River Forest Public works project-Oak Park, Il related

The great thing about this River Forest Public works project is that it will put a couple of traffic sign improvements to the Lake and Thatcher intersection. Adding some turn signals to this intersection is a welcomed change. There are some are other intersections in the village of Oak Park, IL that could use this common sense. But being River Forest, IL they are singular but combined to Oak Park, IL it seems only for educational crap.

When you go down Thatcher Avenue it is a freaking fantastic, I mean you literally speed through from North Avenue to Lake Street without all the idiot restrictions that you get growing through Oak Park, IL. The traffic signals will hopefully ease the backup when there is rush hour.

Here is the link that briefly discusses the traffic signals at this intersection:

https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/9-24-2019/Public-works-projects-aim-to-ease-traffic,-parking/

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On leave….

Well think what you may a person is innocent until proven guilty. Of course not in Oak Park, IL when a teacher is given a “leave” under “unspecified allegations” ..wow.  Great wording so if the person is guilty, we think “knew it” because such wording strengths our bias, if they are innocent this statement still affirms that the person is guilty of something. And when it comes to kids we always think the worse i.e.: referencing gossip in a letter to parents always helps create MORE gossip than it should.

It seems to me that is how Oak Park, IL deals with a situation like this: 1. tell everyone not to gossip, 2. keep everyone in the dark and 3. then go on like nothing has happened… these are the leaders making decisions to help educate the next generation people! Racism in the school? Let’s shoot out a letter saying there’s no racism in Oak Park, IL, then everyone, move on. Poof problem solved. Not saying the teacher is guilty or not, but this does not help with this situation or if any scenario any of us thought of in regard to this person being placed on leave in the future. I mean, it could something as tedious as lying about certification, to knocking little old ladies down in the park. Fueling the imagination and dealing with it in an unprofessional manner does not help the situation at all. But rarely in Oak Park, IL when the shit the fan does anyone act with any sense. Of course, we may say that happens anywhere, but that too also adds to the problem not solve it.

Here is the link discussing briefly about the “leave”:

https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/oak-park-river-forest-high-school-teacher-on-leave-561442031.html

River Forest is bringing in the Rambos.. to kill deer

River Forest is gonna kill bambi and its mother in the latest public relations snafu for the village’s partner in crime. Instead of capturing the deer and possibly releasing them elsewhere we will have a bunch of Rambos shooting them to death. Of course, there are no normal predators to eliminate the excess deer but there is no need to kill them, right? Capture and release sounds like a bleeding-heart alternative but think of it as making sure that a population does not become stagnant due to knee jerk relations of short-sighted administrations.

Funny how the decision goes straight to killing when property values are at stake, which in the end is the moral fortitude of these two villages connected together, just plain pitiful. Money as become the motivator behind every decision that the administrations of these two villages make. All the while operating under guise of some beaming light on the hill, above all reproach, with some type of superhero moral center that cannot be compromised. But when property is damaged then these villages go on the warpath ready to eliminate anyone or anything that stands in the way of making a buck or increase property values.

Now, that is not to say that getting rich, nor increase or maintaining property values is a bad thing. At this point it seems like it is now the only thing that matters. Regression of moral standards making the villages just other bunch of organizations moneygrubbing for more cash to grab up, willing to do the extreme if its cost effective and morally bankrupt. River Forest and Oak Park go hand in hand with their ability to look the other way, making both less than what they are. Now, being just “another community” with this issue and instead of maintaining the moral high ground it likes to espouse these Bonnie and Clyde villages will wallow in the muck while saving a buck.

 

https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/7-16-2019/River-Forest-pursues-deer-sharpshooter-program-/

Oak Park, IL related: LemonAid event in River Forest 2017

I did not know that there was a lot of chaos as I drove through River Forest you know the Thatcher avenue express the quickest way to maneuver around Oak Park, IL to main streets that surround it without the hassle of all the traffic and chaos that “No Park” brings. What I did pass by was on Bonnie Brae the annual LemonAid event that the local kids do each year to raise money each year for a good cause.

It is a great event for two reasons first to me in remembrance of 9/11 it is a great way to do something positive on a day that was created through violence. Second, these kids and the organizers are doing something that is for a good cause the Kidz Express. This Kidz Express is a nonprofit that helps kids in the South Austin area, the fact this charity is doing something for kids “across the divide” of Austin Avenue is fantastic.

I have always complained that Oak Park, IL officials should try to reach out and assist the residents of the Austin Area because it would be in the best interest of the suburb as well as the Austin Area. But here you have a bunch of kids and nonprofit organizers leading the charge which the village government should be doing.

This was the 16th Annual LemonAid event so most likely there will be a 17th annual event with River Forest naming Bonnie Brae in honor of this group’s work with an honorary “LemonAid Place” sign there with be hopefully a chance in upcoming years for all of us to help sponsor this event in the future.

