Is Jerry Hurckes on the Move?
The RUMOR is that former Oak Lawn Village Trustee Jerry Hurckes was appointed Executive Director in the Village of Summit. Hurckes, who was serving as the local Chief of Staff for Congressman Dan Lipinski, stands to spike his Illinois Municipal Retirement Pension significantly if the rumor is true. He served 12 years at a measly $7,200 a year as Trustee but the six figure paycheck he stands to gain in Summit will spike the pension. Interestingly, Hurckes would be leaving the Congressman during his only significant primary challenge in over a decade. The Executive Director in Summit is the equivalent of the Village Manager position in Oak Lawn held by one time Hurckes foe turned friend, Larry Deetjen.
No Response on the Debate
Meanwhile, Lipinski has not responded to his challenger’s request for a series of debates. Lipinski, who gained the congressional seat through backroom Chicago politics that iced out all potential challengers after his dad resigned after winning an uncontested primary, has reportedly flip flopped on a few issues in order to appeal to the liberal wing (majority) of the Democrat party. Marie Newman, a businesswoman, is taking on Lipinski in the primary and according to Newman’s campaign, is dodging debates.
Do you have a problem with a ‘Voluntary Payment’?
Advocate Christ Hospital officials we are told were none too happy with being pushed to give a “voluntary” payment to the Village of Oak Lawn in lieu of property taxes. Not for profit hospitals don’t pay property taxes but they must make charitable donations and provide charitable services in an amount equal or greater than what the property tax burden would have been if they were required by law to pay taxes. The village wants the hospital to make a “voluntary” payment to it and even budgeted over a million dollars in the budget last year and in this upcoming year.
Oak Lawn Park District New Year’s Fitness Event
It’s time to start the New Year off right! Get up and moving in 2018 by joining the Oak Lawn Park District’s New Year’s Fitness event from Monday, January 1st through Saturday, March 31st.
Fitness challenge participants will receive a t-shirt, enjoy discounts on most Oak View Center (4625 W. 110th St.) and Community Pavilion (9401 S. Oak Park Ave.) winter fitness classes, and have chances to win great prizes.
During the event, participants can also purchase discounted gym memberships at the Community Pavilion and the Racquet, Fitness, & Gymnastics Center, 10444 S. Central Ave.
Register today using code 500500-02. Fee is $20 for residents and $30 for non-residents.
Please check the park district’s website, www.olparks.com for more information.