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By Dan Haley

Editor and Publisher

It's the website for Oak Park and River Forest that only Wednesday Journal could build. Thirty years of covering these villages and connecting them in print, online and across the back fence leads today to the debut of and, also,

Here's what you'll find when you reach our new community portals:

Wednesday Journal news. Faster than ever, but still from the reporters — Terry Dean, Marty Stempniak, Ben Meyerson — who you know and can count on. Each day you'll find new reporting on matters large and small, but always local.

The complete community calendar. We're building the most robust calendar of local events ever. Sort it by date, sort it by topic. Submit your own calendar items, photos and videos — Annette Coffee, our calendar editor will pull it all together.

A vibrant conversation. Wednesday Journal has fostered a stimulating discussion in our letters pages for decades that's continued on our website in recent years. But on and, it's about to flower.

Reader comments on news stories, restaurants, sports, and all manner of local life will be front and center on every story. Plus, we've already lined up nearly 20 bloggers covering topics from dining to shopping, from books to religion, from local history to local sports. The complete list of our writers is above, but go online and have a look for yourself. Make yourself an active part of the conversation.

Resources: The most complete directory you'll find in town. We've gathered together more than 1,700 local resources. These are businesses, social service agencies, clubs, government entities, churches, restaurants, schools, and more. Our local expertise can't be beat.

More than a year in the making, and are the work of many people across our company. From our Web department to editorial and advertising, we've been working hard to craft a site that meets your needs, helps you find information, keeps you in the loop and makes you part of the conversation about living in these great villages. Thanks to all of our colleagues for their hard work.

We're not nearly done: We've got a lengthy list of additions and expansions already planned. Now, we want to hear from you. What's missing? What could work better? Tell us. We want to know.

Go. Check it out, and enjoy the new face of Wednesday Journal.

Dan Haley
Editor and Publisher

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Posted: October 1st, 2010 3:51 PM

Where did the crime reports section go? That's one of the only reasons I read WJ!

Marty from Chicago  

Posted: October 1st, 2010 11:41 AM

What Brian said.

Brian from Oak Park  

Posted: October 1st, 2010 11:27 AM

The blog posts are all listed together and not segregated by authorship. It is impossible to know which post goes with which blog unless you click on it.

David W Ristau from Lahaina, Maui  

Posted: October 1st, 2010 6:14 AM

The new site is organized differently than your old one. As such I'm sure there will be a learning curve to figure out how to navigate the new site. "O ka huli ke ulu mai" It is change that brings us growthGood luck on your newest venture.Aloha from Maui...

Sarah E. from Oak Park  

Posted: September 30th, 2010 2:34 PM

I think the new website is fun. I've found lots of new things to explore. Great job!

Dee Bagge from Oak Park  

Posted: September 30th, 2010 2:10 PM

is TribLocal the only web site in town that doesn't suck?

Dazed & Confused from River Forest  

Posted: September 30th, 2010 11:49 AM

Are and the same site or are they supposed to be community specific. Not sure this new site is ready for primetime. I love the Wednesday Journal though so I'll cut you some slack until you figure it out. I love the "Exploding Clown" and "1996" comments. So true....

Jack Johnson  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 9:23 PM

I'm really digging your site. It has a real 1996 feel to it. You're missing the dancing hampsters, though, so I thought I'd drop a link in. Maybe you can integrate that in: of links, anyone remember this:

D Haley from Oak Park  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 5:32 PM

My eyes! They hurt!

SouthOPer from Oak Park  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 3:21 PM

It looks like a clown exploded all over your site. The old WJ site was much easier to read and not super cluttered. If it took a year to build I'd ask for your money back.

Longtime Oak Parker  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 11:14 AM

Wow! Great new site. This will add to the Oak Park experience.

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