If they're able to secure the grant funding, the Park District of Oak Park would like to build a 2,100-square-foot environmental learning center in Austin Gardens to replace the old garage used by Festival Theatre.
A suggestion by a member of the District 200 school board last month to house District 97's administrative offices at Oak Park and River Forest High School does not appear feasible because OPRF does not have adequate space, according to D200 board President Terry Finnegan.
Al Popowits, member of a group of residents who oppose the home rule referendum, sent an email to Village Administrator Eric Palm on Oct. 19 saying the materials on the site go beyond providing factual information, which the statute allows.
River Forest voters will decide whether they want the village to become a home rule community on Nov. 6. Since the village board approved the referendum question in August, officials have held several meetings allowing residents to ask questions about what that designation could mean for the village if it is passed. Here are some frequently asked questions Wednesday Journal has heard over the past months about the issue, and the responses the village and home rule opponents have given.
River Forester Barry Bauman says that during more than 40 years as an art conservator, he's worked on restoring some of the greatest paintings in the history of art. But one portrait of a former first lady, which Bauman was commissioned to restore in 2010, "was the most important discovery I made of what something wasn't," he said.
There will be at least one and possibly two seats open on the Park District of Oak Park's five-member board of commissioners this spring. Commissioner Marty Bracco said he's not planning to run again after eight years on the board. President Christine Graves has also served eight years, and said she will "probably not" run in the April 9 election, but hasn't made her decision yet.