Oak Lawn Residents Hit With New Water Rates; Spared County’s Sugar Tax
Oak Lawn residents woke up Saturday morning to higher water rates but a Cook County Judge has spared all taxpayers from the Cook County Sugar Tax. The Cook County County Board passed the controversial tax, which adds a penny per ounce tax onto all sweetened beverages including not just pop, but some juice drinks and ice tea as well. With the tax, a two-liter bottle of soda would incur a 67-cent tax. Retailers sued and temporarily blocked the tax.
The water rate increase could not be blocked but you can blame Chicago for the increase. Village officials are passing along an increase that the City imposed on its water supply to the village.
So if your bill is higher, you can blame the Chicago politicians. When you go to a chain restaurant you may find that they are charging the sugar tax even though a Judge blocked it. The chains had it programmed into their computers already and apparently didn’t know about the court case. Call it a casualty of the death of the media.
Patriotic “All Skate”?
Wear your red, white and blue at the Oak Lawn Park District’s Ice Arena, 9320 S. Kenton Ave., on Friday, July 7, from 7:15-8:45 p.m. and receive a special $3.00 admission. Regular admission is $7.00. For more information, call 708-857-5173.
The Ultimate Coffee Table Book?
A coffee table book documenting the first five decades of Moraine Valley Community College’s history is available at the college’s Bookstore. “This book is such a nice keepsake,” said Clare Briner, director of Marketing and Communications. “What makes it so special is that there are a lot of great photos indicative of the time and era, and it features former students and staff as well as current staff who tell a story about their connection with the college.”
Highlighting the early days when the doors opened for the first students, the anniversary book also details growth in enrollment and programs, new buildings, and the accomplishments of the students and staff over the past 50 years. Many former and long-time staff members as well as students share their stories throughout the 72-page hard cover book.
Written and designed by the college’s Marketing and Communications Department, the book is $9.99 and available in the Bookstore, Building D, on the main campus in Palos Hills, or online at morainevalley.edu/bookstore. Local attorney Burton Odelson spent 18 years at the College, primarily as the Board Chairman. No word on whether he is featured prominently in the book but his service included unparalleled growth and construction at the school.
This DUI Was A Drag
A recent incident in Oak Lawn highlights the need for public whipping or at least tougher penalties for motorists who drive stupidly. The police were driving on Southwest Highway at 1:45 in the morning when an officer saw a blue Dodge Ram driving at a high rate of speed southbound on that street. The Dodge allegedly crossed the yellow lines and was on the wrong side of the street to pass vehicles before returning to the southbound lanes, according to the police. The police gave chase and eventually caught up to the Dodge at 103rd Street when it turned into a parking lot. The driver allegedly told the officer, “You got me. I was having fun racing my buddy”.
The driver, identified as Kenneth Farris III allegedly admitted to drinking a “Bud Light Beer at Durbins”. The officer reported that Farris failed to recite the alphabet correctly and smelled of alcohol. The preliminary breath test allegedly showed a result of 0.165, twice the legal limit. Farris was issued citations for Driving Under the Influence, driving in the wrong lane, failing to signal, not having proof of insurance, and using a vehicle for illegal activities. Farris is a 32 year old white male, who provided a Burbank address.