Streetscaping has been both a buzz word and a topic of contention in Oak Park. The perks of adding some charm to the village have been mixed with criticism of high costs and debate over economic return.
I tend to work a lot of hours. So last January when Mariah, our teenage daughter, hit a wall of pain and anguish and asked us to take her to an in-patient psychiatric facility, I wanted to say something to my colleagues here about why I'd be in and out of the office so much.
You could say Bridget Badder was "born again" at the YMCA. She compared her life before becoming part of the YMCA to living in the middle of a hurricane. She was starving herself during her sophomore year at the University of Miami, struggling with her body image, desperately trying to become a "size two."
Last year Oak Park was able to secure $400,000 in grants that will go toward the joint project between the village of Oak Park, the Illinois Institute for Sustainable Energy Development and the Korean Smart Grid Institute.
Most grade school students in Oak Park and River Forest scored above state averages on the annual Illinois Scholastic Achievement Test (ISAT) in 2013 despite the state having raised the scores necessary to meet state standards.
An Oak Park man was approached in the 1200 block of North Austin Boulevard around 11:30 p.m., Nov. 20, by five men. One asked him if he had any weed for sale. When the victim responded no, one offender punched him in the face and the victim dropped his iPhone and fled. Total estimated loss was $250.
The prospect of Oak Park and River Forest High School taking ownership of the Lake and Scoville parking garage from the Village of Oak Park, which has administered the structure since its construction 10 years ago, will not happen anytime soon.