Action Party, B-PAC Declared Winners in Morton Grove Elections

Board of trustees goes to one slate, while library board victories dominated by the other group.

On Election Day, Morton Grove voters made decisions by party line, or at least that's what the April 5 balloting indicates as Cook County has started reporting results from all 17 precincts in town. To see the percentages and number of votes, .

For the open seats on the board of trustees, all three went to .

Likewise, the six-year terms on the Morton Grove Public Library Board went to . The lone two- year term also went to a B-PAC candidate, David Calimag.

For both the village board and library board races, the space between winning and losing came down to few hundred votes. For example, the margin between Action Party's Maria Toth and Caucus Party's John Pietron for the third spot on the village board was less than 150 votes. 

Reactions of the village trustee positions

"I wish the margin of victory was a little bit larger, but we will accept this gratefully," said Terri Cousar, Action Party secretary and co-campaign chair.

About 30 supporters and members stood inside the Action Party headquarters on Dempster Street as they tallied the results Tuesday night. Once it was clear that their candidates had earned enough votes to win, the group moved to Tommy's restaurant for a celebration and awards presentation. 

Mark Matz, president and co-campaign chair of the Action Party, described his feelings as "blissfully exhausted," adding that he is "happy that the people of Morton Grove have once again chosen the Action Party to represent them as village trustees."

Head west one block, the gathered at to tally up the election results. The restaurant set up a buffet of Mexican food, and supporters snacked on chips and dip while chatting.

Caucus Party Chairman Joe Brunner told Patch: "The turnout is very disappointing, and I feel the residents of Morton Grove got the short end of the stick because the Action Party got away once again without having to discuss issues in public.

"If residents heard the full facts, rather than slanted facts, they may have voted differently," he added. "We’ll have to do a better job of getting the information out there."

On the topic of the library board

Meanwhile, the library board candidates were waiting for their results at various places throughout the community. B-PAC candidates gathered at one colleague's home for coffee and cake. According to one PROLibrary hopeful, some the group's slated candidates attended Park View School's PTO event, while others were at home with their families or at work.

"It was a long, tough road to get to this place tonight," said Mark Albers, a B-PAC organizer who was among the election winners.

"We're so happy that it appears our friends and neighbors agree with our plans for the library," said Catherine Peters, another victorious B-PAC candidate. "Moving forward, we're going to keep our word for everything that we have talked about." 

On PROLibrary's Facebook page, the group published a statement on Tuesday night. "Pro Library would like to thank all the residents of Morton Grove along with library supporters, for the past four months of this election," it read. "Many of you came to this not knowing what a library trustee was or did and now have a greater understanding, and we thank you for taking your time to learn." To read the full statement, click here.

In addition to the village and library board races, Morton Grove voters also had a contested race for three seats on the Maine Township District 207 school board. Morton Grove resident Eric Poders ran but came in fourth place.

Golf School District 63 also had three open seats for four-year terms.* Three incumbents won re-election, with challenger Donald India running as  a write-in candidate.

Well, that's a wrap from Patch Election HQ. More to come soon, we can guarantee.

*Correction: The article originally posted said the terms were for six-years, but they are for four years.

Pat Craig April 06, 2011 at 11:08 PM
Sherwin; We don't need to look to Quadaffi to see someone who bamboozled citizens, the previous mayor and his party are a local example... or have you forgotten that in the 2005 campaign the "savings" touted by the Caucus was to come from underfunding the pensions? Have you forgotten the 2005 campaign slogan; "We have a plan, and it can be your plan?" Have you forgotten the use of Morton Grove's bonding power to fund a museum in Skokie? Maybe you have, but I, (and apparently the majority of those who voted this time around), haven't. The Caucus not only told us lies but was purposely disingenuous about their intentions. But, as of now, the campaign is finished, (for the time being), and it will take time to see if either, (or neither), of us is correct in our assessment. I will leave you to your unhappiness... as for me, I am really glad that the political silly season is over for a while. I have a garden to plan, soil to rototill and a few social obligations to catch up on. Have a great spring Sherwin... I certainly intend to.
sherwin dubren April 06, 2011 at 11:52 PM
Pat, you are trying to re-write history. The Caucus Party never said they were going to save money by underfunding the pension funds. That is a Action Party manueuver. The Holocaust Museum suppport was one of the few things this village has done directly in the name of humanitarian endeavors. We simply underwrote some bonds. We did not lose any money in the deal. Now if it had been a museum of motorcycle memorabilia, you probably would have supported that. As for my unhappiness and your gladness, you know what they say, ignorance is bliss. I too am tired of answering these unfounded accusations and would like to get back to my fruit trees and garden.
Jennifer Alvarado April 07, 2011 at 07:53 PM
Thank you Sherwin, at least there are some things we can agree on. One of my dearest (and sadly departed) friends was on the Holocaust Museum Board and another is currently, both live in Lincolnwood and both scouted locations for the museum. They chose wisely, Skokie has been nationally known for their Jewish population, maybe not as much as in the 70´s and 80´s. There are several friends and families of Holocaust survivors and of those who perished, residing in our town who definately supported the Morton Grove humanitarian effort. (including myself) If this town can´t bring in some new business so that they needn´t 'redistribute' taxes and fees, I hope that in 2 years Morton Grovers can make the right decision, to expel or reinstate the Action Party. I may consider moving, but by then my property value may have tanked, we´ll see... I think I may have to get myself more educated in local politics, so that I can represent the younger families of Morton Grove.
sherwin dubren April 07, 2011 at 09:07 PM
Jennifer, I think keeping tabs on the Patch posts and reading the Morton Grove Champion would be a good starting point. However, the current Action Party is not very transparent in their activities. There is also the re-broadcast of the village board meetings on Comcast and AT&T cable. You might also look at the agendas listed on the Morton Grove web site (government tab) to see what is up for discussion or voting, and attend a meeting if there are any issues that are important to you. You sound like a senior resident, so watch out for further cuts in senior benefits. They have already made quite a few in the last two years. You could try for one of the 19 affordable senior housing units in the Essex building, but I think those are going to be snapped up quickly, so make your plans now. If we ever get a real movement towards another political party, you can certainly help out with that.
Jennifer Alvarado April 07, 2011 at 09:20 PM
Can´t say I´m a senior resident yet, at 38, I won´t qualify for many years. I just look out for my kids as they are still quite young and neighborhood, park district,schools and the library are very important to me. :)


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