Villager of the Year honored

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By Dan Haley

Editor and Publisher

Growing Community Media, publisher of Wednesday Journal, recognized OPRF Supt. Joylynn Pruitt-Adams as its Villager of the Year Sunday evening at an event hosted by the newly relaunched Sunday Night Dinner at the Buzz Café.

Pruitt-Adams told the packed house how challenges faced early in her career shaped her focus on equity and educating every child.  

Pruitt-Adams (third from left) is joined by supporters John Duffy, Charles Adams, Karin Sullivan, Wyanetta Johnson, Burcy Hines, Melanie McQueen and Joy Benion. 

Dan Haley, publisher at Growing Community Media, (lower right) thanked Jim Jankowski, Marc Blesoff and Nick Sinadinos for preparing a seven-course meal as they resurrected Sunday Night Dinner, a fundraiser for local non-profits, after a 15-year lull. 

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Jeffrey Smith  

Posted: January 16th, 2020 7:49 PM

So the majority response (from a poisonous pool of the regular WJ complainers) is to question her legitimacy. It's amazing some people don't choke on their own political bile.

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: January 16th, 2020 5:04 PM

Kevin Peppard you were fortunate to have graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School and go on to college and study in mathematics and finance. Maybe you can share your experience on how the high school was able to teach you so you could go on to two college's. I would think that any superintendent's abilities would be based on success rate. I do not know how long the current superintendent has been at the high school although I think after 4 year's that will show the success rate

Kevin Peppard  

Posted: January 16th, 2020 1:39 PM

@Helen Vogel. It seems she lives in two places at different times of the year and under different circumstances.. When she was recovering from back surgery for several months, she returned to Missouri from her apartment here on Lake Street.She delegated her responsibilities to Greg Johnson, via telephone and email. That appears to be her basic home, but what does it matter? It wouldn't be the first time this paper chose a person from outside Oak Park, as long as they prominently influenced things. How about Dan Haley choosing himself, for restructuring the dominant paper in Oak Park? He live in Berwyn.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: January 16th, 2020 12:55 AM

The question is will she retire in Oak Park.

Helen Vogel  

Posted: January 15th, 2020 5:28 PM

Thank you Dan. My apologies to Dr. Pruitt-Adams and congratulations!

Dan Haley from Wednesday Journal Wednesday Journal Employee

Posted: January 15th, 2020 3:37 PM

Dr. Pruittt-Adams is an Oak Park resident.

Helen Vogel  

Posted: January 15th, 2020 3:34 PM

Not to take anything away from Ms. Pruitt-Adams accomplishments, but shouldn't a Villager of the Year live in it's Village? I thought that I had read somewhere that she didn't live in Oak Park.

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