Oak Lawn Loses Prosecutor to Bench
Kevin Cunningham, the longtime village prosecutor for the Village of Oak Lawn, was elected last week as a Cook County Circuit Court Judge from the 3rd Subcircuit with 100 percent of the vote. Cunningham’s bigger test came in March when he defeated two challengers for the job. Cunningham has 25 years of experience as an attorney, including as an Assistant State’s Attorney. As Oak Lawn’s Village Prosecutor he prosecuted traffic and ordinance violations for the Village. While Cunningham moves to the bench, rumor has it that a long time Judge, Denise Filan, will is hanging up the robe and going back to practice law at local municipal law firm, Odelson and Sterk. As for Cunningham’s successor at the village, the bench must not be deep because the Village Attorneys at Peterson Johnson and Murray will be the new village prosecutor.
Why Isn’t MVCC Attracting Students?
With the cost of tuition skyrocketing at four year colleges, you would think that Moraine Valley Community College would be reaping the benefits of students searching for a bargain. However, the Illinois College Community Board released figures showing a significant decline in enrollment. In Fall of 2014, MVCC had 15,776 students. Now the number is at 13,762. Enrollment declined 10 percent from 2014-2018. The decline from 2017-2018 was 5.9 percent. In Illinois, community colleges in general lost 3.9 percent enrollment. Nathan Wilson of the Illinois Community College Board blamed the decrease on the increased job opportunities available for high school graduates in the booming economy.
Oak Lawn Park District’s Community Theatre Production of “A Christmas Story”
Tickets are available for the Oak Lawn Park District Community Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Story”. The production is now running at the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St., with shows scheduled for Friday, November 16, and Saturday, November 17, at 7:30pm. It will also run on Sunday, November 11 and Sunday, November 18, at 3:00pm.
Tickets are $23 for adults and $22 for children, 12 and under, and seniors, 60 and over. Tickets are available at the Oak View Center, by phone at 708-857-2200, or online at www.showtix4u.com.
Moraine Valley wins regional equity award
Moraine Valley Community College has been named the recipient of the Association of Community College Trustees 2018 Central Region Equity Award and is now a contender for the national-level recognition to be selected from the four regional equity award winners.
“Everyone at Moraine Valley Community College is responsible for creating an environment that is both welcoming and supportive to all,” said Dr. Sylvia Jenkins, president of Moraine Valley. “Everyone should be proud to learn that our college has earned national recognition for its work to promote and enhance equity for underrepresented and underserved people.”
“John Coleman (board of trustees chair), Joe Murphy (board of trustees vice chair) and I were grateful to accept the award on behalf of the college. Diversity was formally added as a core value of our college in 2003, and our commitment to this principle has been evidenced over the last 15 years through numerous initiatives, programs and policies created to meet the needs of all learners.”
Jenkins thanked faculty and staff for their individual and collective efforts to support diversity and equity at Moraine Valley and said she hopes this accolade inspires a continuation of this important work and serves as a reminder of our shared commitment to support and serve one another, our students and everyone in our community.
(Photo caption: Moraine Valley President Dr. Sylvia M. Jenkins (center) and John Coleman, board of trustees chair, are presented the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) 2018 Central Region Equity Award by (from left) Benjamin Wu, ACCT Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee chair; Emily Yim, ACCT chair; and J. Noah Brown, ACCT president and CEO.)