Oak Park trustee feels heat over radio spot

Community members slam Moroney at Monday's village board meeting

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By Stacey Sheridan

Staff Reporter

Oak Park trustee Dan Moroney faced community ire over his recent appearance on "Morning Answer with Dan Proft & Amy Jacobson," a right-wing radio show (WIND-AM) where he discussed fellow Trustee Susan Buchanan's recent board meeting rant, which caused Buchanan to become a target of vitriolic internet harassment. In front of a packed board room, 18 people addressed the board — Moroney in particular — in non-agenda public comments at the Oct. 21 meeting. Only one comment was made in his defense. 

 Many called on Moroney to resign, while others demanded he apologize for appearing on the show and further stoking the national attention Buchanan's outburst generated. 

"We are less safe because of a decision made by Trustee Moroney to inflame an already volatile situation not once, but twice," said Steve Krasinsky. "Instead of distancing himself from the white supremacists terrorizing a member of this board, Trustee Moroney chose to further escalate the situation this week by appearing on a right-wing radio station to further damage her reputation." 

Many of the people who made public comments refused to give their last names, for fear that sharing that personal information would compromise their safety and make them a target for harassment.

Christine Ferno pointedly noted that her children are learning active listening in school at District 97. "I think everyone can tell who's actively listening," Ferno said to the board, while the audience cheered and chided Moroney, who avoided making eye contact with the speakers. "Eyes on the speaker; look up!" yelled an audience member to Moroney, who sat at the board table, red-faced.

"Mr. Moroney has been telling the public that public safety, all of our safety in this community, is important to him," Ferno added, citing the oath that Moroney took to defend the Illinois State Constitution when he was elected trustee.

"I'm here holding Mr. Moroney responsible for his choices after hearing him on a recent podcast with a hate-talk radio host, not to mention his CBS interview," said Ferno. In those appearances, she noted, Moroney neither advocated for equity nor demonstrated an understanding of the issue. 

"What he did was volunteer himself as a martyr in his free-speech narrative and positioned himself as our community priority," said Ferno, as the audience applauded. "We are less safe after the Moroney media tour."

The marathon of public comments lasted over an hour, taking up most of the meeting time. After the verbal barrage ended, the board attempted to return to the agenda. 

In a statement emailed to Wednesday Journal, Moroney said Oak Park has gone through a "tumultuous period that is regrettable" and that prior to the Oct. 21 meeting, he and Buchanan took a "constructive step by sitting down to discuss what has transpired and recognizing what unites us, rather than what divides us."

The statement also addressed the threatening treatment Buchanan has received: 

"I unequivocally condemn the hateful rhetoric that has been directed at her. No person should be judged by their worst moment, and I urge all residents to move beyond this incident and support Trustee Buchanan as she serves our community. Susan is a good person and is committed to making Oak Park a better place."

The statement also said that residents elected board members to work on their behalf, which "can only happen when each of us brings our unique talents and perspectives, while fostering a culture of diversity of thought and the free exchange of ideas."

Moroney reaffirmed his commitment to serving the people of Oak Park and working with his fellow trustees. He also said he had been approached by the studio and agreed to go on the controversial Dan Proft-helmed radio show as "an opportunity to provide context" on what happened with Buchanan. 

"Talking to someone is not an endorsement of their world views, rather a free exchange of ideas and perspectives," Moroney said. "I stand by everything I said on the show."

Moroney also said he did not intend to further escalate the situation. 

"I did not agree to go on the show to sensationalize any of the events that spurred the appearance, and I attempted to be very diligent in steering the segment toward a reasoned dialogue," he said.

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Nick Polido  

Posted: October 28th, 2019 9:39 AM

Jason, What is OP about? This will help me when we get back to as you say "arguing about policy that actually matters."

Alice Wellington  

Posted: October 27th, 2019 7:50 PM

Ouch. "Despite national embarrassment from an initial incident earlier this month, many Oak Parkers are doubling down. They seem intent on making their town a national showcase for the manic intolerance for diversity of opinion into which identity politics have devolved." https://wirepoints.org/where-hate-has-a-home-oak-park-illinois/

Nick Arestopoulos  

Posted: October 27th, 2019 6:13 PM

I see the tone police are out in force. If you were threatened by the words shut up, I wonder how you live, go to the bar, got to work, etc... She had enough of the b.s. and called them on it. I wonder how much Dan, Demo, and our mayor read about systems of oppression and how they work. Six months is enough time to find something credible, read, and understand a something on the subject. Google exists that will refer you to data and research. The men didn't do their homework and the woman did. I'd be sick of it too.

