Editor's Note: After approving a deal with Foley Rice Cadillac last week, the Village of Oak Park is finally going to have a sizable parcel ripe for development at the northeast corner of Madison Street and Oak Park Avenue.
First let me start with an introduction and a story. I am an Oak Park resident and a physician. My children are products of the Oak Park public schools. Mv wife and I have lived in Oak Park for 19 years.
From the time Whiteco first surfaced several years ago, it appeared the village was poised to shove a secretly negotiated development deal down Oak Park's collective throat. Its sudden appearance left a bad taste in the mouth of activists and has made Whiteco's trek through the public process all the more agonizing.
Thank you for printing my letter stating concerns about OPRF High School's zero tolerance policy ("Zero tolerance not the answer to discipline at OPRF," Jan. 5). After the Board of Education received my letter (and before you printed it), I received a call from the president of the board, Carlotta Lucchesi.
I have learned with dismay of the village trustees' vote to demolish the wonderful 81-year old Hoppe Building on Harlem and replace it with a parking structure. But last week not only did the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency determine that the building is a significant contribution to any future National Registry designation for Downtown Oak Park, but also the Oak Park historic preservation commission voted to give the building preliminary Landmark Status!
I'm writing to respond to a letter to the editor, "Smoking ban an unnecessary solution to a non-problem," in the Jan. 12 issue of WEDNESDAY JOURNAL. First, I'd like to thank WEDNESDAY JOURNAL for your editorial support of a Smoke-free Oak Park.
As an Oak Park resident, I am very disappointed by the comments of the Downtown Oak Park Board of Directors and the president of the Illinois Restaurant Association in the Jan. 12 issue of WEDNESDAY JOURNAL. Both of these entities are strongly opposed to creating smoke-free workplaces and protecting the health of Oak Park employees, families and youth.
Reading Dan Haley's column of Jan. 12 ("Grumpy board spits up three prez candidates"), I'm reminded of the late Mike Royko?#34;a brilliant, moving writer who expressed utter cynicism and contempt for politicians. I concluded that the negative impact of Royko's cynicism did more harm to the social fabric than the good done by his forcing us to see our thoughtlessness and dereliction.