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It’s Wednesday, Oak Park and River Forest! Let’s catch up on some headlines you may have missed so far this week, including:
- A change-of-plea hearing in the Heather Mack case.
- Sen. Don Harmon and Gov. J.B. Pritzker announce a new housing initiative.
- A Juneteenth ceremony, symphony concert and more events on tonight’s calendar.
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Now, today’s weather: Cloudy and warmer. High: 74 Low: 59.
Here are the top 4 stories in Oak Park-River Forest today:
1. A change of plea hearing is planned for tomorrow in the case of Heather Mack, the Oak Park woman who served time in an Indonesian prison after being convicted of murdering her mother in Bali more than eight years ago. The Associated Press reports her attorneys have been “in talks with federal prosecutors over the last several weeks.” (People)
2. OPRF High School’s director of public safety resigned last week, the Wednesday Journal reports. Cherylynn Jones-McLeod served in the role for one year. Dean Jonathan Silver also resigned after more than 15 years at the school. (Wednesday Journal)
3. Oak Park Director of Development Customer Services Tammie Grossman will officially retire at the end of next week after 15 years working for the village. A reception will be held June 21 at Village Hall to “celebrate Grossman’s years of dedicated public service.” (VOP)
4. Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a new housing program to assist home-buyers with down payments, the state announced last week. Sen. Don Harmon of Oak Park said, “We are constantly exploring new opportunities to make housing more affordable in order to provide opportunities to buy that first home and raise a family in the great state of Illinois.” (State)
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Today in Oak Park-River Forest:
- Join the Forest Preserves of Cook County for a fitness hike at Sunset Bridge Meadow in River Grove. (10 a.m.)
- Classic Cinemas continues its Wednesday Morning Movie Series with a screening of “Trolls World Tour” at Lake Theatre. (10 a.m.)
- The Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest performs “Music on the Patio” at Cheney Mansion. (7 p.m.)
From my notebook:
- More details are emerging about the weekend shooting which injured four people in Oak Park over the weekend. The Tribune reports the funeral procession was for a man with gang ties, according to a police source. (Paid source: Tribune)
- Lawmakers announced an $8 million plan to promote rail crossing safety in Franklin Park. (Lawndale News)
- Pleasant Home is planning a “Pride Wine, Dine and Dance” event Friday. (PDOP)
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You’re all caught up! See you tomorrow for another edition.
— Georgi Presecky
About me: Georgi is a Chicago-based newsletter writer and partner content curator. She spent five years on the entertainment beat for FF2 Media covering film festivals across the U.S. Her feature articles have been recognized with awards from the Illinois Women’s Press Association and National Federation of Press Women. As editor-in-chief of the Lewis University newspaper, she and her staff earned honors from the Associated Collegiate Press and American Scholastic Press Associations. She began working for Patch in 2019.
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