Taglia is a consensus-builder

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I can't think of a more thoughtful, professional, reasonable, or hard-working public servant than Jim Taglia. We have disagreed on a few issues that were important to me, but I would not trade him as a colleague for anyone. 

I believe that having differing viewpoints makes for a strong board. Being a trustee can be challenging. Certain decisions you are forced to make inevitably disappoint some residents or stakeholders, no matter how you vote. Jim understands the nuance and complexity, not only of how government works, but also consensus building and relationships. 

Wednesday Journal's editorial endorsement perfectly stated that Jim is "necessary glue. Steady. Well studied. Without ego." It has been an honor and privilege working with Jim Taglia these last two years. I hope to continue working with him.

Deno Andrews

Trustee, village of Oak Park

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Lizbeth Lemke  

Posted: March 30th, 2019 10:38 AM

Deno Andrews called Jim Taglia's vote on the Madison road diet "unethical" because of the negative effects it will have on Washington and Jackson Blvds. Jim Taglia has proven that he cannot be trusted to care for the people and properties that are already here in the face of development and change. Neither Jim or the Village have publicly committed to ensuring that the changes to Madison do not negatively affect surrounding neighborhoods. For that, Taglia will not be getting my vote, nor should he be getting the vote of anyone who wants to be able to trust that their Trustees will take their best interests to heart.

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