Friday, December 21, 2012
Three have filed so far in library race; two have filed for mayor in the primary; one announced candidate has not filed yet.
Who will you be voting for on the April 9 ballot in Morton Grove? It depends on which candidates file for candidacy in the filing period, which started Monday and ends Dec. 26. Earlier: Want to run for office? File Dec. 17 to 26 So far, Barbara Novick, Carlotta Gonzales and David Calimag have filed to run as candidates for the Morton Grove Library Board, according to Marlene Kramaric of the Village of Morton Grove. Earlier, Dan Staackmann and Dan DiMaria filed to run in the February primary election. The winner of that contest will run on the April 9 ballot. One announced candidate in the April 9 election, Larry Gomberg, had not filed as of Thursday afternoon, Kramaric said. Like Niles-Morton Grove Patch on Facebook Get Niles and Morton …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The board attorney presented evidence the trustee established residency in Cincinnati in January, though she attended the January, February and March meetings.
The Morton Grove Library Board ousted member Christa Quinn from her seat Monday night after it determined she had moved her legal address to Cincinnati, Ohio in January. The board voted 5-0 in a 25-minute special meeting to vacate Quinn’s seat after the board attorney, Frank Tennant, presented evidence she had both registered as a voter in Hamilton County, Ohio on Jan. 10 and obtained an Ohio driver’s license. Tennant said he established that Quinn and her husband Peter had purchased a home at a specific address in Cincinnati. Get more news. Click here to get local news and events in your email inbox. It's free! WhitePages.com lists the Quinns at that Cincinnati address with their prior residence listed as “Morton Grove 2012.” However, …
Friday, December 30, 2011
We are counting down the most popular stories from Morton Grove in 2011.
As 2011 wraps up, we thought we'd take a look back at the year that was in Morton Grove. After looking closely at some of the biggest and most talked about stories, we narrowed down our list to the top five. We'll post a new story everyday until Jan. 1 and count down to the most popular article of the year. Our third most popular story from 2011 focused on the ouster of former Morton Grove Public Library Board Director Ben Schapiro. #3. Library Board Votes To Remove Executive Director Things really heated up this summer over the contentious and ongoing Morton Grove Library Board dispute. The library board has been a hot-button issue since the beginning of 2011. Earlier this year, the Cook County state's attorney found that the previous …
Friday, December 9, 2011
Morton Grove Public Library Board questions trustee for the second time in two months.
During last night’s heated Morton Grove Library Board meeting, Trustee Dan Hoffman was questioned for the second time in two months over accusations that he violated the library board bylaws during a discussion that turned acrimonious. “Again we have to bring attention to Trustee Hoffman,” said Board President Mark Albers. “This time he’s violated his judiciary duties as a trustee to the residents of Morton Grove.” Earlier: Read Patch’s complete coverage of the ongoing library board dispute. Albers said Hoffman had violated the bylaws after “voluntarily” testifying on behalf of former library director Ben Schapiro during an appeal hearing. The hearing was to determine whether or not Schapiro would receive unemployment benefits from the …
Friday, September 9, 2011
Changes made after previous board violates Open Meeting Act.
In an effort to increase transparency between the Morton Grove Library Board of Trustees and the public, some noticeable changes were put into place at last night’s board meeting. Three video cameras were on hand filming the meeting in its entirety from local media outlets including MGTV. President Mark Albers said the library’s partnership with MGTV would “help instruct [the board] how to tape these meetings and post them on YouTube.” He added this would “give more accessibility to our patrons and our public.” Earlier: Read Patch’s complete coverage of the ongoing library board dispute. Albers also mentioned the possibility of airing the meeting on MGTV in the future. This new addition comes in the wake of the Cook County State’s Attorney…
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Allegations are included in papers Patch obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.
The current Morton Grove Library Board believes the previous board engaged in possible “fraud, conspiracy and official misconduct,” according to papers Patch obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. The papers allege that previous board members had a “scheme” to hide a tax increase so that the library could fund a new building. The allegations are laid out in a letter that Board President Mark Albers wrote to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office in July asking prosecutors to examine the board’s behavior, which included violations of the Open Meeting Act. Treasurer Catherine Peters added a five-page summary of the misconduct she believes the board and former director Ben Schapiro engaged in. (Click on the PDF icon on the …
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Documents allege "fraud," "conspiracy" by previous library board.
Former Library Director Ben Schapiro was forced to resign in July, according to documents obtained by Patch through a Freedom of Information Act request. The papers also shed light on the circumstances surrounding Schapiro’s resignation and allegations of “fraud” and “conspiracy” leveled against Schapiro and former board members by current library board members. Patch obtained a copy of the separation agreement signed by Schapiro and current Board President Mark Albers. (Click on the PDF icon on the right to read the full document.) Patch also received a copy of the letter Albers sent to the Cook County State's Attorney's office asking the office to look into allegations of violations of the Open Meeting Act by the previous board. The …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Review finds 11 of 19 executive sessions violated the act.
The Cook County state’s attorney’s office is investigating what it says are violations of the Illinois Open Meetings Act by the previous Morton Grove Library board. If the violations were intentional, they could constitute criminal violations of the act. The current board requested the review. The office found that 11 of 19 executive sessions conducted from Dec. 10, 2009 to April 14, 2011 violated the Open Meetings Act. Several of the recordings of those meetings are damaged or missing in entirety. The details of the violations were noted in an Aug. 2 letter from Assistant State's Attorney Sara Hynes to Library Board Treasurer Catherine Peters. Patch received a copy of the letter, and verified its authenticity with the state's attorney's …
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Resignation will be effective Sept. 10
The head of public relations, outreach and programming at the Morton Grove Public Library said she will resign next month, according to an article at Morton Grove Champion online. Rosetta Metz made the announcement at the Aug. 15 Economic Development Commission meeting. The resignation is effective Sept. 10. Read more about what Metz had to say on Morton Grove Champion online.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
After an impassioned election this spring, the library board continues to be a lightning rod issue.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
The Morton Grove Library and its board are a hot-button issue in town, evoking strong feelings on all sides. Morton Grove Patch is covering the issue and will update this page with new stories as we post them. Library Board Questions Trustee Over Confidentiality Violation Library Addresses Accessibility, Transparency Issues Openness New Theme for Library Board Meetings FOIA Request Shows Schapiro Forced To Resign Library Board Accusations Include "Scheme" to Hide Tax Levy State's Attorney says previous board violated open meeting act. Library director resigned, board president says Library board appoints new corporate counsel Board mum about director's departure Board votes to remove executive director Forensic audit remains hot issue for …