Why were the incumbent trustees defeated?

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1 - No VMA slate, which made the endorsement less meaningful. The party looked "dead." 

2 - The quality of the opposition was very high, and they were smart candidates who had a vision for our village's future. 

3 - Wednesday Journal's gender smear, and dismissive attitude, of Trustee-elect Boutet backfired. 


4 - VMA candidates trying to make the legal challenge a race issue vs. a legal issue failed to gain traction as it is a false narrative.  

5 - Faux mayor's appointment of Trustee Taglia before the election was a flip-flop, based on his belief the incumbents would win; thus, Albion would be a done deal. Oh, in my opinion, Taglia would have lost the election.

6 - The anointment of a "mayor" angered many citizens as we are not a mayoral system. Symbolism does matter, just read U.S. history about General George Washington. 

7 - Anan Abu Taleb's wishes for a six-figure salary. If he needs the money, just sell the restaurant, but do not take our tax dollars. 

8 - Albion's request for variances from our current laws. Zoning exists for a reason. 

9 - Shadows and dog feces on/in Austin Gardens. 

10 - Candidate challenge on legal issue of eligibility to be on the ballot. 

11 - Large number of candidates running for various offices increased the

turnout of voters. 

12 - School referenda increased the turnout of voters. 

13 - The incumbents were the Yes men to Abu Taleb's vision of "Schaum Park."  

14 - WJ editorial board is led by a resident of Berwyn.

Bob Milstein

Oak Park

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Christine Vernon  

Posted: April 19th, 2017 1:35 PM

Tom, why are you blaming and shaming the homeless, a pretty defenseless group against your slander.They don't have it hard enough to suit you? Where are homeless poeple living in the parks? If you have seen this happen then you should have called the police because public indecency is a prosecutable offense...but if you have never seen such a thing happening, which is what you seem to be speculating as a possibile explanation for dog poop in the park, then what you have said amounts to malicious slander!

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: April 17th, 2017 4:04 PM

What makes you think that was dog poop. People live in the parks around here.

Christine Vernon  

Posted: April 17th, 2017 10:15 AM

Re #9 My husband and I walked over to Austin Gardens, March 19th, the day of the Rally and as we entered the center of the park, he grabbed my arm to stop me from stepping in a huge pile of dog waste in the grass. I wanted to take a picture of this offensive deposit but felt it might be in bad taste. Now, I wish I had taken a picture of this reality because, ironically, it is a foreshadowing of things to come in the park if people don't move to protect the park. There will be no park ranger there to see to it that rules are observed about owners picking up their dogs feces. The days of letting your children free to run in the grass will never be the same. As the middle class shrinks and the developers decide the fate of so many places across the nation and around the world, the public spaces, the amount of opportunities to enjoy open public space will shrink simultaneously. Proposals like Albion's ask more than they are entitled to by local zoning ordinances. They also ask for a disproportionate amount of our resources as a Village while, at the same time, they ask to do damage to our environment. Why don't we ask for additional open park space from our leaders for now and for future generations before this one time opportunity is lost? Just say NO to a high-rise on the Lytton's site and YES to an environmental enhancement for Downtown Oak Park and that most densely populated quadrant of the Village!

John Butch Murtagh  

Posted: April 11th, 2017 9:18 PM

Excellent job of giving the residents a sense of how elections work!

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