I shook Percy Julian's hand for the first and only time back in 1963 when he presented a summary of his research to the faculty at Oak Park and River Forest High School. Shortly after, he was invited to Morris Buske's history class to describe the details of his work.
For four decades, the corner of Lake and Forest in Downtown Oak Park has often been connected with plans for high-rise construction, including the residential and commercial tower now planned for the vacant lot at the northeast corner.
Here's a nifty trick: shop locally … and buy globally. Or how about: find beauty … and do good. Ten Thousand Villages (TTV), the store devoted to bringing the handicrafts and objets d'art of artisans from developing countries to the richest consumer market of the world, effortlessly accomplishes those nifty tricks on a daily basis.
On an evening when Oak Park's village board took a pass on an actual discussion about an extension for a development project that actually matters and will likely actually be built, its members spent an hour debating whether to give a seventh extension to a project on Madison Street that will never be built — at least not on the terms promised or previously approved.
It was a lost opportunity last week as River Forest Township held its annual meeting, turned out a much larger than usual crowd and then failed to offer an open discussion of the suggested merger of the township and village government.
Where was Wednesday Journal when the village board was considering abandoning its partnership with Integrys for green energy, allowing ComEd to undercut the progress we've made for a measly $4 a month? I wish I could have written some letters before the vote, but I had to find out on Facebook when it was too late.