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Forum: Eager to enjoy larger Orland Grassland

Updated: December 19, 2012 1:11PM



Regarding the Cook County Forest Preserve District’s $8 million land purchase to expand the Orland Grassland nature preserve, the price is a pittance compared with the $65 million project to improve the intersection of 143rd Street and LaGrange Road.

I support public planning such as the Ninety 7 Fifty on the Park apartment building in Orland Park and the redevelopment of the area around the new 143rd Street Metra station, which is beautiful. Ninety 7 Fifty is a good investment to bring young, employed people who hopefully will settle in our community and become taxpaying families here.

However, I’ve lived out here for more than 20 years, and I’ve seen ballparks on Ravinia Avenue become offices and seen the residential and commercial sprawl as it developed.

Even though Orland Park may miss out on future tax revenue from the forest preserve district’s new property, I plan to enjoy every minute of volunteer work on the Orland Grassland, including helping to create a butterfly meadow. I look forward to a “little piece of heaven” near my back yard. I only hope to see that it lasts for many years, to be enjoyed by my neighbors in the southwestern corner of Cook County.

Donna Skubic

Orland Park

Let’s stop electing judges

For decades, I’ve called for a switch from electing judges to a system of merit retention. The problem is obvious when 20 years have passed without a single judge losing retention.

The many examples of bad judges keeping their jobs should motivate legislators in Springfield to act.

But just in case they need additional evidence, know this — the Cook County ballot is one of the longest in the country due to the judicial contests. Long ballots lead to long lines for voting and discourage participation.

In addition, some suburban voters on Nov. 6 thought referenda were missing from their ballots because they skipped the judicial races, an all-too-common occurrence and one that unfortunately results in them missing out on voting on a local issue.

Let’s do what’s right and change the system for retaining judges.

David Orr

Cook County clerk

CPS ‘bribes’ a new low

The Chicago Public Schools and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to bribe parents with $25 Walgreens gift cards to pick up their children’s report cards is a new low for the school system.

Emanuel says we need to close the gap between “a parent and a teacher, a gap between the parent and the principal ...”

What about the monumental gap between the parent and their child? How much money will Emanuel use to bribe parents to close that gap with their child? How sad is that.

Lawrence Dudzik

Mokena



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