Oak Park Public Library's recently-received $100,000 state appropriation from the General Assembly courtesy state Rep. LaShawn Ford (8th) will be used for several projects, including an expansion of the library's teen area, said the library's executive director.
Any hope of pushing through legislation in Springfield to force a River Forest referendum determining the future of the township government has been put on hold. As a result, the village president who had pushed the referendum last Monday urged residents to pursue other means to effect change while the township supervisor said back-burnering state legislation was a positive development.
Leaders from some of Oak Park's largest religious institutions have released a statement calling on the Oak Park village board to reverse its decision rejecting renewable energy as the village's primary power source.
Eager to grant a range of modest awards to several local nonprofits from a cache of funds raised by their Future Philanthropist Program are six fresh-faced high school juniors, awaiting their turn to present their proposal pitch at the regular meeting of the Grants and Programs Committee at the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation.
Developers wanting to build 22 townhouses on a parking lot near the West Cook YMCA took their proposal to the public, Monday, but while many residents were happy to see a better use for the site, some were cautious about the parking shortage it would create.