2017 SEOPCO Goals

2017 SEOPCO Goals

  • Continue to keep SEOP residents informed on local issues relating to our Mission.
  • Maintain and communicate a positive identity for our neighborhood.
  • Continue to work with Citizens for Appropriate Transportation and the Village of Oak ParkP on the I-290 redevelopment
  • Possibly hold a forum to communicate with neighbors
    • Discuss and encourage diversity
  • Ongoing discussion of this topic and how it relates to who we are and where we live
  • Consider holding a diversity forum, partnering with the Housing Center
  • Continue annual events
  • Movie night with the Park District
    • Back to School pizza party with Irving School
    • Tentative date is Friday, September 8
  • Barrie Fest
    • Tentative date is Saturday, September 9
  • Encourage and support a “Green” Community
    • Ongoing discussion and collaboration with local organizations to encourage conservation and recycling
  • Hold an election forum for Village government candidates and the D97 referendum

SEOPCO Accomplishments in 2016

  • Informed our neighborhood about local events, communicating  via Facebook, our email list and Twitter.
  • Organized our annual Barrie Fest, which took place in September.  Live bands played throughout the afternoon as approximately 400 neighbors enjoyed visiting our business fair and jumping in the bounce houses, This year we also added a climbing wall, which was quite popular. Local artists and bands provided live entertainment. The Oak Park Fire Department stopped by, as well as the Oak Park Library’s Book Bike. Our new food vendor, Carnivore, was busy throughout the day selling delicious sandwiches. It was a wonderful afternoon to visit with friends and meet neighbors!
  • Held a public forum on the District 200 Referendum in October with speakers representing the District 200 Board, as well as the Yes and No positions. This was followed by a moderated question & answer session from the audience. We broadcast this forum live via Facebook video.
  • Worked with our new Neighborhood Resource Officer, Derrick Verge as he hosted monthly meetings at Barrie Center. Each month Officer Verge and other members of the police force gathered to discuss how to increase safety in South East Oak Park.
  • Partnered with Culvers for an October fund raiser to help raise funds for the Holiday Food and Gift Basket program at Irving School.
  • Collaborated with the Oak Park Park District and the Irving PTO to plan annual Movie Night in conjunction with Irving’s Back-to-School party. A great time was had gathering to visit and eat pizza, but the threat of rain forced the cancellation of the movie. We’ll try again next year.
  • Monitored developments on the Eisenhower Transportation Corridor. There was no significant movement this year, but SEOPCO continues to stay in touch with this important transportation issue, with the help of Citizens for Appropriate Transporation.
  • Held a successful membership campaign with about 50 neighbors making contributions.

Public Forum on the District 200 Referendum

SEOPCO will hold an Open Public Forum on the District 200 Referendum on Tuesday October 25th  from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  The forum will be held at Washington Irving Elementary School, 1125 South Cuyler Avenue. Speakers will represent District 200, as well as the Yes and No positions, followed by a moderated question & answer session from the audience. We plan to broadcast live via Facebook live video. Details on the live stream will be posted at: Facebook.com/Seopco. If there are any questions please post them to the Seopco Facebook page.”

Community Policing Meeting Dates

Here is a list of upcoming meeting dates for community members to meet with our local Resident Beat Officers (RBO) and Neighborhood Resource Officers (NRO) to discuss issues of safety and other topics. Meetings are at 7:00 PM.

DATE                                   ZONE                    LOCATION

Tue        14Jun16               Zone 7/8              Barrie Center

Wed       06Jul16                Zone 6                  618 S Austin substation

Tue        12Jul16                Zone 7/8              Barrie Center

Wed       03Aug16              Zone 6                  618 S Austin

Tue        09Aug16              Zone 7/8              Barrie Center

To see which Zone you live in, visit the Village website.

Barrie Fest Sponsors

SEOPCO couldn’t hold Barrie Fest without the support of these sponsors. We’d like to send out  a special thanks to all of these organizations, especially our lead sponsor, the Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest.

Community Bank seop



Com Ed seop



Wednesday Journal seop
house of heat seop kolovitz seop

fair share seop




frame warehouse culvers

South East Oak Park Community Organization