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    Posted: 09/October/2013 at 11:55am

FoPa residents who want to see an open and engaged process on economic development can go to the Wednesday Journal website at: 

Oak Park officials and numerous citizens have traded views at two recent public meetings, one in August and the other on Oct. 8.

The latest meeting was blogged by the Journal’s Anna Lothson, with a nice summary at the end.,-trustee-holding-second-forum-tonight/

Opinions are varied, but the views expressed have been welcomed by Village President Anan Abu-Taleb, who is a successful businessman, and two trustees who've sat in with him. They’ll be taking the comments, concerns and suggestions back to the full village board for discussion. 

River Forest engaged in a similar public process with it’s (2010?) Corridor Study of its commercial corridors. They recently created an ad hoc committee of citizens with various backgrounds and expertise to work with veteran trustee Susan Conti on advising the village board on the creation of a permanent economic development commission.

Despite all his success and strong opinions, Abu-Taleb is welcoming extensive public input and the inevitable disagreements. 

Now compare how those two villages are conducting their business with the manner in which Forest Park officials conduct theirs. 

Maybe the difference has something to do with Abu-Taleb being an intelligent and confident man who doesn't need to align himself with political power brokers to feel secure in his status as a leader?

Edited by Bill Dwyer - 09/October/2013 at 12:53pm
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