DiMaria Announces Run For Morton Grove Mayor

He will challenge Dan Staackmann for the Action Party's nomination in the Feb. 26 primary election.


Long-time Action Party Trustee Dan DiMaria announced today that he will run for Mayor of Morton Grove in the February 26, 2013 primary election.

“I’ve always been an Action Party member and supporter – I’m still that,” DiMaria says. “But I’ve had letters, emails, and even people knocking on my door urging me to run for mayor. So, after much consideration, I’ve decided to throw my hat in the ring.”

DiMaria sought the party’s nomination in their traditional slating process but was edged out by the incumbent mayor, Daniel Staackmann. So in an unprecedented move, DiMaria decided to take his candidacy directly to the voters in Morton Grove.

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“I think that the decision of who the best person is for mayor belongs to the voters,” DiMaria said. “Morton Grove needs a dynamic leader in our continuing tough economic environment; we need a team leader who will listen to residents, someone who can work with others and also be a promoter for the village. I truly feel I’m the best person for the job.”

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DiMaria decided to run in the primary for the Action Party’s nomination rather than in a general election because he’s always worked within the party’s framework; while he’s the youngest trustee on the village board, he has the longest tenure in village government, serving first on the appearance commission, then as village clerk and currently as trustee.

“I love this village,” DiMaria said. “My wife was born here and we’re raising our five children here. Those are five very good reasons to work hard and make Morton Grove the best place it can be.”

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“I am prepared for a positive and spirited campaign. On February 26, the voters of Morton Grove will have a clear choice between the current mayor and a mayor who will be outgoing, a team leader and someone who will get businesses excited about being in Morton Grove.”

Anyone with questions or ideas can either call DiMaria at (847) 966-5150 or email his campaign at friendsofdandimaria@gmail.com

