Friday, April 15, 2011
Despite incoming members' protest, board appoints a new member to replace David Levin.
The mostly lame-duck Morton Grove Library Board of Trustees appointed a new member Thursday night, despite a public request by the four incoming board members that the decision be deferred until they take office. Christa Quinn will serve the remaining four years of David Levin’s six-year term. Board President Levin resigned from the board April 6, one day after an election in which four incoming board members, running under the party name B-PAC, swept out four incumbents. The board has seven members. Citing both a busy professional schedule and his distaste for the agenda of the incoming board members, Levin’s letter said work commitments would have kept him from four of the next six meetings. “This coupled with the fact that the library …
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, April 5, 2011
By early afternoon on Tuesday, workers and voters at the polls say Election Day has been mostly blue skies.
UPDATED 5:45 PM WITH NEW PHOTOS AND TEXT -- Outside the Morton Grove Civic Center on Tuesday afternoon, the sun was shining down on candidates and voters as they made their way into voting booths for Precincts 53, 54 and 57. "It seems like a lot of people are coming out," said voter Sue Mangino, a Morton Grove resident and former school board trustee for District 70 Park View School. "There are important issues at stake with the village and the library." Library board candidates Mark Albers and Laura Frisch offered voters their campaign business cards and their greetings as the voters went into the building to vote. Both said they've been clocking early hours of campaigning today, with one starting at 5:30 a.m. and one at 4:30 a.m. When …
Monday, March 28, 2011
Board member of Morton Grove Public Library and coordinator for PROLibrary election organization Daniel Hoffman responds to recent campaign statements for the April 5 election.
Monday, March 28, 2011
I would like to take this opportunity to once again point out how grossly uneducated and misinformed Mark Albers and his fellow members of B-PAC are on how a Library Board of Trustees works. They have repeatedly demonstrated an inability to do the most basic due diligence before presenting as fact to the population of Morton Grove such assertions (in their own words) as “The taxpayers do not have to vote to approve a new [library] building. Any referendum is only advisory. The library board may overrule it. The village board cannot block it. The simple, frightening truth is that seven people can decide to spend $20-30 million to build a new library no matter what anyone else thinks. That is why [our group] exists." Through their own …
Thursday, March 24, 2011
The MGPL sponsors a library forum on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.
The Morton Grove Public Library (MGPL) sponsored a library candidate forum on Thursday evening, with questions submitted by index cards and moderated by a member of the Union League Club of Chicago. Members of B-PAC, the opposing organization running for library board trustee spots, also held a library candidate forum on Tuesday evening, but declined to attend the MGPL event on Thursday, for reasons which you can read in greater detail here. 7:30 p.m. About 60 people are seated in the audience section of Baxter Room in the Morton Grove Public Library (MGPL). 7:35 p.m. MGPL Board President David Levin gives an introduction to the forum's moderator David Kohn, director of public affairs at the Union League Club of Chicago. 7:40 p.m. …
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
B-PAC's library board forum starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Civic Center in Morton Grove
B-PAC sponsored its own library candidate forum on Tuesday evening, with a general assembly of residents walking up to the podium to ask questions. Members of PROLibrary, the opposing organization running for library board trustee spots, also held a pub quiz event at the same time, and said they never received timely invitations for the B-PAC forum on Tuesday, which you can read in greater detail here. There will be a library candidate forum, sponsored by Morton Grove Public Library, on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.* 7:00 p.m. The candidate forum kicks off with four candidates on stage: Paul Berg, Catherine Peters, Mark Albers and David Calimag. The members of PROLibrary are not in attendance, though name tags and empty seats are on the stage for …
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Candidate Laura Frisch runs for one of the six-year term seats on the library board.
Laura Frisch is running for six more years on the Morton Grove Public Library Board of Trustees, the seven-member group responsible for shaping the library's fiscal and operating policies, after she joined the board in the fall of 2010. According to the PROLibrary website, the incumbent teaches classes at the Morton Grove Park District. She writes columns about animals, arts and crafts and occasionally family coupon deals for Morton Grove Patch, and does volunteer work: Evanston Animal Shelter, Morton Grove Farmer’s Market Committee, founding member of the Friends for the Niles Township Food Pantry, co-leader of the Morton Grove Camp Fire USA troop, and committee chairperson for the Park View PTO. Members of the library board serve six-…
Friday, March 18, 2011
Candidate Bernadette Fahy makes a re-election bid for the one spot contested for a two-year term.
Bernadette Fahy is running for another two years on the Morton Grove Public Library Board of Trustees, the seven-member group responsible for shaping the library's fiscal and operating policies. According to the PROLibrary website, the incumbent owns a "home-based business to enable her to spend more time with her son who now attends Park View School" and spent years before in sales and management. Members of the library board serve six-year terms. This year, three seats are up for six-year terms, and one seat is up for a two-year term on the library board. Two organizations are campaigning for spots on the library board: B-PAC (Mark Albers, Paul Berg, David Calimag and Catherine Peters) and PROLibrary (Bernadette Fahy, Laura Frisch, …
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Candidate Mark Albers makes a bid for one of three spots contested for a six-year term.
Mark Albers, 50, is aiming for a spot on the Morton Grove Public Library Board of Trustees, the seven-member group responsible for shaping the library's fiscal and operating policies. This is Albers' first campaign for elected office. According to the B-PAC website, "He has a Bachelors degree from the University of Illinois in Marketing with advanced studies in Computer Science at De Paul. Mark has worked as a merchandising executive at a large international product distributor...Mark founded his own business in sales, marketing and technology in 2008." Members of the library board serve six-year terms. This year, three seats are up for six-year terms, and one seat is up for a two-year term on the library board. Two organizations are …