School Elections Heating Up
Two school elections in Oak Lawn are getting some attention. Candidates for the District 123 school board will have a chance to share more about themselves in front of District 123 voters before the April 2 election as the District 123 PTA Council is hosting a candidates forum facilitated by the Chicagoland League of Women Voters.
The forum will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School and all 6 school board candidates have been invited to participate. The forum will be divided into two segments consisting of a question and answer portion, as well as a more informal meet and greet session shortly after.
The candidates for District 123’s school board are John Byrne, Robert Crosby II, Beverly Pacetti, Julie Misner, Jennifer Fortier, and Theresa Roche. Misner, Fortier and Roche are incumbents.
District 218 has hot races and one of them takes place in Oak Lawn. The race is so hot it has allegations of “politics influencing the school” being thrown all around. Incumbent Robert Stokas is charging that his opponent, teacher Trish O’Sullivan is bringing politics into the school district. At the same time, Stokas is claiming endorsements from political heavyweights Oak Lawn Mayor Sandra Bury and Chicago Ridge Mayor Chuck Tokar. Some people close to O’Sullivan are pointing to those endorsements as proof that Stokas is the one that has been politicizing the school.
Berwyn Resident Charged After Incident in Oak Lawn Bar
Ronald Lodygowski, a Berwyn resident, was charged with Assault and Disorderly conduct after police were called to Demmas Lounge. The bartender told the officer that Lodygowski came into the bar, ordered a beer, and played pool. Lodygowski and the bartender then had a conversation but the bartender claimed that Lodygowski became enraged for no reason during that conversation. He allegedly knocked over tables and chairs and moved toward the bartender in what she described as an “aggressive manner” using profane language. She told the police she thought he was going to hit her at that time. Lodygowski left the lounge but the police stopped him across the street. He was charged and is scheduled to appear in court on April 22nd. He is a 40 year old white male.
Marist High School will host its 2nd Annual Champagnat Day on April 10.
The 24-hour event commemorates the 20thanniversary of the canonization of Marcellin Champagnat, the founder of the Marist Brothers, and celebrates the spirit and tradition of Marist High School.
Appropriately, the goal is to inspire 2,000 donors to give $20 or more to the Marist Fund so that we may continue to give students the advantage of an exceptional, Catholic education.
NEW THIS YEAR! Donors who give $50 or more will recieve a pair of signature socks to celebrate Brother Rich Grenier’s 50th anniversary at Marist Chicago.