Clarke re-hired after controversy

July 10, 1985

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The village re-hired garbage collector Mike Clarke, who Wednesday Journal described as "mildly retarded," two years after his controversial lay off.

Clarke's family had filed a complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights, which alleged that the village had discriminated against Clarke because of his disability. The case was settled in July of 1985.

After collecting garbage for 10 years, Clarke was laid off in part because he could not drive a truck. According to a news report, Clarke was especially popular with south Oak Park residents.

? An Oak Park grade school teacher filed a $1 million lawsuit against District 97, claiming that she was not re-hired by the district because she had criticized the school's controversial re-scheduling program.

? The Village Manager Association (VMA) was considering "undertaking political involvement between elections." Meanwhile, a fledgling organization calling itself The Community Action Organization, had just wrapped up its first meeting on plans for upcoming school board elections.

? The village's recently approved "incredibly complicated sign ordinance" went into effect on July 1, according to news reports.

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