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FROM THE MOKENA MESSENGER Uproar over use of Confederate group for Fourth of July event The Southwest Suburban Activists group issued on its Facebook page July 2 a call for the Village of Mokena to “not glorify the Confederacy” by allowing the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry to participate in firing of cannons during Mokena’s Fourth of July events. Emily Biegel, the group’s director, said the use of the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry was “inappropriate and insensitive” to members of the community. She went on to lament a lack of response in other recent racial incidents — including two separate rounds of swastika vandalisms and an incident in which three Lincoln-Way Central students were publicly spotted wearing what appeared to some to be blackface — from the Village’s leadership. “[Village officials] are going to have to open their mouths,” Biegel said about the lack of public condemnation of such acts. Mokena Mayor Frank Fleischer defended the use of the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry by reiterating previous responses that “Everyone has a right to their beliefs.” Fleischer said there was “no way in heck” that he supported slavery, but he supports keeping our nation’s history alive — “the good and the bad” — through monuments, documents and other public displays, lest the public “lose its reference point” for such events. The 2nd Kentucky Cavalry group on its website declares: “We chose to be Confederates because they fought hard for what they believed in — protecting their homes, states’ rights, equal treatment in commerce, elimination of illegal tariffs, and preservation of the agricultural way of life.” Reporting by T.J. Kremer III, Editor. For more, visit MokenaMessenger.com. FROM THE HOMER HORIZON Vietnam veteran, 84, receives Honor Flight It was a thrill a long time in the making, and it is one he will not soon forget. Jack McCarthy, 84, a Vietnam veteran from Homer Glen, recently returned from a trip cour- Please see nfyn, 13 Seven Tinley businesses robbed evening of July 4 Jacquelyn Schlabach Editor Seven businesses in Tinley Park were robbed starting at approximately 11:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, according to Sgt. Patrick St. John with the Tinley Park Police Department. Five of the businesses hit were in a strip mall in the 7900 block of 171st Street and included Plush Horse, Jimmy John’s, Nancy’s Pizza and Pine Cleaners. The other two businesses were located in the area of 183rd Street and Harlem Avenue. “We had literally just cleared out from the fireworks show because that strip mall on 171st Street is jam-packed during the fireworks show," St. John said. "So I probably had the fireworks show cleared out around 10:30 p.m. so it was within the hour after that.". St. John said that nearby Lockport businesses also were hit. The police said From July 5 that there are two male suspects in their late teens to early 20s who are believed to be involved. “They look for the businesses that they think have cash on hand,” St. John said. “All instances they went straight for the cash registers and they were literally in and out.” He added that the suspects broke out the windows of the doors, grabbed money from the registers and left. It is unknown at this time how much money was stolen from each business. St. John also said the suspects are believed to have been driving a vehicle that was reported stolen in a nearby jurisdiction. It is unknown if the suspects are armed, but St. John said that it is “always safe to assume they are.” “The public should always be concerned," he said. "Our motto is [if you] see something, say something." BE SMART. ADVERTISE IN CONTACT The Tinley Junction RENEE BURKE 708.326.9170 ext. 28 firstname.lastname@example.org rentals From Page 5 “They feel that it is very alarming,” Rohde said of the Village Board’s decision to replace Hawley as commissioner. Rohde, however, said the concerns were not about Rea being named commissioner — but rather the process by which the decision was made. “I’m not saying in any way that I think the assignment of Pat Rea is a bad decision by any means, but I think before any decision is formally made we need to consider the individuals involved … in hopes that we can make a better understanding of how we work together on the commission,” Rohde said. After Rohde’s comments, Trustee Michael Glotz said it was his recommendation to Mayor Jacob Vandenberg to appoint Rea as the new commissioner of the Sister Cities Commission. “That man probably knows more about the Sister Cities and Tinley Park than anyone in this town,” Glotz said. “I couldn’t have asked the mayor to put a better person — more qualified, more knowledge and done more for this town — than Mr. Rea.” Glotz, however, did ask Rohde to share the email with him.
