As Oak Park slumbered early Saturday morning, hushed and still and already more than ankle-deep in the snow that would keep falling until sunset, Earl Bresnahan rose at 4 a.m., pulled on his hat and gloves and marched out to the garage, where a bright red Kawasaki 700 4x4 all-terrain vehicle equipped with a wench and a plow sat waiting.
Plans to hire a new superintendent for Oak Park District 97 elementary schools have fallen, perhaps, a week behind an ambitious schedule as the school board narrows its focus on three top candidates for the post.
Fifty or so Oak Park residents, most of whom have loyally attended six public meetings and filled out a series of questionnaires over the past 14 months, finally got a glimpse of what they can expect if the Eisenhower Expressway is ever capped. In fact, they got three glimpses.
Public school superintendents from three townships?#34;Oak Park, River Forest and Proviso?#34;met Monday afternoon with State Representative Karen Yarbrough and U.S. Representative Danny K. Davis at Roosevelt Junior High School in Bellwood to discuss the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), funding frustrations and other problems and challenges facing school districts.
The balloon of controversy over the historical significance of the so-called "Hoppe Building" appeared to be quickly deflating Monday night, after trustees agreed to vote Feb. 7 on whether to proceed with demolishing it.
What stirred more debate Monday among board members than the historic character of the Hoppe Building was a conspicuous exit by Trustee Robert Milstein, who later said he questioned the legality of holding the discussion at all.
An Oak Park resident accused of traveling to Atlanta, Georgia to engage in sex with a nine year old girl was released on bond to the custody of his parents Monday. Ronuk Genge, 27, of 616 Harrison, was arrested by agents of the FBI's Safe Child Task Force in Atlanta a short time after he de-planed at Hartsfield International Airport on Saturday, Jan. 15.