When Oak Park’s remade village board met last week to settle on its primary goals for the term ahead, it crystallized the change in direction voters have chosen. Topping its list of priorities are environmental sustainability, equity, community safety, affordability and infrastructure.
These are worthy goals and important to set early, as there will inevitably be many distractions ahead in the normal course of governing.
We appreciate the caution offered by Village President Vicki Scaman that goals have to be specific, affordable and attainable. But there also needs to be some reach and some ambition if progress on issues so large and complex as equity, policing, and sustainability are to be accomplished.