Oak Park's mayor and village trustees profess to appreciate the contributions to Oak Park of the singular Bobbie Raymond. Oak Park wouldn't be what it is today without the Oak Park Regional Housing Center she founded and the essential requirement for landlords to report the racial composition of their buildings so housing discrimination and resegregation could be quickly spotted and stopped dead in their tracks.
Over Bobbie's objections, the village has failed to fully fund the Oak Park Regional Housing Center and no longer collects this critical demographic data. To show genuine respect for Bobbie and her contributions to Oak Park, the village board should put its money (your money) where their collective mouths are: Follow Bobbie's wishes expressed at a community forum last year to fully fund the Oak Park Regional Housing Center and restore the requirement for landlords to report the racial composition of their buildings.
That's how to really honor — and respect — the memory of Bobbie Raymond.
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