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In this June, 18, 1996 photo, writer Elmore Leonard sits on the set of his latest book-turned movie, "Pronto," in Miami Beach, Fla. Leonard, a former adman who later in life became one of America's foremost crime writers, died Tuesday morning. He was 87. His researcher says he passed away Tuesday morning, from complications from a stroke. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
It takes a walk in the woods to get a good look at the future of the Portage Park District. Just two years ago, the district was operating on a shoestring budget, with development of more outdoor recreational space grinding to a halt. This was happening just as suburban development was beginning to close off options to acquire and protect large blocs of land, especially in the western part of the county.