Vote for a village board that listens to the right people

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Oak Park, this is a crucial time. This village board election is about what you want for yourselves as taxpayers and what you want for the quality of our community.

To whom does our current board listen? They listen to people who believe that ever-increasing density is the future; to people who believe that secret meetings with developers can come up with the best plans for Oak Park; to people who believe that citizens are troublemakers when they want a say on how their neighborhood and village will look; to people who believe that, in order to attract business to Oak Park, the village must provide huge subsidies ($8-20 million this time); to people who believe that you have to intimidate employees in order to have a run well village; to people who believe that, since the board knows what's best for Oak Park, its acceptable for the board to decide on parking lots, developments, etc. before soliciting citizen input.

These are true of the board except Robert Milstein in all cases, and Galen Gockel in many cases.

Bob Milstein has been 100 percent faithful to the philosophy of open government.

When the board held executive sessions, wherein they discussed improper and illegal matters, he left and told the public. Singly, he instituted open town hall forums, when citizens were ignored and ridiculed by President Trapani.

He asked citizens to help him research all issues as well as spending tremendous time himself reading and researching in order to be as informed as possible. Thus, being on top of things, he would hold the Village Manager and staff accountable, and in turn he became fully accountable to us.

In summary Bob Milstein has faithfully delivered in spades to represent Oak Parkers with openness, diligence, and the great humanity that this man has.

If you really care about this community and the stewardship of your taxes to the best possible purposes, you will choose this man to lead this community, plus the New Leadership Party team of trustees and clerk.

They were chosen by the most open and careful process that this town has ever seen.

This election matters to all of us. It matters that you vote for the whole slate and the platform it stands for. This election is much more than a junior high personality contest. It matters that you vote for the people and slate that has a comprehensive vision for Oak Park--a vision that revitalizes all 11 of Oak Parks business districts; a development vision that supports our local businesses rather than just throwing money at developers and national chains; and a vision that encourages development, while protecting our historic buildings which attract so many to Oak Park.

Vote April 5 for the New Leadership Party with Bob Milstein for president; Martha Brock, Geoffrey Baker, and Greg Marsey for trustees, and Sharon Patchak-Layman for Clerk. It really matters!

Karen Ard
Oak Park

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