Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Dan DiMaria was sworn in as Mayor Monday, Bill Grear, Tony Kalogerakos and John Pietron were sworn in as trustees and Ed Ramos was sworn in as village clerk in Morton Grove.
Ten minutes before the Morton Grove village board meeting--and swearing-in of a new mayor and trustees--began Monday at 7 p.m., all seats were filled and people were competing for standing room. There were boutonnieres, plaques, dignitaries, a judge in black robes, celebratory speeches and much applause. It had all the excitement of a presidential inauguration; the only thing missing was Beyonce lip-synching the National Anthem. The evening began with outgoing Mayor Dan Staackmann opening the meeting as usual; during the trustee reports, many of the trustees, and others, saluted Staackmann and outgoing Trustee Larry Gomberg. Earlier: Staackmann, Gomberg honored Trustees adjourned that meeting, and Judge Jordan Kaplan, a retired Cook …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
He invites Morton Grove residents to contact him with any ideas while he is in the planning process for his administration. A Letter to the Editor from Dan DiMaria.
Tuesday, April 16
The following Letter to the Editor states the opinions of the author. Patch is serving as a platform for writers to express their views. Dear Morton Grove Residents, Thank you to everyone who helped elect me as our mayor. Our victory could not have been achieved without the teamwork of so many of you who circulated petitions, sent emails, held coffees, called friends and neighbors, wrote letters, knocked on doors, and especially voted. I am most proud that our campaign brought so many groups throughout our community together for a common cause –a better Morton Grove. I want to thank my opponent, Larry Gomberg for his years of service to our village, and for running a positive and professional campaign. He is a class act and I am …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
With 16 of 16 precincts reporting, DiMaria has racked up 70 percent of the vote.
As vote totals have come in since about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dan DiMaria of Morton Grove's Action Party has earned about 70 percent of the vote, with Larry Gomberg, who ran as an independent, with 30 percent. That means DiMaria will become the village's mayor. DiMaria also unseated incumbent Mayor Dan Staackmann in the Feb. 26 primary election for the Action Party's nomination. He ran on a platform of economic development, saying he would personally reach out to businesses to invite them to locate in Morton Grove, as well as give the village's professional staff the tools they need to promote economic development. Click here to see more results in Morton Grove and Niles area races Patch news coverage: Morton Grove mayoral debate, part one…
Friday, April 5, 2013
In these short videos from a recent candidate forum, Dan DiMaria and Larry Gomberg tell voters a little about themselves and what they would do as mayor of Morton Grove.
The two candidates for Morton Grove mayor appeared in a forum on a recent Thursday at the invitation of the Woodlands Condo Association. Before launching into a question and answer period, they introduced themselves to the 40 or so people present. Earlier: Morton Grove Mayor Candidates Tackle Hot Topics Election Day is Tuesday, April 9. Get Niles and Morton Grove news in a daily email from Patch.com. It's like getting a free newspaper. Learn more.
A Letter to the Editor from Janine Witko.
The following Letter to the Editor states the opinions of the author. Patch is merely serving as a platform for writers to express their views. The results of Morton Grove’s Primary Election made clear that residents are ready to move away from “business as usual” and move the village forward. To Dan DiMaria, the concept of moving us forward is not just about working to solve problems we face; it includes changing how the village works to solve them. Since December, I have been on Dan DiMaria’s election committee. This group is representative of Dan’s inclusive nature and affable character. The committee consists of Action Party members, Caucus Party members, independents, people who have worked in each area of the village, retirees, and…
Thursday, April 4, 2013
A Letter to the Editor from Rita Minx, a former Morton Grove village trustee.
Thursday, April 4
The following Letter to the Editor states the opinions of the author. Patch is serving as a platform for writers to express their views. I have lived in Morton Grove for over 37 years. My husband Paul and I raised our 4 children here, and 7 of our grandchildren call Morton Grove their home. When I was elected as a Village Trustee in 2005, Dan DiMaria was already on the Board. We were in different political parties back then, but he welcomed me to the Board and we worked well together. We didn’t always agree on important issues, but he took the time to listen to opposing views, and try to reach a compromise. I came to respect his leadership skills, and his ability to get things done. When I learned Dan was running for Mayor, Paul …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The two candidates running for mayor answer questions on how Morton Grove could develop a downtown and what it will take to get name-brand businesses filling vacant space in town. Part 2 of 2 parts.
This is part two of Patch.com's coverage of the Morton Grove mayoral debate between candidates Larry Gomberg and Dan DiMaria Thursday. The candidates, who are running for mayor in the April 9 election, were invited by the Woodlands Condo Association in Morton Grove to come and answer questions. About 40 people came to the forum, held in one of the condo building common rooms at the Woodlands, a community of condos and townhouses east of the Morton Grove train station, and south of Lincoln Avenue. Earlier: In Part 1 of this story, candidates discuss the idea of a new library, potholes and whether Lakeshore Waste should locate a recycling center in Morton Grove Question from Rodney of the Woodlands condo association: Morton Grove has a …
Monday, March 25, 2013
The two candidates, Dan DiMaria and Larry Gomberg, debated Thursday at the invitation of the Woodlands condo association. In Part 1 (of 2), they answer questions on a recycling station, whether a new library is needed, and more.
After Harvey Silverman, the president of the Woodlands Condo Association in Morton Grove, opened the mayoral debate Thursday evening, candidates Dan DiMaria and Larry Gomberg both set a friendly tone by saying that they respected and liked each other. That set the stage for a relaxed discussion with about 40 people in one of the condo building common rooms at the Woodlands, a community of condos and townhouses east of the Morton Grove train station, and south of Lincoln Avenue. Get Niles and Morton Grove news in a daily email from Patch.com. It's like getting a free newspaper. Both of the candidates spoke passionately about the need for economic development in Morton Grove, with DiMaria saying that as mayor, he would personally reach …
Saturday, March 2, 2013
The Caucus party campaigned hard on his behalf; it will be interesting to see what happens next. A Letter to the Editor by Patrick Kansoer Sr.
Saturday, March 2
The following Letter to the Editor states the opinions of the author. Patch is serving as a platform for writers to express their views. I had a phone call today from a friend in town who was so angry that she was almost apoplectic. She said; " (Joe) Brunner, (Bill) Zimmer, (Rick) Krier and (Rita) Minx were crowing about how THEY had managed to get Danny DiMaria elected as the Action Party mayoral nominee last Tuesday." My response to her was; "What's the problem? If they are saying it, it is because it is the truth." "But they are the CAUCUS party," she fumed. I then proceeded to explain some political realities to her that might be useful to share. Bottom line is Mr. Brunner, Mr. Zimmer, Mr. Krier and Ms. Minx and their allies turned …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
In the primary to determine the Action Party's candidate for mayor, Trustee Dan DiMaria took about 60 percent of the vote. Mayor Dan Staackmann got about 40 percent.
Updated with reaction from the winning candidate On a snowy election day--on which some election judges reported only a few dozen voters all day long--Morton Grove Trustee Dan DiMaria won the Action Party primary for Morton Grove mayor. With all precincts reporting, DiMaria received 1,684 votes, or 60.4 percent. Staackman got 1,112 votes, or 39.6 percent. "My message was about economic development, and it resonated with people," DiMaria said Wednesday morning. "It's not about me, it's about the village." DiMaria will now face an independent candidate, Trustee Larry Gomberg, in the April 9 election. The winner of that race will be elected mayor. Earlier: DiMaria: Why I'm Running In an earlier interview with Patch, DiMaria said he would …