered “severely cost-burdened,” spending more than 50 percent of their income on housing. Nearly 30 percent of Oak Park’s homeowners with a mortgage are cost-burdened. Spending that much on housing is just plain bad for them and the local economy. After covering their housing costs — an essential expense — many of our neighbors don’t have the income left to make discretionary purchases at local businesses. After paying so much of their income on housing, they don’t have money to save to buy a home, cover their children’s college tuition, or save for retirement. To see if Oak Parkers can afford the new apartments and condominiums being built in here, I compiled data from the

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About those funerals


here’s hardly a faster way these days to drive digital or social media traffic than by posting a video and story about what we, somewhat colloquially, refer to as “rowdy funerals.” The Journal covered an early September funeral traveling through Oak Park along Jackson Boulevard that devolved into a melee with perhaps 30 mourners kicking and screaming on front lawns. The video captured by a neighbor received more than 10,000 views on Clearly this is a topic that resonates and for a range of interesting reasons. Every person has some experience with a funeral procession. It is a cultural marker that most of us identify as one of sobriety. It is a milestone in life as we bring a person we loved, or at least had a strong connection to, collectively to their burial, their rest. But there are variations on the white Christian theme. A funeral in New Orleans is more of a parade than a procession with music and weaving and celebration. Native American and some Latin rituals at death are out of what many perceive as a norm. So when, in a minority of cases unusually involving the deaths of young African Americans, the procession becomes rowdy and dangerous to participants and those nearby, do we need to defer to cultural sensitivity or is it right to say enough and to expect law enforcement to intervene? We celebrate diversity but we come down on the side of “enough.” Under the auspices of Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin, a county task force — The Cook County Funeral and Cemetery Violence Task Force — has been formed and, in fact, had its first meeting on Sept. 28. This is an interesting group that the county has assembled. Among those at the table are the county sheriff ’s office, the state’s attorney’s office, police from Chicago and Forest Park (where’s Oak Park?), West Side funeral home owners and cemetery owners. Our reporting on the initial meeting tells us that those involved believe they have identified an actual problem and that any solutions are likely complex. The group will meet again in late October. This is a good start.

Ford for Chicago

LaShawn Ford, a Democratic state representative serving a large part of Oak Park and the West Side’s Austin neighborhood, is contemplating a run for mayor of Chicago. Who isn’t? The current tally, in this post-Rahm moment, is 17 contenders for a February Democratic primary. Republicans remain nonconsequential in Chicago. A run-off among top Democrats is likely. Rep. Ford is a long-shot. Despite 10 years in Springfield, he is not well-known and certainly does not have the deep pockets of the Toni Preckwinkles and William Daleys in this race. That said, Ford has his strengths. Owing perhaps to his long history crossing over representation between Austin and Oak Park, Ford is at ease discussing issues of race and class that leave most pols spouting platitudes. And speaking of crossing over, Ford has made it a mission in Springfield to build friendships and alliances across the two great Illinois divides: Dems and Republicans and city and downstate. We find Ford plain spoken and common-sense based. That’s why, in 2012, when he was indicted on 17 federal charges of felony bank fraud, we stood by him. He honestly and effectively made his case that the feds were seriously overreaching. Stunningly, on the eve of his trial in 2014, the feds dropped all the felony charges and Ford pled guilty to a misdemeanor tax charge that basically confirmed what he acknowledged, that he could have paid more attention to his bookkeeping during the years he worked as a realtor and house flipper on the West Side. Now he says that frightening process made him intensely aware of the need for criminal justice reform, an issue he is ready to campaign on. As we said, LaShawn Ford is a good man, smart and with some charisma. Someone is going to win this race.


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Sum of what they know

y grandsons, Tyler and Bryce, turn 5 today. Here is some of what they know: They know how to fill up a water balloon (but not how to tie it). They know pumpkins and apples have stems and that stems come in all sizes. They know pumpkins grow on vines. They know I keep a list of things I need — i.e. things they say I need (a flashlight to search for missing toys under my couch, a new ribbon for my 1940s Remington Rand manual typewriter). They know how to type their name on that typewriter. They know Pieritz Bros., where we picked up the new ribbon last week, is a virtual manual typewriter museum. They know that Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor in Forest Park was once a movie theater. They know how to tell jokes. Tyler: “Why did the pumpkin cross the road?” “I don’t know.” “To get to the pumpkin patch.” Har, har, har. They know squirrels bury nuts and later dig them up. They know squirrels eat acorns, but we don’t have the teeth for it. They know how to buckle themselves into their car seats. They know how to say “Morton Arboretum,” which is a real mouthful for a 5-year-old. They know how to find a clog in a sewer pipe (which we saw being worked on along the side of the road one day). Tyler said they probably use a flashlight, but Bryce said they should put a camera on the end of a long cable. I asked if someone had told him that. “No, I just thought it.” They know how to rearrange magnets and artwork on my fridge. They know how to impersonate a singing cat. They know how to make up songs, which sound more like recitations. They know most of the holidays during the year, or at least the ones they like: Halloween (we get candy!), CHRISTMAS (Santa and reindeer and Polar Express!), Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, EASTER (Easter Bunny and Easter eggs!), Mother’s Day, July 4th (parade and fireworks!), and OUR BIRTHDAY (we get cake!). They know the holiday that’s top on their list (“The one that comes next!”). They know what they’re going to be for Halloween. Bryce: “Two scoops of ice cream.” Me: “Aw, that’s cute. Two brothers, two scoops of ice cream in a dish?” Bryce: “No, two scoops, one on top of the other. Tyler’s going to be a donut.” Tyler: “Hey, I wanted to tell him!” Me: “Tyler, what are you going to be for Halloween?” Tyler: “A strawberry donut with sprinkles.” They always know whose shoes are whose because

