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Immediately after staying efficiently stalled for various a long time, initiatives to focus Oak Park’s village governing administration on racial equity moved ahead last 7 days with a in-depth presentation by village employees and a warm reception from village trustees.

During an Aug. 30 village board meeting, Human Means Director Kira Tchang introduced a racial fairness workplan, laying out ways now taken and what lies ahead, which include the development of a racial equity motion program and a recommendation to hire a racial equity supervisor to oversee initiatives – to the general delight of the village board.

As explained by Tchang, the racial fairness action system is “both a system and a product” created to achieve “meaningful and measurable results” by creating timelines, accountability and effectiveness steps.