At 100, ‘Ginger’ Vaitkus Has More Than Earned Her Nickname

Centenarian Rachel “Ginger” Vaitkus, middle, greets family and friends during a gathering held Aug. 27 outside her home in Broadview to celebrate her 100th birthday. | Shanel Romain  August 28, 2023 | By Michael Romain  Until a few summers ago, neighbors on the 2800 block of 12th Avenue in Broadview might have been familiar with the sight of 98-year-old Rachel […]

Village Free Press Back Under Old Ownership

The logo for John Wilk Communications LLC, the new company that owns Village Free Press. | Courtesy John Wilk  August 28, 2023 | By Michael Romain  Last year, I relinquished Village Free Press (VFP) ownership to my former employer, Oak Park newspaper nonprofit Growing Community Media (GCM). At the time, I thought VFP could benefit from GCM’s resources. I also […]

Addison Creek Reservoir Officially Opens

Local, state and federal elected officials cut the ribbon on the new Addison Creek Reservoir on Aug. 11. The $81 million project includes control and inlet structures, a spillway and a pumping station. | Courtesy MWRD August 28, 2023 | By Michael Romain  Local elected officials across Proviso Township gathered on Aug. 11 to officially open the massive Addison Creek […]

Black-Owned Bookstore In Danger Of Closing

A crowd gathers inside Afriware Books during a One Book, One Proviso event Village Free Press hosted in 2019. | File  August 28, 2023 | By Michael Romain   One of the oldest and most prominent Black-owned bookstores in Illinois is in danger of closing if critical funding isn’t secured soon, its owner says.  In an open letter published Aug. 26, […]

What’s Happening | Aug. 30 – Sept. 10

Young people enjoy a carnival ride at last year’s Maywood Fest. The Fest will be back next month, Sept. 8 through Sept. 10. | File  August 28, 2023 | By Community Editor | UPDATED: 5/29/23 Monday, Aug. 28, 6 p.m., Melrose Park Police Department, 1 N. Broadway Ave., Melrose Park | The Melrose Park village board will hold a regular […]