Cantigny Park

Extended hours on Wednesdays start May 5; First Division Museum, too!

Wheaton, Ill., April 26, 2021—Cantigny Park plans to stay open late on Wednesdays beginning May 5 and through the summer. The “Stroll After Sunset” program, new for 2021, aims to satisfy higher public demand for outdoor pursuits and introduce more guests to the park’s recent enhancements, including new pathways and lighting.

Cantigny’s usual closing time is sunset. On Wednesdays, it will now be one hour after sunset. In early May that means about 9 pm, but as the days grow longer the park will be open as late as 9:30 pm.

“The work we’ve completed through Project New Leaf makes this possible,” said Matt LaFond, executive director of Cantigny Park. “One of our key goals for the project was to make the park more accessible in every way. Stroll After Sunset is just the beginning of our ability to now host additional evening events and programs in the gardens.”

The later close on Wednesday includes the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park, which will keep doors open until 8 pm. Due to the pandemic, the museum currently operates on a timed-entry system—tickets are free, but advance registration is required via the museum’s website.

Main attractions during Stroll After Sunset will be the Cantigny gardens, accented by the park’s new lighted fountain, and the First Division Museum exhibits and tanks. McCormick House is closed for renovation until 2022. 

Magan Ascher, director of visitor services, sees potential for “pop up” attractions, too, such as a strolling violinist.

“Nothing is currently planned, but I like the idea of adding elements of surprise, especially on warm summer nights,” Ascher said. “Pop ups could add to the fun.”

Cantigny Park is open daily from 9 am to sunset (7 am starting May 1). Parking is $5 per car and free on the first Wednesday of the month. Cantigny Park members receive free parking, invitations to exclusive events, and other benefits. More information is online at Cantigny.org.

About Cantigny Park

Cantigny Park, part of the Chicago-based Robert R. McCormick Foundation, is the 500acre Wheaton estate of Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955), long-time editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. It is home to the McCormick House, First Division Museum, display gardens, picnic grounds, walking trails and a Visitors Center with retail shop, banquet, and dining facilities. More information, including hours, directions and upcoming events is online at Cantigny.org. Cantigny Golf, adjacent to the park, features a 27-hole championship golf course, full-service clubhouse, Cantigny Golf Academy and the 9-hole Cantigny Youth Links. For more information, visit CantignyGolf.com.

Cantigny Park


Cook County Government

April 20, 2021

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle joined representatives from Loyola Medicine, local municipalities and elected officials today to announce $458,322 in funding to law enforcement agencies and nonprofit organizations around Cook County through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program administered by the County’s Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security (EMRS). 

“Our most basic responsibility as government is to ensure the safety of all residents and visitors to Cook County,” said President Preckwinkle. “And our commitment is to look at all applicants through an equitable lens, ensuring funding is going to those who need it most. This past year has not been an easy one. I am grateful for all of our first responders for their dedication to keeping all residents safe.”

Loyola Medicine is one of 10 recipients receiving JAG awards this year. Loyola was awarded $60,000 to fund life-saving activities associated with their Law Enforcement Narcan Program. EMRS partnered with Loyola Medicine to launch the program in 2018, awarding close to $500,000 in JAG funding since its inception. Loyola Medicine uses this funding to purchase Narcan and tourniquets for more than 30 law enforcement agencies. 

“We know that many times police are first on the scene of an overdose and administering Narcan as quickly as possible can mean the difference between life and death,” said Mark E. Cichon, D.O., FACEP/FACOEP, Professor & Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Loyola University Chicago – Stritch School of Medicine and Division Director – Emergency Medical Services, Loyola University Medical Center. “We are grateful to Cook County for providing the funding to allow us to train law enforcement and provide them with this life-saving antidote.”

JAG funding is designed to support critical public safety needs. This is the County’s 10th year awarding funding through the program.

“When evaluating projects for JAG funding, ERMS looks for ways we can make a meaningful impact in the communities that need it most,” said William Barnes, executive director of EMRS. “The Law Enforcement Narcan Program is a wonderful example of how nonprofits and law enforcement agencies can work together to literally save lives throughout our County.”

Other JAG recipients include:

Forest Park Police Department was awarded $15,000 to purchase 15 body worn camera main controller units.

Country Club Hills Police Department was awarded $25,000 to purchase one police vehicle.

