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February 27, 2020

Speech Team Places 3rd at Sectionals

The Oak Lawn Community High School Spartan Speech Team finished 3rd at Sectionals, advancing nine events to the IHSA state competition in Peoria. Congratulations to head coaches Matt Capriola and Mike Olsson, their staff, and the hard working students: 

Alondra Camacho – Sectional Champion Original Oratory; Mary Majcherek – Sectional Champion Radio Speaking; Jada Jackson – 2nd Place – Poetry Reading; Sofia Serna – 2nd Place – Extemporaneous Speaking; Alondra Camacho – 3rd Place – Informative Speaking; Ella Moore – 3rd Place – Humorous Interpretation; Grace Sievers – 3rd Place – Oratorical Declamation; and Sofia Serna – 3rd Place – Impromptu Speaking.

Oak Lawn’s Performance in the Round (PIR) also finished in 3rd Place and advances to the state competition. The PIR cast includes, Marco Hernadez, Jake Majerczyk, Michael Mueller, Saad Mulhem, Layla Nemri, Grace Pagliaro, Tori Prause, Matthew Rios, Shane Rios, Haven Rupsch, Melak Shehadeh, Lucas Sodardo, Cylia Srmek, Alexia Stang, and Lucas Wessel.

Full story available in the Oak Lawn Independent



Six Oak Lawn Community High School students qualified for state in individual events.

February 20, 2020

Statement from Mayor Bury on Alleged Trustee Involvement with SafeSpeed

The Office of the Mayor released the following statement from Mayor Sandra Bury recently:

“We, like the rest of the residents of the Village of Oak Lawn, just now learned of the alleged involvement of an Oak Lawn Trustee in SafeSpeed’s unsuccessful attempt to increase the number of red-light cameras throughout the Village. Prior to reading today’s indictment of SafeSpeed’s representative, Patrick Doherty, the Village was unaware of the existence of any investigation involving one of its officials, nor do we know the identity of the Trustee referenced therein. 

“We are shocked and appalled by what’s being reported as the alleged actions strike at the very core of the public’s trust in government—they cannot and will not be tolerated. I have just opened our own investigation into the matter and every resource at our disposal will be deployed—our residents deserve nothing less. We will make public any information we find or are provided with as soon as we have it. At this time, no other information is available.”  

Full story available in the Oak Lawn Independent


February 13, 2020

Richards Cheerleading Sweeps Conference

The varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders from Richards High School both won the South Suburban Conference Red Division championship recently. It’s the first time in school history that the cheerleaders swept conference.

Earlier this season the varsity team won the first Grand Champion trophy in program history at the Sandburg Invitational. 

Katie Basich coaches varsity and Jessica Gall coaches JV.

Full story available in the Oak Lawn Independent


FEBRUARY 6, 2020

Gold for Park District’s Special Rec Department Basketball Team

Congratulations to Oak Lawn Park District Special Recreation Department’s Special Olympics Eagles 3 basketball team for receiving the gold medal at the Special Olympics Region E basketball tournament. 

The tournament took place on Sunday, January 6th at Richards High School in Oak Lawn. This first place finish qualifies the team to attend the State Championship held in Bloomington-Normal on March 13th-15th. Good luck Eagles!

For more information, contact Todd Mallo at 708-857-2200 or

Full story available in the Oak Lawn Independent