I go back a long way on Oak Park Avenue and its intersection at Lake Street. I was explaining this last week at the annual meeting of The Avenue Business Association where I was rounding out my term as the absolutely interim, 100 days tops, president of the group.
I don't like Chris Welch, the newly-sworn-in state rep from the 7th District. Not a lot of people I don't like. But Chris Welch makes that list. Now he represents River Forest, Forest Park and other Proviso Township towns in Springfield. Given politics in Illinois, he is likely to be there a long time.
You ever make a mistake that doesn't want to get fixed? You put the patch on the bike tire here and the tire balloons out over there. You correct the typo in this headline but misspell the guy's name in the correction.
We're no locals, but there was an eerie familiarity that made the hideous news from this iconic New England town more immediate than Aurora, Colo. or Virginia Tech University, or Oak Creek, Wis., or even the slaughter at nearby NIU. Beyond the familiarity, this frightening mass execution is more immediate because these were young children.
Just another little taste: With something north of $110,000,000 of our tax dollars on deposit in its vaults, the board at Oak Park and River Forest High School is readying its annual property tax hike.
Not sure why exactly, but I've spent more evenings than ever over the past six weeks eating chicken off of sticks, sipping Cokes and listening to good and determined people talk about what moves them to passionate effort.