The Downtown Oak Park business association has selected its new executive director. Max Williams, who is serving in the same position for the Downtown Wheaton Association, will fill the position of Pat Zubak who retired in August.
The Whiteco building in downtown Oak Park is slated to change ownership soon, but a number of questions and concerns from trustees on the details of the sale agreement put a halt to the process, Sept. 18.
The bill for those needing an ambulance ride in Oak Park is set to rise by $100 soon. To keep up with rising labor and vehicle maintenance costs, Oak Park Fire Chief Tom Ebsen told the village board at a recent meeting that a fee increase is needed.
The Oak Park Village Board of Trustees may have the name of the next village manager in their hands. The four-month process that started with the village hiring Slavin Management Constants, a Georgia-based search firm, to assist in the process is moving forward.
The longtime vacant auto dealership on Madison Street that was slated to get an Aldi grocery store will continue to remain vacant. For the past year, the Batavia-based retailer had been eyeing the historic building, designed by E.E. Roberts at 644 Madison St.
The collaborative spirit of the Oak Park Arts District isn't restricted to its nine-block radius. With the leadership of Jenny Tiner, owner of Bright Olive Art Lab, a Texas family suffering from the recent death of its 4-year-old son is gaining support from across the country.
The general fund remains a focus for Oak Park's 2013 draft budget discussions now that the village is seeing better days following the economic downturn. Budget season, however, is in its early stages still as the numbers won't be finalized until late November or early December.
Plans for a daycare center that fell through on South Oak Park Avenue nearly a year ago are shifting to South Marion Street. Oak Park resident JoAnn Gantar and River Forest resident Melissa Lumkes filed an application to move into 206-208 S. Marion instead.
With the presidential election front and center, local elections in Oak Park, set for April, seem a long way off. However, with nominating petitions set to begin circulating before September closes and candidate filing dates scheduled just before Christmas, the race for village president and open trustee seats should begin to take shape soon.
The night was an "opportunity for no judgment to be made." That's how Oak Parker Julie Samuels described Sunday evening when the Citizens for Community Conversation, an informal group of residents who organize conversations about creating action plans in Oak Park, hosted a town hall meeting at Unity Temple.