On Monday the Oak Park village board issued a proclamation congratulating Wednesday Journal on being named the best large weekly newspaper in the state by the Illinois Press Association.
Village President Anan Abu-Taleb read the proclamation and then opened the floor up to comments from the trustees, an opportunity Trustee Bob Tucker couldn't pass up.
"It's exciting to see OP Resident, OP Dad and Enuf is Enuf in the audience tonight," he said, referring to several pseudonyms commenters use on OakPark.com. Aside from a few other jokes about being misquoted and not agreeing with several of the paper's editorials Tucker says the newspaper serves a vital role within the community.
"They really serve a function in a time when it's really tough to run a local newspaper. We are lucky to have them. I cringe saying that, but we are lucky to have them and we're very lucky to have the Oak Leaves," he said.
Andy Johnston, director of operations at the Journal, spoke for the company in accepting the proclamation.
"You could not invent a better town in which to run a newspaper than Oak Park," he said. "We thank you for giving us so much to write about and for writing these nice words about us."