The tree cleanup efforts after the brief, but powerful storm that swept through Oak Park late last month has some residents stumped. The storm, which lasted less than 15 minutes, caused its share of damage as it tore trees from the ground, created a mess of branches and knocked out power. But it was the aftermath that caused a stir with some residents.
The Oak Park village board discussed two interrelated projects that have one key difference: one may never get done. Trustees spent two hours Monday evening vetting through two presentations, the first relating to the Harlem underpass phase one study report - an Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) project that dates back more than a decade.
Economic development has become a buzz phrase in local government, especially in Oak Park. But what does economic development really mean? It starts with reinvestment, says Village Manager Cara Pavlicek.
As Illinois became the last state in the country to make concealed-carry legal, many municipalities scrambled under short deadline to determine if it was necessary to implement an assault weapon ban before that deadline expired.
The long-delayed, controversial four-story Oak Park office building slated for Madison Street is still a viable project its architect says, but surrounding residents didn't agree. Nevin Hedlund, the project's architect spoke on behalf of the Madison Highland Development team at Monday's village board meeting, and requested that the board reinstate the previously approved planned unit development.
Parades, cook outs, sparklers and fireworks. Everyone knows the drill; the Fourth of July is here. The main highlights in Oak Park will be the annual parade in the morning, followed by an evening of fireworks at the football stadium at Oak Park and River Forest High School. Here's a list of items to keep in mind during the holiday.
State Sen. Don Harmon addressed a roomful of constituents last week about what he called "the elephant in the room," better known as the Illinois pension debate. Harmon (D-39th) spoke bluntly about the issue that has been making headlines statewide and said many key elements of the debate should not be labeled as a "crisis" but as a fundamental difference in how lawmakers approach the state's budget problems.
It hasn't made its way to the village board docket yet, but a proposed resolution requiring children younger than 16 to wear a helmet when biking in town has been backed by the Oak Park Board of Health.