Jason Cohen  

Posted: October 27th, 2019 1:14 PM

The rhetoric from both sides is just annoying at this point. Dr Buchanan was rude and insulting but she hardly censored anyone and is hardly stopping the white man from getting his voice heard. It was one meeting with a few minutes of anger and poor judgment. Maroney then decides to take an issue fading into the background and dredge it up again by appearing on a horrible show that certainly doesn't represent anything that OP is about. That doesn't make him a horrible person but it was certainly horrible judgement. We really need some adults in the room to move this group forward and stop the nonsense already. We have actual things to deal with. Let's all get back to arguing about policy that actually matters.

Josh Vanderberg  

Posted: October 27th, 2019 9:19 AM

Jeffrey Smith, I won't defend Maroney's choice of talk-show venue, I'll leave that to him, but to call Maroney nazi-adjacent is, well, libel-adjacent. Minimizing what Buchanan actually said is intellectually dishonest. Please, quote the words she said that you support. I've yet to hear this from any of her supporters.

Jeffrey Smith  

Posted: October 26th, 2019 1:00 PM

Being Nazi-adjacent is worse than telling someone to shut up. Enough with the "everyone does it" manure.

Christine Vernon  

Posted: October 25th, 2019 4:43 PM

Shawn, participation in local government is essential for good government. It's a great idea.There are, however, some of who have been doing this for 40+ years and the need for overseers is more urgent now than it was at some years before. But how are people supposed to fill all their responsibilities - to their families, to work full-time jobs, to take care of their property and houses? The handholding required is really something. Best to have a list of tag teams notified when their rotation comes up to attend and be the eyes on Board proceedings, because otherwise people burn out. It took me over 40 years to get burned out attending Village Board meetings but it finally happened. I hope you are abler to stop people, one organized group, with only one or a couple of agendas from hi-jacking a meeting for their own purposes, no favor to democracy. Trustee Buchanan was not a responsible elected official when she let out a racist rant. But you are overlooking the sins of three of the other trustees. It was stated in the comments a week or so ago, that Dan, Deno and Anan have been verbally disrespectful, beyond disrespectful to seriously having wronged female trustees. It was first reported in the comments credibly by two men. James Coughlin and Dan Lauber. There have been others who have come forward to some of us that they witnessed this, too, but they will not write a letter or speak publicly. If the men on the Village Board don't stop that dynamic, who will? Their actions should not be given a pass. They need to take responsibility for their objectionable behavior when they are supposed to be acting in the best interest of the people who they represent. These sins are equal in importance, if not volume, some spoken quietly enough so that the mircrophones won't pick them up, in the case of the two male trustees, and the Mayor, and the female trustee's with the volume pumped up and shouting. The behavior of all four people deserve a reprimand.

Shawn Kestler from Oak Park  

Posted: October 25th, 2019 3:53 PM

Bruce, great words and actions of support for Dan. How great would it be if 50 people showed up, and each gave a 10 second public comment, "Dan, we believe in you", "Dan, thank you for all your hard work", "Dan, thank you for representing ALL people of Oak Park". Public comments are the first thing on the agenda. Everyone could be back home by 7:15, yet make a bold positive statement. Let's do it people!

Christine Vernon  

Posted: October 25th, 2019 2:20 PM

So much good discussion in the comments. Isn't that always the way? The Guardian has a section called "The Long Read", a story in depth and that is what the comments are. Much can be learned about points of view just reading the comments. But - step back and look at all of this, it truly is a circus - not government functioning. It is like an audition for a sensational reality TV program. The movie first, now the TV series, not the most effective way of learning or teaching. Egos get their fifteen or so minutes of attention and fame and maybe notoriety when sensational, but it's not government functioning. We have a physician who has yet to apologize to the electorate for her self-righteous outburst while positioned in the Council Chambers in her official capacity representing the people of Oak Park; we have a subplot of trustee, who has been observed with other males on the Board, belittling female trustees, who set out to express and establish his self--righteousness, after being singled out as a bad white man. We have a weak Board who seem not to know how to moderate people in controversial discussion who throw their abusive manipulative weight around at a Village Board meeting/hearing. So, not only does the Board need a formal code of conduct and a strong leader, but now we see the need for some people who want to be there at a public hearing behaving with no bounds on at a public meeting either. It's as if they all need babysitters and constant hand holding to do the right thing. Our Village Board meeting sounds like the latest theatrics of the British Parliament, wasting everybody's time and not performing the actual duties of government which must be pretty boring because they all seem to prefer bad theater. This year, before there were so many Democratic candidates for the presidency, I heard Senator Michael Bennet, D - Denver say "We have to find a way to avoid daily conflicts to get things done for the American people". Let's tackle that first.

