Mayor Sandra Bury, who is consistently the busiest blogger holding elective office, was quick on the keyboard to announce that the Illinois Department of Human Rights was not going forward with a complaint by a former employee who sued the Village. Bury then proceeded to chastise the former employee for wasting tax dollars by filing the claim with the administrative agency. In contrast, the Mayor remains strangely silent on the millions in legal fees used to fight with the Oak Lawn Firefighters union, several years after an Illinois Appellate Court has told the Village that it was wrong. That waste of money appears to be acceptable to the Mayor. It has some village employees shaking their heads. The other side of the coin on the whole issue is that the plaintiff in the case the Mayor is complaining about sued because he was fired by her administration when she took office. If he wasn’t fired, there wouldn’t have been any lawsuit expenses to blog about.
The Illinois Policy Institute is arguing the Pension Clause language of the Illinois Constitution is not absolute. The language at issue is: “Membership in any pension or retirement system of the State, any unit of local government or school district, or any agency or instrumentality thereof, shall be an enforceable contractual relationship, the benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired.” The lower courts have said the language is absolute. Now the Illinois Supreme Court will answer the same question.
The problem with the argument espoused by this organization and others is that even if the court were to state that the pension rights are contractual rights, a contract can’t be amended without both parties agreeing to the amendment. Seems like a losing effort.
Join the Oak Lawn Park District’s Stony Creek Restaurant & Banquet Facility, 5850 W. 103rd St., on Saturday, February 21, from 7:00-9:00PM, for a special encore appearance by the Coco and Fancy Duo.
Kathy Holahan Oliva and Gil Oliva, an acoustic and semi-electric duo, will bring you back to the time when “live” music was the best ever! Performing songs from Simon & Garfunkel, Johnny and June Carter Cash, Lyle Lovett, Harry Chapin, Crosby-Stills and Nash, Indigo Girls and much, much more.
A Boy Named Molly?
We are told that one of Mayor Bury’s biggest supporters on Facebook is Molly Riley. We tried looking for this woman to interview her but couldn’t find her in Oak Lawn. One of our correspondents told us that Molly Riley’s Facebook account is registered to a man and Molly claimed to be a man. We don’t know if Molly endured a tough childhood like the Boy Named Sue in the Johnny Cash song, but it can’t be easy for a boy named Molly. So, we’ll avoid the obvious by saying that perhaps Molly is a pen name for someone who doesn’t want to reveal his true identity. You get one guess!
Marist High School is in the running for a technology grant worth up to $38,000! They need the school and local community to vote every day at follettchallenge.com. Voting begins Monday, January 19, and runs through January 31.
The grant would give the school $30,000 in digital resources as well as an additional $8,000 in e-books through Follett. The decision on the winners of the $30,000 grants is based 20% directly on who gets the most votes nationally and the the additional $8,000 is completely based on votes.
Just the other day, an avid reader told us her nightmare about 911 Dispatching Service. When she called, the dispatcher guessed that her address was located in Evergreen Park. No, but close, since she lives right here in Oak Lawn. Luckily, the police handled the call well. But this resident is contemplating moving out of Oak Lawn. It’s called a “quality of life issue”.