Month: July 2017

County Judge Dismisses Sugary Drink Beverage Lawsuit

Monday, July 31, 2017 || By Thomas Vogel/Forest Park Review || @maywoodnews

A Cook County judge on July 28 dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA) aimed at stopping a one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages.

The tax will go into effect on Aug. 2, according to a press release from Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

The ruling, announced last Friday afternoon, comes about a month after the new tax, passed in November 2016, was to be implemented. Friday’s decision is the latest twist in a weeks-long legal battle.

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Maywood Gets $206K, Melrose Park Gets $203K for Bike Lanes | Video Cameras for New Maywood Metra Station | More


Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st) addresses community members during a July 15 town hall held at village council chambers, 125 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood. | Michael Romain/VFP

Friday, July 28, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

During a town hall meeting he convened in Maywood on July 15, Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st) announced that the county board was set to approve a grant of around $206,000 to install a bike path along Washington Blvd.

The county board unanimously approved the grant, which is part of a $7.2 million county-wide highway improvement project, at a regular meeting on July 19.

Formally called the 2017 Invest in Cook Awards, the projects are designed to provide incentives to municipalities to encourage “non-auto” forms of transportation.

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Bellwood Woman Alleging Police Abuse Sues Maywood, Could Settle for $68K

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Thursday, July 27, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

During a July 18 regular meeting, the Maywood Board of Trustees considered voting to approve a $67,500 settlement agreement stemming from a lawsuit filed by a woman who alleges that she was abused by Maywood police during a 2014 traffic stop.

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Former Melrose Park Cop Caught Stealing Drugs Gets 11 Years


Thursday, July 27, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews

Greg Salvi, 44, the former Melrose Park police detective who pleaded guilty in April to multiple felony counts associated with selling stolen drugs was sentenced on July 26 to 11 years in prison, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Salvi pleaded guilty earlier this year to “one count each of possession of drugs with intent to deliver and using a gun in a drug trafficking crime,” according to a April 25 Chicago Tribune report.

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MB Financial Replaces Seaway Bank As Maywood’s Largest Account Holder

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Thursday, July 27, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

MB Financial has replaced the defunct Seaway Bank & Trust as Maywood’s largest account holder. During a regular meeting on July 18, the Maywood Board of Trustees voted on a resolution designating MB Financial a public depository for the village.

Less than two years ago, according to village records, Maywood was parking funds from at least nine different accounts at Seaway, including the corporate, water, motor fuel and general fund and payroll accounts. On Nov. 29, 2015, the total ending balance of village funds at Seaway was over $2.5 million. At the time, MB Financial was not an authorized public depository for the village.

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Quinn Center Marks Camp’s End With Celebration | National Night Out is Aug. 1


Young participants of the Quinn Community Center’s summer enrichment camp during a July 21 end-of-camp assembly. Below, students show off their newly learned musical chops. || Michael Romain/VFP

IMG_6223Wednesday, July 26, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

Over 100 community members packed the gymnasium of the Quinn Community Center, 1845 S. 9th Ave. in Maywood, to celebrate the end of the center’s annual summer enrichment camp during a July 21 assembly.

“This year, the camp had over 150 campers, not including camp mentors, volunteers and staff,” said Wardell J. Dobbins, the founder and CEO of Gateway to Music and Arts Inc. — one of numerous nonprofits who facilitated a range of programming in the arts, music and gardening.

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A classroom in the middle of learning during a Quinn summer enrichment camp session. || Photo: Quinn Community Center 

One of the highlights of last Friday’s assembly was a musical selection by students in grades fifth through eighth.

“These students came to us with no musical experience and during the past 12 days they learned how to play percussion instruments,” Dobbins told the crowd.

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A child engaged in hands-on learning during a classroom session. || Quinn Community Center

During a brief selection, the students read sheet music while playing the written beats on buckets, trash cans and pieces of plywoods.

After them, a group of second-graders took the stage to perform … what else? The mambo, of course.

National Night Out set for Aug. 1

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Maywood firemen clean up after a National Night Out several years ago. | File

Since 1984, communities across the United States and Canada have gathered on the first Tuesday of August, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., to recognize National Night Out Against Violence. The event, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, is designed to advance awareness about law enforcement programs and various anti-crime initiatives.

Maywood has been celebrating the event annually since 2004. This year, as with others, the event will take place on the first Tuesday of August (which is Aug. 1), from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Maywood Veteran’s Memorial Park, 300 Oak St. in Maywood.

Officer Pirsia Allen, the Maywood Police Department’s community policing officer, said that the event has fostered a greater sense of togetherness and unity between the police and the residents.

Entertainment includes Big Ray & Chicago’s Most Wanted Band, free food and refreshments, free t-shirts, gifts and balloons for children. For more information, contact: Officer Pirsia Allen at 708-450- 4409. VFP

Maywood Seeking Grant Administrator, Apply By Aug. 4

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

The village of Maywood is looking to secure a grant administrator “to assist the Village [sic] in researching and identifying potential grants and providing general grant writing services associated with the completion and submission of grant applications, program administration and delivery,” according to a request for proposal available on the village’s website.

Earlier this year, the village budgeted $60,000 for the position of grant administrator, which would entail a contract of two years. The village will be accepting proposals until 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4.

“All proposals must be submitted [to the village clerk’s office] in a sealed envelope and have original signature and date,” according to the village’s RFP. To access the RFP, click here. VFP

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