Alice Caputo  

Posted: October 25th, 2019 2:20 PM

I believe Mr. Clark is 37, the same age as Jussie Smollett. The event would have happened in 1994.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: October 25th, 2019 11:21 AM

@ Michael O Malley: Last I heard, there js no statute of limitations on a civil rights violation . I am searching his bio for a date of birth to ascertain what year was his 12th birthday. Then a newspaper check for incident.

Michael O'Malley  

Posted: October 25th, 2019 10:16 AM

Regarding Mr. Clark and his alleged abuse at the hands of the Oak Park police? Is there a statute of limitations on a civil rights violation? How about for child abuse? There seems to be an opportunity for Mr. Clark to bring a case forward to highlight a potential Oak Park system of oppression.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: October 25th, 2019 9:56 AM

I think there's only one thing to do now, Nick- get in to journalism and show those journalistic novices at WJ how it's done. Should be a piece of cake for someone like you.

Nick Polido  

Posted: October 25th, 2019 7:44 AM

Good reporting is not this papers strong suit. I was under the impression what others were concerned about is the death threats made on our elected officials and the infiltration of white supremacist . Has this paper followed up with the FBI and local authorities on what progress has been made to keep our Village safe. Also where is the follow up reporting on Anthony Clark, community activist and Oak Park and River Forest High School teacher at the 10/8 meeting, who asserted in the 90's when he was choked out in Scoville Park at the age of 12 by Oak Park police and now suffers from PTSD. Surely there must be a record of that and maybe someone in that department can still be accountable. Let's dust off those gum shoes and hit the street!

Bruce Kline  

Posted: October 24th, 2019 11:11 PM

Well Kelly some of us already have. Many of us showed up at the Village Hall tonight at the financial meeting to show our support for Trustee Maroney. By just being there. I suggest all those folks of good will, who believe in civil discourse, respectful speech and democracy show up. If you, like me, abhor the current mobocracy and their attempted intimidation and commandeering of Village Board meetings, then show up. It doesn't take much. Just show up. Make a brief comment during the public comment session if you desire. Or not. Then listen and observe respectfully. Set an example to those hectoring fascist bullies who used their heckler's veto (in a manner o speaking) to shut down public comments not to their liking. Next meeting is Nov 4 @6:30 pm. I'll be there. Will you?

Kelly Bacon Desmarais  

Posted: October 24th, 2019 10:23 PM

Ramona Lopez, "The upside down world of the far left: 1. Conservative radio show = RIGHT WING and embracing white supremacy. 2. A White man denied his freedom of speech = hurt ego. A person of color denied their freedom of speech = oppression. 3. A white female points her finger in peoples faces and tells them to be quiet, she's a hero. A white male speaks to a local news affiliate about the incident, he is now endangering the lives of all Oak Park citizens. 4. "I'm here to hold Mr. Moroney responsible for his choices" , yet that same person doesn't hold Dr. Buchanan to the same standard. In Oak Park 2 + 2 = 5!" You nailed it! This town is lacking fair-minded individuals, it's all becoming too much! We need to come together and show our support for Dan Moroney!

Kelly Bacon Desmarais  

Posted: October 24th, 2019 10:14 PM

Ruth, your comment about hate crimes and mass murders makes me wonder where you get your news? Are you familiar with the statistics? Do you have any idea who commits the majority of murders/violent crimes in Chicago? Do you have any idea what side of the isle the majority of the violence comes from?

Robert Royals  

Posted: October 24th, 2019 7:26 PM

7:18 PM and all is well. Still no sign of armed white extremists penetrating the People's Republic of Oak Park Haley and Trainor to distribute adult diapers for Peddakotla's bed wetters at the high school on Friday morning at 8: 00 AM

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: October 24th, 2019 3:54 PM

"This paper" is just reporting on what others are making of the Buchanan controversy, Nick. And when a documented underhanded sleaze like Proft is brought into the picture, that's fair game as well. It's a newspaper.

Patrick Edward  

Posted: October 24th, 2019 2:21 PM

I saw that video of her ranting about being someone being white. It's hard to believe someone with that kind of emotional instability is a M.D.

