Village Uses Website To Argue For RV Ban
After pulling a proposed ordinance from the agenda at the last regular board meeting that would have restricted homeowners from maintaining their own RV, camper, or boat on their property, the village of Oak Lawn has taken to the taxpayer funded website to “campaign” on the issue with the following:
“As recreational vehicles have increased in popularity, the frequency of storage on private residential property in Oak Lawn has increased. Unfortunately, appearance and maintenance have been observed to not be universally good. Trustee’s do receive complaints from residents regarding recreational vehicles with flat tires, no visible licensing, vehicles blocking sidewalks, etc., that are stored on homeowner’s properties.”
To make the discussion even more biased, the powers that be posted four photos after apparently entering onto private property in two or three instances. Here are the photos on the website that accompanied the above quote. There is a good chance that this issue will be decided at a “Legislative, Licenses and Ethics Committee meeting” which is not televised and on which only three board members sit. Does it seem like the village wanted “input” or were they trying to persuade people that they were right to pass such an ordinance?
Be The Match for Oliver
In need of stem cell replacement to combat his aggressive leukemia, eight-year-old Oliver Canales and his family invite supporters to attend a LifeSource blood drive/Be The Match bone marrow registry drive in his honor from 3-9 p.m. on June 26, at the LifeSource Donor Center, 9517 S. Cicero, Oak Lawn.
“A lot of family and friends have helped us, and many more have asked us what they can do to help Oliver,” says his mom, Rebecca Komosa. “So we said, ‘Let’s have a blood drive, and try to sign-up people in the bone marrow registry.’”
The Bridgeview resident had been in remission following nearly five years of chemotherapy, and more than 20 units of blood. His mom says sadly that his leukemia returned last month, and now doctors say the next step is a stem cell transplant.
To encourage participation at the blood drive/bone marrow registry, Culver’s of Bridgeview will offer to participating donors a coupon for a free pint of Culver’s custard as part of its ongoing “Give a Pint, Get a Pint” partnership with LifeSource.
In preparation for their donation, donors are asked to eat well, stay hydrated and arrive with proper identification. Blood donors must be at least 17 years old (or 16 years old with parental consent).
To schedule an appointment, contact LifeSource at (877) 543-3768, or visit www.lifesource.org. Walk-ins are welcome.
Oak Lawn Library Schedules Sing Along
Sing and clap along during an old-fashioned hootenanny on Saturday, July 18 from 1:30-3pm on the Village Green behind the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S, Raymond Ave. The sing-along will be led by musicians from the Old Town School of Folk Music. Bring your blanket or chair and energy to sing everything from classic kids’ songs to show tunes to folk music and more. Sponsored by Standard Bank of Oak Lawn. For more information about this and other Summer Reading programs, call 708-422-4990 or visit www.olpl.org.
Using a rain barrel can save you a significant amount of money in a season. For each inch of rain that falls on 500 square feet of roof, you can collect 300 gallons of water.
In most areas of North America, that means you can collect more than a thousand gallons of water a year to use in containers, houseplants, gardens or the lawn.
Cook County Looks To Raise Taxes
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is rounding up the votes to increase the County Sales Tax by 1%. The tax is exactly the tax that Preckwinkle labeled the “Stroger Tax” when she ran for office promising to end the tax. Now, it may be coming back. For Oak Lawn car buyers, it is not good news.
Oak Lawn’s Terribly Low Voter Participation; So Low It Doesn’t Make Chart
The voter turnout for Oak Lawn’s most recent municipal election was so low it didn’t make the chart. Tiny Hodgkins led the field with 58.7% of its voters going to the polling place. Oak Lawn had municipal races in three districts: one, three and five. District One had a 14.4% turnout and saw Trustee Tim Desmond gain re-election over former Trustee Cynthia Trautsch. District Five had a 13.42% turnout as newcomer Bud Stalker defeated Dan Johnson. The only district that would have made the chart was District Three, with 25.93% of the voters casting ballots to re-elect seven time incumbent Robert Streit.