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Understanding the needs of the residents and the businesses that serve them is one great reason to elect Anan Abu-Telab as the next village president of Oak Park. Doing business with the residents of Oak Park and River Forest is quite different from many other communities. Our town values the merchants and service providers that risk their family's fortunes and work hard to provide a unique retail, service, and restaurant experience for the residents.

Creating something special requires a partnership between the business owner, the village and the residents that is informed by a broad understanding of the concerns of each group. Among the current candidates for village board and president, Anan Abu-Telab is uniquely qualified to give voice to the small business owners of Oak Park. Conversely, there is a broad spectrum of government, legal, corporate and banking interests represented in the VMA slate of candidates.

When small businesses in Oak Park need to make decisions on the correct way forward, we do not typically hire a consulting firm to create a solution or to select an employee. We use the input of our residents, our customers and the history of successes and failures to carefully craft a vision of a way forward. Many residents have become incensed by the number of consulting contracts awarded over the past few years that do not necessarily have the village arriving at a better decision, only a more expensive and slow decision. This is the type of thinking that can be changed for the better with the election of Anan Abu-Telab to the post of president. Things can be better. Caring, enthusiasm, and courage to make decisions should be of value in our village.

We have been residents of Oak Park for over 25 years and operate five businesses here. We are strong advocates of old-fashioned, neighborly caring for customers and neighbors because they are the same people. We would like this vision represented in our local government. We are supporting the candidate that we believe will help to create opportunities for current and future businesses and a vibrant village life for the current and future residents of Oak Park. For this reason we strongly endorse Anan Abu Telab for village president.

Brent and Jill Showalter

Owners of Yuppie Puppy, Doggie Day Play, Hometown Handyman, and Hometown Service group

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Hedges = Integrity  

Posted: April 8th, 2013 12:48 PM

John Hedges has taken the lead on simplifying the sign code and streamlining the permit process for local business. John Hedges has consistently voted against fancy streetscapes as a substitute for real economic development that consists of outreach to business owners and potential business owners. John Hedges gets it and he understands the government tools that can be used to hit the ground running on economic development. Abu Taleb does not. He would be stuck in neutral, learning the ropes.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 7th, 2013 11:14 PM

I entered "Dan Haley search function" and got a hit at the top of the page. I entered "Bridgett search function" and did not get a hit on the first few pages. I suspect first names only challenge Google. bri

Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: April 7th, 2013 9:20 PM

Thanks, Dan. Didn't know about the Google search within this site. The last couple of weeks I've been going to Google directly, typing in "" and then whatever keywords I'm searching, in order to locate stuff on this site.

Dan Haley from Wednesday Journal  

Posted: April 7th, 2013 7:10 PM

OK. You're right. The search function on our site is not very good. But here's a tip. Use the search box at the top of the page. When it delivers only so-so results you will see under the search box an option to search just our site via Google. This works very well. Spread the word.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 7th, 2013 4:05 PM

Hi Bridgett - it's a bit laborious. bit the only way you can find specific stories is by Searching "News" - "Articles" at the menu at the top of the page. "Articles" are listed by date and there is years of posts in the files. WJ also has a "Search" feature it is not reliable.

Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: April 7th, 2013 3:44 PM

Ah, okay...I'm learning how to navigate this lovely site, without a powerful search engine...go to the News tab, then the Articles sub-tab. Good to know. :)

Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: April 7th, 2013 3:34 PM

Well-reasoned and thoughtful endorsement. WJ, just wondering how someone would go about finding this particular page. Makes me wonder what else I've missed...

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