Given the superb job Phil Cotter has done heading River Forest's Public Works Department, we suppose it was inevitable that he would soon move on to bigger and better things. In his three years as director, Phil led an already excellent public works crew to an even higher level of public service.
With CVS/Caremark's recent announcement that they will stop selling tobacco products in their pharmacies, we are witnessing one of the biggest examples of a major corporation putting people ahead of profits.
Cancer? Me? No way. But yes. Four weeks ago I was diagnosed with cancer, colorectal cancer to be exact. So what kind of cancer is that? I wondered that as well. As soon as I got my diagnosis, I wondered how it explained the months of troubling and puzzling symptoms I was suffering.
This winter has reached epic proportions. How are you handling it? Grousing has limited value. Are you able to appreciate the beauty along with the inconvenience? Or has it gotten to you — the same thing, day after day after day. Are you sure it will never end?
In last year's Oak Park village election, as Anan Abu-Taleb began to be taken seriously as an independent candidate, it was a sore point to those in the VMA who backed John Hedges that their candidate was painted as Mr. Status Quo when it came to economic development.
It is good when public officials apologize for failures. It is good when they finally acknowledge the depth and the complexity of the problems they face. So, good for the postal service for the extremely overdue responses to the unending problems of late and non-existent mail delivery in south Oak Park and environs.
Officials at River Forest Township are making noises that they might come to the table to discuss possible collaborations with the village government but they mightily take offense to being asked to talk only after a bill has been proposed in Springfield that would allow local voters to abolish the entire government entity.