Tuesday, May 14, 2013
As the Niles mayor and two trustees prepare to step down May 14, they were honored at a village board meeting.
On May 14, Mayor Robert Callero and Trustees Louella Preston and Jim Hynes will be stepping down from Niles government, and the remaining village board members took the opportunity to salute them at the last village board meeting April 23. Trustee Joe LoVerde thanked Preston and Hynes for all their years of service, and thanked their spouses and families for all the time they spent on village business. "I’ve served on this board for six years and I’ve served with some very talented people. We all care deeply about this community, none more than the two people who are leaving us," LoVerde said. Get Niles and Morton Grove news in a free daily email from Patch.com LoVerde also thanked Hynes for serving as the chair of the Ethics Committee…
Monday, March 18, 2013
Niles has to become a representative democracy. It's time to bring village government into the 21st century. A Letter to the Editor from Niles Village Trustee Louella Preston.
The following Letter to the Editor states the opinions of the author. Patch is serving as a platform for writers to express their views. Friends and supporters have asked me to make a response to the hopelessly weak and offensive claims about my civic commitments. What is so surprising to all is that some of the people who level these ludicrous protests are the same people who campaigned and voted for me in many past elections. What their motives for dissing me now are best known to them and to God. These critics assert that I have been in office longer than most trustees in Illinois and pretend they are amazed that I am seeking office again while supporting term limits. They offer no similar criticism against Blase (47 years as …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
After one trustee put on the meeting agenda a topic highlighted in his campaign, other trustees called it campaigning at a public meeting and said it was inappropriate.
The Niles village board's meeting agenda became political Tuesday when one trustee put an item related to his campaign for mayor on the agenda and two other trustees said that was inappropriate and possibly illegal. Trustee Andrew Przybylo, who is running for mayor, placed on the agenda for Tuesday's "Informal Considerations" board meeting a presentation about Cook County's STAR system of performance management. "Informal Considerations" are meetings in which the board learns about and discusses upcoming issues, but does not vote. Trustee Rosemary Palicki commented that Przybylo has spoken about the county's performance management system in his campaign, and said it was an inappropriate use of the board's time, and the public's time, to…
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
In this series, learn about the candidates so you can make an informed decision in the April 9 election. Preston is running for re-election as a Niles trustee. She serves as Niles' representative to several regional organizations.
Meet your candidates for the April 9 election in this series. Following is a candidate questionnaire. After that, check out a list of Patch.com articles about this candidate. Louella Blaine Preston is running for re-election as Niles Trustee in the Village of Niles race. Name: Louella Blaine Preston Age: 66 years How long have you lived in Niles? 37 years Family: Husband, John Education: B.S. University of Illinois Chicago, M.A. Northeastern Illinois University, Ed.D. Nova Southeastern University, J.D. The John Marshall Law School Occupation: Retired Administrator and Teacher Current member of the Illinois Bar Previous Elected or Appointed Offices (please include years of service): Other community involvement: Campaign E-mail address…
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Four candidate running under the banner of the Responsible Leadership party greeted supporters at an event at the Lone Tree Manor.
Chris Hanusiak, Jim Hynes, Mary Marusek and Louella Preston greeted supporters Thursday as the four held a fundraiser for their Responsible Leadership party. They are running as a slate in the Niles April 9 election, with Hanusiak as the candidate for mayor and the other three for village trustees. Supporters arrived throughout the evening at the event, held at the Lone Tree Manor. Like Niles-Morton Grove Patch on Facebook
Monday, November 26, 2012
The election is heating up, with two mayoral candidates and four trustee candidates. Four candidates formed a new political party; Louella Preston, James Hynes and Mary Marusek will run for trustee for the April 2013 election.
The Niles village election won't take place until April 2013, but the campaigning has already begun, with four individuals declaring their candidacies Monday. Krzysztof "Chris" Hanusiak, a village trustee, will run for mayor, and current trustees Louella Preston and James Hynes will run for trustee. In addition, Mary Marusek, who has served on the Niles Park District board and who ran for trustee in 2011 but was not elected, will run for trustee. Saying they want to bring Niles residents more actively into the decision-making process, the four created a political party called the Responsible Leadership for Niles party and are running as a slate. Don't miss a thing! Like Niles-Morton Grove Patch on Facebook Two weeks ago, former George …
Monday, September 24, 2012
1,018 voters signed a petition to put term limits on the ballot. While the judge's decision voided it, people want term limits. Put them on the agenda for Tuesday's board meeting. A Letter to the Editor.
The following Letter to the Editor expresses the views of the author. Patch merely provides a platform for the writer's opinions. The writer delivered a hard copy of this letter to Village Hall Friday. Dear Mayor Callero, Niles Trustees, and Concerned Niles citizens. The voters spoke loudly and quite clearly to me-- 1,018 of them badly wanted term limits-- probably 75 to 80% of those that I solicited on this matter. I personally got 940 signatures and talked to a wide cross-section of the population. I can report that the issue is still on their minds and when I run into persons I talked to, even those who didn't sign, they bring up the subject. This didn't go away in a judge's decision, but it angered them. Most of the rest of the …
Friday, October 7, 2011
He blames a trustee for not explaining why she made a motion.
Niles Mayor Robert Callero has criticized Trustee Louella Preston's actions at a Sept. 20 special village board meeting that ended abruptly and chaotically. Callero wrote the remarks in a letter to the editor that appeared in the Bugle Newspaper. At the Sept. 20 meeting, Preston made a motion for the board to delay going into executive (closed) session. However, the village attorney, Joseph Annunzio, said that Robert's Rules of Order prevented her from explaining why she made the motion, and required the board to vote without discussion. Preston later told Patch she wanted to delay going into closed session, which was for the purpose of discussing a sensitive legal matter, because one of the trustees, Jim Hynes, was holding another meeting…
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
A parliamentary maneuver at last Tuesday's meeting resulted in confusion. Two trustees and the mayor walked out.
Six Niles trustees and the mayor will meet for the first time, in tonight's regularly scheduled board meeting, since a confusing session at a special board meeting Tuesday, Sept. 20. Since then, Trustee Louella Preston has said she brought a motion to delay going into closed session because she felt a litigation-related matter was so important that the entire board should be present for it. Since Trustee Jim Hynes was at a Board of Ethics meeting elsewhere in village hall, he would have missed the discussion. Earlier: Niles Board Meeting Starts and Abruptly Ends The confusing standoff Sept. 20th's meeting started with Trustee Joe LoVerde making a motion to go into executive session. Preston then moved to delay (technically, under Robert's…
Friday, September 23, 2011
One trustee moved to go into closed session, another trustee moved to delay that, things got confused and two trustees and mayor walked out.
When Niles trustees took their seats for a special village board meeting Tuesday, confusion erupted, and within minutes, two trustees and the mayor had walked out, according to the Journal & Topics. Afterward, Trustee Chris Hanusiak said his interpretation was that confusion over a parliamentary procedure, and the lack of a clear explanation, caused the unusual turn of events. Mayor Robert Callero declined to comment after the meeting. Patch left messages for Trustees Joe LoVerde and Louella Preston, but they had not returned calls by 11 p.m. Thursday. Tuesday evening's meeting opened with LoVerde making a motion for the trustees to go into closed session to discuss a pending litigation matter. However, Trustee Louella Preston made a …