Here is the article that discusses the event:

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/09/09/river-forest-neighbors-hold-16th-annual-9-11-lemonaid-stand-for-charity/

Crime in River Forest and Oak Park, IL

Ah so there has been an uptick in crime in River Forest the area that is usually not touched by crime as Oak Park, Il usually is but now is getting the brunt of its isolationist policies. Both suburbs are linked together in more ways than one, and unfortunately, both are bordered heavily by poor black areas. Oak Park, Il has the Chicago Austin area and River Forest has the suburb of Maywood, I mean if I was on a board of trustees or governing body I would try to reach to these areas to see what I could do to bring some economic development to these areas so hopefully it would attract investment back into these communities and reduce crime.

But noooooo, Oak Park hides behind cula-da-sacs and River Forest hides behind a huge network of Forest Preserves as if criminals wouldn’t run through a forest, obviously, the city planners never watch a Friday the 13th film before. As the crimes are more economic based than run of the mill crazy violence. Therefore, it must be determined what are the motivators behind the criminal’s actions and there is nothing more motivating than living across the street from a bunch of self-delusional shmucks who think an address guarantees safety.

I thank god am not one of those people and I am paranoid, as the good people of Oak Park, Il like to call it, 24/7 but at least I still have all my shit. So until these burbs take the reasonable approach and help build up the communities around them the problem will always exist and problems like these will always get worse.

 

Burglaries in River Forest rose in this article:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/3-7-2017/Theft,-break_ins-drove-River-Forest-crime-uptick-in-2016/

Oak Park, IL blog in e-book format?

I think I will make an e-book of all the crazy stuff I put on here in a text document and maybe see if I could save all the entries as pdfs and combined them together to have the pictures used throughout too, again, make an e-book about these experiences and rants I have about Oak Park, IL.

No, it will be a free download because I want the e-book to be easily available for all to download, read and own. Shit half of the books I know that my friends own are pdfs they gotten online or through other friends. I am working on it this is just an idea, I may need to add a couple more pictures of this hell hole to make it more interesting, I do not know how to make Oak Park, IL more interesting, maybe a miracle from God probably?

I digress anyway just putting it out there as an idea, tell me what you think would it be easier than logging on and going through the various past articles? Or Do you like the blog site more or maybe both formats would work? Give me a hollar!

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Oak Park, IL is just shitty compared to other burbs

After the shit on Friday, I was like I will hang with my friend Sarah on the weekend and I was like in heaven, it was nice out and very quiet in her area. Now I see why Svengoolie always says “Berwyn” people are not up your ass being noisy and wanting to tell you what to do. The big plus also there is that I saw maybe one person walking their dog in a 5 block radius, wherein Oak Park, Il you cannot even go outside into the courtyard to see a dog and its owner. Oh also to step in dog shit.

The neighbors are quiet in her apartment building, I would characterize their behavior as if almost like they were trying to avoid contact with other people. We took out the garbage went to a local bar, okay, okay, two local bars “persuasion” and another one (too lit sorry). We picked up some White Castles after we got wasted and it tasted like mana from God, it was so good. It was crazy because there were businesses that were open past 10 pm!

Like for adults to actually go and hang out, unlike Oak Park, IL where the commercial businesses are aimed towards kids and retirees. I think the only issues was the town-wide 25 mph speed limit because as you know going through Oak Park, IL even in daylight is boring as fuck, so most of the time you like to speed through to get that drive and life experience over with.

In fact, to get a White Castle to steady the mixed drinks we were getting when we were drinking at my place in Oak Park, IL (because they are no real hangouts after 10 pm) we would have to travel through Most of Oak Park, IL, River Forest and part of Melrose Park, Il to get a few freaking burgers. Therefore, comparing Berwyn, IL (made famous by the Wayne’s World movie) to Oak Park, IL is comparing Apples to Cranberries for fun stuff to do if you are between 20 to 60 years old.

Hell, I know 68 years olds who like to get a great hot cheeseburger at 11 pm at night, so yes, Oak Park, Il is lame as shit. Rent elsewhere, own property elsewhere, party elsewhere just do everything elsewhere, like getting laid; Oak Park, Il is just shitty.

Soon no one will be able to afford Oak Park, IL

Some time ago I read an article (“Who can afford to live in Oak Park?”) talking about if Oak Park, Il was still going to be affordable for those middle and lower income families and how the village is less worried about the “racial re-segregation” that is happening now in Oak Park, IL. The fact of the matter is that those old liberal residents in Oak Park, Il can state that they are open to everyone and as they sign kumbaya to our faces they cannot wait to sell the so called “heritage” of Oak Park, IL so that the affluent move in and raise property values once again.

Honestly in hopes to move out the less desirables in their minds but being true hypocrites they would not tell say it out aloud, the funny thing is that this raises their property values AND taxes as well, sort of a double edged sword. So as long as they keep those poor people and minorities out who cares right? Oak Park, IL becomes that exclusive suburb once again affluent, pushing out the thoughts of being inclusive as they all put out their Hillary signs preaching that they are for everyone, so as long as that everyone is really them.

If the next generation cannot buy the homes or rent the apartments in Oak park, Il what happens to that area? It is not like Oak Park, Il is bustling with activity like Chicago’s Lakeview or Wrigleyville, it is more like Hyde Park than anything else and you see how that is!

