Why Did Fire Chief Resign?
The official reason for the resignation from George Sheets was that he and his family had decided that after nine years as the Chief of Oak Lawn and 36 years of fire service, “it was time”. The timing was suspicious with ongoing labor negotiations and then the termination letter sent by the Village of Chicago Ridge to Oak Lawn informing it that the job sharing arrangement for Chief Sheets was over. Sheets had pulled double duty for the last four years, serving concurrently as Fire Chief in both villages. Was he pushed or did he jump? What’s the story?
Newman Calls for Madigan Resignation; His Boy Danny is Silent!
Marie Newman, candidate for Congress in Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District, issued a statement on Tuesday regarding the sexual harassment scandal surrounding staff of Democratic Party of Illinois Chair Michael Madigan. Newman is a new breed of Democrat and she referred to one of the victims and noted it is not an isolated incident. She said it was the product of a culture of sexism that pervades our political environment in Illinois. She also laid the blame on Mike Madigan noting that this culture originates at the top. Newman called for Madigan to resign as party chairman. Her opponent, Dan Lipinski, will not be calling for Madigan’s resignation. He owes his job to the speaker and his father who cut a backroom deal many years ago. Lipinski has been the Congressman while millions of dollars have been quietly paid to women alleging sexual harassment in the halls, offices and bedrooms of Washington legislators.
Rauner’s Budget Plan Would Hit Local Schools Hard
In his budget plans announced last week, the governor said he wants to shift funding responsibility for teachers’ pensions to school districts which means even greater increases to property taxes would be likely to accommodate this drastic shift. Local school districts do make the decisions that affect teacher salaries and pensions but they already operate under a property tax freeze. Several local school officials told us the schools can’t afford it unless Springfield increases education spending ‘Substantially’.
District 123 Students Dare To Resist Drugs and Violence
Fifth-grade students at Sward Elementary graduated from the D.A.R.E. Program after participating in the program for the last few months. Oak Lawn Detective Tom Cronin congratulated the students and applauded them for their promise to turn away from drugs and violence. “I am proud of each and every one of you and the hard work you put into the program. I am confident that you all have what it takes to say no to drugs and violence for life. Remember it is easier to stay out of trouble than get out of trouble later,” Cronin told the group.The D.A.R.E. program started in Oak Lawn in 1989 and stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education.