Perhaps it’s time Oak Park started a conversation about the initiative now being discussed in Evanston where Evanston Township as a separate form of government may be put to a public vote. According to the Chicago Tribune, township trustees (Oct. 24) asked city staff to draft wording for a referendum on dissolving the township.

“I know very few people, unless they are township recipients or township employees, who really understand and embrace the township form of government,” said Trustee Ann Rainey. “It is a waste. It’s archaic. We need to move forward.” (Chicago Tribune, Oct. 25).

Cook County under President Preckwinkle and Chicago under Mayor Emanual are both evaluating duplicative costs and consolidating departments and functions where possible to reduce waste, overhead and layers of management. Perhaps it’s time for Oak Park to have the same discussion.

Brian Lantz
Oak Park

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