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Mayor Callero Criticizes Actions At Disrupted Meeting

He blames a trustee for not explaining why she made a motion.

Niles Mayor Robert Callero has criticized Trustee Louella Preston's actions at a Sept. 20 special village board meeting that ended abruptly and chaotically.

Callero wrote the remarks in a letter to the editor that appeared in the Bugle Newspaper.

At the Sept. 20 meeting, going into executive (closed) session. However, the village attorney, Joseph Annunzio, said that Robert's Rules of Order prevented her from explaining why she made the motion, and required the board to vote without discussion.

going into closed session, which was for the purpose of discussing a sensitive legal matter, because one of the trustees, Jim Hynes, was holding another meeting and was expected to arrive in about an hour. Preston felt the legal matter was so important it required the attention of the full board.

Because Robert's Rules prevented discussion, however, the board was stymied, and that led two trustees to walk out, followed by the mayor.

Clark Kent October 07, 2011 at 09:24 PM
"Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised" (10th edition in print) clearly states DEBATE is forbidden; it is not forbidden for the proposer to explain the motion before it is officially made. Mayor Callero and his parliamentarian are encouraged to obtain appropriate copies for immediate perusal. Mr. Callero’s recent “statement” regarding the actions of Mrs. Preston provokes serious thoughts. His knightly chivalry, which extends to casinos, significantly does not include women trustees. His acerbic “analysis” is focused on one woman and the “manipulated” trustees who remained after HE walked out! He offered no commentary about the trustees who left, only those who stayed. Odd. His apology for a “circus performance of a certain trustee” is quite preemptive. HE should apologize for his own bizarre behavior in walking out of a meeting over which HE was presiding AND was still in session. Here we have Captain Callero, a political Frankenstein created by Tsar Nicholas I, ignoring the rules and throwing overboard any claim to public dignity, who abandoned the sinking Niles Ship of State after an emotional outburst like a dictator of some banana republic. Mrs. Preston doesn’t need him to apologize for her; HE needs to apologize on bended knees to every citizen of Niles for his own pitiful performance. No wonder he habitually postpones considerations of videotaped meetings. But he’s still big on video gaming.
Clark Kent October 07, 2011 at 09:24 PM
Mr. Callero claims that Mrs. Preston “has overstayed her welcome.” Oh, really? In 2009 he was so proud to run with her on their own little political ticket. Lovey-kissy all the way. Apparently she WAS welcomed then when she could muster the women vote for him in the election. Perhaps Mr. Callero has since planned to unceremoniously dump her for another more obedient female candidate in 2013. That’s how petty politicians treat each other…and US! Under the bus! Probably the “Free” Bus at that! Mrs. Preston’s “welcome” is not dependent on the adolescent whims of a tiresome politician who gives more attention to Des Plaines gambling, video gaming and hoopla than he does to tax-soaked residents. How odd for him to lament that Mrs. Preston “was a ‘yes’ person for the former mayor.” Huh???? I spent the whole weekend in the library searching for old news articles that might report his own disagreements and “no” votes against that same fallen angel who concocted Mr. Callero’s inglorious career (as well as of other compliant holders of the public trust). I found NONE. If Mrs. Preston is a “yes person” than one might consider Mr. Callero as a “clone” from the political DNA of that obsolete Creator. The previous monarch ruled the Kingdom of Niles with a tight fist, but now Mr. Callero claims that throne, but he is a claimant without the necessary prowess and cunning…a mere pinch hitter until Niles selects an honestly robust executive.
Clark Kent October 07, 2011 at 09:25 PM
Mayor Callero walked out of a meeting that was still in session. He walked out on his sworn responsibilities. The board needed merely to wait until Mr. Hynes came. Real rocket science. Even with the presence of a “parliamentarian,” Hizzoner couldn’t get his act together. Talking with other residents, we all came to the sad conclusion that the shelf life of some of the fossils at the village hall should be relocated. They are, after all, merely the obstreperous remnants of an extinct politician.
Chris Hanusiak October 07, 2011 at 11:46 PM
Mayor Callero stated in his letter to the Bugle Newspaper that I, Trustee Chris Hanusiak was manipulated by Trustee Louella Preston. That I was manipulated is absolutely false, Trustee Preston contacted me before the meeting and explained that she wanted to postpone the executive session until Trustee Hynes would be present after his ethics meeting. She asked me if I would vote yes to her motion, I agreed to do so. Trustee Preston was only following the same procedures Mayor Callero has used in the past. Trustee Preston pleaded with Mayor Callero on September 8 not to schedule two meetings at the same time. Mayor Callero denied that simple request. Trustee Preston was correct and Mayor Callero was wrong. By having two meetings at the same time it put Trustee Hynes in a conflicting situation. Trustee Hynes did not deserve to be put in such a position. Trustee Preston did not try to manipulate me and Mayor Callero never will. Nobody manipulates me. I’ve always tried to be cooperative in trying to achieve good government in Niles. There is no reason for Mayor Callero to criticize Trustee Palicki, Trustee Preston and myself for remaining at a meeting that he walked out on. Mayor Callero left the meeting abruptly without even the courtesy of properly adjourning. This problem could have been avoided.
Dave Tresbin October 14, 2011 at 07:48 PM
Hey Clark, Why don't you run for office and do something instead of sitting anonymously on the internet and spouting off? If you don't like what you see, get involved rather than complaining. You are part of the problem, not the solution.
Clark Kent October 15, 2011 at 03:16 AM
"You are part of the problem, not the solution." Oh. A. The Problem 1. I am not an elected trustee who walked out of a meeting. 2, I am not the Mayor of Niles who walked out of a meeting. 3. I have never voted to tax citizens for a silly "Free Bus." 4. I have never extorted money from businesses in Niles. 5. I have never advocated people to take their remaining dollars to gambling casinos 6. I have never promoted political patronage for public jobs. 7. I have never conducted a meeting without knowing the rules of procedure.. 8. I have never opposed videotaping public meetings 9. I have never created an endless stream of ad hoc committees.
Clark Kent October 15, 2011 at 03:20 AM
B. Solution 1. I decide how, when and where to express my views, not you. 2. I decide if I should spend my time holding public office, not you. 3. I decide what I get involved with, not you. 4. I decide what issues I respond to, not you. 5. I decide as a voter and taxpayer what to criticize, not you. 6. I decide whether "informing" people like you is worth it, not you. 7. I decide if I think a politician is doing a good job or not, not you. 8. I decide when an issue deserves to be framed in managerial terms, not you. 9. I decide when the issues for a quality of life need redress, not you. I may have missed reading in the local media what positions in government you hold; I do not recognize your name...your mentality, yes....but not your name. What idiocy to claim I am part of the "problem," yet encouraged by YOU to run for office Dedicated to those amazing crammed craniums who complain about a "complainer" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RjXY_-PUbo

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