I love receiving news tips from all of you. But in order for me to do my due diligence of following up on them, I need at least one tiny, little detail—your name.
I got a voicemail message this month from a woman who was irate about Tinley's new summer initiative, . She lives on the downtown strip, she said, and it's miserable every single Tuesday when parked cars block her from getting in her driveway.
She was dissatisfied with the "positive spin" she claimed we had so far put on the event and would rather the "real issues" be uncovered.
"The one thing that I would like to see addressed is how when the car show lines up they block people's driveways that actually pay to live on Oak Park Avenue and we can't even get into our own driveways," the woman said, in the voicemail message. "The first week, they blocked me. I could not even get in my own house. The last two weeks, I've had to stop my car in the middle of the road, move the cones so I could pull into my driveway."
My first instinct was obviously to call her back and chat about it. But I couldn't. She called me from a blocked number and didn't leave a name in her message. I was bummed.
I didn't want to simply ignore the issues she shed light on—they seemed pretty concerning to me—so I made sure to at least talk to Mayor Ed Zabrocki about it. After all, it's the only thing I really could do.
He admitted that during the first week of the event, there were a few kinks to work out.
"Now, things are going smoothly," he said, after a recent village board meeting. "We make sure the cars leave space so people can get in and out of their driveways."
I'm not sure if you've stopped by Cruise Nights and I'm certainly not trying to put a "positive spin" on it. But I'm there almost every week to shmooze with classic car owners for our Thursday feature.
I've never seen so many cars as I saw there last night and from what I could tell, it was a well-oiled machine. There seemed to be plenty of parking for visitors in nearby parking lots, police were directing traffic and there were cones indicating where people shouldn't park.
(Shrugs shoulders). I wonder if there's something I'm missing? Too bad I cannot call my special tipster to ask her