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There's no fooling you people, is there, readers? We thought last week's "Whatizit?" was middle-of-the-road, but we apparently underestimated you. Worth residents Theresa and George Rebersky, Celeste Cameron, Robert Solner, Carol and Jerry Janicki, Frank and Donna Hirsch, Sandy Joiner and Mike OShaughnessy; Chicago Ridge residents Chuck and Anna Holstein, Dana Oswald, Dan and Kathy Higgins, The Gabriel family, and Patty Vandenberg; Oak Lawn residents Dan and Laura Heneghan, Steve Rosenbaum, Kristen Gute and Jane Foley; Hickory Hill peep Bella Fruendt; Evergreen Parkers Ellen Reddington and Amanda Callas; Joan Fahey of Crestwood; and Jackie Wilch and Carol Maroney of parts unknown. Great job, ladies and gents!

This week's clue is: Push me pull me. Send responses to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. under the subject Whatizit, and include your first and last names and here you live.

Worth Twp. Electoral Board leaves incumbent candidates on April ballot

By Laura Bollin

Two Worth Township elected officials have withstood objections to their candidacy in the April 9 election and will remain on the ballot, a township electoral board ruled Monday.

Worth Township Democratic Committeeman Jack O'Sullivan, of Oak Lawn, filed objections against incumbent Worth Township Trustee Jack Lind and incumbent Worth Township Assessor John Toscas, claiming that holding two elected positions in the same township is a conflict of interest.

Lind, of Chicago Ridge, is running for his township trustee seat and is a sitting trustee on the Chicago Ridge Village Board, while Toscas is running for township assessor and is a Crestwood village trustee who is running for mayor.

The Worth Township electoral board, consisting of township Clerk Roger Benson, Trustee Mike Mahoney and Supervisor Jack Murphy voted to keep Lind and Toscas on the April 9 election ballot. The board on Monday determined neither Lind nor Toscas were in violation of state election codes by simultaneously holding two elected offices.

O'Sullivan is a supporter of the Worth Township Community First slate, a political opponent of Lind's and Toscas' party. "[O'Sullivan] is trying to make it a big political thing, but it is really not," Lind said. "It's about service. I'm proud to serve [in both elected positions]. I love working with the township, and I was born and raised in Chicago Ridge, so I am really active in my community."

Toscas said an objection was filed against him because of a concern could assess property values in Worth Township' however, that is the sole responsibility of the Cook County assessor's office.

"We don't assess property at all, ever," Toscas said. "Under the [state] revenue code, in all the other 101 counties other than Cook, they do assess property. In Cook County, the code says that the only person that can assess property is the Cook County assessor."

In his role as township assessor, Toscas' main job is to help people find information, he said.

"The most important thing is that we let people know our office exists, because when I took over in 2000, no one even knew it existed," Toscas said. "We help people file appeal with the Cook County assessor's office and the Cook County Board of Review. Some people come in and say, my tax bill is too high, so we look for homeowner or senior exemptions."

A senior citizen in Worth Township might pay $4,000 in property taxes, but his neighbor with a senior exemption may only pay $1,000, Toscas said. His office can help people find exemptions to lower their taxes.

"We have no authority whatsoever to assess any property," Toscas said. "If I was in one of the other 101 counties, and I wanted to run for trustee, I could not. Because I am in Cook County and I don't assess property, there is no conflict whatsoever."

Lind has served as a Worth Township trustee since 2000 and was appointed to his trustee seat on the Chicago Ridge Village Board in 2011. He is the former public works director in Chicago Ridge. Toscas has served as the Worth Township assessor since 2000 and a Crestwood village trustee since 2011.

Oak Lawn wants money spent on officers' overtime


Village was not reimbursed for reality TV show

By Laura Bollin

Oak Lawn is seeking reimbursement for payments to village police officers who worked overtime during the filming of a "reality" television show nearly six years ago.

Village trustees voted Jan. 8 to approve seeking $4,000 paid to officers who worked during the filming of TruTV's "Speeders Fight Back" in 2007, when show staff members did "ridealongs" with officers. A spin-off of the show was subsequently filmed in 2009, with Oak Lawn Mayor Dave Heilmann acting as "judge" in cases against speeders who pleaded their cases in court at Oak Lawn Village Hall.

