Stacey Sheridan’s story on the retirement of John Wielebnicki [Oak Park’s longtime public works director retires, News, July 6] really captured what an excellent public works director — and all-around great guy — he’s been. He will be very much missed.

However, the story mentioned that he oversaw the North Avenue streetscape. In fact, he only oversaw construction of the stretch from Harlem to Oak Park Avenue because it was never completed (through no fault of Wielebnicki, of course). Our district needs it to extend all the way to Austin Boulevard, as planned.

The completed segment also needs some updating.

Fortunately, there is a state of Illinois allocation that will completely pay for this project, thanks to Rep. Camille Lilly. Now it’s on Oak Park — and Chicago — to get it done. We hope both municipalities make this a priority.

Doing so will be a very appropriate tribute to John Wielebnicki.

Judith Alexander
Chair, The North Avenue District Inc.

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