Good morning, Oak Park and River Forest! Welcome to the weekend edition of the Daily.

In today’s Daily, learn about an attempted robbery at Chase Bank, HBO’s new series about an Oak Park cold case, and how River Forest could change its flagpole policy to celebrate gay pride.

First, today’s weather: Mostly cloudy throughout the day. Temps: High of 86° & low of 68°.

Here are the top five stories in Oak Park today:

1. Oak Park police have arrested a suspect who attempted to rob the Chase Bank at 1048 Lake Street the afternoon of May 20. Commander William Rygh told Wednesday Journal that no one was hurt and the bank incurred no loss after the Thursday incident. (Wednesday Journal)

2. Walk-ins are welcome today at the health department’s Pfizer vaccine clinic. Doses will be administered in partnership with Walgreens at the Oak Park and River Forest High School field house from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anyone over the age of 12 can be vaccinated, but people under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. (Oak Leaves)

3. The Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission is recommending Oak Park lawyer Valarie Franklin be disbarred after she was accused of using clients’ money to pay for personal expenses. Franklin allegedly falsified documents, gave false testimony and spent $122,000 in client funds. The Illinois Supreme Court will ultimately determine disbarment, but the attorney plans to appeal. (CBS2)

4. HBO announced a special episode of its true-crime docuseries “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” will air June 21, based on the book by late Oak Park author Michelle McNamara. The episode will focus on McNamara’s 2013 research into the rape and murder of Kathy Lombardo in Oak Park in 1984. (Rolling Stone)

5. The River Forest Board is considering a new flagpole policy at Village Hall after Trustee Erika Bachner requested flying the gay pride flag during Pride Month in June. Bachner said she expects the board to approve the move at its Monday meeting. The new rules would apply only to Village Hall and no other municipal flagpoles. (Wednesday Journal)

Today in Oak Park:

  • The Farmers Market kicks off at Pilgrim Church. (7 a.m.)
  • A spring plant and tool exchange is planned at Oak Park Conservatory. (9:30 a.m.)
  • Anfora Wine Merchants offers an outdoor Rome-inspired wine tasting with limited in-person attendance and a virtual option. (5 p.m.)
  • Ahimsa Yoga Studio is hosting a meditation event to raise funds for The Love Fridge charity. (6:30 p.m.)

Oak Park Patch Notebook:

  • Angie’s Pantry is celebrating 10 years in business. (Wednesday Journal)
  • Forest Park resident Mia Manansala penned a new novel released by Penguin Random House. (Wednesday Journal)
  • Oak Park Library is making it easier to find digital newspapers and magazines through the library database. (OPPL)
  • The annual New Moms Kitchen Walk will not return after 36 years in the community. (Wednesday Journal)
  • Studies are underway to help improve the Grand Avenue rail crossing in Elmwood Park. (Pioneer Press)

You’re all caught up on what’s happening today in Oak Park and River Forest! See you tomorrow for more weekend news.


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