This winter has reached epic proportions. How are you handling it? Grousing has limited value. Are you able to appreciate the beauty along with the inconvenience? Or has it gotten to you — the same thing, day after day after day. Are you sure it will never end?
In last year's Oak Park village election, as Anan Abu-Taleb began to be taken seriously as an independent candidate, it was a sore point to those in the VMA who backed John Hedges that their candidate was painted as Mr. Status Quo when it came to economic development.
It is good when public officials apologize for failures. It is good when they finally acknowledge the depth and the complexity of the problems they face. So, good for the postal service for the extremely overdue responses to the unending problems of late and non-existent mail delivery in south Oak Park and environs.
Officials at River Forest Township are making noises that they might come to the table to discuss possible collaborations with the village government but they mightily take offense to being asked to talk only after a bill has been proposed in Springfield that would allow local voters to abolish the entire government entity.
Discrimination is in direct conflict with our community's values and the Oak Park Regional Housing Center's mission to achieve meaningful and lasting diversity in Oak Park. Thus, we find the results of the village's report on discrimination in rental housing to be upsetting and disheartening.
Last year Oak Park's village government paid $15,000 to have a well-respected fair housing organization conduct blind testing to determine if local landlords were discriminating against potential tenants on the basis of race or disability.