Three weeks ago, architects working on the new Oak Park Public Works facility on South Boulevard presented preliminary drawings to the village board. Last Thursday neighbors of the proposed facility had their chance to view and comment upon those three preliminary concepts.
As expected, Oak Park park commissioners last week unanimously passed a resolution to place a 25 cent tax hike on the ballot next April. The referendum will specifically request that voters agree to pay additional tax dollars to fund a "renewal" of existing playgrounds, parks, facilities and programming.
When Springfield State Journal Register columnist Bernard Schoenburg quoted Gov. Blagojevich's administration aide Julie Curry on Dec. 1 saying she believed omni-connected lobbyist and River Forest resident Alfred Ronan had been bought out by partner John Potts and was retiring, we waited for reaction in the major media.
"FUN! THIS IS GREAT! EXCITING! FANTASTIC! Let's do this again!" These are just some of the overheard comments from the children and the parents who had the chance to attend the "It's Your Birthday Bash!" party, presented by SEA, the Supported Education Association of Oak Park and River Forest.
I would like to take this opportunity to clarify part of a misleading story printed in the December 15 edition of WEDNESDAY JOURNAL. It was reported (rather spectacularly) that Longfellow School was the site of two thefts in one week ("Thieves strike twice at Longfellow School"). I would like to clarify and assure the community that our schools are safe and administrators are taking appropriate security precautions in all of our buildings.
This past Thanksgiving as I was giving thanks for all the things that I was thankful for I realized that there were over 17,000 families whose Thanksgiving would be somewhat different. These are the families of soldiers whose lives have been lost or who have returned home maimed.