Four parents of Beye Elementary School students implored the District 97 Board of Education Wednesday night to reconsider moving all elementary schools to a unified start time, citing safety concerns from intense traffic and teenage drivers in the neighborhood of the high school.
Repairs began on Oak Park and River Forest High School's west (boys') pool, a controversy erupted over the historical significance of tiles laid on the pool's deck, and the whole matter was resolved, all within about a week.
Lt. Craig Rutz, one of three River Forest Police officers currently suing the Village of River Forest in Federal court, published a letter highly critical of the general state of law enforcement, and specifically two current law enforcement administrative practices in a state law enforcement journal.
District 97 sent a delegation of about 30 to Springfield last Wednesday to join a statewide rally supporting a "tax swap" measure that would raise state income taxes, lower property taxes and increase school funding.
As of Tuesday, May 31, the restaurateur who first brought beer to a dry town 30 years ago, will be taking the ashtrays off the bar-top and declaring an end to smoking at one of Oak Park's most beloved neighborhood bar and grills, Poor Phil's.
At two meetings over the last two weeks, some Oak Park trustees voiced concerns that Village President David Pope's expressed commitment to appointing a trustee who is unanimously supported by the board will unnecessarily stretch out the selection process.
Nearly 4,200 parcels of River Forest property were reassessed this month, making property-owners in the township the first to receive notices in the 2005 reassessment cycle. Each year, the Cook County Assessor's Office reassesses one-third of the 1.7 million parcels of property in Cook County, and 2005 is the year for the south and western suburbs.