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BLUE RIBBON IDEA HAS LOOK AND SMELL OF POLITICS
In Mt. Greenwood, the idea of wrapping blue ribbons around trees apparently arose from the community with one woman trying to find a way to show support for the proud men and women in blue. It seemed authentic in an area where cops are found in every other house. The other houses usually have firemen.
However, in Oak Lawn, the idea was “adopted” by village officials and candidates who, after cutting the police budget, now seem interested in showing support for the police. It would seem more authentic if it wasn’t being done by a sitting Trustee and two Trustee candidates being supported by Mayor Sandra Bury, who also popped in on the festivities. The use of government employees during work hours for the extravaganza also leaves a political stench on the effort.
The question being asked by many is whether this is another form-over-substance idea from the administration. After all, they campaigned on ideas but rarely followed through with policies. Saying you are supporting the police isn’t the same as actually supporting the police with say, professional 911 emergency operations and full funding of the budget. Maybe they will at least quit blaming the employees’ pensions for their own fiscal mismanagement.
OAK LAWN LIBRARY’S Sunday with Friends Concert Series: The Limitations
Enjoy classic rockabilly hits featuring Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Stray Cats, Carl Perkins and many more from a memorable era in American music on Sunday, Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave. “The Limitations” – a lively trio of musicians will have you singing along to these classic favorites. Sunday with Friends shows are sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Lawn Library.
The Limitations feature Tom Swenson, Tony volini and Steve Justman. Swenson is the electric guitarist, Volini plays an acoustic guitar and Justman plays the bass.
All three men add vocals for a sound that is supposed to be fun for all ages.
OAK LAWN COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 229 STUDENTS COAT DRIVE
The Junior Class Advisory Board and the Student Services Department recently hosted a coat drive. Over 125 coats were collected. The coats will be donated to the Lakota Circle, an organization that provides clothing and other needs to the community of Kyle, South Dakota. Kyle is an Oglala Lakota Community on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
The coat drive shows the spirit and dedication of high school students at the local schools.
The coat drive came just in the nick of time as weather has turned from cold to frigid.
WHILE RIBBONS FLOW ALONG 95TH STREET SOME STUDENTS CAN’T BREATHE
Someone at H.L Richards sold the “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts worn by Derrick Rose and other NBA Stars in support of Eric Garner, who died in a choke hold while being arrested by New York City Police. School Superintendent John Byrne issued the following statement regarding the unauthorized sale: It has come to our attention that someone at H.L. Richards sold t-shirts with the statement “I Can’t Breathe.” during lunch periods. After looking into the matter I have found that the unauthorized, unapproved sales of these shirts did occur on our campus and were not through any district approved activities or clubs. The sale of these shirts was immediately stopped.”
INCOMPATIBLE OFFICES ISSUE MAY ARISE AGAIN IN LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
Theresa M. Roche, who was elected as a Worth Township Trustee in 2013 has filed to run for re-election to the Oak Lawn-Hometown District 123 Board of Education. The problem is that the offices are “incompatible” according to election law experts. While nobody filed an objection against Roche, the battle may be waged if she is successful in winning the seat.
Unfortunately for Roche, the law is pretty clear. An individual cannot serve in offices that are incompatible and when elected and sworn into the second office the person automatically forfeits the first office. In this case, Roche would be forfeiting her spot on the Township Board. Other candidates in District 123 are Julie Misner, Jean Marie Attig, and Jennifer Fourtier. All four are Oak Lawn residents.
VILLAGE DEMANDS IDENTIFICATION FROM REPORTER TO RELEASE FOIA RECORD
The Illinois Freedom of Information Act doesn’t provide a mechanism for governmental units to demand identification from people requesting records. In fact, the Village of Oak Lawn doesn’t even have a procedure to demand such documentation. Moreover, according to reliable sources in the highest levels of the village government, the Clerk’s Office has never demanded such identification.
So, Brian Shaeflein, a reporter for the Oak Lawn Leaf, was a bit startled when Oak Lawn Police Chief left specific instructions for a clerk to take Shaeflein’s ID before providing police reports. Is this standard procedure now or does this treatment just apply to journalists who aren’t congratulated by village board members at board meetings?