As is our family custom, we went out for dinner this past Thursday night (the day before Christmas Eve) to give ourselves a little break before all of the holiday cooking. We parked in downtown Oak Park (on South Boulevard) at 5:35 pm. After entering the restaurant, I realized that we had failed to feed the meter for the last 25 minutes prior to 6 p.m. My wife thought she had heard that parking was free the last few days before the holidays, in order to encourage shopping. Of course, it turned out to be a $20 mistake, as we received a parking ticket at 5:53 p.m. (seven minutes before parking was free)!

I am amazed at such efficiency for a government with such financial problems. Bah humbug to you, Tom Barwin.

Jeff Schroeder
Oak Park

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