Village Promotes Gaming In Ad While Promising To Crack Down on Gaming
The same week the Village of Oak Lawn’s Mayor and the Village Board unanimously agreed to define “Gaming Cafes” and vow to limit the influx of the entities that produce the most revenue while catering to women in the marketing, they were sending a mixed signal at the Village Hall. The controversial “Oak Lawn Village Matters” faux newspaper was being delivered haphazardly throughout the village with an advertisement. The ad, placed by one of the Mayor’s watering holes, Clancy’s Pizza Pub featured a coupon for “slots” and a $5 in “Free Gaming”. Yes, that idea about limiting gaming seems very serious. Very, Very, Very serious.
The Loss of An Oak Lawn ICON
Ed McElroy’s funeral was yesterday from his longtime parish, St. Germaine. If you didn’t know Ed, then you must be NEW. He was 91 years old and recently suffered a stroke and heart attack. Ed was once a radio man on WJJD in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Many others will remember him more recently on his cable show.
In between, Ed was the consummate PR man having worked for the Water Reclamation District, countless Judges and even “politicians”. One of those politicians that Ed helped was Richard J. Daley, who attended Ed’s wedding reception to his longtime wife, Rita, in 1955. Daley had just defeated Mayor Martin Kennelly to go on an unbelievable run of power in Cook County. Ed was there through all of it, picking up, driving and meeting with President John F. Kennedy when he came into town as a young Senator. Years later, he would drive and meet with Barack Obama before he became President. Ed, who always loved a photo opportunity for his candidates, appeared in photos with 9 different Presidents. In between Ed raised a family with Rita that included two sons, a daughter and of course, grandchildren. He left a mark on the area and he will be missed by many who knew him and others who wish they had the pleasure.
Phelan Just Won’t Go Away And Fight Crime
When former Village Trustee Tom Phelan decided not to run for re-election in 2013, he said that he was concentrating on “fighting crime”. The good news is in because the caped crusader has chimed in on Oak Lawn’s crime problem claiming that it is “down” in his “newsletter” that once was produced to inform residents but now appears to be produced to attack facts and share his crime fighting analysis. Phelan, who has been Mayor Sandra Bury’s top political adviser, railed about crime at the Arena Bowling Alley and Chuck E. Cheese when he “served” as a Trustee. Now he wants everyone to pipe down about crime.
Despite reports from Mayor Sandra Bury that there were 55 emergency dispatch calls for the police department to Chuck E. Cheese this year alone, Phelan provides what he thinks is conclusive proof that crime is down. Except he won’t provide 2016 numbers, ignores two recent armed robberies in homes in District 4 during the day, and the recent bank robberies. Is Phelan the hero that Oak Lawn deserves but not the one it needs right now?
OLCHS Presents Spamalot
The Oak Lawn Community High School theater department will continue its tradition of outstanding entertainment this fall with Monty Python’s Spamalot. Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of knights, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. This musical comedy is a highly irreverent parody of the Arthurian Legend that the whole family can enjoy. Witness Arthur and his knights on their quest for the holy grail where everything that can go wrong does!
Performances will take place October 27, 28 and 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the school’s Auditorium Gym, 9400 Southwest Highway, Oak Lawn. The advance ticket price is $10. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the ticket hotline number at 708/424-5200 x5920.
There will be a free performance for senior citizens on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.
Mayor Sandra Bury Is “Hookah-ed” In On Re-Election With Another Fundraiser
Mayor Sandra Bury is gaining support from some community members. Bassam Abu Haydar Akel sent the following Facebook message out pushing a fundraiser for Mayor Sandra Bury:
In order to make progress as a community, we need the support of our locally elected officials. But that does not come without sacrifice. So I’m asking every resident of Oak Lawn and the neighboring suburbs to support Mayor Sandra Bury. She will be having a fundraiser on Wednesday October 19th at 7:30 p.m. tickets are $100 each. Come on out and let your voices be heard.
For tickets you can contact me or MahdMike Jaser”.
Interestingly enough, the invite didn’t include the required language to tell donors what committee the funds would be deposited in but some rules just won’t be followed apparently.
Bury, who once complained about fundraising by others and vowed to limit contributions is now having her second fundraiser in a few months. Interestingly, one of the individuals involved in the fundraiser is trying to get approval for a “Hookah Bar” in Oak Lawn. Pay to play hookah?
Exit Realty To Enter Oak Lawn
EXIT Redefined is excited to announce that it is opening an office in Oak Lawn. Managing Broker Roger Jenisch recently announced the purchase of the Century 21 Galaxy Office at 95th and Melvina.
He is converting it to the EXIT Redefined brand. Jenisch is now hiring Agents and teams for this office and his Wheaton and Rolling Meadows Offices.
Do You Want To Own An Oak Lawn Business?
Krauss’ Gaslite Lounge at 5230 W. 95th Street is for sale. For $850,00 you get the business (including video gaming) the 2,000 square foot building and the lot, which includes 18 parking spaces. Gaslite is a hometown favorite sports bar with a kitchen and has been family owned and operated for over 40 YEARS. Real estate, business, furniture fixtures, and equipment are all included in the price. This is a great opportunity to own your own business in the heart of town. The current owner is retiring.