For years, locals have debated whether or not Evanston and Oak Park are really that different. Without a doubt there are some differences: proximity to the lake, population, size, housing patterns, and Northwestern University being just a few.
Referendums to grant local municipalities "home rule" authority are frequently voted down because, in the minds of many, home rule has become synonymous with higher taxes. And, admittedly, new and/or higher taxes would undoubtedly become reality if River Forest is successfully able to move ahead with a proposed bid to seek home rule status.
And now, a few short messages from Bartlett's: "Sometimes the perfect reply is to say nothing ... Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech ... I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude ... Be silent and safe?#34;silence never betrays you ... How gracious, how benign is solitude ... Silence is golden."
Oak Park's Maze Library is undoubtedly a building with historic character, making any proposed substantial changes to it worthy of focused attention from the preservation community. Also well worthy, however, is the library's effort to make the building accessible to persons with disabilities.
The tiled stop sign, embedded in an alley in the 600 block of South Kenilworth, is just one example of several such simple mosaics scattered throughout Oak Park, according to Village Engineer Jim Budrick.
We are delighted to hear that the federal government has allocated $4.8 million to continue the study and planning needed to cap the Ike. The Ike is now over 50-years-old and scheduled for major infrastructure work that out of necessity will include replacing all of its bridges over the next decade or so.