Our endorsements for the April 2013 elections, including Oak Park Village President; River Forest Village President; River Forest Village Trustee; Oak Park Public Library Board; District 90 Board of Education; and District 200 Board of Education.
John Hedges has proven himself to be an independent person with a critical eye, particularly on spending levels at village hall and the lack of forward motion in solving nagging process problems in village government. And so for his experience, and for his fresh eye, we endorse John Hedges for Oak Park Village President.
To help the library navigate this period of transition, we endorse two incumbents and two newcomers, two of whom are seniors and two of whom are younger adults: Matt Baron, Win Fox, Matt Fruth and Bruce Samuels.
It is hard to talk about race. Add violence to the subject line and the conversation gets more combustible. We found that out last week at Oak Park and River Forest High School after a student assembly targeting issues of violence in the school setting — the kickoff to a week-long treatment of the subject at OPRF — went off kilter.
In most towns the local Chamber of Commerce is a force to be reckoned with. Not so much in Oak Park and River Forest where over the years the Chamber has been a comfortable gathering place for small businesses, many of them home-based. We hope that will change now that the Chamber board has hired Cathy Yen as its new director.
With forums last week and this, it is becoming clearer that the race for four seats on the school board at Oak Park and River Forest High School is sifting down from an astronomical 15 candidates at the start to an intriguing core of 8 to 10 people.