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In The Spotlight

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A MESSAGE FROM VILLAGE PRESIDENT STERLING BURKE REGARDING THE CORONAVIRUS

POSTED ON: MARCH 12, 2020 

Like so many of you, we have spent the last several days and weeks learning about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it is impacting the world. As we all follow the impact, we want you to know that your safety is our top priority. 

We at The Village of Olympia Fields take all developments concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19) very seriously and will continue to closely monitor the situation. For Olympia Fields, that means understanding how it affects our employees, our residents and our community. We have one simple objective that guides us, keeping you and our employees safe. With that in mind, we are closely following the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidelines and recommendations on the steps we can take to help prevent the spread of the virus. Here’s what you need to know about what it is and how you can protect yourself and the people you care about.

READ MORE:  Civic Alert   March 12, 2020  

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GROCERS ARE SETTING ASIDE SHOPPING HOURS FOR SENIORS, TO PROTECT THEM FROM COVID-19

To help seniors avoid large crowds, several Chicago stores have begun offering special senior hours at the beginning of the day in which at-risk populations can shop by themselves. (This also means that people who are not seniors or at a higher risk for coronavirus should not shop during these hours.) Here is a list of those stores and their senior hours:

Jewel Osco: Tuesdays and Thursday  

   7 AM - 9 AM

Mariano's: Seven days a week,  

   6 AM - 8 AM

Meijer:  Tuesdays and Thursdays.

   7AM - 8 AM

Dollar General: The first hour they are    open everyday

Whole Foods: One hour before stores     open everyday, for adults over 60.

Target: The first hour of shopping     every Wednesday.

Walmart: The first hour of shopping

   every Tuesday, for adults over 60 . 

Read more: interactive.wttw.com

Read more: www.dailyherald.com 

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RESIDENT ASSAULTED & CARJACKED IN DRIVEWAY.  NO CODE RED ALERT ISSUED 

Interim Police Chief Morgan stated that addressing the call in Wysteria, the female came home late at night. She didn’t notice that a car was following her. She stopped in her driveway. She noticed a young man come up on the passenger side of her car. She got out to talk with him. When she got out, a second subject she didn’t see came up behind her and hit her. They both jumped in the car and took off.

Interim Police Chief Morgan stated that as far as doing the Code Red, he feels personally that those are things that are happening right now in the Village.

Village Board Meeting Dec. 16, 2019 

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Read the Governor’s Full Order Requiring Illinois Residents to Stay at Home

The order is set to begin at 5 p.m. Saturday and continue through April 7. Read full Executive Order

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Metra Alert ME - Metra Electric Line will be switching to an alternate weekday schedule starting on Monday, March 23

These changes are being made because of anticipated lighter ridership due to the coronavirus.

Online Electric Line schedule

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NEIGHBORHOOD ALERT

Subject caught on surveillance March 21, 2020 allegedly checking car doors in the vicinity of 207th and Sargent Means. 

Remember to always lock your doors and report all suspicious activity. 

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Lincoln Park’s Batter & Berries to open location in Olympia Fields

Raved about online for its food, the highly rated breakfast and brunch spot will soon expand with its first suburban location, scheduled to open in late spring. 

Daily Southtown 2-21-20

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Follow The Money

of campaign committees

in Olympia Fields supposedly

nonpartisan politics

Illinois Sunshine / Olympia Fields 

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Do our public servants serve us or their political party agenda ?

How They Voted / Olympia Fields Village Board 

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Lincoln-Way District 210 gets second credit upgrade of 2019

A property owner’s tax bill will drop by $101 for the owner of a home with a fair market value of $300,000, according to the district.

Daily Southtown 12-20-19

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“Why should the community write you a blank check?”

Daily Southtown November 21, 2019

After deciding to close Rich East, in a move that was supposed to cut costs, the board voted 4-3 Tuesday to issue $105 million in bonds to finance construction work at the two schools.

