Thursday, March 28, 2013
The local candidates you vote for on April 9 have more influence over your taxes and the services you get than pols in Washington. Learn about the candidates and make an informed choice.
Following is the Patch.com candidate questionnaire from John Pietron, who is running for Morton Grove trustee in the April 9 election. Three candidates are running for three trustee slots; all are unopposed. Name: John Pietron Age: 64 How long have you lived in Morton Grove? 37 years Family: Wife (of 40 years) Janice; Nieces, Nephews, and Godchildren; 2 Collies Education: BS Finance, U of I Chicago and MBA, Keller Graduate School of Management Occupation: Retired. Previously, Entrepreneur – Marketing Consultant Previous Elected or Appointed Offices (please include years of service): Other community involvement: Previous MORTON GROVE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY member Previous MORTON GROVE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY Board …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
One trustee abstains from some votes because his friend gets $25,000 a month in village business; another tried to steer village business to a friend. Does this breach Morton Grove's ethics ordinance? A Letter to the Editor by Pat Kansoer Sr.
Thursday, March 21
The following Letter to the Editor expresses the opinions of the author. Patch is serving as a platform for writers to state their views. Just over one year ago a bright, energetic, likeable politician with a nice family went to Federal prison after being convicted of corruption and abuse of his public office. Apparently, sometimes the boundaries of ethics in public service get blurred. In Morton Grove, for example, there are two trustees running for office who have had a long-time personal friendship with a contractor who, on average, makes $25,000 per month on village contracts, (that’s around $300,000 per year of taxpayers' money). They have made no secret of outings to the Western Open in the friend’s luxury motor home or trips …
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
An independent attorney reviewed the village's contract with a non-profit agency the mayor's wife works for and found no conflict of interest, the village's corporation counsel announced at Monday's village board meeting.
Questions raised at the last (Feb. 11) Morton Grove village board meeting about a possible conflict of interest were addressed Monday by Terry Hoffman Liston, the village's corporation counsel (village attorney). On Feb. 11, Trustee Dan DiMaria asked if there might be a conflict of interest in the fact that the village was considering signing a contract with North Shore Senior Services to provide social services for Morton Grove, given that Mayor Dan Staackmann's wife works for that non-profit agency. DiMaria and Staackmann are both running to become the Action Party's candidates for mayor in Tuesday's (Feb. 26) primary election. Staackmann explained that his wife worked for the agency before he met her, and she works out of a different …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Let's stop the childishness and bickering that have appeared in the comments on Patch, Anthony Hofeld says in a Letter to the Editor. If you support a candidate, stick to saying positive things about them, he adds.
Thursday, February 21
The following Letter to the Editor states the opinions of the author. Patch.com is serving as a platform for writers to express their views. Here we are, just over a week from the primary election (at time of writing), and I am getting sick of the childlike bickering and accusations that have been been in evidence in many of the letters to the Morton Grove Patch, and the comments that were subsequently submitted by the letter-writers’ supporters/detractors. It reminds me of the lead-up to our national election last November, which in many ways struck me as shameful. This is not the way that Morton Grove gets things done. As residents of Morton Grove we are faced with an important decision on February 26, 2013; which Action Party …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
With three trustees in favor of delaying a vote on social services and three against, Morton Grove Mayor Dan Staackmann broke the tie--then a moment later broke a tie on whether to hire a social services provider. With an election looming, politics played
With an election two weeks away and political tensions bristling during a Morton Grove village board meeting, the board twice reached a stalemate on whether to contract with a social services provider, and Mayor Dan Staackmann twice broke a tie vote Monday. After Trustee John Thill read a statement, Trustee Dan DiMaria, who is running against Staackmann in a primary election Feb. 26, made a retort, suggesting the village did not provide enough notice about the process of hiring a social services provider. DiMaria also made a reference to Staackmann's wife working at a non-profit "company" the village would contract with. That provoked a clarification from Staackmann saying she works in a different location and department of the large …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Early voting starts Monday; in this Letter to the Editor, Maria Toth urges voters to cast their ballots for Dan Staackmann, saying he is containing costs and making the village business-friendly.
The opinions stated below are those of the author. Patch is serving as a platform to allow writers to express their views. The first day of early voting takes place on Monday, February 11 in Morton Grove’s first-ever consolidated primary election. To that end, I urge residents to support Mayor Daniel J. Staackmann for re-election as Village President. Having worked side by side on the Village Board with Dan for nearly four years now, I can attest to three of his strengths as a leader: focus, commitment, and vision. In 2009 when he took office, the Village faced an almost $3 million budget shortfall. Dan focused on this issue, working diligently with his fellow Board members and staff to reduce costs and increase efficiency. The …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
A Letter to the Editor from Eileen M. Coursey.
Wednesday, February 6
The following Letter to the Editor states the opinions of the author. Patch is providing a platform for writers to express their views. I have made Morton Grove my home since my parents moved here in 1950. I love Morton Grove. My late husband Jim and I raised our 7 children here and now 5 of my grandchildren call Morton Grove home. I have served on the Morton Grove Park District Board for over 30 years. I have worked with many elected officials, on the Park Board, the Village Board and at the township, county and state level. The good ones listen to the residents, put the people’s interests above politics and work with everyone for our common good. Morton Grove needs a mayor with those qualities, and that’s why I am endorsing Dan …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
If the mayor had only gotten Dempster Street resurfaced, that would merit re-election, but he has done so much more. A Letter to the Editor by Fred Winkler.
Tuesday, February 5
The following Letter to the Editor states the opinions of the author alone. Patch is acting as a platform for writers to express their views. About Morton Grove’s Future Eight years ago, Dan Staackmann ran for Mayor of Morton Grove and lost to some guy from Skokie. In his four years that guy did some good things – for Skokie! Now I thank God every day (OK, every three or four weeks) since Dan Staackmann beat Rick Krier in their 2009 rematch. If our home-grown Mayor had never accomplished anything more than re-surfacing and re-configuring Dempster Street, for that alone he deserves another four years as our Mayor. But, our current Board under Staackmann’s fiscally responsible leadership has accomplished so much more. Miles and miles of …
Saturday, January 26, 2013
A Letter to the Editor by Don and Marilyn Sneider, who say, "Really take a look around you today at our hometown."
Saturday, January 26
The following Letter to the Editor reflects the opinions of the authors; Patch is providing a platform for writers to express their views. For good, honest, open and efficient government in Morton Grove, we encourage you to take action! There’s an unprecedented mayoral primary on February 26 and keeping our village moving on the right track needs your active participation. We have been involved with our community at many levels over many years, including serving on the village board, and seeing many people run for office. But this time is different as we’ll have to vote twice in an unnecessary primary and again this April. In our opinion, Dan Staackmann is the person who deserves all our votes because of his proven record of …