Oak Lawn’s mayor hopes drivers who won’t obey a stop sign will at least hit the brakes for a stop sign gag.
Workers in Mayor Dave Heilmann’s southwest suburb on Friday began installing new red signs beneath existing stop signs to enhance the original message.
Won’t stop for a traditional sign? What if Diana Ross, in a way, pleads with you?
“STOP,” reads one. “IN THE NAAME OF LOVE.”
Or how about John Wayne?
“STOP. RIGHT THERE PILGRIM.”
There are 16 messages on 40 sign posts. Each is the brainchild of first-term mayor Heilmann, a lawyer and former improv actor who created the signs in response to residents’ complaints of blown stop signs.
“I was trying to get people’s attention,” said Heilmann, 44. “And I’m a little sarcastic by nature, so I thought, let’s give this a shot. . . . I think people in government are so serious. I think we need to laugh once in a while.”