Melrose Park Mayor Refuses to Let Trustees Answer Questions on Welcoming Proposal
Government / Township News

Melrose Park Mayor Refuses to Let Trustees Answer Questions on Welcoming Proposal

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews Supporters of a proposed welcoming ordinance that would “draw a firm line between police and [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement], disentangling the criminal and immigration system,” according to a flyer circulated by the nonprofit PASO — West Suburban Action Project, were back in force at … Continue reading

Andre Harvey is Poised to Become Bellwood’s First Black Mayor
Interviews / Politics / Township News

Andre Harvey is Poised to Become Bellwood’s First Black Mayor

Thursday, March 2, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews Andre Harvey, Bellwood’s director of public safety, is poised to become the village’s first African-American mayor on April 4. Bellwood’s current mayor, Frank Pasquale, 79, is retiring after 16 years in the position. Harvey, who is running unopposed, is Pasquale’s handpicked successor. During an interview … Continue reading

Check Out This Cool History of Melrose Park’s Kiddieland
Arts & Culture / History / Township News

Check Out This Cool History of Melrose Park’s Kiddieland

Kiddieland’s Little Dipper. | The Digital Research Library of Illinois History Journal Monday, January 30, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews The Digital Research Library of Illinois History Journal recently posted a rather exhaustive history of that late, great icon of all things suburban nostalgia — Kiddieland in Melrose Park. The park was the Depression-era creation … Continue reading

Crain’s: Over 230 Homes Sold in Maywood in 2016 as Values Rise | Bellwood, Melrose Park See Similar Gains
Economy / Housing / Township News

Crain’s: Over 230 Homes Sold in Maywood in 2016 as Values Rise | Bellwood, Melrose Park See Similar Gains

A visualization generated by Open Street Map and published by Crain’s shows median housing prices up by at least 10 percent in many area suburbs at the end of 2016 compared to the year before. | Crain’s Chicago Business  Tuesday, January 24, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews According to a Jan. 24 Crain’s Chicago … Continue reading

Melrose Park Board Supports ‘Sanctuary Village’ Ordinance
Community Development / Government / Township News

Melrose Park Board Supports ‘Sanctuary Village’ Ordinance

Melrose Park trustees (below) and members of PASO (above) during a Jan. 23 meeting, where an ordinance designed to make the village a welcoming community was discussed. | Shanel Romain/VFP Tuesday, January 24, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews During a Jan. 23 regular meeting, members of the Melrose Park Board of Trustees expressed … Continue reading

Lightford Proposes Minimum Wage Increase | Welch Wants Citizens’ Input on New Bill Proposals
Government / Legislative Update / Township News

Lightford Proposes Minimum Wage Increase | Welch Wants Citizens’ Input on New Bill Proposals

Illinois State House Capitol, Springfield | Getty/eyecrave Friday, January 20, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews State Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-4th), of Maywood, has proposed a bill that would raise the minimum wage in Illinois, “currently $8.25 an hour, by 50 cents each year until reaching $11 in 2021,” according to a report by … Continue reading

Man Murdered in Melrose Park Identified as Aurora Resident, Persons of Interest in Custody
Crime / Policing / Township News

Man Murdered in Melrose Park Identified as Aurora Resident, Persons of Interest in Custody

Thursday, January 19, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews A man who was fatally shot in Melrose Park has been identified as 24-year-old Aurora resident Anthony Scott, according to a Jan. 17 Chicago Tribune report. Melrose Park police found Scott inside of a home in the 1200 block of Winston Drive on Sunday. … Continue reading