A long-time West Suburban colleague and friend, Pat Shanley, has recently received devastating news about her health. Pat had major surgery in March, and has since learned that she is in need of a liver transplant. Pat's challenges in the coming weeks will leave her without any remaining sick time, and she is ineligible for short-term disability insurance based on Resurrection's carrier's limitations.
April is Fair Housing Month. In most places, that statement would evoke a yawn from almost everyone. I hope that in Oak Park, where for more than three decades we have worked to assure open housing for all and to welcome people of all backgrounds, it is cause for celebration, reflection, and?#34;you guessed it?#34;more hard work.
Dear Oak Parkers: I am writing to thank you for your support and your willingness to elect me to a fourth term as your village clerk. The outpouring of votes, calls, and notes, both before and after the election, are so rewarding and are very much appreciated.
There are many elements to a great concession speech such as graciousness, congratulations to opponents, calls for unity, appeals for common ground, language which heals, pride, bridges which move us forward and thanks to all who worked hard on either side to elect their candidates.
We recently received a letter from the Historic Preservation Commission announcing a public hearing regarding a neighbor's plans to repair their front porch. We knew this was coming but are still confused about why these friends are facing a delay in obtaining a building permit for the work.
I read with great interest the letter printed here April 6 from the Oak Park Board of Health. I quote: "Finally, when Board of Health Chairperson Lois Halstead requested at the March 7 meeting that the trustees table the smoke-free ordinance because productive discussions between health advocates and restaurant owners were underway, Trustees Carpenter, Kostopulos and Johnson once again turned their back on productive dialog and pushed ahead to vote the ordinance down."