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July 8, 2014
By Staff

The Village of Oak Lawn is
using funny numbers in a
deal it may approve tonight
at the Village Board Meeting
that appears to benefit a
developer while the village
loses $2.8 million by not
selling the property
outright.  (For full story,
please click
HERE).  
      $2,500,000  (Village Share)
+       $1,300,000 (Developer)
    $1,573,214  Total Value?
July 13, 2014
By Staff

Oak Lawn Community High School's English
Department believes that reading is not only
one of life's simplest pleasures, but also a vital
skill that provides a wealth of educational
benefits. The school is backing it up with a video
that features teachers, students, and staff,
including Superintendent Mike Riordan.  

There is a required summer reading program
that offers our Spartan students choice and
flexibility to read texts that will interest them.  
Detailed descriptions of the book choices will be
communicated by English teachers and Media
Center staff members, and that information can
also be found on the school website.  (To read
the full story, and see the video, click
HERE)

For the video, click
HERE
July 14, 2014
By Staff

Oak Lawn Trustee Tim Desmond's (Dist. 1)
political donations, and his failure once
again to comply with Illinois Campaign
Disclosure Laws, has the Illinois State
Board of Elections reviewing a complaint
alleging his violation of Illinois Campaign
Election Disclosure laws that were
developed to create transparency in
government and fund raising.  (For Full
story, click
HERE)
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July 15, 2014
By Staff

On July 7, 2014, an interest
arbitrator issued a 113 page
opinion, which once again
supports the firefighters'
union's position regarding
minimum manning and
rejected the efforts of the
village administration to
reduce the number of
firefighters on an engine
from four to three.  (FOR
FULL STORY, CLICK
HERE)
JULY 16, 2014
Residents attending the July 8th Village
Board Meeting may have been stunned
when all nine firemen, of various ranks,
failed to show at the "show" to receive
"congratulations" on their promotions to
various ranks including Captain and
Lieutenant.  The Mayor and the Board
Majority have been backing Village Manager
Larry Deetjen's attack upon the firefighters
that began when he came to town and
continues to this day.  The firefighters
apparently were tired of being used as props
for the camera. (FOR MORE, CLICK
HERE)
FIREMEN SKIP VILLAGE BOARD MEETING; WON'T BE PROPS
July 17, 2014
By Staff

Evergreen Park attorney, Burton
Odelson, who has provided free legal
services to Village Trustee Tim Desmond
on at least two occasions,  told a State of
Illinois Hearing Officer that he has not
sent Desmond a bill nor does he intend
to because he is a "personal friend", (For
full story, Click
HERE)
July 18, 2014
EDITORIAL

The entire purpose of the
State of Illinois Gift Ban
Act was to provide
transparency in
government and prevent
public officials from
profiting from their service
as elected officials.  (For
full story, Click
HERE).  
July 19, 2014
By Staff

The Oak Lawn Park District
will hold a grand re-
opening of Memorial Park,
also known as Rocket Sl
ide
Park, located at 102nd &
Major, on Wednesday, July
23rd.  The ribbon cutting
ceremony will begin at
5:30
pm followed by a Judo
demonstration and the Rec-
Mobile program from 6:00 –
8:00 pm.  (For full Story,
click
HERE)
The Oak Lawn Park District Theatre
production of “They’re Playing Our Song”
will run at the Oak View Center, 4625 W.
110th St., on Friday August 1 and Friday,
August 8 at 8:00pm, Saturday, August 2 and
Saturday, August 9 at 8:00pm, and Sunday,
August 3 and Sunday, August 10 at 3:00pm.

Tickets are $23 for adults and $22 for
seniors and children under 12. Tickets are
available at the Oak View Center or can be
purchased by phone at 708-857-2200.  

For more information please call 708-857-
2200.
"THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG" TO PLAY AT PARK DISTRICT
July 21, 2014
By Staff

About ten months ago,
Trustee Carol Quinlan
(Dist. 5) appeared at an
Oak Lawn Park District
Meeting and requested
that the Park District Board
remove the full court
basketball hoops at the
Little Wolfe Park. (For full
story, click
HERE)
June 22,
2014                                                                      
  
Part One
By Staff

A former Village of Oak Lawn employee
has filed a ten count federal lawsuit
against the Village and Village Manager
Larry Deetjen alleging that his civil rights
were violated and that he was
terminated in violation of his first
amendment rights, his constitutional
rights of equal protection under the law
and protections afforded him under the
Whistleblower Act.  Chad Weiler, a
 (For
the Full story, and to read the complaint,
click
HERE)