This letter is in regards to the recent tragedy that the Oak Park community experienced with the death of Patricia Quane. Although I was not an eyewitness, I was present at the Riverside train station when this tragedy occurred. I hope that sharing my recollection of events will help Ms. Quane's family and friends process this loss.
This letter is responsive to Martin Berg and Gina Orlando's Viewpoints letter (Subdividing Wesley lot legal, but wrong) of Aug. 31, regarding the acquisition and sale of 947 S. Wesley Ave. Substantively, the letter is false and has already been refuted (see Viewpoint letters written by Joseph Spillane and Daniel Spillane and published on Aug. 10).
Two Muslim men?#34;Charles Muhammad, who is a middle school teacher and Chicago native, and Rehan Siddiqui, who immigrated from Pakistan to the United States 26 years ago?#34;sat down with me and my intern recently to share their responses and those of this area's Islamic community to the terrorist bombings in London and Egypt.
How do you make sense of, by all accounts, a lovely person like local cyclist Trish Quane being killed by a train in Riverside? How do you explain a cyclist going under the barriers at a railroad crossing?
Behind most statistics, there is a complex story, and the recent figures on discipline cases at Oak Park and River Forest High School have perhaps a more nuanced history than most. Taken alone, the numbers?#34;especially the 93 percent increase in the number of overall students punished for breaking rules?#34;are quite alarming.
I took a tour last week with the Downtown Steering Committee, a group of village officials and concerned citizens attempting to put together a more specific plan for Lake Street/Westgate development. Here's my two cents: