Update: DiMaria Wins Morton Grove Primary Election

In the primary to determine the Action Party's candidate for mayor, Trustee Dan DiMaria took about 60 percent of the vote. Mayor Dan Staackmann got about 40 percent.


Updated with reaction from the winning candidate

On a snowy election day--on which some election judges reported only a few dozen voters all day long--Morton Grove Trustee Dan DiMaria won the Action Party primary for Morton Grove mayor.

With all precincts reporting, DiMaria received 1,684 votes, or 60.4 percent. Staackman got 1,112 votes, or 39.6 percent.

"My message was about economic development, and it resonated with people," DiMaria said Wednesday morning. "It's not about me, it's about the village."

DiMaria will now face an independent candidate, Trustee Larry Gomberg, in the April 9 election. The winner of that race will be elected mayor.

Earlier: DiMaria: Why I'm Running 

In an earlier interview with Patch, DiMaria said he would take a more aggressive approach to economic development in Morton Grove. He also said he would not look to paring village government staff and services as the only solution to troubled economic times; he said, in essence, that money has to be invested in business development. 

On Wednesday, DiMaria said his campaign had four to six volunteers knocking on doors every weekend for about six weeks. 

"We worked hard and the people saw the positive message," he said. "It was awesome."

Trustee Bill Grear described the mood at DiMaria's victory party Tuesday night, held at the Bringer Inn on Lincoln Avenue, as "very exciting," and said supporters began celebrating when 14 of 16 precincts were reporting and DiMaria had about 60 percent of the vote.

"A lot of Morton Grove people know the village is going to move forward," Grear said.

"I believe we ran a clean campaign. We had the support of parks people, school moms and dads, Moose members, Legionnaires."

He said the results were not about the Action Party, but about the betterment of the village. He was hopeful that DiMaria will bring new businesses in.

"Morton Grove's better right now because we're going to move forward," he said.



