Developers Doubling Up Or Down?
Word is that townhouses are in “the plans” for Oak Lawn’s future. At least two developments will have townhouses included despite the previous protests of residents who quite frankly don’t want to see any additional multi-family housing.
But the opinions of residents only matter if they back up those opinions with votes. A village hall insider said it best, “After last month’s election in Oak Lawn, it seems fairly obvious that the residents, unions, and businesses will take a ‘sh.. sandwich’ and say thank you very much.”
In other words, if the people don’t care enough to make changes then they probably don’t really care. So, the bottom line is that you can expect more multi-family properties in your future.
Case in Point—The Mopes that Populate Springfield
State Representatives and State Senators recently spent time holding community meetings and sending survey questions to their “constituents” in an effort to garner more votes while not really accomplishing much. One such survey asked people to answer which issues they consider to be “priorities” for the state budget that will probably not be passed.
The issues included K-12 Education, Veterans, Public safety, Rape crisis centers, Fully-funded pensions, Bill backlog paid down, Women’s health screenings, Higher education / MAP grants. Health care, Mental health services, Senior services and Programs for children and at-risk youth.
Really? How about all of the above, you mopes! The representatives and senators have refused to give in on Governor Bruce Rauner’s demand for term limits. Of course, they would then be out of office and someone else could send us silly surveys.
The Only Way You Should See A Federal Judge
Field trips are a longstanding tradition in schools. Steve Long, who teaches “Law in American society” at Oak Lawn Community High School brought his class to visit the Federal Dirksen Building in the Loop. That building has been the site for many trials including the corruption trials of Governors George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich.
The students had an opportunity to watch a federal trial, motions, hearings, and the opportunity to talk to a federal district court judge for the Northern Illinois District. Judge John Robert Blakey, who was appointed to the bench by former President Barack Obama, helped provide what was described by the teacher as “an awesome opportunity” for the students.
Summer Concerts in Oak Lawn
The Oak Lawn Park District and Village of Oak Lawn presents free summer concerts and movies on the Village Green, 95th St. & 52nd Ave,. in June, July and August. The first concert is scheduled for Sunday, June 4th, and the first movie is scheduled for Friday, June 23rd. All six concerts are on Sunday, beginning at 7:00pm, and all three movies are on Friday beginning at dusk.
For a full listing of concerts and movies, please check out the Summer 2017 Program Guide at www.olparks.com or call 708-857-2200.
District 123 Champions Visit the Home of the Champions
More than 40 Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School students hopped on a bus recently for downtown Chicago. For some, this was a familiar trip to the Make-a-Wish Chicago headquarters, for others it was the first time they got the chance to be featured on the Wall of Champions. To earn the honor, each student had to raise a minimum of $200 for Make-a-Wish some raised over a thousand dollars for the organization that grants wishes for sick children. No matter what they raised they all had the same goal, to help those less fortunate than them.
From there it was time to hop on the bus once again and visit Wrigley Field, the home of the 2016 World Series Champions! Students got a behind the scenes tour of the visitor locker room, Cubs dugout, and even got to set foot on the field.
The 43 students that got the chance to go on the Champion field trip raised a total of $16,542 of the $39,206 Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School raised this year alone. More than 330 students are registered to take part in the Make-A-Wish Walkathon this Friday!
Oak Lawn-Hometown District 123 is the top fundraising school in Illinois for Make-A-Wish.