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Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Even though this has been a mild winter, I am still longing for the warmth and sunshine of Spring!
Recent uncovered corruption and several federal indictments due to the installation of red light cameras on the corner of Rt. 83 and 22nd Street in Oakbrook Terrace has strengthened the position of Village against their use. The Village of Oak Brook has sent letters to Omer Osman, the Acting Secretary of Transportation, the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference, Brad Cole, the Executive Director of the Illinois Municipal League, Senator Ram Villivalam, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee and Governor JB Pritzker seeking their support in removing these cameras. The recent indictment of former Sen. Martin Sandoval confirmed what we have always suspected, that the permit was approved improperly and was part of an influence peddling and bribery scheme.
In 2017, we adopted an ordinance that bans any use of red light camera surveillance of motorists in Oak Brook. At our February 11th Board Meeting, we adopted another resolution seeking support for HB 322, the bi-partisan bill sponsored by state Representative David McSweeney, (R) of Barrington Hills, and Jonathan Carroll, (D) of Buffalo Grove. This bill would outlaw red light cameras in all non-home rule municipalities. More recently, new legislation has been introduced to ban all red light cameras statewide. We will continue to urge the Illinois Department of Transportation to revoke the unlawfully issued permit to Oakbrook Terrace that allowed them to install those cameras. We are dedicated to keeping the roads safe and the motorists free of unwarranted tickets.
As you may recall 2019’s Taste of Oak Brook was cancelled due to inclement weather. I hope that we will have better luck this year! Since the departure of the McDonald’s Corporation from Oak Brook, the Village has lost a major co-sponsorship for our annual Village event. As such, we have had to reevaluate the event and make some adjustments. Some of the on-going changes you will see, is the elimination of live entertainment, and an increase the parking fees. In addition, the Village will no longer allow event goers to bring in their own alcoholic beverages. Beverages will be sold at the event. If you or someone you know is willing to partner with the Village for the Taste of Oak Brook event, there are many sponsorship opportunities that will assist the Village in defraying some of the expenses involved hosting this event. Please contact the Village Manager’s office at 630-368-5026.
We are delighted to announce our arrangement with the Oak Brook Park District to assume responsibility to operate aspects of the of the Bath and Tennis Club including, Membership, Pool, Tennis, Programming and Soccer for this season and possibly for two additional years. Their expertise in the management of recreational facilities along with the renovations and repairs done by the Village will ensure an enjoyable summer for all members. Membership information and the Program Guide will be sent out shortly.
Pineoaks Partners is getting ready for the 2020 Polo season. This exhilarating sport gains more popularity every year and this season promises even more excitement. Visit www.oakbrookpoloclub.com for a schedule of events and ticketing information.
Lastly, coyotes have become a nuisance in the Oak Brook area. We are asking that residents help in developing a solution by reporting coyote sightings at http://scientificwildlifemanagement.com/report-a-sighting/ . Thank you in advance for providing this invaluable information.
As always, the Trustees, staff and I are here to serve you. Please contact us with your thoughts and concerns.
Gopal G. Lalmalani, MD, MBA
630-368-5026 or firstname.lastname@example.org