Township of Lyons Trustee Colleen Kelly (center) discusses a new senior services bus with Trustee Donna McDonald and Supervisor Christopher Getty. (Photo by Steve Metsch)
New bus will be rolling for Township of Lyons seniors
By Steve Metsch
The Township of Lyons is getting a new bus for its popular senior services that saw 2,300 riders in the month of August.
The bus is officially called a “2021 Microbird DS Series 12+2 Wheelchair Bus” because it has room for two wheelchairs.
The price tag is $69,860 with an interest rate of 3.75 percent over four years.
The township board approved an $18,741 lease payment to Central States Bus Sales Inc., based in Big Rock.
This will give the township two buses that it owns and two that are leased from PACE, Township Supervisor Christopher Getty said.
Trustee Colleen Kelly said the township will now have two 2014 buses and one 2017 bus to join the new bus. Seniors around the township get to ride for free to doctor appointments, grocery stores, etc., she said.
In other business, the board also approved paying $7,792.50 for carpet tile to be installed in the community room, where the board meets. The carpet tiles will be installed by DeSitter Flooring, based in Bolingbrook with a site in La Grange.
There was a brief but amusing discussion about the names of the different colors of carpet tiles, before the board settled on “Mutiny” as the color of choice.
The board also had to approve a change order request from All Construction for $8,893 for a feed to the new electric sign that sports the township logo on the side of the building. The sign is up and running.
Trustee Donna McDonald, who oversees the Committee on Youth, said the summer intern program placed 42 workers at 20 different agencies around the township.
Also, the township board approved several donations and grants to various organizations:
- A $100 donation to Project Mobility, based in St. Charles, for a 5K fundraiser with the goal of obtaining bicycles for physically challenged children and wounded warriors.
- A $200 donation to the Pleasantview Fire Protection Distirct to help with its Annual Safety Day set from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, at Fire Station One, 1970 Plainfield Road, La Grange Highlands.
- A $750 donation to the Lyons Mustangs Athletic Club for its first-ever A September To Remember fundraising event set for 2 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, at their headquarters, 4047 Leland Ave.
Trustee Mark Anderson, who abstained from the vote, is a member of the Mustangs, which – because of the coronavirus pandemic – had to cancel several fundraising events in the past year.
“We had to cancel the chicken barbecue and the skilly, so we’re coming up with new methods to revitalize the club and get the club moving forward,” Anderson said.
Brats, hot dogs and other food will be sold. There will be a raffle. Of course, being a Lyons Mustangs event, draft beer will be available. And, there will be entertainment.
“We’re going to have a one-band band,” Anderson said. “We’re closing off the street. There will be parking at George Washington School and the band will be on the street.”
Getty invited trustees and others to ride on the township’s float in the Pet Parade earlier in the day on Saturday. The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. in downtown La Grange. It returns after taking a year off because of the pandemic. The 2020 version was virtual, using video clips that people had sent in.
Pro Soccer Report: Red Stars battling for home playoff match
By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The Chicago Red Stars played their final regular-season game at SeatGeek Stadium on Saturday night with a 2-1 victory over Kansas City in a National Women’s Soccer League game. Is there a chance they will be back in Bridgeview for a postseason match? Even though the top four teams in the…
Roberts Park Fire Protection District donates blankets to homeless shelter
The Roberts Park Fire Department recently donated more than 200 new individually packaged blankets to the Providence of God homeless shelter in Chicago. Chief Jeff Ketchen and members of the RPFD worked with Isaac Bucio, a Chicago firefighter who volunteers at the shelter.