one always wears red (for firemen and Marshal on Paw Patrol) and the other always wears blue (for policemen and Chase on Paw Patrol). They know most of the words to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and they know the North Pole can get foggy on Christmas Eve. They know what’s alive and what’s not, for the most part. It usually moves, breathes and/or grows, and it isn’t made by people (we’re saving babies for another discussion, but they know babies come from “mommies’ bellies”). We get into these discussions while driving or waiting for Daddy to meet us so we can go to the zoo. “Last time we waited for 21 hours!” Bryce says. Minutes feel like hours to a 5-year-old. They know so much in just five years, which is short to us, yet so vast in terms of their development. They can run at breakneck speeds without breaking their necks. They know how to read books without actually knowing how to read words. They pore over each page and devour every detail. When we walk through our courtyard, we look at all the flowers and they ask for their names. They know that the zoo carousel goes round and round and so do the changing seasons, the years already piling up. They spent the last day of summer, a scorcher, getting gloriously soaked by the spouting whale at Fox Park. So they know that whales spout and I know that whoever designed this particular water feature was a genius as I watch them frolic from a safe distance under the boughs of a nearby redbud tree. I have watched them frolic and chortle and climb and slide and dig and swing and drink from big-boy cups and reach up and say, “I love holding your hand, Grandpa,” (Tyler) and finding a book that “we haven’t read until a long time” (Bryce), and I love his creative use of prepositions. I love every perfectly imperfect moment we share. It’s a privilege being along for the ride. They have learned much, absorbing, connecting the dots, imagining, observing, listening, remembering, asking questions, paying attention, taking an interest. Such facile minds, soaking it up, assembling their own personal instruction manual. So many phases in five years. And if you asked which was the top phase on my list, I’d be tempted to say, “The next one!” The seasons go round and round and the painted ponies (or in their case, elephant and baboon) go up and down (they’ve figured out how that works). We’re captives on the carousel of time. We can’t return, we can only look behind from where we came (what a view!) and go round and round and round in the Circle Game (thanks, Joni Mitchell). When they head home each week, I tell them I’ll miss them and how much I love them. They know that, too. Happy birthday, boys.





Imagine referendum is a political necessity

ccording to a Sept. 17 email sent from Imagine OPRF co-chair Lynn Kamenitsa to area PTOs, Imagine does not “anticipate any referendum in 2019” to fund its facilities plan for Oak Park and River Forest High School. The email was sent, in part, to request time at upcoming PTO meetings to present Imagine’s plan and the District 200 School Board’s options for funding it. One such PTO presentation took place at Irving School on Oct. 4. According to a source at the meeting, Kamenitsa stated that the board is planning on paying for the first stages (plural) of the Imagine plan with the cash reserve and non-referendum bonds. Just 24 hours earlier at the Oct. 3 Imagine Community Conversation, Kamenitsa deflected a question about whether the board would go to referendum to fund the plan. She said, “We cannot answer for the board. You’ll have to ask them.” Imagine’s other cochair, Mike Poirier, also avoided answering a question about funding for the plan. “We don’t like punting here,” he said, “but the plain fact of the matter is that it’s not the prerogative of the Imagine team. We don’t have the authority to answer that.” The co-chairs’ statements made at the Imagine meeting contradict Kamenitsa’s email to the PTOs sent more than two weeks earlier and statements made at the Oct. 4 Irving PTO meeting. Kamenitsa

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essentially suggested that the board could bypass voters in funding Imagine’s plan, which has only 7% of the partial cost estimates of $145 million earmarked for academics and 48% slated for PE/athletic expenditures. Additional PE/athletics expenditures are hidden in other categories, such as “Community/Shared Spaces.” Transparency is a major issue. Imagine still hasn’t disclosed cost estimates for 40% of its wants-filled plan or its line items. A massive capital expenditure, such as Imagine’s plan, should ethically be placed on the ballot and require the approval of a majority of voters in the district, not just the seven voters on the school board. Will history repeat itself ? Will the current board repeat the act of overreach of the 2015 board, which tried to fund a $48.5 million Olympic-size pool plan, and attempt to bypass voters to begin funding Imagine’s likely quarter billion dollar facility plan? If you want to assert and ensure your right to vote on funding for D200/Imagine’s plan, which includes demolishing a third of the structurally sound school and rebuilding it largely for PE/athletics, email the board,, and attend its “Imagine Town Hall” meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. in the south cafeteria. A board seat is not a blank check. Monica Sheehan is the founder and head of OPRF Pragmatic Solutions.


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Hats off to John Stanger. A longtime DOOPer myself, I read John’s columns [DOOPer’s Memories, Viewpoints] with great shared interest. At OPRF High School, there was my homeroom teacher, Ms. Babcock, John Noth at physical education, and, of course, Ms. Muir. What memories. One of his columns brought back memories of a remarkable English or History teacher, Mr. Colletti — a legend of perceived eccentricity — and the pioneer of OPRF soccer, John Wood, who, while principally, I believe, an English teacher, brought remarkable skill to his coaching.

Unknown to us players until an end-of-season reception at his home, he revealed that, while a youth in his native England, he was a national hero as captain of England’s World Cup Soccer Champions! John, thanks for the memories. Horse-drawn garbage collection and plowing of the sidewalks, milk and ice delivery, and, of course, the brick-paved streets of our village. OPRF Class of ’53 just celebrated its 65th reunion.


conduct as Mr. Kavanaugh?) Second, until recently I never much thought about women being sexually assaulted. My dad, uncles, friends and sons never did it, and women never talked about. But times change. I now know that most of the women I know have been sexually assaulted in their lives. I have daughters-in-laws and granddaughters. With this evolved perspective, I now have a new subjectivity. If a woman says she was sexually assaulted, there is a pretty good chance she was. So for me, yet another bad, predictable play, performed by the United States Senate Theater had some redeeming value. Kind of like a Nicholas Cage movie. At least that’s what I tell myself.

Kavanaugh afterthoughts from page 21 source of my bias, I suspect, is birth in a workingclass family in southern Indiana. My dad made fun of the hoity-toity. My experience in college, law school and the work place reinforced that bias. I’m not a frat or private club guy. So I am biased against Mr. Kavanaugh. (A related question: Speaking of rich and privileged, how many of the male Republican and Democratic senators are rich and privileged? How many are guilty of the same alleged

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Should Hinsdale Central be kicked out of the league?

id I always know that when the OPRF teams played Hinsdale Central, our kids were called the “N” word by both Hinsdale players and fans? Where did I store that information in my psyche? I lived in Hinsdale when my kids were in high school (we all disliked it), but I didn’t go to sports events. I was, however, shocked to find out that some of the white kids were allowed by their parents to use the “N” word, and that their parents used it. One parent in particular was frequently in Washington as a member of one of President Reagan’s advisory teams. After Episode 3 of America to Me, I was explaining to an old friend from my days living in DC that she should watch it. I told her about the episode where our football



team members were subjected to the “N” word by Hinsdale Central players and fans. Her reply was, “Why wasn’t Hinsdale kicked out of the league?” I had no answer. As far as I knew, OPRF had never taken any such action against HC. But why indeed? Further, she said, “Why haven’t any of the Chicago papers done an expose?” (Her son is an investigative reporter for ESPN). Again, I had no answer. I’m pretty sure we have many Chicago reporters living in Oak Park. Then I heard that some of our all-white sports teams are also called the “N” word when playing other all-white

high schools. Whaat? To allow this abuse is an assault on basic human dignity. You can’t try to pass off such language as “trash talk,” something to build up our side’s confidence and intimidate the other side — boys will be boys and all that crap. (Forget that black people use the word with each other; maybe it’s some way of voiding its toxicity.) I would hate to be the one telling a roomful of parents of athletes that we are going to stop playing any school that insults — really, assaults — our players and further, we are going to take action to


have those schools fined or removed from play. It’s hard to rock the boat when kids of every color have been looking forward to playing at OPRF and some are depending on getting college scholarships. But here’s the point. White people wouldn’t want it to happen to our kids. If I’m getting anything out of America to Me, it’s that we have to look at black kids as our own children. We have to care as much about what happens to them as we do about what happens to our own kids. Trouble is, I don’t know what shape that behavior would take. I’m almost positive it doesn’t mean more consultants, studies and committees. But it might mean spending some big bucks on lawyers to go after anyone from another school district who mistreats our children.

