Village trustees in Oak Park Monday night followed the City of Evanston’s lead in adopting a sanctuary city ordinance.

Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says Oak Park Village Manager Cara Pavlicek conferred with him about the “welcoming city” ordinance ahead of the vote.


They agreed that it made sense for both towns to have their ordinances closely track one adopted last October by the City of Chicago so that, should the federal government challenge any of the ordinances, the communities would be able to join in their defense and not risk having them targeted separately because of disparate provisions in the communities’ statutes.

The Oak Park vote Monday was unanimous, as was the vote in Evanston last fall.

The Trump administration has threatened to cut off federal aid to cities that fail to aid the federal goverment in expelling illegal immigrants, but so far no concrete steps to that end have been taken.

Related stories

Oak Park trustees unanimously approve welcoming ordinance (Oak Leaves, 2/7/17)

Evanston still ‘welcoming’ despite Trump (1/26/17)

Strong backing for sanctuary city ordinance (11/29/16)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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