Oak Lawn Leaf called “competitor” by Village’s Newspaper Vendor In FOIA response
Recently the Village of Oak Lawn decided to print a “newspaper” claiming that it would make money. At the time, the public was “assured” by Mayor Sandra Bury that the newspaper would not be political and would not be competing against privately owned media outlets like the Oak Lawn Patch, the Daily Southtown, the Oak Lawn Reporter, the Southwest News Herald, the Oak Lawn Independent, the Village View or everyone’s favorite site, the Oak Lawn Leaf. However, it appears that message didn’t make it to the man who is paid $3,000 a month to put the “newspaper” together. In the response to the Freedom of Information Request asking for advertising agreements between the village and advertisers and the revenue received, John Fanning wrote, “The FOIA request was initiated by a competitor of Fanning Communications. Under FOIA, we are not obliged to furnish internal, confidential, and/or trade secret information in response to an FOIA request. We therefore respectfully decline to release any internal emails or to disclose other internal communication originating within our company and/or between our clients.”
So much for transparency but at least someone is admitting that the village views the Oak Lawn Matters, printed at taxpayers’ expense, as a competitor to the privately owned OAK LAWN LEAF.
Ronald McDonald House Lunch Service Needs Volunteers
The Ronald McDonald House in Oak Lawn is looking for volunteers (Maximum 10) to help provide and serve lunch at The Ronald McDonald House near Advocate Children’s Hospital.
The lunch service will be Wednesday, June 29th and will need to be completed at 12 noon. Volunteers will be asked to provide a portion of the meal. We have submitted a Mexican Fajita Menu to RMH and pending approval that is what we will be cooking for the RMH house families. Thank you for your interest. If you are able to attend and help provide this lunch service please email Alison at AliConnors@gmail.com.
The Ronald McDonald House near Advocate Children’s Hospital opened its doors on December 15, 2008 as the fourth (of five) Ronald McDonald Houses in the Chicagoland area. Our 16 bedroom House was designed as the “little House in the woods” nestled in a grove of trees right across the street from Advocate Children’s Hospital.
Oak Lawn High School Residency Documentation Due
OLCHS has begun the process of collecting residency documentation for the upcoming school year. The process needs to be finished by June 30, 2016, otherwise the enrollment process will be delayed and families will need to wait until August 8, 2016, to complete the process. Anyone who fails to complete the process by June 30, 2016, will lose the opportunity to: 1) complete the Skyward online student information verification process in July, 2) submit online fee payments in July, 3) apply for fee waivers in July; and 4) receive their iPads/textbooks in early August.
The good news is that the entire residency validation process can still be completed online although families have the option of submitting the required residency documentation via email, fax, U.S. Mail, or by dropping off copies of the required paperwork at the school. Residency questions and requests for appointments should be directed to Maria Vanderwarren at 708/741-5602 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Verification of residency makes sure that students live within the district’s boundaries and assures taxpayers that tax money is not being used to educate students from other school districts.
District 218 Board Re-Examining Performing Arts Center Project?
On June 20 the Board of Education of CHSD 218 voted to review the architectural plans and expense of the proposed Performing Arts Center (PAC) at Richards High School. They are discussing potential changes to the present design to reduce the scope of the project. The district is blaming the State of Illinois and the uncertainty of funding due to a lack of budget. The project will be reduced because the board is now saying that the design that they commissioned is “beyond what the district can afford to spend at this time”.
Internship Available at The Village of Oak Lawn – Emergency Management Agency
The Village is seeking a college student enrolled in or recent graduate of an accredited Emergency Management/Homeland Security program or related field who is interested in working on the development and implementation of a comprehensive Emergency Management Program.
The intern will work up to 18 hours a week and be paid $12.00 per hour. Successful applicants can expect to leave with real world experience and outstanding references. Applicants will be replacing previous interns who have gone on to either full time Employment in the field or graduate studies. Intern hours are 8AM to 2PM on work days. Interested applicants should email a resume and cover letter to Commander Arthur Clark at email@example.com
Moraine Valley Has Its Own Help Wanted Sign
The Academic Outreach Department at Moraine Valley is looking for a departmental assistant to perform clerical duties. You need a high school diploma or general education degree and one year of experience. Proficiency testing will include basic word, basic excel, alpha filing, and a keyboarding test.
Contact the office of human resources to schedule an appointment to complete the required software proficiency test. This is a part-time position with hours of work being 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Beginning pay is $11.75 an hour.
Squatter in Oak Lawn Home?
While common in the City of Chicago, it is almost unheard of in suburbs such as Oak Lawn, to find people living in a home that they don’t have any right to be occupying. Those types of individuals are known as “squatters”. Recently, we are told that a home in the Eagle Ridge subdivision was victimized by squatters. Apparently the squatters tried to illegally tap into the water with fake documents. No arrests have been made yet although an “investigation” has been started. Unfortunately, squatters actually have legal rights in Illinois and foreclosed homes are often great targets.