Following initial approval in March, the Oak Park village board gave final approval to a set of policies related to penalties for minors possessing tobacco, attending drinking parties, or having less than 30 grams of cannabis on their person.
Four years of hard work have paid off for the Interfaith Housing Development Corporation and the Oak Park Housing Authority. The group announced Monday they have procured sufficient funding commitments to begin construction of the proposed 51-unit mixed-used Grove Apartments that will be located in the former Comcast building at Madison Street and Grove Avenue.
The culture of Oak Park was certainly on display over the weekend. In addition to the annual Wright Plus housewalk, A Day in Our Village, and the Uncork Illinois wine event, the first summer outdoor sculpture walk was introduced. The 12-sculpture display that starts at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St. — and runs west along Lake Street to Forest Avenue, then north toward Chicago Avenue —officially opened Saturday.
Pigeons in Oak Park will live to see another day. The recommendation from the public health department to adopt an ordinance that would have allowed for trapping and euthanizing of pigeons, sparrows and starlings was stopped Monday night.
The Oak Park village board shifted its role Thursday at a special meeting held solely to allow the public to share thoughts on the process and prospective type of candidate needed as the next village manager
Oak Parkers aren't keeping their opinions on pigeons cooped up. The village board's initial discussions of a recommendation to amend an ordinance that would allow pigeons to be trapped and euthanized if they continue to sneak through preventative measures, as explained in last week's issue, has become a hot-button issue.
A new Oak Park festival will allow guests to tour the state's wineries without leaving town. The Downtown Oak Park business association is hosting Uncork Illinois from 1-9 p.m. this Saturday, June 2, on Marion Street between Lake Street and North Blvd., where a dozen eateries will be paired with 13 wineries from across the state.
The Oak Park Board of Health has made its stance on handgun regulation official. At its May 22 meeting the board finalized its set of recommendations regarding seven proposals that concluded the village should not pursue specific regulations such as a handgun registry or mandatory handgun training.
Just a few years ago, Oak Park didn't have any money to bank on if something went wrong. And plenty went wrong as the national economy convulsed. Now that times are turning a bit in the village and in the nation, the village government is working to establish a policy that keeps Oak Park's financial health in check.