Village To Approve Used Car Dealership
The Oak Lawn Village Code does not allow for used car dealerships. You can only sell used cars as part of a new car dealership. It has been that way for many years and was written to prevent used car lots popping up “like Western Avenue”. The only exception ever made was the CarMax Dealership on 95th Street due to the high revenue it provides. Now, we’ve learned that Village Manager Larry Deetjen is pushing for a second used car dealership at 4871 W. 95th Street. Mohamed Khaled wants to open a dealership with an indoor showroom. The Planning and Development Commission recently approved the dealership and it will go to the Village Board at the next meeting. NEW CAR Dealerships have historically protested new car dealerships based on the “Western Avenue” argument. Since used car sales aren’t allowed in Oak Lawn, the board will have to approve a “special use” but that wheels are already being greased. Stay tuned.
Police Officer Answers Students Questions
Oak Lawn Police Detective and School Resource Officer Pete Hennessy answered Oak Lawn Community High School students questions during a recent visit to the school’s Mass Media Writing class.
Police involved shootings have been the only thing that have stolen headlines and news coverage from the 2016 election. These altercations between police and the citizens have even hit close to home with the recent events that took place in the Mount Greenwood area.
Recently, Oak Lawn Police Detective and School Resource Officer Peter Hennessy was invited to speak to the class about the recent portrayal of police officers in the media.
Moraine Valley Enrollment Tops 16,000
Enrollment at Moraine Valley Community College is flat this fall semester in comparison to last year at this time. Total enrollment at the college is 16,117 students (duplicated credit and noncredit) with 15,021 of those students enrolled in credit-earning classes.
Moraine Valley’s flat enrollment is a marked difference from the national trend of declining enrollments community colleges have been experiencing in recent years. A survey of community college admissions directors by “Inside Higher Ed” showed 88 percent of community colleges reported they were down in enrollment compared to two years ago.
“Considering the trend of declining enrollments for the past several years, this fall’s enrollment is a sign that numbers are beginning to level off at our college,” Dr. Sylvia M. Jenkins, college president, said. “Obviously, we welcome growth for the opportunity it affords to help our students reach their education and career goals.”
It’s Saturday, I don’t Want To Go To School
H.L. Richards High School has started “Saturday School”, which takes place in the LRC from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday school will take place in December on the 3rd and 17th.
Saturday School provides free tutoring for English, Math and Science. Students must bring work to Saturday School.
There are bus routes for students to be taken to and from school. 8:15 a.m. bus will pick students up at at out of town locations and deliver them to the Oak Lawn campus.
Why is The Village Crime Alerts Page On The Website Out Of Date?
A reader sent us a link to the Village of Oak Lawn website. Specifically the link is for “Crime alerts”. Despite various armed robberies, strong armed robberies, burglaries, bank robberies, and other crimes, the website contains an item from January of this year. In case anyone is counting, that is about 11 months old. The alert states:
The Oak Lawn Police Department is investigating a Purse Snatching I Robbery that occurred on 01/04/16 at 4:45P.M. in the 9700 block of Kostner Ave., Oak Lawn. Three female victims were walking s/b on Kostner Ave. on the listed date and time. The above m/b offender walked past them, then approached them from behind and forcibly removed the purse from the hands of one of the victims….
The reader asked, “shouldn’t this page be updated on a regular basis?” The answer is “yes” and before you ask we don’t know why the village isn’t using its own website to alert the public about crimes.