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State Law OKing Przybylo Smacks of Politics

Three state reps pushed the bill to let Przybylo run for mayor, suggesting Mike Madigan approves letting him follow the paths of Blase and Callero. A letter to the editor by Chris Hanusiak.

The following letter to the editor reflects the views of the author. Patch merely serves as a forum for writers to express their opinions. 

The 4th of July isn’t here yet, but the fireworks have already begun. Last week, a local Niles newspaper printed an interview with Trustee Andrew Przybylo to get his reaction to the passage of a bill in Springfield which would permit liquor license holders like him to occupy the office of mayor. The interview clearly states that he’ll run probably for mayor but not for trustee. Decisions, decisions. Oh, yes, he doesn’t want you to ask him who else in the state faces such a problem because he doesn’t want to tell their names. Shhhh…Whatever.

Three politicians handled the bill. It was introduced by Democrat St. Rep. Louis Lang of Skokie (St. stands for State, not Saint) who took precious time from his eternal efforts to make life easier for gambling businesses just to push a bill which favors the ever eager Mr. Przybylo. And it’s not the first time.

Lang was joined by Democrat John D’Amico, nephew of 39th Ward Alderman Marge Laurino-- the daughter of former Alderman Anthony Laurino, the sister of former St. Rep. William Laurino, and wife of 39th Ward Democratic Committeeman Randy Barnette (what a public spirited family).

The last member of the troika is the Democrat’s favorite Republican, St. Rep. Michael McAuliffe, son of a deceased state rep, who is Republican chairman of the Veteran’s Affairs Committee in Mike Madigan’s Democratic “House.”

What a holy trinity of public servants! Praise the Lord! Aren’t we all lucky? To claim there is no politics in their action is to believe that Santa Claus will visit us this July. No laws pass in Springfield without Madigan’s personal approval. Apparently he now approves of helping Andy get his wish and follow the paths of Blase and Callero.

Andrew runs a restaurant and catering hall, but he is really a waiter. He waited for Blase to make him a village trustee. He waited for Blase to make him Democratic Committeeman of Maine Township and he waited for whomever to bless and approve his run for mayor. 

In the last two decades we have heard practically nothing of critical importance from our Handy Andy. Recently he voted to increase shoppers’ taxes at Golf Mill. That’s our Andy, always ready to up the tax ante. While trustees have differences with the current mayor, Andy cries “It’s frustrating and I don’t like it.” Does this mean he would not want opposing views if he sits in the Big Chair? My family left Europe to get away from dictators, not to hurry to America to serve others.

We know that Andy is waiting for Quinn to sign a pardon for a possible future trustee running mate. Then this dynamic duo will add two others to their team in trying to make Niles just like the good old days of the last half century. Fun for all and all for fun!

Caterer Andrew and wife also have jobs in county government and he certainly caters the needs of his county bosses as he has to his mayoral bosses. He has a cushy job as Secretary of the Cook County Zoning Board of Appeals, replete with pension and all kinds of bennies. Too bad he didn’t have time to work on fixing the pensions of Niles employees over the last few decades.

Andrew hasn’t decided what to do yet. A lot of people hope that if he runs, he will do so on his “record,” known and yet to be known. It might well be a campaign that will be flatter than an uninspiring pancake. Let the games begin!

By Chris Hanusiak, Niles trustee

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Frances Konieczny June 27, 2012 at 05:58 PM
I'm glad to know that Mr. Przybylo is not ashamed of his Polish heritage, but I'm first and foremost an American and a citizen of Niles, and what is at issue here is honesty and good government. As a resident of Niles for the past 37 years, I have not seen any evidence of Mr. Przybylo's leadership qualities helping to make Niles a better place to live. Mr. Hanusiak's article takes creative license, but does make valid points. We need to root out cronyism and corruption from Niles government, and the place to start is with NOT giving Mr. Przybylo our vote. Frances Konieczny
CK June 28, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I have been reading all these articles especially the ones which have facts in them. I see that this Harry is trying to say something about the letter to the editor. As I think about it maybe Hanusiek is qualified to talk about politicians because he does know about toilets.
Jac Charlier July 01, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Here is the link to the actual legislaton. The motivation behind why Lang, D'Amico, McAullife and Lyons decided to do this is what seems to be in question. I have no horses in the race but do find that these types of "coincidences" do not generally speak well of our Illinois political system. At least on the surface, it's all too close to a bill that is about government of the few, by the few and for the few. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=0735&GAID=11&GA=97&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=56520&SessionID=84
George D. Alpogianis July 07, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I am writing this letter in response to that of the original one posted by Chris Hanusiak. I feel that it is not only unfortunate, but demoralizing to hear such rant and banter. In an era of change and so professed by most, its amazing how persecute each other while saying that they are working in the best interests of the Village. In the history of our GREAT country, harmony has always worked best to accomplish a goal. Fighting and name calling leads to more bad then good. I have been to Board meetings on the County level when I served for 9 years on our zoning board, and saw what Andrew Przybylo does. It is by no means a "cush " job. He works hard for his salary. I also am a bit worried about the accusations made towards our state reps and senators. Their families are by no means " fair game" in such an attack, nor should they be. They have ALL fought hard to bring money to our Village when so needed, and have asked for nothing in return. They provide us with great services, hence lets remember the old saying, " don't bite the hand that feeds you" ! I personally know both John D'Amico and Andrew Przybylo, and am proud of them, their families and the services that they provide us. Rodney King said it best, Can't we all just get along?. Sincerly, George D. Alpogianis
Thomas Kanelos July 17, 2012 at 05:54 PM
I have nothing but the geratest respect for bothTrustee Hanusiak and Trustee Przybulo, both personally and professionally. I do, however, feel compelled to comment regarding Trustee Przybylo's position as Secretary of the Cook County Zoning Board. As chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals in Niles, I have been fortunate to have the benefit of Trustee Przybylo's knowledge in zoning matters. Attending the County's Zoning Board meetings when issues of importance to Niles were on the agenda has been an informative experience for me. I am thankful that I can rely on Trustee Przbylo's knowledge and experience. I believe it is a great asset for the Village of Niles. Sncerely, Thomas N. Kanelos

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