Village Turns Down Grant?
Last year, the Village of Oak Lawn received public accolades for accepting a SAFER Grant to hire additional firefighters. Well, it turns out that the village administration’s acceptance was conditioned on the fire department members’ union, Local 3405, agreeing to a reduction in the minimum manning numbers that have been, and continue to be, the biggest disagreement since Governor Rauner met Speaker Madigan. In any case, the village has notified the union that since there was “no agreement”, the village has cancelled the acceptance of the $1,347,000 federal grant. The union, which stayed out of the last municipal election because it didn’t want things to get worse if the Mayor won, has recently filed another unfair labor practice against the village. One former firefighter told us, “There have been so many (Unfair Labor Practice complaints), we’ve lost count.” The anti-union actions haven’t hurt the board politically so don’t expect any change in rhetoric or action.
Woman “late for flight’ hit with Aggravated Speeding
A 24 year old Oak Lawn woman was hitting the road at a clip of 72 miles an hour on Cicero Avenue according to the police. When the Oak Lawn police saw her allegedly speeding in the 35 mile an hour zone, the officer swung his car from southbound to northbound and stopped, Eriel Davis, who was driving the car at about 4 a.m. on Friday, March 16th. Davis provided the officer with a valid insurance card but an invalid excuse. She claimed she was speeding because she was late for a “flight”. She was arrested for Aggravated speeding and given a court date in Bridgeview of April 4th. The Oak Lawn Leaf could not confirm whether Ms. Davis made her flight.
Unlicensed Roofer Caught by the Cops
Home repair fraud is a problem that has caught the attention of the Illinois Attorney General and local police departments. A local company, called “Patriot Roofing” had a truck with a phone number that allowed the Oak Lawn police to call to set up an “appointment”. Two men showed up at a building and the undercover detective allowed one of the men to survey the building and provide an estimate. One of the men claimed that the company was licensed and insured. It turns out the company is not licensed according to the police department. Tony Kean, a 36 year old white male from Burbank was charged with driving on a suspended license and for not having a roofing license.
Oak Lawn Park District’s Last Fish Fry
This coming Friday is the last “Fish Fry” for the Oak Lawn Park District’s Annual event. It is held at the Stony Creek Clubhouse every Friday from February 9th until this Friday. The cost of the open buffet is $13.95 for adults and $7.95 for children 10 years or younger. The menu includes clam chowder, garden salad, coleslaw, hushpuppies, baked potato, white fish and beer battered cod. 6 beer buckets of beer are $12 and they also have bottles of wine for $10. If you miss this one, which starts at 3 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m., you will have to wait until next year. Of course, you could always go to a restaurant after Friday.