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Published every Thursday in the Village of Oak Lawn, IL

March 26, 2020

Oak Lawn Police Prioritize Patrols

Effective Immediately – To protect officers and the public from exposure to coronavirus, Oak Lawn Police will only respond to “High Priority” calls. This includes:

• Violent crimes and crimes against people.

• Domestic-related incidents, either in progress or when the offender is still on the scene.

• Incidents, such as burglaries, that require the collection of evidence.

• Serious motor vehicle crashes.

• Other incidents will be decided on a case-by-case basis by a department supervisor and/or a police officer deems necessary.

• If possible, meet the officer outside your home or business.

Low priority/non-emergency calls that are not crimes in progress can be placed at 708-499-7721, 7786, 7787, and 4455. Officers will respond based on the severity of the call. 

Drivers in traffic accidents with a drivable vehicle or one that occurs on private property can exchange information for a report to be made in the future. Call 911 for emergencies only.

Please note that police will enforce all state and federal social-distancing mandates as it pertains to restaurants, bars and social gathering.

Full story available in the Oak Lawn Independent


March 19, 2020

Coloring Contest Winners Announced

Every year, the Oak Lawn Chamber joins with the Oak Lawn Fire and Police Departments to produce a Fire and Public Safety Coloring Book. In the center of the book is a blank page where students can demonstrate what they have learned with their own drawing. Five winners were announced at the March 10th meeting of the Oak Lawn Village Board. All winners received gift certificates to the Childrens Museum in Oak Lawn. 

First, second and third place were awarded in Fire Safety (sponsored by the Fire Department) and Public Safety (sponsored by the Police Department). Laila Bader won first place in both categories! Jenna Arafatwon won second place in the Public Safety contest and Omar Maslet won third place. Talia Karrar won second place in the Fire Safety contest and Sarah Hassett won third place.  

Full story available in the Oak Lawn Independent



Mayor Bury presents Laila Bader with her two first place awards . 

March 12, 2020

Culinary Club Volunteers at Gigi’s Playhouse

Richards High School students recently volunteered to lead a workshop on cooking for adults with Down syndrome at Gigi’s Playhouse in Tinley Park. 

Gigi’s, with several locations in the Chicago area, provides free educational, therapeutic-based and career development programs for individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community, through a replicable playhouse model. 

Full story available in the Oak Lawn Independent


Jaycee Aggelopoulos (left) and Breanna Swann peel sweet potatoes for the meal at Gigi’s Playhouse. 

March 5, 2020

Richards Clubs Volunteer at FMSC

Faculty sponsors from seven different clubs and organizations brought nearly 100 students from Richards High School to volunteer at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC). 

FMSC packages and ships nutritious meals for needy children around the nation and world. Students from Gay Straight Alliance, Student Council, Leo Club, Art Club, Tri-M, Unity Club, and the U.S. Navy JROTC program helped make the night a great success.

Full story available in the Oak Lawn Independent