Oak Park is fortunate to have Kathy Tortorice as a candidate for the District 97 school board. District 97 needs to figure out what's working in some of its schools and then encourage all of its schools to do the same. Kathy's training and experience as a pharmacist have prepared her to evaluate claims of efficacy about drugs.
Being a school board member in Oak Park can be a difficult and at times thankless job. Anyone who runs for this position must have a passion for children and education. As a friend and neighbor of Kathy Tortorice I have witnessed first hand her passion for both.
As I prepare to leave the D97 Board of Education, it is fair to state that I have vested interest in a legacy of positive leadership that promotes academic excellence, racial and economic diversity, and fiscal stability in the Oak Park public schools.
It has apparently taken Park Commissioner Mr. Tom Philion less than 2 years to become the typical Oak Park political figure, condescending and arrogant ("Quality parks for the price of a digital camera," March 2).
The Downtown Oak Park Board of Directors voted unanimously to support the "Renew our Parks" park district referendum at our March 8 meeting. Our board members agreed that our parks are an asset to our community, providing green space, and places for activities and respite.
A cornerstone of the Oak Park First Candidates is our commitment to fiscal responsibility. We are committed to do everything we can to maintain our high bond rating without raising taxes. A key to achieving this goal will be to explore all symbiotic opportunities between the different taxing bodies so as to maximize efficiencies.
My support for David Pope for village president comes from working with him at the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, an economic development group created by the area's top CEOs, and seeing his remarkable analytical skills up close.
Many of you will have a chance to talk with my husband, David Pope, in the run-up to our April 5 local elections. You may ask him about his vision for our community, about what he would do as village president, and about what differentiates him from his two opponents. And I'm sure that you will hear from David about his vision for honest, open, responsible local government that builds upon the strengths of our community's core values.