I’m a working parent of two small children, so I don’t have as much time as I’d like to be involved in local government. I’ve had to trust that the people who have been chosen to serve Oak Park in an official capacity are doing so with integrity. I know not everyone is going to agree on everything. 

The board’s decisions are not always going to align with my preferences. But the blatant attempt of leadership to let the Oak Park Department of Public Health authorization expire without a vote that includes all trustees, and without a chance for the rest of the community to comment, is reprehensible. 

Regardless of how you feel about the OPDPH making pandemic-related decisions, the members of this community have a right to know what’s going on, and each and every trustee should be part of decision making. 

I’m angry that I have to state something so obvious, and that the people who are leading my community think it’s OK to behave this way. But mostly, I’m ashamed. I moved to Oak Park because I thought it was a place that wanted to do better. Time and time again Oak Park has had that chance — and failed. This is yet another missed opportunity.

Going forward, I expect the members of this administration to treat each other and the entire village with respect. No one is going to agree with all of your decisions, but all of us have a right to know about them.  

Kelley Clink, Oak Park

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