My thanks to Representatives La Shawn K. Ford and Camille Lilly for voting against the pension theft bill that just passed both houses and will be signed into law by Governor Quinn. I don't know how they made their decisions, but however sweet the siren song to pass the bill and be done with it, I believe they made the tough, but correct vote.
District 97's Committee for Legislative Action, Intervention, and Monitoring (CLAIM) — a group of 13 citizens, two board members, and the superintendent, which advocates on behalf of Oak Park's public elementary schools — thanks our state legislators and the community for participating in an education policy forum at Julian Middle School on Oct. 9.
The Northwest Side Community Coalition is grateful to the village of Oak Park for their swift action on Smoker's Stop, formerly Tobacco & More. Late-night noise and patrons loitering also caused problems on the Chicago side of North Avenue.
I first became aware of Nelson Mandela and the struggle against apartheid in the late seventies when I was a student at Boston College. But it was an abstract thing. It was part of a jumbled list of issues we talked about in that post-Hippie era.
My grandmother loved to show me her photo album. She showed it to me many times when I was a youngster, and she continued to do so until she no longer could explain the dozens of pictures she had taken of our family.