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Niles Mayor Candidates Spar On Some Issues

At a Wednesday debate, Chris Hanusiak and Andrew Przybylo differed on term limits, tax breaks for businesses, whether televising village meetings is worth it and whether a mayor needs to be available during the workweek. They also agreed on a lot.

 

Part 1 of two parts

At a debate Wednesday, the two candidates for Niles mayor at times disagreed. They challenged each other and gave Niles issues a vigorous airing, but the overall tone was respectful.

Andrew Przybylo and Krzystof "Chris" Hanusiak, who are both current trustees running for mayor in the April 9 election, even agreed on a few issues--such as instituting a senior advisory board to keep the village board apprised of senior issues.

At the debate, held at the Niles Park District's Oasis Fun Center and sponsored by the Journal & Topics, they also both said they want to expand the Niles Teen Center's hours. And they agreed the village will not have to cut services to residents.

But they diverged on other issues.

Ban on video gaming?

As moderator Amy Kruppe, superintendent of Niles Elementary School District 71, asked questions written by audience members, Hanusiak took a strong stand against video gaming, saying a study found that any revenue the village made on it would be offset by increased costs to police it.

"The cost benefit to Niles is zero, the cost to the character of Niles is huge," he said.

Przybylo said he does not favor video gaming, "but would I set up a commission if there was a groundswell of interest in it? Would I bring in a citizens' committee and hold hearings? I would do all of that. I’m not going to dictate," he said, leaving the door open to looking at the idea again. 

"Let’s be against it until we look at it again, if we want to, and if we don’t want to, we won’t," he added.

Term limits a good idea?

The candidates sort of agreed on term limits, with Hanusiak strongly for them and Pryzbylo advising people to vote for them but giving examples of why he felt they were a bad idea.

"The best term limit is an election," Przybylo said, adding that Mayor Bloomberg in New York is being forced out after three terms because of term limits, and that may stop the progress he made. 

"Having said that, vote for term limits, but it ain’t the right thing," Przybylo concluded.

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Hanusiak said he completely supported term limits. "If you like term limits, vote for both of them (the two referendums on term limits on the ballot)," he said. "Please go out and vote for term limits."

Is open debate among trustees a good or bad thing? 

In response to a question from the audience which asked, "Do you feel open debate and disagreement is good or bad for the village board?", Przybylo said, "I think it’s good but we should adopt rules...  I like the give and take but I don’t like personal agendas and people who try to micromanage.There’s nothing wrong with discussion."

He said he would assign each trustee responsibilities, such as for the public works or family services department. 

Hanusiak responded that the board adopted a format which allows discussion. 

"We have spirited meetings because there are no more phone calls before  meetings telling people (trustees) how to vote. It’s not scripted," he said, adding that under his administration the board would develop a structure of standing committees. 

