Jennifer Johnson,

Jennifer Johnson

Maine Township, IL, United States

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Past articles by Jennifer:

Park Ridge nature center receives $750,000 state grant for creation of ‘visitors center’

A state grant will aid in the creation of a “visitors center” for the Park Ridge Park District’s Wildwood Nature Center, park district officials announced. → Read More

Park Ridge laws recommended to end medical testing out of trailers, non-permanent structures

New local laws for companies that provide medical testing are being recommended for the city of Park Ridge following a surge over the last two years in pop-up COVID-19 testing sites around the country. → Read More

State bill would create ‘Polish Heritage Corridor’ designation for stretch of Milwaukee Avenue in Niles

A stretch of Milwaukee Avenue through Niles could become part of a newly created road designation celebrating Polish-Americans. → Read More

Park Ridge business owners look to bring public events back to South Park, including ‘Blues Brothers’ fest

From an Easter egg hunt to a possible event celebrating an iconic 1980s film, a group of business owners in Park Ridge’s South Park commercial district are looking at ways to bring families and visitors to the area this year. → Read More

Mediterranean restaurant to open in Uptown Park Ridge; will feature kababs

The Park Ridge Liquor License Review Board on March 7 voted to recommend City Council approval of a restaurant and bar liquor license for Shemroon Kabab House, which is planning to open at 430 Touhy Ave. → Read More

Second marijuana dispensary gets preliminary approval from Park Ridge City Council as mayor breaks tie

Plans for a second marijuana dispensary in Park Ridge moved another step forward this week after a tie-breaking vote by the city’s mayor. → Read More

Park Ridge Ald. Marty Joyce announces plan to resign in May

After five years on the Park Ridge City Council, 7th Ward Ald. Marty Joyce has announced he will be stepping down this spring. → Read More

Newlywed Park Ridge couple recount falling in love after moving into retirement community

On Feb. 26, Michael Lawrence and Pauline Zorza were married at Summit of Uptown, their home for less than a year. Their families — including five children and 12 grandchildren between the two of them — were there, along with the friends they have made as Summit residents. → Read More

Park Ridge aldermen support ‘nominal’ fees for restaurants that use public property for outdoor dining

Park Ridge’s elected officials reaffirmed their support for charging restaurants a fee to use public space for outdoor dining, but only if the fee is “nominal.” → Read More

Maryville Academy alternative school eyes move to former South School in Niles

An alternative school associated with Maryville Academy is planning a move to a former Niles elementary school that two years ago was being considered for housing. → Read More

School news: District 207 students named National Merit finalists; new special education director hired for District 64

Five seniors from Maine Township High School District 207 schools were recently named National Merit Scholarship Finalists for 2022. → Read More

Park Ridge collecting complaints on mail service, will forward them to U.S. Postmaster

According to a report shared with the Park Ridge City Council on Feb. 28, an online city portal generated 28 complaints about mail service between Feb. 11 and Feb. 25. Many of the complaints involved mail not being delivered every day as expected. → Read More

Former District 64 School Board member appointed to fill vacancy through 2023 election

A former member of the Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 Board of Education is rejoining the board to fill a vacancy that was created last month. → Read More

Principal of Park View School in Morton Grove named Golden Apple finalist for leadership excellence

Park View School Principal Matt Condon may be a Golden Apple Award finalist, but the Morton Grove educator believes the real honor belongs to others. → Read More

Ukraine war might have been avoided, Oakton College professor says

Oakton Community College's George Lungu, a political science professor who was born in Romania, said negotiations could have prevented Russia's Ukraine invasion. → Read More

Niles man arrested on robbery charge two days after posting bond for similar incident; he displayed a ‘toy’ gun both times

A Niles man arrested last week for allegedly stealing money from a 7-Eleven store using a toy gun was back before the same judge this week, accused of robbing a Niles restaurant just two days after he was released on bond. → Read More

Youth chess tournament to be held in memory of Park Ridge boy

A 12-year-old Park Ridge boy’s love of chess will be memorialized in a special youth tournament this weekend. → Read More

After uncertainty about Niles-Maine Library’s finances, vote fails on divided board

A proposal to return $1 million in property taxes back to taxpayers failed to pass the Niles-Maine District Library’s heavily divided board recently. → Read More

‘It’s just heartbreaking’: Ukrainian-Americans in Morton Grove, Norridge, Park Ridge, Niles react to Russian invasion

Walking into St. Joseph Ukrainian Catholic Church on Chicago’s far Northwest Side near the end of a prayer service for peace in Ukraine last week, Nina Baranyk was struck by the support and the emotion among the large crowd. → Read More

Park Ridge man charged with 2021 robbery outside Portillo’s restaurant in Niles

A Park Ridge man has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery last year of employees working in the drive-thru lane of a Niles restaurant. → Read More