John is an Indiana native who moved to Oak Park in 1976. He served on the District 97 school board, coached youth sports and, more recently, retired from the law. That left him time to become a Wednesday Journal columnist and now a blogger. John has some pretty strong opinions about Oak Park and a wry way of putting them across. You won’t want to leave his blog without leaving a comment of your own.
On April 15, an explosion in Boston, Mass., killed three people. On April 17, an explosion in West, Texas killed 14 people. Both events were tragic and unexpected. The friends and families of all 17 victims were shocked and will be scarred for the rest of their lives.
I must admit I wasn't very interested in the local elections. Having lived here since 1976, I have voted in and observed a lot of these celebrations of participatory democracy. This election was typical — low turnout, a number of uncontested contests and a couple of contests that "will shape the future of the villages."
At first impression it is hard to imagine a more different place than Downton Abbey in Yorkshire England compared to Oak Park, Illinois. In England before WWI ,women can't vote. The landed gentry is fighting desperately to hold on to a rigid class structure that has been in place for hundreds of years.