The mismanagement of Oak Park, IL

The intent of having management or people to manage is to take care of the body or organization it is made for however this is not the case in Oak Park, IL. I went to a restaurant in the Lake and Harlem area on my lunchbreak and the area was basically deserted. As if people (residents, tourists, etc.) Gave up on going through the area, as if the traffic combined with the past construction in that area has left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth.

There was literally four people (me included) walking the streets there were even no homeless people on the street asking for money, and it was unusually warm out Tuesday. I am not sure if those managing the village are equipped with handling this type of issue. They are simply following the ethos of “build and they will come…” however the combination of less traffic (foot, car) the increase of for rent signs, and empty store fronts says otherwise.

In other words that this strategy does not work people are being deterred by all this busyness and are seeking other places to shop and other ways to traverse the area. Which is terrible for the overall plan or the application of this theory to this particular area of Oak Park IL. Like stubborn children those who manage Oak Park IL are not interested in these facts and rather fail than admit defeat or failure.

Although it is great to be the only one in line during the lunch rush and to have all the attention on you because there is no one else in the restaurant I just hope that this occurrence is not wide spread or happens too often. I would hate for some of my favorite restaurants to go under due to the simpleness of a very few.

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Plastic bags are now 10 cents each in Oak Park, IL part 3

With the 10 cent plastic bag tax I wonder how that will impact local businesses? That will probably impact the bottom line of the smaller businesses as now they have to charge their clients additional expenses with each purchase. Without immense assets to cover any decline of profit or added expenditures that this tax may bring like the larger businesses such as CVS or Jewel-Osco, small businesses will most likely suffer ergo like during the cook county soda pop tax.

Small businesses are now left on the hook to figure out ways to offset the costs or the unnecessary back lash that the bag tax brings whether it is huge discounts to keep customers coming back and distracted from the tax or incentive programs that help even out the cost to savings ratio? Either or I am simply loving how the village simply taxes the crap out of everyone and still get elected. I love the chaos and mean spirited public debates it creates, that is all that is needed for change or to cause a larger exodus out of Illinois. Keep doing stupid Oak Park, IL you do it well.

Here is an article that discusses the 10 cent plastic bag tax:

http://www.oak-park.us/your-government/environmental-initiatives/single-use-bag-initiative

Plastic bags are now 10 cents each in Oak Park, IL part 2

The 10-cent plastic bag tax went into effect I feel like this is just like the soda pop tax where local stores will lose business to other areas just because people will shop elsewhere due to the principal of the thing. I don’t blame them I mean I try my damnest not to buy plastic bags in Chicago. Score one for the environmentalists but score a vote for anyone running against the incumbent in office. Although there may not be a lot of change there will be an intelligent smart few who will remember this shit when at the polls.

And so, it should be in Oak Park, IL where the community already focuses on the recycling of most the items that go to waste. Charging 10 cents a bag is just a way to have people have disdain for the village, and it basically looks like a money grab by the village board. Stupid taxes just look like overreach and/or too much “big” government for everyone. If you were not responsible enough to recycle plastic bags in the first place would this force your hand? Not likely

Instead you will like most of us buy less, only the shit you can carry or like I said before going elsewhere like Forest Park to buy your items so you don’t have to put up with this stupidity. My family recycles a lot ever since we got those little blue bins however those neighbors that did not recycle did not immediately start recycling or even tried to recycle when they received theirs. In other words, taking plastic bags away from these individuals will not make them recycle more but maybe just the opposite.

Instead it may harden their resolve and as I aforementioned go to Forest Park to buy their items and stock up on as many plastic bags that they can. Making the situation and environment worse, or it may turn them off to recycling 100% which is the exact opposite goal or purpose of the plastic bag tax, only time will tell.

Plastic bags are now 10 cents each in Oak Park, IL part 1

So as we all know now, that the plastic bag 10 cents fee went into effect in all of Oak Park, IL. I just ran into Jewel on Roosevelt near Harlem and there was this poor jewel worker cornered by two senior citizens complaining that there were no notices regarding the tax or signs telling them about the tax. Like it was the fault of the Jewel organization that they were not informed about the tax.

First that is their old ass problem bitching about all they saw on the news was “fires in Brooklyn” well it WAS announced on the news they just did not pay attention to it. Second the elected officials not Jewel are responsible for the tax. Therefore, if you voted for them and they played “sneaky sneaky snake” by using stealth by pushing this new law through that again is your fault. It is up to the citizens to hold officials accountable and make sure they are transparent at all times so that they know that their interests are being watched after and tended too.

