Don't tell Agnes Kelly you can't fight city hall. The 82 year old Kelly, who is physically handicapped after enduring three operations over the past year, but who still has more than a little fight left in her, won her appeal last Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court of a $100 ticket for parking in a handicapped space.
Among the elements the Downtown Steering Committee is considering is whether the Colt building at 1133 Lake St. (the south end fronts on Westgate) should be razed and developed or preserved and redeveloped. The committee and other interested citizens were invited for a walking tour of the Colt building and the surrounding block on Tuesday, Aug. 23. Approximately 50 people attended.
There is definitely a "last one standing" aspect to political process in Oak Park. Simply put, if the process drags out long enough, the most passionate people will win. They will have logged the most hours sitting on their butts at interminable meetings, captured the most inches of newsprint in the letters column, made the most phone calls to worn down public officials.
Once again District 97 Oak Park Elementary Schools will be running an operating budget deficit this year. The deficit for the 2005-06 year is projected to be $2.86 million, Gary Lonquist, assistant superintendent for finance and operations, told the school board last week at the public hearing on the budget.