Dear Wednesday Journal digital readers,

On Election Night our newsroom was humming with our reporters arriving back from campaign gatherings, then working the phones, monitoring slow arriving election results and crafting stories. Our photographers were out, too, capturing the drama of a very consequential election.

Those stories were posted on OakPark.com and on our social media pages. But the primary method we have of pushing out breaking news is our very large email list which is delivered via Mail Chimp. And late on Tuesday, without notice and for no logical reason Mail Chimp shut down our Wednesday Journal account.

Obviously, because you are receiving this email the account has been reactivated. When we finally were able to speak to humans at MailChimp yesterday the reason given for our “terms of service” violation had to do with an alignment of certain data on this domain that had been in place for years. Why this got flagged on Tuesday is inexplicable. Why our account was shut down without notice is inexcusable.

To say we are frustrated with this tech giant is a full understatement.

We offer our sincere apologies to readers who depend on us for Oak Park and River Forest news. This is an election we have been covering in detail for months. To not be able to deliver our news report on Election Night is a great disappointment.

We wanted to explain the situation so you understood why we effectively went dark at this important moment.

Thanks for reading and being active citizens in our villages.

Dan Haley

Editor and Publisher

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