Village needs bold, progressive trustees

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This is Oak Park. We built a reputation on our schools, our diversity and our progressive values. Nearly half our votes went to Bernie in 2016 and then we turned out for Hillary with 85.6% of the vote. We voted for Daniel Biss in 2018 and then supported J.B.

Let's not be the progressive community that votes to the left in national elections and then votes in the middle when it's closer to home.

We need to support bold, progressive candidates for our village board.

We implore voters to research Arti Walker-Peddakotla, Susan Buchanan, Tim Thomas and Christian Harris as the most progressive options on our ballot this election.

This is Oak Park! Let's show up to the polls and reclaim our progressive values.

Laura and Scott Sakiyama, Sarah Miyata, Mony Ruiz-Velasco, Jennifer Gnolfo, Teresa Powell, Elle Morton, Meagan Luhrs and Ryan Thompson, Paul Goyette, Jodi Walker, Jessica Daly, Eulàlia P. Abril, Amy and Brett Butler, Steve Krasinsky, Donna and Rick Villa, Sue Humphreys, Rachel Wright, Maya Puentes, Cate and Chip Readling, Anne McNamee-Keels, Michele and Jim Haptonstahl, Krissy and Andy Baker, Erin and Brian Sowers, Brynne and Matt Hovde, Carolina Fenske, Stephanie Bailey and Jordan Rash, Harmony Hermann and Steven McCanless, Cassandra West, Diana Shea, James Pfluecke, Sally A Wallace, Kelly Benkert and Ginger Colamussi, Charity Anne Caldwell, and Nicole and Jon Isca

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Brian Slowiak  

Posted: March 28th, 2019 3:55 PM

@ Ray Simpson: Esther is dead, not was dead, and with holograms, laser , special effects Disney, Pixel, no one on tape is dead.They are dormant waiting to be revitalized. Except, of course, the Oak Park Mall. That is dead.

Ray Simpson  

Posted: March 28th, 2019 1:56 PM

@ Brian - Ester was DEAD!

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: March 28th, 2019 12:44 PM

@ Ray Simpson: Or Ester from "Sanford and Son".

Marc Martinez from Oak Park  

Posted: March 28th, 2019 11:43 AM

It is sad that so many people seem to be so completely ignorant of the purpose of the different roles of government. The purpose of the village board is the efficient and effective delivery of basic services - police, fire, infrastructure. They also need to manage zoning and development that maintain the long term stability and viability of the village. And retain due respect for their duty to limit taxation and minimize waste. We do not need social engineers, virtue signaling, social justice, income equity or any other 'bold leadership'. We do not need trustees that will waste their time and our money on projects, programs, and staff that do not directly provide the basic services.

Ray Simpson  

Posted: March 28th, 2019 10:51 AM

@ Brian - Chicago might get "Moms Mabley" for mayor!

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: March 28th, 2019 10:28 AM

I am firmly of the opinion the Oak Park and other communities were of the opinion that they were voting for the comic Redd Foxx instead the comic Kim Foxx.

Les Golden  

Posted: March 28th, 2019 10:13 AM

Do anti-Semites spouting their venom in the halls of Congress qualify as progressives as long as they are women, black, Muslim. and Democrats?

Nick A Binotti  

Posted: March 28th, 2019 9:29 AM

64% of our votes went to Kim Foxx in 2016 primaries and then we again turned out for Kim Foxx with 80% of the vote. Is it too late for a recount?

Neal Buer from Oak Park  

Posted: March 26th, 2019 5:48 PM

No thank you.

Alex Garcia  

Posted: March 26th, 2019 5:12 PM

"Progressivism" is simply rebranded Socialism. However, now that Millennials (with their lack of historical perspective and short attention spans) have become smitten with Socialist theory/dogma, we'll surely see more ""progressives" admit their affinity for Marxism. That's the "bold, progressive" policies that the author of this letter to the editor really wants.

Ray Simpson  

Posted: March 26th, 2019 4:20 PM

I find "Progressive Leftist" philosophy to be un-American and repugnant. You seem to be proud of the losers you have supported. Our state is dead last in financial stability. We have a world murder capitol for a neighbor. Two bills are about to be signed by JB that allow abortion up to the moment of birth and a law that takes any parental supervision away from the parents of a minor seeking an abortion. Boy, those are two values we should be proud of! Thomas Sowell said "It is hard to imagine a more stupid or dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong."

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