My name is Willis Johnson, and I am the owner of the Lake Theatre. I have been involved in the revitalization of Downtown Oak Park since 1981, when my company, Tivoli Enterprises, purchased the building and began its renovation. I am proud of the role that the theater has played on Lake Street through the years. I want to be here for many years to come, and to see an even more vibrant downtown.
The first thing to give thanks for in a thanksgiving column is having enough things to be thankful for to fill a column. Or maybe it's having a column to give thanks in. Or maybe having a job you find meaningful and challenging and creative (and which includes said column).
It is unfortunate that a proper public debate concerning the future of the most vital part of Oak Park?#34;its downtown business district?#34;cannot be conducted with the kind of professional decorum one learns in Political Science 101.
In the course of events these past few weeks, some have accused the DTOP Steering Committee's recommendations of being "car-centric." Its supporters, of which I am one, defend the plan as "reality-centric."
Neighbors living near Keystone Park oppose the installation of additional stadium-style high-intensity field lights on the west side of Keystone Park. In the controversy about lights on the west side of Keystone Park, the fact that two baseball fields and one soccer field on the east side already have athletic lighting seems to have been understated.