Homeowners Will Be Kind of Responsible for Graffiti Removal
Oak Lawn’s Mayor and Village Board are scheduled to approve an ordinance on Tuesday that would require homeowners to remove graffiti within five days of the notice. The current law allows fifteen days for the homeowner to take action. If the homeowner doesn’t remove the graffiti, the village will do so. However, the village will not be responsible for restoring the surface. The homeowner will have to restore the property including any surfaces damaged by graffiti removal process. Abandoned homes are always a problem but the high number of rental homes in town also require some kind of action.
The Cook County Sheriff’s Office offers a graffiti removal program. In many instances, the program will provide the labor and machinery to remove graffiti free of charge. The program is offered to public buildings, schools, parks, streets, railroad underpasses, and not-for–profit organizations. The program will also remove graffiti from private property. Prior to consideration, the property is subject to an assessment and a waiver must be signed. Further information is available on their website, www.cookcountysheriff.com. Please note that the program operates on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Hopefully, Oak Lawn isn’t becoming an area that makes this service popular.
Save A Trip To The Illinois Secretary of State’s Office
Need to renew your Driver’s License or State ID, purchase a vehicle sticker or interested in registering as an organ donor? For your convenience, the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office will be at Advocate Christ Medical Center on Tuesday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide these services in the Outpatient Pavilion, located on the corner of 95th Street and Kilbourn Avenue. Free parking is available in Garage D directly across from the Outpatient Pavilion, as well as, free valet at the entrance of the pavilion.
District 123 Receives Meritorious Budget Award
The continuing efforts of Oak Lawn Hometown School District 123 to remain transparent and openly communicate our yearly budget to the community has been recognized by The Association of School Business Officials International(ASBO). The organization has awarded Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123 with its Meritorious Budget Award for excellence in a budget presentation during the 2016-2017 budget year.
“The Meritorious Budget Award promotes excellence in school budget presentation and enhances school business officials’ skills in developing, analyzing, and presenting a school system budget. After a rigorous review by professional auditors, the award is conferred only on school districts that have met of exceeded the program’s stringent criteria,” according to a press release from ASBO.
The winning presentation from District 123 was the 2016-2017 Budget Presentation. This is the second consecutive year District 123 has received the honor.
Tollway Issues—Is It Time For Oak Lawn
Oak Lawn Officials are pushing for the Illinois Tollway to do something about the 95th Street exit. Last year, TIP IT told readers about the backup that many residents and non-residents face as they try to exit from the 294 to 95th Street heading east. It is a safety issue as cars line up and stop for a mile or two as they slowly exit onto 95th Street. Will the Tollway Board budget a solution for Oak Lawn and its neighbors? Who will fight for Oak Lawn?
Part of the problem may be that safety may not be the only issue on the mind of village officials who dream of a reconstruction of that area that allows Harlem to be at the same level as 95th Street, thereby creating another commercial parcel perhaps with more traffic.
Spartans Attend Leadership Conference
Members of National Honor Society and Student Council attended the annual South Suburban Conference (SSC) Leadership Seminar at TF North High School. The event’s objectives are to connect and energize student leaders. Keynote speaker Eddie Slowikowski, a 3-time NCAA All-American who ran a mile in under four minutes, stressed the importance of discovering purpose and igniting passion.
Students worked in collaborative groups to network with peers from local SSC high schools. Field trip chaperones included Ms. Nickless, National Honor Society adviser, and Ms. Sidlow, Student Council adviser.