Talk Is Cheap, Commitment Is Priceless

This mayor has made tough decisions that have paid off and put Morton Grove on the right track. A Letter to the Editor from John Thill.


The following Letter to the Editor expresses the view of the author alone. Patch is merely serving as a platform for readers to state their opinions.

Morton Grove is going to have its first primary election in the Village's 128 year history on Feburary 26. What is the cost to the taxpayer? I have worked alongside Mayor Staackmann for the past six years and I have a few observations that I would like to share.

The Mayor has always put the welfare of the people and the village first above any other consideration.  

There have been many tough decisions over the past four years. Some of these decisions were not popular at the time. But I doubt that anyone can argue with the results.

Some are: a more vibrant senior center, expanded and improved social services, balanced budget without property tax increases, electric bills lowered by 40% and more businesses coming to town than ever before.

Let's keep our village on the right track. Why would we even consider changing the leadership of Morton Grove when we are already headed in the right direction. Personality can only go so far. Hard work, integrity and proven leadership should be the hallmark by which you should use to guide your vote.

On February 26, please come out to vote and retain Mayor Staackmann. 

By John Thill,

Morton Grove Trustee

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Lizzy T January 28, 2013 at 02:57 PM
I am little confused about something. Didn't Trustee DiMaria vote for the new police station too? If we need it for our protection then is Brad saying he should not have voted for it? I watch cable television to see meetings and never noticed no votes on budgets but wonder about why Trustee DiMaria abstains from so many when approving the expenses?
Mr. Tom January 28, 2013 at 06:26 PM
I see the point of Brad's post. All those volume stores left Morton Grove and were not enticed to stay. The land for the new police station was bought but where will the money come to pay for it? Brad, Dempster/Waukegan Prarie View is already a TIF. There were meetings held on the project and the developer was excited and on board. But, proper procedure was not followed in applying for the TIF and now we are back to square one. Someone dropped the ball on this one and is costing MG revenue.
Mr .Tom January 28, 2013 at 06:40 PM
I see Brads point about those businesses leaving MG. That should not have happened. As for TIF districts. Isn't the Waukegan/Dempster Prairie View plaza a TIF? It was going along smoothly until proper procedure for application was not followed and we are now back to square one. Who dropped the ball on that one? MG is losing revenue everyday that there are not new stores in that mall. Lizzy, me thinks Brad is saying the land is there but he funds are not for the new station. Maybe someday but not now.
Pat Craig January 28, 2013 at 09:23 PM
Leadership is not about glamour and glitz. It's not exciting like riverboat gambling or big-time Wall street futures trading. It's about attention to detail; crossing your "t's" and dotting your "I's". Trustee DiMaria is reminicent of Professor Harold Hill in the Music Man. Maybe, if we buy that flashy band uniform and brass cornet with pearl valve buttons, we can attract all these great new businesses by the "Think System" Maybe so, but I believe we will see swine piloting 747's before that happens.
Mohammed Hussain February 06, 2013 at 05:34 AM
The empty storefronts in the strip mall at Lehigh/Dempster filled up nicely and none of the new businesses and stores there sell burgers or fries.


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