Oak Park and River Forest share a high school, but we haven't always shared an approach to dealing with local teens who make bad choices. So to us, the most important aspect of the new drug and alcohol pact signed last week by the Oak Park village board is the shared response between the two villages, police and schools that will soon be evident to kids and parents when modest trouble erupts.
Credit for this goes to IMPACT, the parent-driven organization formed two years ago to take on drug and alcohol use among local teens, which is at levels above the norm. This organization has worked loudly and quietly to bring together key players who have not always collaborated well.
We are stronger and more unified communities for their efforts.