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.


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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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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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