Riverside and the entire Chicago area dodged an ear-shattering bullet recently when the Federal Railway Administration (FRA) decided to exempt our region from mandatory train whistle blowing for another year.
The FRA made the right call on this issue, but I do not believe they would have done so without the unified pressure of local officials and our North Eastern Illinois Congressional delegation. Special thanks should be extended to John Kravcik, the former president of Western Springs and the West Central Municipal Conference, and to former Congressman Bill Lipinski.
Kravcik led the charge in recent months to get the FRA to see how this rule would negatively affect our west suburban communities, while Lipinski battled the FRA on this issue for nearly 10 years. Lipinski's successor, Congressman Dan Lipinski, is now working with other Chicago area members of Congress to make this ban permanent.
I encourage local officials and the public at large to urge Congressman Lipinski and his fellow Members of Congress to continue strong efforts in the coming year to make the whistle blowing exemption permanent for our region.
Harold J. Wiaduck, Jr.
Riverside Village President
Why no action on Salt Creek bridge?
I would have thought that the walk bridge over Salt Creek would have been top priority at the May 23 Brookfield village board meeting. There has been a lot of focus around the main train station since the woman got hit by the train last week.
The walk bridge serves as a link to the train station. People continue to walk in the street, even the kids. This is very dangerous, and I hope nobody gets killed because of it. We, as a village, have been lucky so far nobody has been injured.
That bridge must be replaced immediately. We did not have the money, but now the village does have the money.
We sold the Fairview property for $350,000, and part of that should be used to replace the walk bridge now. The village has the money now and lack of funds is no longer the problem. Fix the walk bridge now before a resident gets hit or killed by a car.
If, I were still village president it would be top priority and would be replaced as soon as possible.