After reading the Illinois Constitution and the preamble to that document, I was certain that many residents, not to mention our elected officials, may not be aware of the nature of our organizing documents.
Richard W. Schutt, 84, a longtime resident of Oak Park and Forest Park, died on March 5, 2014 in Mimbres, N.M. Born on May 13, 1929 in Albion, Penn., he was an active member of Third Unitarian Church in Chicago. When he and his
The idea for this column came from Karen Ford, vice president of the National Writers Union, who assisted Soweto West Press and the Historical Society of Oak Park-River Forest with the publication of our Suburban Promised Land.
In the city of Chicago, the following people were killed by violence, March 13-20: Terrell Wilson, 21; Michael Stewart, 35; Amierah Roberson, 1; Paul Carter, 32; Gregory Shanks, 47; Michael Tingling, 59; Leannia Hall, 76
On the final day, in what I had to hope was the final mailing, the kinder, gentler Blake Sercye returned to my mailbox. At least on the front and back of the four-page mailer it was the smiling young man with the good story — raised in Austin by a single mom, still in Austin, Fenwick, Princeton, U of C law school, pro bono legal work, progressive agenda for the county board.
Let me preface these remarks by saying I believe Oak Park to be a unique social experiment in attempting to create and maintain a community where people from different ethnic backgrounds can successfully live together. Sadly, while the idea of battling segregation seems to no longer be a part of our national conversation, Oak Park remains committed to being a place of equality.
In recent years, an increasing number of local and regional commentators have called for the consolidation of small units of government, such as townships, into larger organizations. Proponents of this point of view have argued that the large number of independent units of government in Illinois is both unnecessary and inefficient.