Hosty running for GOP convention seat

Village Commissioner Mark Hosty is running in the Feb. 5 primary to be a delegate to the Republican National Convention. Hosty is pledging to support Arizona Sen. John McCain for president.

“I feel that John McCain is the best guy for the job,” Hosty said.

Voters in the GOP primary will vote for delegates directly. Delegates are selected by congressional district to represent the party at the 2008 convention in Minneapolis-Saint Paul. Hosty’s name will appear on the ballot in the 7th Congressional District.

Hosty said he met McCain six or seven years ago at a fundraiser for Illinois State Rep. Jim Durkin, who was running for the U.S. Senate. Durkin is a key Illinois supporter of McCain and asked Hosty to run.

Local author to hold free reading

Local author and poet Billy Lombardo will read passages from several of his works next month at a free event presented by Dominican University in River Forest. On Jan. 29, 2008, beginning at 7 p.m. in Room 003 of the Rebecca Crown Library, Lombardo will read a selection of short stories and poems from “The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories,” “How to Hold a Woman” and “Meanwhile, Roxy Mourns,” which will be published next year, according to a press release from the university.

Lombardo teaches English at the Latin School of Chicago and is the founder of a national literary magazine for high school students. He is a Forest Park resident.

Dominican University is located at 7900 W. Division St. For more information contact Joseph Heininger, assistant professor of English, at (708) 524-6838.

Local college scholarships

High school seniors planning to major in arts-related studies in college can apply to a local scholarship program funded by the Oak Park Area Arts Council. Awards will be sent directly to the applicant’s college or university to help pay for their freshman year of tuition.

Applicants are encouraged to send slides, photos, videos or other samples of their high school arts experience along with a completed application and essay to the council. Entries are due March 14, 2008, and can be delivered to the council’s office at the Oak Park village hall, 123 Madison St., or mailed to P.O. Box 950, Oak Park, Ill., 60303. For additional information, contact (708) 358-5690 or visit Applications are available at all area high schools.

Voter registration drive

A voter registration drive will be held at the Forest Park Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 6 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event gives residents who would like to vote in the Feb. 5 primary another opportunity to register, just in time for the registration deadline of Jan. 7.

Citizens United in Forest Park, a local advocacy group, is hosting the event. The library is located at 7555 W. Jackson St.