Odds and ends with some a bit odder than others: Not in my backyard: Picture the corner of Oak Park and Madison. No, we're not looking at the Comcast building (more on that later). Look north at the Oak Park Arms and the radio antenna atop the building. I'm no judge of heights (more on that later) but that tower appears to be, what, 100 feet tall?
Here's the really good news from Oak Park and River Forest High School. Total compensation paid to administrators will be dropping this fall. Of course, it took the retirement of the assistant superintendent for operations to make the math work since all the rest of the administrative team is getting raises.
There are, I think, legitimate questions left for the newly seated Oak Park village board to ask before its members vote shortly on the plan for three non-profits to convert the former Comcast building on Madison Street into 50-plus apartments for low income people.
We asked, in a delicate way, on OakPark.com which Oak Park elementary school might benefit most from a little external sprucing up. One of the perks of the recently passed referendum is that the schools plan to spend a small pittance on the landscaping around the 10 grade schools. Nothing has been spent in a decade or more, say school officials and things are looking tough.
As a kid I delivered the Chicago's American, a failing afternoon paper owned by the Trib. My route stretched along Austin Boulevard from Madison to Lake and I met all manner of folks as I tossed papers onto porches and into lobbies and tried mightily to heave papers to third floor back porches of the apartment houses.
How will Oak Parkers know that the District 97 school board, now flush with cash from last week's surprisingly lopsided referendum win, isn't going to just start spending the money? You know, iPads all around as the unfair rap went during the campaign.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has issued two more critical findings against Community Bank of Oak Park-River Forest, just months after the bank last ran into trouble with the nation's top bank regulator.
From the District 97 tax hike referendum to the contested election for the OPRF high school board, Wednesday Journal's news team will be on the job tonight. Our reporters will be out gathering the news and reactions from candidates and supporters at victory (or non-victory) parties. Our photographers will be shooting election night pictures and slideshows.
Odds and ends with some a bit odder than others: If you're so critical of OPRF's board why ... : Why, I've been asked this week, if the Journal is always harping on the school board at the high school would the paper endorse the three incumbents?