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Cival Lady February 27, 2013 at 05:50 PM
It's been proven that negative campaigning has harmful and detrimental effects on the political system as a whole Mr. Rats. Why would you spend all of your time and efforts in making one man's "life hell" as you say when all of that resourcefulness could be used in a positive way towards making our village a progressive and healthier place to live and raise children. The RESIDENTS are the ones who voted and its those residents, including yourself I would assume, (Camp DiMaria or Camp Stackmann) that want our village to be a welcoming and inviting place for people to move to and open businesses. Not a spiteful unpleasant place where people are angry because their leader of choice did not get chosen. My time and energy is precious to me. I for one certainly wouldn't use it to make life menacing. Call me part of the minority but I prefer to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. (P.S. What's so wrong with the Tilted Kilt?)
Tony February 27, 2013 at 06:49 PM
I don’t know DiMaria or much about him personally. But I do know some folks who do know him well. And I sure hope that a personality lacking, rambling, “I’m always right”, “I don’t care to listen to anyone”, dismissive type of person can still connect with the people of Morton Grove. All I care about is whether he just follows in a long line of useless liberals in this state who continue to drive us into financial collapse. If he falls in that line, then it's time for me and my family to expedite our move out of the area.
KC February 27, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Dan DiMaria is the new breed politician, young, tons of energy and all for the right reasons. He cares about Morton Grove, has no personal reasons or gains in being elected Mayor. He will live up to his promises of economic develpoment, which translates to lower property taxes. If Dan wins on April 9th, let's all give him our support until he proves us wrong. i would hope Dan Stackman cares enough to set politics aside and put Morton Grove first. Stop all the bashing and work together.
Dorothy Coletta February 27, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Congratulations to Dan DiMaria. We love MG and will always want what's best for its residents and its future.
Pat Craig February 27, 2013 at 09:16 PM
I'm sure that being the class act that he is, Dan Staackmann will put Morton Grove first. I am also sure that those who supported Dan Staackmann will show the same loyalty to the nominee that was shown to the mayor by the nominee and his supporters.
Mr. Rats February 28, 2013 at 01:29 AM
They all suck. I think it's time for a chick mayor. Maria, Maria, Mariaaaaa! Toth you interested? No garbage dumps and no Tilted Kilt type businesses
Mr. Rats February 28, 2013 at 01:34 AM
Pure hell cometh to DiMaria if he happens to win and continues the lack of transparency and boneheaded decisions like garbage dumps, Tilted Kilts and Cop ticketing revenues. I don't think nasty fat old pervs like me should be drooling over MG teen girl boobs at a Tilted Kilt. What kind of children do we want to raise? Girls thinking the only way to make money or get a job is to show off their boobs and boys further losing respect for women cause they have to flaunt them to make money?.
Mr. Rats February 28, 2013 at 01:49 AM
DiMaria you want the job? Here comes the pain! Before you go using your boneheaded-mortgage-broker-bring-any-type-business mentality to the village ask yourself this question before each one, does this business fit and promote the MG community, image and brand? We were ranked #1 and #3 because we didn't have garbage dumps and Tilted Kilts!
sherwin dubren February 28, 2013 at 02:38 AM
I share some of the concerns Mr Rats has about DiMaria. In conversations with DiMaria these past few weeks, I put the question of allowing any kind of business into MG, as long as it was legal. He hedged with his answers, saying things like he could work out problems with prospective businesses. I don't trust him to keep the image of MG as a family place to raise kids. I also question certain ethics violations of DiMaria, in the past. He seems to bend the rules, on ocassion, to suit his ambitions. It is not clear if DiMaria's policies are much different from Staackmann's, and will he reach out to the Staackmann supporters to help him get elected. I think he has to make a clean break with the Action Party and rid himself of all the advisors and supporters of that party's past. I think we must have a debate between Gomberg and DiMaria to see what differences to expect with their election. Both of them have spent lot's of time with the Action Party and it's politics and wlll have to work with the remaining Staackmann trustees. It's a shame that there will be no opposing candidates for trustee openings in the upcoming election. Whatever the outcome, I think MG is far from having a truely representative government with independent opinions. It's going to be Action Party politics no matter who wins.
Jennifer February 28, 2013 at 03:12 AM
I agree. Time to leave this town after 23 years. What a shame!
Audrey February 28, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Danny DiMaria's "bring any business mentality" almost brought Tilted Kilt here. Not a good thing. The Village had been developing a plan and purchasing land to develop a big retail development on Dempster from the river to Ferris (where the vacant land is now, and the adjacent parcels). But Danny disregarded that long-term plan, and went to the Tilted Kilt franchise owner and urged him to buy the vacant lot and strip mall by the river, and the whole Tilted Kilt controversy was born. So much for keeping "the best interests of Morton Grove" at heart, Danny DiMaria (and so much for his "family values").
Mr. Rats February 28, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Roger Jones March 02, 2013 at 12:45 AM
I'm curious Nancy, what long term plan was is it that DiMaria disregarded? It seems to me that there were two failed developments for that land so, unless you were one of the planners, you don't know what you are talking about. If you were one of the planners involved in the development, shame on you for allowing this land to stay vacant for this long. Either way, your comment is ignorant.
Roger Jones March 02, 2013 at 12:47 AM
What pain would you reefer ring to Rats? Are you threatening an elected official?
Roger Jones March 02, 2013 at 12:51 AM
I'm guessing that the people posting on this did not catch your hidden message Pat. Basically you just confirmed that there will not be peace and harmony behind the confirmed nominee. Too bad, I was hoping the negative campaigning would be done.
sherwin dubren March 02, 2013 at 01:36 AM
I don't know about DiMaria encouraging the Giordanos Franchise owner to start a tilted quilt, but he told me he did talk to him after Mayor Staackmann had a visit. I don't know what Mayor Staackmann told the owner, but he felt that the welcome mat was not being rolled out. There is truth in that because the residents close to the proposed site were concerned about the noise and traffic coming in. DiMaria told me he would have treated the owner differently. Based on his previous stances on the OTB and not answering my queries about what kinds of businesses are acceptable in MG, I think we might have seen a Tilted Kilt being built if, DiMaria were the mayor. Nobody wants to see that property on Dempster stay empty, but it would be worse to have a distasteful or disturbing kind of business in it's place.
Pat Craig March 02, 2013 at 01:52 AM
@Roger- My meaning wasn't hidden. I am not known for being subtle. I speak only for myself and express my opinion. I will accord the nominee and his supporters the same degree of support and respect that was accorded to Dan Staackmann. No more, no less. I am a firm believer in treating others the way that I have been treated. Clear now?
Newbiee March 02, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Nobody cares. Seriously. Just go away.
Newbiee March 02, 2013 at 03:27 PM
My who cares comment was targeted towards all of the talk about utter hell. Just so there is no confusion.
Daniel Marconi March 02, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Sure Mr. Rats. Being ranked #1 and #3 community by respected publications has contributed how much economic value (sales tax revenue) to Morton Grove. Probably zero. While the incumbent camp spoke of 60 new businesses in the past year, they forgot to mention the 70 that left Morton Grove during the same time. Doesn't take a genius to understand that. So, with these prestigious rankings by publications more families may choose to move to our beloved community knowing that our personal property taxes are amongst the highest in the area because we have no sales tax revenue to off set this. Oh, Rats, forgot to think about this didn't we.
Daniel Marconi March 02, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Mr. Rats. Whichever mayoral candidate wins I'm going to encourage them to get into the act of quickly addressing the rodent issues evident in our community.
Mr. Rats March 02, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Thank you macaroni
Mr. Rats March 02, 2013 at 04:52 PM
No macaroni, I didn't forget. We need business tax revenue but not garbage dump businesses and young girl's boobies businesses.
Mr. Rats March 02, 2013 at 04:58 PM
No one care but you Newbiee :)
Daniel Marconi March 02, 2013 at 08:01 PM
Mr. Rodent; Reagan won the popular vote with 59%. DiMaria won the popular vote with 60%.... as far as "no one voted"... who's fault is that.
Daniel Marconi March 02, 2013 at 08:04 PM
I'm sure Trustee Toth appreciates you refering to her as the possible "Chick" mayor..... You must be about 18 years old. 1st time voter duldrums I'm guessing???
Daniel Marconi March 02, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Wait? I thought rodents preferred filth and trash? Or are you an anomoly to the "Rat" population... a.k.a. a "Uber Rat"; perhaps closer to the Chinchilla breed or possibly the "Texel" breed.
Mr. Rats March 03, 2013 at 01:56 PM
yea, Macaroni, when 60 out of 100 people voted for him I guess he did win by 60%.
Mr. Rats March 03, 2013 at 01:59 PM
I'm way past 18, Macaroni. I know it's hard to believe as most rats have a life span of 2-3 years.
Mr. Rats March 03, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Macaroni, I'm an MG rat, we don't like garbage dumps like our Evanston or Chicago friends.


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