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DiMaria Has Been Tried and Found Wanting

After something went wrong with his candidate petitions a few years ago, the Electoral Board wrote they were troubled. A Letter to the Editor by Patrick Kansoer Sr.

 

The following Letter to the Editor states the opinions of the author. Patch is providing a platform for writers to express their views.  

 

"When you have personal integrity, nothing else matters. When you don't, nothing else matters!" ~  Benjamin Franklin   

Dan DiMaria has been an elected official for years, just now proudly promising to bring new  business, listen to residents and even reinstitute the Council of Condo Associations (among other claims). Promises are easy to make, easier to deliver when what you’re promising has already been accomplished by others. For instance, the Condo Association is up and running for years, not requiring DiMaria’s help to “reactivate” it as claimed in his campaign literature. 

DiMaria has made loud statements about being uninformed, yet gets informational packets as do all elected village officials. Why was he so mistaken? Slip-shod research, outright political dishonesty?

More troubling are DiMaria’s activities surrounding a run for Niles Township Republican Committeeman earlier this decade after leaving the Village Board. Something went terribly wrong concerning his petitions for candidacy. The details of what happened are public record. 

The Election Board heard testimony from candidate DiMaria himself about the irregularities and rendered the following about Dan DiMaria:"On another, deeper, level, we are appalled at the behavior confessed to by the candidate. It has no place in the public arena. We are, however, equally troubled by his legal position that as a candidate for public office he is to be held to no higher standard in respect to upholding the election laws than any other person. We completely reject this assertion. The notion that a candidate could condone, and even commit, the conduct the Candidate here did and, as a consequence, suffer no more than the minimal impact of the loss of a few signatures is completely unacceptable."~ County Officers Electoral Board 05COEB TC05 1-6-2006

Trustee Dan DiMaria wants to be our Village President (or Mayor) of Morton Grove . That position requires more than a desire to hold office and I believe that Mr. DiMaria has been tried and found wanting. I will vote for Mayor Staackmann on February 26.

"Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel
important. They don't mean to do harm, but the harm they do does not
interest them. Or, they do not see it, or they justify it because they are
absorbed in an endless struggle to think well of themselves." ~ T.S. Eliot

Patrick Kansoer

Morton Grove 

Old Time Grover February 17, 2013 at 03:47 PM
1) What specifically would DiMaria do differently than what has been done in the past 4 years? (after all, as a trustee he has had the opportunity to do SOMETHING). 2) What SPECIFICALLY would DiMaria do differently than what has been done over the past 4 years to attract businesses? (with all his business expertise and personal charisma it should be easy to give at least a few examples). 3) What SPECIFICALLY would DiMaria do differently than what has been done over the past 4 years to hold the line on taxes? (Sherwin might be tired of hearing about the 28% increase in the property tax levy but it IS a FACT that cannot be sluffed off). 4) There is more to governing than empty promises and a glib tongue. DiMaria supporters allude to having a plan, (of course in 2005 so did the Caucus and we all know how THAT turned out). It shouldn't be too hard to let the voters in on the plan, or is this another case of we have to vote for it before we get to see what's in it?
Old Time Grover February 17, 2013 at 03:48 PM
1) What specifically would DiMaria do differently than what has been done in the past 4 years? (after all, as a trustee he has had the opportunity to do SOMETHING). 2) What SPECIFICALLY would DiMaria do differently than what has been done over the past 4 years to attract businesses? (with all his business expertise and personal charisma it should be easy to give at least a few examples). 3) What SPECIFICALLY would DiMaria do differently than what has been done over the past 4 years to hold the line on taxes? (Sherwin might be tired of hearing about the 28% increase in the property tax levy but it IS a FACT that cannot be sluffed off). 4) There is more to governing than empty promises and a glib tongue. DiMaria supporters allude to having a plan, (of course in 2005 so did the Caucus and we all know how THAT turned out). It shouldn't be too hard to let the voters in on the plan, or is this another case of we have to vote for it before we get to see what's in it?
Pat Craig February 17, 2013 at 06:11 PM
But apparently you can't answer... Once again; 1) What specifically would DiMaria do differently than what has been done in the past 4 years? (after all, as a trustee he has had the opportunity to do SOMETHING). 2) What SPECIFICALLY would DiMaria do differently than what has been done over the past 4 years to attract businesses? (with all his business expertise and personal charisma it should be easy to give at least a few examples). 3) What SPECIFICALLY would DiMaria do differently than what has been done over the past 4 years to hold the line on taxes? (Sherwin might be tired of hearing about the 28% increase in the property tax levy but it IS a FACT that cannot be sluffed off). There is more to governing than empty promises and a glib tongue. DiMaria supporters allude to having a plan, (of course in 2005 so did the Caucus and we all know how THAT turned out). It shouldn't be too hard to let the voters in on the plan, or is this another case of we have to vote for it before we get to see what's in it?
Pat Craig February 17, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Actually Roger Jones, (Joe Brunner, yes, your writing style has finally given you away), the losers are the few Caucus honchos who have tried to use innuendo and libelous statements on Patch, (as an attorney, you really should know better). The deflections and inability to honestly answer direct questions are what the undecided or uncommitted folks will see and judge. You don't answer the questions directly because you CAN'T answer the questions directly. Why on earth should the good folks of Morton Grove vote for Danny DiMaria and go back to bloated budgets and a self-aggrandizing chief executive? I understand your incessant mud-slinging and false statements, it's all you've got. In the end, the voters of Morton Grove will decide who is the loser.
sherwin dubren February 18, 2013 at 11:15 PM
I don't think DiMaria's problem with the voter's petitions was simply a mistake. He was the village clerk before this happened, and should have been aware of all the rules and regulations. He probably thought nobody would be checking them, but unfortunately for him, someone was. Staackman has his own baggage with the involvement of the contract award to North Shore, without competitive bidding, and his connection to an executive of that organization, his fiance and later wife. I am also concerned about Staackmann's lack of openess. With DiMaria, there are concerns about his lack of concern by allowing all kinds of businesses to enter the village, as long as they are legal. That leaves Larry Gomberg as my only choice.

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