Looking to publicize negotiations with several area nursing homes, 20 healthcare workers and union personnel picketed Oak Park Healthcare, 625 N. Harlem Ave. on Friday, March 4. Hal Ruddick, trustee for Service Workers Employees International Union Local 4, which represents workers at Oak Park Healthcare and the Woodbine Center in Oak Park, as well as the 232 bed Pavilion of Forest Park facility at 8200 W. Roosevelt Road, among other locations, said the employees are demanding raises in wages and protesting a proposed 50 percent cut in healthcare benefits.
Certified teachers in Oak Park's elementary schools have reached a tentative agreement on a 3-year contract with the District 97 Board of Education that would award Oak Park elementary teachers with significant salary increases while maintaining benefits and provide for a common start time for all K-5 schools.
It has been a busy week in our District 97 elementary schools. A new three-year teachers pact was reached. And the most serious personnel issue seems about to be resolved with Flora Green's likely departure as Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School principal.
If you're a blogger and a state political junkie, you may have read Rich Miller's Capitol Fax Blog on March 3. We wouldn't have if it weren't for our political junkie blogger Carl Nyberg, who spotted an interesting comment about the possibility that State Rep. Karen Yarbrough (D-7th), who represents Oak Park and River Forest, might run against Gov. Blagojevich in the next gubernatorial primary. According to the commentator, "more than one person has encouraged her to run."
SUMMIT?#34;Having defied the odds time and again during a regular season in which they lost one of their best players due to an injury and navigated through one of the toughest schedules in the state, it was nothing new for the Oak Park and River Forest boys' basketball team to find itself in a tough spot in Friday night's Class AA Argo Regional championship.