Shrubtown - July 17, 2013

Opinion: Shrubtown

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By Marc Stopeck

Editorial Cartoonist / Weekly Sales Representative


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Tired of Taxes from Oak Park  

Posted: August 10th, 2013 11:54 PM

Another classic Shrubtown cartoon. I even like the twist of the beggar, who are regular features of the Harlem east bound off ramp. Today, a Saturday, I was backed up for miles returning from Oak Brook to my home in Oak Park. I say it is time to do for the many at the expense of a few. Isn't that what the 99% wants?

paul from oak park  

Posted: July 25th, 2013 8:46 AM

I always like Marc's work, it is usually spot on. Historically, I would like to add something. Previous Village fathers fought very hard for how the expressway ended up. They fought to trench it, instead of at ground level. They fought for the center exits, these move traffic the fastest, saving transit time, gas and smog. They fought against the ramp at East ave, and they fought for the "Oak Park" lane coming in and out of the city. All these work for us, even today. Who's fighting for us now?


Posted: July 19th, 2013 12:36 PM

Yes, for 50 years ago an exit at East Avenue made and still makes not sense. But, that isn't what is proposed now. The Village makes no sense when it comes up with such ludicrous efforts as declaring the left hand exits/entrances to the IKE historic only to obstruct IDOT. Thanks to the WJ for lampooning the administration and this nonsense.

The Brad from OP  

Posted: July 19th, 2013 10:42 AM

Good for the folks of Ascension. An exit ramp at East Avenue would have destroyed that neighborhood. Rehm is near by, along with several churches and a very quaint, cozy area of OP. Would have been a travesty.


Posted: July 19th, 2013 10:34 AM

Like it or lump it, the left lane ramps will be gone with the widening of the expressway. It's up to the powers that be to come up with an innovative solution in their place.

Bruce Samuels from Oak Park  

Posted: July 19th, 2013 10:02 AM

Yes, and they saved a good deal of homes. Let's fight this like the folks at Ascension who stopped an exit ramp at East Avenue.

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