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Week in Review: Officials Slam Madigan's Pension Proposal, Park District Picks New Commissioner

A look back at the headlines from May 14-20.

Monday, May 14

The man told police he had been using the drug, which officers found in his car door, according to the report.

A "high probability of lightning" forced Lemont police and public safety officials to shut down the annual 10-mile and 5K races Saturday morning.

The symphonic band, journalism student Charmaine Balisalisa and Chicago Tribune All-Academic Team honoree Marjorie Dallmann were honored at an all-school assembly Thursday.

Tuesday, May 15

Students from St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School will walk 12 hours with the "Celtics for a Cure Junior" team at the Lemont-Homer Glen event this July.

The winners of the two contests for school kids demonstrated their work Monday at the lab.

The completed the project and opened the park to the public Tuesday.

Tiger Kwon, which has locations in Mokena and New Lenox, recently took over the space occupied by YK Martial Arts in Lemont Village Square.

The Lemont-based organization plans to build a new, million-dollar clubhouse next year, and hopes to host the national championship within the next five years.

Wednesday, May 16

Officials are pushing back against House Speaker Michael Madigan's plan to use the Corporate Personal Property Replacement Tax to address a massive shortfall in the Teachers' Retirement System.

The board agreed to use President Dave Molitor as an interim spokesperson after Board Member Lisa Wright stepped down from the position Tuesday night.

Seventh-and eighth-grade students from the Lemont-based program will present green business plans this week to a caucus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

Thursday, May 17

Lemont resident Brian Pepich will replace Mike Colaizzi, who stepped down last month to pursue a new career opportunity, Board President Pat Sexton announced Wednesday.

About 40-50 teachers from Lemont and surrounding communities took part in a statewide "Day of Action" outside Sen. Christine Radogno's office on State Street.

Sebastian Koziel, Arnas Laurinaitis, Andrew Manganiello and kicker Josh Young have committed to playing college football beginning in Fall 2012.

Friday, May 18

A proposal by the state pension committee to shift the costs of teacher pensions from the state to local school districts could be "catastrophic" to districts 210 and 113A in Lemont, officials said.

The rising senior offensive tackle standout offensive tackle has yet to pick a college, but has already received offers from nearly every major football program in the country.

House Speaker Michael Madigan introduced a plan Friday to use the Corporate Personal Property Replacement Tax to address a massive shortfall in the Teachers' Retirement System.

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