Chuck E. Cheese has Finally Set Its Date For Departure As Mayor Rewrites History
CEC Entertainment, the corporate parent of Chuck E. Cheese, has set a date of December 17, 2017 to close its troubled Oak Lawn store. After several highly publicized incidents and multiple calls for the revocation of the business license, the corporation voluntarily agreed to not renew its license in April. Mayor Sandra Bury credited herself and Trustee Terry Vorderer for reaching the agreement although both had resisted multiple requests from Trustee Robert Streit and Trustee Alex Olejniczak for a hearing on the revocation. In fact, Vorderer voted against a motion to hold a hearing claiming that he was working with the corporation to improve the situation.
Only after a shooting on 95th Street in Evergreen Park, where a patron was apparently followed from Chuck E. Cheese and shot, did Vorderer join in the calls for a revocation. Despite these facts, Bury provided no credit to her Mayoral opponent, Streit, who was the first to call for the revocation, or to her own political ally, Olejniczak, who went so far as making a motion that was only supported by Streit and opposed by Vorderer and Bury.
The negotiations, despite assertions to the contrary by Bury, were handled by CEC’s legal representative, Baker and McKenzie and the village’s attorney, Kevin Casey, of Peterson Johnson and Murray. The license will be extended for two month periods and the company has agreed to not renew its license.
Legislation Could Mean Windfall for Villages On Tickets
Proposed legislation, filed as Illinois Senate Bill 678 amends the Illinois Municipal Code to allow municipalities to adjudicate speeding tickets of 15 miles per hour or less over the posted speed limit in its administrative adjudication system.
The legislation was introduced by Senator Don Harmon of Oak Park and seeks to allow municipalities to keep all of the money from ticket enforcement of speeds of 15 miles or less under the limit. Currently, the court system receives the money and municipalities receive a share. Municipalities are expected to rally behind the legislation because it increases their revenue. However, county governments will be opposed as the legislation moves forward. The person convicted of speeding probably isn’t affected financially since the fines will remain the same. However, the Illinois Secretary of State is probably going to oppose the legislation since municipalities may not report all convictions. Thus far, the legislation has been assigned to the “Local Government Committee”. Neighboring Bridgeview’s Mayor Steve Landek, who also serves as a State Senator, is a member of the committee.
St. Linus Ladies Guild Hosts Night of Reflection
Where do you find joy? Discover how to recognize it in your everyday life. St. Linus Ladies Guild is offering a women only event that will give you a jump start for the lenten season. The “NIGHT OF REFLECTION” is hosted by Lay Ecclesial Minister Jeanne Lasandrello. This event, on Tuesday February 21st, includes a reception and time for discussion in small groups. It starts at 7 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m. and is in the Cardiff Center at St. Linus
Shop Oak Lawn, Dine and Play Elsewhere?
The Village of Oak Lawn’s Facebook Page was busy promoting spaces for rent outside of Oak Lawn. The post mentioned Rolling Knolls and Swallow Cliff and the fact each has meeting and event space for attendees. Of course Oak Lawn also has event space and the person who sent this to TIP IT couldn’t understand why the village Facebook page was promoting the idea of going outside the village.
Oak Lawn Baseball and Softball Preparing Players For the Season
The organization is offering a FREE softball clinic open to all Oak Lawn Softball Players registered for the 2017 spring season. The clinic features Moraine Valley Community College Coaches and Players and takes place on February 26 at Oak Lawn Community High School. Registration payments will be taken at the clinic also. If you have questions email firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn to Swim Lessons at the Oak Lawn Park District
The Oak Lawn Park District is offering a variety of Learn to Swim Lessons, levels 1-5, for ages 5 and up.
This program is designed to teach swim skills to toddlers, children, and adults in a positive, happy, and safe environment. With an emphasis on fun, the Park District offers lessons that emphasize logical skill progression, water-safety awareness, and endurance. Participants are assessed on their individual ability and will be promoted to the next level when they have completed the necessary skill requirements.
Lessons will be held at the Oak Lawn Community High School, 9400 SW Hwy., from Saturday, February 18th- Saturday, March 25th. Lesson times are offered at 9:00-9:50am, 10:00-10:50am, and 11:00-11:50am. The fee for residents is $63, and $69 for non-residents. Register today by calling 708-857-2225 or visiting www.olparks.com.
Trade Union Endorsement Draws Ire of Public Union Leadership?
Terry Vorderer, the incumbent in Oak Lawn’s District 4 has announced that he received the endorsement of the IBEW Local 134. Two public union leaders sent notes to the Oak Lawn Leaf stating that they have no intention of endorsing Vorderer, who they consider to be “a traitor”. Vorderer served as an Oak Lawn police officer but voted to fire 20 union 911 dispatchers as a Trustee and has continued to battle with the Oak Lawn Firefighter’s Union over staffing issues. The firefighters union has maintained that minimum manning standards have been in place for the public’s safety and have cited studies supporting the premise. Vorderer has supported Mayor Sandra Bury and Village Manager Larry Deetjen in an anti-union campaign for four years.