Return of Phelan Could Liven Up Executive Sessions; Reignite Investigations
Former Mayor Dave Heilmann carried Tom Phelan into office in his first race for Trustee in 2005 and then again in 2009. However, their relationship deteriorated shortly after that election and Phelan teamed up with Sandra Bury to manage her political operation and provide political advice as her chief adviser during the last four years. When both were in office, Phelan pushed for various investigations of Heilmann causing a major rift and creating a campaign issue to defeat the former Mayor. During that time, the board was “up for grabs” with both sides attacking each other verbally. One such exchange occurred in closed session and was recently obtained by the Oak Lawn Leaf.
During a closed session discussion, Heilmann objected to the hiring of an attorney connected to Phelan to conduct an investigation. Phelan responded in a profanity laced overheated tirade:
What Business Can and Should Go Into Phase II at Stony-Creek?
The developers are marketing Phase II at Stony Creek Promenade, which borders 111th and Lavergne Avenue. The listed sites include one for 25,684 square feet, another for 7,800 square feet, and a third for 18,241 square feet. Wal-Mart and Target “supercenters,” which typically range from 180,000 to 250,000 square feet, or between 4.1 to 5.7 acres would be too big for the area. Home Depot, Lowe’s, Office Depot, Bed Bath & Beyond, etc.—are in the 60,000 to 140,000 square foot range. H&M Clothing stores, some restaurants, Barnes & Noble and Borders Books stores range from 25,000 to 45,000 square feet. Trader Joe’s are generally 8,000 to 12,000 square feet as are Ann Taylor Stores, which sell women’s clothing. Chain drug stores operated by Walgreens, Rite Aid, and CVS are generally 11,000-15,000 square feet but a CVS is already planned in Phase I. There is an additional site set for a 9,000 square foot restaurant that is closer to Mariano’s near 111th Street. So, what’s your preference?
Moraine Valley Collaborates Again
Since 2004, Moraine Valley Community College has collaborated on presentations regarding health related topics. On February 8th, it will co-host a presentation called “Advances in Immunotherapy” from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Dorothy Menker Theater. The event is co-sponsored by Northwestern Community Hospital and is free to the public.
The presenter is Dr. Shikha Jain. Dr. Jain is a hematologist oncologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and a faculty member at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She attended medical school at Michigan State University, completed her residency at the University of Illinois and had her hematology oncology fellowship at Loyola University.
Fire Last Week Shined The Light
A homeowner in Oak Lawn, and many people in the neighborhood of the 107th block of Tripp, saw first hand of the need for a professional fully staffed fire department when a house fire broke out. Luckily no injuries were reported, but the home, owned by a former Oak Lawn Village employee, sustained major damage.
Another Benefit of Membership?
The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn is an exclusive members-only football event called the Pre-Game Kickoff on Friday February 3rd from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. For $5.00 per person, members will have games, pizza, crafts, and more.