Oak Park police responding to a slew of calls reporting BB related damage Sunday night arrested three Oak Park teenagers and two juveniles on charges of criminal damage to property. Last weekend alone saw some 20 incidents of criminal damage to motor vehicles, as well as other property, the majority of them involving BBs. Related damage in the attacks was estimated at anywhere from $75 to $750 per incident.
WEB EXTRA! The River Forest Development Review Board voted 5-0 Thursday night to recommend approval of Dominican University's $45 million campus improvement plan to the village board. The recommendation is a key step toward the university receiving a final OK for the construction of a new academic building, 550 car parking garage and a new driveway connecting that garage to Thatcher Avenue.
WEB EXTRA! Demolishing the Colt Building, opening Marion Street to vehicular traffic and adding a new street to improve access and circulation in the downtown Oak Park superblock are among the major recommendations expected in about a week from an ad hoc committee charged with studying the issue.
Taxman Corp./Focus Development last week proposed two slightly different plans for Oak Park's downtown superblock, each calling for demolition of the Colt Building and construction of at least 10 new structures, including an 11-story mixed-use building.
The stories are impossible to reconcile. A founding worshipper, volunteer bookkeeper, council member and sometime board member at New Spirit Community Church, Carol Ann Kyrias describes her gay-friendly congregation as "more open and more real" than any other she's ever known.
For the 11th consecutive year, the River Forest school system has been recognized as one of the best in the state by the School Search Corporation, a national business that helps families seeking to relocate to towns with high quality school districts.
Oak Park trustees debated last week about their use of e-mail messages to discuss board business, a practice heralded by proponents for its efficiency and questioned by sunshine advocates as being against open-government ideals.