WBEZ | Highland Park http://www.wbez.org/tags/highland-park Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Highland Park bans assault weapons http://www.wbez.org/news/highland-park-bans-assault-weapons-107838 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP040908020437.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>HIGHLAND PARK, Ill.&nbsp; &mdash; The northern Chicago suburb of Highland Park has banned assault weapons.</p><p>The Highland Park City Council enacted the ban Monday night after nearly two hours of public comments in a standing-room only chamber. One councilman, David Naftzger, voted against the ban. He said it could cost Highland Park thousands of dollars in litigation. Councilman Paul Frank voted for the ban, <a href="http://bit.ly/1477z9K" target="_blank">telling The News-Sun</a> he&#39;s &quot;proud we will not permit assault weapons.&quot;</p><p>Illinois Rifle Association second vice president Mike Weisman promised a lawsuit, saying one would &quot;be filed without a doubt.&quot;</p></p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 13:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/highland-park-bans-assault-weapons-107838 Swartz's father blames 'government' at son's funeral http://www.wbez.org/news/swartzs-father-blames-government-sons-funeral-104938 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Aaron Swartz_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. &mdash; Internet activist <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-born-internet-activist-aaron-swartz-dies-26-104883" target="_blank">Aaron Swartz</a>&#39;s father told his son&#39;s suburban Chicago funeral that the Reddit co-founder was &quot;killed by the government.&quot;</p><p>The 26-year-old was found dead of an apparent suicide in his New York apartment Friday. His funeral was Tuesday morning at a Highland Park synagogue. Swartz was facing a potentially lengthy prison sentence after being indicted in Boston in 2011 for allegedly gaining access to academic articles from a computer archive at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The charges carried a maximum penalty of decades in prison.</p><p>The Chicago Sun-Times <a href="http://bit.ly/V2s8zv" target="_blank">reports</a> that his father, Robert Swartz, echoed the family&#39;s previous statements during the service, saying his son was &quot;hounded&quot; by the government.</p><p>Spokeswoman Christina DiIorio-Sterling in Boston says U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz has no comment about Robert Swartz&#39;s remarks.</p></p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 16:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/swartzs-father-blames-government-sons-funeral-104938 Nine bedrooms, full-size court: Michael Jordan's home for sale http://www.wbez.org/story/nine-bedrooms-full-size-court-michael-jordans-home-sale-96832 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-29/AP110922145609.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Michael Jordan's longtime personal residence in suburban Chicago is for sale for $29 million.</p><p>The sprawling estate is in Highland Park, along Lake Michigan, and has more than 56,000 square feet of living space.</p><p>That includes nine bedrooms, 15 baths and five fireplaces.</p><p>There's also a three-bedroom guesthouse, pool area, outdoor tennis court and three climate-controlled multi-car garages.</p><p>An indoor basketball complex features a full-size regulation court with specially cushioned hardwood flooring and competition-quality high intensity lighting. It's also got a sound system set up to provide perfect acoustics within the court space.</p><p>The property was put on the market Wednesday by Katherine Chez-Malkin of Baird &amp; Warner Real Estate.</p></p> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 15:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/nine-bedrooms-full-size-court-michael-jordans-home-sale-96832 North suburbs call ComEd to account for power outages http://www.wbez.org/story/north-suburbs-call-comed-account-power-outages-89232 <p><p>Officials in Chicago’s northern suburbs are calling power provider ComEd to account for frequent and long-lasting blackouts. A storm last Monday left many customers without electricity, some for the entire week.</p><div><div>In Evanston, strong winds toppled dozens of trees, taking down lines to more than 12,000 thousand customers. But Evanston Alderman Jane Grover says that during other outages this summer, electricity was unavailable even when the lines remained up.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>“Evanston is still very much concerned about the ComEd infrastructure issues,” said Grover, ”as well as their response time for restoration of power, and their ability to pump information out into the community about preparing for a longer outage.”</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Grover and her fellow aldermen will grill ComEd representatives at a city council meeting Monday night. The power company faced Park Ridge officials and residents at a meeting last Thursday. Highland Park has invited the company to answer questions at its July 25 council meeting.</div></div></p> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/north-suburbs-call-comed-account-power-outages-89232 Touring a hidden Frank Lloyd Wright gem in Highland Park http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-22/touring-hidden-frank-lloyd-wright-gem-highland-park-88185 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-22/_DSC0136.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago is a city famous for its architecture, but the suburbs deserve some credit, too. Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed Prairie Style architecture can be found in towns all over the Prairie State. Real estate guru <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Radar/Deal-Estate/" target="_blank">Dennis Rodkin</a> gave <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> a behind-the-scenes tour of a restored Wright home up for sale in Highland Park.<br> <br> Also, <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>hit the streets of downtown Chicago to ask Chicagoans what buildings catch their eye.</p></p> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 13:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-22/touring-hidden-frank-lloyd-wright-gem-highland-park-88185