Gov. Quinn, Oak Park Village President join local leaders to celebrate completion of Roosevelt Road project

Commitment to infrastructure programs highlighted during ribbon-cutting ceremony

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By Anna Lothson

Staff Reporter

Governor Pat Quinn joined Oak Park Village President David Pope and leaders from Cicero and Berwyn last week to celebrate the end of an extensive streetscaping project between Harlem Avenue and Austin Boulevard.

The funding for the $9.5 million project was part of the governor's six-year, $31-billion program to address municipal, township and county infrastructure and improve public safety. The job was paid for with a $4 million grant from the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program and another $2 million from the Illinois Department of Transportation. Oak Park contributed $1 million of the costs.

Quinn joined a pack of local, state and federal officials who attended the ceremony at the corner of Roosevelt Road and Lombard Avenue in Berwyn, which borders Oak Park and Cicero.

"We've got to make sure we've got our transportation second to none," Quinn told attendees in a crowded parking lot last Thursday. "We also have to invest in local streets and local highways that people use to get to school, to work, to shop."

U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, representing the 7th District, which includes Oak Park, highlighted the strong partnerships between the federal government and local municipalities to complete the project. That collaborative spirit, he said, made the Roosevelt project possible.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle also applauded the governor's commitment.

"If you want a strong community, if you want strong counties, if you want a strong state, you need good infrastructure," Preckwinkle said.

The 1.25-mile stretch of road was a multi-jurisdictional effort that resulted in a streetscape design plan with new zoning regulations and improved appearance, accessibility and function for the corridor.

In addition to the Roosevelt project, leaders also remarked on the remaining $100 million announced for local transportation projects.

"At a time when many states are cutting back on critical transportation and infrastructure projects, Illinois is moving forward," Quinn said in a printed release. "This latest capital investment will provide local communities with the resources they need to create jobs and support economic growth."

Following a handful of speeches from leaders about the announcement, Pope joined the crowd and held the official ribbon-cutting with Cicero Town President Larry Dominick and Berwyn Mayor Robert Lovero. "It's terrific to have three municipalities together to celebrate not just in adjacent communities, but as a whole," Pope said. "It's a really important corridor in the western suburbs."

Because no single town controlled the project, he said, it was "critically important" that they had a collaborative mindset during the two-year period. The effort resulted in a roadway, he said, that is "drastically improved."

"It's a testimony to the leadership of the governor — including his senior staff and leadership of the Illinois Department of Transportation — who understand that reinvesting in more densely populated urban areas gains proportionate benefits in terms of investment and job creation," Pope said.

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John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: September 23rd, 2012 5:41 PM

Thanks JBMNN - JBM

JBMNN  

Posted: September 23rd, 2012 1:55 PM

John Murtagh- You're my hero!

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: September 10th, 2012 9:42 PM

The 2013 Elections kicked off on Sunday night at the Unity Church. Nominally, the meeting was to be a savage attack on the Wednesday Journal for being too aligned with the VMA. In fact, it turned out to be a gathering to gather OP issues and debate. It was sorta like WJ Comments Live. The meeting was organized by Citizens for Community Conversation (CCC), a political partner of the VCA (Village Citizens Alliance). (The VCA is the punching bag that frequently runs against VMA candidates.) CCC only emerges during OP board elections, so the election season is officially open. Doubtful of that? There are only eight elected village officials (7 board members and the village clerk). Five (all VMA) of the eight showed up Sunday night and four were 2013 candidates. The rest of the 40 or so attendees were VCA members, local socialist, and members of the Unity Church. The story was not the meeting, it was the meetup as in ... Huh! It is unlikely that the two political groups were plotting a shared campaign. The two organizations do not mix well. The VCA is like honey and the VMA like champagne. Maybe its nervousness about the election on the VMA side and an attempt by the VCA to become election-relevant. Either way the 2013 Election Campaign is underway.

Labor Day  

Posted: September 2nd, 2012 12:08 AM

Funny how Gov. Quinn and Senator Durbin are always giving money to an anti-labor people like David Pope and the Oak Park Village Board. That money won't go to create jobs and boost the economy. It will go in the pockets of consultants and private companies that will pay minimum wage and no benefits to their employees.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 29th, 2012 3:58 PM

Jack Chalabian, you wrote you only point out facts. What facts have you written? What you have written is getting upset over things that Q writes and wanting things left as they are. What do you think about hiring 4 more parking meter people? Logically, meter maids give out tickets to teach the person on the receiving end to pay the meter. The meter maids did a fantastic job at teaching us that lesson, and now deny they have been effective so they can hire 4 more. That is asinine.