Now after reading that article in July you think the writer may be an alarmist but actually he has a point as the Tasty dog was torn down on Lake street it was not bulldozed to make way for a restaurant or an additional building for commercial use to expand the Hemingway district’s theme. Per the article (“Tasty Dog flattened District House moves forward”) it was actually torn down for a mixed use condo that will probably have store front business space, but it will also have condos ranging from 650,000 to $900,000. Oh yeah, the people in the Chicago area obviously have the money because a third of the units sold. However, can they sell all the units? When these tenants move in what type of resources will they demand of the area? Will they be okay with the Oak Park Apartments or the Oak Park River Forest High School just a little bit down the street or would those areas need to be refitted for the new class of residents that are moving in?

Truthfully if I bought a condo for nearly a million dollars it would not be in that area unless I was told that the area was soon about to change. Which brings us back to the first article in which the writer was disturbed about one high rise, and how one high rise could damage Oak Park, IL’s commitment to racial and income desegregation you compare it to this article and you will realize he was not pissing in the wind.

There are other condos going up on Lake Street from Oak Park, IL to River Forest, Il, in the article “River Forest advances Lake and Lathrop project” we see that both villages are basically saying FUCK YOU to affordable housing and pushing such undesirables who cannot spend the cash to go elsewhere. Even though there are people who can pay this type of money, of course, there is no doubt there are people who can, but it is not enough to fill either village when properties like these raise the property values and them the property taxes in the area.

Of course Oak Park, IL is not being ran by the brightest crayons in the box, look at their operating budget, and the idiotic development and further construction of expensive condos all up and down Lake Street merely illustrates that fact. The selling point of Oak Park is its quaintness harking back to Wilbur Wright designed houses and the home of Hemingway, now that illusion is overshadowed by the condos popping up killing the illusion that Oak Park, Il is still that place that safeguards its old time traditions and values.

This is the article that is superbly written about the housing inequality in Oak Park, Il:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/7-26-2016/Who-can-afford-to-live-in-Oak-Park%3F-/

The article about Tasty Dog’s removal and more condos building in the area:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/12-8-2016/Tasty-Dog-flattened,-District-House-moves-forward/

River Forest is getting into the act for condo building:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/12-8-2016/River-Forest-advances-Lake-and-Lathrop-project/

RE: Concordia University Chicago Employee Reviews On Indeed.com

Concordia University Chicago Employee Reviews On Indeed.com is an interesting post from one of my friends on Google Plus, regarding one of the institutions in the area and how they are presented on Indeed.com. Since it is in River Forest, Il and that village with Oak Park, IL share a community bond I decided to post it on here.

For your viewing pleasure:

http://misgivingsandotherthingees.blogspot.com/2016/11/concordia-university-chicago-employee.html

It is pretty hilarious and in the same vein of commentary that I have on my blog about Oak Park, IL. This post talks about the negative reviews of Concordia University Chicago and how their negative atmosphere can affect students and how it already affects its employees, sound familiar?

(((cough cough))) Oak Park, IL (((cough cough)))

Oak Park, IL OPRFHS Sexual assault pt 2

Since there is no help coming from the Oak Park police department who marginalized a reported sexual assault that happened back in August, tired of the runaround one of the students got active and posted a petition on Change.org to address the issue. This just brings to light more allegations of sexual misconduct which who knows if they have been addressed by The Oak Park Police Department, as with my case with my crazy neighbor. It seems that the OPPD do not take such things seriously, maybe the petition on Change.org will bring create an atmosphere of professionalism from the Oak Park Police Department. Because seriously kids raping kids is just terrible and even if there is an allegation no matter how slim there should be some time of increased attention to this issue.

Even the local “newspapers” her raise questions about the creation of a rape culture at the high school, and as with any resident in Oak Park, Il it makes one wonder how long has this been going on? If we know that there were at least “several” other offenders involved with this allegation why are they still allowed to go to school with other potential victims? With the other allegations, what has happened with those offenders are they still involved with Oak Park River Forest High School?

Also if the school is waiting for the Police Department to complete their investigation how are they handling the integration of these offenders into the general student population at the school? What new methods or procedures is the school going to put into place to protect future victims of sexual assault in the future? It seems to me that both entities (OPPD and OPRFHS) are to blame in keeping this culture continuing, not to mention the offenders involved. And the kids are only going to follow the direction of the grownups and those who are in charge and deliver out the consequences of their actions if there are no immediate consequences then why should they worry or change? So if Oak Park, Il is interested in creating a bunch of rapists they are doing a good job! Ha! Oak Park, IL created cul da secs decades ago because they feared the crime from the Austin area spilling into their little community, probably because they wanted to create a culture of veil on their own!

Here is the article from the local newspaper that brings up more questions regarding this incident:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/11-22-2016/Sex-and-aggression-at-OPRF/

Here is the Change.org petition sign off against the rape culture that the Oak Park River Forest High School is inept in protecting and the Oak Park Police Department is slow to putting an end to:

https://www.change.org/p/school-board-create-a-strong-policy-and-curriculum-on-sexual-misconduct-within-oprfhs?source_location=topic_page