Your article, "Village gets Field's 'notch' for a buck," Jan. 5 is troubling. Are we giving away valuable parcels to Whiteco, who, according to village development director, Mike Chen, began with an unsolicited proposal?
Dan Haley hit the nail on the head when he called Trustee Gus Kostopulos "an old school gentleman." Haley was also right when he characterized the lack of leadership, damaging leadership, by Joanne Trapani, our village president. Haley said "strong candidates of the Village Manager Association become annoying public servants.
If you've never noticed the now much-debated "Hoppe Building," don't feel bad. It's that squat, brick condo building on Harlem Avenue, just north of Border's. Yes, the one that looks like hundreds of other Oak Park apartment or condo buildings.
The New Year is only five days old and already I'm mad. A number of stories in WEDNESDAY JOURNAL's January 5 edition got the old BP into the hypertension zone. All the good feeling (metaphorically speaking) I got from my recent successful colonoscopy is gone.
WEDNESDAY JOURNAL's coverage the last two weeks regarding the increasing decline or departure of small Oak Park businesses illustrates a strong warning to our community about the loss of business diversity and character.
I didn't live in Oak Park in the 1980s when "Wild Bill" was around, but I still had a good laugh over Dan Haley's column ("'Wild Bill,' OP's headline-grabbing top cop, dead in Newark of all places," Jan. 5). It's the funniest thing I've read in your paper. I even read parts of it over the phone to an Oak Parker who has moved to Tucson.
The Downtown Oak Park Board of Directors by a majority vote opposes the proposed smoke-free ordinance, which would prohibit smoking in Oak Park restaurants and other hospitality related businesses. (Please be advised that our board's village representative abstained from this vote.)