James J. Taglia

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ABOUT ME

Hello, fellow Oak Parkers, let me introduce myself.  I am a lifelong Oak Park resident.  I attended St. Giles elementary school and Oak Park & River Forest High School, class of ’82.

I received my bachelor’s degree from Boston College in 1986, and earned an MBA from Loyola University.  I’m also a Certified Public Accountant.

Married for 22 years, my wife Anneke and I have 5 children ages 13 to 21.

For 32 years I have been a co-owner of Pro-Chem-Co, Inc., a specialty chemical manufacturer supplying the steel industry.

I have served on the Oak Park Village Board since 2017. Prior to that, I served as an Oak Park Township trustee, serving during my 6 years there on the Intergovernmental and Senior Services Committees, as well as the Community Mental Health Board.   I look forward to getting to know you better and hearing about your hopes for Oak Park in the weeks and months leading up to the election on April 2nd.

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WHY I'M RUNNING

As a lifelong Oak Parker, I am optimistic about our Village’s future.  I have seen Oak Park change in many ways – mostly positive ways.  Our long-term commitment to diversity and our excellent schools attract new residents who contribute to the vibrancy of our Village.    But my optimism is reality-based:  I know that we still have work to do.  Our business districts, our infrastructure and our commitment to those in need require continual attention and vigilance.  I think I bring a skill set to the Village board that can help the board address those issues.

As an experienced business owner, I know how important it is to keep your eye on the bottom line.  As a CPA, I bring my accountant’s perspective both to my business and to my service in government.  In my 2 years on the Village board and 6 years on the Township board, I have found that it is possible to deliver necessary services to Oak Park residents in a fiscally responsible way.  

How?  By asking questions and demanding answers.  A good accountant listens carefully and asks questions, with at least some idea of what the answer should be.  A trustee should, after carefully listening, be able to know what questions to ask and expect a reasonable answer.  I do that every day; if I didn’t, my business would fail.  Ultimately, it is about expecting accountability by the Village staff on behalf of the taxpayers. That is the fundamental purpose and duty of the Village Board of Trustees.  

As a business owner and certified public accountant, I have brought  this skill set to the Village board: an analytical approach to solving problems, a commitment to consensus-building, and a watchful eye on the bottom line.