The Oak Park Village President was in Washington, D.C., on Thursday and was part of a contingent of 80 Illinois and Indiana officials and organizational leaders invited there to praise the Biden administration’s good deeds in their towns, according to an Oak Park village news release.
The statement explains that Scaman was invited by a top Democrat on Capitol Hill, one of the state’s U.S. senators, to attend the Communities Action Forum at the White House.
“It is an honor to be invited by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) to represent Oak Park and join this committed group of leaders to share stories of how our community has benefited greatly from the countless ways President Joe Biden and the Vice President have provided. Kamala Harris has helped advance our priorities,” Scaman said in the statement.
He was ready to engage in “robust” discussions and bring the village’s efforts into the national spotlight.
Mayor Scaman represents #OakPark This afternoon in Washington, D.C., at the invitation of Senator Durbin. @WhiteHouseIGA46 Communities Action Forum with other leaders from Illinois and Indiana. More: https://t.co/MfJBfLFUyl pic.twitter.com/TAaVf2wkfo
— Village of Oak Park (@vopnews) February 1, 2024
The mayor was expected to share information about how federal American Rescue Plan Act funding is not only helping Oak Park recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, but how the money is also helping advance other priorities and initiatives for the west, according to the statement. suburb.
Senior Advisor and Deputy to President Tom Perez and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. Federal leaders are expected to be among those attending the forum, the statement said.
The meeting took place at a time when Oak Park was also interested in helping house refugees who were being transported to the Chicago area by bus from Texas and other southern border states; Most immigrants from Venezuela had crossed into this country from Mexico.
Last month, village leaders decided to extend immigrants’ housing in Oak Park from Jan. 31 through the end of February. The village is seeking state grants to help cover the costs of expanding the shelter and has joined the chorus of municipalities pleading with the federal government to provide more aid.