As a longtime Oak Parker deeply invested in our community, I heartily endorse Peter Barber and Glenn Brewer for re-election as village board trustees.

I came to know Peter during his time on the District 97 school board, on which he served for eight years, including two as president. He brought a thoughtful, collaborative style to the board, and he always stayed focused on the ultimate goal — raising the bar for all children in our community. He led the charge for the establishment of a full-day kindergarten program and later the development of an International Baccalaureate program for our middle schools. 

He built bridges with the other taxing bodies in our community through his work with the Oak Park’s IGOV Committee because he knows that our community needs to break down silos and work together on our challenges. This spirit of cooperation served him well during his first term on the village board, where he worked with other board members to improve village services, streamline bureaucracy, bring new businesses to all corners of our community, and expand our tax base.

Glenn also brings a depth of experience to the role, having served eight years on the board. He helped restructure the Oak Park Economic Development Corporation, which jump-started development in the village. He too is committed to keeping our village diverse and affordable and knows that requires a focus on the nuts-and-bolts of village governance — fair housing laws, pension parity and parking reform.

Peter and Glenn are longtime Oak Parkers who have raised their children in our village and devoted countless hours as volunteers and public servants to keep our village a thriving, affordable and inclusive community. They will lead Oak Park forward and deserve your vote on April 4.

Ade Onayemi 

Oak Park

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