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 …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Back in 1897, the original schoolhouse rang it. But then a principal gave it to a mother of eight, and about a century passed until it showed up Monday at Morton Grove's village hall. Here's the story.
A school bell that called children to class back in the 1800s was brought to Morton Grove's village board meeting Monday, where Park View School Superintendent Phil Collins and members of the Morton Grove School District 70 board came to the podium with smiles on their faces to accept it. Bill Sonne, whose family has been in Morton Grove since the 1870s and whose relatives have held onto the bell these many decades, came to the meeting to see it handed off to the school. "The principal of the school gave the bell to my grandmother and when she passed away, my dad (born in 1908) got the bell," Sonne said. "I knew what my dad's wishes were." Mayor Dan Staackmann, who has a keen interest in Morton Grove history, prepared the following …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
A Letter to the Editor by former Morton Grove trustee Joe Weiss.
The following Letter to the Editor gives the opinions of the author. Patch.com provides a platform for writers to express their views. One of the most critical challenges facing communities like Morton Grove is attracting and retaining successful retail businesses that can generate sales tax revenue to reduce the burden of property taxes on its residents. During my service on the Morton Grove Village Board more than 10 years ago, Dan Staackmann, who then served on the Park District Board, approached me about an economic development lead for Menards for a then-vacant industrial property on Oakton near Lehigh. At the time, Menards was located in Skokie near Niles West so it hadn't been on the Village of Morton Grove's radar. Though many …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
This mayor has made tough decisions that have paid off and put Morton Grove on the right track. A Letter to the Editor from John Thill.
The following Letter to the Editor expresses the view of the author alone. Patch is merely serving as a platform for readers to state their opinions. Morton Grove is going to have its first primary election in the Village's 128 year history on Feburary 26. What is the cost to the taxpayer? I have worked alongside Mayor Staackmann for the past six years and I have a few observations that I would like to share. The Mayor has always put the welfare of the people and the village first above any other consideration. There have been many tough decisions over the past four years. Some of these decisions were not popular at the time. But I doubt that anyone can argue with the results. Some are: a more vibrant senior center, expanded and …
Friday, November 30, 2012
On Saturday, there's Breakfast with Santa, the Farmer's Market is held indoors and Mayor Staackmann speaks on Morton Grove mayors. On Sunday, breakfast with Santa at 10, and he rides through Morton Grove at noon. Plus concerts, prizes.
It's shaping up to be a big weekend in Morton Grove and Niles, with the opening of the Winter Farmer's Market and the arrival of Santa, who will ride through the village on a large sleigh (OK, firetruck) and toss candy to children. Plus, have breakfast with him. Like Niles-Morton Grove Patch on Facebook for news, fun, conversation Then check out the sultry songstress in concert at the Morton Grove library, or the Andrews Sisters tribute group at the Niles Library, Sunday. You can also hop over to Golf Mill Shopping Center in Niles for breakfast with Santa Saturday morning, or St. John Brebeuf for Breakfast with Santa Sunday morning. Saturday, Dec. 1 Sunday, Dec. 2 Get Morton Grove and Niles news in a daily email from Patch. It's like …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
After Trustee Dan DiMaria declared Tuesday he would run for mayor in the party's primary, Morton Grove's mayor, Dan Staackmann, commented.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
After Morton Grove Trustee Dan Di Maria announced Tuesday he would run for village president in the Action Party primary election on Feb. 26, members of the Action Party issued a statement. Earlier: DiMaria tosses hat in the ring It said: Previously, the Board of Directors of the Action Party chose its slate of candidates for the upcoming April 2013 municipal election. Five seats on Morton Grove’s Village Board will be on the April ballot: Village President, Village Clerk, and three Village Trustee positions. The Action Party still endorses the slate it selected and announced on October 17, namely Daniel J. Staackmann for the office of Village President; Ed Ramos for Village Clerk; and Bill Grear, Tony Kalogerakos, and John Pietron …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Morton Grove's mayor is profiled in our ongoing Q&A series about leaders in the community. We ask both fun and serious questions. Staackmann used to drive race cars--now he steers Morton Grove government.
Patch: What's a favorite book or movie? Dan Staackmann: ‘Team of Rivals’ by Doris Kearn Goodwin. It’s the story of Abraham Lincoln’s cabinet and presidential run. All the people who wanted to run against him, he put in his cabinet. His theory was that he wanted to have the best people in the best positions. Who cooks at your house and what do they cook? My wife does most of the cooking; she’s somewhat of a gourmet cook. It’s a hobby. I do the laundry and cut the grass. What are your hobbies, sports or interests? I would say all my free time for the most part is wrapped up in Morton Grove, the village. Back in the 1970s I used to race cars. So the only real sport I still follow is NASCAR. Earlier: Mayor Staackmann calls a unity meeting …
Monday, June 6, 2011
Local officials, community groups gather to celebrate the first official week of the market.
Morton Grove residents, local officials, and several community groups turned out Saturday morning to celebrate the official opening of the Morton Grove Farmers' Market. This is the second year for the market, which is open every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October 15th. Check out the video for a peek at the action. The opening celebration featured a flag presentation by Morton Grove Boy Scout Troop 228, the singing of the National Anthem, performances by Golf Middle School's Jazz Band and Show Chorus, and speeches from several local officials. 17th District State Representative Dan Biss reminded those in attendance that a farmer's market has a larger purpose than just being a place to buy quality products and produce. …
Monday, May 2, 2011
"A welcome end to his life and career."
Local politicians have begun issuing statements about Osama Bin Laden, who was killed Sunday night by U.S. special forces in Pakistan. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Highland Park) told The Chicago Tribune: This [Bin Laden] was the largest mass murderer in U.S. history... He was known as HVT-1 — High Value Target No. 1. He eluded three presidents and several governments. It is a welcome end to his life and career. Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) in a statement issued this morning: The death of Osama bin Laden is a significant achievement in our fight against terrorism and strikes a blow to those violent extremists who seek to do our nation and all freedom loving democracies harm. On September 11, 2001, more than 3,000 innocent souls lost their lives …
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
With little 'wiggle room,' village scrapes by on leaner services as its financial health gets more desperate.
Every year when the Morton Grove trustees get a copy of the budget, on top is a “transmittal letter” hitting the highlights and lowlights of the village’s financial position. The increasingly desperate tone of those letters in recent years reads like transmissions from the captain of a ship in distress. "As with other municipalities through the nation, Morton Grove has experienced serious revenue declines," the 2010 letter says, describing that year as a "cutback budget." "The budgetary challenge of 2011 is to maintain essential service levels while minimizing property tax or other license or fee increases," this year's transmittal letter said. As the housing bubble burst in late 2006 and the Great Recession set in, small cities all across…