Parenthesis, a 33-year-old Oak Park nonprofit focused on providing social services to teenage moms, was chosen last week by the Collaboration for Early Childhood to lead the effort to engage local families with very young children considered to be at risk.
Rush University Medical Center on Friday completed its full acquisition of Rush Oak Park Hospital, with the closing of an agreement that ends the century-plus sponsorship of the hospital by the Wheaton Franciscan religious order.
Finally, finally … on Monday night there was a determinedly honest conversation about economic development at Oak Park's village hall. And there was remarkable consensus among the village president, board members and the head of the Oak Park Development Corporation, who testified.
Odds and ends with some a bit odder than others: I don't like Ike: Ike Carothers, the convicted alderman from Austin, is making noises that he plans to run for the Cook County board from the district that includes both the greater West Side, Oak Park, Forest Park and points west out toward Bellwood.
There's a lot of goodness in these communities we write about, in Oak Park, Forest Park and River Forest. And there is a lot of pain and need. The intersection of that goodness and that pain is often found in the astounding range of social services and community activism which these towns support.
Over the past nine months, for reasons that will make an interesting column for another time, I've become a part-time commuter. Yes, I mean someone who gets in the car multiple mornings a week and tangles with the Eisenhower. I've been heading west, dropping someone off, and then heading right back east.
Housing comeback, right on my block: Been a bleak five years, right? This week is the anniversary of the implosion of Lehman Brothers and all the pain and anguish which has followed as real estate collapsed and the broad economy shrank and shuddered.
Here in Oak Park we perceive that we have an overnight parking ban. No parking on the street between 2:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. "That's the law, always has been." "You have a garage, don't you?!" "Good for plowing snow." "Good for leaf pick-up." "Keeps us safe from West Side hooligans who like nothing better than to spend their nights hiding between parked cars." "Makes us a suburb, not like a city neighborhood."