The Justice Chamber of Commerce is having it’s 12th annual Rib Roast, featuring ©Fasano’s mouth watering barbeque ribs with grilled corn and savory salads and cold sodas and cold beer. It will begin at noon and round up at 3:00pm on Saturday, July 27 at the Lipinski Center, 7256 Skyline Drive in Justice. Door prizes will be given away. Bean bag games will be there too, weather permitting. Come on over and enjoy the day with raffles and ribs. Tickets $20/adult in advance and $25/ at the door, $12/children 6-12 years old. For advance ticket purchase please call Oarly at (708) 458-7111.
By Bill Gantz
30 years ago it was the site of a busy gas station. After it closed some time in the late 1980’s it turned into a messy, weed covered and gravel strewn neighborhood eye sore that sat and sat. For all that time the weeds and gravel covered over the hitch for the unsightly parcel. Last fall Ed Rusch Jr. a village of Justice trustee began asking questions about the hold the village was facing cleaning up the space. Providing expertise and background on the case was the Justice Director of Building Department who also serves as the Justice Service Administrator. Recently the abandoned lot at the corner of Archer road and 86th avenue, has now been environmentally cleaned up and three underground storagetanks have been removed. This vacant land can now be put to use.
Through the years money had been sought to pay for the expensive clean up of the lot. Village attention shifted last year to finishing up the work. Justice was trying to pay the majority of the cost through the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Trust fund overseen by the Illinois EPA and Illinois State Fire Marshall. According to the service administrator, there was an inability to get the money because the date of the old station closing was out of the time period needed to be eligible for a (LUST) Fund payout. According to the Justice administrator the Illinois State Fire Marshall, who issues the state permits, stated to village officials that he believed the date of 1975 was the time of the closing and any date on or before that made the application invalid. However village trustee Sue Small came forward with personal knowledge of the time the gas station was operating. She stated to the village board that in 1978 she had lived in an apartment near the gas station and had been a customer there. It was her first apartment right out of high school, she said. Trustee Hank Oszakiewski followed with accounts of being at the station in the late 1970’s as well. The oral testimony was just enough information to help clear up confusion and allow for the service administrator to inform the fire Marshall and convince the administrator to award the funds and complete the project.
The village of Justice was required to pay a deductible amount of $7,500 to receive the money. Total cost of the clean up was pegged at approximately $75,000.
The cleanup of this site is a first stage of a plan to that area of town. The village was awarded and has been appropriated $1.6 million from the state of Illinois. That money will be used to rebuild the Northern part of 86th avenue, 73rd place, 85th avenue and 85th court. The plan calls for removing the Archer/86th avenue intersection and having 86th end at 75th street. 75th will be extended to meet Archer and turn so as to be perpendicular to it. A new space will be created from the change of direction left over from that move and it will be combined with the cleaned up lot. Plans call for the new parcel to be given to Indian Springs School District 109 where a much needed parking lot will be built so as to mitigate parking congestion. The new format will provide safer accessibility to Brodnicki School as there will no longer be a busy intersection for children to cross over. The start of this phase will begin once the State of Illinois completes a $1.3 billion infrastructure bond sale the Governor expects will happen soon.
Moraine Valley Community College?s Corporate, Community and Continuing Education subdivision is seeking nominations for its 2013 Business Champion Awards.
Nominations are being accepted through August 28 for awards in the following categories: Training and Development?businesses that make a significant investment in their workforce by encouraging lifelong learning; Sustainability?businesses committed to reducing their ecological footprint by incorporating environmentally sustainable practices; Excellence in Government?a leader who demonstrates the foresight to create a healthy community; Philanthropy?a business or individual who demonstrates outstanding philanthropic contributions; Entrepreneur/Small Business Person of the Year?individuals or no more than three partners who operate a small business with a two-year track record and show continued growth; and Women in Business/Leadership Award?a leading woman of influence in business with five to 10 years of professional experience.
Individuals and businesses can be nominated for as many award categories for which they qualify, but they can only win in one category. Entries must include a nomination form and a brief description of the business or individual and why they are being nominated. Self-nominations are accepted.
