Last Friday, I met with three dear old Oak Parkers (aka DOOPers) — Bob Trezevant, John Thorpe and Frank Lipo — to talk about a particular era in local history (late '60s to the mid-'70s), which we hope to highlight in some future edition of Wednesday Journal, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright virtual theme park we have — thanks to the efforts of a good many good people — created, developed, nurtured and sustained over the past four decades.
When the Oak Park village board gathered last Tuesday to receive and discuss the report from HOPE Fair Housing Center that spelled out multiple instances of discrimination in rental housing, it did a lot of things well.
For well over a year, the River Forest District 90 elementary schools have been pushing for major changes to the exterior spaces at Roosevelt Middle School, 7560 Oak St. In planning to notably reduce the parking spaces on a site shared with the adjacent library and park, the schools have inevitably drawn sincere objections.
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.
With possible state grant money on the table, the Park District of Oak Park is roaring ahead with an initial proposal for notable upgrades to the Rehm Park pool facility even as it gathers residents' ideas on what they want to see in their neighborhood pool.