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 …
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Morton Grove resident and Action Party President Mark Matz offers his thoughts on the state of the village.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
How do we view Morton Grove? As a divided, damaged village with no hope, lamenting our past? Or are we a united, resilient community ready to meet future challenges in pioneering ways? I hope we share a positive outlook and use that when providing constructive input to our elected officials. For those who only see the negative, please take another look around your home town today. It is a unique, diverse community with roots reaching back deep into the 19th century. Our village can and will work together to face new opportunities while digging out from the economic crisis. No government is perfect since it is a human creation. The American form of democracy is still the best one on the planet. What makes it great? When you …
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Written by Morton Grove resident and former library board member Patrick Kansoer
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
In an opinion piece recently, a contributor asked the question: "What Happened to Democracy in Morton Grove?" The answer is, "It worked," and here's why. Representative government is based on rules. The rules are very specific. In the case of running for office and the steps getting to that point, the rules can be complicated. So can the job of holding public office be complicated. There is a whole body of printed rules available to every citizen that show, step-by-step, what needs to be done before you can be placed on the ballot. These are not suggestions, they are requirements. Do them the way you are supposed to, you get to put your name in front of the electorate…don't do them the way you are supposed to and you run the risk of not …
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Police Chief Erickson responded to disgruntled community members.
Animal control was the hot topic Monday at Morton Grove's village board meeting. The board heard an address from Police Chief Mark Erickson, who responded to complaints from residents who are unhappy with the city's animal control services, which have been severely scaled back in the financial pinch of recent years. At the heart of the controversy is an e-mail that urged pet owners to contact the board and the police department with their complaints. The message alleged: "I understand the responsibilities of being a pet owner," said Erickson, who had dogs while his children were growing up. "Some of these statements are inaccurate, but in the areas where we did fail, we're trying to correct those." Erickson categorized the decrease in …
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Didn't have time to attend session? Here's the gist.
The Morton Grove Board of Trustees rolled in the New Year with their first board meeting of 2011 on Monday evening. For those of you who couldn’t make it to the meeting, Patch has assembled a list of highlights. 1. Two representatives from the American Legion Post 134 in Morton Grove presented Mayor Dan Staackmann and the Board of Trustees with a thank-you DVD and folder for the village’s support of its annual Thanksgiving party for young adults in the armed forces. “These young pups need us more than ever nowadays,” said Casey Bachara, the head of the Thanksgiving Sailors Committee. Morton Grove resident and committee-member Joseph Gesicki introduced Bachara. 2. Plan Commissioner Steven Blonz presented two reports on properties …
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…