The awards will be presented at the 19th annual Business Champion Awards?Stars of the Southwest Suburbs onWednesday, November 6, in the college?s Moraine Business and Conference Center. The program recognizes the valuable contributions businesses and their advocates make to the economic development of Chicago?s southwest suburbs.
Nomination forms can be downloaded at morainevalley.edu/ccce. For more information call Eda Schrimple at (708) 974-5714 or email her at email@example.com.
For news media inquiries call Jessica Crotty, coordinator of College and Community Relations, at (708) 974-5281, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MVCC Business Champion Award Nomination Application Form link is attached below:
A Reflection for Memorial Day:
Maybe the Justice Park Board should look in the Mirror.
As a resident of Justice and a current Village Trustee, I wanted to take a few minutes and let our residents know the most recent antics of the Justice Park Board and our beloved Veteran’s Memorial.
A quick review of the situation goes like this; for more than 40 years, a Veteran’s Memorial stood proudly on a little piece of land at Archer and Oak Grove Avenues. Residents at the time had fund raised and presented the Memorial to our Veterans here in Justice.
For no apparent reason, the Village Board of 2009 and Park Commissioners’ decided to “move the Memorial” to it’s current place, behind the cell towers in Commissioners Park. The public outcry was apparent and when the mayor called for a hearing, the voices of the residents were ignored by the previous board and the monument was moved anyway.
To date, no clear reason for the move has been determined and lately, the upkeep and maintenance of the monument has fallen into disrepair; especially since the counting of the votes this April.
In 2012, the Village Board was “tapped” by the Park Board for a $33,000 expense to improve the area, place benches, landscaping and all Military flags. There was fanfare and a ceremony and all of the pomp and circumstance last year for the dedication.
Here is what the Memorial looked like, just a week before Memorial Day Services for 2013
I find it troubling that members of the Park Commission would outwardly send a robo-call to the residents endorsing the VIP Party and then once defeated find a way to shirk their responsibility to the residents by way of the Memorial. Recently, we were told there would be no landscaping in time for the Memorial Service this year. Why does this anger me? Well, it seems as though the Park Board did not show up to their first meeting to approve the landscape contract for this year and therefore “Memorial Day would have to wait” We were told by the Park Director that he could provide us a vendor at a cost to the Village of $500 to do the work. And by the way the work would be done by a vendor who isn’t even from Justice. Really?
Here are my questions for the Park Board of Commissioners:
Why is a once per month meeting not attended?
Why did you even bother to run for Commissioner?
Why does the Director of operations not have the authority to spend $500?
What was the importance of moving the Memorial in the first place?
If in fact, you never intended to take care of this keepsake, why don’t you just put it back?
Respectfully Submitted… Sue Small
By: John Small
Reduce, reuse, and recycle? Not much thought goes to things we discard. Unfortunately, that’s a way of modern day life. However, we at the Village Voice do think of such things and have found a unique and innovative solution to disposing our old campaign signs.
On a one acre plot of ground in Yorkville, Illinois there is a family operation growing delicious heirloom tomatoes. Let us introduce you to Mr. Don Yunker, the grower/supplier of high quality tomatoes with names of Green Giant, Ten Green, Limmony and Yellow Brandywine to name a few of the 1500 plants that support his operation. The company sells to high end restaurants and other types of upper tier businesses. One well known customer of the operation was Charlie Trotters.
Out of that plot of fertile land comes thousands of heavy delicate fruit that he needs to get to his discerning customers in pristine condition… and don’t you know the plastic corrugated campaign signs you see all over the place on election day…are helping him do just that. The Village Voice brought to his home in nearby LaGrange Highlands over 200 used green Coalition campaign signs. Don will use them to reinforce his cardboard boxes, giving them extra strength and extended life. He won’t have to buy as many boxes. He also cuts them up and uses them as dividers in the seed beds he holds in his many hot houses. Because the tomatoes he grows are so juicy, large and heavy he saves boxes further by using the cut up signs as a sturdy separator between a top and bottom layer.
