Mayor Bury Endorses JB Pritzker for Governor
In contrast to her predecessor, Mayor Sandra Bury is flexing her political muscle again by endorsing another candidate in a hotly contested Democratic Primary election. Bury previously had endorsed Congressman Dan Lipinski who is fighting for his re-election with ever changing positions in an effort to hold off first time fireball candidate Marie Newman. While Lipinski has previously espoused Republican positions that endorsement was seen as “payback” for Lipinski’s meddling in Oak Lawn politics when he and his simple minded Chief of Staff worked tirelessly for Bury despite her anti-union stances. But the endorsement of Pritzker is different because JB Pritzker was not owed any debt. This time, Bury is saddling up with the Democratic bosses to try to elect their candidate. Bury’s predecessor, Dave Heilmann, stayed out of political primary races but Bury is feeling the power from her two decisive wins.(Photo courtesy of the JB for Governor committee)
Bury is center stage in the above photo with many of the other 50 mayors who have endorsed JB. Bury has in the past mimicked the politics of current Governor Bruce Rauner, attacking pensions for public employees.
The Oak Lawn Park District sent out a press release announcing that it Received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). To break down the award, it basically means that the Park District complied with the law. In fairness, the park district isn’t the only government unit to make a habit of announcing the acceptance of this meaningless award.
Casino Night To Benefit District 229 Foundation
March 17th is again St. Patrick’s Day and the St. Gerald’s Holy Name society is hosting a Luck of the Spartans Casino Night on that date to benefit the District 229 Foundation’s educational programs. While the event doesn’t seem to match the work of St. Patrick or the traditional Irish celebrations of the day, the event hopefully produces funds for a cause that everyone can support.
The event will take place at St. Gerald’s Jonathon Collins Activity Center located at 9310 S. 55th Court. Doors open at 6:00 pm with a cash bar. A $35 Green Ticket includes appetizers and $1,000 in chips. A $55 Gold Ticket includes appetizers, $5,000 in chips and two drink tickets. All chips will be exchanged for raffle tickets and a chance to win great prize baskets. No cash prizes will be awarded.
For those that don’t know, Saint Patrick’s day was a religious feast day originally and evolved into a variety of festivals that celebrate the Irish culture with parades, Irish food, music, dancing and wearing of the green. It is usually not celebrated by having a casino night.