Monday, April 22, 2013
The roadway will be closed through early May, according to an Oak Leaves article.
Oak Park Avenue, from Lake Street to South Boulevard, will be closed starting Tuesday, April 23 through the beginning of May, according to an Oak Leaves article. The village will be installing new sewer and water mains on North Boulevard and Kenilworth Avenue, according to the article.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Around 19 percent of Oak Park homeowners own their homes outright.
Communities with a large segment of senior citizens or high median incomes tend to have the highest percentage mortgage-free homes, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. In Oak Park, 19.3 percent of homeowners own their homes outright while 37 percent of homeowners in River Forest do not owe anything on their homes, according to Crain's. Here’s a look at how other area communities rank: Community % of Mortgage-Free Homes Forest Park 24.9% 26.6% Melrose Park 33.8% 37% Rosemont 40% Cicero 24.3% Maywood 28.2% Berwyn 27.4% North Riverside 43%
Monday, April 1, 2013
The online tool Rich Block, Poor Blocks uses Google Maps and U.S. Census data to break down the median household income by neighborhood.
There is a notable range in wealth from neighborhood to neighborhood in Oak Park. Some of the poorest blocks in Oak Park are concentrated to the east side of the village, according to Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks. There, the median household income is in the $20,000 to $40,000 range. Comparably speaking, one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Oak Park is located south of West North Avenue/Highway 64 and immediately east and west of Oak Park Avenue, according to Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks. There, the median household income is around $170,000. As for River Forest, many of the neighborhoods on the northern portion of the village have a median household income around $152,000. This includes a section south of West North Avenue/Highway 64 and …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Several local seats are up for grabs during the spring election.
Early voting opened Monday in Cook County. Those hoping to cast their ballot early for several local races can do so through April 6. Election day is April 9. There are several local seats up for election in Cook County, but 64 percent of those races are uncontested, according to a Cook County Clerk press release. In Oak Forest and River Forest, voters will be asked to cast their ballot for local candidates and to also vote on a referendum question that asks voters whether the District 200 Board of Education should spend a portion of its cash and investments, which currently exceed $111 million, to fund a year-round, public, indoor, aquatics and fitness center for all Oak Park and River Forest residents. “While turnout is usually low …
The students are accused of attempting to rob fellow students, according to an Oak Leaves article.
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Monday, March 25
Two Oak Park-River Forest High School students have been arrested on a charge of attempted armed robbery "of several fellow high school students" following an investigation by the Oak Park Police Department and high school officials, according to an Oak Leaves article. Michael Davis, of the 1200 block of North Austin Boulevard, and Joshua Smith, of the 300 block of Chicago Avenue, both 17 years old, were identified in a line up last week by a student who police said they displayed a gun to and demanded money from on Wednesday afternoon at Superior Street and East Avenue, according to the article.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Kathleen Niew, the subject of a lawsuit filed by an Oak Park couple, is a published author, president of The Niew Group, and host of the weekly radio show "Earn It. Keep It. Grow It." on AM 560.
A Burr Ridge lawyer and radio host has been accused of misappropriating more than $2 million she was hired to manage for an Oak Park couple, according to the Chicago Tribune. Jamal and Leda Khoury have alleged Kathleen Niew, president of Oak Brook-based Niew Legal Partners, persuaded them to transfer $2.3 million into trust accounts she managed before her firm removed the money and "used those funds for their own benefit," the Trib reports. The 56-year-old attorney, who the couple hired in 2010 to help with real-esate investing, has not been charged with a crime. "The Khourys made several attempts to buy property in 2012," the story reads, "but each time Niew told them there was a problem, and the deals fell through, the lawsuit says." …
Snow and sleet could accumulate up to four inches in the Chicago area on Thursday evening and into Friday.
Don't put away those shovels yet; more winter weather is on the way. According to the National Weather Service, the Oak Park area can expect to be hit with a storm on Thursday night that will bring snow, sleet and wind into Friday. The National Weather Service is predicting the chance of snow at 100 percent. In other words, they seem pretty sure that we'll get between two to four inches tomorrow. Others, like CBS2, are predicting as much as five inches by Friday morning. The storm will likely start off as freezing rain in the late afternoon and turning to snow by evening, which will continue throughout the night and into Friday morning. Winds speeds are predicted at between five and 15 mph. You can look forward to a snowless weekend though…
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Community ranks fourth on list Lakeview and Hyde Park in survey by Atlantic Cities.
Census data has confirmed what many in Oak Park may already know. The village has one of the highest concentrations of people working in the "creative class," according to census data by Atlantic Cities, a website operated by the Atlantic Monthly. The website broke down professions data by census tract around the Chicago area, defining “creative class” as those people working in science and technology, business and management, arts, culture, media and entertainment, law, and healthcare. A majority of Oak Park residents (51.7 percent), classified their jobs as falling into two categories: educational services, health care or social assistance; and professional, scientific, management or administrative and waste management services. Nearly 7…
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Oak Park police reports, Feb. 8 to Feb. 11.
MONDAY, FEB. 11 A second floor window on the northwest side of Whittier Elementary School, 715 N. Harvey Ave., was broken with a rock. Estimated damage was $100. The incident took place sometime between Feb. 8 and Feb. 11. The ignition was pulled and the steering column peeled on a 2000 Dodge Caravan parked in the rear lot of a building in the 200 block of South Maple Avenue. A pry tool was used to force open the front driver’s side window. Estimated damage was $1,800. SATURDAY, FEB. 9 Aaron Williams, 26, of Chicago was charged with retail theft after he attempted to take four bottles of liquor from Dominick’s Finer Foods, 259 Lake St., police said. Sylvester Aaron, 30, of Chicago was charged with retail theft after he attempted to take …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Oak Park police reports, Feb. 1-6.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 6 A River Forest resident reported that they were the victim of a battery in the 300 block of Lake Street by an Oak Park juvenile. The juvenile was picked up in the 200 block of Scoville and taken to the station. They were later released to a parent. Michael J. Conlin, 31, of the 600 block of Madison in Chicago, was charged with criminal trespass to real property around 5 p.m. in the 2600 block of south California in Chicago. Conlin was processed and returned to a bond hearing. Get breaking news alerts and follow us on Facebook for more news: TUESDAY, FEB. 5 Vincent G. Saitta, 43, of the 5200 block of Brighton in Plainfield was arrested at his home after sending several harassing emails to an attorney of his ex-wife who …