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Maywood Releases List of Employee Salary Ranges

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

The village of Maywood recently released 2016-17 fiscal year salary ranges for village employees. The list was published as a public notice in the Oct. 24 print edition of the Chicago Sun-Times. Below are screenshots of the list:

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You Can See an Original Painting By Obama’s Portraitist Right Up the Road

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 || By Michael Romain || OPINION || @maywoodnews 

“Easter Realness #2” by Kehinde Wiley, who was recently selected to paint Barack Obama’s Smithsonian portrait, hangs inside of the Oak Park Public Library. | Courtesy Oak Park Public Library

A government’s purchase of artwork doesn’t necessarily have to be an exercise in extravagance and waste. Consider the Oak Park Public Library’s 2004 purchase of a painting called “Easter Realness #2,” by the then-relatively unknown African American artist Kehinde Wiley for $16,000, according to a recent Wednesday Journal article.

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Maywood to Host Property Tax Appeals Workshop Monday, Aug. 7, 6 PM

Sunday, August 6, 2017 || By Community Editor  || @maywoodnews || Feature image: Getty Images

Cook County Commissioner Richard R. Boykin (1st), Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios, Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins, the Maywood Board of Trustees and Rev. Marvin E. Wiley (pastor of the Rock of Ages Baptist Church in Maywood) will co-host a property tax appeal workshop on Monday, Aug. 7, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at the TH Wade Building, 1405 Madison St. in Maywood.

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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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Breaking: Possible Multiple Alarm Fire on 1000 Block of South 14th Ave. in Maywood

Fire pic I.jpgSunday, May 28, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || Photos provided 

An apparent multiple-alarm fire reportedly broke out on Sunday afternoon on the 1000 block of South 14th Ave. in Maywood, according to witnesses.

Witnesses said that they saw fire departments from Maywood, Bellwood, River Forest and Hillside on the scene. It isn’t known when, precisely, the fire started but by 6 p.m., it appeared that the fire was extinguished, according to witnesses.

So far, it isn’t known whether or not anyone was injured. Emergency officials couldn’t be immediately contacted for comment.

More as this story develops. VFP

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Inside Scoop: A Wine Club Could Be Coming to Maywood

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Thursday, April 6, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

A wine club could be coming to Maywood, according to Mayor Edwenna Perkins. The possibility was brought up after Maywood resident Loretta Robinson said during an April 5 regular meeting that she discovered a mailer in her mail slot advertising a wine club.

“It’s a young lady in the 1600 block of 15th who wants to start a wine club,” Robinson said.

Perkins said that the young lady, whose identity hasn’t been confirmed, recently got her idea for a wine club approved by the village’s liquor commission, which recommended that the Board of Trustees approve a license for the club.

The Board of Trustees has the final say-so on whether or not the young lady will be granted the license necessary to operate the club, which would be the village’s first, Perkins said.

“She’ll be going to different homes and selling the wine,” Perkins said. “It’s like operating a tupperware club. You know how you have a tupperware party and you demonstrate [with the product]? That’s what she’ll be doing.”

Here’s a neat description offered by Wikipedia:

“Wine clubs are designed to provide customers with a series of wine bottles on a monthly or quarterly basis that they would otherwise have to find and purchase on their own. Wine clubs often behave in a themed manner, providing recipients with red wines, white wines, or a mixture of the two. Wine clubs are most frequently offered by vineyards or specialty wine shops, but they can also be found as independent bodies.”

Wine clubs are gaining in popularity, with even Martha Stewart recently getting in on the act. Vogue Australia reported today that Stewart has launched a wine club with its own subscription purchase.

Martha Stewart, however, doesn’t live in Maywood. VFP

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County Commish Drops Off $250K Check in Maywood for 18th Ave. Improvements

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Maywood officials, Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways Superintendent John Yonan and Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st) pose with a blow-up check for $250,000. | Michael Romain /VFP

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

At a March 29 Legal, License and Ordinance Committee meeting, Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st) dropped off a $250,000 dummy check with the village’s trustee board. The funds will be used to pay for roadway improvements along 18th Ave., from Madison Street to Washington Blvd.

At a Dec. 20 regular meeting, Maywood Village Manager Willie Norfleet Jr. said that village officials were anticipating the funds, adding that the county was “highly considerate of Maywood.”

Village officials didn’t give any timeframes for the project, which totals $351,600. The village will pay all of the costs related to design and construction engineering, which amount to an estimated $101,600.

The work will include “the removal and replacement of deteriorated concrete curb and gutter and sidewalks, the installation of hot-mix asphalt pavement leveling binder and surface courses,” among other improvements, according to the text of the Intergovernmental Agreement.

The 18th Ave. improvement project amounts to one of three major roadway improvement projects the village could embark on this year. In December, the village board approved $240,000 worth of services related to street, sideway, driveway apron and drainage improvements, among others, made to 17th Ave., from Madison St. to Washington Blvd.

In January, the board approved $1.15 million worth of roadway improvements for streets on 19th Ave., Quincy St., 4th Ave. and Wilcox.

At Wednesday night’s LLOC meeting, Boykin was accompanied by Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways Superintendent John Yonan.

When I came into this job two-and-a-half years ago, I asked folks how much money had each part of the [1st District] been receiving and that number was very, very low,” Boykin said. “Since we’ve been in , we’ve been able to get that number increased.” 

Yonan said that Boykin was putting it mildly, adding that the amount of money that was being directly allocated for roadway improvements in the 1st District was “pretty much zero,” before praising Boykin’s advocacy at county board meetings on behalf of communities like Maywood.

“This wouldn’t have happened without the village manager and his work, making sure he dotted all the ‘I’s’ and crossed all the ‘T’s’ and without the mayor and trustees’ support,” Boykin said, before praising Yonan for “transforming” his department.

“Nobody has done a better job at leading this agency than John Yonan,” Boykin said. “He’s always prepared and he runs a great, top-flight department.”

“Commissioner Boykin, many times when I’m up there appropriating millions of dollars, has raised his hand and said, ‘What’s my district getting,'” Yonan said, after also praising Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle for her focus on infrastructure improvements. “The answer was pretty much zero for his suburban communities.

“Under Commissioner Boykin’s leadership this is hopefully only the start of making public investments that are really significant … in Maywood,” Yonan said.

The Maywood Board of Trustees unanimously voted to move the IGA agreement solidifying the $250,000 grant to the next regular board meeting on April 4 for final approval. VFP

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