Gaming may be good for village coffers but a proposed sale of Big Pappa's Gyros hit a major snag with Oak Lawn officials who refused to give a liquor license to a proposed new owner who wanted to change the name to Anna's Gaming and Gyros. The sale may be off.
Video Gaming is Big Business for operators and for municipalities. Oak Lawn receives hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in tax revenue from people playing video gaming machines in bars, restaurants, fast food places and even a flower shop.
Mayor Bury made history by offering an "apology" to Trustee Streit while at the same time claiming that she was angry with "attacks" against village employees although she failed to state who attacked employees at the board table. In the end, the apology was accepted but there were no hugs or kisses.
Who gave you direction? Where did that come from? How come we are doing that? How come the board didn't know about this until now? If we do this are we inviting a federal investigation? Can we throw out sealed bids? Should we?
The Village Manager acted without direction of the board and decided to split a bid taking part of the contract from the low bidder. Trustee Olejniczak, who is usually a reliable vote for the manager, attacked the process demanding transparency and wondering who gave the manager direction to ignore the ordinance.
When the phone rings at 1 a.m. in the morning it may "scare the heck out of you" or cause you to imagine your heart is in your throat. Thoughts race through your mind when you have young adults away at school or parents who may not be in the best of health. What if it isn't either but instead it is your village calling to tell you that...