Monday night was the final night for La Majada, a pioneering restaurant on Harrison Street, which once had the easy panache of being Oak Park's destination spot. The Haggar family — Mom, sister, brothers — were the face of the place, welcoming, sometimes gruff, always present.
We strongly object to the recent decision of the Oak Park trustees to change to a "brown" source for the electric power in our community. We believe this decision is shortsighted, indicates a misunderstanding of economic costs, and is counter to the wishes of the vast majority of residents.
Oak Park — its village board, staff and choice of consultants — will not get good marks for the crumpled rollout of the electrical energy aggregation contract that has been in the news over the past 10 days. It is hard to know where to jump in explaining how this went sideways, what it says about the village and its leadership on sustainability issues, or what positives can still be plucked out of the mess by engaged citizens.
We continue our coverage of Triton College this week with a story about an expensive bond issue being considered to fix the poorly built, poorly maintained 50-year-old campus. But last week we closed the circle between the absurd pay raises handed out last month to top administrators and the ongoing political contributions those same staffers have made over years to the elected trustees, and, most generously to Chairman-for-Life Mark Stephens.