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.
A week ago I bundled up in the cold (I know, poor boy) and headed over to Oak Park Village Hall for a Monday night meeting. I wanted to be there when Anan Abu-Taleb accomplished his first major feat as village president: unanimous backing to remake Part 2 of the village's thoroughly and historically muffed economic development process.
On Jan. 1, Illinois joined 19 other states and the District of Columbia, which have legalized marijuana for medical use. As of that same date, Oregon and Colorado residents don't even have to be sick, they can smoke up just because they don't feel groovy.
As a former defense lawyer, I take a dim view of most lawsuits filed by plaintiff's lawyers. I once defended against a class action brought on behalf of ticket holders to an N 'Sync concert because they were stuck in a traffic jam and arrived late to the concert. They wanted their tickets refunded.
The best book I read in 2013 was Passionate Marriage by a therapist named David Schnarch, who says that what passes for love is often little more than seeking external validation. We "love" the other person as long as he or she validates us, but since that level of regard usually wanes over the years, it's not a surprise that couples frequently grow more distant.