Congress Authorized Millions In Sexual Misconduct Settlement Payments During Lipinski’s Time
The constant news stories involving sexual harassment claims in Hollywood, the media and government offices revealed the use of taxpayer money to cover settlements on Capitol Hill. Axios.com reported that Congress has paid out $17.2 million in taxpayers’ funds over the last 20 years to cover settlements. Some lawmakers and aides in Congress have been speaking out against sexual misconduct on Capitol Hill. The dirty little secrets of “the swamp” have been surfacing and anyone who has been in Congress for any length of time will have to answer why they approved those settlements. 2007 was one of the worst years with about $4 million in settlements. Dan Lipinski is being challenged in the Democrat primary in March by Marie Newman, who may use Lipinski’s inaction on the subject against him in what some in Washington believe will be the second coming of the “Year of the Woman” based on the sleaze perpetuated among powerful men.
Stories of sexual abuse, intimidation and harassment seem to be a daily news item. Senator Al Franken has had multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and has admitted some of those allegations are true. Thus far, Franken’s fellow Democrat party members have been slow to call for his resignation or removal from the Senate. In contrast, multiple individuals have called for Republican Judge Roy Moore to quit the Alabama Senate race. The $17.2 million figure does not include payments made from campaign funds or private funds such as the settlement entered into by Representative John Conyers.
Moraine Valley Foundation seeks support for Giving Tuesday campaign
The Moraine Valley Community College Foundation will participate in this year’s “Giving Tuesday,” a global giving movement scheduled for today.
Giving Tuesday, which kicks off the charitable season, is celebrated around the world on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving in the United States and the widely-recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. “For the fifth consecutive year, the Moraine Valley Foundation is participating with our own special campaign. This year it is ‘One Day, One Community,’ and we are dedicated to creating community support for the students, faculty and staff at Moraine Valley,” said Kristy McGreal, Foundation executive director. “Over the past 50 years, this institution has embraced and helped propel the lives and careers of more than 550,000 students. The impact has a ripple effect that extends out from our campus to the 26 communities we serve and beyond.”
Persons who would like to participate can do so in a number of ways, including making a donation online at morainevalley.edu/giving, “liking” the Moraine Valley Alumni Facebook page and sharing its posts with your social media circle, and checking with your employer to see if there is a matching donor program.
Homeless Doesn’t Equal Criminal
The Oak Lawn police department recently ran a report on calls involving the homeless population. The homeless shelters came under scrutiny recently and legislation was passed at the village level to limit any new shelters. The report by the police showed very little activity. The report showed 20 instances over a three month period. Of those incidents, three were medical emergencies and one was a failure to report violation.
Brother Rice Hosts All Skate
Brother Rice High School is inviting 8th Grade boys to join in an open skate this Thursday November 30th. Participants will be able to skate with the Crusader Hockey team as well as the coaching staff at the Oak Lawn Ice Arena. The open skate is not only a great opportunity for young aspiring hockey players but it is free. The event is from 8 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. The Oak Lawn Ice Arena is located at 9320 S. Kenton Avenue, Oak Lawn. If your son didn’t attend the first open skate with the Crusaders, they will receive a Brother Rice Jersey. RSVP now by emailing Crusader’s Head Coach Paul Manning at firstname.lastname@example.org
The longtime boys high school is located at 10001 S. Pulaski just across the street from Oak Lawn. Over the years, the school has been known for competitive sports and highly touted academics.
Last But Not Least, There’s a Public Meeting Today
The Village of Oak Lawn has invited residents to an Open House Public Information Meeting regarding the proposed changes to the 95th Street at 50th Court intersection.
The meeting is an open house format at the Oak Lawn Village Hall Auditorium that starts at 4 p.m. and ends at 6 p.m. to discuss the purpose and need for the project, which includes adding a new traffic signal at 95th Street and 50th Court, rerouting traffic and creating a center turn lane. Residents will also have a chance to make written comments until December 12th to the Village Enginner, Jack Gallagher.