Robbins Police Department was awarded $25,000 to purchase one police vehicle.

Chicagoland Prison Outreach was awarded $25,000 to fund a 16-week carpentry apprenticeship program that provides educational and prevention programming to train returning citizens in the trade of carpentry. The program includes intensive case management, drug recovery classes, mentoring, trauma coaching, job readiness and other life skill classes. Two classes are offered per year and serve between 45-55 returning citizens.

The Village of Phoenix Police Department was awarded $30,000 to purchase one police vehicle.

Leave No Veteran Behind was awarded $50,000 to help support program administration, including recruitment and training for 86 veterans and youth.

South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force was awarded $63,365 to purchase technology that helps with downloading video and digital evidence from surveillance and cell phones. This funding will ultimately assist 43 municipalities and police departments.

North Regional Major Crimes Task Force was awarded $80,927 to purchase Gray Key, the digital forensics extraction tool as well as its related processing and analytical software, Axiom. This program will assist the 12 agencies that make up the task force during investigations of major crimes.

McDermott Center (Haymarket Center) was awarded $84,030 to assist 40 Cook County adults actively involved in the criminal justice system who are living with a substance use disorder (SUD). This program ultimately reduces recidivism and enhances reentry for a safe County. Clients will participate in an evidence-based curriculum that demonstrates the move from criminal thinking patterns towards prosocial thinking patterns.

The JAG program provides municipalities with funding for:

    Law enforcement

    Prosecution and court programs

    Prevention and education programs

    Corrections and community corrections

    Drug treatment and enforcement

    Crime victim and witness awareness

    Planning, evaluation and technology improvement programs

Applicants submitted a budget and budget narrative outlining how JAG funds would be used to support and implement the program. Successful applicants entered into a sub-grant agreement with EMRS to receive funding. Local law enforcement agencies and nonprofit entities within Cook County were eligible to apply.

For more information about the Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security, visit their website.

Cook County Government


Chicago History Museum


The Chicago History Museum is featuring a collection of many never-before seen works by world-renown photographer Vivian Maier in an upcoming exhibition, Vivian Maier: In Color, opening to the public May 8, 2021.

“The Chicago History Museum is committed to sharing Chicago stories, and Vivian Maier’s work represents her private contributions to the documentation and representation of culture found within city life,” said Charles E. Bethea, Andrew W. Mellon Director of Collections and Curatorial Affairs. “Maier’s photography brings a glimpse of Chicago and its residents to life between the 1950s to the 1970s, allowing present day visitors the opportunity to reflect on the striking parallels it has to today’s society.”

Maier worked as a nanny to several Chicago families and took extensive photos, documenting intimate moments of the city and its people. Vivian Maier: In Color will illuminate Maier’s unique portfolio. While her focus of attention varied, she approached all of her work with unwavering confidence, revealing parallels, intersections and tensions.

Following her death in 2009, Maier’s prolific photographs previously discovered in her abandoned storage locker were first displayed for the public. Maier rose to posthumous international acclaim for her photography that expertly documented the people, landscapes, light, and development of New York, her hometown, and Chicago where she settled, with remarkable attention to detail. Maier’s work is now used widely in research and curriculum and has been celebrated in at least 42 exhibitions around the world, including one on display at the Chicago History Museum from 2012-2017, Vivian Maier’s Chicago.

To underscore her accomplished photography, Vivian Maier: In Color will feature more than 65 color images from the 1950s-1970s, most of which have never been seen, from art collectors Jeffrey Goldstein, John Maloof, and Ron Slattery. It is the first time the work in these three collections have been featured together in one exhibition. The exhibition will also include clips from film, made by Maier, and a series of sound bites and quotes featuring Maier’s voice.

“Vivian Maier’s photographs show moments of what looks to be a dynamic, multifaceted life in which she prioritized her passion for taking pictures,” said Frances Dorenbaum, curator of Vivian Maier: In Color. “Her dedication to photography is what makes her work so prolific today, and the Chicago History Museum is thrilled to share her voice with the public and celebrate a once unknown artist.”

The exhibition comes after the Chicago History Museum last year acquired nearly 1,800 Vivian Maier color slides, negatives and transparencies from Chicago-based artist and art collector Jeffrey Goldstein. The collection primarily depicts people and scenes in Chicago from the 1950s-1970s. The museum worked closely with Goldstein and Vivian Maier’s Estate to accept a donation of photographs and preserve them for public use. The acquisition gives the public access to many never-before-seen images on the Museum’s image portal.