Instead of just blindly following those elected officials and voting on their “faith” on what those officials say. In other words, do not bitch to the workers of your local stores because they most likely do not even live in Oak Park, IL and second what the hell are they going to do about It? Use their magic wand to override the local laws for your dumb ass 10 cents?

Next time how about you do some research before you go to the polls, or raise hell to your officials when they do stupid shit. Before you waste everyone’s, time blocking the store exit bitching about your ignorance. Or better yet use your wallet as your voice and shop elsewhere and give the rest of us some peace.

Holiday traffic in Oak Park, IL

Ah Oak Park, Il traffic I see you getting worse as the snow creeps in and the holiday season is almost upon us. Like a horror movie, (the fog maybe?) the evils are rolling in and destroying everything in its path. I go downtown Chicago and the traffic there is more manageable than what is in Oak Park, IL.

You would think that the village leaders would get about as fed up about the traffic situation as much as the residents do however as I stroll in my car through Oak Park, IL I sincerely doubt it. It is at the point I know and my passengers know when we are in Oak Park, IL by how aggressive my behavior gets when I am driving through it. I am told that I get bright red in the face as I enter Oak Park, IL lol.

I do not think my behavior will get better as the holidays roll around, so I cancelled all holiday celebration plans because I do not want the extra stress of navigating this ignorant suburb.

Other developments in Oak Park, IL like Albion are in full effect.

This “Jupiter project” was opposed successfully however once the opposition blinked the village board made their move, much like the Albion development. The Mayor stated that the village can walk away from the deal but how much is that true when the village board purchased the deal after the opposition waned? The argument that other village boards tried to do the same is just a childish explanation, but one that the residents of Oak Park, Il buy into.

The project or multiple projects that the village is planning to use this parcel of land for is probably extensive, if Plan A does not work then they will try and try again even if it means defaulting all the way to Plan F or Plan Z.

The village board is relentless in trying to make these new “high rise” development projects work and become reality. Their resolve is fantastic and for that you must tip your hat at, the fact that the residents cannot do the same, nor remember these moves when election time comes around is part of the problem.

The plans for redeveloping the area go back to at least September 2016 however stated dates are usually not the fact of the matter. In other words, planning for developing this piece of land has gone back most likely farther than I care to Google it. As the old saying goes: “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me…” however the residents will “turn the other cheek” until they are taxed or have the taste slapped out of their mouths.

I love how the village is redeveloping the main streets of Oak Park, IL with high rise developments to stay off increasing taxes (as the argument goes). But I am just wondering when will the high-rise developments come to the inner parts of Oak Park, IL? Is that when the opposition to these projects be unrelenting or will it be too late?

Here is the article discussing new acquisitions by the village board in the name of the taxpayers:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/9-12-2017/Oak-Park-buys-Car_X-land-for-$1.3M-/

The Oak Park village board trying to eliminate the Super-majority for the Albion development.

I love Oak Park, IL politics it makes me feel at home (Chicago) the shadiness, the backstabbing, the other handed deals, and the don’t-give-a-damn-about-the-voters-until-election-time attitude this Albion development is just right up the alley of my interests. Although I am loving this Simone Boutet, blondes are not my thing however the fact that she is a constant thorn in the village board’s side is exactly what Oak Park, IL needs to make sure there is transparency in government.

The idea to rewrite a zoning ordinance to overcome the 5-2 super majority needed to approve the Albion development is the type of underhanded crap the opposition to this plan and the voters never figured on this nor did they have the political literacy to understand the village board is unrelenting. The Mayor is now on defense, and acting defensively. “Duplicative language” my ass. As stated in the article the residents do not trust this village board however there should be more push back than one person on the board speaking up, and a couple of “family” rallies to oppose the Albion development.

The village board is at war with the residents only thing is that they are the only ones who realize it, the taxpayers are just in limbo about this situation. Changes as mentioned in the article must be transparent for the residents to know what the heck is going on in the village. The village board is playing to win, although they are getting frustrated with working this hard, the opposition is not organized to make that great of an impact.

Much like a water dripping on rock to make an impact or wear it down, if there is enough time the opposition can do this in regards to the Albion development however the village board is not willing to give the opposition time. The village board is making sure that time is on THEIR side, and being well organized, you can be sure they will try something like eliminating this supermajority again.