Jack Chalabian from Oak Park  

Posted: August 29th, 2012 1:57 PM

So I don't have to WASTE my time oh elite one, I will not respond back to your "silly" response. See you get the last write-up! But, I will get the last laugh....all the way to see your political team lose in another local election.

Jack Chalabian from Oak Park  

Posted: August 29th, 2012 1:55 PM

Oh elitist Q, did you take your meds yesterday when you wrote that? I mean the hallucinates you inhaled...Bigger question, how do you even come up with some of the things that you write? You must be smoking something good! Q only writes for the sake of writing....I only point out the FACTS elitist Q. You just don't want to hear them. Um....sounds like the same kinds of behavior the Q accuses our elected officials.......

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 28th, 2012 4:43 PM

Jack Chalabian, get in touch with your emotions because you are in denial about them. Q doesn't write to upset you, and you shouldn't feel the emotional need to say contact VMA leadership to prove you aren't a VMA supporter. You may start backing up if you keep upsetting your bowels.

Jack Chalabian from Oak Park  

Posted: August 28th, 2012 2:54 PM

sarcastically in return..... Q from Oak Park, let's go! Start writing!!!!!!

Jack Chalabian from Oak Park  

Posted: August 28th, 2012 2:52 PM

Oh Q, YOU have it so wrong. You can't help but to be the biggest elitist of all. Your blogging can make even the "emotional Jack" L-A-U-G-H!!!! LOL!!! LOL!!! LOL!!! And Q...one more thing, I'm not a VMA supporter. I HAVE never contributed monetarily or formally that I have endorsed any VMA candidate. If you need to confirm that, contact VMA leadership! So if you even think I'm being emotional because of you, YOUR ARE DEAD WRONG! Now, it's time for the elitist Q to write back s

Joanne from Oak Park  

Posted: August 28th, 2012 11:58 AM

Nina, I would agree with Lisa who replied to Q's comment recognizing it as a joke. Obviously Q was being sarcastic about why Beye can't teach all races. Thank you for posting and clarifying Nina.

Nina Garvey from Oak Park  

Posted: August 28th, 2012 11:35 AM

Context definitely is important. People can read it for themselves and reach their own conclusions. Nice of you to use your name, Jenna: http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/08-21-2012/Don't_sell_Beye_short

Jenna Lengston from Cicero  

Posted: August 28th, 2012 11:23 AM

Nina Garvey, you are correct that Q did write it, but read it in its full context and you would know what Q was showing is White people think Black's are superior when it comes to athletics making the presumption that Black's only want to develop their athletic abilities and not improve their education. It's also a presumed thought for White's to think Black's only think the way out of poverty is through sports and rap music.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 28th, 2012 11:14 AM

Jack Chalabian, if what Q writes means nothing to you, then why are you getting emotionally upset over it? All you are doing is upsetting your bowels. Change takes time to place new candidates in place at the right time. You don't want to introduce new candidates at the same time something else is being introduced, such as the store on Lake Street where people can bring their toys to have repaired. Your VMA doesn't need the same timing because they count on people not showing up to vote.

muntz  

Posted: August 28th, 2012 11:11 AM

Just checking in to see if Quinn rolled back the 67% state income tax increase yet...

Nina Garvey from Oak Park  

Posted: August 28th, 2012 10:47 AM

Elsewhere on this website Q from Oak Park actually wrote this: "If so, that means all the other races met the goal set except Black's, although some must have performed just as well as the White kids. If you want to give the Black kids a greater chase of reaching the score, then add in sports as part of the testing." Let us know who said such a thing, Q. Why hide your identity?

Jack Chalabian from Oak Park  

Posted: August 28th, 2012 8:29 AM

Q, LETS GET THIS STRAIGHT! I'M not in fear of WHAT YOU WRITE. It's the way you say it and your inability to confess who YOU are REALLY are (as like in a real person). You take stabs at our elected officials, but do nothing to TAKE action to change it. If this is indeed a "he" as suggested by Unfortunately, then man up and meet with the public in a real forum. Until you do that, YOUR words mean nothing! Now, ELISTIST Q, DO YOU KNOW where I stand? I don't have the identify crisis, YOU do!

