Two high powered businessmen, without a past record of involvement in local politics, provided approximately half of the campaign treasury for the New Leadership Party (NLP) in the April village elections in Oak Park.
The Village Manager Association will be holding an open forum at 7 p.m. tonight at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., to discuss and gather input from residents on issues surrounding local politics.
The pools were the place to be last weekend. Hot weather has pushed June attendance at Ridgeland Common and Rehm Pool to the highest levels since 1998, said Bill Hamilton, the park district's revenue facilities manager, and last weekend's temperatures drove even more swimmers to the water.
Following fierce opposition from municipalities nationwide, it now appears unlikely that the Bush administration's proposal to fully cut the federal government's Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG) will come to pass. The CDBG program is a primary method of passing federal dollars down to local governments.
Apparently well aware of Mark Twain's famous caution about "lies, damn lies, and statistics," Oak Park officials are currently pouring over preliminary figures released by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) related to its Illinois Traffic Stop Study.
Sprinklers were on high all last weekend, as Oak Park and River Forest homeowners tried to prevent green lawns from turning brown under the endless sunshine and high temps of June. The result was high water consumption, according to the villages' public works departments.