Oak Park is a funny town. There's too much to take in. Expand the Ike or not, give back to taxpayers some of the high school's $112 million slush fund or not, build a new elementary administrative building on the village hall parking lot or not.
The proposed new District 97 administration building debate is heating up, which leads to the question of what exactly a public servant is understood to be, and what responsibility the D97 board has to Oak Park taxpayers.
It's Thanksgiving week and for those of us with the good fortune and smarts to live in Oak Park and River Forest, we begin and end with thanks for our towns, for the extraordinary sense of community, for the willingness to embrace and to battle, to invest and to create, which these villages embody.
I live right next door to District 97's current building. I am looking at the back entry as I write this. The economy is still pulling out very slowly and many have lost jobs, taken pay cuts, and have had many services reduced.
Eight Illinois Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed a letter to President Barack Obama stating their opposition to fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Rep. Danny K. Davis, who represents most of Oak Park, was one of those eight. Thank you, Rep. Davis.
This has been a tough fall for hiding my hosta detritus. First, the leaves wouldn't fall from my trees at all. Two weekends back I was ready, clippers-oiled, to start taking down my garden for the winter. Damned leaves were still stuck to the trees, changing colors, looking sharp.
For half a century, I thought one of our great unfinished national tasks was coming to terms with the death of President John F. Kennedy. As we observe the 50th anniversary of his death, I finally realized our unfinished business is coming to terms with the life of Lee Harvey Oswald.