Could Oak Lawn Copy Aurora?
The City of Aurora is is reaping the benefits of at least one Chicago tax. The benefit is that that’s pushing business outside the city comes from the City of Chicago’s 5.25 percent tax on cloud based computer services. The tax began in January 2016. More than a decade ago, the City Aurora began the process of installing 100 square miles of fiber optic cable coverage to attract businesses that wanted to “colocate”, where businesses rent digial space and bandwidth in an off-site location. Those businesses act as the “cloud” for other companies’ information. Oak Lawn would have seemingly been able to do the same thing over the last four years as it planned its water expansion program. Did the village have such a vision or was it clouded?
Drat that Rat
The Village of Oak Lawn has designed “door hangers” in an effort to take the RAT problem directly to homeowners. Recently, social media buzzed with Village Manager Larry Deetjen telling a resident that the village gets 50 calls a day about rats. Hyperbole aside, the issue of rat control has been around for many years in the city and suburbs like Oak Lawn. The village has consistently attempted to crackdown on businesses with overflowing garbage or other “rat attractions” with warnings and citations. Now, the fight is moving door to door with homeowners. The door hanger tells residents that the village needs their help in eliminating rodents. It also sets out seven specific ways for homeowners to eliminate rodents:
1. Eliminate all bird feeders and never feed wildlife. Healthy animals find their own food, feeding these animals is not legal.
2. Clean up after your pets daily.
3. Keep grass cut & buses trimmed to eliminate comfortable nesting areas.
4. Pick up and discard fallen fruits from trees, vegetables from gardens.
5. Keep garbage containers closed & in good condition.
6. All firewood must be elevated at least 4 inches off the ground.
7. Keep property tidy to avoid hiding places for rodents to breed.
Moraine Valley Health Information Technology students earn best test results nationally
Across the country, Moraine Valley Community College’s Health Information Technology students completing their registration exam consistently have a 100 percent passing rate, topping the national average.
The American Health Information Management Association conducts internal reports and recently recognized that Moraine Valley’s Health Information Technology (HIT) Program is at the top of the list for consistent high exam outcomes. The national passing average is 70 percent.
The HIT Program is a two-year associate degree program that integrates medical science, diagnosis and procedure coding systems, computer technology, and health care management. Faculty work hard with students to ensure success, said Donna Schnepp, Moraine Valley coordinator of HIT programs. “We’ve had great exam success rates consistently, but it’s not that we don’t get weak students because we do. We just work really hard with them. We have a capstone class that covers all the material and includes a mock registry exam. We also help students fix weak areas,” she said. “Obviously you teach them all along, but the capstone really helps them in the spring. We encourage them to complete the exam soon after the program is done.” Once students pass this exam, they can earn the credential of Registered Health Information Technician. For more information on the HIT program, contact Schnepp at (708) 974-5315 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seussical The Musical Comes To Oak Lawn
Oak Lawn Community High School’s theater program is gearing up for its annual fall musical. This year’s musical, Seussical the Musical, is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza based on the beloved stories of Dr. Seuss. The show is great for the whole family. See all your favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, and Lazy Mayzie come to life.
Performances will take place October 26 and 27 at 7:00 p.m. and October 28 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Audience members can meet the characters after the Saturday 2:00 p.m. matinee. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Contact Erika Johnson at email@example.com for ticket inquiries.
Musical director Jeff Pastiak said, “This year’s musical is truly about the power of imagination and the strength of the human spirit. Our students have taken Dr. Seuss’s treasured stories and created living and breathing characters of their own that react in ways they never could in the books. Through their portrayals, we see how growing up doesn’t mean losing our sense of childhood wonder. Oh, the places you can go if you keep that wild imagination! The show is truly a magical journey that is not to be missed!”