Our state, its people and businesses are drowning in unsustainable debt. Our fellow citizens face a flood of foreclosures, many with home values that are "under water." Banks have kept credit tight, drying up the very resources that businesses need to hire more people and get the economy moving again. If Illinois had its own public banking institution, the state's financial situation would be improved.
I've seen a lot of productions at 16th Street Theater in Berwyn the past couple of years, but their latest one, Broken Fences, is definitely one of the best. I wish everyone could experience this touching, insightful play. Though it's not a comedy, it's often very funny.
First an invitation: Tonight (if you're reading this on Oct. 2) I'll be talking about my new book, Unfinished Pentecost: Vatican II and the Altered Lives of Those Who Witnessed It, in the Veterans Room, second floor of the main library, at 7 p.m.
OPRF High School will get a new pool, but after some consideration, it won't be built in the school's field house. That's a good decision by OPRF's facilities planning committee, made after talking with coaches, players and, no doubt, hearing rumblings from parents opposed to the field house option.
The River Forest Public Library has done that by renovating its second floor to add space for middle-school students and activities. Those kids now have their own space to gather, study and relax. Sounds like a minor little upgrade to space, but not so. We've seen similar changes at the Oak Park Public Library over the years.
What's the continuing story affecting ComEd's General Electric (GE) smart meters on Oak Park and River Forest homes, condos, apartments and businesses? [Two RF home fires connected to smart meters, Sept. 5, 2012 and Smart meters may be a dumb idea, Viewpoints, Feb. 13, 2013]
According to the Oak Park Public Works Department, the village annually collects an average 2,850 tons of leaves at a cost of about $193,000. That's a lot of leaves and money (not to mention a lot of leafblowers). Then we individually spend more money and consume more fuel purchasing and transporting fertilizer and mulch, not to mention the production and packaging of the fertilizer and mulch.