Play by the rules: reject Chicago-Harlem proposal

f the River Forest Village Board plays by its own rules, it will deny the Senior Lifestyles’ development application to build an inappropriate institutional structure at Harlem and Chicago avenues. Much as I was initially impressed by the proposal, further reflection led me — as a professional city planner — to realize that this proposal simply does not comply with the standards it must meet to be approved. Lengthier than a football field, this huge structure includes an institutional memory unit which isn’t even allowed under River Forest’s zoning code. There are too many standards that the proposal just doesn’t meet — but you’d never know that from the Development Review Board’s recommendation. The burden of proving compliance with the standards rests with the applicant. In §10-9-3, the zoning code establishes the standard that “The proposed use … is consistent with the goals and policies of the comprehensive plan.” The structure runs afoul of two objectives on page 11 of the village’s compre-

hensive plan to “Maintain the scale, quality and character of existing single-family neighborhoods” and “Protect residential areas from the encroachment of incompatible land uses and the adverse impacts of adjacent activities.” This humongous structure certainly will not maintain the scale, quality or character of the single-family neighborhood to its north and west. The proposed development will demolish three houses to the north and occupy most of the block — that certainly encroaches on the surrounding residential area. Among the objectives of the planned development process is the “Encouragement of land uses or combination of uses that maintain the existing character and property values of the village.” The applicant simply asserted the “proposed development will not diminish property values. Replacing the current commercial use with a $45,000,000 residential project of

this nature will not adversely impact the neighboring properties.” No study, no evidence! Having conducted scientific research on the impacts of developments on neighboring property values, I can categorically state that this development will reduce the value of nearby properties in large part due to its incompatibility with the surrounding singlefamily homes as it changes the character of the neighborhood. It seems futile to try to convince the village board that this development should be rejected. Collectively, our elected officials seem to have an inferiority complex about River Forest, repeatedly approving inappropriate developments as long as they don’t include affordable middle-class housing. Under the due process to which the applicant and neighbors are legally entitled, the review board’s decision is supposed to be based on findings of fact. That means agreeing on what the facts are before you


vote — a process meant to force a review board to evaluate all the evidence before it and apply it to the standards on which its decisions are supposed to be based. But in River Forest, the review boards vote before they agree on findings of fact. Later, staff writes up findings of fact. Now how can the Development Review Board possibly arrive at a decision based on findings of fact when the findings aren’t even determined and written up until after it votes? As long as River Forest continues to flip due process on its head, we will get faulty recommendations from the Development Review Board and bad decisions by the village board on developments like this where the developer fails to demonstrate compliance with the standards it must meet to win approval. It’s time for the village board to play by its own rules. Rejecting the Chicago-Harlem development for failure to meet development standards would be a good start. Daniel Lauber, AICP, is a longtime River Forest resident.

Calling all candidates! Are you thinking of putting your name on the ballot for the April 2, 2019 Consolidated General Election? If so, then you may want to consider attending the upcoming Candidates Workshop on Oct. 17. This one-night event is being hosted by the local iGOV team and is meant for those people who are first-time candidates, or ones who may wish to have a better view of what is expected of you while running and being elected to a local board.

The first portion of the evening will feature a presentation by a representative of the Citizens Advocacy Center (CAC) from Elmhurst. During the presentation, attendees will receive a better understanding of how to get on a ballot, as well as the many resources that are offered via the county website. The CAC representative will share insight with the details of becoming an official candidate. They will not offer legal advice per se, but

will point you in the right direction to find the necessary documentation to begin your candidacy. Following this forum, a panel of six current board members, one from each agency, will discuss various topics about what it is like to get on the ballot, as well as sharing their experiences of being an elected official in Oak Park. The event begins at 7 p.m. on Oct. 17 at Ju-

lian Middle School (416 S. Ridgeland in Oak Park). The evening’s events should last about two hours. The host of this workshop, iGOV, is an intergovernmental organization whose purpose is to promote collaboration among the six taxing bodies of Oak Park. For more information regarding this event, please reach out to David Wick at

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ANTI-DIVERSITY: Oak Park’s diversity may be a casualty of high housing prices unless the village takes pro-active measures. PROVIDED


Unaffordable housing from page 21 Just 16 percent of Oak Park households enjoy incomes over $200,000, leaving 84 percent of Oak Park households unable to afford even the least expensive District House condominiums. As the three tables accompanying this article show, most of the lowest-priced new rentals are out of reach for most Oak Park households. At the Albion high-rise

under construction, you’ll need a household income of at least $55,400 to afford a studio apartment; $66,515 for a convertible unit; $74,880 for a one-bedroom; $105,840 for a two-bedroom; and $145,600 for a threebedroom. Singles and roommates face the greatest hurdles even with the studio apartments targeted to them. Fifty-eight to 63 percent of them cannot afford the least expensive studio apartment; 70 percent can’t afford a convertible unit. As the tables show, more than a third of Oak Parkers can’t afford a studio, convertible, or one-bedroom in any of these new buildings. Fifty-four to 60 percent cannot

afford a two-bedroom and 73 percent cannot afford a three-bedroom — and those are for the lowest-rent units. That can only lead to the whitening of Oak Park since the median household income for African-American Oak Park households is just $54,289, more than $41,000 less than white households. The only new residential units that a medianincome black household can afford are the lowest-rent studio apartments — not exactly suitable for a family with children. I imagine that if you don’t value the village’s racial and economic diversity, there’s nothing wrong with this picture. But if you do value Oak Park’s diversity — which is at

the core of what Oak Park is and stands for, at least according to adopted village plans and policies — then the village board needs to act proactively to bring to Oak Park housing that current residents with modest and even not-so-modest incomes can afford. Next week: The key tool available to do just that. Daniel Lauber, AICP, a River Forest resident, was principal author of Oak Park’s Comprehensive Plan 1979. A planning consultant and fair housing attorney, he has testified to both houses of Congress on affordable housing. He is a past president of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners.

