Deetjen Blocks Advocate Medical from Making Changes
Word out of the Oak Lawn village hall is that Advocate Medical Group, which is building a structure in the center of town on the old Beatty site, contacted Oak Lawn requesting a change to the elevation plans.
The process for approval of this structure has been going on for almost two years and the decision to change the elevation went over like a request for increasing pensions. Village Manager Larry Deetjen apparently ordered staff to communicate with Advocate and tell them “no”. The shot across the head by Deetjen also informed the Advocate representative that they would have to re-submit all plans to the Planning Commission if they wanted to make such a change.
Video Gaming In Oak Lawn
Video gaming revenue in Oak Lawn is slightly down from 2017. In the first four months of 2017, the village received $225,580.26 in revenue but this year, the funds are slightly down. As of the end of April the first four month revenue was only $240,828.
Another Initiative for Village’s Lobbyist
A coalition of municipal groups across the state are urging residents to contact lawmakers to reject cuts to the local government distributive funds that municipalities receive. Last year, legislators reduced the take by 10 percent and the talk in Springfield is that the idea remains on the table. Undoubtedly, Oak Lawn’s first state legislative lobbyist, Frank Cortese, will be asked to jump in and push the agenda for Oak Lawn.
“Protect My Town” is the name of the program. The groups coordinating the effort are the DuPage Mayors & Managers Conference, the Barrington Area Council of Governments, the Metro West Council of Government, the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, the Southwest Conference of Mayors and the Will County Governmental League. Oak Lawn is part of the Southwest Conference of Mayors.
The coalition has launched a website ProtectMyTown.us to allow residents to contact their state legislators as well as Gov. Bruce Rauner.