Oak Lawn Police Chief Bill Villanova told the Village Board at the meeting Jan. 8 that the police department was never reimbursed for what the officers were paid. The show donated $1,000 to the Oak Lawn Police Club.

Heilmann was paid $1,000 per episode and received $6,000. He told the board he "sure got paid" for the work he did.

Trustee Carol Quinlan said she thought putting the reimbursement on the board agenda was "ridiculous."

"I'm not sure why we had to approve it, why it had to be put on the agenda," Quinlan said. "If someone owes us money, call them and ask for it. I found that item to be ridiculous."

Trustee Tom Phelan said the item would only be ridiculous if it "didn't sit for a month and go unanswered."

"So everyone has an understanding, a village resident did an FOIA request, and turned the documents over to the Village Board and the manager, and those documents made allegations," Phelan said. "As a governing body, our obligation is to respond to that. We didn't respond to it for a month.

"In this case, we were provided with documentation of allegations that were true. In the documents, we were told we would get reimbursed for overtime. This is a formal request so there is no ambiguity."

Trustee Bob Streit believes the item was on the agenda for political reasons.

"This isn't here so we can direct somebody to send out a bill," Streit said. "If there's money owed, we can direct somebody to send out a bill. This item is simply here because it seems like today, we are not interested in conducting the business of government, we are here to assess blame and attack others."

Whatizit?


Too easy. That's the conclusion we've come to regarding last week's "Whatizit?" In fact, some of you readers were so bold as to say that yourselves. Well then, maybe we should make things a bit more challenging. So you knew it was pizza, but from where? See, we could make this totally unfair if we wanted to. But before we do that, let's acknowledge those who knew the answer. Kristen Gute, Gene Sikora, Pat Kopchar, Dana Oswald, Jan Merchantz, Dan and Laura Heneghan, Beverly Yazumbeck, The Gabriel family, Tom Kucharski, Steve Rosenbaum, Janice Mastro, Al Kasper, James M. Wucka, Linda and Russ Martin, Michael and Linda Denham, Lisa Wermes, Donna Hirsch, Elizabeth Hardin, Tom McAvoy, Bernadette Pratl, Jack and Griffin Burke Faddis, Marilyn Gutierrez, Bella Fruendt, Theresa and George Rebersky, Bonnie Price,Ellen Reddington, Mike O'Shoughnessy, Jane Foley, Celeste Cameron, Patricia Evers, Kailyn Lapinski, Dan and Kathy Higgins, Arlene O'Connor, Lois Faragher, Sandy Joiner, Carol and Jerry Janicki, Patty Vandenberg, Shirley Ivers, Bill Ivers, and Debbie and Jon Gruver. I'm pretty sure that's a record. Man, we have to make this more difficult just so I don't have to type so many freaking names!

We would also like to apologize to Vince Vizza of Evergreen Park, who knew the previous week's answer but was not recognized for it. Readers, please don't include quotes around Whatizit? on the subject line of your emails. Your response is more likely to be missed if you do that.

This week's clue is: Some don't need it. Send responses to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. under the subject Whatizit? and include your first and last names and where you live.

Library Notes

Chicago Ridge

T he library will present "Beginning Knitting," a crafting lock-in, from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25. Bring size No. 7 or 8 single-point needles and a skein of worsted weight yarn. It helps if the yarn and needles aren't the same color. Cost in advance is $5.

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T he library is accepting donations for its Hat and Mitten Tree. New and handcrafted winter wear such as hats, mittens, gloves and scarves for adults and children will be accepted at the library through December. All donations will be distributed to local families.

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T he Chicago Ridge Library is at 10400 Oxford Ave. The phone number is 423-7753.

Evergreen Park

F ree Hatha yoga for adults and teens will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29. Classes will be taught by Evergreen Park resident and certified yoga instructor Joan Zigulich of Yoga Pathways. Attendees should bring a yoga mat. All ability levels welcome; no experience needed. Registration for each class required.

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A fter School Homework Help is offered Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Both teachers are bilingual (English and Spanish).

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T he Evergreen Park Public Library is at 9400 S. Troy Ave. The phone number is 422-8522.

