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.
All District 97 elementary schools made adequate yearly progress (AYP) according to recently released 2005 Illinois Scholastic Achievement Tests (ISAT). But Percy Julian Middle school failed to make AYP in two subgroups for eighth grade mathematics.