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Annabel Abraham, 97 Teacher, Hemingway Foundation volunteer

Annabel Abraham (nee Steinhorn), 97, of Oak Park, died on Oct. 5, 2018, surrounded by her family. Born in 1921 in Syracuse, New York, she traveled with her mother in Europe and briefly attended school in Geneva, Switzerland while a young girl. After finishing high school, she entered Northwestern University at the age of 15, where she initially was not permitted to reside in the dorbecause ANNABEL ABRAHAM mitories of her tender age. At Northwestern, she earned an M.A. in speech therapy, received a medal from the Italian government for her proficiency in Italian, and met and married Bernard M. Abraham, who was then working toward his PhD in chemistry. She began a teaching career that would last over half a century and which supported her husband while he finished his degree. At the outset of her career, she had to conceal her marriage from the school district which, at that time, would not hire married women as teachers. Initially, she taught in Gary, Indiana and when she and Dr. Abraham moved to Oak Park in 1953, she taught first in parochial and then public schools, in addition to taking stroke victims suffering from aphasia as private patients. Her busy professional schedule did not interfere with her roles as a wife, mother, and homemaker. She encouraged her children to read widely, visit museums, and otherwise explore their various talents and interests. She also assisted her husband throughout his career of elected public service in Oak Park.

Following his death, she spent much time and energy in more informal public service, as a volunteer at the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and as an advocate for improved handicap access, among other things. She was a skilled and inveterate knitter until arthritis destroyed her dexterity, and she loved to browse flea markets, estate sales, and thrift shops until infirmity limited her mobility. Annabel Abraham is survived by her children, Daniel Ethan, Jesse Micah (Amy Peck) and Abigail; and her grandsons, David and Jeremy. She is mourned by them and by her many friends. She was preceded in death by her eldest son, Oren Carmi who died suddenly at the age of 4.

Mary Deady, 93

Founding member of Ascension Choir Mary Elizabeth Deady, 93, a longtime resident of Oak Park, died on Sept. 25, 2018 at Villa Scalibrini Nursing Home and Rehab Center in Northlake. She raised her eight children in Oak Park and was a parishioner at Ascension Catholic Church, where she was a founding member of the Ascension Choir, in which she remained active into her 90s. Mary Deady is survived by her children, Ann Marie (Fred) Wickizer, Patrick (Pamela), Kevin, Matthew (Mary), Mary Joan (the late Michael) McFarlane, Timothy, Mark (Michelle), and Philip Deady; eight grandchildren; and her two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Deady; and her siblings, Leonard Deady and Patricia Markey. Visitation was held on Sept. 28 at Peterson-Bassi Chapels, followed by a funeral Mass on Sept. 29 at Ascension. At her request, music was provided by David Anderson and Thomas Gull and her beloved choir. Interment was at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. The family appreciates memorials to the Ascension Choir. Arrangements were handled by Peter B. Kennedy & Co. Funeral Directors.

Mary Hunt, 103

Actively involved in village life Mary J. Hunt (née Mary Hamilton Johnson), 103, of River Forest, has died. A lifelong resident of Oak Park and River Forest, she was born Aug. 6, 1915 to Margaret H. and Chester C. Johnson. She grew up on Forest Avenue in Oak Park, two blocks from the home of her maternal grandparents, Mary S. and Henry R. Hamilton, who served as Oak Park village president from 1907-1909. She spent many summers of her youth at the Hamilton summer MARY J. HUNT home, “Glen Carrie,” in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, with her extended family and maintained lifelong friendships with her cousins that began there and in Oak Park. Her maternal ancestors were among the early families who settled in Chicago. Her great-great-grandfather, Richard J. Hamilton, was a lawyer and judge who also established the first public school in Chicago in 1832. Her grandfather, Henry R. Hamilton, authored The Epic of Chicago, in 1932, detailing the early history of the city. Her father was born in Portland, Maine, where her Johnson ancestors lived for many generations, since pre-Revolutionary days. She had fond memories of trips to Maine in her childhood to visit her relatives. She graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School in 1933 and from Stanford University in 1937, majoring in English. In 1941, she married Lawrence H. Hunt (Laurie) at her parents’ home in Oak Park, a 64-year union that ended with his death in 2005. Due to her husband’s service in the Navy during World War II, she and Laurie briefly lived near Washington D.C., then returned to the Chicago area and became residents of River Forest where they raised a family of seven children. She enjoyed the many cultural offerings

of Chicago and regularly attended performances of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and events at the Art Institute. As a member of the Chicago Council of Foreign Relations (now CC of Global Affairs), she attended events and kept up to date on world affairs. Among her treasured memories were those from her trips to England and Europe with her college friends and her family. She and Laurie enjoyed gardening and landscaping and together they maintained a beautiful large yard used for hosting summer gatherings and winter ice skating for the enjoyment of the neighborhood children. Throughout her life she enjoyed summer trips to northern Michigan with her family, and in retirement, she and Laurie spent time in Carefree, Arizona. She enjoyed tennis and golf, played the piano and loved to read, fostering her children’s interests in music and learning. A lifelong member of First United Church of Oak Park, she volunteered as a member of Circle 25 of the Infant Welfare Society. They were members of the River Forest Tennis Club since 1942, and the Oak Park Country Club. Memories of her sense of adventure, humor and style and her spirit will always be cherished by her family. Mary was the wife of the late Lawrence Halley Hunt; the mother of Thomas (Laurie), Margaret Campbell, David, Elizabeth (Francis), James (Christie), the late Lawrence Jr. (the late Katherine), and the late Douglas (Holly); grandmother of Christopher, Caroline (Jon), Laura (Jordan), Darwin (Lindsey), Brian, David, James, Katherine, Thomas, Katelyn and Anne; great-grandmother of six; sister of the late Hamilton (the late Jane) Johnson; aunt of many nieces and nephews; and the cousin and friend of many. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2:30 p.m. at First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake St., Oak Park. In lieu of flowers, suggestions for memorials are the Hunt Family Memorial Scholarship, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T) Foundation, 306 E. Saint Joseph, Ste. 200, Rapid City SD 57701 or First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake St., Oak Park, IL 60302.

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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

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ELCA, Lutheran

Good Shepherd

Worshiping at 820 Ontario, Oak Park IL (First Baptist Church) 9:00 a.m.—Education Hour 10:30 a.m.—Worship

All are welcome. 708-848-4741


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.

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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

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 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

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

West Suburban Temple Har Zion

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St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church

305 Circle Ave, Forest Park Sunday Worship, 9:30am Christian Education Hour 8:30am Wednesday Worship 7:00pm Wheelchair Access to Sanctuary Leonard Payton, Pastor Roney Riley, Assistant Pastor 708-366-3226 Methodist

First United Methodist Church of Oak Park

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

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

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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

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

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.