Nick Polido  

Posted: October 24th, 2019 1:02 PM

It's just crazy that this paper is making the issue of Dr.Buchanan's long and sustained diatribe on white males about Mohoney, Dan Proft or whatever Eric Zorn thinks. Make no mistake this women is intolerant to her community and neighbors with her racists agenda.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: October 24th, 2019 11:52 AM

Whatever your opinion on this board controversy, you're well advised to take whatever Dan Proft says or does with a handful of salt. He's about as deceitful as they come. The reader exposed his chain of faux-newspapers a couple years ago, for anyone who cares to look into it. https://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2017/03/29/if-your-community-news-is-slanted-dan-proft-may-be-to-blame

John Carpender  

Posted: October 24th, 2019 10:37 AM

Dan Proft has been a leading voice of rightwing extremity in Chicago for some time now. Anyone choosing to associate themselves with his broadcast does so at considerable risk to their own reputation. Despite his pseudo-intellectual pomposity, Proft is just another rightwing talk radio name caller. He isn't interested in polite, good faith debate of issues and never has been. While Moroney issues a conciliatory statement regarding his colleague Proft is on the radio calling her and those who support her "frothing socialist apparatchiks" Because that's what Proft does. Dan Proft was behind gubernatorial candidate Jeanne Ive's infamous campaign ad in which a transgender citizen is portrayed as a stubble-chinned man in a dress boasting about using the women's bathroom and women who took part in one of several women's marches are portrayed as gleeful twits, excited about making the public pay for their many abortions. THAT is who Dan Proft is too. Did Moroney not know that? Perhaps. For Moroney to associate himself with a person who engages in such willfully hateful and divisive political expression was, at the very least, a gross miscalculation. Proft is a vulgar, embittered stain on the Chicago broadcasting landscape. Any thoughtful individual should know to avoid his ilk.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: October 24th, 2019 9:25 AM

thee is a great scene in the movie Dr. Zhilavgo, where the well off father is having his private possessions looted by "the people" in the name of equality. He tyurns to the mob and says, "When do I become the people" Hoping for never, but it is getting to look like soon for some of us.

Bruce Kline  

Posted: October 23rd, 2019 11:16 PM

I agree Leslie and Robert except for one essential point. Bullies are bullies. The information they claim to justify their mob - like behavior whether true or false is not relevant. That is what bullies do. That is their nature: to undermine the rules of civil discourse and democracy. It is after all the nature of the beast.

Robert Royals  

Posted: October 23rd, 2019 10:36 PM

@Leslie. The people aren't "like" facists - they are facists.

Leslie Sutphen  

Posted: October 23rd, 2019 10:26 PM

@Shawn Watching those people rudely heckling you and cheering when you said you might have to leave ("I'll help you pack?) made me sick. This is the kind of behavior one sees under fascist regimes where the mobs are incented to bully those who want to speak up. I was watching online, but I will be there in the future. It is not a matter of what my opinions are. It is a matter of how the rules of civil discourse and democracy are being undermined by bullies who have been manipulated with false information on social media.

Shawn Kestler from Oak Park  

Posted: October 23rd, 2019 9:42 PM

People, It is great to see so many rallying to Trustee Moroney's defense on social media platforms like this. But what he and the other rational Trustees really need is to see your support in person and at the polls, and more importantly for Arti's army to see it. And don't underestimate the radical progressive's growing strength. They now control 3 of 6 Trustee seats, with more to follow, if/when Anan decides not to run for reelection and if Dan and Deno either Don't run or are forced out (next election is March, 2021), those seats too will likely fall into the hands of the radicals. Corey Wesley, a well-qualified person of color, and rational common sense candidate, lost by 49 votes to Arti in the last election. None of this would have happened if level-headed voters actually voted. It is the radicals that are showing up in force and electing the Arti's of the world. As the one person that defended Dan in person on Monday, I plead with you all to show up at the next meeting and show your support in person. Spread the word to friends and neighbors who have their head in the sand as I once did....before it's too late!

Robert Royals  

Posted: October 23rd, 2019 7:55 PM

My profession allows me to spend a lot of time driving around town. Despite all the hand wringing and gnashing of teeth by the bedwetters, I haven't seen any crazed right wingers in cammos with AR's hunting children. Perhaps they are massing at the border.

George Smith  

Posted: October 23rd, 2019 6:14 PM

Actually, this week confirms it: Vote them ALL out. What a bunch of embarrassments. I see more mature behavior from elementary school kids. Same goes for the angry groups on both sides.that won't move on to the real issues looming in this town.

