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The first day of early voting takes place on Monday, February 11 in Morton Grove’s first-ever consolidated primary election. To that end, I urge residents to support Mayor Daniel J. Staackmann for re-election as Village President.
Having worked side by side on the Village Board with Dan for nearly four years now, I can attest to three of his strengths as a leader: focus, commitment, and vision.
In 2009 when he took office, the Village faced an almost $3 million budget shortfall. Dan focused on this issue, working diligently with his fellow Board members and staff to reduce costs and increase efficiency. The Village’s Bond Rating improved, and yearly budgets were balanced. A comprehensive capital improvement plan was put into place. Residents saw improvements to Dempster Street above the ground via streetscaping. New water mains were installed below the roadway, ensuring the safe delivery of water to residents’ homes. A new state-of-the-art ambulance and police squad cars were purchased.
Dan has demonstrated his commitment to bringing business to Morton Grove by working closely with business owners, commission members, and staff to update the Sign Code and various ordinances, making them more business-friendly to attract new businesses to town. Dan has the vision to see that small communities like ours must embrace public-private partnerships as we move forward. These partnerships provide expanded services to residents while keeping taxpayer costs down. Services already enhanced under Dan’s leadership include 911 operations, social services, and senior programming.
Mayor Daniel J. Staackmann has the vision, commitment, and focus to continue our Village’s forward progress, which is why I urge you to vote for him for Village President on February 26! Early voting takes place from February 11 to February 23 at Niles Village Hall (Oakton & Waukegan).
Maria S. Toth, Village Trustee