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The Theatrics of the Fight

Totally spontaneous arguing from Tuesday's Oak Lawn Village Board meeting.

Not since the days of Moose Cholak and Gorgeous George has Oak Lawn witnessed such a as at Tuesday's village board meeting. We know it was real and not fake like professional wrestling.

Oak Lawn village board members came out of their corners swinging. The only thing missing from the proceedings was Mickey Goldsmith, the trainer from the Rocky movies, adminstering mercurochorme and bandages to the battling village board.

Patch has compiled a highlight reel so you don't have to watch the whole 2 1/2-hour meeting on Channel 4. It's Oak Lawn's own special reality show.

QC February 13, 2011 at 02:17 PM
Nice job Lorraine. Buffoons fighting for screen time. Entertaining!
#1 Disgusted Resident February 13, 2011 at 04:26 PM
Lorraine, I did get a little bit of a headache as it was hard to follow with everyone shouting over each other. It is disgusting that supposed educated adults are behaving this badly. Your video taping is a Great Idea though. I just wish it was the whole meeting so I could watch it on my lap top while traveling for my job. I'm rarely at home to watch on TV, so this is great. Thanks!
Sharon Anhalt February 13, 2011 at 05:00 PM
What a joke! I cannot believe the village still allows this kind of circus to take place month after month. POOR PUT UPON TOM AND ALEX. He who yells louder is NOT always right. I have never found a people so childish in all my life. Regardless of the point you say your always trying to make, you completely turn it into a personal attack at the Mayor. We really don't ever get to hear your point cause you turn it against the Mayor. Nothing can get accomplished if all you do is yell. Funny how when you all ran for the Board you were all friendly and nice and "unified". I knew right away even before you ran, you really didn't get along. There are too many of you who want the "POWER". If I were the Mayor, I would throw up my handsand walk off the dias. You Mr. Mayor are a better man than I. If someone on the board doesn't agree with either Tom or Alex they roll your eyes like they have no idea what they are talking about. Nothing gets accomplished. If and I use IF because IF my 4 yr. old Granddaughter EVER acted like these so called adults anywhere let alone on public tv, she would be punished. By the way, she never has. GROW UP!!!
OakLawnGuy February 13, 2011 at 08:08 PM
Happens every three months or so. Big blowup at a board meeting, fingers pointed, issues taken personally, then everyone apologizes. Well, OK, a few of them do. Then, a little while goes by and they are at it again. Messrs. Streit, Phelan and Olejniczak and Trustee Quinlan need to realize how whiny, petulant, defensive and put-upon they come off. And every debate like this, including the Mayor's comments or rebuttal, have political overtones. And yet they continue to deny that at every turn. Let's leave the bullying for the smoky-room meetings, the back-door confabs at Oak Lawn gin mills, the closed doors at the Village hall. Let's discuss business at these meetings. And let's have better preparation. The Mayor and every member, they all seem to comment several times at meetings, "Well, I wasn't part of that", "I didn't get that memo", "I wasn't aware of this". Get whoever runs that office to do their darned jobs. PS: Interesting that Mr. Deetjen was staying above the fray, and reluctant to try to place blame on the tax-exempt status of the Museum. I guess because the roots of that snafu were planted on the previous administration's watch? Or because the new, trustee-picked law firm hasn't been enthusiastically performing due diligence on anything other than digging dirt on the previous law firm, or certain members of the elected commission? Just sayin,........
QC February 14, 2011 at 01:08 AM
OakLawnGuy I agree with you 100%! I also thought the exact same thing about the Manager! Something is going on & it's being hidden for the moment. We'll probably find out After the election. One more thing though, Streit Reading " we only saw this in Chicago, seems to me that it's vibrating across the borders from the Ward Organizations". Well Bob... Madigan is the HEAD of All of the Ward Organizations & since you are "playing footsies" with him it's bound to rub off on you & Your trustees
julie barker February 14, 2011 at 10:34 PM
I could not make heads or tail about what was going on, could someone pray tell me what was it all about. I could only see grown up people acting like children screaming at each other on the school playground. Is there no civility left? Is the only way to make a point is by speaking louder at each other on double time? Do we need to hear such display of outrage? I say NO, this behavior is unacceptable among adults and more so among the elected officials. Please attend to the business you were elected to do and leave the arguments about your bruised egos in the back room. Have you (the board) consider anger management sessions followed by conflict resolution seminars?
bobismyvalentine February 15, 2011 at 02:06 AM
Come on people these are our representatives. Is this behavior representative of you?? How would this go over at your job? They should all be ashamed of themselves but I don't think any of them are capable of feeling shame. These guys make the cast of Jersey Shore look classy. Is Jerry Springer still on? These guys would be his most disfunctional show EVER. It takes a real special group of people to make Hurckes and Deetjen look like the professionals. Everyone should watch the full meeting even the lawyer doesn't know what the h*ll is going on.
kimthea February 23, 2011 at 10:18 PM
Thanks for posting this Lorraine - keep up the great work!

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