Green Hills

A dult Winter Reading Club through Feb. 25 will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Prizes include a Nook Color, Kindle Fire, gift certificates to local restaurants and bookstores, and more. Register at the information desk or at greenhillslibrary.org.

Y outh Winter Reading Club, "Reading is SNOW Much Fun!" for youths in kindergarten through eighth grade will be during the same period. Weekly prizes will be awarded. Register at the youth services desk or at greenhillslibrary.org.

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F amily Movie Time featuring Disney's "Brave" and popcorn and lemonade will be Friday, Jan. 25 at 4 p.m.

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T hodos Dance Chicago featuring Melissa Thodos and members of her dance company will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29. Performance will embrace Chicago's history with "The White City: Chicago's Columbian Exposition of 1893," a one-act piece complete with period costumes and video projections by Chicago filmmaker Chris Olsen.

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M other Goose Story Hour will be Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m.

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T he library has an eBook service, Axis 360, through which users can download bestselling eBooks for as many as 21 days directly onto a device using the Blio software application. Titles automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. Place holds on items that are checked out. Service is only available to Green Hills cardholders. To start browsing visit http://ghpl.axis360.baker-taylor.com. For more information call 598-8446.

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T he library is collecting first-person accounts of stories of military service to be donated to the Veteran History Project of the Library of Congress. The library is seeking photos, memoirs, and wartime diaries from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Call 598-8446 for more information.

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T he Green Hills Public Library is at 8611 W. 103rd St. in Palos Hills. The phone number is 598-8446.

Oak Lawn

T he Oak Lawn Community Library Foundation will present a "Movie and Dessert" fundraiser Thursday, Feb. 14. The Valentine's Day event includes a screening of the drama "Chocolat" (PG-13) and sweets provided by local area bakeries and restaurants. The film starts at 6 p.m.; doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. Register and pay (cash or check) by Sunday, Feb. 10 at the library's reception booth. Tickets will not be sold the day of the event.

I n "Chocolat" a woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community. Starring Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp and Alfred Molina.

P roceeds from the fundraiser benefit the Oak Lawn Community Library Foundation, a nonprofit organization governed by volunteer community members. The Foundation was started in 1993 to seek private sector support for maintaining the excellence of materials and services offered by the Oak Lawn Public Library.

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T he library will host a free screening of "Moonrise Kingdom" (PG-13) at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25. Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, "Moonrise Kingdom" tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact and run away together into the wilderness. As authorities search for them, the peaceful island community is turned upside down. Starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray and Frances McDormand.

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L ocal writers can share own original poetry and short stories at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. Five-minute time limit per reader. Light refreshments provided.

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T he library will hold a free family program for children of all ages from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 in the lower-level meeting rooms. Dave DiNaso will present a hands-on exhibit and educational experience about reptiles and amphibians. Audience members will be encouraged to touch animals under close supervision. Children need to be able to sit still and follow directions.

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A lecture about the opera "Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27. A member of the Lyric Opera Lecture Corps will explain the plot, play musical selections and give background on the composer.

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C ertified public accountant Gerald Knight of Tax Busters will present a FAFSA Seminar on Monday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. Knight will demonstrate how to estimate an expected parent contribution before submitting a FAFSA application. Strategies for becoming more eligible for financial aid, as well as an explanation of the American Opportunity Tax Credit will be included.

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"Wrigley Field's Last World Championship: The 1963 Chicago Bears" with sports historian Charles Billington will be Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. Billington will discuss the uniqueness of pro football during that era, analyze rare film footage of the championship game and identify why so many years of failure followed this legendary team.

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Donuts with Daddies for children 3 to 8 years old will be Saturday, Feb. 2 from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Event will feature stories, crafts and delicious donuts. Advance registration required.

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The Oak Lawn Public Library is at 5300 W. 95th St. The phone number is 422-4990.

Worth

The library subscribes to Zinio, an online magazine stand that enables patrons to read magazines on computers, tablets or phones using web browsers and apps. Must have Worth Library card. Zinio is accessible at worthlibrary.com.

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The library offers Try-It Illinois, which allows access to 300 free databases from more than 40 vendors. Access Try-It at worthlibrary.com (login and password is available at the library).