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Village Board Reduces Hours for Trick or Treating

Despite incurring wrath of some parents, Trustee Alex Olejniczak believes change is in "the best interest of the community."

Sorry, kids, but Halloween just got an hour shorter. The voted 3-1 on Tuesday to end trick or treating at 7 p.m.

Twhen he asked the board to consider reducing the hours for trick or treating and “not one person as I was quoted as saying” in Patch.

“As a trustee, when someone brings a concern to me I investigate it to see if it’s valid and something I should bring up [with the village board],” Olejniczak said.

Before the village board voted, a father stood up and asked trustees to reconsider shortening the hours for trick-or-treating.

“Parents like me who have 9-to-5 jobs and don’t exactly work around the corner, with the time change happening there is no way I could go trick or treating with my kids without trying to race home and get in costume and go out with them for 20 minutes,” he said. “In my opinion the way the ordinance is now is fine. I think it’s a really good middle ground.”

He asked the village board that if the ordinance were to change, to consider doing it next year “so people like me can made arrangements at work to switch schedules or use vacation days.”

“I don’t think it’s fair,” he added.

Trustee Carol Quinlan (Dist. 5) supported keeping the hours as they are now that allow trick or treating until 8 p.m.

“It’s a valid point that parents who are working and get home later to have that opportunity to take their children out,” Quinlan said. “That’s ultimately what we want—parents to take their children out on Halloween.”

Quinlan cast the dissenting vote. Trustees who supported cutting back trick or treating hours, in addition to Olejniczak, were Bob Streit (Dist. 3) and Tom Duhig (Dist. 4). Trustee Tom Phelan did not attend Tuesday’s board meeting because of a family emergency.

“I get the constructive criticism,” Olejniczak said. “I’ve gotten the wrath of a lot of parents that are concerned about this. I still believe that reducing the hours to 7 or 7:30 p.m. is in the best interest of the community.”

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Dan October 19, 2011 at 08:46 PM
So what can the people of oak lawn do.I just saw the video of the voteing on you tube,What a bunch of BS.You qre right lantern look at the tax watch.And by the way who the hell is out there watching the cars so called trickeling in to oaklawn to come trick or treating from other citys.What now my son and my grandaughter cant come to oaklawn to trick or treat I hate to say it but Alex ,Stop
P Roberts October 20, 2011 at 01:15 PM
Are you familiar with the word, sarcasm? Are you an adult? I'll post the meaning if you ask nicely. Does Patch have a center for children to post to each other? No wondrer the board gets away with all the things it does.
P Roberts October 23, 2011 at 05:27 PM
OL taxpayer, Petty violations can add up, and the key word is petty. The mayor is in charge of keeping Oak Lawn a friendly and nice place to live. Seems you would like to assign a police officer to each and every person living here, just incase, and have us all carrying a book of rules not voted on by the public or of any value to normal folks. You want to be mayor, run. Seems a few in this village think the citizens need instructions on how to live their lives., well count me out for sure. I learned to park correctly in high school, and don't need a refresher course. And certainly need no instructions on raising kids. Im sure my neighbors would report I'm a very reasonable person. Live your own life and leave the rest of us alone That's not what ordinances are for!
P Roberts October 23, 2011 at 05:35 PM
If so, what fools weand the Board are to be wasting so much time on the exact time the kids must quit collecting candy.. Just recall Alex and call it a day.
P Roberts October 23, 2011 at 05:41 PM
And lets hang signs from the lamp posts that the Oak Lawn Policemen are NOT your personal baby sitters. Thats the parents job.

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