It's no secret that Oak Park is losing the battle to Berwyn when it comes to reinventing Roosevelt Road, their shared border. But one local elected official thinks the village should take a controversial step to even the playing field.
Elected officials remain mum on why Oak Park's village manager, Tom Barwin, is leaving in the middle of a performance evaluation. But the five-year administrator shed some light on his resignation, during an extended interview last week.
Oak Park is expanding the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District, which was recently named one of the great neighborhoods in the nation. Elected officials gave the go-ahead last week to widen the boundaries of the area, adding 444 new properties.
After years in the grueling theater biz, most 59 year olds would probably just retire. But one stage buff, with strong Oak Park ties, is making his first foray into film, just shy of his 60th birthday. For six years, Carl Occhipinti was artistic director at Village Players, a 50-year-old theater company in Oak Park now known as Madison Street Theatre.
The Ernest Hemingway Boyhood Home in Oak Park has been up for sale for just a week, but has already drawn international interest from buyers and the media alike. The nonprofit Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park first bought the three-flat, 600 N. Kenilworth Ave., in 2002.
Oak Park Village Hall has a new boss — at least for now. The village board announced Friday that its parking chief is replacing Village Manager Tom Barwin, a few days after the five-year administrator announced his resignation.
Oak Park Village Manager Tom Barwin announced at a village board meeting Tuesday that he's resigning from his post after five and a half years on the job. Village President David Pope said after the meeting that Barwin had told the board last week that he would resign.
It was by all accounts an ambitious art project for Longfellow Elementary School, one that took four years, hundreds of Oak Park students and thousands of pounds of cement. But more than a decade later, the mosaic, which depicts the village's history dating back to the Stone Age, is sitting in one mom's basement, rather than being displayed in all of its splendor.