High School Football: Streaking St. Rita pounds Providence
By Jeff Vorva Correspondent St. Rita is still back on track. On Sept. 11, St. Rita’s football team came home after being battered around by Loyola in Wilmette, 37-7. That dropped the Mustangs to 1-2 after suffering a tight loss to Mount Carmel two weeks prior. In that game, they lost talented running back and…
Sheriff Dart, state Sen. Collins propose legislation to ban ‘ghost guns’
From staff reports Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart and state Senator Jacqueline Collins have proposed legislation to ban “ghost guns”–homemade, untraceable weapons that are increasingly being found by police fighting Chicago area violence. “The rapid proliferation of these weapons is alarming, and they are intentionally being used by individuals who want to thwart investigations…
Comings & Goings: USA Liquidators to open Friday in Hickory Hills
By Bob Bong USA Liquidators, a new store that features closeouts, overruns and stock from stores that went out of business, will open at noon on Friday at 8720 S. 88th Avenue in Hickory Hills. Owners Wally Aiyash and his brother Zeze have been in the real estate business for 30 years and have developed…
Bridgeview rents out former golf dome site for parking
By Steve Metsch The village of Bridgeview stands to make nearly $5 million by renting out space to park trucks where the golf dome formerly stood. The village will be paid $45,000 per month in an agreement that runs through September 2030. That comes to $540,000 per year and $4.86 million over the nine-year contract.…
Justice Park Board appoints new commissioner, finally at full strength
By Carol McGowan For the first time in a long time, the Justice Park District Board of Commissioners has a full complement of five commissioners. Under past regimes, it was common for the five-person board to consist of only three or four commissioners despite state law that requires any vacancies to be filled within 90…
Summit Dental Smiles now open in Summit
By Carol McGowan Summit Dental Smiles is now open at 7557 W. 63rd St. in Summit. It’s in a newly remodeled building that was formerly a law office, and medical office many years prior to that. If you visited the building in the past, you wouldn’t recognize it now. It sat vacant for years, and…
Bridgeview woman soars with Honor Flight
By Steve Metsch After spending more than three years in the Army, Emily Croucher was treated to one unforgettable day. She was one of 93 women on an Honor Flight Chicago Operation HerStory to and from Washington, D.C. Given to armed forces veterans for years, this was the first Honor Flight from Chicago that was…
Overnight closures for Roberts Road and 87th Street
Overnight road closures on Roberts Road and 87th Street with posted detours are scheduled to begin this weekend to accommodate mainline bridge removal work for the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project. The overnight closures of the local roads are necessary to safely accommodate the removal of the I-294 mainline bridge deck and beams over Roberts Road and 87th Street.…
State worker vaccine deadline extended to Oct. 26 for first dose
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced Monday that his administration has reached agreement with multiple trade unions requiring certain state workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, but it is extending the deadline for workers to get their first shot to Oct. 26 while negotiations continue with the state’s…
Lawmakers returning to Springfield to consider congressional remap, more
By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois’ first congressional remap draft is out but changes could be in store as lawmakers return to Springfield Tuesday for the first of their final two weeks of scheduled session in 2022. It’s customary for lawmakers to meet each fall to consider overriding or accepting any…
CAPITOL RECAP: New congressional maps unveiled ahead of veto session
By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly released a proposed set of new congressional district maps Friday, just days before lawmakers return to the Statehouse for the start of their fall veto session, which begins Oct. 19. All states redraw their congressional districts following each decennial census. The proposed new…
UPDATED: New congressional maps unveiled ahead of fall veto session
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly released a proposed set of new congressional district maps Friday, just days before lawmakers return to the Statehouse for the start of their fall veto session, which begins Oct. 19. All states redraw their congressional districts following each decennial census.…
Tax summaries show Pritzkers made $5 million last year – not including family trusts
By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker’s campaign released summary documents of his 2020 tax returns Friday, which showed the first family reporting $5.14 million in adjusted gross income, all from taxable interest and dividends. The campaign released seven pages summarizing the governor’s and first lady MK Pritzker’s returns, which…
Democrats release draft congressional maps
By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers released the first draft of new congressional maps Friday, the latest step in a process that occurs every 10 years after the U.S. Census and could impact the balance of power in the U.S. Congress. The new maps are only a draft and will…
Report: Nursing homes in crisis with staff shortages
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A new report released Wednesday says staffing shortages at nursing homes in Illinois have reached crisis proportions and that people of color are most at risk of suffering the consequences. That’s because those individuals are more likely to live in understaffed facilities or in “ward” rooms…
Springfield transportation hub to relieve rail congestion
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A railway improvement project intended to greatly improve traffic congestion between St. Louis and Chicago reached a milestone Tuesday as work began on a multimodal transportation hub in the capital city. Gov. JB Pritzker was joined at a groundbreaking ceremony by U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and…
CAPITOL RECAP: Congressional redistricting hearings begin
By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – The process of redrawing congressional district maps in Illinois got off to a slow start Thursday when only one person showed up to testify at the first legislative public hearing, which was held in Chicago. Ryan Tolley, policy director for the advocacy group CHANGE Illinois, urged the House Redistricting…
Task force considers changes to qualified immunity for Illinois law enforcement officers
By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A new state task force continued discussions Thursday as to what changes could be made to the way state law approaches qualified immunity for law enforcement officers. Qualified immunity is a court doctrine granting protection for law enforcement officers and other government officials from certain civil…