Seniors On The Move Again?
Sounds Like Seniors may be on the move again. Trustee William Stalker and the Village’s Economic Development Director Steve Radice appeared on Ken Houbolt’s radio program on Saturday. Houbolt, a longtime village resident and licensed realtor, invited the two officials to the show, which focuses on real estate. During the discussion, Stalker mentioned that the village is working with Park Lawn to move the seniors from their current location that Stalker admitted was not the best location. It is unclear how the senior citizen services and Park Lawn would mix. Stalker said he is committed to the seniors because former Trustee Carol Quinlan had made him promise that he would work to protect the seniors.
Seniors were going to be part of a development at Beatty Lumber under former Mayor Dave Heilmann’s administration. Mayor Sandra Bury dumped that idea in favor of a site at the Oak Lawn Park District, which terminated those discussion. Then she announced prior to the last Trustee election in 2015 that the village and VFW were entering into an agreement to add the senior center to the VFW with an addition to the building. Many suspected at the time that the announcement was made to benefit Dan Johnson, the then commander of the VFW and Bury’s candidate for Trustee. Well, the agreement was never acted upon after the election and now seniors are being told that an announcement prior to this election is forthcoming. Stalker told Houbolt it is going “slow” but he expects an announcement within a month or two. Conveniently, just before the next election.
Landek Honors Oak Lawn’s Viverito
Bridgeview’s Mayor Steve Landek who also serves as a State Senator introduced a Senate Resolution honoring Marianne Viverito, who recently was the victim of domestic violence. Viverito, who tragically passed at the age of 55 on January 10th was a “legislative aide” for Congressman Dan Lipinski, who serves the Oak Lawn area. Viverito was more than an aide for many of the people who sought assistance from the Congressman’s office. She was a life preserver in many cases and Congressman Lipinski mentioned that fact at Viverito’s service. It was a nice touch by a classy Senator to provide an expression of sympathy to the family, which is known for public service.
Remembering Megan Hurckes
On Saturday February 4th, friends and family of Megan Hurckes will gather at Arena Bowl to raise money for the Megan Hurckes Scholarship Fund. Bowling starts at 7:00 p.m. and the $10 ticket includes bowling and shoe rental. A cash bar is available and their are raffles. Checks should be made payable to “Megan Hurckes Scholarship Fund” and can be mailed to 7036 W. 96th Street, Oak Lawn, IL 60453.
Megan is the late daughter of Jerry and Mary Ann Hurckes. She passed away at the age of 10 after an accident while on vacation with her family. She was a straight A student at Kolb Elementary School, a member of a champion softball team for Westside Baseball and an actress in the Oak Lawn Park District Theater Program. Her father is a former Village Trustee in Oak Lawn and currently serves as Congressman Lipinski’s Chief of Staff. This year’s celebration of Megan’s life will be in honor of her 18th birthday.
Mayor Blames Others For Taxes Forgets About Her $10 Million Utility Tax
Mayor Sandra Bury recently responded to a resident who asked “…how are taxes could be lowered”. Bury really didn’t answer the “how” part and instead posted a public rant about school districts and the park districts, as well as the volunteers that serve on those boards. She said, “…Unfortunately the Village’s portion of your tax bill is 11% or so. The other taxing bodies have another opinion on keeping taxes as low as possible, unfortunately.” Bury left out the fact that school districts and park districts primarily rely on property taxes and can’t raise utility taxes, motor fuel taxes or sales taxes. A local school board member sent us the post and said, “Didn’t Bury pass the $2.5 million dollar annual utility tax increase?”
HL Richards JV And Oak Lawn High School Cheerleaders Win.
Congratulations to H.L. Richards High School’s coaches and the junior varsity cheerleaders on winning the South Suburban Conference championship last weekend. The other side of Oak Lawn also did well with the JV team placing second and the varsity finishing fourth in their competition.