DiMaria Would Listen to Constituents

A Letter to the Editor by Larry Strybel.


The following Letter to the Editor states the opinions of the author. Patch is serving as a platform for writers to express their views. 


My name is Larry Strybel. My wife Lorraine and I have lived in Morton Grove over 40 years. Both of us are active in our community and St. Martha Church. We also both have businesses in Morton Grove.

My wife and I are members on the Action Party screening committee and have always supported the party's choice of candidates. However, this year we find ourselves concerned with their present choice for Mayor/Village President.

After interviewing the mayoral candidates and hearing much feedback from neighbors and friends in our area -we began to consider another choice. We have both known Dan DiMaria over 25 years and watched him find success with a beautiful family, as a business man who has been active in our community and also very involved with the Action Party, a party he has been totally loyal to.

Previously as Village Clerk and now as a sitting Trustee, Dan DiMaria listens to his constituents and values each of their comments, often relating many of their good ideas and suggesting how some of them can be implemented in different areas of our village. In these economic times we must be proactive to find and develop new businesses that will help supplement our tax base. As a dedicated business man he knows what needs to be done and has the spirit, desire and energy to do so.

The spirit of Morton Grove has been broken - we see our neighbors shop, eat and seek entertainment elsewhere because Morton Grove doesn’t have the venues and businesses to keep them here. We need someone with new energy, a vibrant spirit and above all, a team leader who works with all factions of our village and who knows the needs and hopes from all corners of Morton Grove.

We are privileged to call Dan DiMaria a friend, neighbor, loyal member of the Action Party and our choice for Mayor/Village President of Morton Grove.
Please visit your polling place and vote for him on February 26, 2013 or consider early voting at the Niles CivicCenter from February 11th to the 23rd. If you need a ride to either polling place, please call 847-966-5150.

Larry Strybel

Barbara Novick February 09, 2013 at 04:54 PM
If Dan DiMaria were a loyal member of the Action Party he would not be challenging the party's chosen candidate. His so-called "loyalty" to the Action Party was demonstrated by his pledging not to oppose the decisions reached by the screening committee. What happened to his pledge? Instead he has created a very expensive need for a primary election. If Mr. DiMaria were to resign from the Action Party and run as an independent candidate in the general election he would be demonstrating his commitment to Morton Grove. Did he even consider the costs of a primary election when challenging the Action Party -- 16 polling locations will be opened, people to staff them will receive compensation, early voting locations need to be opened and staffed, mailings, notices, filings, etc. -- who is paying for this?
Pat Craig February 09, 2013 at 08:59 PM
I find much of Mr. Strybel's letter puzzling, especially where he speaks of loyalty. The entire campaign of Trustee DiMaria is apparently based upon personal gain over loyalty to shared ideals and common friendships. Cicero, ancient Rome’s greatest orator, observed more than two thousand years ago: “What is the quality to look out for as a warrant for the stability and permanence of friendship? It is Loyalty. Nothing that lacks this can be stable.” This isn’t just true of friendships. Loyalty is the cornerstone of stability in all of our relationships including government. Trust is something easlity broken and difficult to regain. Why should any voters in Morton Grove trust Mr. DiMaria's statements? How will we know if, a few weeks or days or hours later, he won't change his mind and reverse course? If he will throw in with the leadership of the opposition party to gain some percieved advantage politically, would it not have been more honest to just change parties and run as a Caucus candidate officially instead of sneaking in the shadows? You can count me as an out-of-date dinosauer. I come from an era when loyalty, gratitude and keeping your word were universally honored... now, loyalty is seen by some, mostly politicians, as some type of character flaw... and that's a shame.
Dan E. February 09, 2013 at 10:12 PM
My family and I will take tremendous pleasure in effectively voting Staackman out of office on Feb. 26th. For MG to move forward, the mediocrity must come to an end. DiMaria has our support.
Lizzy T February 09, 2013 at 10:50 PM
I just read a letter addressed to a friend living in a condominum. Mr. Di Maria states in his letter "I will reactivate the Council of Condominiums". She told me their next meeting is already scheduled for April 24 and they have been "reactivated" for some time now. What else is he claiming to do that is already being done I wonder. He also wrote about bringing new businesses to shop and dine. Why hasn't he done this already or does he and his friends want are Tilted Kilts. Tell me Mr. and Mrs. Strybel what are all these great new ideas your candidate has planned for us and let me tell you this, I am deeply offended by your comments that our village is broken. If so, why did we win the award last year as the best place to raise kids?
sherwin dubren February 09, 2013 at 11:50 PM
I like Di Maria as well, but I am concerned about his stance on what businesses he would encourage to enter Morton Grove. He has long bemoaned the loss of the OTB to Niles. I sent him a query about his position on what kinds of businesses he would want in Morton Grove. I asked if he would accept any business that was legal in the State of Illinois. I have not received a reply to this query. For a parent with three daughters, I would expect him to oppose both the OTB and the Tilted Kilt, or anything of that nature. He has to make his position clear on this matter.
Mr. Rats February 10, 2013 at 02:17 PM
No trust, no Tilted Kilt, no garbage dump, no Di Maria.
Old Time Grover February 10, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Just what is this supposed mediocrity that Dan E is talking about? Balanced budget, national awards about benefits of living here, repaved streets, new places like Las Fuentes and Culvers, bigger Produce World, better senior services, superior snow removal? I'm confused why anyone would take pleasure in voting out someone who has delivered all this to the village so can Dan E explain that to an old guy like me? Can he give us details of whan anyone else will do differently?
Lah Deedah February 11, 2013 at 03:45 AM
Mr Sherwin, How can you vote for a person who does not answer your questions about this village? The current mayor has not raised taxes. Dimaria will be unpredictable and looks not trustworthy. He's a salesman and will tell you everything you want to hear. He's all talk and no action- it's been his style for his entire tenure on the boards in the village. Why suddenly expect more?
Ellie Davis February 13, 2013 at 01:18 PM
DiMaria sent letters to members of St. Martha Church, supposedly using a parish directory. The envelope said "A special message to our fellow St. Martha Parishioners". He did not send one to the pastor, who said DiMaria could not use a parish list for his mailings. Has DiMaria heard of separation of church and state? Ellie Davis
Lizzy T February 13, 2013 at 11:00 PM
That is just terrible! How can anyone running for public office stoop to using such chicanery to garner some votes. If he disobeyed his own pastor then he should go to confession as I imagine there are sins to be atoned for here. All those at Saint Martha's should let their feelings be known about this dirty trick from a man I hope Morton Grove has the common sense to send packing.
Lah Deedah February 14, 2013 at 01:34 AM
I do not think he goes to church. I never see him. Why go against the pastor when told not to use this list? I also learn Dimaria had to go to court because he filled out voter forms wrong. He does what he wants to do and pays no attention to others or the rules. Now he wants to look like church is favoring him. No way. He would be bad example for our children, students and family of Morton Grove. No Dimaria for this town please.


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