Mayor Bury Reaching Out To Lipinski For Help on Beatty Development?
Village officials have written to Congressman Dan Lipinski for “help” on acquiring the Norfolk Southern Railroad Spur on the north side of Narrow Street at the proposed Beatty Development. Norfork Southern have told the Village “no way”, “not going to happen” and “we don’t want to sell” the railroad spur. Village officials have written to Congressman Dan Lipinski asking the Congressman to intercede. No word yet on where Lipinski fits in but we are told that Mayor Sandra Bury will go directly to Lipinski bypassing Oak Lawn resident Jerry Hurckes, who has been Lipinski’s Chief of Staff and served in the same position for Bill Lipinski. Deetjen and Hurckes are not on good terms and Bury’s bypassing of Hurckes is thought to be a response to Hurckes informing the village that Deetjen could not be the point person for the village. Hurckes at least reportedly did tell Deetjen directly. Hurckes found out by Bury contacting Lipinski directly. The railroad spur isn’t necessary for the Advocate part of the development but with parking quickly becoming an issue with 22 townhouses now on the Mayor’s agenda.
PLOWS Executive Director To Call it Quits
Don Chapman, the Executive Director of the PLOWS Council on Aging, is calling it quits. Chapman, a long time Oak Lawn resident, was named the interim director in 1976 and he has remained as the Executive Director all these many years. PLOWS is a not for profit social service agency serving individuals that are 60 years or older in towns like Oak Lawn, Palos Heights, Alsip, Palos Park, Lemont, and Orland Park. In the four township areas it serves there are 20 different municipalities and 70,000 residents that are part of the population served. PLOWS places special emphasis on helping maintain people in their homes and provides a number of services with that objective in mind. Chapman’s history with Oak Lawn includes serving as the Village’s former Building Commissioner. He won’t leave PLOWS until a replacement is chosen.
Battle in The Burbs?
The Fourth Annual “Battle in the Burbs” is just days away, scheduled for this Saturday. The “Battle” features local Mayors playing against police and fire chiefs at 5:00 p.m. The latest numbers indicate that 6 Mayors and Managers have signed up thus far so the politicians may have to hire some ringers from Windy City Thunderbolts, who play their games at the Standard Bank Stadium.
Also, for the first time, a second game has been added featuring south suburban police officers taking on area firefighters. The second game is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m.
All proceeds will go toward the recovery fund of Park Forest Officer Timothy Jones, who was shot and critically wounded in the line of duty in March. Advance tickets can be purchased for $10.00 at the Thunderbolts website (www.wcthunderbolts.com) or the Standard Bank Stadium Ticket Office. Game day the tickets are $15.00. The ticket sales have reportedly been very slow for this event.
On March 19 at approximately 5:40 am, Park Forest Police were on the scene at a vacant residence investigating a break-in and a stolen vehicle found at the location. A suspect exited the home and as the officers attempted to detain him, he produced a handgun and began firing on officers. Officers returned fire, striking the suspect. One officer, Tim Jones, suffered life threatening injuries in the gunfire exchange. Officer Jones was transported to St. James Hospital and then air lifted to Christ Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery for a gunshot wound to the head. A gofundme page has been set up for Officer Jones.
The Moraine Valley Community College Foundation will host its 35th annual golf outing
On Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park the foundation is hosting its 35th annual golf outing. Foursomes are still available. Tickets are $175 per golfer, which includes dinner. All proceeds from the golf outing support Foundation student scholarships.
Registration opens at 7:30 a.m., with a shotgun/scramble start at 8:30 a.m. Cocktails are at 2 p.m., followed by dinner at 3 p.m., and desserts provided by Nothing Bundt Cakes. Golfers can bid on silent auction items and win prizes in a drawing.
This year’s sponsors include Comcast, PepsiCo, UPS, and Rosenthal, Murphey, Coblentz and Donahue. The Foundation is still accepting event sponsors. A hole sponsorship is $300 and a foursome and hole sponsorship is $950. For more information about the event, sponsorships or to purchase tickets, contact Christine Bennett at (708) 974-5480 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cook County Wants You As An Election Judge
Cook County needs Election Judges, which are the people you see at the polling place making sure the election runs smoothly and hopefully protecting the integrity of the election. It’s a long day at work starting at 5 a.m. and continuing after the polling place is closed and the votes are transmitted. but you earn $175 for that work. You must be a U.S. citizen and a registered voter of Cook County. High school (juniors and seniors) and college students don’t need to be registered to vote, but must have a GPA of at least 3.0. You can apply online by clicking here.