The voters of Oak Park and River Forest have an unusual opportunity to elect an expert on school policy and finance to the OPRF District 200 School Board. He is Ralph Martire, currently finishing his term as president of the River Forest District 90 School Board and a recent Wednesday Journal Villager of the Year.

You have probably seen Ralph numerous times on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight as a consultant on public finance issues, such as budgets, new construction and pensions, a skill sorely needed in these days of ImagineOPRF and other school-related issues.

Ralph is executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability and a professor of public policy at Roosevelt University. He holds a law degree from the University of Michigan and co-wrote the new school funding formula for the state of Illinois. He has received several awards for his leadership on the issue of equity. His leadership and experiences in his professional life and in D90 make him uniquely qualified to serve on the D200 board.

River Forest residents and fair-minded Oak Parkers can also help resolve the issue of there currently being no board member from River Forest. Ralph is the only candidate to represent that village.

Vote Ralph Martire on April 2.

Charles Vietzen Sr.

River Forest

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