Anan Abu-Taleb, owner of Maya Del Sol, has taken the first step in "stirring the pot" of how he thinks Oak Park should be run. Abu-Taleb, a 23-year resident, told Wednesday Journal on Monday that he's running as an independent candidate for village president in the April 9 municipal election.
On the tail end of its hiring process, the Oak Park village board will host seven finalists, Dec. 7-8, for formal interviews with the board. The candidates will also be given tours around the village to get a better sense of Oak Park.
A legal dispute over a 2005 business retention agreement between the Village of Oak Park and the owners of the former car dealership Foley-Rice Cadillac has ended, and the settlement will put more than $500,000 back into the hands of the village government.
It took just five days for the Animal Care League in Oak Park to find homes for a litter of pets. Fifteen dogs, four cats, and one bunny were part of the organization's most recent adoption project in collaboration with the Petco Foundation, the Tails Humane Society, and an animal adoption shelter in rural Oklahoma.
When the 2013 Oak Park budget is passed next month, involved residents who choose to sift through the roughly 165 pages will see the culmination of more than six months' work bundled into one document.