When Oak Park finally passes a no smoking ordinance, it will join 135 other municipalities around the country who have already taken this step. The tide of history is with us: People who choose to smoke can no longer light up in the workplace, public buildings, and soon restaurants and bars.
Surprisingly, nicotine smoking is a more difficult addictive habit to break than other psychoactive substance habits. It's tougher to quit cigarettes than it is for addicts to stop drinking, using heroin, or even ceasing cocaine use.
In the pending development agreement between the Village of Oak Park and Whiteco, the village will sell to Whiteco 93,100 square feet of land for $2.25 million. In this same transaction, the village will grant Whiteco $4 million in cash. In effect, the village is planning to give the equivalent of two football fields of land to Whiteco for free and pay them $1.75 million.
It was reported in the Jan. 26 edition of WEDNESDAY JOURNAL that the Oak Park River Forest High School (OPRFHS) APPLE organization will mount its own independent process to identify school board candidates for the high school ("Disaffected OPRF supporter pledges spirited election challenge").