A lack of transparency at village hall

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Noted with interest the "One View" of Chris Donovan [Increase participation at village board meetings, Viewpoints, Dec. 14]. Mr. Donovan stated much of my personal thoughts in his column pertaining to the Madison Street debacle. No one appears in village hall (esp. our mayor/president/ruler) to care much about some Oak Park citizens' thoughts and concerns relative to traffic flow and other aspects of the project.

To do as little as possible to notify concerned citizens of board meetings, etc., for this project just confirms the lack of transparency on the part of village hall. You can rest assured that had this been a project that our Mayor/President had not favored, meeting notices would have been posted on a regular basis to encourage attendance. Instead, people who have concerns are told to "look it up yourself" when they request further notification. 

Not all of us are involved in village government on a daily basis and shouldn't have to seek out meeting information concerning projects of interest, whether in favor of the project or not. Also, the Journal's statement concerning "a handful of niggling critics" is hitting below the belt when, in fact, there are many more concerned parties as to the Madison Street project and how it would affect traffic flow through the village than a "handful." You took this same tack relative to the pool vote and you saw where that led, regardless of whether the "yes" votes claimed victory despite losing the vote itself.

Our village and people in village hall seem to be doing whatever they wish without much transparency when it comes to projects they desire. Note how the information relative to increasing taxes was made public after the November election. Was this another of our Mayor/President's favorite projects? It seems that he's a real gentleman until someone criticizes any of his personal favorite projects.

Jim Agin

Oak Park

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Bruce Kline  

Posted: January 6th, 2017 7:09 AM

Sometimes it seems the WJ functions as Pravda did for the old Soviet Union: a mere house organ for the State. In this case, the WJ often appears as a mere house organ for D200 and the Village Board.

Robert Milstein from Oak Park  

Posted: January 5th, 2017 10:32 PM

"a handful of niggling critics" is all you need to make a point that something is wrong at the Village. That handful is who you see but below the surface there are many citizens who want a transparent process. The nigglers will fight for them, too.

John Butch Murtagh  

Posted: January 4th, 2017 9:55 PM

Jim - Chris Donovan would like to like to chat with you. He is impressed with the current and previous posts you have written. I can put you in touch with Chris by having you call my home number (708 660 0132) Regards, Butch

John Butch Murtagh  

Posted: January 3rd, 2017 11:08 PM

Jim Agin - Jim as I read your post I thought I had terminal deja-vu. Your viewpoints are exactly the same as mine and more importantly those of Chris Donovan. I wrote a post tonight under the Wednesday Journal article "Oak Park Candidates Face Petition Challenges." I think you will find my post helpful. Regards, Butch

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