I have learned with dismay of the village trustees' vote to demolish the wonderful 81-year old Hoppe Building on Harlem and replace it with a parking structure. But last week not only did the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency determine that the building is a significant contribution to any future National Registry designation for Downtown Oak Park, but also the Oak Park historic preservation commission voted to give the building preliminary Landmark Status!
I'm writing to respond to a letter to the editor, "Smoking ban an unnecessary solution to a non-problem," in the Jan. 12 issue of WEDNESDAY JOURNAL. First, I'd like to thank WEDNESDAY JOURNAL for your editorial support of a Smoke-free Oak Park.
As an Oak Park resident, I am very disappointed by the comments of the Downtown Oak Park Board of Directors and the president of the Illinois Restaurant Association in the Jan. 12 issue of WEDNESDAY JOURNAL. Both of these entities are strongly opposed to creating smoke-free workplaces and protecting the health of Oak Park employees, families and youth.
Reading Dan Haley's column of Jan. 12 ("Grumpy board spits up three prez candidates"), I'm reminded of the late Mike Royko?#34;a brilliant, moving writer who expressed utter cynicism and contempt for politicians. I concluded that the negative impact of Royko's cynicism did more harm to the social fabric than the good done by his forcing us to see our thoughtlessness and dereliction.
Your article, "Village gets Field's 'notch' for a buck," Jan. 5 is troubling. Are we giving away valuable parcels to Whiteco, who, according to village development director, Mike Chen, began with an unsolicited proposal?
Dan Haley hit the nail on the head when he called Trustee Gus Kostopulos "an old school gentleman." Haley was also right when he characterized the lack of leadership, damaging leadership, by Joanne Trapani, our village president. Haley said "strong candidates of the Village Manager Association become annoying public servants.
If you've never noticed the now much-debated "Hoppe Building," don't feel bad. It's that squat, brick condo building on Harlem Avenue, just north of Border's. Yes, the one that looks like hundreds of other Oak Park apartment or condo buildings.