 

Here is the article discussing the rewrite, shady as hell:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/9-11-2017/Dust-up-over-Oak-Park-zoning-rewrite/

 

The Albion development in Oak Park, IL needs a super majority and it will get it.

So an ode to greed now that Albion development needs a super majority as per the law to be approved. This is great for the residents of Oak Park, IL now the village board has to vote upon the measure and let their votes be known to the voting public in Oak Park, IL. With three trustees who ran on being against this measure it will be very hard for the village board to get a 5-2 super majority vote for the development to go through.

One of the major issues that is now hanging on making sure that the votes stay that way is coming up with an solution that replaces the two story empty building at Lake and Forest, apparently even though the residents are telling the village board no to the Albion development they are not coming up with a solution or replacement to this building. Funny how this is now an issue, or becoming a major factor to changing the way those original No votes to a Yes vote instead.

The idea is creating Economic Development for the village to deter raising taxes as the village residents who do not understand one fig of politics or tax structure will fail in their opposition of the Albion development. The Albion development is inevitable and the old ways of Oak Park, IL with its cute little parks, low level buildings and bike lanes will be a thing of the past. Although the comment section is littered with intelligent responses these are not being translated into actions that will deter the village board and the Mayor in particular to pushing this development forward.

The fault is no longer with the village board for being greedy and backing out of campaign promises, the fault also lies will the voters especially the opposition to the Albion development. Without making educated decisions, but emotional ones, the opposition to this development is dealing with individuals who are constantly maneuvering to get this development started. Without hesitation, without distractions this village board has made this development their mission as the opposition only does this part time who do you think will win?

This is the article that talks about the super majority needed:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/9-5-2017/Albion-needs-super_majority-vote/

Say no to Albion in Oak Park, IL

Totally awesome, finally Oak Park, Il residents have used their collective wits to stand against more bullshit development in the Oak Park, Il area. With the vote going 5-4 to say “NO” to the development of the Albion development is a major accomplishment. Because the money is what talks in Oak Park, IL with this vote obviously the “winds of change” are going another way. Protection of Parks in Oak Park, IL is very instrumental without the green areas
Oak Park loses its luster. However, this is only a “recommendation;” and the village board can still go ahead.
So why is that awesome? Because at least the voices of the residents of Oak Park, IL are being listened to by someone in the planning and development stages. Hopefully, the citizens sue the village board if they go ahead and point to this “recommendation” by the Oak Park Plan Commission to delay the selling of Oak Park, IL to special interests that the village board is okay doing.
If the residents that pay taxes are not okay with this development why is the village board going ahead with such stupidity? Because they are a smaller identical twin government of dysfunctional City of Chicago government that you see dominating the news on a daily basis with their stupidity.
If the residents were smart they would protest this crap on a bi-weekly basis forever and ask/get local media to cover it, the more “light” the residents can bring to this issue the less likely the cockroaches on the Village board will push through such crap. But that is only if the residents who are against this development have the balls to do so, this vote gives them the ammunition to totally stand against the village board.
Now it comes down to putting boots on the streets of Oak Park, IL or will the residents just sit on their asses at home complaining about it on social media, me? I have no dog in this fight I cannot care either way if the residents choose the latter then Oak Park, IL will be just the biggest hypocrites on God’s green earth.
This discusses the decision online:

Oak Park, IL parking plan stupidity

Here is how stupid Oak Park, Il is regarding the parking issue not in the village but around it. The village restricts parking for the residents on the Oak Park side of Austin, like these same residents could not just park down one of the side streets on the Chicago side. The idea that you would regulate even a border street (with the city) is just crazy and greedy.

I am not sure how long something like this has been going on, but it is borderline insanity (pun intended) so on May 8th the village board had meeting to schedule a meeting to discuss this issue in September.

Yup, a meeting to have a meeting to discuss an already complicated issue. Stupid? Yes, but that is Oak Park, IL it is simply a way to kick the issue down the road. Although the idea of partnering with SpotHero or ParkWhiz (mobile parking app companies) is a great idea its seems like a way for the village to pimp out a bit more of Oak Park, IL just like the city of Chicago did with the downtown parking. Of course, now that city is stuck in a 99-year lease without a way out. Maybe Oak Park, Il is looking to do the same…

Click here for the stupidity regarding Oak Park’s stupidity (yeah said twice, because it was twice as nice) regarding parking:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/news/ct-oak-park-parking-plan-tl-0511-20170509-story.html