20 years ago in the Wednesday Journal

13-year-old announces bid for village president


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January 9, 1984
Oak Park junior high student Ean Barnard announced that he was running for village president.

In preparation for his campaign, the 13-year-old had drafted a 60-page platform, which he presented at a press conference.

"The village has gotten into the idea that being satisfactory is alright. Oak Park should want to be better," he said.

Barnard told reporters he believe too much authority has been granted to the village manager, and that taxing bodies should come together to "better coordinate" resources.

If Oak Park enforced laws that would prevent him from legally entering the race, Barnard said, "It'll just be a write-in campaign."

"I think people can spell my name," he said.

? Two 19-year-olds, one from Oak Park and the other from Chicago, were found dead in a garage in the 900 block of East Avenue. At the time, police had not determined if the deaths were accidental, or if the pair had committed suicide.

?  After conducting a year-long search for a business that would bring a racially diverse clientele, First Bank of Oak Park announced that it had leased the former Oak Park Variety store, 24 Madison St., to the Exposition Carpet Company.

?  School District 200 levied $13 million in property taxes.

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