Imagine that, a Cook County judge last week told the three parties in the lawsuit over TIF funds in Oak Park to find a mediator to help settle the disagreement over just how much the village owes the high school. And for good measure, the judge once again dismissed a key argument made by the school in its fight with the village.
There is a pretty good reprise of last week's blizzard out our newsroom window as we write these words on Monday afternoon. Reminds us, as if we needed reminding, of the gargantuan efforts put forth by public works crews and managers in Oak Park and River Forest throughout and after last week's 20-inch snowfall.
We're unconvinced by the VMA slate's argument that a public election forum is too partisan for it to attend. The campaign's leaders put out the word over the weekend that its three candidates — Ray Johnson, Adam Salzman and Bob Tucker — would skip the event sponsored by Citizens for Community Conversations (CCC).
The single and simple response to the one-year pay freeze adopted last week by the Oak Park Teachers Association is, "Thank you." It is a notable moment when a union bargaining unit, in the middle of a perfectly legitimate five-year contract, votes overwhelmingly — 72 percent in favor — to open the contract and freeze its members' wages.
OPRF recently bounced its contractor/architectural consultant of many years. That's likely what happens when a high school can't put water in its pools for a semester due to a near endless series of miscues and misdirection by the outgoing firm.
The story of the list, the offensive and troubling ranking of young women that ricocheted around and beyond Oak Park and River Forest High School last week, is certain to garner outside, and outsized, attention. And it definitely should. And it definitely shouldn't.
River Forest is home to what may be the most watered-down historic preservation ordinance ever conceived. Do whatever you want in our town — tear it down, build it up — but just remember that we have this ordinance that says preservation is worth kind of giving a passing thought to. Now kick us.
Police Chief Rick Tanksley effectively wrote our editorial this week. In touting a 12-percent drop in Oak Park crime statistics in 2010, Tanksley said the perception of crime in the village remains problematic. He's right. Oak Parkers do not feel as safe, as well protected as the crime stats suggest we are.
Thomas Hagerman departs River Forest's District 90 elementary schools with high marks. On his way out the door to a new superintendent's post in Winnetka, Hagerman also leaves the River Forest school board and broader community with some things to think about.
With its decision in December to increase its funding for the Township Youth Interventionist program, officials at Oak Park and River Forest High School kept faith with their students and families who most benefit from this essential effort.