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.
Wyanetta Johnson, long an active Oak Park and River Forest High School supporter and co-president of the school's APPLE (African American Parents for Purposeful Leadership in Education) chapter, said Monday that she'd "had her stomach filled" with the high school's board of education.
Oak Park village board members met Monday to further discuss recommendations outlined in the park district's master plan, but didn't settle on what steps should be taken to resolve outstanding issues between the two governments.