Jason Cohen  

Posted: October 23rd, 2019 5:52 PM

This thread is the exact reason it was stupid to go on the show. What positive for OP could possibly come of going on the show beyond self promotion? This whole situation was finally dying down and then Maroney decides to make it a big thing again. Dr Buchanan and Maroney have now distracted us from working on real issues for long enough. The diversity statement is behind us. I voted for both of him and regret it. Holding a public office doesn't just mean you focus on the issues it also means you have to not be a net negative to the community at the very least and both have failed on that front. As of right now I wouldn't vote for either. A lot can change between now and the next voting cycle though. Let's stop with all this bs and focus on actually working on policy.

Rob Ruffulo  

Posted: October 23rd, 2019 2:56 PM

Well said Tom MacMillan and Ramona Lopez !The joke that is Oak Park continues....

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: October 23rd, 2019 2:49 PM

Every car jacking in Oak Park is a "death threat". If we are going to worry about death threats here in town, let's worry about those a bit more vs the political make believe ones.

Ramona Lopez  

Posted: October 23rd, 2019 2:15 PM

@Gee Sun Myung Moon, an Asian man, is a white supremacist? So if one did not support same sex marriage in 2000 they are a white supremacist? You do realize that President Obama didn't support same sex marriage in 2000 either. He voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment. Is he a white supremacist? Would you call him "right wing" as well. Thanks for reinforcing my previous comment about hypocrisy.

Diana Lan  

Posted: October 23rd, 2019 1:51 PM

I am not here to say who is right or wrong, I would just like to say let's be careful with what we do and say. She said shutup which was rude, they often don't let her finish her statement which is rude as well. However his actions of going on the show have caused death threats, and other things that are targeting her. She does not deserve to be targeted by anyone.

Ramona Lopez  

Posted: October 23rd, 2019 1:42 PM

@ Ruth. The left has a long history of violence just as robust as the right. I'm sure you are old enough to remember Weather Undergound. Then their fearless leader Bill Ayres is idolized by the left as a hero. , befriended by our former president and placed on numerous boards and hired by UIC. Don't forget the KKK was founded by southern Dixiecrats as well. Over 200 protestors were arrested on inauguration day. In the 1st year of his presidency, there were over 12,000 tweets calling for his death. Head of Buzzfeed called for the murder of Trump. Our fellow Oak Parker Kathy Griffing with her beheading hoax. California lawmakers received death threats after putting universal healthcare on hold. Did you forget about the congressional shooting at the annual softball game? Andy Ngo of the your beloved Huffington Post was beat to a pulp by ANTIFA. An ICE detention center was attacked in Tacoma. I can go on and on if you like Ruth, but I'll run out of fingers and toes. If you think violence is unique to people on the right then you are extremely ignorant of history. I won't go into the leftists Bernie praises in Venezuela and Cuba, that's for another conversation.

Ramona Lopez  

Posted: October 23rd, 2019 1:06 PM

@ Mr. Hanline. Please demonstrate my obsession with ANTIFA. I don't support violence on either end of the political spectrum. Since you don't denounce violence by ANTIFA, should I jump to the conclusion that YOU support it? Have I ever supported white supremacy in any of my posts? You sure like to connect dots Mike that simply are not there. Lastly, my voting record would demonstrate that I NEVER voted for a Republican in my life. I typically vote 3rd party since neither mainstream party is appealing to me in the least bit.

Shakti Saty  

Posted: October 23rd, 2019 12:25 PM

Curious that Ms. Sheridan chose to report on the coloring of Trustee Moroney's face, yet fails to mention that he endured, silently, over 45 minutes of verbal attacks from neighbors, both at the podium, as well as shouts and jeers from the crowd. And curious that the reporter doesn't elaborate on that one comment in his defense. The one where the speaker, when he said that regrettably, after 17 years he and his family were leaving Oak Park, the crowd responded with thunderous applause, with one shouting out, "I'll help you pack!" And the reporter gets the timeline wrong. It was not the appearance on a dinky AM radio show that was the cause of Internet trolls. The trolls hit within a day of Trustee Buchanan's meltdown at the October 7 Board Meeting. One speaker after another claimed that Oak Park now has a target on its back. That white supremists are gonna come and harm our children. The victimhood narrative, with a white male as the culprit, is the same tired fear-mongering story repeatedly doled out by Trustee Walker-Peddakotla. And curious that this paper has yet to report on what happened at the Oct 7 meeting, before Trustee Buchanan's meltdown. Where it was revealed that Trustee Walker-Peddakotla and Trustee Boutet inappropriately discussed personnel matters and conspired to get the Village Manager fired at a community relations commission (CRC) meeting. That is an egregious abuse. An audio of that meeting, obtained by FOIA by a private citizen, has been circulating around town confirming the allegations, and yet this newspaper is silent. Why is that? Why is the Wednesday Journal actively deflecting people away from the truth?

