Thursday, May 16, 2013
Mayor Andrew Przybylo and Trustees Matyas, Jekot and Alpogianis were sworn in Tuesday.
The Niles board of trustees room was filled to capacity May 14 as Mayor Andrew Przybylo and Trustees George Alpogianis, Danette Matyas and John Jekot were sworn in. The Honorable Anthony C. Kyriakopoulos, Circuit Cook County judge, first swore in the three trustees, and the Honorable Aurelia Pucinski, Illinois Appellate Court Judge, swore in the mayor. Outgoing Mayor Robert Callero handed the gavel over to Przybylo, and the new mayor invited those in attendance, who were mainly friends and family of the new officials, to a cake and coffee reception in the lobby of village hall. The meeting resumed about 40 minutes later. Get Niles and Morton Grove news in a daily email from Patch.com
Thursday, April 25, 2013
After voters passed two--conflicting--term limits measures, no one know which will take effect. One might bar Mayor-elect Przybylo from taking office. The Niles village board will try to figure out answers Tuesday at a special meeting.
Update: The village sent out a notice saying Mayor Callero decided to make this meeting a closed session. That means it is not open to the public. Niles has a very unusual legal situation on its hands--and one which may have no precedent in Illinois. The village board will meet Tuesday, April 30 at 7 p.m. at village hall to explore the situation. In the April 9 election, voters passed two different referendums on term limits. The petition version limits an individual's public service on the Niles board to 16 years (the equivalent of four four-year terms). The author intended for it to be retroactive. If that were the case, Mayor-elect Andrew Przybylo would have to step down, because he has already served 24 years. Earlier: If one version…
Friday, April 12, 2013
Two conflicting referendums on term limits passed in Tuesday's election and it's unclear which will apply. The creator of one said he believes it would prohibit Mayor-elect Andrew Przybylo from serving.
Niles voters heartily approved two referendums on term limits in Tuesday's election. However, they are different, and there is no clear guideline in law or precedent as to which should apply. "This has never happened before in Illinois, and I expect it'll be decided in court," said Joe Makula, who gathered about 1,000 signatures--twice-- to create the petition version of the referendum. He said if that version applies, it would bar Mayor-elect Andrew Przybylo from serving. The petition version limits individuals' service as trustee and/or mayor to 16 years, and Makula said it would be retroactive. Since Przybylo has already served 24 years as a trustee, Makula said it would require Przybylo to step down. The other version of the …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Niles' mayor-to-be says the hard work on the campaign paid off.
Lots of well-wishers came to the Niles New Party's election night gathering Tuesday at White Eagle Banquets to congratulate Andrew Przybylo on winning the village's mayor's race. With 22 of 24 precincts reporting, Przybylo had almost 64 percent of the vote. He ran on a party ticket with three trustee candidates who also won. "I think the message that resonated with voters--and this is a theme that popped up in February--is about Niles pride," Przybylo said Tuesday. "Prior to that it was progressive government. Then the next thing that popped up was the business community and its activity within the village--a partnership there." Elsewhere: Click here for more Niles and Morton Grove election results, including schools, libraries, park …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Andrew Przybylo and Chris Hanusiak address Niles residents. Watch their opening statements.
Watch these clips are from the March 27 debate for village of Niles candidates, held at the Niles Park District's Oasis Fun Center and sponsored by the Journal & Topics. The clips show mayoral candidates Andrew Przybylo and Chris Hanusiak making their opening statements. The election is being held Tuesday, April 9. A video of the entire debate can be seen here. Get Niles and Morton Grove news in a daily email from Patch.com. It's like getting a free newspaper. Learn more. Like Niles-Morton Grove Patch on Facebook
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
UPDATED. Candidate for Niles mayor Andrew Przybylo said he had no knowledge his campaign's PR manager owns, or owned, a stripper entertainment service, in addition to owning a public relations firm.
UPDATED 10 a.m. with reaction from consultant One of the candidates in the race for Niles mayor distanced himself Monday from his public relations consultant after it became public that the consultant, Bernie DiMeo, also is, or was, an owner of Strippers of Chicago. Strippers of Chicago provides strippers for entertainment at parties, such as bachelor and bachelorette parties. Its website advertises "Win a two-girl dream show." "I didn't know anything about that, but certainly that excludes him from any role," said Andrew Przybylo, one of the mayoral candidates, adamantly. "If it's true, then that precludes him from any involvement in Niles with my administration. That is not right for Niles." The information came to light when a …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
The two candidates for Niles mayor faced off in a debate Wednesday. They disagreed on granting tax breaks, whether Przybylo has enough time in his schedule to be mayor, and ways to keep Golf Mill bringing in money for Niles.
This is Part 2 of a two-part story. Click here to see Part 1. Andrew Przybylo and Chris Hanusiak, who are competing to be Niles mayor in the April 9 election, ignited some sparks Wednesday in a debate, sponsored by the Journal & Topics. Read on to see where they disagreed. Was $100,000 to televise board meetings worth it? Moderator Amy Kruppe, superintendent of Niles Elementary School District 71, read off this question on the value of televising board meetings, written by an audience member. Andrew Przybylo responded that transparency is important but that he had no idea it would cost $100,000. (The video system was researched and recommended by the village's Information Technology staff). "It is expensive, I get it," Przybylo …
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 …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Illinois law forbade Przybylo, a liquor license holder, from serving as a trustee and mayor--so he arranged for pols to change the law, but not before violating it for years. A Letter to the Editor from Chris Hanusiak.
The Patch.com article and interview of Andrew Przybylo about his liquor license illustrates once again the arrogance and “entitlements” which the Responsible Leadership for Niles Team members have been fighting against for over three years. The liquor control questions about what is happening in Niles are many and are mostly unanswered. Readers can go to the State of Illinois web site which publishes information about all such licenses issued for Niles which lists 101 such licenses. The licenses are rightly and lawfully issued to lounges, restaurants and catering venues, big box stores, liquor stores, grocers and even drug stores. Nothing wrong about any of that. But the problems arise about enforcement and who does the enforcing. Back …
The municipal candidates running in the April 9 election have much more power than D.C. pols to raise or lower your taxes, keep your streets from flooding and deliver services such as snow and trash removal. Przybylo is running for Niles mayor.
Tuesday, March 19
Presidential elections get all the glamor, but local elections--for your village, schools, park districts and more--affect your property taxes, whether your snow gets cleared and whether your street floods more than do Washington elections. Patch.com is presenting the candidate questionnaires of candidates running in the Niles election. Today you can see that of Andrew Przybylo; scroll way down to see previous Patch.com articles about him. Get Niles and Morton Grove news in a daily email from Patch. It's like getting a free newspaper. Learn more. Name: Andrew Przybylo Age: 61 How long have you lived in Niles? 30 Family: Wife and two children Education: Bachleors Degree Occupation: Food Service Business & Government Previous Elected…