Three decades ago, from 1980 to '82, marked a period known today as the Rio Negro Massacre during which thousands of lives were claimed in a series of extrajudicial killings. Roughly 440 were killed in Rio Negro alone.
Oak Parkers should be checking their mailboxes soon to see if they were chosen to take part in the resident survey the village is sending out to "gauge citizen views on a wide range of community aspects and issues."
A vocal group of citizens, who were likely all Oak Park residents, turned out Wednesday evening at the library for the first community forum hosted by Village President Anan Abu-Taleb and Trustee Bob Tucker.
Former Village President David Pope paved the way for Oak Park to be selected as the host city for a national mayors group, but that torch was passed to Village President Anan Abu-Taleb as the duo came together at a recent conference.
The Reinventing Government committee of the village board is tasked with creating better systems and services for its constituents, and at a competitive cost. But some bids are too just tough to swallow.