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Jewel Shop & Share - A HUGE Success

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Thank you for shopping! Thank you for spreading the word! Thank you for your continued support!

519 shop and share slips were used during the Aug 24-26 event. Over $42,000 was spent and $2,000+ was raised for Ellie and Carson.

We have two more shop and share events coming up, November 9-11 and December 7-9. So please mark your calendar. Additional information will be sent out as we get closer to those dates.

And again, we truly appreciate your support.

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Village board OK's three pedestrian safety projects, and engages in public dialogue with Matt Cook

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August 17, 2009

The La Grange village board last Monday night moved forward on three projects designed to enhance pedestrian safety along 47th St and other village thoroughfares, approving three engineering services agreements with the village's traffic consultant, Kenig, Lindgren, O'Hara, Aboona, Inc. (KLOA) of Rosemont.

The projects to be handled by KLOA include:
* Designing improvements for pedestrian crosswalks at 47 th St at 9th Ave, 47th St at Waiola Ave and La Grange Rd at 52nd St. KLOA also will secure the necessary approvals for the crosswalks from the Illinois Department of Transportation.
* Assessing current speed conditions along 47th St and conducting an "origin-destination study" to better understand the travel patterns of motorists using the thoroughfare.
* Studying the feasibility of installing traffic signals at the intersection of 47th St & East Ave.

All three projects are part of an effort by village officials to respond to a public outcry for pedestrian safety improvements following an accident May 19 in which Cary Cook, a young mother and Countryside resident, was struck and killed by a motorist while crossing 47 the St at 8th Ave with her two small children.

In recent weeks, the village also has realigned the curb cuts at 6th, 7th and 8th Aves to account for the offsets that exist as those north-south roadways cross 47th St.

Click here to read the staff reports on all three projects.

Matt Cook, husband of Cari, used the public comment portion of Monday night's meeting to address other safety concerns regarding 47th and village thoroughfares, including police enforcement of speed limits.

Cook also asked about a suggestion made by Village Trustee Mike Horvath to create a village commission on pedestrian safety. Cook, along with family members and friends, have formed their own ad-hoc committee to address the matter.

The lengthy dialogue between Cook and village officials can be viewed in the two-part video below.


47th Street speed limit to be lowered

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By Joe Sinopoli, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
La Grange Suburban Life
Thu Aug 20, 2009, 04:03 PM CDT

Illinois Department of Transportation officials have announced the speed limit on 47th Street will be lowered from 35 to 30 mph between Gilbert and East Eberly avenues.

The new speed limit is expected to be put into effect in the next few weeks, according to a release from the offices of state Rep. James Durkin, R-82nd District, of Western Springs.

The decision to lower the limit comes on the heels of a state speed study conducted on 47th Street, a state-controlled road way.

Pedestrian safety has been an issue on the busy four-lane road since the death of Countryside resident Cari Cook May. 19. Cook was struck and killed by a vehicle as she attempted to lift a stroller containing her two-year-old daughter over the curb.

Her four month-old son, strapped in a carrier on her chest, suffered a fractured leg. The girl was unharmed.

The driver, Mary McPhillips, 45, of Chicago, pleaded guilty for failure to exercise due care for a pedestrian and improper lane usage in Cook County Circuit Court in Bridgeview Aug. 3. She paid traffic fines for the citations issued after a police investigation.

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