Oak Park village president named to sustainability council

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By Marty Stempniak

Staff Reporter

Cook County is forming a council of local leaders to tackle environmental issues in the region, and Oak Park’s village president is one of the members.

Toni Preckwinkle, president of the county board, announced the formation of the 13-member Cook County Sustainability Advisory Council on Thursday. She’s asking the group to put forth possible programs to increase energy efficiency and decrease pollution, according to a press release.

“I am asking the Sustainability Advisory Council [to] help us do nothing less than establish Cook County as a world-class model of sustainability efficiency and conservation,” Preckwinkle said in a statement. “I urge council members to ask tough questions and think outside the box in setting goals for sustainability.”

The council is chaired by ComEd President and CEO Anne Pramaggiore and Chris Kennedy, past president of Merchandise Mart Properties. Along with Oak Park Village President David Pope, other members include the director of the Sierra Club’s Illinois chapter, and the mayors of Palos Hills and Lynwood.

Next steps for the group include setting benchmarks for energy use at county facilities and chasing after grants to make upgrades at those facilities, according to the press release. The council will meet throughout the year and put together an annual report to document its work. 

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Posted: March 12th, 2012 10:28 PM

Is this why Barwin left? After all, he brought in all the sustainability projects to Oak Park. Did Pope want all the limelight for himself?

Hot Air Balloon from OP  

Posted: March 12th, 2012 2:33 PM

Wow, maybe he can filibuster somewhere else now??!! Can he take his brickpavers with him? Maybe take Ray Johnson too? Please!


Posted: March 10th, 2012 11:14 PM


Q from Oak Park  

Posted: March 10th, 2012 10:06 PM

T.J., maybe someone should say, "Know off the boring talk Pope, and get to the point. We are all so worn down that we will vote for anything you want just to leave."

T.J. from OP  

Posted: March 10th, 2012 4:36 PM

The council better plan for some long meetings. With David Pope on the board and his history of long talking an issue they can expect to adjourn around midnight.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: March 10th, 2012 2:04 PM

recycling dead wood, Pope likes bricks and enjoys the flattering he gets when handing out contracts.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: March 10th, 2012 2:02 PM

thanks toni from oak park, you are hoping to much for him moving on. He knows his power right now for bricks is still with Oak Park, because he can spend Oak Park's money, and is using his position to step to his next political goals.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: March 10th, 2012 2:01 PM

Jim Coughlin, groups in politics are made up to be the reason why they can make an income from it. Of course it will be a paid project. As for Pope being part of it, what do you think about his beliefs in still buying gasoline vehicles instead of an alternative fuel? LOL He is on it, but doesn't believe in it. He wants to be president of our country and pave highways with bricks.

recycling dead wood  

Posted: March 10th, 2012 7:00 AM

Chaired by ComEd President and CEO Anne Pramaggiore and includes David Pope are all one needs to know that this group is about promoting superficial self-interests. Look for Pope to steer contracts to his buddies at Seven Generations Ahead and A5.

thanks toni from oak park  

Posted: March 9th, 2012 8:38 PM

Thanks Toni for taking Pope off our hands. Can't wait 'til he proposes reducing parkway trees in all of Cook County by 30% which he approved in Oak Park a few years ago. He argued this was sustainable and "green". He will be perfect for your committee, a master at greenwashing! The only ones here that will miss the "Mayor of Marion St." will be those few property owners who profited from his costly, grandiose and unsustainable plans for 2 blocks of our Village.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: March 9th, 2012 1:34 PM

Has the County provided any information regarding the operating budget for the council and do all members serve without compensation?

You Can Have Him! from OP  

Posted: March 9th, 2012 12:08 PM

Take our President, please! Perhaps for a VERY long time....that way he can talk all he wants about how heated bluestone sidewalks and brick pavers are sustainable!

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