Mayor Sandra Bury’s Campaign Debt at $69,751.51
Two successful Mayoral campaigns for Mayor Sandra Bury have not come cheaply. Despite raising money through multiple committees, her most recent State Board of Election filing shows a personal campaign debt of $69,751.51. That debt was only $43,747.94 at the end of the 2013 election but a second election added to the debt. The report shows a beginning balance in September of $101.06 and a closing balance of $59.06 at the end of 2017. The Mayor reported 54 itemized debts to herself indicated the amount of money she has lent her own campaign. Her last Mayoral opponent, Robert Streit, has accumulated a debt of $110,111.50 in his campaign fund.
Both of these officials owe the debt to themselves although Streit’s Trustee salary is meager compared to the Mayor’s salary. The next time someone tells you that politicians are in it for the money, point to Oak Lawn where people are willing to put their own money on the line for campaigns. We often hear complaints that everyone is in it for the money but how many times do we hear politicians putting up their own money to serve their community?
Oak Lawn Park District Spring Registration
The Oak Lawn Park District’s 2018 Spring Program Guide is expected for delivery to households the week of January 22nd. This seasonal guide contains all upcoming Park District spring programs, events and services. It also includes a sneak peak of Summer Camps. Guides will be available online at www.olparks.com and at Park District facilities the first week of February. Resident Registration begins Monday, February 5th. Non-Resident Registration begins Monday, February 19th. Online registration is available.
For more information, please call 708-857-2225.
Lipinski Not Taking It Easy
A recent poll from the Marie Newman campaign showed that when voters were educated (which is not that easy a task), she was able to defeat incumbent Congressman Dan Lipinski by five points. Newman, who has been aggressive in the media with press releases, in the Democratic Party with endorsements and on social media, may be making the Congressman worry. He was out at the Oak Lawn train station shaking hands the other day and even tweeted about it! He tweeted “Thank you Oak Lawn Metra riders for taking a moment to talk and for the words of support!”
Where’s the Beef?
The large beef sandwich sign that was sitting on the corner of 95th and Merrimac outside of the new Buona Beef restaurant in Oak Lawn is now gone. The sign is unusual because it is an actual replica of the juicy Buona Beef Sandwich and quickly could have been considered something referred to by people for years. We couldn’t find one at any of the other Bouna Beef locations that we checked (although we didn’t check every location). So, Where’s the beef?
Moraine Valley offers new Retail Management Program
A new program at Moraine Valley Community College helps businesses build an exemplary management team and retail employees boost their careers. The Retail Management Certificate program is an industry certificate offered in conjunction with the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) and a Brighter Futures grant through the League for Innovation in the Community College.
“We’re excited to enroll students in this program,” said Steve Pappageorge, executive director of the Corporate, Community and Continuing Education subdivision at the college. “A key element is that it has been designed by people in retail for people in retail.”
Pappageorge said the program prepares people who are interested in careers in retail for leadership positions. “This not only helps the employee, but it is a huge benefit for the business owners and managers. Their employees will be better trained, there is a talent pipeline for future management employees, and in the end, better retention of employees, which means lower turnover costs,” he added.
In this fast-paced, growing and diverse industry, Pappageorge noted the importance of broadening our thinking about retail. “It’s no longer just people walking into a brick and mortar grocery store. It’s online retail. It’s banking, pharmacies, automotive dealerships, restaurants—any business with a consumer presence,” he said.
This industry-recognized certificate, awarded through WAFC, can be completed in as little as one year. In addition, the courses required for this program can be applied to an Associate of Applied Science degree.