Oak Park Village President David Pope served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand from 1990 to 1992. It was, he says, a fundamentally important experience in his life. On Wednesday, Nov. 2, Pope will tell how his Peace Corps service relates to his present role in public service at the annual meeting of the Oak Park Council on International Affairs.
After moving into the main residence of the Coonley estate in 2000, Dean Eastman got to know Carolyn Howlett. He and his wife, Ella Mae, attended birthday parties for her. He knew that Carolyn and her husband Jim, who had restored and moved into the Coonley Coach House in 1953, were largely responsibility for saving the estate in 1951 when a developer proposed tearing down it down and building ranch houses on the property.
The Village of Oak Park released a first-look 2006 budget Monday night totaling $129.5 million, featuring major infrastructure investments and some new programs while holding the line on property taxes for operations.
Tribune sports columnist Rick Morrissey grew up on the ballfields of Oak Park, so we asked him to send us a couple of spare paragraphs on his fan background and how it affects his job as professional sportswriter. He graciously sent the following capsule summary:
Neighbors plan to fight a proposed drive-through bank facility on the 800 block of South Oak Park Avenue that they believe will add traffic to an already busy alley, impede their access to their alley garages, and threaten safety of pedestrians in the area. The matter will come before the Plan Commission Thursday night.