Preliminary budget numbers concerned members of the District 97 Board of Education last week, prompting them to ask administrators to propose spending reductions in a budget year earlier planned to be free from cuts.
The large, cardboard-cutout birds on the east windows of the Oak Park Public Library, along with the stacks of books and inspirational quotes painted colorfully across the walls make the main library somewhat reminiscent of an elementary school. But those bird cutouts are no art project. In fact, they've been strategically placed in an effort to keep real birds from accidentally flying into the windows.
First United Church of Oak Park has a reputation for taking stands on social issues and fomenting change. In a history of the congregation posted on its website, First United chose to describe its two predecessor churches as "pivotal forces in the community for social welfare and for justice. Whether it was advocating for civil rights during the 1960s and open housing in the 1970s, both congregations were in the forefront of change."
The Cicero Township School Treasurer's Office plans to dump its records dating back more than a decade, keeping only those listed on an attorney general's office website, the treasurer said earlier this month.
New Supt. Connie Collins isn't the only recent change at District 97. In two years, all six major administrative positions?#34;-from the business director to the person in charge of special education?#34;have changed. And a new board president was named in April along with two new board members.
On Friday night, June 17, Marsha and I went to a party to celebrate Dr. Jack Fagan's 17 years of District 97 superintendency. The guest list was pretty special?#34;only those who had served on the Board of Education during Jack's tenure.
Especially over the last five years, we don't imagine it's been easy being the Village of Oak Park's development director. There's been a resurgence of economic growth downtown, most of which we find to be positive. Some of that, of course, has been driven by the private market. But perhaps more so than in other area communities, village government has been an extremely active player in development activities, especially downtown.
Bob James, 77OP Realtor who played a role in fair housing Ann Gorman, 77, Lifelong resident of Oak Park Lucy Reum, 91, Racing industry pioneer and reformer Irving Golden, 98, Owned custom bar and store fixtures company Susan Kernan, 96, Longtime Oak Park resident