I am writing to clarify comments attributed to me concerning West Suburban Hospital's emergency room expansion. Dan Haley's column last week ("West Sub debate comes full circle") implying that I was a racist who wants to keep people from Chicago out of Oak Park for health care was so appalling and libelous that I feel compelled to respond.
As a former assistant attorney general and a current administrative law judge for the State of Illinois, I am familiar with the legal standards and constitutional restrictions that govern the functions of and proceedings before governmental bodies. I was appalled as I watched members of the village board blatantly ignore the relevant legal standards in rejecting the use of the Marshall Field's building for a vocational college.
Dear President Pope and Village Trustees: I'm slowly working my way through my taped copy of Monday's board meeting, and last night I watched the discussion on Corinthian College. I was so disheartened that I couldn't continue watching.
I was disappointed to read your story about the development of the 827 Madison site in last week's Wednesday Journal for a number of reasons ("Schiess backs of density, will offer plan for Madison," July 20).
In regard to the article in Wednesday Journal's June 29 issue about Frank "Butch" Diederich ("Fired street sweeper again denied appeal"), I was one of the employees that did the job at his house and was also terminated.
Dear Village President and Board of Trustees, We are writing to request that the village board make the redevelopment of Madison Street one of its top priorities for 2006, and, further, to develop a much-needed Madison Street master plan to guide development along this important corridor.
New Supt. Connie Collins isn't the only recent change at District 97. In two years, all six major administrative positions?#34;-from the business director to the person in charge of special education?#34;have changed. And a new board president was named in April along with two new board members.
On Friday night, June 17, Marsha and I went to a party to celebrate Dr. Jack Fagan's 17 years of District 97 superintendency. The guest list was pretty special?#34;only those who had served on the Board of Education during Jack's tenure.
Especially over the last five years, we don't imagine it's been easy being the Village of Oak Park's development director. There's been a resurgence of economic growth downtown, most of which we find to be positive. Some of that, of course, has been driven by the private market. But perhaps more so than in other area communities, village government has been an extremely active player in development activities, especially downtown.