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Staackmann's Accomplishments No Small Feat

The daughters of Jack O'Brien, one of the Action Party founders, speak out on who they feel would be their dad's choice in the Feb. 26 election. A Letter to the Editor by Terri O'Brien Cousar and Lori O'Brien Gattorna.

 

The following Letter to the Editor states the opinions of the authors. Patch is serving as a platform for writers to express their views. 

As daughters of Jack O’Brien, who, with former Mayors Dan Scanlon and Dick Flickinger, founded the Action Party, we are quite dismayed by the turn of events within our Party which has led to the necessity of holding a primary.

It’s distressing that Trustee DiMaria:

  • did not have the majority vote for the party’s endorsement of his candidacy for Mayor;
  • did, when being interviewed, agree to support the slate put forth by the Screening Committee;
  • Is being supported by certain individuals who do not share the Action Party’s values, and in fact, have publicly denigrated the integrity of Mayor Scanlon and Jack O’Brien;
  • is now subjecting our village to the financial burden of a primary.

The Action Party has always prided itself on its inclusiveness. We have sought out the best and brightest of our opposition and invited them to get to know the Action Party better. Some accept, some do not.

In 2001, our dad, Mayor Scanlon, and other prominent Action Party members reached out to Dan Staackmann to determine his interest in joining the Action Party. Dan was elected as a Village Trustee in 2003, and ran for Village President in 2005…in a campaign marked by nastiness from our opponents—the same individuals who are now supporting Mr. DiMaria.  Dan Staackmann was reelected to the position of Village Trustee in 2007 and, in 2009, ran for the office of Village President and was successful.

During very tough economic times, Dan Staackmann has stabilized the Village’s finances and balanced the budget. This is no small accomplishment! He has provided solid leadership, brought in businesses, improved infrastructure, streamlined operations, maintained services at a superior level, and has done it all with an outstanding Village staff and personnel…and with only a 3% property tax increase in the past four years.

Dan Staackmann is passionate about Morton Grove and has spent about half of his life in public service to our town. We feel Dan Staackmann would be Jack O’Brien’s choice for mayor, because Dan Staackmann is a man of integrity who gets the job done.

We urge you to cast your vote in the February 26th primary election for Dan Staackmann.

Sincerely,

Lori O’Brien Gattorna and Terri O’Brien Cousar

Old Time Grover February 17, 2013 at 03:52 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 03:52 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 03:52 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?
Roger Jones February 18, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Your fellow Staackmann supporters are a group that should hide based upon some of their questionable antics. Stacking a nominating committee, invoking the name of a deceased gentleman that would sooner support a Communist than a man he called unmentionable names and accused of being vapid, telling people that DiMaria is corrupt, placing pigs n their lawns to show disdain for a religion that some of our and hi neighbors practice. These are just a few of my favorite things that have come out of Staackmann's camp. You, Ms. Novick, are part of the problem as you condoned the activity during the nominating caucus. This wouldn't have happened if you were fair and stuck by the rules governing your own party. Pat yourself on the back lady, you caused this.
Roger Jones February 18, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Your retort, or lack thereof, is a good representation of Staackmann's accomplishments, empty and without merit. Enjoy your time in the shadows come February 26.

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