2004 year in review

Honorable Mentions

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? In July, a fire leveled a Public Works garage.

? An Oak Park middle school music teacher was charged with criminal sexual abuse after he admitted to police that he engaged in sex acts with a former student on at least three occasions.

? After over a year of debate, the village board approved a Barrie Park neighborhood investment program.

? The village-hired consulting firm Crandall and Arambula began crafting a plan for development and improvements to downtown and neighboring business districts.

? Trustees settled the dog-debate: three dogs for single family and town homes, two for two and three flats, and one for apartments.

? Oak Park school officials made a case for pulling out of the Cicero-dominated Township School Trustee program.

? A debate began over a new approach to teaching special ed at Oak Park and River Forest High School.

? Three sitting trustees will run for village president.

? Police Sergeant Gregory Hines resigned in August after he was found guilty of violating seven rules in a departmental complaint. Charges ranged from misuse of official position to accepting a gratuity.

? A judge dismissed a class action lawsuit filed by District 97 parents to stop the schools from using wireless technology, known as "WiFi."

? The District 97 school board approved policies to address civility and communication with teachers and public complaints. 

? Due to outstanding environmental testing issues, the sled hill and playground at Barrie Park were unable to open this year.

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