Ade for village board?

INSIDE REPORT

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We don't know anything you don't, but thought we'd ask outgoing District 97 Board President Ade Onayemi if he'd been contacted by incoming Village President David Pope, who has to appoint a replacement to the village board.

Ade hasn't been contacted, but if he were, he'd listen to why he was being considered.

Pope said he'll meet with current and incoming board members to develop a profile of what to look for in a board appointee. To discuss qualifications of individuals before that process has been completed, he added, would be premature.

Ridgeland Commorgue?

If a major disaster?#34;think tornado, train carrying nuclear material derailing, smallpox outbreak, etc.?#34;strikes Oak Park, village staffer Chris Shields is the man with the plan.

The park district is preparing to sign off on an agreement that would allow its various buildings to be used in case of emergency. And at a meeting last week, Shields noted quite enthusiastically, Ridgeland Common would make a great morgue.

"It could hold a large number of people for a short amount of time on ice," he said.

There's plenty of time to forget that image before ice-skating season resumes this fall.

A case of the missing referendum?

A few calls last week filtered in to WEDNESDAY JOURNAL's offices last week from voters stunned that they had missed the park referendum on the ballot.

Village Clerk Sandra Sokol said she received a couple of calls, but assured them the referendum wasn't missing. It was just at the back, where referendums always are. But it was a different color and some voters may have thought it was the ballot's back cover. The referendum passed in spite of the confusion?#34;or perhaps, as one caller commented, because of it.

Call the Sun-Times, too

For those who found our election headline so offensive (OP gets new Pope), you should also call the Sun-Times, which took the same tack ("Oak Park votes for a new Pope - for president") and even continued the pun into the copy of their news story (which came out the day after ours). So we're apparently not the only newspaper lacking the proper level of reverence. We were just the first.
?#34;Drew Carter, Kathy Grayson, Ken Trainor

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