Ethical Conflict Won’t Move Mayor Bury To Take Action
Did anyone think that a new ray of transparency had hit Oak Lawn with Village Attorney Kevin Casey disqualifying a mayoral appointee from representing a builder the other night before the P&D Commission? Think again if you answered in the affirmative because Mayor Sandra Bury will not be taking action to remove her appointee, Joseph Cwiklinski, who was disqualified by the attorney from representing the builder due to the village’s ethics ordinance. Of course, Cwiklinski may resign to avoid prosecution of an ethics complaint or to allow him to continue representing clients before village boards and commissions. The wait begins……
Local Bar Owner Weighs In On Transgender Issue on His Sign
The national issue regarding transgender use of bathrooms has swept the country with people on both sides arguing emotionally in favor or against laws that require schools to allow students to use either washroom if they consider themselves to be of one gender or another. Now, an Oak Lawn bar owner has placed his opinion on a sign outside his business and he is getting a response. The message on the sign states, “We Have a Ladies Room And A Mens Room Your Confused Targets on 95th”.
A “former employee” of the establishment took to Facebook to ridicule the sign saying he was “disgusted & embarrassed to see something like this…Sad to see such a well known establishment in our diverse neighborhood being driven into the ground for a few more “likes” on Facebook. I guess certain people need to put others down to lift themselves up.” He then made a pitch for customers to go to a certain business in Chicago Ridge instead. Who’s right?
Crash On Oak Lawn Side Streets Kills Oak Lawn Woman
The Columbus Manor Community is mourning the loss of Jackie Chaez Ruiz who was involved in a two car accident at 98th and Meade on Memorial Day and died from her injuries. Her brother established a Go Fund Me page in an attempt to raise $15,000. He wrote: “My sister was involved in a serious vehicle accident on Memorial day leaving her in critical condition. She is a loving wife and mom of four wonderful children ages 1-11. I created this campaign to assist the family with medical costs and receive the care she desperately needs. Any contributions are greatly appreciated, thank you very much for your help.” Community members are asking how fast the cars could have been traveling on side streets. The intersection does not have a stop sign even though the community and District’s Trustee wanted one installed years ago. Could the tragedy have been avoided? IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO THE FAMILY GO TO THE GOFUNDME page at: https://www.gofundme.com/jackie-chavez-ruiz
Electronic Recycling Opportunity This Saturday
This Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Oak Lawn Public Works Garage located at 98th and Central Oak Lawn residents will have an opportunity to rid themselves and their households of electronics. So, it’s time to get those old computers, radios, televisions and other electronics into the car and down to the public works garage. The service is provided by the Village of Oak Lawn and its waste hauler.
Need A Job? Oak Lawn Needs YOU!
The Village of Oak Lawn is hiring a part-time “CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER”. The deadline to apply is July 20, 2016. This is a part-time position that pays only $8.75 an hour with no benefits. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and possess a clean driving record with no significant criminal background issues. The successful candidate will enforce parking regulations and village ordinances, assist the police, handle animal control calls, direct traffic and other duties as assigned.
Another Ethics Problem for a Village Official?
At the May 10th Village Board meeting, Trustee Terry Vorderer voted along with the other five Trustees on a formal Police & Fire pension funding policy for the village, which is the village’s attempt to deal with the issue of funding the pensions. Vorderer seconded the motion to approve the ordinance and also spoke in favor of its passage. He said that there was a lot of hard work in putting the proposal together to deal with the pension crisis faced by Oak Lawn. He also said the policy is a good attempt to put on paper on how the village will address the funding. What’s the problem?
Well, Vorderer receives a pension from the village and is the only Trustee that benefits in this manner. The village’s Ethics Ordinance, states in part:
1-15-7-6: CONFLICTS OF INTEREST; APPEARANCE OF IMPROPRIETY:
A. No village official or employee shall make or participate in the making of any governmental decision with respect to any matter in which he or she has any financial interest distinguishable from that of the general public, or from which he or she has derived any income or compensation during the preceding twelve (12) months or from which he or she reasonably expects to derive any income or compensation in the following twelve (12) months.
Vorderer had a financial interest that is distinguishable from the general public, yet he voted in favor of it. The ordinance states that a Trustee should explain his conflict of interest and abstain from voting. The question is will anyone file a complaint against him and if it was filed, could he be found in violation for voting for this policy.