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 27th, 2012 11:18 PM

John Butch Murtagh, I'm glad you know what Oak Park should be, because it once was, and you are correct. It will take a lot of years to get it back, but the sooner we all start, the sooner it will be back with streets cared for, infrastructure in working condition, and tax payers taking pride in their Village again. There has been to much disconnect between Pope and the tax payers, and that will change with the elections.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 27th, 2012 11:11 PM

Jack Chalabian, you shouldn't feel threatened from what I write, but you do, and I don't want you to. Is there anyway I can help you feel better about yourself? I'm not going to stop posting what needs to be done in Oak Park, so you will need to come to terms with yourself. It may help if you give me an example of what you think needs to be worked on in Oak Park, and then I can tell you how it should be taken care of.

Jack Chalabian from Oak Park  

Posted: August 27th, 2012 10:16 PM

first.

Jack Chalabian from Oak Park  

Posted: August 27th, 2012 10:15 PM

Q, the "great one"! OH Wait, I did it again, I just compared the infamous Q to the likes of Mike Madigan? Anyway, it took you 3,500 characters to say one statement that makes sense, "No matter what street you enter into Oak Park from, it should represent all of Oak Park. Oak Park needs to take pride in all of Oak Park, not just the mall and the Frank Lloyd Wright area." Wow, the elitist Q has the ability to be humble as all. WAIT, JUST WAIT, you can't make that claim until Q responds back f

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: August 27th, 2012 9:22 PM

I agree totally with Q's quote, " No matter what street you enter into Oak Park from, it should represent all of Oak Park. Oak Park needs to take pride in all of Oak park, not just the mall and the Frank Lloyd Wright area." .Back in 2009 while on the Community Relations Committee, I was told that the DTOP/development would drain funds from the rest of the village and damage the village. The argument made was excellent, plausible, and threatening. I listened and understood the viewpoint, but did not grasp its importance. OP's TIF failures have been devastating to the entire village, not only financially, but also socially, culturally, and the historical sense one community. It will take years to restore balance to the village and the time to start is now.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 27th, 2012 7:09 PM

Cont... No matter what street you enter into Oak Park from, it should represent all of Oak Park. Oak Park needs to take pride in all of Oak park, not just the mall and the Frank Lloyd Wright area. The only reason money is not spread throughout the Village is because people at the Village have their personal interests. It's time for that to stop. We are not in a good economy, and that means you can't keep taping the tax payers for more money like it is endless.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 27th, 2012 7:06 PM

Cont... Lets jump over to spending millions on projects. Before any money is spent on any beautification project, the Village needs to be assured that all priorities including sewers are in very good working order. Then beautification projects can be discussed, and be balanced and fair for all areas of Oak Park. If you go into the art district, it is in terrible condition. When it was first developed, it was done nicely. That is the same for all other areas of Oak Park. Cont...

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 27th, 2012 7:03 PM

Cont... comply with the request will need to explain what happened. The manager will be limited to 3 excuses for the year. If it was one of his or her employees that did not perform the work, that employee will also be given 3 excuses in a year. After 3 excuses, after anyone receiving 3 excuses will no longer be on the Villages payroll. Cont..

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 27th, 2012 6:59 PM

Cont.... the business owner to call the Village to reach the person again. Using the trash can is just an example of the problems a business owner needs to put up with. A good managing Village will give a list of direct numbers and names to avoid all of this. A number on the list includes a person who can be called when something is not completed with in a specified time. When that person receives a call, that person will find out why the person the business owner called directly do not Cont...

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 27th, 2012 6:55 PM

Cont.. person who answers what the problem is. Maybe the person who answered knows where to direct the phone call to and forwards the call to the right department. Now the voice recorder goes on, and the business owner leaves a voice mail saying what the problem is. The person who man's the phone should be able to direct the call to the right person who then needs to assign the job out and figures it will be taken care of. The trash can doesn't get emptied and it now requires the Cont...

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 27th, 2012 6:52 PM

Cont... A new change in leadership will show a difference. People who are in business need Oak Park to do their part. That requires good communication and leaders who really care to help business owners. Lets make an example to show how a new management can help. Take a business on Roosevelt that has a trash can outside that is the Villages. It is spilling over onto the sidewalk. Who does the business owner contact? Of course you would say the person could call the Village, tell the Cont....

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 27th, 2012 6:47 PM

Jack Chalabian, maybe I didn't explain the 10,000 voters. That is the number that will vote against the VMA. As for ways to change how things are done, I would say lets take Roosevelt Road. Now there is a new street for cars. That is not going to improve business on Roosevelt road because they have a nice street. The idea to get businesses in Oak Park, is to get some money into the Village. It's not a lot of money and that is why Pope and Raymond don't have an interest. Cont....

