Following an unsuccessful bond referendum last fall, the Brookfield Public Library Board of Trustees will host three “listening tour” sessions to talk with residents about the referendum and services provided by the library.

The sessions will be held in the East Room at Irish Times, 8869 Burlington Ave., on Saturday, March 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Monday, March 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.; and Wednesday, March 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All Brookfield residents are invited to attend any of the listening sessions, and light refreshments and soft drinks will be served. There won’t be a formal presentation. Rather, the sessions will function on a drop-in basis, where residents can sit down one-on-one with board members and discuss any issues, concerns or ideas about library services and the library board’s plan to build a new facility.

For more information, contact the library at 708-485-6917 or visit online at

District 95 hosts referendum meetings

Officials in Brookfield-LaGrange Park District 95 are inviting residents of the school district to attend informational meetings regarding the April 4 referendum to issue $20 million in bonds to fund a major expansion of Brook Park School and the renovation and expansion of S.E. Gross Middle School.

The meetings will be held Wednesday, March 15 at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Brook Park School, 1214 Raymond Ave. in LaGrange Park, and on Monday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at S.E. Gross Middle School, 3524 Maple Ave. in Brookfield.

Members of the District 95 administration, the district’s architect, construction manager and bond counsel will be on hand to answer questions from residents following a presentation on the plan and its financial impact.

District 95, meanwhile, has created a referendum information page on its website ( that includes information about the school district, a summary of the plan, site plan drawings and a “tax calculator” where homeowners can tally how much a successful referendum would cost them in increased property taxes to pay off the bonds.

A volunteer group called Citizens for District 95 has organized for the purpose of advocating for the referendum. The group in January formed a political campaign committee to raise money in the run-up to the April 4 election. 

This article has been changed to correct the time of the Brookfield Public Library’s listening tour session on Saturday, March 4. The session will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.