When I see the bulldozers at Ridgeland Common, I am just as bothered by the process as the end result. It's true that part of leadership is going ahead with what you have to do despite some criticism, but when that criticism comes from hundreds and hundreds of the people who are paying your salary, you would think it would at least make you pause and consider if you are doing the right thing or if your plans should at least be modified, if not cancelled.
Not in Oak Park. When many hundreds of people signed petitions, wrote letters and in other ways protested the plans, you would think a public meeting would have been called to discuss them. I attended the park district board meeting and no public comment was allowed. How does this part of our government represent us? What can we do to change its attitude?