A bill sponsored by State Senator Don Harmon that targets loopholes in the state's money laundering law passed the Illinois Senate by a 59-0 vote last week. The bill has passed the Illinois House with 117 of 118 votes. Harmon (D-39) represents both Oak Park and the Austin neighborhood in Chicago, areas that have been directly affected for decades by pervasive drug marketing.
Bobbie Raymond, an Oak Parker always up for a cause, is making a last minute effort to save decorative tiles in the swimming pool area at Oak Park and River Forest High School. Two pools are set for major renovation this spring and summer.
Oak Park elementary school board members last week began a process of defining the board's role, the role of its officers and of the superintendent in a process designed to build mutual understanding into a newly formed leadership at District 97.
The Supported Education Association (SEA), celebrated its fifth annual SEAstar Awards at Cornerstone Church on May 13, recognizing people?#34;from teachers to taxi drivers?#34;who "are making a positive difference in the lives" of Oak Park students with special needs.
Last Saturday morning over 100 local citizens, the majority of them blessed with youthful energy and enthusiasm, left the forest preserves on River Forest's western boundary a little better than they found it. Area teenagers and younger kids accompanied by their parents fanned out through Thatcher Woods and the surrounding area to take part in the annual Desplaines River Cleanup.
The cleanup and restoration of Barrie Park may have gained a reputation for delays, but the Park District of Oak Park is confident that the playground area of the park will be open to the public beginning Saturday morning.