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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

Oct 9-16 Navaratri Hindu 18 St. Luke, Apostle & Evangelist Christian 19 Dasara Hindu 20 Birth of the Báb Baha’i Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth Sikh 28 Reformation Day Protestant Christian Milvian Bridge Day Christian 31 All Hallows Eve Christian Reformation Day Protestant Christian Nov 1 All Saints Day Christian Samhain - Beltane Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres 2 All Souls Day Catholic Christian 7 Diwali Sikh - Jain - Hindu 8 Jain New Year Jain Vikram New Year Hindu 12 Birth of Baha’u’llah Baha’i 15 Nativity Fast begins ends Dec. 24 Orthodox Christian


STATEMENT OF OWNERSHIP, MANAGEMENT AND CIRCULATION (Required by 39 U.S.C. 3685) 1.Publication Title: Wednesday Journal 2. Publication no.: USPS 0010-138 3. Date of filing: Oct. 10, 2018 4. Frequency of issue: Weekly 5. No of issues published annually: 52 6. Annual subscription price: $35.00 7. Complete mailing address of known office of publication: 141 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302, Cook Co. 8. Complete mailing address of headquarters or general business office of publisher: (same) 9. Names and complete mailing addresses of publisher, editor and manager editor: Publisher: Dan Haley, 141 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302 Editor: Dan Haley, 141 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302 Managing Editor: Dan Haley, 141 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302 10. The owner is: Wednesday Journal, Inc., 141 S. Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302. Stockholders owning 1% or more of stock: Gary Collins, 1326 William St., River Forest, IL 60305-1135; Robert Downs, 924 N. Euclid., Oak Park, IL 60302-1320; Dan and Mary Haley, 1305 Clinton, Berwyn, IL 60402-1231; Andrew Johnston & Julie Bernstein 9828 Trillium Trail, Bridgman MI 49106; Matthew Panschar, 2636 2nd Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55408-1701; Alexander, Edward Panschar and Martha Panschar, P.O. Box 200279, Anchorage, AK 99520-0279; Ruth Levy, 77 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10012-1701. 11. Known bondholders, mortagees and other security holders owning or holding one percent or more of the total amount of bonds, mortgages or other securities are: None. 12. N/A 13. Publication name: Wednesday Journal 14. Issue date for circulation data below: September 26, 2018 15. Average no. copies each issue during preceding 12 months: A. Total no. copies printed (net press run): 6,338 B1. Mailed outside-county paid subscriptions stated on Form 3541: 50 B2. Mailed in-county paid subscriptions stated on form 3541: 3,801 B3. Paid distribution outside the mails including sales through dealers and carriers, street vendors, counter sales and other paid distribution outside USPS: 50 B4. Paid distribution by other classes of mail through the USPS: 0 C. Total Paid distribution: 4,109 D1. Free or nominal rate outside-county copies included on PS form 3541: 0 D2. Free on nominal rate in-county copies included on PS Form 3541: 487 D3. Free or nominal rate copies mailed at other classes through the USPS: 0 D4. Free or nominal rate distribution outside the mail: 1,004 E. Total free or nominal rate distribution: 1,491 F. Total distribution: 5,600 G. Copies not distributed: 738 H: Total: 6,338 I. Percent paid: 73% 15. No. copies of single issue published nearest to filing date: A. Total no. copies printed (net press run): 5444 B1. Mailed outside-county paid subscriptions stated on Form 3541: 49 B2. Mailed in-county paid subscriptions stated on form 3541: 3702 B3. Paid distribution outside the mails including sales through dealers and carriers, street vendors, counter sales and other paid distribution outside USPS: 49 B4. Paid distribution by other classes of mail through the USPS: 0 C. Total Paid distribution: 4,026 D1. Free or nominal rate outside-county copies included on PS form 3541: 0 D2. Free on nominal rate in-county copies included on PS Form 3541: 356 D3. Free or nominal rate copies mailed at other classes through the USPS: 0 D4. Free or nominal rate distribution outside the mail: 500 E. Total free or nominal rate distribution: 856 F. Total distribution: 4882 G. Copies not distributed: 562 H: Total: 5444 I. Percent paid: 73% 16. Publication of statement of ownership will be printed in the Oct. 10, 2018 issue of this publication. 17. Signature and Title of Editor, Publisher, Business Manager, or Owner: Dan Haley, Publisher Oct. 10, 2018


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PUBLIC NOTICES LEGAL NOTICE Chertkow and Chertkow (22019) Attorneys for Petitioner 1525 East 53rd Street Chicago, Illinois 60615 STATE OF ILLINOIS) COUNTY OF COOK )ss Circuit Court of Cook County, County Department, Domestic Relations Division. In re the marriage of MARGARITA MENDOZA, Petitioner and JUAN CARLOS CAMACHO, Respondent, Case No. 2018D-007945. 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 October 30, 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 9/26, 10/3, 10/10/2018




PUBLIC NOTICE ADVERTISEMENT OF BIDDING Request of bids for a solar PV installation at the Oak Park Conservatory. Owner: Park District of Oak Park 218 Madison St, Oak Park, IL 60302 The Park District of Oak Park seeks bids related to the solar PV installation at the Oak Park Conservatory. Work includes installation of 19.8 kW solar PV system with racking, inverters, electrical work, panel and interconnection. The Park District of Oak Park will receive individual sealed Bids until 11:30 a.m. (CST) on Friday, October 26th, 2018, at 218 Madison St., Oak Park, Illinois. The bidding documents and requirements will be available on the Park Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website as of 10:00 am Wednesday, October 10th, 2018. A NON-MANDATORY pre-bid walk-thru is scheduled for Monday, October 15th at 10:30 am (CST), at 615 Garfield St., Oak Park, IL. Copies of the bidding specifications are available via the Park District of Oak Park website at: For additional information, contact Chris Lindgren at chris.lindgren@ or (708) 725 2050. Only the bids prepared in compliance with the bidding documents will be considered. This project must adhere to the Prevailing Wage Act of 2018. The Park District of Oak Park encourages minority and women owned business firms to submit bids for this project.



The Village of Oak Park will receive Bids from qualified Vendors for project 18-201, Uniform Laundry and Rental Services pursuant to this Request for Bids. Bids will be accepted at the Public Works Center, 201 South Boulevard, Oak Park, IL 60302 Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. local time until 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Bids will be reviewed and the results of the review will be presented to the Village.