Jack Chalabian from Oak Park  

Posted: August 27th, 2012 6:23 PM

@ John Butch Murtagh, I agree, I don't think TIF's are the golden egg. It takes leadership in Village Hall to help market the commercial area along Roosevelt Road. Here's one for you Q, Oak Park has done an EXTREMELY poor job to market Roosevelt Road and the blight along the corridor paints the REAL picture how Roosevelt Road has been managed from our "economic/business development" folks at the village. @Kevin Cassidy, YOUR RIGHT! Oak Park must become more business friendly.

Jack Chalabian from Oak Park  

Posted: August 27th, 2012 6:17 PM

that the VMA control the "process". If that's true, why even have elections. If indeed, Q from Oak Park wants change, then Q RUN for an office and not make an excuse why you and running mates can't. Q, my elitist, perhaps you should check the county records and see how bad Oak Parker's don't come out to vote. You only need 5,000, maybe 6,000 voters to win. Not the 10,000 as you have prescribed.

Jack Chalabian from Oak Park  

Posted: August 27th, 2012 6:11 PM

@Violet Aura, you are correct, we need more streets in the village to be repaired or replaced! @Unfortunately, I beg to differ. Silly wants to believe nothing is wrong about Oak Park. I believe we have challenges that need to be worked out. But complaining will not solve our problems. Q does nothing to address how to resolve the issues except state "Pope and Raymond" must go. If that's true, why do they get reelected every term? I read it all the time in this blog format...

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: August 27th, 2012 1:12 PM

My late night error, Ray is correct. Berwyn had a TIF for the Roosevelt renovation. Oak Park did not. That actually brings up an interesting development issue. Does the retail surge on the Berwyn side and the small amount of change on the OP side indicate that development cannot succeed without TIFs? That is an easy case to make until you bring Madison into the equation. Madison had a 20 Year TIF and the millions did not solve the retail problem -- at all. I think Ray's view on business incentives, rather than the road diet, is a the better choice on Madison, but that incentives should not be a subsidies for business that are not investing in their own businesses. In the era of TIFs businesses in OP have chosen to wait and see if TIF's will solve the problem of being a small village with massive retail sales competition to the east and west. Three decades of TIFs (in OP) have not been a solution. Berwyn's local business community led Berwyn's commercial development with support from the government. OP Government, with questionable support from local business, has led commercial development. Maybe, it is time the OP government and business leader to identify whether the lack of meaningful collaboration is the problem.

muntz  

Posted: August 27th, 2012 12:41 PM

Did Quinn happen to mention when he'd rollback the 67% state income tax increase? You know, the one he used to buy union votes? The one that was supposed to "fix" the underfunded pensions? Until then, Quinny, please remain in Springfield.

Kevin Cassidy from Oak Park  

Posted: August 27th, 2012 9:59 AM

@Berwyn Wins -- it doesn't take a city planner to see that you are 100% right. OP must become more business friendly --taxes and all.

Ray Johnson from Oak Park  

Posted: August 27th, 2012 9:07 AM

Regarding the post which notes TIFs on Roosevelt and Madison, just a quick technical correction -- there is no TIF on the Oak Park side of Roosevelt. Berwyn does have a Roosevelt TIF which they use effectively for infrastructure and business incentives. An infastructure plan for Madison St. has been presented to the board, but no final decision has been made on whether that is the right approach. Personally, I'm in favor of business incentives for Madison vs. the presented "road diet".

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: August 26th, 2012 11:54 PM

Jack - The OP shortchange on the Roosevelt Commercial District is a classic example of our boards pushing development ideas but not follow it with execution. Another example is Madison. The two are TIF's without return on investment.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 26th, 2012 10:29 PM

Jack Chalabian, you say 4,000 people voted for the VMA. This is very encouraging for the 10's of thousands of the rest of Oak Park who will make sure to vote this time, and it will be against Pope and Raymond this time.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 26th, 2012 10:25 PM

Jack Chalabian, you are right about Roosevelt Road, and I'm very happy that you have shown other readers too. The word "NEED" compared to Pope and Raymond wanting bricks on Marion street is the difference.

Unfortunately  

Posted: August 26th, 2012 9:56 PM

@Jack Chalabian. I must be dense - and I know that Q can sometimes ramble a bit - but he DID answer YOUR question and now you're just sounding like "Silly" and all of her nonsense. Continuing Ms. Violet's point: a TON of OP streets and alleys are in disrepair and it definitely appears as if the OP Board is mainly focused on just one area of OP - the former "mall." An area where a lot of people in OP rarely venture to - except for seeing a movie at the Lake Theater.