The bond issue will increase property taxes by $137 a year on homes valued at $300,000 or $86 a year on homes valued at $200,000

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“Preferred developer” has made 467 political contributions

Under the leadership of David Mekarski and Debra Meyers-Martin, Robinson Engineering was awarded numerous village projects without going through a competitive bidding process.

Robinson Engineering Campaign Contributions / IllinoiSunshine.org

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Support our local Walgreens

Help keep our neighborhood drugstore off the corporate

shut down list.

www.ibtimes.com/walgreens-closing-200-stores-declines-release-list-location


www.cnbc.com/2019/08/06/walgreens-to-close-200-stores-in-us

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100 biggest spenders: What Illinois Park Districts rank highest?

Source: South Cook News | Apr 9, 2018

Park districts for Olympia Fields, Homewood-Flossmoor and Oak Lawn are among those in Illinois with the highest spending per capita in 2017, Illinois State Comptroller financial reports show.

100 Top Spending Illinois Park Districts

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 Analysis: Olympia Fields pays property taxes nearly four times national average

 South Cook News / November 1, 2018

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Village pays Walmart $933,227.85

reimbursement installment

90% of taxes Walmart pays into TIF is paid back

This element of the Walmart contract, spearheaded by our infamous former village administrator, is something Mekarski and his cronies never wanted the residents to know about. This is certainly not what former mayor Debra Meyers-Martin bragged about to the residents on March 26, 2017

Debra Meyers-Martin on Walmart deal 

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Residents protest 1975 Vollmer Rd & viaduct widening

“Those who fail to learn from history

are condemned to repeat it”

This was a dumb idea in 1975, and an even dumber idea 40 years later. David Mekarski and Debra Meyers-Martin wasted $1 million in state taxpayer money studying the reconstruction of something we don’t even own.

Homewood Flossmoor Star November 2, 1975

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Package stolen 2 minutes after it was delivered

Video surveillance captures thieves stealing package from porch in the vicinity of 203rd & Kedzie on 11/2/2019 at 4:09pm. Anyone with information regarding the suspect or vehicle in video should contact the Olympia Fields Police immediately.

                    Watch Video

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Vote Obstructionists Out

Enough is enough. Any Village Board Member that does not represent the best interest of the residents must be removed by the residents. Read for yourself exactly how 3 Village Board Trustees, following their own political agenda, obstructed the proposed Culvers Restaurant in the old Jewel Plaza.

https://www.olympia-fields.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Item/829?fileID=1606 

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Watch Rich Township SD227 Board meetings online

Board Meeting Videos

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SD227 Public Meeting

September 17, 2019

Rich Central HS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9TYyowsGjM

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Comments from residents at

Sept. 17, 2019 Public Meeting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiYBkyvBmW4

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SD 227 Enrollment decline prompts staffing review

According to the Illinois State Board of Education, enrollment in District 227 stands at 3,057 this year, down from 4,167 reported in 2009.

Might the district consider reducing its number of employees 

https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/opinion/ct-sta-slowik-district-227-finances-st-0216-20180216-story.html

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Garbage Can Ordinance

Sec. 11-41. (B)    ...refuse containers and garbage containers shall be stored in area on the owner’s property which is not visible from the street.

HOURS FOR PLACEMENT AND STORAGE OF GARBAGE CONTAINERS

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Parking Ordinance

for non-hard surfaces

All 4 wheels must be on hard surface

Sec. 14-39.( I )  Parking on non-hard surfaces. It shall be unlawful to park any motor vehicle on any public or private property within the village unless such vehicle is parked on a hard surfaced driveway...

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Municipal tax rate showing stable trend since departure of Mekarski and Meyers-Martin

DEBRA MEYERS-MARTIN LIES ABOUT REDUCED BUDGETS AND RAISING TAXES

 Source: DEBRA MEYERS-MARTIN 3-26-2017

This despite the fact the Municipal Tax Rate  has gone up with every tax levy and nearly doubled since she took office, along with the skyrocketing Village Salaries which have also gone up every year and are public record. 