Gee Kat from Oak Park  

Posted: October 23rd, 2019 12:11 PM

@Romana "1. Conservative radio show = RIGHT WING and embracing white supremacy." Thanks for pointing this out since 1. AM560 is owned by Salem Media Group, 2. Its founders served on the Council for National Policy, 3. Its board members have been given billions of dollars by Sun Myung Moon, the founder of the Unification Church and the conservative Washington Times newspaper, 4. They have also gave $780,000 to the 2000 "California Defense of Marriage Act" (Proposition 22) ballot measure. So does Moroney support or oppose the village's stand on marriage rights?

Mike Hanline  

Posted: October 23rd, 2019 11:52 AM

Ramona has long been obsessed with Antifa, a loose collective which has never been endorsed by the DNC (they're not beholden to any political party, as they're anarchists first and foremost). Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans have posed for pics with members of the Proud Boys and Roger Stone has even enlisted them for his own personal security detail. This is a domestic terrorist organization that stages rallies for the sole purpose of instigating violence (often with Antifa, but more generally with anyone from the left) and just saw two of their members sentenced to lengthy prison terms yesterday for assault. Where's the outrage over the Proud Boys, Ramona?

Ruth Lazarus  

Posted: October 23rd, 2019 10:54 AM

Yes, @Ramona, I see the comparison??on the one hand we have right wing extremists making violent threats all over the internet, and numerous right wing organizations promoting marches, organizing harassment campaigns, preparing for actual civil war, and carrying out acts of violence directed against people they don't like. On the other hand we have campus protests that the national news doesn't cover because, why? I can count on one hand the number of actual violent acts from the left, can you say the same about the right wing extremists?

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: October 23rd, 2019 10:31 AM

Yes, Byll, and a man as eloquent as Frederick Douglass didn't state the cause, just the direction or action.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: October 23rd, 2019 9:52 AM

I'm quite certain any "agitation" Frederick Douglass advocated after the Civil War was done for a very specific cause, Bryan.

Ramona Lopez  

Posted: October 23rd, 2019 9:23 AM

The upside down world of the far left: 1. Conservative radio show = RIGHT WING and embracing white supremacy. 2. A White man denied his freedom of speech = hurt ego. A person of color denied their freedom of speech = oppression. 3. A white female points her finger in peoples faces and tells them to be quiet, she's a hero. A white male speaks to a local news affiliate about the incident, he is now endangering the lives of all Oak Park citizens. 4. "I'm here to hold Mr. Moroney responsible for his choices" , yet that same person doesn't hold Dr. Buchanan to the same standard. In Oak Park 2 + 2 = 5!

Ramona Lopez  

Posted: October 23rd, 2019 9:08 AM

@ Ruth. Since you watch so much national news Ruth, have you missed all of the riots on campus when conservative speakers come to town to give a speech? You won't see that on MSNBC or CNN since deep down they probably support the ANTIFA cause and are OK with violence as long as its against someone they disagree with. The tolerant Left is the epitome of hypocrisy!

Jennifer Crook Gnolfo from Oak Park  

Posted: October 23rd, 2019 8:48 AM

I think we can agree that it is terrifying for Buchanan to receive death threats. I would also like to think we can agree that Moroney going on the radio show had the effect of making Buchanan less safe by directing more hateful attention to her. It was a poor decision. Additionally, I would hope that we can agree to the value that OP Trustees should listen to his or her constituents and try to represent the needs' of all community members, and this might require educating oneself where he or she does not have the appropriate knowledge. There have been many community members giving their valuable time and energy to give input to Board members about what it feels like to be black or brown in our community. Being female and experiencing sexism, it's not hard to appreciate what I hear my POC neighbors say, but I will never know what it's like to walk in their shoes. I will never know what their police interactions feel like. Oppression exists in many forms, our good intentions don't erase the fact of oppression. This is our history in this country. I won't dismiss POC's experiences, and I won't be personally offended if they take the time to point out something I got wrong. We live in a community with a decent amount of willpower to do better. How wonderful! When it comes to the discourse between Trustees at a Bd meeting, I expect it to get impassioned at times. I wasn't shocked by Susan's behavior because I have been driven to the extreme at times to defend something I hold dear. Being emotional is not something to be ashamed of. It's important to recognize her point, not the exact words she used. Moroney stated on the radio show that he recognizes a need for representation of our black community members on the Board. There is a lack of representation of people of color. Buchanan's intention was to say: we have members of our community coming forward to give us the valuable input and their experiences and how we can do better. Be quiet and listen.

