Officials at Brookfield-LaGrange Park School District scrambled to restore the fire alarm system at S.E. Gross School as well as phone and wireless service to Brook Park School and the district's administrative office in downtown Brookfield after a lightning strike disabled those signals at about 6:20 p.m. on Sept. 27.
The good news is that work related to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago's massive project to repair its Salt Creek Intercepting Sewer No. 2 below First Avenue and parts of Riverside, Brookfield and Lyons will finally draw to a close by the end of November.
Riverside trustees will soon consider whether to raise liquor license fees and water and sewer rates and mull imposing a local sales tax on gasoline for the coming 2020 fiscal year to boost operating revenues in the face of predicted annual budget deficits in the future.
A 59-year-old Berwyn man called Riverside police on Oct. 8 at about 4:40 p.m. to report that while he was driving his 2003 International tow truck northbound on Harlem Avenue from Ogden Avenue, a teenager jumped onto the flatbed of the truck and hitched a ride to 35th Street, where the driver stopped and yelled for the teen to get off the truck.
In the wake of the board of trustees' first look at whether or not to allow the sale of recreational cannabis to adults when it becomes legal to do so next year, the village of Brookfield is asking residents to complete a brief online survey to let officials know how they feel.
The North Riverside and Riverside police departments have begun stepping up traffic enforcement patrols as Labor Day approaches as part of the Illinois Department of Transportation's grant-funded Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign to combat impaired driving.
Brookfield Zoo will be offering free admission to kids 11 and under on Aug. 5, 6 and 7 in partnership with a couple of corporate sponsors, who will be sponsoring family-friendly healthcare-related activities and snacks in the Pavilions and elsewhere in the park.
U.S Congressman Daniel Lipinski, whose 3rd District includes the southern half of Brookfield and a tiny portion of Riverside, was among those who were present when a 19-year-old man armed with an assault-style rifle began firing into the crowd at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California, on the evening of July 28.