In the summer of 2001, Butch Diederich mentioned to a co-worker in Oak Park's public works department that he was getting some plumbing work done on his house. The co-worker, a supervisor in the water and sewer division, told him the department took care of its own. He casually offered to send over his staff to do the work for free.
Following a closed-session meeting Tuesday night, the Oak Park village board has scheduled a special meeting Thursday to vote on whether to extend the deadline of its put-call agreement with Taxman Corp.
With today's edition, Wednesday Journal debuts its most complete redesign since our founding 25 years ago. Some of the changes are as notable as the new flag atop page one. Others are much more subtle, including use of a new and more legible body text called Nimrod. Taken together, though, each change is aimed at making the Journal cleaner, more readable, and better organized.
Yaaaaay!! The Fourth of July is finally here again! Kaboom! Kapowie! Eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh! You're dead! Wait a minute, that's cops and robbers. Do not pause here to contemplate the similarity. This is not the time for self-analysis, my friends. It's time to be Patriotic. Yaaaay!! Ker-blam!
There are things that are going to happen in Oak Park. You know it and I know it. They could happen easy. Or they could happen the Oak Park way. That would be excruciatingly, contentiously, under the delusion they are really important.
Citing concerns ranging from crime to traffic to loitering at Madison Street gas stations, nearly 100 residents crowded the Longfellow Park rec center Sunday to give a host of village officials a roster of worries.
West Suburban Medical Center continues to spend its way through the $73 million capital infusion it received following its purchase by Resurrection Health Care some 18 months ago. While some of the spending is now visible in ongoing tuck-pointing of the hospital's professional office building, or less visible in new high-tech equipment being installed, the shape of the hospital's largest project, a new emergency department, is now coming into focus.
The planned demolition of a long-vacant two-flat owned by West Suburban Hospital has been delayed until a complete hearing is held in July by the Oak Park Historic Preservation Commission. The two-flat sits on a larger piece of hospital-owned land on Humphrey Avenue just north of Ontario Street.
"Trading Spaces," the reality show where neighbors redesign a room in each other's houses with the help of the show's stars, starting shooting this past week on Harvey Avenue, about a block from where a man was found bludgeoned to death earlier in the week.