As we head into the final days of the campaign, the Citizens for Progressive Action team for village trustee–Ray Johnson, Jan Pate, Jon Hale and John Hedges–would like to take a minute to thank our supporters for their incredible outpouring of support to get Oak Park moving again.

We’ve had unprecedented success in all facets of the campaign. Through March, we’ve raised more than $52,000 from 350 residents and businesses, either through cash contributions or in-kind donations of goods and services. The average contribution is $150, well below the campaign’s self-imposed contribution limit of $2,500. We placed nearly 1,000 blue and yellow yard signs, 40 people hosted candidate coffees, and more than 100 have canvassed, dropped fliers, or made phone calls on behalf of our team.

The breadth of support is amazing. Our first contribution was an unsolicited $20 bill that a former neighbor, pulled from her wallet when she heard about the team. Just last week, someone wrote a $100 check when she saw one candidate at an el stop.

We’ve also had a good deal of support from our business community. That’s good because it shows they’re listening to what our candidates are saying: “Let’s get downtown, our other business districts, and retail in Oak Park moving again.”

This is a critical election. We appreciate the investment that so many citizens have made in our campaign to bring us together as a community so we can move forward on critical issues such as business district and retail revitalization, intergovernmental cooperation, and a more user-friendly village hall.

We don’t want anyone to be complacent, so we want to urge all of our supporters to stay focused and help us sprint to the finish line. And to those of you who are still undecided, we ask you to please take a few minutes to read about our team and our ideas at

With your help on April 17, we will get Oak Park moving again.

Alan Amato and Lynn Kamenitsa
Campaign co-chairs, Citizens for Progressive Action

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