Let's see, we left off on a testy note a week ago, the subject being, "we ought to talk more, but not just surface stuff." We were criticizing slovenly an un-imaginative mouthings like "wuzzup" and "wuzznew" and "howyadoin," and that oldie but baddie, "havenizday."
For years, locals have debated whether or not Evanston and Oak Park are really that different. Without a doubt there are some differences: proximity to the lake, population, size, housing patterns, and Northwestern University being just a few.
Referendums to grant local municipalities "home rule" authority are frequently voted down because, in the minds of many, home rule has become synonymous with higher taxes. And, admittedly, new and/or higher taxes would undoubtedly become reality if River Forest is successfully able to move ahead with a proposed bid to seek home rule status.
Library officials hoped to open their pre-qualified bids on the Maze Branch Library renovation project tomorrow, name the contractor, expedite the permit process with the cooperation of the village, and possibly begin work by the end of August.
A closed village board session Monday night focused on the agenda item of "Whiteco," though village elected officials contacted Tuesday morning declined to elaborate on what aspect of the project was discussed.
Since the closing of the popular surface lot behind Bank One, at Lake and Marion Streets, use of the Holley Court parking garage may have increased by as much as between 15-20 percent, estimates Village Parking Services Manager Alva Johnson.