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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Oak Park Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb is holding his town hall meeting on Wednesday, March 15, in the Veteran's Room of the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Madison St., from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

He will be joined by 29th Ward Ald. Chris Taliaferro, who represents portions of neighboring Austin and Galewood.

"My hope is to think outside the box about issues that affect all of us," Abu-Taleb said in a press release. "We and our Galewood and Austin neighbors share not only borders, but our diverse and inclusive culture. The more we interact to share ideas and solve our mutual problems, the better."

Residents from all three communities are invited to attend.

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Matt Fruth  

Posted: March 17th, 2017 3:57 PM

The village runs Channel 6 http://www.oak-park.us/your-government/village-manager/public-information/vop-tv I'd wager that the only meeting room wired to broadcast meetings in the Village Board room. As for the other content, someone at Village Hall is responsible, but it probably isn't a high priority.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: March 17th, 2017 1:50 PM

Matt. we know very little about the operations of TV6 but do know that our local channel does not focus resources on providing any coverage of the important meetings conducted by our local taxing bodies. If you looking for that type of coverage; TV6 is not a go-to source. The only content they seem able to deliver are infomercials on where to eat in Oak Park and truly inane cooking demonstrations.If they are able to a crew out to show a guy eating a hot dog;or how to make treats for your dog; why not cover community meetings? Makes no sense to me.There's little doubt that TV6 is simply not properly serving Oak Park.

Matt Fruth  

Posted: March 17th, 2017 11:37 AM

I don't think that this town hall was an official village meeting. It is not on the sparsely populated village calendar. That is probably why TV6 didn't cover it, there may also be an issue about what cameras to which they are connected. They may only have ability to broadcast meetings in the council chamber.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: March 16th, 2017 5:15 PM

Thanks James/ It's good to know that someone recognizes the importance of providing residents with some coverage of the many public meetings and forums taking place in Oak Park.It certainly unclear if TV6 has any interest in serving the community with anything more than promoting the dining options at local eateries and rerunning the inane cooking shows. A lot of the programming offered are little more than commercials with extremely limited content that could be described as intended to inform and educate. There used to be a citizens committee that was charged with oversight of Oak Park's cable access channel. It appears that no longer exists.OP-RF High students do a fine job with their monthly broadcast but there is no televised coverage of meetings involving the school, park district or library boards. No one seems to be able to explain the mission of TV6. It cannot be what is currently being aired.Do cable televisions subscribers still providing funding for TV6 operations or is it subsidized by the Village?

James Parran from Oak Park  

Posted: March 15th, 2017 11:18 PM

Hi Jim, The League of Women Voters have some video of their forums, and I know that some of the other groups have planned to put theirs online. You can see it here: https://www.youtube.com/user/LWVOPRF/videos

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: March 15th, 2017 10:41 PM

Another missed opportunity by TV6 to properly serve the community. If it is cost prohibitive to provide live coverage of an important forum; our local cable access channel ought to able to send a video camera operator to the event and broadcast the proceedings at a later date. None of the candidate forums relating to upcoming elections are available for viewing while the local cooking demonstrations and dining out features are seemingly aired 24/7.

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