Jack Chalabian from Oak Park  

Posted: August 26th, 2012 9:28 PM

Q my elite one, I am one of several hundred that have enjoyed the development of Roosevelt Road. WE OUTNUMBER YOU! So, continue to complain...and YES Q from Oak Park, YOU ARE A COMPLAINER! A POLL has been taken, YOU ARE A BLOGGER that COMPLAINS! Not an opinion, just a fact! NOW Q, it's your turn to complain some more....YOUR READERS WILL LOVE your RESPONSE, because we continue to communicate with you. Um....author's note, didn't Q call you one of those not so smart Oak Parkers. OHHHHH yes Q did.

Violet Aura  

Posted: August 26th, 2012 9:25 PM

Peachy keen. Now can we pave Erie between OP Ave. and Kenilworth? Lord have mercy!

Jack Chalabian from Oak Park  

Posted: August 26th, 2012 9:21 PM

Really? You can't help yourself, but only to complain how bad things are rather than supporting change to how government should be ran. Our elected officials worked with Cicero and Berwyn (along with the State) to get Roosevelt Road's public right-of-way rebuilt. That takes leadership. Sometimes Q, my elite one, NOBODY will understand how you compare the 5M brick street on Marion and cooperation with three municipalities to redo a roadway that was in NEED of being rebuilt.

Jack Chalabian from Oak Park  

Posted: August 26th, 2012 9:17 PM

Oh my elitist Q, it took you only eight (8) posts to basically complain about how "Pope and Raymond" have ruined Oak Park. But, here's my point, RUN for office! You have stated that "To win the Oak Park elections is going to take the right timing for the right candidates to bring forth to the public." That's a load of mess! You can't stand the fact that you're standing on NO substantial ground to beat the 4,000 VMA supporters.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 26th, 2012 7:20 PM

Cont... you Jack Chalabian, will be in a very small group of 20 people who will be considered the minority of complainers because no one will be getting anymore special favors that has cost tax payers millions and millions of dollars.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 26th, 2012 7:19 PM

Cont... serve Oak Park residents with honesty and dedication. These are just a few of the things that Pope and Raymond are missing during the many years they had the privilege and opportunity to serve Oak Park tax payers. Of course Jack, if you are happy about the brick streets, the peopleSoft scandal, the Westgate property purchase, then you can stay behind with Pope and Raymond. They change is for the tax payers, not the elitist. Right now the majority don't like it and when it changes.. Cont.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 26th, 2012 7:15 PM

Cont... It's time to re-evaluate the need for special administrative positions. It's time to get a realistic grip on what salaries should be in Oak Park. It's time to enhance the Fire and Police Departments, and re-organize Public Works to determine why so many things are being outsourced. It's time that every employee's paycheck represents accountability to the tax payers who pay each employee in Oak Park. It's time to bring pride to Oak Park, and recognize the many employees who Cont...

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 26th, 2012 7:12 PM

Cont... Oak Park needs a new change to move Oak Park into the direction of real fiscal responsibility to the share holders, (Tax Payers), where each dollar is accounted for, and people have a responsibility to the tax payers of not wasting their money. Oak Park tax payers have paid enough for downtown Oak Park. It's time to meet the needs of the many other business districts on a fair level, not an influential one. It's time to replace and repair the sewer system in Oak Park. Cont...

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 26th, 2012 7:07 PM

Jack Chalabian, people have very short memories that's why people who specialize in turning a disastrous political scandal can make most people like yourself convinced everything was done in your favor. To win the Oak Park elections is going to take the right timing for the right candidates to bring forth to the public. That will take some media cooperation that knows.. Cont...

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 26th, 2012 7:01 PM

Cont... spend Oak Park's money, the best they can get is a block done at a cost of 5 million dollars, and the block had a fine street. How did you like that kick in the pants, Jack? Nothing is a complaint. It's just facts of how Pope and Raymond spend money. As for getting businesses on Roosevelt, Pope and Raymond are busy with getting some more work done on South Blvd., West of Marion street.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 26th, 2012 6:58 PM

Cont... that needed to be done to put the road back in good working condition because the Governor says he want Illinois to be second from none when it comes to roads, so Pope and Raymond where on the spot, and Cicero and Berwyn where in on putting their money in, so do you think Pope and Raymond was going to so no to the Governor? Absolutely not, so that's why the road got done. Here is a kick in your pants Jack. Oak Park gets 1.25 miles of nice new road, but when Pope and Raymond.. Cont..

