Endorsed by the Wednesday Journal


Oak Park Village Trustee: Buchanan, Taglia, Wesley - Opinion

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

"We offer our strong endorsement for his election.... [H]e proves over and again that he can effectively govern. It says everything about him and his role on this challenging board over two years that every incumbent is supporting him. He is necessary glue. Steady. Well studied. Without ego."

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Here's what some local leaders say about Jim


Deno Andrews, Village Trustee

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

"It has been an honor and privilege working with Jim Taglia these last two years. I hope to continue working with him. "

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Former Trustee Glenn Brewer

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

"Like a lot of other voters, I will struggle with my second and third choices. Not merely because there are so many candidates but because so many are qualified. However, when looking for someone I can count on to be the voice of reason, my first choice is Jim Taglia."  

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Simone Boutet, Village Trustee

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Taglia works for the community

"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."

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Retired Police Chief Anthony Ambrose

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

"While serving as the chief of police, it was reassuring to have Trustee Taglia supporting the police department's policy of treating every individual with dignity and respect."

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Faith Julian, daughter of Dr. Percy Julian

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

"If elected, he will continue to work for the betterment of Oak Park. I hope you will vote for this dedicated and deserving man to continue to serve on the village board."

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Adam Salzman, former Village Trustee

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

"When I had to unexpectedly vacate my seat on the Oak Park Village Board in February of 2017, I was concerned about who might be selected to serve the remainder of my term. Leaders who value substance over social media traffic are in short supply these days.  So I was greatly relieved when I learned that Jim Taglia would be appointed to take my place. To the surprise of no one who knows him, Jim has turned out to be an exemplary village trustee." 

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David Boulanger, retired Township Supervisor

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

"Now as a sitting village trustee in the larger arena of village-wide issues, Jim has maintained his record of strong preparation, openness to diverse views, and well-reasoned decision-making for the overall good of the village."

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Former Trustee Colette Lueck

Wednesday Journal - Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

"Jim Taglia understands the essential link between policy and funding and knows that the budget is, at its core, a policy document. This is the type of expertise I want as a village trustee and it is why I am voting for Jim Taglia." 

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Former Trustee Robert Milstein

Wednesday Journal - Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

"He operates from a sense of civic duty and understands our values and our strengths. Most important, in my opinion, he is responsive to constituent concerns and actually solves the problems people bring to him. Citizens I spoke with say he is honest and trustworthy."

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Building consensus to move the village forward

Wednesday Journal - Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

"Making a policy decision is not about advancing my personal beliefs. Rather, it is advancing what I believe to be in the interest of the community as a whole. I always strive to do just that by listening to all stakeholders and building consensus to achieve the fairest result we can." 

- Jim Taglia 

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Photo by Timothy Inklebarger - Wednesday Journal - Staff Reporter

Business and Civic Council and the Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce.

Wednesday Journal - Friday, March 15th, 2019

"We have six different taxing bodies, and you can think of it as six different businesses with six CEOs and they run their own show. I'm not imagining that we eliminate any unit of government but, I would say, we have to study for all these efficiencies that clearly, anyone could see, could be there." 

- Jim Taglia 

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The time is now?


Affordable housing debate heads to Oak Park

Wednesday Journal - Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

"Sparked in large part by a perceived need in the community and also in response to public scrutiny of the recent uptick in luxury high rise developments in Oak Park, the board of Housing Forward, among other agencies, has put a lot of time into advocating for the village to adopt.....

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By Timothy Inklebarger Staff Reporter

Taxes front and center at Oak Park trustee debate

Wednesday Journal - Jan.15, 2019

Eleven candidates lay out positions on affordability, transparency, development

"We are going to have a full public discussion and that, to me, should have happened sooner," he said, adding, "It's never too late to change things." James Taglia

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Inclusionary zoning, equity issues debated by Oak Park trustee candidates

Chicago Tribune / Oak Leaves Jan 14, 2019

“I do support an inclusionary ordinance, and we are moving ahead with a plan,” Taglia said. “In the next few weeks, we’ll be voting on something. I do think we want to make sure it’s not a detriment to our village in the long run. I think we want to make sure it preserves our ability to grow as a village. I think we can do that.” James Taglia .....

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Public Records


Oak Park reverses public records change

Wednesday Journal - Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

Board of Trustees reinstates village clerk as chief FOIA official.....

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Oak Park's review of parking is much needed.

Tuesday February 14th, 2017

Using the guiding principles of sustainability, public safety and customer service, the Oak Park Village Board and the Transportation Commission recently committed to a much needed comprehensive review of parking.

See Jim's letter to the WJ Editor here.


Villager of the Year honorable mention James Taglia

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

It's been a busy year for Oak Park Township Trustee Jim Taglia, who advanced two initiatives at the village that likely already have saved lives. Taglia spearheaded an effort at the township to...



Township might offer opiate overdose antidoteTuesday

November 1st, 2016

Naxolone, often referred to by its brand name Narcan, has been called a miracle drug and has become so important in preventing overdoses in the opioid/heroin epidemic that the state of Illinois recently required all police departments to begin carrying the drug.

The Oak Park Police Department...READ MORE