Oak Lawn celebrated promotions within the fire department in the past week. First, Robert Wesselhoff, Scott Tsilis and Christopher Ward enjoyed the news that they each received promotions. Wesselhoff is the new Battalion Chief, Tsilis becomes a Lieutenant, and Ward was promoted to Engineer. The three gentlemen are shown to the left, along with Trustee Robert Streit, who attended the ceremony. All three were sworn into their new positions by the Village Clerk Jane Quinlan. In a separate ceremony, Steven Rockey was also sworn in by Clerk Quinlan.
While recent reports have the village continuing to litigate minimum manning issues with the fire department, none of the attendees seem concerned with such battles as smiles and handshakes of congratulations were properly made. More than one supporter of firefighters has recently questioned the village’s math used in a recent story to defend reducing the number of firefighters.
The Daily Southtown said the village had analyzed the career of a fireman, hired at 22 (which most are not) and determined that with thirty years of work and thirty years of retirement, the village would have paid $7.5 million dollars to that firemen. Something seems screwy about that number. The village doesn’t pay anyone when they retire. It is the pension system which pays out pensions based on the fund which is comprised of the employee’s contribution, the village’s contribution and interest earnings. The interest earnings would be bigger if the proper amount is contributed by the employer.
The $7.5 million would mean that a firefighter would have to make $100,000 a year for 33 years to get to $3.3 million. His retirement would have to be extra special since the village’s contribution is only 1/3 of the amount he would receive. Anyone good at math?
New Culver’s In Oak Lawn Needs Help and It is Simple To Apply; No Clout Required For Jobs
Culver’s is sure to be a hit with Oak Lawn residents with quality ownership maintaining the same excellent service that is enjoyed at their Evergreen Park and Bridgeview restaurants.
Culvers announced that it is looking for crew members, who can work flexible shifts, and an assistant manager. The assistant manager runs shifts effectively to ensure quality products, guest service, and restaurant cleanliness meet system standards.
Culver’s is looking for a college graduate with a degree in hotel and restaurant management or equivalent experience to fill that position. You can apply for the position or a crew member position on Culver’s website.
Oak Lawn Resident Charged in Indiana After Pub Shooting & Police Chase
Leonard London Dixon, 23, of the 10300 block of South Komensky Avenue in Oak Lawn, was arrested July 17th after a bizarre series of events in Lafayette, Indiana. Police officers responded to a call of shots being fired at a bar. While responding, one officer saw a car traveling the wrong way on a street and stopped the vehicle. The officer and one of the alleged assailants struggled over a handgun that the car’s driver allegedly possessed. While the officer wrestled the gun away, the car fled the scene.
A Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Deputy was in the area and located the vehicle and then pursued it into West Lafayette. After crossing the river into the city, the people inside the vehicle fled on foot, according to the police.
Officers later saw the four suspects climb a fence into an apartment complex in the 300-block of Grant Street. After officers searched the complex, a man approached them and said four males had entered his apartment and locked himself and a roommate inside. He said he managed to escape to alert the police.
“Officers were then able to locate the apartment, quickly rescue the remaining victim inside, and take the four suspects into custody,” police reports stated.
Along with Dixon, the police arrested three Chicago men. The photograph is from the Tippecanoe County Jail, where all four men were booked.
Volunteers Needed For One Hour A Week To Help Strays in Oak LawnStrays In the Garden Rescue has an opportunity to have available cats and kittens at the Petco located in Oak Lawn, Illinois. In order for the organization to be able to take on this venture, they would need local volunteers, to work one day a week, in the Oak Lawn area who are willing to visit the store and clean out the enclosures in the morning between 8 – 9 AM preferably, or soon after the store opens at 9AM.. To check on the cats/kittens, make sure they have fresh food and water, and clean the litter pans and make sure the enclosure is clean. In order to volunteer, you must be at least 21 years of age. If you can help, please email the organization at SIGAdoptionTeam@gmail.com Or call 708-887-8337.
Illinois General Assembly Protects Public From Non-Medical Doctors
While doctorates are conferred upon PHD candidates, optometrists and even attorneys, you wouldn’t want any of those individuals performing surgery. Illinois Senate Bill 2899 includes highly controversial changes to the scope of practice for optometrists allowing optometrists, like Mayor Sandra Bury, to perform some surgical procedures and give injections around the eye. The Illinois State Medical Society and the Illinois Society of Eye Physicians and Eye Surgeons opposed SB 2899. Optometrists are not physicians. They do not attend medical school, nor have they completed a residency in medicine and surgery. The Illinois Medical society has told legislators that expanding the procedures that may be performed by optometrists is troubling because optometry training is in no way comparable to that of an ophthalmologist, who does attend medical school. On May 12th this year, SB 2899 passed in the Illinois Senate, but the Illinois State Medical Society secured a commitment from House Speaker Mike Madigan that this initiative will not pass unless there is an agreement between the optometrists and the medical doctors. So, for now, Dr. Mayor Sandra Bury will not be performing surgery on anyone’s eyes. An ophthalmologist purchased the old Walgreen’s building next to Bury’s office so anyone needing surgery will be able to access a medical doctor.