Oak Lawn voters head to the polls today to cast ballots for various state and federal races, including Governor and Congress.
The Democrats have two candidates running in a hotly contested Congressional race, incumbent Dan Lipinski and his challenger Marie Newman. The party faithful also must decide who should lead the state ticket as JB Pritzker is battling Chris Kennedy, Dan Biss and a few minor candidates. The Republicans don’t have a Congressional race to weigh in on but the Governor, Bruce Rauner, is facing a challenge from his right in the form of State Representative Jeanne Ives.
The races have been brutal but the candidates have only thrown figurative punches. However, on the streets of Oak Lawn, punches have resulted in three recent cases of battery.
On March 7th, the police responded to a call at the Oak Lawn Rehabilitation and Respiration Center at 95th and Mayfield. A nurse at the facility told the police that she was trying to assist another nurse in a patient’s room when a visitor in the same room would not let her enter the room.
The visitor allegedly hit the nurse with a closed fist in the chest. The real gut punch in the story is the person charged with battery was identified as 82 year old Dorothy Davis, of Chicago. Another nurse asked Davis why she hit the other nurse and Davis denied it. Davis was issued a village ordinance ticket for battery. She also has been barred from the property.
Five days later, on March 12th, a man walked into the Oak Lawn Police Department’s lobby to report a battery that occurred at 111th and Keeler. The man told the police he was walking from 120th and Cicero to his residence at 109th and Whipple. While walking eastbound on 111th at Keeler, he was struck on the right side of the face by a half full 20 ounce bottle of Mellow Yellow.
The man told the police, who classified this is as a battery, that the bottle was thrown by someone in a tan/gold/brown colored 4 door Chevrolet Cavalier, which was traveling westbound on 111th Street. He said the car contained “three light skin males”. Luckily, the victim did not have any visible injuries. He refused medical treatment and would sign complaints if the vehicle is found. No charges are pending and thus no names are provided in this story.
Also, on March 12th, the police were called to an address on Southwest Highway. The victim told police that he had told several members of his family that he no longer was going to practice their religion. The news didn’t go over well in the family and the victim’s cousin came to “talk to him” about the decision. The talk became an argument and before you know it the cousin punched the victim in the face. No charges were filed in this battery because the non-religious victim didn’t want to press charges against his “religious” cousin. The names of the religious and non-religious are withheld because no charges were filed.
Today some people will be overjoyed because their candidate, or candidates, won. Some will be upset. If you are upset, do not become enraged and punch someone or throw a bottle from your car at someone walking down the street.