The Oak Lawn Leaf is officially over 3600 Facebook likes after recent news stories regarding armed robberies and the failure to send out an Everbridge Alert, a failure of the Village of Oak Lawn to apply for over thirty million dollars in available grant money, and a failure to respond to complaints about Chuck E. Cheese.
The Oak Lawn Leaf is published daily online and covers Oak Lawn news and events. During its short time in business, the company has experienced criticism from village officials for publishing various stories that have added to transparency in the village’s operation.
Bruce Brown, one of the Oak Lawn Leaf’s reporters, called the news “a testament to the public’s thirst for knowledge about their government, their community and their lives”.
The Oak Lawn Leaf has scooped more Oak Lawn government decisions than any other publication. So, it’s no wonder that controversial Village Manager Larry Deetjen consistently refers to us and our readers derisively as “bloggers”. We would have several words to describe Mr. Deetjen, who has proven himself to be inept in his job. However, we won’t get into a name calling contest on this Thanksgiving Holiday.
Instead, we would prefer to refer to the positive relationships that this publication has made. Over 3,600 Facebook users have taken the time to “like” us and quite frankly we are humbled and honored.
Our job is to shine the light on government decisions with the hope that the elected officials will make the right choices. We publish those news stories and we won’t apologize because without the press pushing our officials, corruption will flourish. Even with the press pushing our officials, some decisions appear to be for the benefit of the few rather than the many.
Today we thank not only our Facebook friends who have passed our stories on or pushed the like button, but also our many readers.
We also thank those officials who have gone on the record or even provided us background off the record.
We also want to thank those public entities that have provided us stories, including the local high schools, local elementary schools, the Oak Lawn Park District and the Oak Lawn Library. We are always happy to pass along their news to our readers.
We also want to thank those that see beyond the rhetoric of our critics who never accept blame but rather claim that the many hard hitting exclusive investigations are an indictment of those companies.
Let us be clear, we are thankful for the police officers who try to keep the peace.
We are thankful for the public works employees who have a difficult job of maintaining the streets and plowing snow as village officials continue to reduce government services.
We are thankful for the men and women that serve as firefighters and paramedics in the proud Oak Lawn Fire Department.
We are thankful for the many hard workers on the village staff who are trying to do their jobs day in and day out.
It is unfortunate that some officials won’t accept any criticism and instead want to attack us, our readers, the people of Oak Lawn and even “social media”.
As we enjoy another Thanksgiving as your premier source for Oak Lawn news, we would hope that everyone reflects on their own actions.
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