? Hines VA Hospital Marks Milestone + Drinking Water Survey

Good morning, Oak Park and River Forest! Here’s your Sunday edition of the Daily.

First, today’s weather: Brilliant sunshine. High: 61 Low: 43.

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Here are the top 3 stories in Oak Park-River Forest today:

1. Oak Park parents are expressing mixed reactions to the new Illinois law allowing students to miss school for mental health reasons. Some District 97 parents told the Tribune they want more information, while OPRF High School Director of Student Services Faith Cole said “families have struggled with perceived privacy concerns and stigma around actually marking absences for mental health.” (Paid source: Tribune)

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2. Oak Park Police Chief LaDon Reynolds’ nomination for U.S marshal is being held up by an Arkansas senator. Reynolds was first nominated by President Joe Biden almost nine months ago. (Wednesday Journal)

3. Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital completed its 50th kidney transplant this week. The program began in November and is one of eight VA Kidney Transplant Programs in the country. (Daily Herald)

Today in Oak Park-River Forest:

  • Ascension Catholic Church collects food for St. Martin de Porres Food Pantry. (10:30 a.m.)
  • Take a Spring Equinox Walk at Trailside Museum. (11 a.m.)
  • Join the League of Women Voters of Oak Park and River Forest for “An Afternoon with Eleanor Roosevelt.” (2 p.m.)
  • Oak Park Temple hosts a cheese-making workshop. (2:30 p.m.)
  • The Kapelle perform their home choral concert at Concordia. (4 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • Oak Park property owners will receive a drinking-water survey by mail this month, as required by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. (VOP)
  • Forest Park Village Council is applying for grant funding to improve sewers and street-scapes on 15th Street, between Marengo and Elgin Avenues. (Forest Park Review)
  • OPRF High School students met a Minnesota Twins executive to discuss careers in sports. (Wednesday Journal)

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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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