The Village of Oak Park will receive sealed proposals at the Office of the Village Engineer, 201 South Boulevard, Oak Park, Illinois 60302, until 12:00 P.M. on Thursday, November 1, 2018 for the following: Phase III Construction Engineering for the Madison Street Improvement Project. In general, the contract will require professional engineering services to oversee construction of a proposed project on Madison Street from Harlem Avenue to Austin Boulevard which includes street resurfacing, corner sidewalk ramp improvements, sewer improvements, spot safety improvements, and pavement markings which is proposed for construction during the summer of 2019.

Specifications and bid forms may be obtained from the Village starting on Wednesday, October 10th at bid or at the Public Works Center at the address listed above or by calling 708-358-5700. The Village reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids or to waive technicalities, or to accept any item of any bid. Information is available from the Budget and Revenue Analyst, Diane Stanislavski at 708-358-5700 or dstanislavski@ THE VILLAGE OF OAK PARK Diane Stanislavski Budget and Revenue Analyst Published in Wednesday Journal 10/10/2018

Park District of Oak Park By: Kassie Porreca, Secretary Park District of Oak Park 218 Madison St. Oak Park, IL 60302

Owner: Park District of Oak Park 218 Madison St, Oak Park, IL 60302 The Park District of Oak Park seeks bids related to the rain water harvesting installation at the Oak Park Conservatory. Work includes installation of four 1100 gallon tanks, downspout tie-ins, pumps, filters, plumbing, water line to greenhouses and minor electrical. The Park District of Oak Park will receive individual sealed Bids until 11:00 a.m. (CST) on Friday, October 26th, 2018, at 218 Madison St., Oak Park, Illinois. The bidding documents and requirements will be available on the Park Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website as of 10:00 am, Wednesday, October 10th, 2018. A NON-MANDATORY pre-bid walk-thru is scheduled for Monday, October 15th at 10:00 am (CST), at 615 Garfield St., Oak Park, IL. Copies of the bidding specifications are available via the Park District of Oak Park website at: For additional information, contact Chris Lindgren at chris.lindgren@ or (708) 725 2050. Only the bids prepared in compliance with the bidding documents will be considered. This project must adhere to the Prevailing Wage Act of 2018. The Park District of Oak Park encourages minority and women owned business firms to submit bids for this project. Park District of Oak Park By: Kassie Porreca, Secretary Park District of Oak Park 218 Madison St. Oak Park, IL 60302 Published in Wednesday Journal 10/10/2018

THE VILLAGE OF OAK PARK Bill McKenna Village Engineer Published in Wednesday Journal 10/10/2018

Published in Wednesday Journal 10/10/2018

PUBLIC NOTICE ADVERTISEMENT OF BIDDING Request of bids for the rain water harvesting installation at the Oak Park Conservatory.

Proposal forms may be obtained from the office of the Village Engineer starting on Thursday, October 11, 2018 beginning at 12:00 p.m. The Village of Oak Park reserves the right to issue proposal documents and specifications only to those consultants deemed qualified. Proposal forms will not be issued after 4:00 p.m. on October 31, 2018.



The Village of Oak Park will receive sealed proposals at the Office of the Village Engineer, 201 South Boulevard, Oak Park, Illinois 60302, until 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 26, 2018 and at that time will be publicly opened and read aloud for the following Village Project: 19-1, Water and Sewer Main Improvements. In general, the improvements consist of the installation of ductile iron water main, including valves, domestic services lines, fire hydrants, and precast valve vaults; installation of sewer main, sewer services, precast manholes and drainage structures; sewer main rehabilitation with cured in place pipe; temporary restoration of street pavements including bituminous pavements, curb and gutter, sidewalks, and pavement markings; and all appurtenant work thereto.

NOTICE is hereby given that the Village of Brookfield Planning and Zoning Commission will conduct a public hearing on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Edward Barcal Hall located at 8820 Brookfield Avenue, Brookfield, Illinois to consider an application filed for variations of Chapter 62-Zoning of the Code of Ordinances, Village of Brookfield, Illinois and a map/text amendment to said Chapter 62. The proposed variations are regarding a property located at 3704 Grand Boulevard, Brookfield, Illinois (PINs 15-34-420002, -003, -004 and - 026).

Plans and proposal forms may be obtained from the office of the Village Engineer starting on Friday, October 12, 2018, at 10:00am. A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required for each set of plans and specifications. The Village of Oak Park reserves the right to issue plans and specifications only to those contractors deemed qualified. No bid documents will be issued after 4:00 p.m. on the working day preceding the date of bid opening.

The public is invited to attend the public hearing and present oral and/ or written comments.

All prospective bidders must prove they are pre-qualified by the Illinois Department of Transportation before receiving bid documents. The work to be performed pursuant to this Proposal is subject to the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act, 820 ILCS 130/0.01 et seq. THE VILLAGE OF OAK PARK Bill McKenna Village Engineer Published in Wednesday Journal 10/10/2018

Legal Description: Lots 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 in block 19 in Grossdale, a subdivision of the southeast ¼ of Section 34, Township 39, Range 12 East of the Third Principal Meridian, situated in the Village of Brookfield, in Cook County, Illinois.

The application including the proposed variations may be viewed at the Village of Brookfield Village Hall during normal business hours. Written comments may be provided prior to the public hearing to: Village of Brookfield, Planning and Zoning Commission c/o Nicholas Greifer, 8820 Brookfield Avenue, Brookfield, IL 60513. Please reference PZC Case 18-13. Individuals with disabilities requiring a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in any meeting should contact the Village of Brookfield (708) 485-7344 prior to the meeting. Wheelchair access is available through the front (South) entrance of Village Hall. By Order of Chuck Grund, Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman. Published in RB Landmark 10/10/2018

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In print • Online • Available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year | | PUBLIC NOTICES PUBLIC NOTICE Notice is hereby given, pursuant to “An Act in relation to the use of an Assumed Business Name in the conduct or transaction of Business in the State,” as amended, that a certification was registered by the undersigned with the County Clerk of Cook County. Registration Number: D18155520 on September 24, 2018. Under the Assumed Business Name of D.M. BURTON STYLE with the business located at: 7208 HARVARD ST UNIT 1, FOREST PARK, IL 60130. The true and real full name(s) and residence address of the owner(s)/ partner(s) is: DARIEN T MARIONBURTON 7208 HARVARD ST UNIT 1 FOREST PARK, IL 60130. Published in Forest Park Review 10/3, 10/10, 10/17/2018

REAL ESTATE FOR SALE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT– CHANCERY DIVISION HSBC BANK USA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE (THE TRUSTEE) FOR THE HOLDERS OF DEUTSCHE ALT-A SECURITIES, INC. MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST, SERIES 2007RAMP1 Plaintiff, -v.ANDREA M. RANDALL, LOFTOMINIUMS OF FOREST PARK CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., ILLINOIS HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NONRECORD CLAIMANTS Defendants 2018 CH 04590 7248 DIXON STREET #B FOREST PARK, IL 60130 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on July 30, 2018, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on November 5, 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 7248 DIXON STREET #B, FOREST PARK, IL 60130