The Chicago History Museum received a grant from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation to process the Vivian Maier collection. The grant promotes long term preservation, collections access and interpretive digital output such as blog posts and an online exhibition.

To learn more about Vivian Maier: In Color and associated programs, please visit: www.chicagohistory.org/exhibition/vivian-maier-in-color/


The Chicago History Museum, a major museum and research center for Chicago and American history, is located at 1601 N. Clark Street. The Museum has dedicated more than a century to celebrating and sharing Chicago’s stories through dynamic exhibitions, tours, publications, special events and programming. The Museum collects and preserves millions of artifacts, documents and images to help audiences connect to the city and its history. The Chicago History Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the people of Chicago. The Chicago History Museum is a 2016 winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest award given to these institutions for their community engagement and having an impact on the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

Chicago History Museum


Illinois State Police News File

April 23, 2021

DES PLAINES, IL – Illinois State Police (ISP) Public Integrity Task Force (PITF) Zone 1 was requested by the Chicago Police Department (CPD) to investigate a non-fatal officer-involved shooting.

The incident occurred on April 22, 2021, at approximately 4:14 p.m. on Interstate 290 eastbound near Mannheim Road. Preliminary information indicates CPD officers were involved in a pursuit for a subject wanted in connection to a homicide investigation. The subject was involved in a property damage crash at the above location. The subject exited the vehicle and fired. A CPD Officer shot at and injured the subject. No officers were injured.

This is an active and ongoing investigation, and no additional information will be released at this time. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact ISP Zone 1 Investigations at (847) 294-4400. Callers can remain anonymous.

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Illinois State Police

Medovi Kukesy – Honey Cookies

Cooking with Anatole, The Chicago Times

April 24, 2021

Today mon ami, we bake one of the Czech favorites: Medovi Kukesy or honey cookies.  This recette  comes from Old Czech Recipes for Today’s Kitchen published by the Clarkson Woman’s Club.

Gather the following ingredients and be sure, mon ami, to choose only the best quality:

2 cup sugar

1 cup shortening

2 eggs

1 cup honey

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup hot coffee

1 cup raisins

2 teaspoon vanilla

3 teaspoon soda

6 – 7 cup flour

For the best results follow these directions:

  • Cream sugar and shortening.
  • Add eggs, honey, hot coffee, raisins, and vanilla.
  • Add the flour with baking powder, and soda last.
  • Drop with teaspoon on greased pan and bake, or form into balls and bake in moderate oven 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes.

Anatole’s Critique:

Incroyable! Anatole found biscuit savoureux, perhaps replace shortening with beurre.  Hélas magnifique, mon ami! Anatole dit au revoir.


Village of Oak Brook, Illinois

January 20, 2021

The Police Department has received repeated complaints over the last six months due to the increase in panhandlers on street corners soliciting money in our community.

While I understand the concerns of our residents and visitors, and agree with many of them, the Police Department has been put in an unfortunate position of not having the authority to enforce the laws as they are pertaining to panhandling currently on the books. A law suit was filed in Federal court by the ACLU on behalf of two homeless persons stating that their rights to free speech were being infringed upon by the enforcement of these panhandling laws by the police.

The States Attorney as well as municipal liability carriers gave direction months ago for the police to refrain from enforcement while the case wound its way through the courts. That has led to a proliferation of these activities throughout the metropolitan area. On January 14, 2021 A federal judge has permanently banned Illinois’ panhandling law from being enforced on the basis the statute violates the First Amendment. The Federal Court of the Northern District of Illinois issued an Injunction order forbidding state law or local ordinances on panhandling from being enforced.

The Oak Brook Police Department understands the frustration and the potential traffic safety hazards this may create but until a legal remedy can be resolved, the police department will not be responding to complaints about panhandlers on the roadway unless there is an articulated safety concern for the individual. Mere presence will not serve as a reason to believe there is a safety concern.

The Stipulated Preliminary Injunction Order can be found here (PDF).

The Michael Dumiak and Christopher Simmons — Memorandum Opinion and Order (Decision) can be found here (PDF).

Village of Oak Brook, Illinois