A federal indictment unsealed Thursday charges Oak Park resident William Moorehead with two counts of wire fraud in relation to his management of numerous Chicago Housing Authority and HUD properties in Chicago.
One of downtown Oak Park's largest property owners took aim last week at plans to bring a trade college to three floors of the former Marshall Field's building. Seymour Taxman, CEO of the Taxman Corporation, told the Oak Park Plan Commission that Corinthian College and its 300 students would clog already limited parking in the area.
The mood was decidedly upbeat and light hearted as members of the Oak Park police department and numerous other village staff filled the Village Hall's council chambers last Friday morning to observe the swearing in ceremony for new deputy chiefs Anthony Ambrose and Carl Leidy. More celebratory than solemn, the occasion marked the end of a nearly half year process.
River Forest celebrated its past and looked forward to its future last Friday night at a gala affair at Dominican University's Lewis Hall. Over 200 people, including Village President Frank Paris and other village dignitaries, enjoyed a delightful mix of fine food, and drink, a wide variety of music and dance presentations and a local art exhibit as part of the official gala fundraiser for the 125th Anniversary Committee.
Organized neighbors troubled by a proposed Madison Street development are calling on architect John Schiess to produce a larger plan for what he and the Oak Park Development Group will do with the parcels the company owns or controls on the corridor.
Since its inception in May, 2002, the West Suburban Consolidated Dispatch Center was designed to reap the benefits of economies and efficiencies of scale. Since then the modern police and fire telecommunications center has been credited with providing improved services to both citizens and public safety professionals in Oak Park and River Forest. This April 13, the Village of Elmwood Park joined the WSCDC for those same reasons.
The District 90 school board passed a list of formal goals and related performance indicators for both itself and Superintendent Marlene Kamm at its monthly meeting Monday evening. Following a brief discussion and several small changes to the text, board members voted unanimously to approve the documents.
Despite a trend of decreasing enrollment at many Chicago-area Catholic schools, enrollment at Ascension School in Oak Park has been steadily increasing for the past eight years. Now, in part due to the closure of several neighboring parochial schools, Ascension will have more than 500 students for the 2005-2006 school year.