St. Vincent’s in River Forest was the setting for one of the largest funeral Masses I have ever witnessed. I think it was Father Richard Peddicord, O.P., who told of administering the last rites to Johnny Lattner. As the ritual was being performed, Johnny told him, “Have a party” … “I’ll pay for it.” Lattner certainly was a most beloved man, and not many people knew he was a daily communicant. 

We are happy to report that Rich Schauer’s back problem is not as bad as originally reported. But he does have to take it easy, which will probably not be too hard for him. 

The attractive young people working with the digital level are Tracy Wais who earned her engineering degree at Valparaiso and Paul Feeney who graduated from Galway University. Too bad this isn’t in color so you could see his red hair. They are with Christopher B. Burke Engineering Ltd. And we can bet some major paving is in store for us this summer.

Augie Aleksy was on WBEZ again last Sunday. Tune in to 91.5 FM and hear about all Centuries & Sleuths has to offer.

You are invited to attend the 7th District State Representative Candidates Forum on Monday, Feb. 29 at the Broadview Park District, 2600 13th Ave. in Broadview. Doors open at 6:30; forum begins at 7 p.m. This forum is sponsored by the Forest Park Review, the Village Free Press, Vox, and Wednesday Journal. Questions will be welcome for the candidates, Chris Harris of Forest Park and Chris Welch, the incumbent state rep. 

This weekend there will be music. The Michael Teolis Singers, now in their ninth season, will present “A Potpourri of Songs” on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 4 p.m. at historic Pleasant Home in Oak Park. Choral gems and classics by Barber, Copeland, Ellington, Gershwin, Schuman and Willcocks will be performed. The group is accompanied by David Richards and singers from town include Nancy Greco, Erik Johnson, and Louise Brueggemann. Pleasant Home is located at 217 Home Ave. (corner of Pleasant and Home) in Oak Park and is in the National Register of Historic Places. Tours of the historic site begin at 2:30 with a special rate of $8 for concert-goers. Concert tickets are $20. For more information,

Save Sunday, March 6, at 4 p.m. for Opus 3: Piano Trio and GSM Cello/Piano Duo. This concert features Sarah Gasse, violin; Hulya-Luethi, piano; and Dr. Daniel Gasse, cello. The setting for this musical treat is St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 305 Circle Ave. For more information:

Tune in to the Doris Davenport Show, this Sunday, Feb. 28 between 7 and 8 p.m. During the second half of the show, award-winning sports editor Marty Farmer will join Doris Davenport and Doug Wyman for an exclusive interview with the Oak Park and River Forest High School basketball team and head coach Matt Maloney. After everybody’s finished talking, Forest Park’s Skrine Chops owners, Steve and Mary Rita Skrine, will cater a dinner for the in-studio guests. 

Happy birthday to Chris Thornton, Mary White, Scott Grams, Rachel Hamilton, Gary Neubeiser, Joseph Tricoci, Patrick Dornicker, Susan Rehore, Jo McMahon, Diane Janopoulis, Arthur Kazar, Connor Sullivan, Gina Pardun, Sebastian Selizi, Aaron Rada, and Chris Borzelo

Happy anniversary to Renee and Joe DiGangi

  Jackie is a former Chicago and Elmwood Park schoolteacher with an undying love for music, friendly pets and a host of life’s other treasures too numerous to list. She was born on the far southwest side of Chicago in a great neighborhood when it was a great time to be young.

Jackie is a former Chicago and Elmwood Park schoolteacher with an undying love for music, friendly pets and a host of life's other treasures too numerous to list. She was born on the far southwest side...

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