It's Holy Week for Christians and a good time to dispense a little wisdom, which you can find if you're looking. I inject a little wisdom into each day with one of those "thought-a-day" calendars. Last year it was the Dalai Lama. This year, it's Zen, which one wise man defined as "The religion before religion" whatever that means ... which is the point ... in Zen.
WEB EXTRA! A 41 year old woman who had an order of protection against her estranged husband was beaten to death on a River Forest street just 200 feet from the River Forest police station Wednesday evening.
Realizing the grand vision of acres of park land, winding bike baths, an arboretum, town homes and the South Oak Park Avenue business district spreading atop the dingy Eisenhower Expressway is at least seven to 10 years and hundreds of millions of dollars away.
Concordia University will honor the outstanding service of three individuals with its third annual Award for Excellence in Learning and Leadership at a banquet on Friday, April 1 at the Oak Park Country Club. Marguerite and Walter Bloch will receive the CURF award for Excellence in Community Leadership, and former District 90 school superintendent Tyra Manning will receive the award for Outstanding Contribution and Excellence in Learning and Education.
These are heady days in Oak Park and its presidential politics. Yes, we have presidential politics hereabouts and nowadays. Three candidates in all. Till last week, I couldn't find many people who didn't recoil at the choices before us. It was all about "least of evils," and, "if only I could mix and match various qualities of the trio." I was in something of the same state of mind, I admit.
A group of local business leaders issued a position paper Monday strongly endorsing extension of the downtown Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district while at the same time criticizing village officials for a "lack of accountability" in their management of TIF funds.
In swift, one-minute timed responses, candidates for the District 97 Board of Education outlined key issues and things they would like to accomplish if elected during a League of Women Voters-sponsored forum last week.
Brooks Middle School Principal Flora Green and nine others defended her professional performance and urged the District 97 Board of Education at its meeting last Wednesday not to vote to begin a process that could remand her to teacher ranks.