GCM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit publisher of authentic, independent, local community journalism, online and in print, across seven communities on the west side of Chicago and in its west suburbs. GCM’s publications include Austin Weekly News (est. 1986), Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest (1980), Forest Park Review (1918) and Riverside Brookfield Landmark (1985).

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Austin Weekly News


Bring Chicago Home campaign urges alderman to support homelessness proposal

Coalition members protested in front of Ald. Jason Ervin’s East Garfield Park offices July 18

Forest Park Review


New slate announces candidates for D209 board

Proviso 209 United to run Jenny Barbahen, Sandra Hixson and David Ocampo in April 2023

RB Landmark


Outspent nearly 2-to-1, Rashid credits 1-on-1 talks for win

Zalewski spent $800K in final election run-up

Wednesday Journal

Ashley Kannan

First probable monkeypox case in Oak Park identified

The flu-like disease does not spread easily without close physical contact

Village Free Press

Ashley Kannan

Westchester Garden Walk Showcases Gardens As Both Solutions And Sources Of Therapy

Bethanny Alexander, the founder of the Grassroots Garden Group, which hosts the annual Westchester Garden Walk, speaks to attendees at the pre-walk celebration held July 22