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Niles Wants Petition On Term Limits Dismissed

1,018 voters signed a petition asking for term limits, the village clerk nixed it on legal grounds, citizens filed a lawsuit, and now Niles wants it dismissed. Find out what happens next.

 

In the battle some Niles citizens are waging to allow residents to vote on term limits for Niles elected officials, the village has made the latest move.

Through a law firm, it has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought against it by a group of residents.

The citizens' group, organized by resident Joe Makula, spent the summer asking residents to sign a petition that

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After 1,018 voters signed the petition, Makula filed it with Niles Village Clerk Marlene Victorine on July 27. Victorine saying it did not meet specifications in election law.

Makula and his group r. 

On Monday, Victorine emailed an announcement that the village has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. The lawsuit explains the grounds on which she declined to certify the petition. They are that the citizens' group used an incorrect standard to determine the number of petitions needed; failed to state that the circulator of the petitions is over 18 years of age, that the signatures are genuine and were signed in the circulator's presence. 

the objections are without merit, since he would have to be over the age of 18 to be a voter in Niles, and that the 1,018 signatures are more than enough to meet any applicable standards. 

The case heads to trial before a Cook County judge Thursday at the Daley Center.

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CK September 11, 2012 at 10:58 AM
Where were all the politicians and clerks when Blaze and his cronies gave out $100,000 bonuses without authorization. Time to take a big broom to these people and cleanout this incompetent leadership people. Thank god there are good people like Mikula.
Jac Charlier September 11, 2012 at 11:38 AM
As this story has moved along, it has gone from being a head scratcher as to why Niles leadership would oppose a citizen-initiated ballot question to slowly revealing that there is a real intent behind the scenes to squash this thing outright. Now, the story is starting to become familiar for we have read this book before. The only question that remains is will the ending be different than an outright rejection of the will of the people, of democracy and of transparency? In the words of no less than President Lincoln "Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it." I will do what I can to support the initiative and urge you to do the same.
Joseph LoVerde September 11, 2012 at 01:20 PM
This issue needs some clarification as to how it involves the board of trustees. The Clerk rejected the petition on what she believed to be improperly filled out. Mr. Makula filed a suit to challenge the clerks decision, a law firm filed a suit to dismiss based on supporting the clerks decision as they too believe the petition to be improperly filled out. The Board of Trustees, at this point has no input into what is happening. The Board of Trustees does have the authority, with a majority vote to put the question of term limits on the ballot. So if the term limit petition submitted by Joe Makula is determined by the courts to be invalid, then we as Trustees can vote to put it back on and I beleive it can be put on for the April election. I will certainly vote "yes" to put the question on the ballot. Joe LoVerde
CK September 11, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Dear Mr. Politician Joe L. In the 39th Ward we had a old time family running things and their relatives went to the city council, Springfield, and had big county and city jobs. We were told to shut up. Now Im in NIles and it looks like the same thing to me. You told the papers you want to be the next mayor. So answer these questions. Before Makula had his petition drive, when did you talk for term limits in public. Are you for terms limits because then the current mayor and the White Eagle owner with his big county job cant hold office and so you just walk in and take over? Like the 39th do you or did you ever have relatives in public jobs? ANSWER THESE NOW BEFORE THE COURT RULES. Why wait for April just pass a law in the village council and stop term limits? Do it at the next meeting. You guys dont seem to have a p[roblem giving away big bonuses without a vote.
Harry Gio September 11, 2012 at 06:42 PM
What does CK stand for, Calvin Klein ? Why don't you use you REAL name and cut the nonsense; hiding behind your little "two initial" secret identity !
Harry Gio September 11, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Hey, CK, when you applied for your job at McDonald's, did you use the name CK on the job application ?
Harry Gio September 11, 2012 at 06:46 PM
The last time I saw the initials CK, they stood for Chinese Kitchen... You wouldn't happen to be the former owner of that business, are you ? If so, I have to tell you, you guys made a Mean Peppersteak !
Lois A. MacAdam September 11, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Harry, Why don't you just stick with the subject and leave CK alone? What difference does it make whether he uses his real name. You don't have to get nasty over this thing. I think term limits would be a great thing for Niles or any other place. Why don't you state your opinion on the matter at hand?
John September 11, 2012 at 09:07 PM
I believe Term Limits should be set for all public officials. If it is good enough for the President of the United States then it should be good enough for Congress, State Officials, and yes, even Niles's officials.
Danny September 11, 2012 at 09:30 PM
I may be wrong, BUT, don't you think that if the referendum goes through and passes the term limits would start then. It does NOT mean that those that have already been in office for 15 years and run for mayor in the upcoming election and win that they can only be Mayor for a year? I have to believe it goes into effect in April.
Jac Charlier September 14, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Pat - thank you for being part of this discussion. The “Will of the People” reflects the unique understanding that the laws, which are made by the people in the first place, are mutable and subject to change...by the people, in accordance with their will. So, when laws are unjust, against the spirit of our republic, rely on rigid rules whose value is questionable, or limit increased participation, openness and democracy, they should be vigorously challenged by our citizens. I think especially in the area of citizen engagement, which this ballot initiative falls into, the ideal path is to let it through for the voters to have their say instead of restricting it and not allowing the public voice to be heard. What are your thoughts on these ideas?
CK September 15, 2012 at 01:16 AM
The chaos and anarchy in the above posting are more appropriate to illegal aliens and terrorists crossing our borders and taking American lives and jobs. If letting resource sucking aliens into the country isn't a form of suicide, I don;t know what is. Social Security, Medicare, etc., are all going bankrupt and the Obama-Biden-Durbin group want us to think it's all DREAMS. How wonderful. We can dream all the time while aliens cop the jobs and the educational and social services and drain money from OUR health system. Oh, they make a contribution. 90% of murderers being held in LA County jail are all ILLEGALS. Dream dreams.

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