Monday, August 29, 2011
Stay with Patch as Oak Parkers discuss policy with longtime Congressman.
During the summer recess from the debates and issues that keep lawmakers busy in DC, long-term Congressman Danny Davis is talking about them in his district. Davis, who has represented Oak Park since 1996, will likely address Social Security, Medicare, jobs and other issues of concern to the district. 9: 13 p.m. Davis ended the town hall and thanked everyone for coming. "I appreciate your questions and your insights," he said. A swarm of people came up to the front of council chambers to shake his hand, ask him more questions and get a photo of, and with, the Congressman. 9:04 p.m. There are three things that government does: make laws, appropriate money and decide where it will be spent," Davis said. "That's always been the hard part....…
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Congressman will answer to public at Monday forum.
Oak Park residents are invited to a town hall meeting hosted by Congressman Danny Davis (D-7th). The forum is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at Oak Park Village Hall, 123 Madison St. Topics will include the economy (federal budget, jobs, etc.) housing issues, education policy and "any other issues residents would like to discuss," Davis' office said. Davis' district encompasses parts of Chicago and stretches west into Oak Park and River Forest. It also covers parts of Forest Park, Maywood, Bellwood, Broadview, Hillside and Berkeley. Another town hall forum is scheduled for is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. in Westchester. Details here. Residents looking for more information on the town hall are asked to call (708) 345-6857
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Online forum allows for real-time Q & A.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will hold an online town hall Tuesday. The focus of the event, which kicks off at 7:15 p.m., will be on the projected Cook County budget shortfall of more than $315 million. Residents can watch the meeting via live-streaming video on the County Board’s new budget website. They will also be able to participate in the town hall by submitting questions online during the event. “Cook County residents deserve to know how and why their money is being spent and I’m looking forward to talking with folks about the budget process,” Preckwinkle said in a press release. “It’s important to take advantage of whatever mediums exist to help bring more people to the table.” For those on the go, audio from the …
Sunday, August 7, 2011
LaShawn K. Ford, sponsor of a bill that would decriminalize pot possession, looks for community feedback.
An Oak Park state representative is hoping to open up the discussion on changes to a state law that would decriminalize certain amounts of marijuana possession, according to Wednesday Journal. LaShawn K. Ford (D-8th) introduced an amendment to the state's Cannabis Control Act that would have police leveling fines upon, not arresting, those found with up to one ounce of marijuana. The amendment, House Bill 100, states "a person who knowingly possesses not more than 28.35 grams of any substance containing cannabis is guilty of a petty offense and shall be fined $500 for a first offense, $750 for a second offense, and $1,000 for a third or subsequent offense." Though that bill remains stalled in the state legislature, Ford told Wednesday …