Beatty Development Site Will Have Sixteen Townhomes
Oak Lawn is planning to develop the Beatty Lumber site and adjoining properties with an Advocate Medical facility anchoring the properties. However, plans also include 16 townhouses which may disappoint people who had believed that the townhouses would not be built. Look for it to be sold as a “buffer”.
The townhouses have been moved conceptually several times and this time the structures will be near Cook Avenue. Multifamily housing has never gone over well in the area but they provide tax revenue for the Tax Increment Financing District. Will they sell or will they be more rentals?
On the bright side, the area won’t be a giant storage lot for a connected auto dealer.
Fall Out From Oak Lawn Follows The Chuckster
Word spread through many media outlets last week that the embattled Chuck E. Cheese operation, which is scheduled to shut its store in Oak Lawn this year, is looking to open a store at 87th and the Dan Ryan. However, community members called, “The Concerned Citizens of Chatham” group, have started circulating an online petition to ban the family entertainment center from moving into the location.
The petition organizers are allegedly using the reports of violence at the Oak Lawn location to gather signatures and opposition. Chuck E. Cheese has had other reports of fights at locations throughout the country but locally Oak Lawn’s location gained the most attention.
That Time of Year for Scrambling on the Golf Course Here in Oak Lawn
The Oak Lawn Park District is encouraging you to enjoy the outdoors at the Oak Lawn Park District’s Stony Creek Golf Course, 5850 W. 103rd St., for two upcoming July Golf Scrambles. You are encouraged to sign up today for the annual 4th of July Four-Person Scramble with a shotgun start of 7:30am. Entry Forms and Fee must be received at Stony Creek by Friday, June 30. Fee is $45 per player and includes greens fee, cart, range balls, drink ticket, lunch, and prizes.
Registration is also open for the South Suburban Senior Golf Scramble on Friday, July 7th, for ages 55 and up. This event also has a 7:30am shotgun start. The fee is $45 per player and includes greens fee, cart, range balls, complementary drink, lunch, and prizes) For more information, please call 708-857-2433.
9-1-1 Services Depending on Signature of Gov?
The Illinois Municipal League, which represents all the municipalities in Illinois, wrote a letter to Governor Rauner urging him to sign Senate Bill 1839 which has passed both the House and the Senate. The bill increases funding from the existing wireless surcharge to provide maintenance and development of infrastructure for 9-1-1 services. Without the bill, which was supported by local legislators, the IML claims that many 9-1-1 centers will be underfunded. Underfunded?
The Village of Oak Lawn is currently seeking qualified applicants for the full-time union position of Division Manager Secretary. The secretary performs clerical, general and complex office work, which includes extensive customer service, answering telephones, typing, filing, record keeping, etc. Determines the accuracy of submissions, and application fees. Furnishes accurate information on Village ordinance requirements and general Village codes. Responds to and interacts with residents, employees, and/or others within and outside the organization in a courteous, professional, and effective manner. The job is a full time union position.
Township Changes Meeting Hours Mid Year; Other Changes Coming?
The new Township Supervisor and Board has changed the starting time for board meetings. Nobody shows up to the meetings of what many consider an obsolete form of government but notice was given that effective May 26, 2017, the regular meetings of the Township Board of Worth Township, Cook County, Illinois shall commence at 7:00 p.m. at Worth Township Hall, 11601 South Pulaski Road, Alsip, Illinois 60803. The Illinois Policy Institute has stated that Illinois has some of the highest property taxes in the nation is because Illinois has the most units of local government in the country. Illinois boasts about 7,000 units of local government and 1,400 of those are townships.
Some townships are taking the threat seriously by adding value to the community in the form of increased services.
Museum Teams Up With Northern Illinois
The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn is bringing back Northern Illinois University’s Stem Outreach program for its first ever Blockfest! You are invited to see the Museum work with the NIU Stem Outreach team to learn the science of block building.
The museum is billing this as a parent/child event. So, parents should also attend. There is no additional fee to participate above your general admission price, but you are being asked to register for a time. There are two sessions, one at 10:30am and one at 12:00pm.