We collect as many of our yard signs as we can and of course we save and reuse the steel wires. Signs we use are the corrugated plastic type as these are the strongest and least expensive of the many sign designs available. With the right type of message they can be reused for elections to come. In fact we still have over a hundred “Village Voice the People’s Choice” signs left from the 2005 Muni-election.
We at the Voice are always searching for ways to solve problems, even in the way we dispose of used campaign signs. The fuel burned delivering the signs were offset by a planned trip near Mr. Yunkers home.
The elections are over, now time to sit back and look at some of the articles printed during that time. I am a subscriber of the DesPlaines Valley News, at least I am until my subscription comes due, and then I will not be a subscriber, and I am reading an article by Joe B Egas regarding the streets of Justice.
Mr. Joe B Egas, a resident in the Village of Justice for maybe 10 years (I have lived here for 30) , Joe B Egas who just last year got a new street in front of his home, Joe B Egas, who states he was a former supporter of the VVP/Coalition Parties, Joe B Egas, who sits back in his chair and waits for a election to speak up about streets in the Village.
The streets in this village are a problem all the time, not just at election time. He states Trustee Small proposed a special service area, that it drew criticism from residents, how would he know, he has not attended one village board meeting or village committee meeting when that was discussed. Actually, once Trustee Small realized, through research, how much it was going to costs the residents, she stated herself that it was not a good idea, BUT, at least she tried to do something, that is more than some of the politicians in this village. Maybe Mr Egas thought if Mr. Kozlowski was elected new streets would appear magically, because Mr. Kozlowski promised they would, he also promised he would move the park and who know what else he promised, but now he doesn’t have to worry about not fulfilling those promises, because he was defeated in the election.
Justice has a problem with the streets, that is not a secret, but so do almost every other town in Illinois. Go to Western Springs, LaGrange, Westchester, those towns are much more affluent than Justice, they pay twice as much in real estate taxes and their streets are just as bad, if not in some cases worse than ours.
Mr. Egas if you want something done, then contact your representatives and senators and ask them why they are not doing anything for the Village of Justice, that they want our support during election time, but do nothing for us otherwise. Come to Village Meetings, voice your opinion to the faces of the people you condemn, and maybe work with them to come to a solution to the problem. Don’t put it in the paper and expect people to rise up and do something because Joe B Egas wants them to.
I am glad you decided to support the Village Improvement Party, because look, they were not elected, they can’t keep their promises, and you won’t be disappointed, so you can’t condemn them for not doing anything.
I am proud to be a member of the Village Voice Committee, I am proud of what the members of the Village Voice who were elected to office 2 years ago have done, and I know I will be proud of what they are going to do. The streets will be fixed, we just have to wait for the State of Illinois to get off their hands and actually do something. If they don’t get fixed, when it comes to electing Mr. Lipinski, Mr Landek & anyone else that is downstate, I will be voting for the other party.
And as far as the DesPlaines Valley News, they will no longer have me as a subscriber, considering Mr. Landek and his partners now own them and the paper has become a political propaganda news letter. Right now if you look at the area it serves it doesn’t even say Justice anymore, so if they don’t want to serve Justice, I don’t want their paper.
Proud member of the Village Voice Committee
Thank you, to all Village of Justice residents, who voted in the Municipal Elections for President/Mayor, Village Clerk, and 3 Trustees. Your vote was very important because:
- it confirmed that the continuing strategy of collaboration between residents and elected officials will continue;
- that the road reconstruction plan started last year will continue without any loss of forward progress;
- that our positive operating budget, finally achieved this year, will continue because a balanced budget is paramount for your elected officials; and
- that our economic development plans will continue to grow, as we continue to work in tandem with the Justice Chamber of Commerce and local businesses to promote Justice businesses, provide them opportunities to grow their business, and attract additional businesses to Justice. (In the last 2 years, 93 new business licenses were approved by the VOJ Board of Trustees.)
Thank you for your support to all your elected officials. My focus will be to serve the entire Village of Justice, what’s best for the whole and not select factions.