In mid-July, the Cook County Assessor will reassess the value of all Oak Park properties. Oak Park residents may have unhappy memories of the last reassessment in 2002, when assessed values increased by an average of 46 percent for residential property.
When it comes to keeping a lucrative car dealership in Oak Park, signing off on a "business retention" agreement replete with various land/cash incentives is a no-brainer for the village board. Car dealerships generate gobs of sales tax, so it's both good and profitable to keep them around.
Please allow me to affirm that I am a true believer in the Council Manager form of government. It has stood us in good stead for 50 years and has moved Oak Park far ahead of its neighbors who retain the use of the aldermanic form. It has allowed us to become the diverse, welcoming, prize-winning village we are, while our neighbors to the south suffer from scandals, intrigue and party politics.
When David Pope and Bob Milstein decided to run for village president, they each had two remaining years to serve as trustees. They did not resign their seats. They ran with the understanding that if they won, they, as president, would have the right to appoint their successor with the consent of the sitting trustees.
Thirty-one years ago my husband and I decided to make our first home purchase. We chose Oak Park as a place to buy and set down permanent roots as it offered a community that was socially, racially and economically diverse.
In regard to the viewpoint written by Mr. Tom Holmes and published in the July 6 Journal ("Ambivalence on tolerance"), he states that "in a large sense, homosexuality is not so much the issue as much as it is the occasion to debate what for many is the more fundamental issue of the authority of the Bible." I beg to differ.