We are all very fortunate that Carolyn Newberry Schwartz is running for re-election to the Oak Park Elementary School District 97 Board of Education. I have worked with Carolyn for the last year in my role as parent co-chair of the Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School School Leadership Team (SLT).
I am running independently as a candidate for the District 200 Board of Education. If elected, I would listen attentively to all members of the school community and seek a partnership with all stakeholders in OPRF. Let me explain who I am, why I want to be a member of the board, and how I would face current and future challenges at District 200.
Dear Mr. Murphy, I read with interest your recent letter in Wednesday Journal ("Independence is what makes business work in OP," Jan. 19). Our family has lived in Oak Park for many years and your restaurant Poor Phil's is one that we frequent regularly throughout the year.
I have been involved with the Village Manager Association (VMA) for 37 years, served on many selection and election committees and am proud of the contribution of our elected officials. The VMA is not a political party but a citizen caucus whose prime interest is in good government. The goal is to select candidates not for what they know, but for who they are.
Dear Carl [Swenson], I wanted to drop you a quick response to your comments that were printed in the Jan. 26 Wednesday Journal ("Swenson questions referendum timing"). It had a headline and your picture, so it was hard to miss.
Recent history of the Oak Park Park District is one of an agency once flush with support and financial means, that has seen a reversal of fortunes driven by priority shifts toward education, infrastructure concerns, and a state tax cap.
As readers of this newspaper know, the Oak Park Village Board is leaning against passing a clean air ordinance because of concern about its potential economic impact. The village board appears to have been spooked by restaurant owners' concerns that an ordinance preventing their patrons from smoking in a restaurant will cause them to go to another town's food emporiums.
I usually find myself in disagreement with Oak Park's other weekly, but that has reversed itself recently with the Journal's support for extending the downtown TIF for another 13 years ("Bold, but respectful, plan for downtown," Feb. 9). I'd ask that the paper reconsider the endorsement by giving consideration to another aspect of the incentives.