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About Half of Morton Grove Candidates Attend Unity Breakfast

Nine of the 23 candidates who were invited to the discussion on Saturday attended the meeting.

With pencils and pens poised, eleven people gathered around a conference table for a "Unity Breakfast" on Saturday morning at the American Legion Memorial Civic Center, at 6140 Dempster St.

Over coffee and doughnuts, Morton Grove election candidates, as well as Village Mayor Dan Staackmann and Village Trustee Larry Gomberg, discussed the future of the community.

Staackmann, who organized the event, said the event aimed "to share and discuss information regarding current and upcoming challenges facing the Village of Morton Grove community as a whole."

Issues discussed included the idea of "branding" the village for marketing purposes; the need to include immigrant communities who speak languages other than English; and the desire to make Morton Grove a more welcome place for pedestrians. 

By the end of the hour-long meeting, those in attendance all agreed it was a worthwhile discussion and should be repeated. 

According to Staackmann's attendance sheet, the people who attended the meeting are: Paul Berg, Georgianne Brunner, Jerry Coursey, Sheldon Marcus, Paul McGivern, John Pietron, John Thill, Maria Toth and Richard Toth. 

The mayor did note that several election candidates were out of town, but said he was disappointed with the turn-out. 

Pat Craig April 18, 2011 at 06:08 PM
I commend those who attended the meeting. It shows quite clearly that there are those in Morton Grove who are interested in making Morton Grove an even better place to live and work. I'm not quite sure what it says about those who passed on the opportunity to have their voices and ideas heard.
Laura Frisch April 18, 2011 at 07:52 PM
This is a begining to moving our village forward. Getting more residents from a variety of areas involved in our community is key to achieving that goal. Unfortunately with only one week notice many of us were unable to attend and attaching any sort of blame to that fact is the exact opposite of what the Mayor was trying to achieve. As spring tries to poke through let us rejoice in a possible rebirth of Morton Grove.
Carrie Porter April 18, 2011 at 08:07 PM
I am looking forward to covering more of these events in the next few months!
Larry Levin April 18, 2011 at 09:20 PM
Mr. Kansoer, what it says about those of us who "passed on the opportunity to have their voices and ideas heard" is that perhaps we had other obligations. Frankly, I think I did a pretty good job of making my voice and ideas heard prior to the election. And believe me, I will continue to do so.
Catherine Peters April 19, 2011 at 07:01 PM
If I had not been in Oklahoma I would have been at the Unity Breakfast. I applaud Mayor Staackmann for having the breakfast, and support him fully in his goals to have the agencies of Morton Grove all work together to benefit the commuity as a whole.
Kevin Lochner April 21, 2011 at 01:27 AM
Some may also Coach Travel Baseball......

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