Police receive high marks for professional conduct
Individuals who have an encounter with an Oak Park police officer are likely to be satisfied with the way they are treated. That’s the latest findings of an ongoing, long-term study by the Center for Research in Law and Justice at the University of Illinois Chicago. These latest findings indicate that satisfaction with the conduct of Oak Park officers is considerably higher than other law enforcement agencies participating in the study, including those researchers say are comparable to Oak Park. Click here to read more…
Maple syrup fest set
If you have ever wondered what is involved in making maple syrup, the Forest Preserves of Cook County invites you to a free maple syrup festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thurs., March 19 at Cummings Square, 536 N. Harlem Ave., in River Forest. In addition to a maple syrup boil and tasting, food trucks will offer maple syrup-focused lunch menus. For more information, call 708.386.4042, extension 25.
Village earns 31st consecutive Tree City USA award
The Village of Oak Park has been named a Tree City USA community for the 31st year in a row. Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities, Arbor Day Foundation officials say. Oak Park has nearly 19,000 trees on parkways throughout the community. Click here to read more…
Applicants sought for sewer backup protection grants
Applications are being accepted for a program that provides financial assistance to property owners who install overhead sewer or backflow prevention systems to protect their homes from backup during a heavy rain event. Anyone who meets the program guidelines can apply, regardless of income. Eligible homeowners may qualify for a grant of 50 percent of the total cost of sewer backup prevention improvements, up to a maximum of $3,500. Details on the program, including the application materials, are posted at www.oak-park.us/sewergrant. Call 708.358.5410 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Free water-saving kits available
Oak Parkers interested in saving water and energy are eligible for free water saver kits that can save up to 57 gallons of water per person per day. Each kit contains a low-flow shower head, low-flow kitchen and bath faucet aerators, and a toilet tank displacement device that can make any toilet a low-flow unit. Kits must be picked up in person at the Housing Programs Office in Village Hall, 123 Madison St. Emailhousing@oak-park.us for more information.