Ruth Lazarus  

Posted: October 23rd, 2019 8:37 AM

I think some of you people must be too busy to pay attention to national news, and have perhaps missed the rise in hate crimes, including mass shootings, inspired by the extreme right. They are now targeting Oak Park thanks to Dan bringing his hurt ego to a national audience. Susan Buchanan is not the only person receiving hate mail and threats, but even if she was, the fact that doesn't trouble you more than her "shut up" is almost more disturbing than Dan going on right wing radio to fan these flames.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: October 23rd, 2019 8:05 AM

Is it to late to make Don Maroney face masks for Halloween to off set the Dr. Buchanan face masks for Halloween The closing chapter of Ken Burns Civil war, a person asked Frederick Douglass what he, the inquirer/supporter should do now that the Civil War was over. Douglass answered "Agitate. Agitate. Agitate" not for cause mind you, for effect and practice.

Bryan Rekarson from OP  

Posted: October 23rd, 2019 7:41 AM

This is really unbelievable. Between work, after school activities for the kiddos, and raking leaves, I haven't had a chance to follow this. However, it is ABSURD that someone is calling for Moroney to resign. What blizzaro world are we living in now? Buchanan should have been the one to resign last week. Look back the comments on the last two stories. My family and neighbors unequivocally support Moroney. He did nothing wrong. So Trustee Buchanan shows questionable mental health in her tirade, which to date she has not truly apologized for, and now her minions are attempting apparently to shift focus to another trustee that did nothing wrong. Gotcha. Time to move.

Nick Polido  

Posted: October 23rd, 2019 7:34 AM

Dear Stacey Sheridan, It seems your living in the same vacuum as Steve Krasinsky and Dr. Buchanan. After Dr. Buchanans racist rant your article makes it sound as if there are burning cross's all over Oak Park as the white supremacist march on our Village. The radical left that show up at these meetings to cheer on Dr. Buchanans racist rant or Krasasiky and others making Mahoney the story. I think your missing who the real intolerant people are in this community.

Rich Barker from Oak Park  

Posted: October 23rd, 2019 7:03 AM

So let me get this right....the community is up in arms because a trustee spoke about the inappropriate actions of another board member on a conservative talk show? How in the world is this something for which he should be admonished. If you are upset, that frustration should be targeted at the person who had the inappropriate outburst. Mr. Maroney simply exercised his first amendment rights and based on his statement tried to give context to what happened to avoid misinformation from being spread. This seems ridiculous that he is now the target of the uproar instead of the person who actually acted inappropriately.

Kevin Peppard  

Posted: October 22nd, 2019 10:48 PM

@Bert Fischer THe SJWs swarming reminds of the scene in "Field of Dreams" where James Earl Jones shouts at Kevin Costner saying something like, "You're a creature from the Sixties! Out! Out!"and uses an old-style mosquito spray canister with pump on Costner.

Mary O'Malley Petranek  

Posted: October 22nd, 2019 10:00 PM

Did I read this right? Dan Moroney dared to speak with a "right wing hate-talk" radio host and is now on the receiving end of "left wing hate talk" in retaliation? That's poetic! The People's Republic of Oak Park never ceases to amaze.

Jim Bowman from Chicago  

Posted: October 22nd, 2019 9:42 PM

Phew. I heard about the fevered 18 and feared the worst. But reading the defenders of Moroney and free speech, I am consoled. The 18 were dressed in black? And the reporter failed to mention that? And she wrote simply "right-wing" for the Dan Proft show? Rather intelligent and tightly argued conservative who makes one listen very closely. Nice going, Dan M., if only for being taken seriously by Proft and Amy.

