The Oak Park Board of Trustees unanimously approved the appointment of Trustee Dan Moroney to serve on the board of the Oak Park Economic Development Corporation (OPEDC).
The OPEDC is a nonprofit organization contracted by the Village of Oak Park to attract business development to the village.
The group also has a board of trustees that includes voting members of village government – the mayor, village manager and an Oak Park trustee appointed by the mayor – that votes on proposed developments and makes recommendations to the Oak Park Board of Trustees.
The OPEDC board meets in private and does not allow attendance by the press or members of the public, prompting criticism by some Oak Parkers for its lack of transparency.
A position on the OPEDC board opened up in April when Oak Park Trustee Peter Barber was not re-elected to the Oak Park Board of Trustees.
Other members of the OPEDC board include: Chairman Martin J. Noll, chief executive officer of Community Bank Oak Park River Forest; Vice Chairman Thomas Gallagher, chief credit officer of Community Bank Oak Park River Forest; Secretary Frank Pellegrini, of real estate law firm Pellegrini & Cristiano; Secretary Mary K. Ludgin, managing director of Chicago-based real estate investment firm Heitman; Director Everett Ward, a partner at Quarles & Brady who serves on the firm's national Real Estate Group; and Cathy Yen, head of the Oak Park-River Forest Chamber of Commerce.