tinleyjunction.com sound off the Tinley Junction | July 11, 2019 | 13 Social snapshot Top Web Stories From TinleyJunction.com as of Monday, July 8 1. An open book: Andrew assistant pens story about his struggles and playing with national championship team 2. National Night Out returns with new location in August 3. 10 Questions with Joe DeHaan, Andrew football and baseball player 4. Home of the Week: 17302 Queen Mary Lane in Queens subdivision 5. Seven Tinley businesses robbed evening of July 4 Become a Junction Plus member: tinleyjunction.com/plus “Today we went to visit Tinley Park Library. I enjoyed seeing Elsabeth, Jennie and Edmund in their element. We will be visiting the library 3 times a month on Friday afternoons. Bickford of Tinley Park (Tinley Park, IL), from July 5 Like The Tinley Junction: facebook.com/tinleyjunction From the Editor This is your paper, too Jacquelyn Schlabach email@example.com For those who aren’t familiar, The Tinley Junction publishes announcements, cool photos taken around town and afar as well as photos of Tinley pets. On Page 10 of this week’s issue, you can find a couple announcements submitted by Tinley residents. You can highlight a birthday, graduation, engagement, wedding— you name it. I know a majority of us are constantly taking pictures of events we’re at or unique things we see outdoors, which make for perfect submissions to our Photo Op section. And of course, the fourlegged friends always deserve some recognition, so send in a photo of your pet and a description of what makes them awesome and they can be featured as Pet of the Week. 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Letters to the Editor Reopen Mental Health Center instead of build proposed racino Instead of more gambling machines, card dealers and gaming of horses which encourages people’s addictions to winning and money, the mental health center needs to be cleaned up by the state of Illinois,to which it belongs, and reopened again as a mental health center once more. Too many people enter emergency rooms at hospitals and wait several hours or days to be placed in a mental health facility. It is cruel and unjust, as most are not responsible for their mental health issues. The fact that they wait so long for help only exasperates their problems and causes undue desperations of anxiety and insecurity. The statistics prove that jails have a vast number of its inmates with mental health problems. They cannot find a place to help them so they haplessly wind up doing things against the law and therefore are incarcerated. While in jail their problems are magnified because of fear of gangs, drugs, loneliness and an uncertain future. Further, if they cannot make bond for a hearing of minor infractions, they wind up in jail just like someone who murdered,raped or stole goods. It is an unjust system that treats all non bond payers just like hardened criminals. Jail is not therapy nor a hospital, it is hell! Illinois closed this facility because they were too cheap to upkeep it and the majority of the powers that be do not care about these unfortunate people who cannot advocate for themselves due to their condition. These people need the CARE of a doctor, nurses, therapy and perhaps a tranquilizing drug to help them see the light for their future. We need to help people who need it most. We do not need another avenue to game and gamble under the excuse to increase tax revenue. It seems like no one knows where this money truly goes anyway! Marie E. Roman Tinley Park Resident “Romance readers! Have you heard the news? A brand new romance indie bookstore has opened! @lovessweetarrow in Tinley Park, IL (south of Chicago) is the 2nd exclusively romance bricks-and-mortar bookstore in the U.S. http://lovessweetarrow.com/index.html #IndiesAreThriving” @Indiebound, IndieBound, from July 3 Follow The Tinley Junction: @tinleyjunction nfyn From Page 12 tesy of Honor Flight Chicago. McCarthy served in the U.S. Navy for 23 years, working in naval intelligence mainly during the Vietnam War. He served seven years on active duty, and the remainder on active reserves. Jack began his service in 1957 and retired 23 years later as a lieutenant commander in the Navy. The Honor Flight, which boarded June 5 via Southwest Airlines at Chicago Midway International Airport, had three World War II veterans, 14 Korean War veterans and 86 Vietnam veterans from the Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force. McCarthy recalled what stood out to him the most from the one-day trip to Washington, D.C. “The people,” he said. “The volunteers and how hard they worked and how everything was so organized. The whole trip was so much bigger than what I had expected. The acknowledgement of the people, the acceptance of the people and the affection of the people was really something wonderful to behold. “Each time we got on or off the bus, there would be a long line of people waiting to talk to you and thank you. It was very nice of them. It was great.” Reporting by Christian Villanueva, Editorial Intern. For more, visit HomerHori zon.com. Sound Off Policy Editorials and columns are the opinions of the author. Pieces from 22nd Century Media are the thoughts of the company as a whole. The Tinley Junction encourages readers to write letters to Sound Off. All letters must be signed, and names and hometowns will be published. 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