BURY CHANGES TUNE BASED ON THE EMPLOYEE
When Trustee Robert Streit asked at the Board table to merely discuss an incident involving Village Manager Larry Deetjen driving a village car into a ditch, and his decision to leave the scene, he was ruled out of order and silenced by Sandra Bury who didn’t want to speak about the issue “publicly”. But yesterday, Bury joined in a press release not only publicly announcing the termination of a union level employee, but also besmirching the reputation of every firefighter calling the firehouses “animal house” and referring to past alleged discipline cases. So when it comes to employee Larry Deetjen, Board members are gaveled down by the mayor and not even allowed to speak about it publicly, but when it’s another employee, not only can it be discussed, but it is publicly announced in a press release. It has some asking the obvious question about favoritism and politics.
BURKE PASSES BILL FOR MAP FUNDS
Recently, Rep. Kelly Burke passed SB2043, which restores funding for the Monetary Award Program (MAP), and other higher education programs, which have previously remained unfunded as a result of the ongoing budget crisis in Springfield.
Colleges and universities across Illinois have struggled with the absence of this program. Most institutions made accommodations for students that were previously MAP eligible but many are unable to do so moving forward, causing many students to reduce drop out this semester, reduce their class load, or take on more debt.
Rep. Burke, as chair of the House Higher Education committee, continues to advocate on behalf of college students and their families in our community and throughout Illinois.
VILLAGE SAYS “LIGHTS OUT” AT TRAIN STATION
Last year, the Village of Oak Lawn’s Train station used large holiday bulbs mounted on the structure causing the public works department to have to change the lights colors for each holiday or season. Word comes from Village insiders that the public works department found a supplier of “LED programmable lights” that will allow commuters to see different colors for the different holidays. It was red for Valentine’s Day, and then red, white and blue for President’s Day. Expect green for St. Patrick’s Day and orange for the fall. The changing colors will not require the crews to take the lights off and put up new lights for each event. It should result in some efficiency and savings.
COOK COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY TO HOLD FUNDRAISER IN OAK LAWN
Embattled Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez is coming to Oak Lawn for a “fundraiser” at Reilly’s Daughter on March 1, 2016. Tickets are $100 but those looking to drop big bucks can be a sponsor. Sponsorships are $250, $500 and $1000. The party, which is being marketed as a St. Patrick’s Day Party and runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m, is being pushed by some Oak Lawn insiders. Alvarez was dumped by the Cook County Democrats in favor of one of her two challengers. Alvarez is being challenged by two former prosecutors.
SOCIAL MEDIA TELLS A DIFFERENT STORY ABOUT FIRE
Village Manager Larry Deetjen announced recently that there were no injuries for a fire in a house. He stated that everyone was able to vacate the property and credited mutual aid service agreements with other fire departments helping. A recent social media post tells a different story with a cousin of the homeowner claiming that the homeowner suffered first and second degree burns. Also, the pets did not survive according to the cousin. Why the different stories?
WORTH TOWNSHIP ANNOUNCES THE STUDENT OF THE QUARTER
Worth Township Supervisor Kevin M. Hughes announced that David Ward is the recipient of the Student of the Quarter Award. This award acknowledges a student within the Township who has shown outstanding commitment to excellence in one or more areas. David was recognized for his accomplishments at Oak Lawn Community High School, which include being captain of the football team, having a lead role in the school’s musical, and a finalist in several speech team tournaments. Through his efforts he has set an example for other students to follow. During the Worth Township Town Board Meeting on January 28, 2016, David was presented a “Certificate of Excellence” award and received a gift from a local vendor. Ward is photographed surrounded by the Township’s elected officials, including Oak Lawn residents Michael Mahoney, Kevin Hughes and Theresa Roche.