Even given the low bar set by his predecessor as 1st District commissioner on the Cook County board, and it was a woefully low bar set by Earlean Collins, we are impressed by the early traction shown by Commissioner Richard Boykin.

With two key hires, Cory Foster, a notable legislative aide in Springfield, as chief of staff and Adam Salzman, an Oak Park village trustee, as policy director, Boykin makes clear that he intends to have impact. These hires reinforce Boykin’s plan to be active and visible from the West Side to the western edge of Proviso Township.

Watch Boykin as he continues to push his focus on complex issues of mental health and as he brings county resources to a district that Collins allowed to be ignored.

We’re encouraged.

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