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 26th, 2012 6:54 PM

Jack Chalabian, Q is not a complainer, but making people aware of what takes place. As you said, the article tells it all. So for 1 million dollars of tax payers money, Oak Park gets 1.4 miles of new road. Of course it took 2 other towns and Governor Quinn to make it happen. I will do my best to inform you why Pope and Raymond went with it. First it involved free money, which is tax payer money, so it does cost people each time the State spends money, but this was a project... Cont..

Jack Chalabian from Oak Park  

Posted: August 26th, 2012 6:20 PM

Oh my elitist Q...PS I wasn't guessing! I'm just stating a fact about YOU! Until you come out of hiding and run against the "Pope/Johnson" regime, YOU will never have a real voice in Oak Park. It's your move!!! Signed, the not so smart one of Oak Park...... Um.....Q, I'm waiting for your reply. Don't disappoint your readers!!!

Jack Chalabian from Oak Park  

Posted: August 26th, 2012 6:15 PM

Q, I knew you couldn't resist! It's in your nature as a complainer to "blog" back! The article says it all. Now, will private development occur on the Oak Park side? That's the real question Q! So far, our business/economic development folks haven't done a great job to get things moving! That DOESN'T MEAN Q, the Village Board is not willing to commit to additional support. We will see as the economy improves. In the meantime Q, YOU HAVE my permission to complain!!!

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 26th, 2012 2:19 PM

Jack Chalabian, wrong guess. How much do you think Pope and Raymond spend on Roosevelt Road? Once you have the answer, you will also have your answer why Pope is there.

Jack Chalabian from Oak Park  

Posted: August 26th, 2012 1:07 PM

The all-knowing Q from Oak Park is at it again. Q can't help it, but complaining is a normal way of life to communicate to the masses via oakpark.com. Q, if "Pope and Johnson" didn't really want to make the investment along Roosevelt Road, then why did they choose to spent the money to upgrade Roosevelt Road from Austin to Harlem? Wait, oh the elitist Q, you don't have to answer that one, I'll do it for you. According the Q, they are attempting to get reelected.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 25th, 2012 10:49 AM

Downtown Oak Park is the only place both Pope and Raymond want to spend tax payers money. Roosevelt Road, the Art District, 100 South Oak Park avenue, 800 South Oak Park avenue, North Avenue, and the smaller areas are not of any interest to Pope and Raymond, and just to keep it fair, no one before Pope and Raymond showed up had any interest either.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: August 25th, 2012 12:58 AM

There is no doubt that Berwyn won the Roosevelt commercial value contest. That does not give Berwyn bragging rights. The OP board, admin, and business associations and owners did nothing to compete with Berwyn, though there was a lot of whining after the project was completed. It safe to say that OP attention was on DTOP!

Berwyn Wins  

Posted: August 24th, 2012 11:47 PM

Drive down Roosevelt Rd and look on the Berwyn side and then on the Oak Park Side. Tons of tacky stores line the Oak Park side of Roosevelt Rd while Berwyn has Culver's, McDonald's, Burger King, Fitzgerald's, Turano's, new restaurants,a nice strip mall etc. and all bring in tax dollars. If the Oak Park village board wants to fill their vacant Economic Development Manager job maybe they should ask Berwyn for help.

A realist from Oak Park  

Posted: August 24th, 2012 7:51 AM

Quinn just wanted to be close to the hoard of money he's going to steal from OPRF so he can bail out the state's pension program.

OP Resident from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: August 23rd, 2012 9:31 PM

@Maggie - I'm assuming the Board members needed a map to find the ribbon-cutting ceremony since it's so far away from their stomping grounds.

Maggie from Oak Park  

Posted: August 23rd, 2012 8:56 PM

Berwyn sure has several new businesses that have opened and nice ones. Have not seen much going on in the Oak Park area. People are shying away from opening any new business in Oak Park. This Village makes it much too difficult for anyone to open a business and if they do they close because the taxes are too high.

Violet Aura  

Posted: August 23rd, 2012 8:26 PM

When Quinn the Governor gets here/Everybody's gonna jump for joy!

Diane Kristy from Oak Park  

Posted: August 23rd, 2012 5:56 PM

It will be soooooo much nicer to shop and dine there! Hope the businesses make good use of their now more VISIBLE store fronts. We'll probably find a few things we never knew were there.

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