Unless I’m mistaken, I believe there is a curfew in Oak Park: Anyone under 18 to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian or school official between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. weekdays and between midnight and 6 a.m. on weekends. 

I must be incorrect, however, as on almost any night, I see out my front window kids well under 18 walking or biking unsupervised, well beyond those hours. I encounter them loitering around the 7-Eleven near South Boulevard frequently as well. Why isn’t the curfew being enforced and why aren’t the parents of these kids being made to take some responsibility for their children’s whereabouts? 

Will it take a kid getting hurt, hit by a car, assaulted, before the parents wake up and act like parents rather than their buddies? When that eventually happens, God forbid, the blame will be on Oak Park for not enforcing the law and the parents for giving their children freedoms they are not quite ready to take on.

Rick Mordini 

Oak Park 

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