Oak Lawn’s Video Gaming Business Is Booming During Bury’s Term According to State
Mayor Sandra Bury and her Oak Lawn First Cohorts campaigned on a platform of getting tough with massage parlors and video gaming vowing to limit those businesses. Instead, since the Mayor’s election in April 2013, video gaming has skyrocketed in Oak Lawn. The number of licensed establishments in Oak Lawn has tripled from 11 to 33. The number of machines has increased even more than three times from 48 to 160. The amount gambled has also skyrocketed with patrons quadrupling the monthly amount wagered in the month of the election in 2013 to May 2016. Revenue has also increased by a like amount for the operators, the State of Illinois and for the Village, which all receive part of the taxes on the gaming revenue.
Oak Lawn Leaf—Spreading the Word and Getting Results!
It seems like a week can’t go by without one of our stories, or in this case a “Tip It” getting the attention of the powers that be. Last week, we told readers that a radio advertisement for Oak Lawn’s Car Dealers referred listeners to a website but when one would enter the website address, it came back as “parked” or useless. Two days later, the website was up and running. Now, the expensive advertising being paid for actually may help the car dealers sell cars. The website is “basic” but it sure is better than ending up on GoDaddy.com to tell you the site isn’t working yet. You can check it out HERE. We just wonder what took so long after seeing our weed story get a response within hours.
After yesterday’s story about the unsightly weeds on the undeveloped portion of Stony Creek Promenade, crews were seen within hours cutting into the weeds. It isn’t perfect but it’s better than nothing.
After Budget Delay, Worthbrook Park Cuts Ribbon Tonight
The Oak Lawn Park District will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony tonight for the newly renovated Worthbrook Park, 89th St. & Ridgeland Ave., at 7:00pm. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Park District’s Rec-Mobile program that runs from 6:00-8:00pm. Rec-Mobile is a FREE traveling recreation program geared for children ages kindergarten through 5th grade. The program travels to community parks bringing games, sports, arts and crafts. Park District staff supervises activities but parent/guardian attendance is encouraged. No registration necessary.
Worthbrook Park is newly renovated thanks to an Open Space Land and Acquisition Grant from the Department of Natural Resources. After the Park District had already begun renovations on the park, the Illinois budget crisis had held up funding for the grant causing the park to be temporarily closed. However, all renovations are now done and the ribbon can be cut.
Worth Township Adds Hours for Back To School Physicals
Worth Township Supervisor Kevin M. Hughes has announced that the Worth Township Clinic will be open on Fridays during the month of August. This change in scheduling has been made to accommodate the demand for school physicals during August. The hours on Friday will be 9 am – 3:30 pm. An appointment, which is required, can be made by calling the clinic direct at: 708-371-3393.
All children must complete a physical examination prior to entering Illinois schools for the first time and before entering the following grades: kindergarten or first grade, sixth grade, and ninth grade. The exam must be completed no earlier than a year (365 days) prior to the start of attendance at an Illinois school.
Hyundai Hope on Wheels Presents Hospital With $50,000 Grant
Advocate Children’s Hospital is one of 18 recipients across the country to receive a 2016 Hyundai Impact Grant from Hyundai Hope On Wheels® and Oak-Lawn-area Hyundai dealers. The $50,000 Impact Grant was presented during a Handprint Ceremony, during which children affected by cancer were commemorated. The ceremony included a check presentation and capturing brave young cancer patients dipping their hands in paint and plant colorful handprints on a white 2016 Hyundai Tucson – the Hyundai Hope On Wheels hero vehicle. Advocate Children’s Hospital was chosen for the grant due to its proven track record of caring for children with pediatric cancer. These grant funds will be used to improve care and increase treatment options for kids with cancer.
Kids At Heart Can’t Get Enough of The July 4th Parade
While we provided limited photos of some of the participants from Oak Lawn’s fantastic July 4th Parade, we wanted to share more for the kids at heart who still love a parade.