Chalk it up to good government, closed government, conspiracy theories or plain old curiosity. But the number of formal requests for the Oak Park village government to release information under the state's 20-year-old Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is ballooning.
A frozen attic water pipe feeding Oak Park and River Forest High School's sprinkler system burst in the early hours of Dec. 20, flooding the northern one-fifth of the school and causing an estimated $750,000 to $1 million in damages.
The village has purchased for one dollar a 35-by-40 foot "notch" of land tucked behind the Marshall Field's building, just north of the Prairie Way alley, that will be used to expand the Holley Court parking garage.
At a meeting Monday night, co-chairs of the village board's finance committee?#34;Trustees Robert Milstein and David Pope?#34;faced sharp criticism from some of their colleagues regarding the pair's efforts to draft "performance measurements" for the village's partner agencies.
I've come to hate the "Holidays." I don't like shopping, baking, or cooking. My desire to socialize drops with the temperature. My job gets more stressful, my kids get more demanding, and I see a definite increase in stupid behavior (my own).