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After having one tenant for 40 years, the coveted southwest corner of Central and Wilmette avenues in downtown Wilmette will have its second in 18 months.
Linden True Value’s longtime co-owner admitted to Wilmette police this week that he sexually abused teenage employees in his Wilmette hardware store in the early 1990s, according to files attained by The Wilmette Beacon through the Freedom of Information Act.
After waiving his rights Aug. 19, according to the documents, James Barkemeyer, 57, confirmed allegations of the abuse initially reported to Wilmette police by victims who worked as high-schoolers at Linden True Value Hardware, 411 Linden Ave., where much of the alleged abuse occurred.
Detectives following up on a complaint of a woman conducting prostitution activities from her Wilmette home later arrested that woman after she propositioned an undercover officer.
Lisa Pruchnicki, 48, of the 2700 block of Orchard Lane, was contacted by an undercover officer via text message, and agreed to meet him at a local Starbucks. She then had the officer follow her to her home, where she agreed to perform sex acts for $300.
She was arrested, charged with prostitution and later released on bond.
Tough love, high energy, hard work, and respect for family were among the touchstones that defined the life of longtime Wilmette resident and renowned pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Emanuel, who died Oct. 2 at age 92.
In turn, those attributes also helped define his high-profile children, former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel, medical bio-ethicist Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, and Shoshana Emanuel.