Earlier in Monday night's meeting of the Oak Park village board, Trustee Ray Johnson was setting up his critical support for a plan to dramatically overhaul Oak Park's approach to economic development.
Galen Gockel, the former village trustee, former District 97 school board member, and all-around sage counsel, said it well on Saturday morning as the school board and village board met with some 50 citizens on the topic of building a new school board HQ on the parking lot at village hall.
I tend to work a lot of hours. So last January when Mariah, our teenage daughter, hit a wall of pain and anguish and asked us to take her to an in-patient psychiatric facility, I wanted to say something to my colleagues here about why I'd be in and out of the office so much.
This has been a tough fall for hiding my hosta detritus. First, the leaves wouldn't fall from my trees at all. Two weekends back I was ready, clippers-oiled, to start taking down my garden for the winter. Damned leaves were still stuck to the trees, changing colors, looking sharp.
Odds and ends with some a bit odder than others: Hateful: Let's start with allegedly. Frank Elliott allegedly torched his own gay night spot in Oak Park in June 2012. He allegedly scrawled homophobic slurs on the walls of the Velvet Rope before he allegedly set it ablaze.