Mr. Rats November 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Hey DiMaria, where do you stand on the garbage dump in MG?
Nancy Liston November 14, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Finally someone I am excited to vote for. It is about time we have a candidate that can move Morton Grove forward instead of leaving it suspended in animation. Dan's my Man.
Sandi B. November 14, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Just a question: if he's always worked within his party's framework, we isn't he abiding by their selection of candidates to run in the April election, and supporting his fellow colleagues instead of stirring up the pot? Seems like "sour grapes" to me.
mg879 November 14, 2012 at 06:53 PM
I think things have been moving forward quite a bit under Staackmann's leadership. Coming into office when the national econmoy had crumbled, Staackmann balanced the budget, created a much more financially stable Village, and has not raised village property taxes. (The Library taxes and school district taxes have skyrocketed, increasing the total tax bill, but that's another story and different elected officials to deal with.) And, under Staackmann's leadership the past four years, lots of new businesses have come to town: Culvers, The Homestead, North Grove Manor, Land of Nod, and many up and down Dempster and Waukegan streets. Many infrastructure improvements, too, that had waited too many years to be done before Staackmann took office: streets paved, water towers painted, water main replaced, and Dempster looks much better. That's getting quite bit done in a few years under Staackmann's leadership. In all that time, what has DiMaria actually done? He talks a lot about what he would do, but can't show much for what he actually has done, and he's had many years in office to do something. That's a big concern. I'd vote for Staackmann based on his record of accomplishment that has had positive effects on the village, not on empty talk of someone like DiMaria who hasn't done much with the opportunity he's had in office these years.
Rob November 14, 2012 at 07:39 PM
I am not sure what defines suspended in animation when I look around and see a newer Culvers hamburger place, a couple of big senior homes and repaved streets. I read Morton Grove was voted a best place to raise kids in the state too. How fast can anybody get things done in a rotten economy is guess work. But feels like something is happening here. Great to have choices but why mess with a good thing.
Audrey November 14, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Not only sour grapes, but selfish and not very good for the Village. He may be disappointed the Action Party didn't pick him. That's understandable. And he has every right to run. But why the primary as an Action party candidate? The party said he wasn't their choice. Why didn't he decide to run as an independent candidate. Holding a primary election just for this one office will be expensive for the Village. Seems like DiMaria is making a decision this early in his candidacy that shows he does not have the best interest of the village at heart, only his interests, and he is not fiscally responsible. Not smart.
grandpa November 15, 2012 at 02:29 AM
We just get done with 6 months of political b#!!$&@p and the politicians start it all over again. Give us a break already!
Brad November 16, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Oh there's a new Culvers. Then by all means vote for Staackmann. I don't see Marshall's, Old Navy, ABT, or Shoe Carnival anymore. At least you can now get a butter burger. Half empty strip malls and a glut of condos isn't helping things either. Why were the townhomes at Waukegan and Caldwell zoned residential when this is a prime area for retail/business? This town needs sales tax dollars not more new residential where half the units will remain empty or fall into foreclosure.
Old Time Grover November 16, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Brad's arguments are just petty politcs. Had enough of that this year along with the fairy tales they used to try buying our votes. We got a new Culvers which is always busy and is a great place to eat. Produce World filled the space of Old Navy, Shoe Carnival is now a new gym, think K&G is where Marshall's was located and nobody has built a new condo or townhouse around here that I've seen in the last five years or more. The ABT issue has been asked and aswered so many times, but for those still not listenting, NOT ENOUGH LAND. The town needs sales tax money so people, start shopping. It doesn't need complaining and pointing bony little fingers at those making things happen with false accusations just to score points for their buddies who want to get elected. If this is all you've got to support Dimaria, makes me want to drag my my friends out to vote for Staackman. At least he didn't vote to raise taxes 20 percent like Dimaria did in 2005.
Brad November 16, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Police and fire pension payments due soon. It will take more than a fairy tale to pay them Grover. It will take tax dollars that were deferred to other projects so Staackmann could "Balance the budget". Let's see how he makes the payment in 2013. Not petty politics. The truth. The mall at Dempster and Waukegan is a disaster that should be thriving. How can a big box store not be in that mall with its central location?
Roger Jones November 17, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Hey old time grover, it was a 20% levy increse not a 20% tax increase, get your facts straight. Your big buddy Staackman wasn't even at the meeting that night, wonder how he would have voted. He's sure enjoying the money over and over and over! That's how he's able to balance the budgets year after year. If he doesn't want that money why doesn't he lower the levy and let the us residents keep the money. The truth master
Old Time Grover November 17, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Increase in levy not tax increase? Only an insider politician would know that one but I stand corrected. No matter what you call it, more money is still out of my checking account. So you wonder how Staackmann might have voted? At least he does not abstain all the time. What's your boy hiding there? Sorry Mr. Jones, but it sounds like you're just another hack pumping for Dimaria. Have at it all you want, but calling yourself a truth master smacks of arrogance. The real people in town know what your boy is all about. He're one for you, how much is this extra election going to cost taxpayers? I never remember having one before and there's no free lunch.
Old Time Grover November 17, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Not sure if everyone has read the piece by Mr. Horn in today's Champion. He said 100% of the pensions are being paid and revenues are improving. Knowing tax dollars where deferred for other things sounds like insider information to me. As for the Dominick's mall I remember reading about a big meeting with lots of local people and the owners of the place talking about their plans to rebuild over there. Maybe they have a big store coming in unless you know something the public does not? One more question, aren't there six or seven people up there I see on cable voting for budgets not just Staackmann? Maybe just more of those bony little fingers pointing to complain and avoiding their boy from answering tough questions. Like what mg879 wrote which has some information about what's happened over the last few years instead of the vote for my guy postings. Just what has Mr. Dimaria done to deserve being mayor and if all is so bad with those holding office, why is he still running with the Action Party? If they did not choose him, maybe there's a reason?
Roger Jones November 18, 2012 at 02:01 AM
HEY old time grover. You sure know enough about what's going on in the village by your postings that I can't believe you didn't know the difference between raising the levy versus raising taxes. In fact I believe any well informed resident knows the differnce. I'm of the complete belief that you're entrenched in the Staackmann party. It sounds like raising the levy by 20% really bugs you. I don't know why it bugs you, but your bigg buddy has been living off that increase and balancing his budgets with it for the last four years. Of course it was raised by the previous administration. You know since you have your big buddy Staackmanns ear why don't you ask him to give back the 20% increase. We coud all use a boost in our check books!
sherwin dubren November 18, 2012 at 07:34 AM
Although I think DiMaria is a personable guy, he is not the caliber needed for mayor. He is also not that much different than Mayor Staackman in his views, so he doesn't get my vote. There is also an incident of fraudulent petitions he submitted years back, which cannot be overlooked. The bottom line is that he is still an Action Party guy, so we would see the continuation of the one party rule. We need a mayoral candidate with fresh ideas and someone who will communicate with the residents before jumping into unwanted entanglements.
Old Time Grover November 18, 2012 at 02:23 PM
HEY RJ. You sure know how to avoid answering questions about your boy's record by changing the subject. I don't really care what you believe, but how about answering questions instead of avoiding them. Here's a question, how much more would your boy have raised our taxes (oh sorry, LEVY) and got us nothing for the village? At least we've seen streets repaved and things getting done like Dempster and Lincoln improvements. Even us average joe's not clued into supporting candidates with insider information understand that things cost more over time. We all need to get the most for our money which did not happen when Dimaria voted for a budget supporting an administration that did little to improve the town. One more thing, what's all this that Sherwin Dubren wrote about in his posting? "There is also an incident of fraudulent petitions he submitted years back, which cannot be overlooked." Looking forward to hearing more about that one!
sherwin dubren November 19, 2012 at 01:07 AM
To answer the question of DiMaria's problem with petitions, this was a few elections ago when he was running to be the Republican Representative for Niles Township. Despite DiMaria's experience as village clerk and knowing the rules for collecting petition signatures, he violated the rules by collecting signatures on forms that other people had signed up as the responsible collectors. The judge hearing this case was not impressed when DiMaria appeared to poo poo this action and he removed DiMaria from the ballot. This is not an action I would expect from a mayoral candidate. This does not mean that I am supporting Dan Staackman in any primary for the Action Party candidate. He has his own faults, although he is smart enough not to break any rules. The basic problem in Morton Grove is that there is no viable opposition party to oppose the one party rule of the Action Party. With the current line up of candidates, we will probably see business as usual after the election. I tried running for trustee a few elections back, but only got about 17 per cent of the vote. Residents of Morton Grove are just not involved enough to try and make a difference.


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