Property Index No. 15-12-420-0191010. The real estate is improved with a condo/townhouse. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in “AS IS” condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/ 18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver’s license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, examine the court file or contact Plaintiff’s attorney: CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE

ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876 Please refer to file number 14-18-03595. 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. 14-18-03595 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 2018 CH 04590 TJSC#: 38-6342 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. I3099297

Commonly known as 1836 N. 21ST AVENUE, MELROSE PARK, IL 60160 Property Index No. 15-03-103-0480000. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $290,919.14. 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 564652104-FT. 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. 564652104-FT Attorney Code. 40387 Case Number: 16 CH 11164 TJSC#: 38-7594 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. I3099790

INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I3099882

(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 2120-14745. 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. 2120-14745 Attorney Code. 40387 Case Number: 11 CH 42952 TJSC#: 38-6635 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. I3096984

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT– CHANCERY DIVISION MTGLQ INVESTORS, L.P. Plaintiff, -v.GINA CAMPA A/K/A GINA M. CAMPA, JESUS GARCIA A/K/A JESUS M. GARCIA, A/K/A JESUS H. GARCIA, MIDLAND FUNDING LLC, CAPITAL ONE BANK (USA), N.A., SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO CAPITAL ONE BANK, STATE OF ILLINOIS, EQUABLE ASCENT FINANCIAL, LLC, PORTFOLIO RECOVERY ASSOCIATES, LLC, CITIBANK, N.A., SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO CITIBANK (SOUTH DAKOTA) N.A. Defendants 16 CH 11164 1836 N. 21ST AVENUE MELROSE PARK, IL 60160 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on April 9, 2018, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on November 9, 2018, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate:



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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT– CHANCERY DIVISION OCWEN LOAN SERVICING, LLC; Plaintiff, vs. MARK JOSEPH COMETA; LOURDES LANSANG; CIRCLE TERRACE CONDOMINIUMS; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD CLAIMANTS; Defendants, 18 CH 974 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, November 8, 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. 15-12-418-011-1003 and 1512-418-011-1062. Commonly known as 148 Circle Avenue, Unit 1W & P-27, Forest Park, IL 60130. The mortgaged real estate is improved with a condominium residence. The purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by subdivisions (g) (1) and (g)(4) of Section 9 of the Condominium Property Act Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds, balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. No refunds. The property will NOT be open for inspection For information call the Sales Clerk at Plaintiff’s Attorney, The Wirbicki Law Group, 33 West Monroe Street, Chicago, Illinois 60603. (312) 3609455 W18-0030.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT– CHANCERY DIVISION US BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS LEGAL TITLE TRUSTEE FOR TRUMAN 2016 SC6 TITLE TRUST Plaintiff, -v.JOHN J. RICE, DIANE C. RICE Defendants 11 CH 42952 1038 BELOIT AVE FOREST PARK, IL 60130 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on August 15, 2018, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on November 16, 2018, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 1038 BELOIT AVE, FOREST PARK, IL 60130 Property Index No. 15-13-418-0140000. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $499,902.60. 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

EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act., which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on age, race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or intention to make any such preferences, limitations or discrimination. The Illinois Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental or advertising of real estate based on factors in addition to those protected under federal law. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informedthat all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis. Restrictions or prohibitions of pets do not apply to service animals. To complain of discrimination, call HUD toll free at: 1-800-669-9777. WEDNESDAY JOURNAL Forest Park Review, Landmark

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OPRF girls golf wins regional Gladden leads Huskies with an 87, Clarkson shoots 93, Maychruk 97 By MARTY FARMER Sports Editor

OPRF senior Haley Gladden carded an 87 as the medalist at the Payton Regional of the Class 2A state playoffs. Gladden, a two-time all-conference player, led the Huskies (382 team score) to the regional team title as well. Teammates Anika Carlson (93), Lydia Maychruk (97), Ella Haas (105), Allison Turner (111) and Anna Gagliardo (112) also represented OPRF. With the exception of Haas, a junior, all the players are seniors. “Haley leads by example and is the team’s top scorer,” OPRF coach Matt McMurray said. “Anika is a leader and one of our most consistent players. Ella made huge strides in her game over the summer. After taking a year off from golf, Lydia came back to be a solid contributor this season.” The players excel in the classroom, too. “All of our seniors received WSC AllAcademic honors,” McMurray said. “That list includes Emily Kopka, Haley Gladden, Anika Carlson, Anna Gagliardo, Lydia Maychruk and Alli Turner.” Battle-tested from the rigors of playing in

the stacked West Suburban Conference Silver Division, OPRF went 5-9 in dual matches and finished sixth in the conference championship. The Huskies’ stats are a bit misleading due to both strength of conference and schedule. “I thought the team played well but struggled in winning the close matches,” McMurray said. “We lost five matches by 10 strokes or less and three matches by less than three strokes. We weren’t able to eke out any of the tight matches. That hurt us in the conference standings.” Fortunately, the Huskies rounded into form right on time at regionals. “I want them to play their best golf, whatever that may be, and to have a blast doing it,” McMurray said. “I was really proud of them at the regional because several of them rose to the occasion and played some of their strongest rounds when it mattered the most. “I would like for some of our top girls, especially Haley who was so close last year, to make it downstate,” he added. “That’s the ultimate goal.”

Courtesy of Kim Gladden

The OPRF girls golf team (L to R): Ella Haas, Anika Carlson, Anna Gagliardo, Allison Turner, Lydia Maycruk, Haley Gladden; Second row: Head Coach Matt McMurray. Gladden fell short of going downstate by four strokes last year. The team captain appears poised for a state finals berth this fall. “Haley is a hard worker,” McMurray said. “She put a lot of time and effort into her game over the summer. We’re hoping she’ll make it down to state next week.” In fact, McMurray has high hopes for all

the Huskies who have impressed him with their attitude and work ethic. “I like their dedication to the game and their receptiveness to feedback and coaching,” McMurray said. “The girls work hard and show a clear desire to get better. They have a lot of fun together. I feel the team has built a tight bond over the last several seasons.”

