When Alderman Graham listened but kept mouth shut

At Harmon-Lilly meeting in Galewood, 2013

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By Jim Bowman


The Harmon and Lilly town hall meeting in Galewood, Sept. 12, 2013, questions and complaints:


It was 7:30, 45 minutes into the meeting. A pleasant-looking young woman, Harmon's aide, stood with a clip board, said it was time to gather written questions. She began walking the room gathering questions.


Meanwhile, questions and complaints continued from the floor — about illegal immigrants using scarce resources while not paying taxes, declining property values, lack of a public library "we can take our kids to," a North Avenue pawn shop.


"Residents need a voice," a woman said. "We are stuck. You have to listen." 

Ms. Graham, alderman with a history: 

The airing of North Avenue problems prompted a call for comment from the alderman, Deborah Graham, who had sat quietly through it all, unannounced.

She had been a state rep for Oak Park and Austin . . . .  

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