Village briefs: Oak Park honored at U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting

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By Anna Lothson

Staff Reporter

Former Village President David Pope kept an active role in the U.S. Conference of Mayors, taking numerous trips, during his tenure, to Springfield and the nation's capital to represent Oak Park's interests.

The village was applauded for those efforts over the weekend when it picked up an "Outstanding Achievement Award" from the group during its annual meeting as part of the organization's 34th annual City Livability Award program.

Oak Park was one of five cities with populations of fewer than 100,000 to be recognized for outstanding achievement and the only Illinois community honored.

More than 200 communities were considered for awards, which were announced Saturday during the organization's 81st annual meeting.

Livability Awards recognize mayoral leadership in developing and implementing programs that improve the quality of life in America's cities, focusing on the leadership, creativity and innovation demonstrated by the mayors.

Preservation award nominations

Nominations for the 2013 Historic Preservation Awards program are now being sought. Aug. 30 is the deadline for nominations. Single-family residences, apartment buildings, commercial buildings, public/institutional buildings and religious structures may be nominated in the categories of restoration, rehabilitation, adaptive use and additions/new construction.

Awards also are presented for stewardship, detail and design. Nominations need not be in a historic district, but projects should have been created within the past five years and located within the village. Interior work also may be considered in conjunction with exterior work.

Applicants also are being sought for a joint award that addresses both historic preservation and sustainable design issues. Nomination forms are available at village hall, 123 Madison St., by calling 708-358-5417, by email to or on the village website.

Employment workshops for teens

Need to learn how to polish up that resume? How to snag an interview? Or how to dress to impress?

Oak Parkers, age 14-17, interested in learning skills and techniques that can help them find and keep a job, are invited to participate in a free youth employment skills workshop series presented by the Community Relations Department.

The workshop will be held from 3 to 6:15 p.m., Aug. 5-9, in the Veterans Room at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St. Deadline to register is Wed., July 31. The workshop will focus on developing self-confidence, personal development, conflict resolution, goal setting and goal achievement. Participants also will learn about successful job interview techniques and proper resume writing, as well as employer expectations and proper attire. For more information, call 708-358-5407 or email

Heat tips from the village

Summer weather has settled in, so it's time to be smart as the sweltering temperatures rise. In anticipation of the weather, the village has released some tips:

Heat protection: With high temperatures predicted for the days ahead, public health officials are reminding residents that protection from the heat is vital for everyone, but especially the elderly and individuals with chronic diseases. On excessively hot days, avoid strenuous activity and stay inside whenever possible. In addition, wear lightweight, light-colored clothing and hats, drink lots of water and take regular breaks if involved in physical activity. And be sure to check on relatives, friends and neighbors — especially the elderly — when temperatures rise. For more information on dealing with heat, call 708-358-5480 or email

Cooling centers offer relief: Residents who don't have access to air conditioning are encouraged to take advantage of Oak Park's free cooling centers at Rush Oak Park Hospital, 520 S. Maple Ave., and West Suburban Medical Center, 3 Erie Court. Free transportation is available by calling the Police department's non-emergency telephone number, 708-386-3800. Relief from the heat also can be found during business hours at village hall, 123 Madison St., and all three branches of the Oak Park Public Library. More information on dealing with the heat is posted on the village website.

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Posted: June 29th, 2013 9:08 AM

The reporting on the Leadership award suggests that Oak Park only received this award as a result of David Pope's trips to conferences. Surely there were more stringent criteria? Please give us more details on what earned us this honor.

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