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Elsewhere in today's issue, we focus on "thankful for," but as is our custom, we focus here on how thankful we will be if:

 West Sub is more upfront and says where they're planning to build a new ER so the community discussions can get more focused.

 Cook County shows some flexibility on "dual, non-simultaneous use" of park space so local dog-owners can give their pets the off-leash exercise they need on weekends.

 The Forest Preserve District responds to local demand and creates a dog park on some small portion of its vast local holdings.

 The historic preservation proponents would find some place other than the Colt building to take a stand.

 Both sides in the downtown "superblock" squabble can avoid getting entrenched in ideology and politics and find a workable solution so we can move forward.

 Reason prevails should the RFPs on the proposed Colt building restoration prove too expensive for the village to undertake.

 The rest of the superblock development process remains public and doesn't disappear into executive sessions.

 The Historical Society of Oak Park-River Forest finds a home somewhere in "the new downtown."

 Whatever happens downtown, the village finds ways to increase the retail and residential tax base in order to provide relief for taxpayers.

 That reason instead of emotion will prevail in the discussion of whether River Forest should become a "home rule" community.

 The Hemingway Foundation becomes more focused, aggressive, and professional in its fundraising and finds a way to preserve and restore the Boyhood Home.

 Dominican University prevails on the forest preserve easement dispute, creates the planned access driveway on the west end of its campus, and moves forward with the rest of its ambitious capital improvement campaign.

 Concordia University hires a coaching staff that can turn around its floundering football program.

 Festival Theatre and Village Players continue to make progress on the financial front and find creative ways to reach a wider audience.

 OPRF finds a way to light its football stadium without excessively disrupting the lives of surrounding neighbors.

 OPRF and APPLE find common ground in their dispute over nagging discipline issues that have diverted positive energy to attack the achievement gap.

 OPRF and the group of disgruntled special ed parents find common ground on the nagging issues that have caused so much friction between them.

 OPRF and District 97 continue to improve their relationship and start making measurable progress in closing the academic achievement gap.

 The Oak Park village board hires a new village manager with the expertise and savvy to successfully navigate the whitewater currents of Oak Park politics.

 The village goes smoke-free without hurting the local bar and restaurant owners economically.

 Forest Park and Chicago go smoke-free too.

 The new access ramp in front of the Maze Branch Library doesn't detract from the beauty of its exterior.

 The village finds a way to keep the YMCA in Oak Park.

 Conrad Black gets what is coming to him.

 The new sledding hill at tar-free Barrie Park is as fast as it looks like it will be.

 A positive solution is reached to allow Community Bank, a genuinely local institution, to build a branch in south Oak Park.

 Oak Park steals a business from Forest Park, for once.

 The shortage of parking in Downtown Oak Park does not slow business to local shops during this critical shopping season.


Last week we featured the wrong woman laying a wreath on the Scoville Park War Memorial during the Veterans' Day ceremony Nov. 11. Actually, it was the right woman, but the wrong name. The pictured wreath-layer was Fay Kutz, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution-George Rogers Clark Chapter.

Kutz notes that the George Rogers Clark Chapter has been active in Oak Park since 1896, and they lay a wreath on the memorial every year. The VFW Post 105 Auxiliary also lays a wreath. Elaine Koukos (not pictured but mentioned last week) did the honors.

We regret the confusion.

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