Palos Park Commissioner Mike Wade had some strong words about the recent controversy from residents about Wu's House parking expansion. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Palos Park Commissioner Mike Wade had some strong words about the recent controversy from residents about Wu's House parking expansion. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Wade implores Palos Park residents to stop the infighting

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By Jeff Vorva

Palos Park Commissioner Mike Wade has not been on the council for a year yet and hasn’t said much over that time except to talk about the business at hand with building and public property matters.

But Wade came up with a strong speech on Monday night regarding some of the controversy and ill-will that some citizens had with the council’s decision on Feb. 27 to grant Wu’s House restaurant a parking extension.

More than 70 people were at the Feb. 27 meeting and most were against the expansion. Prior to that meeting there were plan commission meetings that apparently got heated with reportedly yelling and insults being hurled.

For the most part, the Feb. 27 meeting was civil, though tense. Once in a while, audience members would try to speak when the council members were speaking and at one point Commissioner G. Darryl Reed scolded those who interrupted and said they should “shut the hell up.”

Commissioner Dan Polk also admonished some in the crowd that night and said, “That might work in Chicago, but we don’t play that way over here, homey. We respect people for what they bring to the party.”

Wade had no public comment that night but on Monday, he had his say in front of a crowd of close to 50 people – a majority of which were on the council’s side and applauded him after his speech.

“My public service record is not vast,” he said. “I have not used my voice as much as I should have. The one thing I have done, however, is observe.

“I have observed residents addressing council members, residents addressing committee members, council members addressing residents and especially residents addressing residents.”

And he hasn’t always liked what he has seen.

“I’ve seen a shift from civility to animosity,” Wade said. “In fact, these last three or four months, I’ve been blown away by the actions of a small section and it has gone on to affect our community as a whole.”

He also didn’t appreciate some of the things that occurred during commission meetings.

“This animosity and infighting, divisive language and rude behavior between resident has no place in a town of 5,000,” he said.

“As residents, we dine in the same restaurants, shop in the same grocery stores and we walk our dogs on the same streets. Therefore, I implore all of you to see the similarities and not the differences in each of us and put your village first by having self-respect and not self-righteousness.”

4 Comments

  1. Maria Desmond on March 15, 2023 at 3:49 pm

    Thank You Mike. Civility is one of the qualities that I most respect in Palos Park. Let’s keep
    it that way. A Palos Park resident for 33years.



  2. John Bilas on March 15, 2023 at 6:31 pm

    Not one of the people who protested the approval of the Wu’s parking lot expansion hag given a solution to the problem. The restaurant is not going anywhere and the traffic safety issues will continue if there was not approval. It is easy to say no to something but even more difficult to come up with a workable solution.



  3. Joe on March 15, 2023 at 7:14 pm

    If most of the people are opposed to the parking lot expansion at Wu’s then why was it approved? I also think Wu’s knew exactly how much parking they had when they put their money in to the property.



  4. Sandi on March 23, 2023 at 12:02 pm

    Good for you, Mike Wade! Thank you. Civility is a precious quality and is, in my opinion, the basis of a functioning democracy. We don’t have to agree, and it is natural to have a variety of opinions, but we can disagree respectfully. A willingness to listen to one another is key to finding solutions and moving forward.



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