The recently adopted plan for the redevelopment of our downtown is a remarkable document?#34;not just because of its content, which is very good, but also because of the broad community process that created it.
Photojournalist and trustee candidate Martha Brock's first foray into Black history occurred more than four decades ago when she, like so many other Chicago-area African Americans, was born in Mississippi during the Civil Rights era.
I'm running for re-election to the District 97 school board. I've served on the board for the past four years and as its vice-president for the past two years. I have worked to be broadly representative and to bring caring, purposeful leadership to the board.
Here's a killer statistic: In the upcoming April 5 local elections, guess how many fewer voters are likely to go to the polls than turned out for the national election just this past Nov. 2? If recent history is an accurate indicator, would you believe more than 20,000?
The only contested race in the April 5 election that we didn't issue endorsements for last week was Oak Park Township. In that race, the entire slate of incumbents is running for re-election, but for some reason, only one of the four candidates contacted us in time to set up an endorsement interview. Our rule is we only endorse those candidates who participate.
When Ben Wood opens the door of his parents' Oak Park home, he seems completely at ease. But after I sit and talk with him a while, I notice he's a bit restless. "Fidgety," he calls it. Perhaps it's because he's not settled hereâ€"Oak Park is just a rest stop in a long and unfinished adventure.
It seems so simple now. "Five parents, one teacher, lots of clarinets sitting in closetsâ€"a slam dunk," says Joan Winstein, president of the board of PING! (Providing Instruments for the Next Generation).
Circle Theatre was the big winner at the Oak Park Area Arts Council's annual meeting, held March 16 at Pleasant Home. Plenty of candidates and elected officials were on hand to press flesh and assure representatives of the arts community that they get the message OPAAC has been pitching for years: A thriving, vital arts scene is an essential element in the success of the continuing Oak Park experiment?#34;everything from development to diversity.