Moroney running for Oak Park village president

Oak Park village trustee announces bid in growing field

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By Stacey Sheridan

Staff Reporter

Oak Park village trustee Dan Moroney announced Sunday that he is entering the race for village president. As the race shapes up so far, Moroney will be competing against fellow board village board member Simone Boutet, Village Clerk Vicki Scaman and park district employee Cate Readling in the April 2021 election to take over the position from Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb, who has not yet decided whether he will seek reelection.

"My campaign is rooted in my belief that Oak Park is an exemplary community that should recognize our shared commitment to maintaining a village that has provided a setting for all residents to thrive," Moroney stated in his campaign press release.

His campaign will advance "a theme of common cause, common ground and common sense." Elected as a village trustee in 2017, his term ends this April and he has been reticent about his 2021 plans prior to the announcement.

Moroney's accomplishments as a first-term trustee, as the press release touts, include: decision-making rooted in common sense and pragmatism, keeping the tax levy increases below 3 percent, promoting practical sustainability initiatives and modestly scaled development projects.

The press release also cites Moroney's track record regarding policing in Oak Park, stating that his first term has been marked by "community safety by supporting the police and understanding the need to address the four years of consecutive increases in crime" and "supporting village staff including the police, as they provide the core functions of municipal government."

Moroney's view of policing in Oak Park has led to quite a few clashes with fellow trustee Arti Walker-Peddakotla, who has advocated for extensive reform, including sponsoring a resolution to defund the police department in August.

"I look forward to voting no on this resolution," Moroney told the village board during the Aug. 25 meeting.

Moroney and Walker-Peddakotla got into a heated argument in September 2019 over racial profiling within the police department.

"They deserve our praise rather than a blanket statement that damns the whole department," Moroney said to Walker-Peddakotla.

Moroney modified his stance on racial profiling in August of this year by requesting the removal of the police department's "Guide to the Suspicious" from the village website. The guide was criticized for appearing to encourage residents to engage in racial profiling.

"Residents are calling the cops disproportionately on Black residents for actions that might be 100 percent within the law," Moroney told Wednesday Journal following the guide's removal.

Moroney stated in the press release that all voices must be heard, and all views respected to allow for true inclusion and tolerance in a community.

"We have fallen short of these ideals at the board table over the past two years and I want to work to reverse that trend, so that we can identify the best public policy for Oak Park," Moroney said in the press release.

If elected village president, Moroney intends to keep tax levy increases to below 3 percent and ensure that police are "supported in reversing the trend of rising crime," as well as to encourage economic development, according to the release.

Moroney has had conversations examining these issues, among others, with guests on his podcast, "Common Ground Oak Park."

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Bill Maxwell  

Posted: December 4th, 2020 11:50 AM

Jeffrey Smith you should be a moderator for the 3 candidates. You did not mention why is Dan Moroney's picture still at the top when the Pete's news is more relevant which means Moroney's picture would move down

Jeffrey Smith  

Posted: December 4th, 2020 9:11 AM

Is Moroney a Democrat or a Republican? Did he vote for Biden or Trump? Does he think the country is in better shape now than it was when Trump took office? Does he agree with Trump's immigration policies? Does he think we still need the Voting Rights Act? Does he think tax cuts for the rich stimulate the economy? Does he think people of color complain too much? If he wants to lower Oak Park property taxes, which services and Village government functions would get less or no money? Does he think teachers should take a pay cut since they're not working from the classroom? Does he think the new apartment buildings that have gone up in Oak Park are beautiful? Does he think real estate developers should get tax breaks rather than Oak Park citizens? Is he going to try to run a campaign where he doesn't answer any questions? Does he think he's benefitted from white privilege? Does he think white privilege even exists? So many questions, so little time before the election.

Mary Jo Erickson from Oak Park  

Posted: December 3rd, 2020 2:20 PM

This entire issue of the Wednesday Journal should be provided by real estate agents to each client who seeks to buy a home in Oak Park. The comments below should be printed out and be required reading. The prospective homeowner can be given a cup of coffee and a quiet place to peruse the Journal and study the comments. Once finished they should sign and initial these items thus verifying they have read them. Then and only then should a search for a home begin. People deserve to know what they are getting into when they select a home and a community. The home must pass an inspection. Perhaps the community should also pass an inspection. One is led to suspect that an individual with middle of the road views or (gasp!) conservative views will have little if anything in common with a number of very vocal Oak Parkers who tend to shout down anyone who disagrees with them. These are potential homebuyers who would be happier in other communities. As a philanthropic gesture, we should help them avoid making a mistake.

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: December 3rd, 2020 1:57 PM

Jeffrey, you keep acting like everyone around town hates you. Not true. No one chose to live in Oak Park, one of the most expensive choices they could possibly make, if that was the case. There are plenty of all this or all that suburbs around us. People just want to live in a town, not be constantly insulted by their neighbors and be safe. And crime affects everyone.

