You Can’t Have Your Cake And Eat It Too
Mayor Sandra Bury recently posted that she favors a minimum wage hike and then simultaneously bemoaned the fact that the General Assembly’s passage of a new minimum wage will cost taxpayers in Oak Lawn.
The post to the left is on Mayor Bury’s page and she starts by claiming she is favor of a minimum wage hike but then decides to have it both ways by pointing out that local not for profits and businesses will be forced to pay the higher wage. She notes that the burden on these organizations is negative and calls on additional state spending for the not for profits.
If that isn’t enough, she then uses Park Lawn and the Oak Lawn Park District as examples of entities that will pay a heavy burden with the increased minimum wage. In the park district’s case, it is the taxpayers who will pay the heavy cost.
The Mayor’s “analysis” fails to take into account that everyone will have to raise wages of other earners, slightly at or above the minimum wage now, to provide equity in its own employee pay scale. The double talk of supporting and complaining about the minimum wage is priceless. You can’t have your cake and eat it too is an old English proverb meaning you can’t eat your cake and still have your cake.
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a bill that hikes the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, the highest in the Midwest. The increase is gradual with pay increases from $8.25 by $1 on January 1, and jumps to $10 on July 1, 2020. Then, it increases $1 each January 1 until 2025. Currently there are an estimated 1.4 million Illinois residents making less than $15 an hour.
Oak Lawn Car Dealer Partners with FreeN’Fun Bar Bingo
Bar Bingo, Inc. has partnered with Oak Lawn Toyota to conduct what it is calling the biggest promotion in bar entertainment history. FreeN’Fun’s 4-Tire Sweepstakes will award four 2019 Toyota Corollas and eight pre-owned automobiles this year. A drawing will be conducted each month and automobiles will be awarded. Every third month will feature a new car. Entries are acquired by winning game 4 at each of the 300+ BINGO locations.
This game of BINGO is free for the customer to play and according to the organizer is not considered gambling since the players do not risk any of their own money. The locations share a progressive jackpot that increases by $1,000 per week, averaging a seven or eight thousand dollar jackpot every 6-8 weeks. They have awarded jackpots as large as $10,000. FreeN’Fun Bar Bingo awarded 13 jackpots in 2018 totaling $82,000. A recent winner took home $6,000 in Hickory Hills.
Richards Running Back Has Offer from Iowa
According to the Iowa Hawkeyes Football program, Oak Lawn’s Richards running back LeShon Williams has been offered a scholarship by the University of Iowa. He reportedly also has offers from Cincinnati and seven Mid-American Conference schools.
Aurora Mass Shooting Touches Oak Lawn Woman
An Oak Lawn woman added a personal note to the mass shooting last Friday in Aurora. Among those killed by a disgruntled fired employee was an intern,Trevor Wehner, a 21-year-old human resources student at Northern Illinois University who there for his first day on the job at Henry Pratt.
Cynthia Rose Cascarano, of Oak Lawn, posted a message on Facebook:
Each and every one of us have had a ‘First Day’ on the job, his should have never ended this way,” read a Facebook post on Saturday from , Illinois, who said Wehner and his brother were like sons to her.
He loved his family and girlfriend, “always wore a smile and his legacy will live on forever,” she added.