Ramona Lopez  

Posted: October 22nd, 2019 9:21 PM

Here is a link to the video of the last meeting. Public comments begin at about the 13 minute mark. The hypocrisy in most statements is rampant. https://oak-park.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=4&clip_id=1153

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: October 22nd, 2019 9:17 PM

There has not been this much foolhardiness in Oak Park, since Farmer Fredrick's Horse trampled Miss Pickermill's prized rose's. Oh what a fuss that raised. A small percentage of people What qualifies Buchanan as an authority on racism, and of thirdly, does any one really think the show Maroney went on was done without careful consideration not to raise the fur on the back of some 30 or so Oak Parker's, who now are charging in all direction's with torch in hand. Everything and anything should have been expected to happen when you put together a group of board member's who all want the microphone. Halloween hours was not enough. Shutting people down for being White was not enough. Now a small percentage of people get a chance running around with torches. Well it is the season for it, and soon the torches will go out, and no one is going to mark any of this down so when voting time comes around, whenever that is, the handful of voters will turn out once again, and some board members will stay, one will move up, and who knows how many new one's will join. Until then, get a good grip on the edge of the World, so no one falls off during these trying time's in Oak Park

Leslie Sutphen  

Posted: October 22nd, 2019 9:03 PM

This article fails to mention how the few speakers in favor of civility were nearly drowned out by the bullying crowd even going so far as to cheer when someone said they felt the need to leave Oak Park because of those extremists who cannot conduct civil discourse. It was a mob scene - appropriately dressed in black because nuance is not their forte. Is this how we are going to conduct our meetings? We are doomed to not accomplishing what we need to accomplish. And Anan tried to set the town, but he was also talked over and ignored. Bullies all of them.

Bert Fischer  

Posted: October 22nd, 2019 8:26 PM

Maybe if you don't tell people to shutup and that nobody cares what they have to say they wouldn't have to go somewhere else to be heard. This is what happens when you try to silence someone. There are certainly thousands of people in Oak Park who are disgusted with Buchanan's rant but they didn't have to show up at a board meeting to berate her because it's too easy and there is nothing to prove and no sane person left to convince. The reason Buchanan and the SJW team needed 18 goblins to come and scream at Maroney is to trick people into thinking he is the bad guy and that it is the will of the people to have him removed when all he did was exercise free speech, otherwise no one would come to the conclusion that he is the source of the madness from last meeting. They need to divert the attention away from Buchanan because the longer people think about this the more likely they are to come to the conclusion that the SJW movement in Oak Park is phony and is going nowhere fast. Their tactic will always be to have us look elsewhere so we don't see how hollow they really are.

Robert Royals  

Posted: October 22nd, 2019 7:04 PM

Right on Ramona- but I don't think you can get Mr. Krasinky out of his Mommy'basement.

Bruce Kline  

Posted: October 22nd, 2019 7:01 PM

Like Tom said a whole lot of us are 100% backing Maroney for his right to speak up - finally - over these self righteous Marxist JV hectoring tyrants. And stop trying to flip the narrative from that of an initial out of control racist psycho rant to now the target of the initial rant being the big bad bogeyman. And resign? May I remind these self righteous inquisitors that we still live in a country that values freedom of speech - I think. So yeah bring it on.

Klara Gabor  

Posted: October 22nd, 2019 6:04 PM

He may have made an error in judgement appearing on the show but, seriously, asking him to resign? Is there no longer freedom of speech in this country or only freedom for some to voice their opinion ? The outrage should be directed at Buchanan who started all this and then tried to say she was just angry at the time. Personally her "apology" didn't hold water as far as I am concerned and I wouldn't buy it on sale. What is next? Are you going to investigate Moroney starting from his grammar school years for improper conduct or remarks? If, you do I suggest you investigate all the trustees and the mayor too. The way people are behaving demonstrates their lack of respect for others and themselves to behave in such a manner but, they don't call Oak Park the Socialist Republic of Oak Park for no reason.

Jim Kelly  

Posted: October 22nd, 2019 5:19 PM

In his statement, Dan said, "No person should be judged by their worst moment.." This might very well be his worst moment. For some time I've had second thoughts about my vote for him, but he's among 7 at a governing table and we can and should expect better efforts from all of them to govern well, and civilly.

Ramona Lopez  

Posted: October 22nd, 2019 4:53 PM

I bet Mr. Krasinksy would have supported an interview by Vox or Mother Jones. If he doesn't feel safe, I can send an Uber to pick him up and he can stay in my basement until everything cools down. Please explain how we are less safe. Why is he so concerned about her "reputation"?

Jim Egeberg  

Posted: October 22nd, 2019 4:28 PM

Hmm, 18 individuals coming out to speak against a trustee who made a calculated error by talking to a white wing conspiracy theorist is quite the reprimand

Nick A Binotti  

Posted: October 22nd, 2019 3:37 PM

Nathan Thurm would be proud.

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: October 22nd, 2019 2:13 PM

The town is full of people who are happy and ready to defend Trustee Maroney. Portraying it otherwise is unfair and not accurate reporting. 18 people at a meeting are not "the community".

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