Unpaid Spokesman Gets Information Without FOIA Requests That would be Denied to Others
Andy Skoundrianos has a knack for getting information from the village that generally isn’t available to the general public, the media or in some cases, at least one Trustee. Skoundrianos, a political gadfly, who proudly argues the current administration’s viewpoint at village meetings and on Facebook pages claims he has been “involved” since 1993 in village politics. However, his access to private information is astounding. Recently he revealed that the Union President for the Oak Lawn firefighters lives in Glen Ellyn. Most people probably don’t know where the union president lives and probably don’t care but if they asked the village for that information in a freedom of information request it would be denied. The village has routinely denied requests from the media for information claiming it is exempt from disclosure using an exception that states that private information is exempt from disclosure. Private information is defined in the statute as “…unique identifiers, including a person’s social security number, driver’s license number, ….home or personal telephone numbers, …email addresses, …home address….”
Somehow, Andy the Gadfly was able to get the Union President’s home address. When the Oak Lawn Leaf asked for cell phone bills that are paid for with tax dollars, many of the phone numbers were readacted even though they didn’t identify who owned the number. Andy didn’t even have to file a Freedom of Information request and he gets the information on where an employee and his family reside. He then spouts off on the administration’s talking points noting that the man lives in Glen Ellyn, which doesn’t have a fire department that is as well regarded as Oak Lawn’s.
Andy also appears to know about negotiations with the firefighters union. The current administration has cut the fire department down to about 75 percent of what it once was when it had the top fire rating in the state. Skoundrianos claimed that if the union would agree to reducing the workforce even more the village wouldn’t have to pay overtime. Of course, overtime is being paid because the village continues to reduce the number of firefighters and paramedics on staff. That overtime is well over two million dollars a year and you could hire 24 fireman/paramedics for that price. Welcome to the Gadfly spin zone.
It Tastes Like Chicken But This Group Doesn’t Want it Sold in Oak Lawn
A group will be protesting in Oak Lawn at Fairplay Foods at the store located at Cicero and 87th Street. The protesters, which will meet “Close to Front Door” are protesting the fact that Fairplay sells Rabbit.
According to the group, these are rabbits from CHINA. If you would like to be your bunny’s voice in a peaceful protest the sponsors are providing signs. The protest is scheduled for this Sunday, October 9th from 3 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce Sponsors 17th Annual Business Showcase and Health Fair
The Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the event on Saturday October 15th, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Oak Lawn Community High School. It is a great opportunity for Oak Lawn businesses to showcase and sell their products and/or services to hundreds of attendees and local residents. The Business Showcase is held in conjunction with the annual PTSA Fall Arts & Crafts Fair. If you’re interested in showcasing your business contact the Chamber of Commerce at (708) 424-8300. Proceeds from the event will fund two scholarships for college bound students from Oak Lawn Community High School.
Oak Lawn Children’s Museum Co-Sponsors Diaper Drive
The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn has teamed with SWADDLE (Southwest Area Diaper Depository for Little Ends) to sponsor a month long Diaper Drive. Have you outgrown your newly potty-trained little ones outgrown their diapers? Do you mind picking up another pack on your regular diaper run?
Bring in any clean or unused diapers to receive a free admission pass to the museum. The museum has special hours during October:
Vorderer: Crime Increase Or Decrease Could Be Due To One Person
Trustee Terry Vorderer made a presentation at the last village board meeting showing the fluctuation in crime over five years. In his presentation, which included graphics prepared by the village, he said that crime is not a problem and blamed ONE Trustee for publishing information about crimes from his constituent office in the third district. Vorderer claimed that crime has been steady over the years and any increase or decrease could be caused by one person.
Trustee Bob Streit spoke immediately after Vorderer and asked him if the one person who committed two armed home invasions in Vorderer’s district recently had been apprehended. Vorderer said that the one person had not been apprehended. For the record, the bank robber who got away at the US Bank at 103rd and Central and the one or two individuals who robbed the 7-11 stores at 103rd and Central and 105th and Cicero have also not been apprehended. If it is one person, crime should drop in the future but the descriptions given for all of the above high profile violent crimes does not indicate that it is only one person committing the crimes.
Village of Oak Lawn Advertising for NORCOMM
The Village of Oak Lawn has posted a job opening for its vendor, Norcomm COmmunications, which handles all dispatching services for the village. The position is for a full time midnight shift 9-1-1 emergency dispatcher. The job pays $43,826 annually but you have to apply by October 21st.
The job description states: “Reporting to the Village of Oak Lawn Director, Supervisor, or his/her delegate, responds to requests for emergency and non-emergency police, fire and medical services. Incumbents must develop a rapid and accurate sense of call interpretation and decision-making/problem solving skills during stressful situations, processing multiple calls simultaneously, establishing the priority status of the call and initiate a sequence of time sensitive actions. Work is performed using state of the art technology and within strict operational guidelines. All voice and data entry work is continually recorded and is subject to live monitoring for later review and critique and may include public disclosure of such work.” A high school diploma or equivalent is required. To apply click here
The link will bring you to Norcomm’s website.
Oak Lawn Library Needs YOU
The Oak Lawn Public Library Board of Trustees is seeking to fill a vacant seat through April 2017. Members of the Board of Trustees for the library must be registered voters in the village. If you are interested send a letter of interest to the Library Director Jim Deiters at the library or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org Trustee Michael Murphy has stepped down from the board.