Fenwick, OPRF boys golf meet in regional Friars finish second, Huskies fourth at Lane Regional in Class 3A playoffs


points, followed by Whitney Young (58), Latin (90) and Lane Tech (119). Hosted by Loyola University at Montrose Harbor, 19 teams competed in the race. The Huskies’ Violet Harper (19:07.32/5th place), Nora Wollen (19:07.36/6th), Samantha Duwe (19:13.28/7th), Hanna Thompson (19:18.47/9th) and Josephine Welin (19:26.2/10th) set a terrific pace for the team. Teammates Audrey Lewis (20:28.46), Parker Hulen (20:30.58) and Maggie Baron (20:31.89) placed among the top 20.

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Although it wasn’t a head-to-head matchup, Fenwick and OPRF boys competed in the same golf regional of the Class 3A state playoffs. While the Friars advanced to sectionals, both of the crosstown rivals qualified multiple golfers for the next round of the postseason. The Friars’ Josh Kirkham (one-over 72) placed third and Jackson Schaeffer (four-over 75) was fifth at the Lane Regional. Teammate Jake Wiktor carded a 77 on the Hilldale Golf Club course in Hoffman Estates. Fenwick finished second with a score of 309, trailing only regional champion York (298) from the West Suburban Conference. Lake Park (326) joined the Dukes and Friars as sectional qualifiers. OPRF came in fourth with a score of 330, just four strokes behind Lake Park. Despite not advancing to sectionals in the team standings, the Huskies still sent four golfers to the next round. Seniors John Parker and Andrew Corsini led the team with scores of 75 and 76, respectively, while junior Jake McIntosh (88) and freshman Nate Bibbey (91) also advanced for the Huskies.

Trinity golf The Blazers advanced to sectional play with a third-place showing at their own Class 1A regional. Junior Brianna Sullivan shot a 98 and sophomore Katarina Sheirok a 99 to lead Trinity to a score of 428. Elizabeth Laffey (114), Lauren

Trinity cross country

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OPRF golfers John Parker, left, and Andrew Corsini are the team’s top leaders and performers. Both advanced to the sectional round of the state playoffs. Considine (117), Bridget Sturbis (122) and Faith Radford (138) also contributed. St. Francis scored 366 to win the regional, followed by Latin at 389.

OPRF girls cross country The Huskies had five of the top 10 finishers to win the Loyola Lakefront Invitational. OPRF took first with 37

Senior Alexis Cohn led the sophomore-laden Blazers to fourth place at the Pat Savage Invitational. She recorded a time of 19:03.54 to come in eighth. Sophomores Kate Foley (20:19.07), Sylvia Ritzler (20:25.5), Courtney Yungerman (21:15.89), Annabel Halloran (21:44.02), Jessica Hoffman (22:02.13) and Nora Clements (22:53.7), along with junior Alexandra Morelli (24:37.96), ran as well.

OPRF boys cross country Senior Garrett Minich led the Huskies with a time of 16 minutes, 45.5 seconds to finish 77th at the Naperville Twilight Invite. Hosted by Naperville North, Alfonso Acevedo (17:29.4/123rd place), Spencer Thorpe (17:30.0/124th), Paul Raducha (17.56.9/137th) and Marcello Robbins (18; 04.7/140th) recorded the Huskies’ other top times over the 3-mile race in warm and windy conditions.




Love for game from page 36 books about it. I quickly became a hockey junkie.” A few years later, Fabbrini’s addiction worked to Fenwick High School hockey’s benefit. After stints playing in the Franklin Park house league and for club teams like the Addison Grizzlies and Chicago Blues, Fabbrini joined the Friars his junior year in high school. Playing alongside center John Glancy and right-winger Mike Janda, Fabbrini flourished as a forward on one of the greatest lines in the history of Illinois High School hockey. Goalie Trevor Heffernan and all-state defenseman Chris Meegan and Eddie Mazur ensured comparable excellence at the other end of the rink. Coached by Dave Cromer and his assistant, Mike Breslin, Fenwick won back-toback state championships and Kennedy Cup titles during Fabbrini’s upperclassmen years. “I was really fortunate to play on such great teams,” he said. “I actually played baseball and soccer at Fenwick as well. Having such a rich sports history was definitely a factor in my decision to go there. “Being a student-athlete there was a big part of why I enjoyed it so much,” Fabbrini said. “I also think students at Fenwick are typically there because they want to get the most out of their education.” With a strong academic and athletic background in place, Fabbrini considered junior hockey or college as his next move. After much consideration, Fabbrini decided on the University of Illinois. During his time in Champaign-Urbana (2004-2008), Fabbrini had 74 goals and 58 assists for 132 points in 141 games played. The Illini won American Collegiate Hockey Association National Championships in 2006 and 2008. “It really worked out great for me to be honest,” Fabbrini said about attending Illinois. “Like Fenwick, I was really fortunate to play with a lot of really good players. Those guys had won a lot before coming to

Illinois.” After assistant coaching stints with Fenwick and the Chicago Hawks, Fabbrini worked as a graduate assistant in the hockey program at Illinois during the 2008-09 season. A few years later, he was named head coach of his alma mater. Entering his sixth season on the bench this fall, he has guided the Illini to a 142-87-9 record and the 2013 CSCHL regular-season championship. “Hockey is such a great game,” Fabbrini said. “The sport has done a lot for me. Having the opportunity to give to the younger generation of hockey players is rewarding. It’s great to see kids grow as players and people.” Now Fabbrini, 32, is excited about the aforementioned opportunity to coach Team USA in Russia. “The Winter World University Games is sort of like a mini-Winter Olympics for college students,” Fabbrini said. “We send the best players from the ACHA whereas most other countries send current or former pro players. “Anytime you get to represent your country in an international setting, it’s special,” he added. “I’m looking forward to working with and learning from head coach Roger Grillo. Hopefully, I can help this team bring home a medal.”

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Nick Fabbrini, from Forest Park, has enjoyed a stellar hockey career as a player and coach at Fenwick, University of Illinois and USA Hockey.

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ick Fabbrini’s hockey journey will take him to Krasnoyarsk, Russia as an assistant coach of the U.S. Men’s National University Team at the Winter World University Games (March 2-12). Previously, he served as an assistant on the same team at the same event, only in Kazakhstan. You know, the country made quasi-famous by the 2006 film, Borat. A lesser-known fact about Fabbrini is that his love of sports began on the Garfield School playground in Forest Park. “I grew up playing all kinds of sports at the Garfield School playground,” said Fabbrini, a Forest Park native. “All the kids in the neighborhood got together. Depending on the season and what the weather allowed, we played baseball, football, soccer and roller hockey.” Roller hockey sowed the seeds of love for ice hockey, aided by a pair of buddies down the street. “I was really lucky that a couple of kids down the block, Matt and Tom Montes, were into hockey,” Fabbrini said. “Matt played Division I hockey and both of them really knew the sport. I fell in love with it. I started watching hockey on TV and reading See HOCKEY on page 35

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