River Forest's ad hoc 125th Anniversary Committee met for the fourth time Monday night. Chairperson Laurel McMahon expressed satisfaction that 15 people found time to attend the 3-hour-plus meeting at village hall, despite the demands of the season.
With an aggressive plan to be proactive ahead of what they fear could be an increasingly violent spring, more than a dozen Oak Park and River Forest officials gathered Monday to head off a local increase in youth violence. While saying Oak Park and River Forest do not have a gang problem, officials said there has been a resurgence of street gang-inspired behavior.
A lot of good comes out of holiday disasters, near-disasters, and fiascosâ€"good stories, mostly. There's nothing quite like a glitch in the works to elevate a particular holiday to the level of legend and enshrine it permanently in family lore.
With the Park District of Oak Park preparing to gear up for a referendum next April?#34; which, if approved, would free the district of its dependence on a $1.6 million annual subsidy from the village?#34;we decided to ask sitting village board members: If a referendum is approved, should the village cease to levy the $1.6 million it gives the park district? Should the village board even take a position on the issue before the election?
The Village Manager Association (VMA) on Monday announced its slate of candidates for Oak Park's village board, president and clerk, most of whom are long-time residents with prior experience in local politics.
In a narrow vote of 4-3, the Oak Park village board last week set a date for a public hearing on a revised redevelopment plan for the downtown Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district, the first of many steps that must be taken before the TIF can be extended beyond 2006.