Oak Lawn Renews Red Light Camera Contract for One Year
The Village of Oak Lawn, by a surprising 4-2 vote, renewed the contract with SafeSpeed LLC, for red light cameras throughout the village. The company had recently notified the village that it was not willing to renew the contract due to various disputes with the administration. In the end, the village asked for a one year renewal under the same terms after failing to get a bigger cut of the pie. The village was pushing for SafeSpeed to change its business model for Oak Lawn and give the village more of the fines. SafeSpeed said “no”. In any case, the village proposed a one year deal that was accepted by the company under the existing terms.
One Big Happy Party?
If you aren’t doing anything Wednesday night and you have the need to support a political party, a cocktail reception fundraiser for Oak Lawn Trustees Tim Desmond and Bud Stalker is being held by Oak Lawn Trustees Alex Olejniczak and Tom Phelan. Stalker ran with the support of former Mayor Dave Heilmann and former Trustee Carol Quinlan who were not exactly on good terms with Phelan and Olejniczak. Now, Stalker is clearly standing with those he once opposed. Tickets are $140 each but there are various levels of support such as “Gold”, “Silver” and “Table” for $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively. The fundraiser will be in the name of the “Keeping Oak Lawn First” political committee, which according to the most recent filing with the Illinois State Board of Elections has a negative balance of $4,663.41.
School District 123 Stands Out For Credit Rating
A reader with ties to School District 123 wanted to let us know that Moody’s Investors Service recently affirmed Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123’s general obligation unlimited tax rating at A2. The outlook is positive. According to Moody’s, which recently downgraded the Village of Oak Lawn, the outlook for the district is positive and reflects the district’s strengthening financial position and ongoing tax base recovery. Further bolstering of fund balance and tax base expansion could support a higher rating within the next one to two years. Moody’s noted that Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123 is based in the Village of Oak Lawn, which has Baa2 negative rating, and borders the City of Chicago which has a Ba1 stable rating.
Worth Township Democrats Christmas Party
The newly elected Democratic leader, Patricia Joan Murphy, is hosting a Christmas Party this Friday night at Barraco’s in Evergreen Park from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The cost is $25 and it includes pizza, beer, wine, soda and sweets. In addition, the organization is collecting non-perishable food and toys for Worth Township residents in need. The Committeeman is asking that anyone interested in going should RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 708-789-7703.
Anthem Memory Care Occupancy at 30 Percent
In early November, LTC Properties, which develops memory care senior homes, including the Anthem Memory Care in the residential neighborhood west of Central Avenue, revealed that it was trying to determine whether market or operator issues are negatively affecting occupancy at the communities in its portfolio.
Company officials admitted that its investments showed very little traction on occupancy. LTC is reportedly continuing to monitor Anthem Care, in its various locations, to see if it will make its 2018 goals. Anthem continues to pay rent and the Burr ridge and Glenview Anthem Cares are seeing better occupancy rates with 77% and 64%. However, Tinley Park’s Porter Place is down and Oak Lawn’s Grace Point Place is at 30%. Apparently, Oak Lawn residents are not flocking to the home as predicted by some.