Since 2004, Olympia Fields annual salaries have increased +178% over the consumer price index

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2020 BMW CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE PLAYED AT OLYMPIA FIELDS

The Olympia Fields Country Club (OFCC) North Course is set to be the site of the 2020 BMW Championships, formerly known as the Western Open (which went to Olympia Fields five times). The tournament has been played in Illinois every other year since 2012, with next year's event coming to Medinah after a visit to Aronimink in Pennsylvania this summer. While play dates are still being finalized, the event is scheduled to take place sometime in August with more details soon to come. 2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of the first Western Open played at Olympia Fields.

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REMOVE CROOK COUNTY LAPDOGS - vote for a 100% nonpartisan village board

Democratic affiliations must be removed and never given a chance to run Olympia Fields further into the 

Olympia Fields spending/debt problem is entirely due to a decade of wasteful undisciplined leadership supported by the Cook County Democratic Party.

All the Democratic affiliates that have ever sat on our Village Board have been loyal soldiers representing their own political agenda.

Their agenda is not and never was to be loyal Public Servants fighting for the residents needs.

We must continue to get out and vote for candidates that have our backs and weed out the political yes men.

While these affiliations have been personally beneficial to the careers of Board members, village employees, and Robinson Engineering, it has been nothing but a detriment to all the hard working residents of Olympia Fields. Many of whom have cut their loses and fled. 

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What do much larger Suburbs pay their Village Managers

 VILLAGE MANAGERS IN OTHER SUBURBS MAKING LESS THAN MEKARSKI


 

Did the Village Board know about  Mekarski’s blemished record at Vero Beach when they hired him?

“The parties mutually agree that they will not utter, transmit or print any negative or disparaging comments regarding the other party concerning the employment of Mr. Mekarski.”

Source: CITY OF VERO BEACH, FLORIDA MAY 17, 2005 7:00 P.M.

REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MINUTES (Page 3 line 30)


MEKARSKI PAID $170,000 SEVERANCE TO LEAVE VERO BEACH


OLYMPIA FIELDS VILLAGER FALL2005

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As our Municipal Tax Rate and debt soared, so did Mekarski’s salary

      MEKARSKI VILLAGE CONTRACT JULY 8, 2013

2017    Olympia Fields   Mekarski David   $179,673.00

2016   Olympia Fields   Mekarski David   $170,439.00

2015   Olympia Fields   Mekarski David   $166,281.00

2014   Olympia Fields   Mekarski David   $162,225.20

2013   Olympia Fields   Mekarski David   $158,269.60

2012   Olympia Fields   Mekarski David   $155,769.60

2011    Olympia Fields   Mekarski David   $147,423.36

2010  Olympia Fields   Mekarski David   $130,855.52

2009  Olympia Fields   Mekarski David   $129,145.20

2008  Olympia Fields   Mekarski David   $112,933.36

2007   Olympia Fields   Mekarski David   $106,471.24

2006   Olympia Fields   Mekarski David   $59,374.95

                source: www.openthebooks.com

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Crime Prevention

Is your home a prime target for burglars

Survey asked 86 burglars how they broke into homes

Is your home a prime target for burglars

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In Olympia Fields, you can contact Corp. Don Dean at 708-503-8101 or email  ddean@olympia-fields.com  to arrange a free security assessment of your property.

don't be a target at atm machines

Survey asked 86 burglars how they broke into homes

Is your home a prime target for burglars

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Survey asked 86 burglars how they broke into homes

Survey asked 86 burglars how they broke into homes

Survey asked 86 burglars how they broke into homes

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86 inmates currently serving time for burglary were asked to respond anonymously to 17 questions detailing how they broke in, when the crime occurred and what they were looking for.

Burglars Survey

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