Category: Op-Ed

Hampton’s Death Was A Turning Point

Sunday, March 11, 2018 || By John Rice/Forest Park Review || OPINION || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: A mural of Fred Hampton on Chicago’s West Side. | Flickr

This is part two of a series on the racial tensions at Proviso East during the 1960s as recalled by Doug Deuchler, an Oak Park resident who taught in District 209 and later became a librarian at Proviso West.  

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Eyewitness To 1960s Racial Fissure At Proviso East

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 || By John Rice/Forest Park Review || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Doug Deuchler. | Wednesday Journal file 

(Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part column)

I’m proud that the Forest Park Review has been in print for 100 years but there’s an era in the paper’s history that doesn’t make me proud.

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Thanksgiving in Maywood, Before It Was ‘Official,’ Was About Cultivation

Thursday, November 23, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: A drawing of a Potawatomi Indian with a French fur trader found in Doug Deuchler’s book, Maywood

It may be hard to imagine nowadays, but Thanksgiving didn’t always mean taking off of work or school; watching games on TV; the one day where the smell of chitterlings, and third and fourth plates of food, are all forgiven; heated arguments about politics that are covers for long-subdued family frictions; (maybe) taking in a church service; and the day before Black Friday.

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My Perspective: How to Spot Fake News

Monday, November 20, 2017 || By Michael Romain || OPINION || @maywoodnews 

Late last month, a Facebook post created by someone through a site called, which allows people to create fake news articles in order to prank their friends, claimed that “Local landmark and Proviso Township High School” was permanently closing. The creator of the post cited Village Free Press as a reference. The post went viral and was shared countless times.

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You Can See an Original Painting By Obama’s Portraitist Right Up the Road

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 || By Michael Romain || OPINION || @maywoodnews 

“Easter Realness #2” by Kehinde Wiley, who was recently selected to paint Barack Obama’s Smithsonian portrait, hangs inside of the Oak Park Public Library. | Courtesy Oak Park Public Library

A government’s purchase of artwork doesn’t necessarily have to be an exercise in extravagance and waste. Consider the Oak Park Public Library’s 2004 purchase of a painting called “Easter Realness #2,” by the then-relatively unknown African American artist Kehinde Wiley for $16,000, according to a recent Wednesday Journal article.

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The Long Crisis of Poor, Black Suburbs

Tuesday, October 30, 2017 || By Michael Romain || OPINIONS || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: A residential security map of Chicago, circa 1939, created by the Home Owners Loan Corporation (HOLC).

Areas on the map marked by red are neighborhoods “most often inner city neighborhoods going through racial transition from white to black, and as such, an entire area or community could be ‘redlined’ with the arrival of an African American family.” | 

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