Congratulations to Fenwick center Dan Dwyer, the Midtown Athletic Club Athlete of the Week. The 6-foot-8-inch senior scored 17 points to power the Friars past Farragut 69-56 in the Farragut Regional championship game.
Citizens of Oak Park: I need your help. I know the winter has dragged on way too long. I know that a March primary election for Cook County Commissioner is about as exciting as snowplows on your street. But you need to vote on March 18 in the Democratic primary and elect an honest person as Cook County Commissioner. Ike Carothers is a former West Side alderman, the head of a once formidable West Side political organization, and a convicted felon. Ike is not just any kind of convicted felon (such as people who dabbled in drugs in their youth but are now reformed). While alderman in 2010, Ike was convicted of helping a real estate developer obtain zoning changes in exchange for $40,000 in repair work on his house. He pleaded guilty and went to the Clink for two years. Ike is not only a felon convicted of political shenanigans — he takes after his father. In 1983, his dad spent three years at the big house in Terre Haute after being convicted of the exact same crime. Did the favor-seeking real estate developers put something in the water at the Carothers' house?
I've been reading about the many accomplishments of Trustee Ray Johnson, but I think one may have been overlooked. He was the trustee who finally listened to the people who were concerned about the fate of animals who came under the jurisdiction of Oak Park Animal Control.
The Wednesday Journal endorsement offers interesting but misleading arguments for the Cook County commissioner race. Editors offer youth, enthusiasm and a prominent endorsement as the basis for their selection. They omitted one other, telling and prominent endorsement: their endorsed candidate received $50,000 in donations from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. They endorsed a 27-year-old who chose the insider route to political office, working for Rahm's campaign four years ago.
While we graduated some years apart at Fenwick, I am sure Blake Sercye would have impressed me then as he does now. He is a man with dedication to service and the community. He has time and again shown concern and dedication for the people of the 1st District and this is why I am not only casting my vote for Blake, but I ask you to do so as well. As an honors graduate from Princeton and a law graduate from the University of Chicago, he could have easily chosen a career that took him far from the Austin neighborhood. Instead he has chosen to stay close to his roots and help those who have often been overlooked or left behind. His ongoing work helping people in the community to reclaim their lives and livelihood is clear proof to me that he understands we can all make a difference once given another chance.
As we are well aware, winter has had a firm grip on all of us in Chicago this year, with record snowfall and bitterly cold temperatures. This unprecedented winter has taken its toll not only on our spirits but also on water lines and infrastructures. Due to the persistent winter, the Park District of Oak Park is experiencing many challenges for getting fields safe and playable for the 2014 spring baseball and soccer seasons.