Author: John Ostenburg

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Op-Ed: Closing St. Irenaeus Solves Nothing

St. Irenaeus Church in Park Forest (Photo John Hudzik) CommentaryBy John Ostenburg I am deeply saddened to hear of St. Irenaeus closing, in large part because I think the parish had developed something of a unique community-oriented process of worship that made it a site of welcome to Catholics of[Read More…]

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Another Example of Racial Inequity in Access to Health Services

Park Forest Mayor John A. Ostenburg (Image Provided) CommentaryBy John A. Ostenburg Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- A few days ago, I heard Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, president of Howard University in Washington, D.C., being interviewed regarding the high number of African Americans who are succumbing to the COVID-19 virus. In[Read More…]

Participants in the Climate Change program at St. Irenaeus on June 23, 2019

More Than 300 Attend St. Irenaeus Climate Program

WGN’s Tom Skilling speaks at the climate program held at St. Irenaeus Church on June 23, 2019. (Photo: Dominic Balmaseda) PARK FOREST, IL-(ENEWSPF)- More than 300 persons gathered at St. Irenaeus Church in Park Forest on June 23 for a program sponsored by the Park Forest People of Faith, “Climate[Read More…]

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Tom Skilling to Headline Park Forest Climate Forum

Tom Skilling, WGN-TV/Channel 9 meteorologist, will be keynote speaker for a public forum on “Climate Change: The Issues, the Consequences, the Challenges” at St. Irenaeus Church in Park Forest on June 23. (PHOTO SUPPLIED) Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- WGN-TV/Channel 9 meteorologist Tom Skilling will be the keynote speaker for a public[Read More…]

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Mayor Named Chair of MMC Board

Park Forest Mayor John A. Ostenburg (Image Provided) Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Mayor John A. Ostenburg of Park Forest has been elected to serve as chairperson for the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (MMC). The decision was made by members of the MMC Executive Board at its November 19 meeting. Mayor Ostenburg will[Read More…]

A Different Approach To Combating Violence In Society

Commentary By John A. Ostenburg A few months ago, members of various faith communities in Park Forest began to gather on the first Wednesday of the month in a prayer vigil for peace. The impetus for these prayer vigils was the shooting and killing of a young resident of our town.[Read More…]

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