The spring election season is here with contested races in some village government and school board races. Election Day is April 4 and early voting starts in just three weeks.

After hosting a forum last week for OPRF school board candidates, Wednesday Journal is planning our next live event which will be a forum for candidates running for the Oak Park village board.

The forum, moderated by Doris Davenport of “The Doris Davenport Show” on WPNA (AM 1490), will be March 16 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at Oak Park’s village hall, 123 Madison St.  Audience members will be able to submit written questions during the forum.

The forum will also be streamed via Zoom and available on Oakpark.com in the days following.

There are five candidates for three open seats on Oak Park’s village board. Running for reelection are Susan Buchanan and Jim Taglia. Cory Wesley was appointed to the board last year and is now running for a full term. Simone Boutet, a former trustee, is running for a seat along with newcomer Brian Straw.

On other fronts, Wednesday Journal is gearing up for the election with candidate profiles underway, a digital candidate guide underway, questionnaires out to all the candidates, an extensive Voter Guide being prepped for print on March 15 and, we’re glad to say, the return of in-person candidate forums as COVID eases.

Growing Community Media’s election events and special coverage is underwritten by the Good Heart Work Smart Foundation.

Oak Park Village Board

Five candidates for three seats

March 16 at 7 p.m.
Oak Park Village Hall
Council Chambers
123 Madison St.

Moderated by Doris Davenport of “The Doris Davenport Show” on WPNA

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