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Residents not qualified to evaluate village policies regarding traffic, pedestrian safety, Asperger says

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February 12, 2010 La Grange Village President Elizabeth Asperger Monday night said she opposes a proposal to create a public safety commission because she does not believe that resident volunteers who would serve on it are qualified to evaluate policies developed by the village board and staff.

"We are, of course, always appreciative of our residents' willingness to assist the village," Asperger said. "But I don't believe that we are in a position to rely upon resident volunteers to assess matters related to police activity, fire activity or traffic and pedestrian safety."

Asperger expressed her views in response to an inquiry at Monday's village board meeting from Trustee Michael Horvath, who wanted to know why trustees had not been given a formal opportunity to publicly discuss and possibly take action on the commission he proposed.

Horvath raised the issue during the portion of the board meeting reserved for comment by any trustee on any topic.

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Source: La Grange Today


Three things we’d like to see in La Grange this year

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By Staff reports
La Grange Suburban Life
Posted Jan 07, 2010 @ 12:34 PM
Last update Jan 07, 2010 @ 12:43 PM
La Grange, IL — A new year offers everyone the opportunity to start over, make amends, and approach tasks with a fresh perspective.

And, thankfully, this is just how many people are planning to approach 2010. There’s widespread agreement that 2009 was not the best 12 months on record, with the recession forcing residents and governments alike to tighten their belts.

Aside from working toward economic growth, local municipalities can benefit their communities by taking a new approach to some issues. It would be easy to sit back and criticize towns for everything that went wrong last year. But our goal is to look forward and suggest ways that community leaders can make positive changes in the coming year.

Here are three things we’d like to see implemented in 2010:

1. Enforce pedestrian rules: La Grange officials have worked closely with state legislators to enact better safety precautions along 47th Street after the tragic death of Countryside resident Cari Cook. To ensure the new measures are effective, the village should find ways to enforce the rules. Pedestrians also must be mindful to obey the new features.

2. Work out land issue: Members of the Park District Board and residents should find a way to resolve their differences over the controversy involving Gordon Park. Voters elected to allow the district to sell the land for development, and those stalling the process should finally realize this and move on.

3. Be proactive rule-makers: Village officials must review their zoning codes to see if they need to be updated. Andrew Grayson of Berwyn was issued a business license to open a pawn shop but later was denied an occupation license once merchants balked. He’s now seeking $50,000 in damages, which he’ll probably win.

These are tangible, common-sense recommendations that will make out town a better place. We hope our leaders take them seriously. We’ll revisit them from time to time as the year progresses.

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Chicago Bears Mention Jewel Shop & Share

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November 7, 2009
Hester continuing to develop into all-around wide receiver
By: Larry Mayer | Last Updated: 11/7/2009 10:56 AM

Helping hand: Bears fans can help a member of the Bears family by shopping at Chicago area Jewel Food Stores this coming week. Cari Cook, the 30-year-old wife of Bears employee Matt Cook, was struck and killed by an automobile while taking their two young children for a walk May 19 in Countryside.

By printing out a coupon at the Web site and presenting it at a Jewel Food Store Monday through Wednesday, a portion of your purchase will be donated to a fund started for their two-and-a-half-year-old daughter and 11-month-old son.

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