A group of teens took a week out of their summer to spruce up Oak Park. As part of an annual Oak Park Public Library program called Art Attack, the ambitious team tackled the garden in front of the library and a spot in Austin Gardens with their creative flower beds, hand-crafted caterpillars and eclectic-colored mushroom display.
Every alarm user in Oak Park must register their alarm by getting a permit for each system, according to village code, but until recently the village had no enforcement to ensure people renewed the permits.
Parking is a touchy subject in Oak Park. When it comes to the parking permit system, from the village's and residents' perspective, it's no easy task to master. One group of residents in a 12-unit condo building is working to secure parking outside their residences that one family says has made parking a headache.
Members of the Service Employees International Union Local 73, a public service union, voted Friday to authorize a strike for a number of village employees if compromises are not met. The group, voting at the village's public works building, approved the strike authorization vote with an 85 percent approval, according to Tim McDonald, group vice president.
An updated version of Oak Park's 20-year-old comprehensive plan is one step closer to becoming a reality. The village board provided initial approval last week to enter into a contract with Houseal Lavigne Associates, a Chicago-based consulting firm specializing in community planning, for an amount not to exceed $200,000.
It was one year ago that Colette Lueck, a village trustee, and her partner Marge finally had the option to make their relationship official. Many same-sex couples held ceremonies and rushed to the courts on June 1, 2011 to enter into civil unions, but Colette and Marge weren't doing so without the rest of their family — Seth, their now-22-year-old son, was studying abroad that summer.
The plan of investing in streetscape projects to encourage greater retail presence on South Marion Street, officially known as the Pleasant District, may have backfired for the Village of Oak Park. The roughly $5 million price tag attached to the beautification project won't be wasted, officials said, but it won't match their original vision.
It doesn't happen for all bands, but for many there's that day — perhaps a song or album release, or just a concert in a small back-alley club or street festival — where it's clear the group has made its mark. For the venues those artists consider their home stage, it works the same way. For FitzGerald's in Berwyn, it's a little of both.
It's hard to conceptualize what the future of the Eisenhower Expressway will look like, at least from the Village of Oak Park's perspective. Higher left-side ramps; lower road heights; an extra lane on each side; narrower lane widths; public transit expansion — these are a few of the key concepts listed in the five scenarios that officials from the Illinois Department of Transportation presented at a recent village board meeting.