At the Monday, August 23 Village Board Meeting, the Board voted to approve changes to the Community Relations Commission (CRC). The changes include restructuring the Commission membership and expanding the duties of the Commission.
Commission Intent and Purpose
The Community Relations Commission was created in 1975 to address issues related to fair housing. In 1976, the intent and purpose of the Commission was amended to broaden the Commission's scope beyond housing to also consider issues of equality, employment, and the overall well-being of Village residents.
With the reestablishment of this Commission in 2021, the proposed duties of the Commission are wide ranging and include developing and promoting programs, establishing metrics and benchmarks and hearing community concerns and complaints related to diversity, equality, equity and inclusion issues within the Glen Ellyn community.
The Commission will have nine members, with two members designated as student Commissioners (retaining full voting rights). The Commission will also allow for multiple liaisons from the Glen Ellyn Park District, Glen Ellyn Public Library, School Districts, 41, 87 and 89, the College of DuPage and Village staff.
The Village Board has appointed Sonia Irwin as Chairperson and Bill Enright as Commissioner for the CRC. The Village received over 30 applications from residents interested in serving on the Commission. Due to the limited number of vacancies available, the Village will begin interviewing a select number of candidates to fill the Commission vacancies.
Commission Meeting Schedule
Meetings will be held at the Village's Civic Center on the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. It is anticipated that the first meeting for the Commission will be in early October 2021.