I Need An Update On Oak Park News

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By John Hubbuch

I've been out of town a lot these last 6 weeks. In addition my attention has been diverted by the break up of Kim and Kris's marriage ( they seemed such a perfect match). But now I'm back fired up and ready to go.

So whatever happened to the lawsuit filed by District 200 against the Village? I recall that settlement negotiations and mediation were on going. Did the parties get er done? Surely spending all that tax money litigating an issue over the allocation of tax revenue has been concluded. How many years has this been going on? The public doesn't have a clue as to what the dispute is even about. As a retired lawyer if someone will send me a copy of the bills I'll go through them and see if I can make some sense of this mess. I suspect the parties will argue that they are privileged and confidential---which is what parties do when they have stuff to hide. We need  someone to leak those bills, and the whole cone of secrecy will implode. The lady on the 200 Board with the hypenated last name seems to me to be the logical Deep Throat in this matter. Just put them under the flower pot on my front steps, and I will do the rest.                                                                                                                          

Also, what's the latest on the Comcast Building? There was all that furor about a  low-income housing usage for the site. The Village Board greenlighted the project much to the consternation of the neighbors, but the developers failed in their effort to get funding. Sooo what happened? Plan B? Or is this deal dead in the water?                                                                                                                

And finally whatever happened to the Colt Building site? Of all the parcels of property to be developed this one always seemed to be the key one for downtown development. Now we all know that the dithering of past boards over the development caused the Village to miss the window of development prior to the economy's collapse. But what is the current status? And what are the prospects for the future? 2015? 2020? I appreciate no one can predict the future, but what is the current thinking? it seems like a fair question.

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