As a lifelong resident of this village, I have witnessed many changes, from our home being bombed in 1951 to Oak Park adopting a Fair Housing Ordinance in 1968, to naming a school after my dad [Percy Julian Middle School] in 1985.
Change is now coming to the Village Board of Trustees, with so many candidates vying for three board positions. One candidate, however, who doesn't need to be changed is the incumbent, Jim Taglia. Jim is my friend and neighbor. He is a person of strong character and determination, a warm, kind, generous and compassionate man. He is a humanitarian, having deep, genuine concern for others and a willingness to help in any way possible.
Jim is a leader. He brings to the voting table a wealth of governing experience, as he served as an Oak Park Township Trustee for six years, prior to his stint as a village trustee since 2017. As a CPA, he has certainly been fiscally responsible in his government service.
He has contributed to making racial diversity a reality in our community through his unswerving dedication to the principle that people of all races can learn to live and work together. He supports the need for racial equity training for the personnel who staff our educational system, as well as all elected officials and village staff. He has an unshakeable commitment to the welfare, upbringing and early education of our children to ensure their future growth and development. He is not afraid to speak up for his beliefs and ideals and was a proponent for raising the age to 21 to purchase cigarettes. He has also been vocal about the regulation of electronic cigarettes.
He aggressively pursued the initiative for police to carry the antidote, Narcan, to administer to those suffering from an opioid overdose. He has been extremely vocal about not raising property taxes above 3 percent. He believes in affordable housing, as well as funding general assistance for the homeless. Jim advocates easing the overnight parking ban in congested areas, extending the time limit to pay a parking fine, and eliminating the boot on vehicles for non-payment of tickets.
He is a mediator. Often board members do not agree. Jim seeks to resolve conflicting views by establishing mutual understanding. He believes we make progress by listening to others.
If elected, he will continue to work for the betterment of Oak Park. I hope you will vote for this dedicated and deserving man to continue to serve on the village board.
Faith R. Julian
Answer Book 2019
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