Longtime Official Resigns From Park District

Chuck Barbaglia, who has given decades of public service to the Niles area, stepped down from the Niles Park District board Tuesday.


Chuck Barbaglia, who has a long record of public service in the Niles area, resigned from the Niles Park District board at its meeting Tuesday, according to Ray Czarnik, park board president.

Czarnik heralded Barbaglia for serving on the park district board since 1997, and for many years of public service in other capacities before that.

Charyl Szydloski, Barbaglia's daughter, provided a partial list of Barbaglia's public service: 

  • Board of Directors for St. Benedict's Nursing home
  • Niles Chamber of Commerce President 
  • Fire and Police Pension Board
  • Easter Seals Chairman
  • Christmas Seals Chairman
  • Lions Club member
  • Trustee for Bank of Niles, 1st National Bank of Niles and Grand National Bank of Niles
  • Member and served as president of Niles Sister Cities
  • 15 years as Park Board Commissioner, including service as president 

Barbaglia has sold his home in Niles, after the passing of his wife about a year ago, and plans to move to Texas in September to live near his daughter, Czarnik said.

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The park district is accepting applications for the vacancy on its board, and would like to appoint a commissioner by its September meeting, Czarnik said. The appointment would continue until the spring 2013 election, and if the appointee wanted to continue in office, he or she would have to run in that election.

Czarnik said the park district is functioning smoothly, and that golf revenues may reach a record high this year because so few days of rain were recorded.

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Joseph LoVerde August 22, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I have had the priviledge of knowing and working with Chuck for over 30 years. He served Niles in many different ways and always put the best interest of the community and its citizens first. His role on the Niles park District Board was one of continued support for all the staff. Chuck had a vision and worked hard to make the vision come true. He actually was the one who went out on a limb convincing the other board members to appoint me as Executive Director in 1997. I still remember several commissioners were concerend since I had no experience in operating a park district. Chuck stood up publicly and said; its a business and this guy knows how to operate a business. I hope I made him proud with his decision and delivered on his vision of the Niles Park District as it is today. Chuck will be missed by the Niles community. Maura & I wish him the very best of health for many years to come. Sincerely, Joe & Maura
James Hynes August 23, 2012 at 01:07 PM
I first met Chuck at the time he, Bill Terpinas and I met and decided to run together for the Park District Board in 1999. We were all taking a chance on each other and whether we could really "save" the Park District from the financial trouble it was in at the time. Had I known Chuck better at that time, I would not have had any worry at all because he was and is a doer. His drive and vision and stubbornness went a long way in reviving the finances and the quality of the programming at the Park District. today it is the envy of every Park District in Illinois, due in large part to his vision and drive. Chuck was also "running" the Sister Cities program, active in numerous other organizations, and always available to give a helping hand to anyone and any organization who needed it. Now those who know Chuck would also know that his sometimes gruff exterior covered up a huge heart, and that heart always prevailed. Chuck, this community and Mary Ann and I will miss you. Good luck in the longhorn state and I hope you find a good array of compatriots in your new home who like to play cards! Jim and Mary Ann Hynes


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