Part 2 of this story will post tomorrow

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Harry Gio March 28, 2013 at 12:55 PM
I'm voting for Gus Alpogianis !
John P. March 28, 2013 at 02:24 PM
I'm voting for Harry to get a new tag line.
Bob G March 28, 2013 at 04:35 PM
When is the next debate ? This one was not well advertised. I want to know where each candidate stands on concealed carry and 2nd amendment issues.
Bernie DiMeo March 29, 2013 at 01:09 AM
Overall tone was respectful ??? I think not. Hanusiak's closing was an insult to his older, more experienced opponent. Mr. Pryzyblo however showed his class by not lowering his closing remarks to Hanusiak's level.
mmm March 29, 2013 at 01:35 AM
Experienced in one what ???? Sitting around for 20+ years and doing nothing... To me his closing remarks were nothing more than him looking for sympathy from the voters.... Also, is he trying to scare us by saying, all he as to do is make a phone call and things will get done. Who is he calling ??? And what is this going to cost us the Niles residents might I ask ??? Who at the end of day is going to run our village if Mr. Przybylo were to win, him or the person or persons he is calling....
Bob G March 29, 2013 at 02:24 AM
Hanusiak would really have no clue if there were "phone calls" made to tell people how to vote. This kind of innuendo is weak. He has someone on his ticket that would have been a part of those supposed phone calls. As far as I am concerned, and in light of those comments I doubt that he has the ability to run our village nor does he really add anything of value sitting on as a trustee.
CK March 29, 2013 at 01:27 PM
My neighbor who was there said that a couple of guys kept interrupting Hanusiak as he spoke and had to be told to shut up by the moderator. Were you one of those "respectful" Przyblo supporters? Some people thought one of them looked liked a porky scrubbed up biker without the nazi tatoo. I understand that the whole thing will be at a newspaper web site. I will watch it. Is Hanusiak suppose to stop campaigning because Pryzyblo is older? Did Andrew the Oldster keep his mouth shut for all the years he was a trustee because Blase and Callero were older?
CK March 29, 2013 at 04:34 PM
Now we can all watch the debate http://blip.tv/thensv/village-of-niles-mayoral-debate-niles-park-district-oasis-fun-center-03-27-13-6560205 although it takes time to load. I watched Przyblo and laughed and laughed, and then I turned the sound on.
We Love Niles March 30, 2013 at 05:38 AM
Okay - enough. Who is Chris Hanusiak anyway? We all know of Trustee Przybylo, 24 years as a Village of Niles Trustee, a Cook County employee, a co-owner of the White Eagle Banquets. Ok - We know. Who is Chris and where did he come from? What exactly does he do? An owner of Royal Kitchen and Bath Cabinets, I got that part. Does he personally design kitchen and bath cabinets for his customers? Does he personally install kitchen and bath cabinets? Are the cabinets, that are purchased from "Royal", hand made right here in Niles at Royal by our local tradesman? Are the materials for the cabinets of our own USA materials or some cheap foreign materials that Chris happened to get a "good deal" on? Or is Chris Hanusiak just another middle man that sells imported goods that are stamped "Made in China" (or some other cheap foreign land) with his own business right here in Niles? Interesting - Who is Krzystof "Chris" Hanusiak anyway - really - what does he do? If anyone remembers the old classic TV show "Leave It To Beaver" - no one really knew what Mr. Ward Cleaver did. He always was dressed up in a suit, carried a brief case and kissed Mrs. Cleaver hello or good bye. But what did Mr. Cleaver really do? Same question - What does Krzystof "Chris" Hanusiak really do? Answers anyone?
We Love Niles March 30, 2013 at 06:02 AM
CK - Seems that some people are so prepared to slam the debate and the candidates. If you were so concerned you would have found time to attend the debate yourself. mmm - maybe you were there, I am guessing that you took the time to actually attend the debate to have an opinion. CK - if you were so interested in the debate or this campaign, instead of a neighbors view, you should have taken the time and gone to the debate for yourself. Maybe you would have had your own view of the debate and the candidates, and not your neighbors.
Doug Bressler March 30, 2013 at 01:00 PM
"We Love Niles". what is your point? I can say the same things about Andrew. Does he use potatoes from Idaho or Wisconsin in his pierogies? Does he get his chickens from a free range farm or one that has them raised in small cages? Is his kitchen clean or does he pay off inspectors? Your nonsensical rant is pointless. Did you go to the debate? If you did, you should post your opinion of the debate, not speculate about things that have no bearing on anything.
CK March 30, 2013 at 04:11 PM
To We Love Niles Your command "you should have taken the time and gone to the debate for yourself" is really arrogant. I can't be everywhere where YOU think I should be. And I certainly am not interested in being any where you are. I posted the link from the newspaper so we could hear what took place. If you think you have the right to tell me where I should be, then I can do it to you...you can go to .....................
CK March 30, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Is this We Love posting for real or what? Przyzbylo is a county employee. Secretary of Cook County Zoning Board of Appeals. Why isn't We Love asking- Does he take dictation? Does he operate a xerox machine? Does he feed the goldfish in the office? Does he wipe the desks clean? Rather endless...and pointless. I never heard of Ward Cleaver so I looked him up on wikipedia and here's what it said----- Ward is an archetypical white collar, briefcase-toting professional of the 1950s. He wears a business suit, works in an office with a view of a metropolitan area, has a secretary named Grace, leaves home early in the morning and returns in the early evening. He works for a "big company" with main offices in New York City; more specifically, it was revealed in Season 3, Episode 19 that Ward works for a trust company under Mr. Anderson. He drives to work in his Plymouth unless June needs the car during the day for a specific errand. He is home on weekends for golfing at a local country club. Occasionally, Ward is required to do some office work at home. In one early episode, for example, he works at home on a women's marketing survey. His co-worker is Fred Rutherford, a smug, pompous man who refers to the workplace as "the salt mine." He is a Bank President as per S4:E10. Now We Love can rest contented. we got the story on Ward Cleaver.
CK March 30, 2013 at 04:24 PM
What will poor Harry vote for after the election?
MIKE March 30, 2013 at 10:47 PM
This maybe an obvious question but why term limits? Just because Mayor Blase left office in disgrace? What if he didn't? Would you all be considering if not? While he was in office longer that either the Daley's of Chicago, longer the Marty Butler of Park Ridge and it was only Don Stephens of Rosemont that was in office longer than the rest. Don't know about Rosemont but nobody's talking limits in the PR or Chicago.

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