New Orleans, known as The Big Easy, has been transformed by Hurricane Katrina into a place where little is easy. This past weekend, several Oak Park and River Forest firefighters left for New Orleans to help lend a hand in that desperate situation.
Though the number of parking citations issued this year is actually down by between 9,000 and 10,000 from last year, the village is expecting to collect $900,000 more in scofflaw-generated revenue by the end of 2005.
In the wake of a string of armed robberies in Northeast Oak Park recently, area residents voiced their complaints about conditions that they believe foster crime. One major concern was the shoddy condition of commerce along North Avenue, and in particular the presence of four pawn shops within a two block area.
An Oak Park resident and veteran bicyclist died Aug. 23 after being struck by a commuter train at Riverside's downtown railroad crossing. According to Riverside police, the victim, Patricia G. Quane, 52, of the 1100 block of South Home Avenue, was killed just before 8 a.m. by an eastbound Metra express train after apparently she rode around the crossing gates on her way over the tracks.
The number of Oak Park single-family homeowners who have appealed the county's recent reassessment of their property values has increased roughly 70 percent over the 2002 reassessment period, according to Township Assessor Ali ElSaffar.