Cicad-amazing art!
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by Forest Park Review
4d ago
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Cicadapocalypse was overrated
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by Alan Brouilette
4d ago
I am disappointed in the cicadas.  I had hoped for something biblical. Grade B creature feature kind of thing. Clouds of them blotting out the sun as they pass overhead. A sound so loud people were hospitalized with migraines and confusion. Denuded trees, crop failures, a lot of ineffectual posturing about the War on Cicadas.  I don’t know if the pandemic has spoiled me for entertaining disasters, but the great confluence of 13- and 17-year cicadas has been underwhelming to say the least. A little noise and a lot of dead bugs. I experience a steady stream of disappointment at s ..read more
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Beyond Hunger’s Challenge —good food and good works
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by Risé Sanders-Weir
4d ago
Three local chefs brought out their knife rolls and created 175,000 meals.  To be clear, they didn’t cook that much food, but their participation in Beyond Hunger’s 4th annual Healthy Chef Challenge May 30 raised enough money for the organization to provide that many meals to local community members in need. The chefs were provided with a basket of foods, challenging them to use the same ingredients typically provided to the food pantry’s program participants. This year the ingredient list included diced tomatoes, diced potatoes, cream of chicken soup and PAN cornmeal. Plus, each chef co ..read more
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Proviso District 209 celebrates graduates 
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by Amaris E. Rodriguez
4d ago
The Proviso Township High School District 209 had three big reasons to celebrate as its communities gathered for graduations on Saturday, June 8, at the University of Illinois-Chicago Credit Union 1 Pavilion.  Graduating seniors Processional at Proviso East High School’s Commencement Cereomony at Credit Union 1 Arena at UIC on Saturday June 8, 2024 | Todd Bannor Illinois Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford speaks at Proviso East High School’s Commencement Cereomony at Credit Union 1 Arena at UIC on Saturday June 8, 2024 | Todd Bannor Graduating seniors celebrate at Proviso East H ..read more
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Dutchess Cannabis Company to replace MedMen dispensary
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by Luzane Draughon
4d ago
Dutchess Cannabis Company will be taking over the MedMen cannabis dispensary located at 1142 Lake St., which said it was temporarily closed in early April. MedMen struggled financially, closing many locations across the country. The company eventually ceased operations and filed for bankruptcy proceedings in Canada, according to Forbes, with $411 million in liabilities. MedMen subsidiaries in the United States will have operations dissolved or sold, according to Forbes. The MedMen location in Oak Park began selling recreational marijuana in January 2020, after Illinois became the 11th state t ..read more
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League of Women Voters gears up for election season 
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by MICHAEL BANIEWICZ 
4d ago
Preparation for the 2024 presidential election is underway on the local level for the League of Women Voters of Oak Park-River Forest.   The league is actively curating a panel of experts for its Fall 2024 Kickoff event, which will discuss the fight against spreading misinformation and disinformation.  Jane Hastings, president of the Oak Park-River Forest League of Women Voters, said that the event is open to the public and will highlight the significance of the proliferation of misinformation and disinformation and its impact on democratic processes.  “Starting to get inv ..read more
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Growing Community Media takes homeIllinois Press Association awards
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by Trent Brown
4d ago
Growing Community Media won big at the 2024 Illinois Press Association convention this week. At the annual convention in Bloomington, held June 6, the nonprofit — which is the parent company of Wednesday Journal of Oak Park & River Forest, Austin Weekly News, the Riverside-Brookfield Landmark and the Forest Park Review — took home 19 first-place awards and 35 total awards across editorial and advertising categories. The first-place awards are as follows: Best one-time special section — Wednesday Journal Best website, nondaily — Wednesday Journal Editorial page, nondaily — Wednesday Journ ..read more
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Gym bag, gun, wallets stolen from parked cars
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by Jessica Mordacq
4d ago
On June 4, a man reported that he parked his car on Troost Avenue around 9 p.m. on June 3. But when he returned to his vehicle just before 8 a.m. the following day, his gym bag was missing, an estimated loss of $350 according to the police report. The man told police that he thought he left his car unlocked and would sign complaints if police could locate the offender.  Between similar overnight hours on the same day, a man on Des Plaines Avenue told police that someone ransacked his unlocked vehicle and stole a loaded Glock 19 gun. Police said they are looking at area surveillance video ..read more
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Big Week | June 12 – 19
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by Brooke Duncan
5d ago
Heartless Bastards    Friday, June 14, 6:30 p.m., Robert’s Westside    Doors open at 6:30 p.m., music starts at 8:00 p.m. 21+ (Under 21 Allowed w/ Parent / Guardian) General Admission: $35 + Service Fees  and Reserved Seating: $45 + Service Fees. Purchase tickets at https://tinyurl.com/29fuf5mv LEGO Secret Codes and Puzzle Box    Friday, June 14, 4 – 5 p.m., Forest Park Public Library – Youth Services Room    Join us to build LEGO puzzle boxes and create your own secret code to solve. Designed for ages 8 to 10. Register at https://tinyurl.com/cyr9d ..read more
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Pride is ‘loving who you are,’ Angel LeBare says
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by JACK HELBIG
1w ago
Angel LeBare, Forest Park actor, ballroom dancer, drag queen sublime, used to host shows for five years at the late, lamented Oak Park branch of Hamburger Mary’s, but now hosts at the original Hamburger Mary’s in Andersonville. LeBare also hosts events throughout the suburbs and is one of the forces behind the Forest Park Pride Celebration Friday, June 21, that was founded three years ago by Forest Park business owner and resident, Erich Krumrei, LeBare, and their partner, Dan Walsh. The event includes Pride Drag Performance at 7 p.m. at the Constitution Court in downtown Forest Park, which L ..read more
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