Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Board of trustees goes to one slate, while library board victories dominated by the other group.
On Election Day, Morton Grove voters made decisions by party line, or at least that's what the April 5 balloting indicates as Cook County has started reporting results from all 17 precincts in town. To see the percentages and number of votes, check out our graphs here. For the open seats on the board of trustees, all three went to Action Party candidates: Shel Marcus, John Thill and Maria Toth. Likewise, the six-year terms on the Morton Grove Public Library Board went to B-PAC candidates: Mark Albers, Peter Berg and Catherine Peters. The lone two- year term also went to a B-PAC candidate, David Calimag. For both the village board and library board races, the space between winning and losing came down to few hundred votes. For example, the …
Sunday, March 27, 2011
John Thill is running for one of the three village board seats open in this year's election.
John Thill is running for a four-year seat on the Village of Morton Grove Board of Trustees, a six-member group steering the village's government and economic policies with one President, totaling seven officials in all. Thill is running for reelection, after winning a trustee seat in the 2007 election. A nature enthusiast, he has served as president of Friends of the Morton Grove Forest Preserves for nearly 10 years. He has lived in Morton Grove for 40 years. This year, three seats are up for the four-year terms of service, and two political parties are campaigning for spots: Action Party (Shelden "Shel" Marcus, John Thill and Maria Toth) and Caucus Party (Georgianne Brunner, Rita Minx and John Pietron). Morton Grove Patch collects the…
Saturday, March 26, 2011
John Pietron is running for one of the three village board seats open in this year's election.
John Pietron is running for a four-year seat on the Village of Morton Grove Board of Trustees, a six-member group steering the village's government and economic policies with one President, totaling seven officials in all. Pietron served as the chairman of the Economic Development Commission in Morton Grove, and unsuccessfully ran for a trustee seat in 2009. He spent nearly 20 years as a marketing consultant, and has lived in Morton Grove for more than three decades. This year, three seats are up for the four-year terms of service, and two political parties are campaigning for spots: Action Party (Shelden "Shel" Marcus, John Thill and Maria Toth) and Caucus Party (Georgianne Brunner, Rita Minx and John Pietron). Morton Grove Patch …
Thursday, March 10, 2011
With the election season gearing up in Morton Grove, Patch offers a few scenes from campaigning in town.
As the month of March heralds rising temperatures, the changing season also means our local election season is heating up. Stay with Patch for upcoming Q&As with candidates, premiering on Monday. Check out the photos of local campaigning for some of the most active organizations in Morton Grove. If you have any photos of your own to submit, please do.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Incumbent trustee candidates say village government is steering MG in the right direction despite dismal economy.
Incumbent trustees running in this spring's municipal elections are asking voters to keep intact a team they say has been effective despite obstacles posed by tough economic conditions. Residents will decide April 5 if they want to keep trustees John Thill, Maria Toth and Shel Marcus, all Action Party members, in the three trustee seats up for re-election. The trustees announced that they would be defending their posts at a Nov. 18 campaign kick-off event. Thill said that village government has fulfilled many campaign promises made to residents in 2009, when the Action Party won the mayor's office, all six trustee seats and the village clerk's post. "We did run on a platform almost two years ago that we would curtail spending, which we…
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The Morton Grove Action Party won the "coin toss" for the top spot on the trustee election ballot.
Three 2011 trustee candidates and one party representative sat around a conference table on Monday afternoon with their eyes glued on an empty glass bowl. Trustee incumbents John Thill and Trustee Maria Toth of the Action Party, and candidate John Pietron and representative Paul Minx of the Caucus Party arrived at Village Hall to determine ballot placement for the trustee race, which will occur on April 5 next year. It was a moment of real suspense, as the candidates hoped their party would be picked for the election ballot's top spot for the "coin toss." The winner was determined within four minutes of the meeting's commencement. According to state statute, the order of election candidates must be listed on the ballot in a first-come, …
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Although the campaign has barely started, Morton Grove group has been vocal about changing local politics. Action Party members defend their record as efficient trustees.
With three trustee seats up for grabs in the 2011 April municipal elections, a trio of trustee candidates from the Morton Grove Caucus Party is mobilizing to end what it calls "one party rule" in the village. The candidates are two former trustees — Georgianne Brunner and Rita Minx -- and John Pietron, the former chairman of Morton Grove's Economic Development Commission. They ran together in 2009 and lost in an election that put Action Party winners in the three trustee seats, and gave the group all six trustee board posts. Current Mayor Daniel Staackmann, and Village Clerk Tony Kalogerakos, both of the Action Party, also won their respective elections. "We've been laying low," Georgianne Brunner said. "But we've been paying attention." …