Mr. Haley,

I am not alone in noting how your rhetoric regarding District 97 changed when your daughter entered the system. Ignorant, unsubstantiated vitriol is how I would characterize it.

I am not suggesting you changed your tune out of self-interest. Rather, I suspect you simply saw first hand the effort and quality of the board, teachers and administration. Even though you have changed your tune, I wonder how many Oak Park voters your negative editorializing permanently poisoned in regard to the elementary schools in Oak Park.

But redemption is possible. I suggest that, when you endorse the referendum (cancel my subscription if you do not), you make a public mea culpa regarding your past positions and apologize for the damage you may have done to the elementary schools of Oak Park. Such a confession might help put the referendum in the win column.

Jim Whalen
Oak Park

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