WHO IS BEHIND THE OAK LAWN LEAF?
Oak Lawn Leaf is a corporation, registered with the State of Illinois, dedicated to publishing local news.
Oak Lawn Leaf has multiple writers and editors, all dedicated to the same thing: informing people about what’s really going on in the Village of Oak Lawn. We made a conscious decision to not apply bylines when we started because we want our stories to be the “star” not our writers. We haven’t changed our minds about wanting our stories, but we have lately been including bylines and other features. We adapted. That’s the beauty of publishing online. We are constantly changing as we redesign our product and what it means to publish a new and exciting news source.
WHAT IS THE OAK LAWN LEAF ABOUT?
We want to thank the readers of the Oak Lawn Leaf, which is the “newest and most exciting news source” available.
Our loyal readers know that we have broken more exclusive stories than other news outlets in Oak Lawn in the very short time we have been publishing. Perhaps that has some people angry. We don’t care!
We are here to expose corruption, misdeeds, questionable expenditures and the news surrounding such issues.
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR STORIES?
Since this venture began, people have asked, “Where do you get your stories?” It is a good question, with an easy answer.
If you watch the Oak Lawn Village Board meetings, you will see that the stories come from the actions the board takes. Every news source has the same access to these events, but not every news source is willing to publish those stories. Check it out yourself when you have a few hours to spare. Watch your government in action.
We also get a great deal of our news from press releases from the various organizations in Oak Lawn.
ARE YOU A LEGITIMATE NEWS SOURCE?
Quite frankly, a couple of the editors at other sites appear more concerned with us than they are in exposing corruption. We see ourselves as a “watchdog.” If we wanted to stoop to their level, we would call them “lapdogs.” But of course, we would never stoop that low and call them names.
They ask why we don’t follow the old school rules of journalism as they attack us. It seems that sometimes “old school” journalists can really make you scratch your head as they fail to follow leads and then point fingers at those news organizations that do.
Well, we don’t answer to those editors. We answer to the readers of the Oak Lawn Leaf. We should clarify that statement, since it is obvious that our critics are also readers. So, let’s say we answer to the subscribers of the Oak Lawn Leaf.
At least one editor of another news source has offered to interview our owner and has offered “free publicity.” We don’t need publicity on these other sites. We are doing just fine.
We are working hard on our mission and we know that work has paid off with exclusive stories that our readers have loved. As for the other news sources and their editors who think they are entitled to question the Oak Lawn Leaf, we would like to paraphrase Colonel Jessup in the movie, “A Few Good Men”:
Editors, we live in a world that has government officials and those officials have to be watched by journalists with keyboards. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Editor X?
We have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for politicians we expose, and you curse the Oak Lawn Leaf.
You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what we know. That our stories, while tough and hard hitting, probably saved taxpayers from witnessing their government misspend even more tax dollars.
And our existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, prevents corruption and waste. You don’t want the truth because deep down, in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want us on that keyboard, you need us on that keyboard.
We use words like honor, ethics, transparency. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something.
You use them as a punch line.
We have neither the time nor the inclination to explain ourselves to any editor who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very news stories that we provide, and then questions the manner in which we provide it. We would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way.
Otherwise, we suggest you pick up your keyboard and stand a post.
Either way, we don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.