Jeffrey Smith  

Posted: December 3rd, 2020 9:31 AM

This thread and the one on "White supremacist as a conversation starter..." seem to have triggered certain persons. Well, yeah. They cannot accept the fact that by 2040 white folks will be a minority in America. Not surprising they'd be nervous. Knowing how the white majority has treated people of color - and passively or actively profiting from and supporting the oppression - they can only think what a non-white majority will do to *them, because that's the only way they can think about human relations: do others before they do you. They're sad little creatures, but even in their littleness and waning grip on total power they can do a great deal of damage to the country - as witness who they put in the White House four years ago and what devastation that wannabe dictator has wrought on our country. All riled up about car jackings, are the littles, but nary a word about a criminal gang, mostly made up of white men, jacking our government and leaving hundreds of thousands of Americans dead in its wake. And they're fixing to tighten their grip on Village government next spring. The zombie ruling class will be staggering around Oak Park for the foreseeable future, and wreaking as much as they can.

Jeffrey Smith  

Posted: December 3rd, 2020 1:28 AM

"Don't ever forget what they want. They want a white world. They want whites to rule."

Nick Polido  

Posted: December 2nd, 2020 1:36 PM

"divisive figure in this community" really? Not Arti Walker-Peddakotla. Oh the doq whistle...far right radio program, also known for only having gun toting white supremist guests...."disregard for women in this community who might question him" would this refer to the crazy outburst by Trustee Susan Buchanan? Run Dan Run!

Jeffrey Smith  

Posted: December 2nd, 2020 11:05 AM

Moroney is Mike Pence to Anan's Trump.

James Peters from Oak Park  

Posted: December 1st, 2020 9:16 AM

To me, Dan's biggest impact will be to widen the debate. I think that Oak Park's far-left is trying to build a "group think" environment that emphasizes ideology rather than good government. I hope we can think more about Oak Park's development strategy and about taxes, issues with a significant impact on the community.

Sarah Miyata  

Posted: November 30th, 2020 9:43 PM

I voted for Dan and regret my vote. For the past three years I have read his politically-correct and vague statements, watched him hide, allowed others to fight his battles, made poor judgements, and naively and unknowingly validated intolerance. Dan may be a good person, but he is no leader. In this highly volatile political climate, we need leaders at the national, state and local levels who have a self-awareness to recognize their privilege and when they need to learn, an inclusive communication style, and humility to acknowledge a mistake. His deafening silence regarding his most recent muddy issue speaks volumes. In my opinion, there is nothing more to see here and it's time to move on.

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: November 30th, 2020 10:16 AM

What happened last year was an inappropriate, unprofessional and outrageous outburst at a board meeting by Trustee Buchanon aimed at many of Oak Park's citizens. It was embarrassing to her and exposed the crazier side of Oak Park politics. To deflect attention away from that, a small core of people who back the devisive Buchanon and the even wackier Arti Walker will do and say just about anything.

Neal Buer from Oak Park  

Posted: November 30th, 2020 8:34 AM

Dan is a calm voice in a world that gets off on volatile situations to feel relevant. These same people always define something as "far right" if they find anything to the right of their "far left" thinking. We need a village president that strives to keep our streets safe from crime, fire protection, and clean and well maintained streets and parkways.

Ruth Lazarus  

Posted: November 30th, 2020 8:30 AM

Whatever one thinks about Mr. Moroney, he has become an extremely divisive figure in this community, and after the year we have had, I honestly have to question his judgment and his sensitivity in deciding to run for this office. His appearance last year on the far right radio program, and this weekend's letter by his friend, Matt Baron, attacking a community member on his behalf, show a reckless disregard for women in this community who might question him. His announcement on running conveys a stunning lack of awareness of the challenges this community is facing, it's as if he is living in an entirely different era. There is no mention of the economic devastation and/or public health concerns posed by the pandemic, and he seems to imply, with regards to crime, that safety and justice are mutually exclusive.

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: November 29th, 2020 7:02 PM

Dan is going to do a great job. He has great experience and is exactly what we need.

Liz Thompson from Oak Park  

Posted: November 29th, 2020 6:34 PM

I beg to differ, Monica. Dan Moroney's candidacy for village president is not so great news. His decision to inflame an already volatile situation last year by hopping on a far right radio talk show to "provide context" regarding that situation tells me all I need to know about how Dan would lead. No, thank you.

Monica Sheehan  

Posted: November 29th, 2020 6:01 PM

Dan Moroney's candidacy for village president is great news! It will be wonderful to cast a vote in the April election for Dan, a candidate who understands budgets and the actual priorities of our village government, as well as the roles the other five taxing bodies play in providing services, including social services and programs, to residents in Oak Park.

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