Oak Park park notes Hot days and perpetually sunny skies have driven up attendance at Park District of Oak Park pools this summer. But that spike will have only a minimal impact on the district's overall budget, Bill Hamilton, revenue facilities manager at Rehm Pool and Ridgeland Common, told park commissioners meeting last Thursday.
Oak Park likes to think of itself as a wonderfully integrated community that celebrates diversity. However, if one looks just below the surface, conflict and frustration can be seen bubbling underneath.
Police, village and mental health officials will meet Sunday from 4 to 5 p.m. at Irving Elementary School with children and parents living in southeast Oak Park. Flyers being distributed in the neighborhood say that the purpose of the meeting is to process area children's concerns regarding the recent killing of area resident and UIC professor Peter D'Agostino.
Twenty-five years ago, an epidemic of Dutch elm disease swept over Oak Park and River Forest, and the large elm tree in the front yard of Marc Mercado's parents' house at the corner of Forest Avenue and Division Street was no exception. Mercado's father told him: "If this tree goes, we're selling the house."
To paraphrase the old Sara Lee pastry commercial, "Everybody doesn't like something, but nobody doesn't like Ed Polfus." The fact that a recent canvas of the Avenue business district didn't turn up anyone with anything bad to say about Polfus is impressive enough for most people.
From hugely profitable car dealerships to Robinson's Ribs, the village has in recent years offered financial incentives to a variety of businesses to either keep them from leaving Oak Park or encourage them to open a franchise in a less desirable location. The one thing all these businesses have had in common, however, is that they generate sales tax revenue, some of which ultimately returns to village coffers.
Oak Park Village Board notes The Oak Park village board voted 4-3 Monday to overturn a Plan Commission recommendation that would have granted Corinthian College permission to move into the vacant top floors of the Marshall Field's building.
Calling it a "work in progress," Oak Park Police Chief Rick Tanksley gave his qualified blessing to the first-ever Illinois Traffic Stop Study, a racial profiling study recently released by the State of Illinois.