The votes are in — the Oak Park Village Manager Association has endorsed its picks for the April 2013 municipal elections. Trustees Glenn Brewer and Colette Lueck, and Village Clerk Teresa Powell have been slated for their positions, but the newest revelation is Peter Barber, District 97's president who also was named as a village trustee pick.
The decision didn't come easy and it took a significant amount of time, but Oak Park Village President David Pope announced Thursday that he will not seek a third term in the April municipal elections.
Trustees, police and fire officials, residents, and the chair of Oak Park's transportation committee spoke at Monday's village board meeting on the topic of cul-de-sacs vs. diverters, which led to a lengthy discussion about traffic patterns, quality of life, safety and access to the 1200 blocks of Rossell and Elmwood avenues.
"I love the job." That's the basic reason Teresa Powell, a 36-year Oak Parker, gives for deciding to run again in April for village clerk. Nearing the end of her first term, Powell said she spoke with representatives from the Village Manager Association about supporting her on the April 9 ticket.
Oak Park will once again set itself apart from other cities in the world by joining a sustainability pilot program that no other city has put its mark on. In fact, Oak Park was chosen as the site for a residential smart grid community project from among 288 original potential locations.
For comic artist and graphic novelist Chris Ware, the creative process isn't about strategy or letting your mind run free. It's about structured chaos. His recently release work, Building Stories, is a direct reflection of that.
There's no shortage of sustainability-friendly residents in Oak Park. Sure, there's the conscious consumer who takes shorter showers, unplugs electronics when not in use, and those who minimize what they toss into landfills. But going green for many Oak Park residents means adapting to a new way of life — a way that involves eliminating environmental harm whenever and wherever possible.