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.
A public hearing Wednesday was a trial of complaints and concerns for The Regency Club, the proposed 7-story condominium development on the Bank One parking lot at the corner of Marion and Ontario Streets.
Though the deadline on a put-call agreement between the Taxman Corporation and the village regarding the Colt building in Downtown Oak Park has already been twice extended, the developer is now asking the village board to address the future of the Westgate Avenue/Lake Street parcel by the end of June.
The village of River Forest did something of an about face Monday night on the issue of municipal contributions to local community groups. At Trustee Michael O'Connell's urging, the board agreed to revisit the issue via memos between trustees and discussion at a future board meeting over the summer.
Hundred of parents waited 30 anxious minutes for Ellen Holleman to appear on Wednesday, May 18â€"stuffed cheek to jowl into the bleachers in Percy Julian Middle School's gymnasium. We'd been told to come at 8:30 p.m. and to KEEP IT QUIET. Ms. Holleman was conducting a band concert in the Julian auditorium that started at 7:30 p.m., and she was not, under any circumstances, to be alerted to her post-concert surprise.
It's 8 o'clock on Friday morning and Oak Park and River Forest High School teacher James Chochola is reading a "Dick-and-Jane" Latin story to his second-year class. They repeat each sentence or part of a sentence before he continues. Just about everyone in the class contributes.
Odds and ends with some a bit odder than others: We're Evanston without the lake: Evanston has a new city manager, one Julia Carroll. She's been in office about three months and last week gave an interview to the local newspaper, the Evanston Roundtable.