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Help Plan a Brighter Future for Roosevelt Road

From the Village of Oak Park:

The Village of Oak Park is analyzing economic funding resources for Roosevelt Road. 
What’s available for new business and development? What are the eligibility requirements? 

Together with our consultant, Ehlers, Inc., Oak Park will be creating a report with recommendations on how best to shape the future of development along Roosevelt Road. Your input is needed.

Stakeholder meetings will be held on:

Thursday, June 5
6108 Roosevelt Road (currently vacant building between Taylor and Lyman)


Friday, June 6
8 am-9:30am
Village Hall, 123 Madison Street, Room 101

Please RSVP to Angela Schell, Development Customer Services, at 708-358-5424 or

Oak Park Pools – Master Plan Meeting

You are invited to a community meeting to help in the development of a master plan for the Park District’s two pools. Currently improvements are being made to Ridgeland Common pool as part of
a major renovation project including a new zero depth children’s play pool with slide and water features, entrance and locker rooms. The Park District will be focusing on future improvements to Rehm Pool that will complement the new features at Ridgeland Common to meet the aquatic needs of our residents.

The meeting will be held Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00pm
at the Oak Park Conservatory (615 Garfield St.).

More info here.


SEOPCO 2013 Accomplishments

  • In March, SEOPCO hosted a candidate forum for all District 200 candidates.  Close to 100 people attended. We introduced a new format where attendees could participate in round table discussions with the candidates following the more traditional debate time. It was well received by both candidates and attendees.
  • In March, SEOPCO hosted a second candidate forum for the two presidential candidates for the Village of Oak Park and the trustees who were running uncontested. The forum provided an opportunity for question the two candidates as well as a chance to question village trustee candidates about issues concerning our neighborhood. We again offered attendees the opportunity to meet with candidates following the debate in smaller groups to ensure all questions could be asked.
  • In conjunction with Irving School and the Park District of Oak Park held Movie Night in the Park on Friday, September 6, 2013. Approximately 400 people joined us for a great night in the park.
  • Barrie Fest was held on Saturday September 14, 2013. Our annual celebration of our neighborhood in Barrie Park featuring local live bands, Business Fair with over 20 businesses, Pet Parade, bounce houses for children, Local Police and Fire Department Demos and an opportunity to bring electronics for recycling sponsored by SEGUIN. Food was provided by a local business, Robinson’s Ribs. Around 300 neighbors came out to join the fun.
  • Regularly distributed news and information of interest and importance to our neighborhood through our website, Mail Chimp distribution (500 people) and our Face book page.
  • This Fall, in cooperation with local community member Michele Gurgas, SEOPCO promoted  events focused on soliciting input regarding the Eisenhower Expansion. We worked with the Irving PTO to reach out to our community as well as other communities bordering the Eisenhower in Oak Park in an effort to ensure IDOT heard from a wide variety of citizens who will be impacted by the expansion as they move forward in the planning stage.

I-290: Time to Act

SEOPCO wants to empower you to take action on this important issue that will negatively affect our community. The proposed I-290 expansion WILL create more air pollution, noise pollution, visual blight, and lower our property values. It WILL NOT solve highway congestion or safety concerns. You have only until November 7th to voice your concerns to IDOT.

The Issues:

1. Congestion Remains the Same: Currently I-290 is congested 17 hours per day. The proposed expansion may decrease congestion to 16.5 hours per day.

2. The Myth of the Left Side Ramp: The most crashes occurred near Mannheim Road, Halsted Street, and Central Avenue from 2006 to 2008. Harlem Avenue and 25th Avenue follow in number. All but Harlem Avenue have right side ramps. IDOT’s own data does not show the role of the ramp configuration to the number of crashes.

3. More Dangerous for Drivers: Half of the highway lanes will be reduced from the recommended 12 feet to 11 feet in some places. Eleven foot lanes can cause unsafe driving conditions, which would increase the chances of crashes, and therefore increase highway congestion.

4. Big Big Money: IDOT has not provided a cost estimate for this project. Similar projects are in the $1 billion range.

5. Quality of Life: New elevated right side ramps will be higher than our homes, increasing air, noise, and visual pollution in our neighborhood.

6. Provide Real Alternatives: IDOT is repackaging the same road expansion into four separate “alternatives”. People need real transportation alternatives like CTA and Metra expansion, buses, transit-oriented development, and intermodal facilities.

7. Community Concerns: IDOT has not considered environmental, economic, financial, and social justice criteria on how this construction project will affect Oak Park and other west side communities.

Now is the time to act! You can help stop the I-290 boondoggle. Submit comments today at

If you would like to help more with SEOPCO on this issue, please contact Michele Gurgas at