If You Have Seen One Chamber…

“If you have seen one chamber, you have seen… one chamber,” goes the industry saying.  Each chamber is unique, molded around the needs, interests and make-up of its particular business community. Although we share the name “chamber of commerce,” chambers are not affiliated with each other.    Nevertheless, it is a real joy for me to…

Developing a Bigger Pie

“That caye is a private island.  Norwegian Cruise Lines purchased it to create their own exclusive port for their cruise ship passengers,” our tour guide said with contempt. It seems Belize wrestles with many of the same development debates I was hoping to escape for a few days as my family vacationed in this beautiful…

Had I Known…

Scrolling through Facebook on a Sunday morning, I first learn about so many around-town happenings that happened last week.  Events I wish I had known about before; events I wish I had attended.  Or at least helped to promote. We suffer from an abundance of riches in Oak Park and River Forest, with no lack…

It’s Never That Simple

A discussion heretofore meant for Council Chambers just played out entirely on social media.  The business community requested public discussion at Village Hall to present the implications of Cook County’s minimum wage and paid sick leave ordinance, which goes into effect on July 1.  While never officially acknowledged, our request was denied after Facebook lit…