| Feb 9, 2015
| 10:14 AM
On Dec. 18, Oak Park Elementary District 97 School Board member Peter Traczyk marched triumphantly into the tail end of a board meeting, elated. After nearly a year, the district had come to an agreement with its teachers union.
"We've got a contract,"...
| Feb 8, 2015
| 10:08 AM
An Oak Park school board member was found dead in a west suburban meadow Saturday morning, officials said Sunday.
Peter Traczyk, who has been on the District 97 School Board since 2007, was found on North Avenue, east of First Avenue, in Melrose Park....
| Feb 9, 2015
| 2:08 PM
The Elmhurst College Jazz Festival kicks off its 48th year next weekend. Young musicians from more than two dozen schools will perform Feb. 20 through 22.
As in past years, this year's festival offers listeners the opportunity to hear a mix of energetic...
| Jan 30, 2015
| 7:17 PM
Michael Bayne has done everything you're supposed to do to avoid taking on too much debt for college. He lives off-campus to save money on housing. He's always working at least one job — sometimes two. And he enrolled at an in-state public school,...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 8:32 AM
The African-American Heritage Festival will kick off with a free cultural event beginning at 6 p.m. Feb. 6 with a performance by "American Idol" contestant David Oliver Willis in the Tavares High gym, 603 N. New Hampshire Ave.
The Community Choir of...
| Jan 22, 2015
| 6:49 AM
Carl Barks' Duck by Peter Schilling Jr., Uncivilized, 122 pages, $12.95
"My cartoons weren't good," a Mickey Mouse doppelganger cheerfully declared on a recent episode of "The Simpsons." "They were just first." Fortunately, Disney's questionable quality...
| Jan 19, 2015
| 9:04 AM
Driving a 27-foot-long hot dog will get you noticed, and that's just the point for Alexandra Longo, a former Miss Addison who has spent the last eight months relishing her travels aboard the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.
She has logged 27,000 miles so far...
| Feb 5, 2015
| 10:32 AM
Chimpanzees can learn a new sound for a common object, suggesting that the ability to acquire the building blocks of language may be more ancient than humans, according to a new study.
When a band of captive chimpanzees was transferred from the...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 8:42 AM
If only people would take their meds as prescribed, a multitude of ailments would disappear. Non-compliance with doctors' orders is one of the major issues in medical care.
January marks the launch of the fourth annual Medication Adherence Team...
| Dec 29, 2014
| 3:05 PM
You have to sell your business idea to a group of strangers in the time it takes to ride an elevator. Ready?
Matt Aguilar was. The Franklin Park resident won the fifth annual Elevator Pitch Competition held at the University of Wisconsin —...
| Dec 16, 2014
| 2:28 PM
As the district administrator of the nonprofit Jewish Family and Community Service in Highland Park, Isadora Sherman was for many years a lifeline for scores of struggling teens and their families.
Her work was particularly important during a 17-month...