Less than 12 hours after the Oak Lawn Leaf reported that Mayor Sandra Bury had come out in favor of newbie Trustee candidate Scott Hollis in Oak Lawn’s Third District by placing a sign in front of her optometry practice, it was gone.
Not the business!
The sign was gone. Since it wasn’t windy it probably didn’t blow away. Could her partners have told her to take down the sign? Could Scott Hollis have told her to take down the sign? Candidates are not falling over themselves to be seen with the Mayor or to be endorsed by the Mayor.
OAK LAWN COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL PRACTICES ACTIVE SHOOTER/LOCKDOWN DRILL
Oak Lawn Community High School is committed to providing a safe learning environment for its students and staff members. On Tuesday, the school conducted an Active Shooter/Lockdown Drill. All students and staff members participated in the drill which took about 20 minutes. The drill is part of the school’s ongoing emergency preparedness and crisis planning.
Years ago, students had to put up with fire and tornado drills but unfortunately the active shooter drill is the scenario most students, staff members and parents now fear. The drill provided an opportunity for the school staff to practice their emergency plans, evaluate the effectiveness of the plans, and recommend necessary changes to the plans.
First a candidate claims he’s running more than a year before the election right before the incumbent’s fundraiser. Then two other candidates file and the original candidate says he was “too busy”. But two Trustees from other Districts, with their eyes on the Mayoral chair, have written letters trying to influence the third district. The trustees, Alex Olejniczak and Terry Vorderer, don’t endorse Scott Hollis or JJ Zurek but they sure make clear that they don’t like Bob Streit.
Very strange way to work together. It would be similar to cutting your neighbor’s tree down and then thinking your neighbor will invite you over to swim in the pool.
CAMPAIGN SIGNS BUT NO OPPOSITION?
Signs for at least one Oak Lawn Library candidate are appearing on lawns. The library has three candidates running for three spots so the work being put forth is admirable but has some wondering why one candidate has signs if there isn’t opposition.
Two candidates for Moraine Valley Community College have noted that about 30 percent of all of the workers at the massive college are residents of the school district. The district stretches north into Lyons and Stickney Townships and south to Orland Township covering 7 Townships in all. Sources close to incumbent Trustee Tom Cunningham and newcomer Michael Murphy are noting that the taxpayers are paying for the school but not benefiting from the jobs at the school.
QUINN’S CAMPAIGN PROMISE OF PARK GRANTS GO POOF IN THE WIND DUE TO BUDGET
Local officials are crying after finding out that park grants that former Governor Pat Quinn promised, without having the funds to deliver the grants, are not coming to local parks. Oak Lawn’s district was in line for two $400,000 grants. One grant was for the renovation of Worthbrook Park at 89th Place and Ridgeland Avenue, which has already started.
The other $400,000 was for a $1.2 million renovation of Centennial Park, at 93rd Street and Nashville Avenue, where plans were to redo the ball fields, install new bathrooms and concessions and upgrade the recreational paths.
Local officials are calling for a pension fix while also complaining that the grants will not be coming Oak Lawn’s way. Will someone bail out the parks?