A leading candidate in the 1st District County Board race has claimed property tax homestead exemptions that he didn't qualify for. Richard Boykin has claimed exemptions on three pieces if property, two condominiums in Oak Park and a home in Bolingbrook. A taxpayer is only allowed to claim the homestead exemption on a home that is the taxpayer's personal residence.
The Race That's Good for Life was named as the 2013 Race of the Year by the Chicago Area Runners Association, repeating the honor from 2012. And this year the Oak Park Runners Club is hoping to earn a three-peat for its signature event.
One year ago Anan Abu-Taleb and John Hedges were locked in an intense election battle to win Oak Park's village presidency. A key campaign issue was the state of Oak Park's economic development effort.
The newly rechristened Oak Park Economic Development Corporation came to life Friday as it morphed from the OPDC into the EDC, accepted the resignations of most members of its former board, chose a new, smaller board of directors and moved toward the hiring of an interim executive director.
Despite Oak Park's reputation as among the "few truly integrated communities in the Chicago metro area," a new report commissioned by the village government shows a "startling" level of discrimination in the village's rental housing market against racial minorities and people with disabilities.