Oak Park's park commissioners are enthusiastic about two new design options for remaking Ridgeland Common and gave contractors the go-ahead to research cost estimates for each alternative at their regular board meeting a week ago Tuesday.
It's been a big year for the Willard Elementary School PTO. After seeing the River Forest school's former playground equipment fall into disrepair, the organization members agreed to put up $35,000 for a new one. That's tens of thousands more than their biggest expenditures in previous years.
Despite the fact that the River Forest Board of Trustees made the controversial decision to have red light cameras installed at two busy intersections, it will be a minimum of nine months, if ever, before villagers see the safety measure put into effect.
Six police officers from River Forest and other nearby police departments received departmental commendations by the River Forest Police Department at an Aug. 15 village board meeting, for their service during the investigation of a Chicago woman's murder in the village in July.
An Oak Park clinic that caters to children in need was left off the list of health centers slated to become Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), thanks to federal government budget cuts of more than $170 million. For the Children's Clinic, that means there will be no expansion to provide care for adults as well as kids.
At their meeting Tuesday night, the Park District of Oak Park was slated to review the issue of what to do with Ridgeland Common, an inquiry that has plagued the organization for years. New repair issues continue to pop up faster than the park district can address them, and the deterioration of the building at Ridgeland Common, which houses the indoor ice arena, is extremely costly to address.
The River Forest Park District has revised its proposal to extend operational hours for lights in Keystone Park West in an attempt to reach a compromise with neighbors who complained that lights should not be left on until midnight daily.
River Forest District 90 kids will be packing up the play clothes in favor of back-to-school gear earlier this year, since next summer's construction plans have pushed up the first day of school to mid-August.