I don't know how many River Forest residents have been paying attention, but in the near future we will be involved in a referendum in which we will be asked to accept Home Rule. As I understand it, Home Rule greatly expands the powers of local government and among many other things gives it the right to eliminate tax caps on real estate.
The village is giving voters opportunities to cast an informed vote. The question is whether or not residents will take the time and trouble to inform themselves about this complex issue. There will be three meetings held at the River Forest Community Center located at 8020 Madison St. They will be held on three Wednesdays in Room 206 at 7 p.m. on Sept. 21, Oct. 19, and Nov. 16.
For more information, one can go to the Adult Reference Desk at the River Forest Public Library and borrow a binder of Home Rule information.
One can also access the library's website www.riverforestlibrary.org; which contains the Village Home Rule Information Page that can be downloaded. I warn you in advance that this is not a job for the timid: the pages are many. The problem is not in gathering the information, but rather in interpreting and understanding it. I urge each River Forest citizen to make the effort because the stakes are high.
Albert F. Popowits
Editor's note: We agree with the letter-writer that information is critical, which is why we must point out that his contention that Home Rule would allow River Forest to eliminate tax caps is incorrect.