The decision Monday by a former Oak Park park board member to withdraw his challenge to the petitions of three candidates for the board is a happy one. Contested elections are all too rare in our villages.
We will wait for the report of the Illinois Attorney General's office before commenting on a resident's complaint that Oak Park village officials violated the Open Meetings Act in November in holding an executive session concerning the contract on the property at Forest and Lake.
It is a time-honored political tradition to challenge election petitions. Did a candidate collect adequate signatures from eligible voters? Were the forms precisely filled out? And, of course, the all-important notary public stamp. Got to get that right.
Christmas nears, a new year is just out front of us, and it all begs a longer view. So this week we set aside our list of specifics — the gymnastics center expansion that just won't fall, the high school pools that just won't open.
This is just about the point in the debate about drug and alcohol use among teens where the grownups start to drift away. They've had their consciousness raised. They've vented their outrage. And dang, it sure is cold out.
The parks in Oak Park have been pesticide free for two decades now. And it looks like it. The weeds are winning. Now, in a typically measured response, the park district is extraordinarily carefully allowing the use of one pesticide in extremely prescribed areas.
Friday afternoon at an assembly, OPRF showed the throngs a new video: "Teach me how to Huskie." It is a sensational piece of work by students. This video is fun (unless you go to Fenwick), tightly made, and shows our public school in an altogether all right light.
In the broad arc of gay rights in Illinois, passage last week of the civil union bill will be a notable moment — rightly recorded and celebrated. When Gov. Pat Quinn signs the bill, gays and straights in this state will be on much more of an equal legal footing in matters of property, health care and estates. This is a rare moment to be proud of being an Illinoisan.
It is a scary thing to read about two teens shooting at another teen outside a school in the middle of Oak Park. But readers of OakPark.com, our website, saw that story last Thursday morning. First, we are grateful that the shot was errant and that the intended victim suffered only a head bump from an earlier fight with the shooters.