Once called the nation's most-accomplished economist under the age of 40, University of Chicago Prof. Steven Levitt (check page one from your May 7, 2003, WJ archives for a profile), after fixing up and selling several houses in his hometown of Oak Park, "got the impression [real estate agents] weren't working solely in their clients' best interest," Levitt told the New York Times.
Though no referendum will be on the River Forest ballot April 5, when all is said and done, the election will in effect be a referendum on the direction the village has taken over the last 12 years under President Frank Paris. Paris stressed economic development as the cornerstone of his first presidential campaign in 1993, and prevailed with over 60 percent of the vote versus fellow trustee Julia Faust. Since then Paris has kept his hold on power, besting real estate professional Tom Poulos for reelection in 1997 with 63 per cent of the vote, and garnering 1270 votes in his unopposed run in 2001.
VOTE 2005 The ballot objection filed by William Sullivan, candidate for the board of the Cicero Township Trustees of Schools, against his opponent, Berwyn resident Isaura Yanez, was overruled by the Cook County Electoral Board last week.