As the River Forest village board debated Monday night how to keep village board members from releasing confidential information to the public, two members of the board broke down into an argument over ethics.
As the clock on River Forest's economic development fund ticks closer towards its expiration at the end of the year, the village is scrambling to line up spending projects before time runs out. There's $5 million in property taxes that have been diverted from local schools and parks along the Lake Street corridor for nearly 20 years through a measure called tax increment financing.
Lindberg Park could soon have the best-quality playing fields in Oak Park — but they wouldn't be artificial, and they wouldn't have lights. After an outcry from many of the park's neighbors over the idea of having an artificial turf field in the middle of the Park District of Oak Park's biggest park, it's been shot down by the folks in charge of sculpting a new plan for Lindberg, Wolff Landscape Architecture.
Sitting at the center of Scoville Park, the World War I Memorial is arguably the focal point of the entire village. Atop that hill just off the intersection of Oak Park Avenue and Lake Street, it looks down over the heart of the village. But since its construction in 1925, it often sat neglected, rarely getting the care it needed.