With the Democratic primary now less than a week away, the Journal reminds readers of its endorsement of Blake Sercye in the race for the 1st District of the Cook County Board. In a crowded field of some talent, we found Sercye to be the strongest choice for progressive change to this important level of government.
There are any number of reasons why, over the decades, Oak Park's two public school districts didn't talk well to each other — superintendents who didn't like each other, school boards that didn't know each other, and state law that made sharing information about students problematic.
Monday's choice by Oak Park Village President Anan Abu-Taleb to appoint Andrea Ott to the Oak Park village board made some history but also neatly affirmed some traditions in village government. At age 32, Ott may well be the youngest person ever to serve on the village board. That's the history and it confirms Abu-Taleb's promise to turn the village toward a new generation of younger people, younger families.
Spring is coming. No, really. I have it on the highest authority: Dozens of sandhill cranes circling high above Austin Gardens last Sunday (March 9, happy birthday, Jack Levering) on their northwest flyway to Wisconsin. Right on time.
I was observing the Oak Park Village Board meetings for the League of Women Voters of OP-RF when I first "met" Ray Johnson. Village board meetings those days were particularly contentious. Pending before the board, whose president was Joanne Trapani, was the application for WhiteCo, now better known as the "Trader Joe's building."
Citizens of Oak Park: I need your help. I know the winter has dragged on way too long. I know that a March primary election for Cook County Commissioner is about as exciting as snowplows on your street. But you need to vote on March 18 in the Democratic primary and elect an honest person as Cook County Commissioner.
I've been reading about the many accomplishments of Trustee Ray Johnson, but I think one may have been overlooked. He was the trustee who finally listened to the people who were concerned about the fate of animals who came under the jurisdiction of Oak Park Animal Control.
People need help coping with life's challenges. If we're lucky, our family and friends notice when we're not handling our lives very well, when we've lost hope, or take up dangerous habits. Often when they do notice, they're unable to help or effect change.
Behind every handcrafted item for sale at Ten Thousand Villages is a story. There is a necklace made from bomb casings from landmines in Cambodia and wall art hammered from steel barrels by young uneducated men in Haiti.