Former Judge Throws Cold Water on Pritzker Plan
Retired Cook County Circuit Court Judge Dennis M. Dohm, who happens to be an Oak Lawn resident, threw cold water on newly inaugurated Governor JB Pritzker’s plan to double the salaries of some of his closest advisers by paying them with his own money from a Limited Liability Company.
Judge Dohm responded to a Chicago Tribune front page story, entitled “Pritzker personally to bump aides’ pay,” which noted that the Governor intends to supplement the state-paid salaries of some of his appointees with funds from “East Jackson Street LLC, an organization Pritzker set up.” However, the Judge is saying that Pritzker’s plan is illegal.
Dohm pointed to Article V, Section 21, of the Illinois Constitution which reads: “Officers of the Executive Branch shall be paid salaries established by law and shall receive no other compensation for their services.”
Dohm ended his letter to the editor stating, “It seems Pritzker’s supplemental compensation scheme has serious constitutional problems.” Dohm has written multiple articles for the Illinois Bar Association on various constitutional issues.
District 123 Students Take Part in World-Wide Human Rights Campaign
Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School Students took part in the global Write for Rights campaign by Amnesty International. The premise of the campaign is to get people from all over the world to write letters for those whose basic human rights are being attacked.
Letters are then sent to either the politician or person in power allowing the injustice to happen or to the wrongfully accused who may be imprisoned for fighting for their rights.
Students in Mrs. Georgelos’ class hope their letters encourage those fighting for freedom, and those in power stop persecuting these people.
Students expressed hope that the efforts stop conflicts in countries and noted that the campaign with multiple voices may grab the attention of politicians and world leaders. Last year, 5 million people took part in the Write for Rights campaign.
Resident Sues Manor Care for Wrongful Death
The estate of Leeona Hemphill is suing Manor Care Healthcare Service of Oak Lawn and affiliated entities, alleging wrongful death.
The estate filed a complaint recently in Cook County Circuit Court alleging the defendants breached their duty to care for the deceased’s safety and were negligent in the treatment of her pressure ulcers.
Leeona Hemphill was admitted at Manor Care Health Services-Oak Lawn without any pressure ulcers in January 2017, according to the filing, but was at high risk for the development and deterioration of pressure ulcers due to immobility and incontinence. She died in April 2017 after allegedly developing a pressure ulcer which the suit claims was caused by the negligent treatment she received.
Oak Lawn Dentistry Group Celebrating Five Decades of Providing Dental Care
Inside the Smile, on 95th Street in Oak Lawn, has been providing family dentistry for patients since 1955.
Recently, Inside the Smile and Dr. Michael B Smith announced that they are celebrating more than five decades of providing dental care to residents of the Oak Lawn area. Dr. Smith and his staff maintain a professional attitude and friendly customer service to ensure that each patient and family member has the best possible dental experience. The dental team focuses on cosmetic dentistry, as well as on dental care for the entire family. Families can be scheduled in a cluster to reduce the need for complicated timing and transportation issues.
In a news release, Smith summed up the importance of dental care. “When you have regular dental care” he continued, “you can expect a number of components in dental teeth cleaning. We remove tartar and plaque above and below your gum line. We polish your teeth and apply fluoride topically. You will also receive an oral examination of the mouth, gums, tongue and tonsils. We take 360-degree X-rays annually.”