Is Przybylo On Path To Mayoral Run?
State reps are rolling away the only barrier that prevented him from seeking the mayoralty. But does he want it? He cites nostalgia for the way Blase ran Niles.
Niles trustee Andrew Przybylo says he's disillusioned by the way the village's government is going, but he hasn't decided whether to run for mayor.
Przybylo told Patch he admired how smoothly the village board ran when former mayor Nicholas Blase, who served about 10 months in prison after being convicted of fraud for a kickback scheme, was in office.
He also acknowledged that for the past few months, state Reps. John D'Amico of Chicago and Lou Lang of Skokie, both Democrats, and GOP State Senator Michael McAuliffe have shepherded through the General Assembly a bill that would allow liquor license holders like Przybylo, whose family owns White Eagle Banquets, to also become mayors of municipalities, according to Bugle Newspapers. Mayors also serve as liquor commissioners, and currently, liquor license holders may not become mayors.
However, the bill has passed, and if Gov. Quinn signs it, it will become law. It would also pave Przybylo's path to run for mayor.
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But would he actually run?
"I have no idea. I'm very unhappy with the way things are going. I don't like the argumentation between the board and the mayor," Przybylo said. "We should all be working toward the same goals."
He said that when Blase was in office, "meetings didn't go on for five hours as currently. There was a certain level of confidence in the mayor, so when staff wrote up the agenda--if you needed an explanation, you'd call."
Referring to the fraud conviction, Przybylo said, "Aside from the fact he (Blase) did certain things wrong, his reputation today is still pretty good."
"Niles had a great reputation until he was sentenced. Now I think people are wondering about Niles."
Przybylo cited the fact Niles is at or below the median for appreciation in home values for suburbs in this area, which he said concerns him.