If you believe that good governance starts with good listening, then the series of public forums — two, so far — sponsored by Oak Park Village President Anan Abu-Taleb have been remarkable, simple demonstrations of how to run a village.
The roster of candidates in the March 2014 Democratic primary for the local seat on the Cook County Board is growing. That will happen when an entrenched incumbent finally makes the right choice and moves toward retirement.
As an Oak Park resident with a passion for sound land planning practices and transportation that works, I am truly excited by the improvements to the Eisenhower Expressway and what they mean for our community and the region.
The hallmarks of good government — openness, transparency, accountability — get reduced to words only when discussions between public elected officials go behind closed doors. I get concerned when this occurs. I believe this is happening now between District 97 and the village of Oak Park in handling the Madison Street TIF.
'What's good for General Motors is good for America!" This misquote has relevance today as transnational corporations work clandestinely to free themselves from governmental regulation through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
On Friday evening, Sept. 13, I was visiting a friend who lives on Taylor, which has residential parking restrictions. She provided the bright yellow parking permit for our car as she always does. The parking permit was filled out, affixed to the windshield, and displayed directly above the Oak Park vehicle sticker on the passenger side of the car.