Taglia works for the community

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Jim Taglia is a man of service and integrity. He deserves your vote on April 2. A lifelong Oak Parker, he understands the importance of our intentional efforts to be an integrated community, our world class architecture and even the value of our tree canopy. 

As a village trustee, Jim is a responsive problem-solver. He will listen to your concerns, and he will find a solution. He worked with staff to solve the village clerk FOIA issue and the overcharging for special events. He led the charge to limit our levy growth to 3% last year. He stepped up code enforcement on North Avenue and is working to promote improvements to that district. He addressed the concerns of southeast Oak Park families about a business that created a nuisance and diminished their quality of life. 

He led the board to reject a proposal to tear down a historic house abutting Mills Park. On the issues before us, Jim supports budget reform and rejects the proposal to build a 28-story high-rise that would shadow Unity Temple. 

He cares about people. Jim serves on the governing board of the Collaboration for Early Childhood, advancing one of the village's most important equity initiatives. Early on, he worked with staff to shut down illegal massage parlors that enslave women who are sex-trafficked. He voted for Inclusionary Zoning and he supports equity initiatives such as Governing for Racial Equity. 

During his prior service on the Township Board, he was awarded Elected Official of the Year by the Illinois Township Association for an initiative he created to help seniors in need of emergency services. 

Jim operates outside "politics" and without ego. He does not grandstand to make headlines. In him, you will find a call to duty, a high level of integrity and selfless service to the community. He is truly independent and votes his conscious on every issue.

Some people are just plain good. Vote for Jim Taglia for Trustee.

Simone Boutet

Village trustee

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