AgeOptions is a 40-year-old organization that was created to represent the older population in suburban Cook County, organize services and programs, support community initiatives and advocate on behalf of older adults and the aging network.
I tend to work a lot of hours. So last January when Mariah, our teenage daughter, hit a wall of pain and anguish and asked us to take her to an in-patient psychiatric facility, I wanted to say something to my colleagues here about why I'd be in and out of the office so much.
Local writer Lee Brooke is nothing if not prolific. The author of 20 self-published books over the last three decades has now assembled a delightful assortment of personal reflections titled, Zig-Zagging Through Life: Light-Hearted Recollections, which is selling for $10 at The Book Table.
I have been ashamed to admit it, but I am second-generation welfare. When my dad retired back in the 1980s from a meat-packing company in southern Indiana, he was to receive a $600 per month pension from his company, but it had gone bankrupt — along with my dad's pension.
Oak Park is a funny town. There's too much to take in. Expand the Ike or not, give back to taxpayers some of the high school's $112 million slush fund or not, build a new elementary administrative building on the village hall parking lot or not.
The proposed new District 97 administration building debate is heating up, which leads to the question of what exactly a public servant is understood to be, and what responsibility the D97 board has to Oak Park taxpayers.
It's Thanksgiving week and for those of us with the good fortune and smarts to live in Oak Park and River Forest, we begin and end with thanks for our towns, for the extraordinary sense of community, for the willingness to embrace and to battle, to invest and to create, which these villages embody.