The Ninth Annual Oak Park International Film Festival was a huge success on many levels. It received positive press in local daily and weekly papers as well as TV, radio and online calendar mentions. It provided a film component to Downtown Oak Park and Visit Oak Park's "Oaktoberfest."
There are a lot of ideas floating through Oak Park's village hall right now. That's all good. Unleashing staff to use their expertise in areas of budgeting, parking, policing, etc. would be a positive change in an environment where professionals have too frequently held back, worrying that initiative would not be rewarded.
It would be mild to say that this page has been critical of Chris Welch. The recently elected state representative from the 7th District, representing River Forest, Forest Park and parts of Oak Park, has been toasted, braised and broiled by Wednesday Journal and its sister paper in Forest Park for his cynical political operation of the failed Proviso Township high schools.
Thanks for posting my letter to the editor [Parking ticket farce and fiasco, Viewpoints, Oct. 16]. Below is for your enjoyment. To be filed under: "We know there's no reasonable way for you to know, but really, we need the $30 bad enough that we'll hold you accountable anyway."