Elizabeth Court ... The lighting in the entrance to the stadium at the high school that faces Lake Street. Lovely at night ... The Fourth of July fireworks ... The lead counter woman at Laury's Bakery on Madison Street. Talk about nice ...
This newspaper is 30 years old. We didn't do much to celebrate the milestone. Miserable, stinking recessions tend to concentrate the mind. Five years ago when we hit 25, we blew the wad. Put on a kids extravaganza in Scoville Park.
Taxpayer updates as Santa readies the coal to put into your poor broke stockings: First we head to nearby River Forest, where a majority of the village board is ready to play a mighty good Christmas trick with the nearly $5 million left in the TIF fund.
The snows came early and mercifully have covered the crop circles I created on my front lawn with pesticides last summer. I've been staring at those brown orbs since July, when my obsession with the evil clover and my unwillingness to follow package directions combined in a slight over-application of Agent Orange.
Shrill is bad. Pointless. Nonproductive. Hard on the ears and tough on legitimate discussion. So the lady at the last village board meeting in Oak Park who spoke out of turn and lambasted the proposal for low-income housing at the Comcast building on Madison Street is officially declared, by me, as shrill. This proposal, like it or hate it, is not in any way similar to a CHA housing project.
If Oak Park could have a debate so intense among competing candidates as we're having over at OakPark.com about the VMA and the VCA we'd all be further ahead. But I appreciated the comment from JMK, whoever the heck that is, pointing out that despite the oft repeated assertion that the Journal is in the bag for the VMA, that most of those endorsed by the paper for village president have lost.
Oak Park's last remaining independent bank took a hit from regulators today, as state and federal officials ordered Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest to get more capital and tighten the belt on problematic loans.
Odds and ends with some a bit odder than others: Houses under $200K: Got a postcard from a Realtor last week that got my attention. Did you know you could buy a house in Oak Park – a small house, a house that needs some updating, but not a bad house – for $186,000?
As I sit here on Tuesday morning waiting for the wind storm of the century and the inevitability that the power will go out, I am of mixed mind about ComEd. Of course, I hate them, because that is what you do to an electric utility.