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August 29, 2014
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

I am emailing you to bring to your
attention an issue that I am sure
you have heard of in the past.  
Although, I am not sure exactly
how much information you have
been exposed to.  Oak Lawn
Public Works has been covering
up the sanitary sewer issues in
the Village by blaming (For the
entire letter, click
HERE)
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September 1, 2014
Commentary

While the national holiday known as Labor day
to honor the American labor movement, While
the national holiday known as Labor While the
national holiday known as Labor Day was
created with the intention of having a Day was
created with the intention of having a day to
honor the American labor movement, the last
year has seen the Village of Oak Lawn's labor
movement engage in high profile battles with
Oak Lawn Village Manager Larry Deetjen,  
(For the full story, click
HERE)
September 4, 2014
By Robert Streit

An emergency response by police,
firefighters or paramedics starts with a
distress call.

The handling of that call can mean life
or death for a resident suffering from a
heart attack or a home invasion victim
where police or paramedics get
incorrect information. (Click
here for
full story.)
September 12, 2014
Editorial

Arrogance?   Stupidity?  Perhaps a
combination called Deetjen.  

In June of this year, Trustee Robert
Streit (Dist. 3) asked his fellow board
members to consider applying for a
"safer grant" to pay the salary and
benefits of two firemen for two or (for
full story, click
HERE)
September 15, 2014
By Staff

While just across 87th Street, Burbank's
Mayor Harry Klein and Aldermen were
pushing the Metropolitan Water
Reclamation District and the State of
Illinois to make needed upgrades to the
Melvina Ditch Reservoir, which affected
flooding in both Oak Lawn and Burbank,
Trustees in Oak Lawn chose to blame
"past administrations" going back as far
as 25 years to Mayor Ernie Kolb's(For full
story, please click
HERE)
September 16, 2014
By Staff


Oak Lawn resident and former math
teacher, Nancy Ficaro, took Trustee
Tim Desmond (Dist. 1) and former
Trustee Tom Phelan (Dist. 6) back to
school with a lesson in basic math
and an admonishment to stop
misleading the citizens of Oak Lawn
with misleading numbers while asking
for the board to release the number
of errors made by Norcomm as the
company providing 911 services.  
(FOR FULL STORY, CLICK
HERE)
September 17, 2014
By Staff


After forcing an elected Village Trustee
to make a Freedom of Information Act
request for records and ignoring the
public's request for a hearing on 911
Emergency Dispatch services, the
Village of Oak Lawn is claiming that
there were only five complaints from
first responders regarding Norcomm's
(For full story, click
HERE)
September 18, 2014
Editorial

"That's my story and I'm
sticking to it" is a line in the
country song, "That's my story"
by Collin Raye.

It also seems to be the
constant refrain we hear from
Oak Lawn Village Officials who
refuse to even acknowledge
the possibility that the idea to
out source the 911 dispatching
services was a terrible idea.
(For full story, click
HERE)
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September 19, 2014
By Staff

Lorraine Swanson, the political blogger for
Patch Media, has become embroiled in
another controversy this time denigrating the
independence of women while playing the
political smear game with a story linking a
Village Trustee and the Oak Lawn Leaf to a
man accused of theft in Will County over
three years ago. (Click
HERE for more)
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September 22, 2014
By Staff

In what appeared to be a calculated and
organized effort to disrupt Trustee
Robert Streit's (Dist. 3), Third District
Report during the September 9, 2014
board meeting, Mayor Sandra Bury and
Trustees Alex Olejniczak (Dist. 2) and
Tim Desmond (Dist. 1) interrupted Streit
at least 25 times often stopping Streit
and causing the report to last 15
minutes. (click
HERE for more)
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September 23, 2014
By Staff

A review of the Baker Tilly Audit conducted
on the Fall on the Green Event shows that
Mayor Sandra Bury's and Trustee Alex
Olejniczak's claims at a recent meeting that
the Fall on the Green Audit would not show
any problems with missing funds are false
and misleading. (Click
HERE for more)
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September 24, 2014
By Staff

Oak Lawn taxpayers were left holding the bag
on a $35 Million dollar no bid deal,
recommended by the Village Manager, in which
the Village gets only $6.5 to $7 million while the
developers will walk off with $28 million despite
the Village's equity investment being at least six
million dollars more than the amount of the
developer's investment. (For the full story, click
HERE)
September 25, 2014
By Staff

The Village of Oak Lawn's economic
development may soon be taking a different
tact with medical buildings being developed on
Southwest Highway rather than on 95th Street
as first suggested by Trustee Robert Streit
(Dist. 3) and now confirmed by the Village's
economic development person, Steve Radice.
(For full story, click
HERE).  
September 26, 2014
Editorial

$24 million dollars is the amount Oak
Lawn Officials lost with what can only
be described as the greatest real
estate steal since the Louisiana
Purchase.  
(FOR THE FULL STORY, CLICK
HERE)

The Oak Lawn Park District’s annual,
family-friendly Spookview event is
lurking right around the corner!  Join
in all the festivities geared for children
ages 2 – 12 on Saturday, October
25th, from 1:00-5:00pm, at the Oak
View Center located at 4625 W. 110th
St.  (for full story, click
HERE)
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September 29, 2014
By Staff

Taxpayers may have been outraged by the
Oak Lawn Leaf's story last week detailing a
$24 Million dollar loss (click HERE for
More)
September 30, 2014
By Staff

An 18 month battle may
becoming to an end between
Oak Lawn's Senior Citizens and
the Village of Oak Lawn's
administration after the Village
Board entered into a
public/private (click
HERE for
more)
October 1, 2014
By Staff

Oak Lawn Village Clerk jumped to
Village Manager Larry Deetjen's
defense at a recent meeting claiming
that the Catholic Cemeteries
Executive Director and his staff
treated Oak Lawn Officials as rudely
as she's ever been treated but two
officials at
(For full story, click HERE)