Somebody Up There Likes Us
Less than four years ago, the Oak Lawn Leaf debuted to mixed reviews. To some, the Oak Lawn Leaf has been a thorn in the side of the administration. To others, who have sent emails and letters, we want to say we have always been listening to you and we are willing to listen to anyone who can help us reach our goals.
So far, the readers have responded well and on Election Day, the Oak Lawn Leaf hit 4,000 likes on Facebook. Since that time, we’ve continued to slowly grow with more likes than hates. Change is inevitable but for right now it is our intention to continue to bring you the local news as we have for three plus years.
As we continue to grow, we would ask you to reach out and let us know what you want to see in the Oak Lawn Leaf. Of course, thank you for your continued words of encouragement.
Shake Up At Village Hall?
The tumultuous four year term of the current administration will continue after the election last Tuesday but one person in a leadership position is out. Oak Lawn Police Chief Michael Murray is calling it quits and reportedly is retiring. Murray has been unhappy for a while and was never keen on being used as a prop at village meetings. Nonetheless, he appeared in a campaign ad for Sandra Bury and her Trustee candidates shortly before the election. The word is that the next chief will come from within the ranks.
Alcohol and a Motorcycle Club Or Two Walk Into An Oak Lawn Bar
On April 2nd, Oak Lawn police officers were called to PD’s Place on 95th Street for an ambulance call. The victim said he was “blindsided” by an unknown assailant. The victim said his motorcycle club “Saints and Sinners” and another club “Hermandad” were at a bar celebrating a birthday. After the victim was blindsided, the scuffle moved outside the bar. Nobody was in a cooperating mood and the police were unable to get a description of the man who blindsided the victim.
Christ Advocate To Participate IN NHDD
The National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) Initiative is a collaborative effort of national, state, and community organizations committed to ensuring that all adults with decision-making capacity in the United States have the information and opportunity to communicate and document their healthcare decisions.
The objectives of NHDD are to provide much-needed information to the public, reduce the number of tragedies that occur when a person’s wishes are unknown, and improve the ability of healthcare facilities and providers to offer informed and thoughtful guidance about advance healthcare planning to their patients.
Advocate Christ Medical Center(4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn) along with more than 1,000 other national, state, and community organizations, is proudly participating in National Healthcare Decisions Day.
Christ Medical Center staff from Mission & Spiritual Care and Palliative Care will be available to help people understand the value of advance healthcare planning or to complete an Advance Directive on the following dates and times at three locations: (Café 95; The Richard & Wilma Molenhouse Chapel Entrance and the Outpatient Pavilion, ground floor):April 17 (12pm-2pm); April 19 (12pm-2pm); and April 21 (4pm-6pm)
Free valet service is available at the main entrance of the medical center and at the Outpatient Pavilion located on the corner of 95th St. and Kilbourn Ave. In addition, free parking in parking garages A, C and D on the medical campus.
For more information please call Mission & Spiritual Care Office at (708) 684-5175.
MVCC To Host “Hamilton: The Revolution” Co-Author
Moraine Valley Community College will host Jeremy McCarter, co-author of “Hamilton: The Revolution,” Thursday, April 20 in the Dorothy Menker Theater, Fine Arts and Performing Center, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills.
The presentation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and is free and open to the public.
The book, co-written with Lin-Manuel Miranda, who created and starred in “Hamilton,” follows the musical’s development from a performance at the White House to its opening night on Broadway; and includes behind-the-scenes glimpses of the show.
Skating With The Easter Bunny
Not only will you find the Easter Bunny hopping around the Oak Lawn Park District, but you will also find this furry friend ice skating at the Ice Arena’s Skate with the Easter Bunny event, from 11:30am-1:00pm, on Saturday, April 15. The Park District has an open skate and music will be provided by a DJ.
Participants pay a $7.00 admission and $3.00 skate rental. Ice Arena is located at 9320 S. Kenton Avenue.
Trauma Center Is Expensive
The next time someone tells you that Advocate Christ Hospital should be paying its fair share, remember that the hospital provides trauma care, which is rare on the south side of Chicago and the south suburbs. So rare in fact that the Illinois General Assembly attempted to create a south suburban trauma center by taxing everyone’s cell phone. When the protest became to loud, legislators changed the legislation to fund the trauma center with 20 percent of the tolls at one toll plaza.
Christ Advocate Hospital doesn’t receive such money for its trauma center and most pay the entire cost itself. Illinois Department of Public Health requirements tie into the possible creation of the trauma center. The department has divided the state into three separate EMS regions, and requires that at least one designated Level I trauma center be located in each region. Currently the south suburbs have only one such trauma center, located at Christ Medical Center. Downstate legislators blew up the first draft but the legislation as amended is on the second reading.
In the end, the legislation seems to be a positive for Oak Lawn since many trauma patients would go to the unnamed south suburban facility if this legislation is successful.