Toscas and Lind Stay on Ballot for Worth Township Seats

Jan 29, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Patch.com

The Worth Township Electoral Board tossed an objection to remove two fellow board members and slate mates from April 9 th ballot.

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Conradh

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They are on the ballot for now. Don't think it is over. When you are getting run out of town you might as well have a parade, eh boys?
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Jan 29, 2013
 
I think the Township Attorney said the Electoral Board was not the proper place to decide compatible offices. Jack's lawyer sold him out when he said Jack can't be tossed off until a law suit comes down after the election. Nobody seemed to say this challenge had no merit except John Toscas. He seems to have a little fire in his belly. Jack Lind just said he was sad. Well Jack try not to be sad for too long, or else it might become a growing habit. When a person says he is “sad” about something that someone is doing, it means that he doesn’t want to condemn or oppose the party that is doing the thing that is making him sad. It is scary to go on the record Jack. Try to grow up a little. Everything can't be done behind closed doors.
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BOSS TOSCAS, A Lesson in Cook County Politics - Part I

While all politicians dine at the public trough, there seems to be one that has figured out how to turn the public trough into a real smorgasbord. I’m talking about south suburban Chicago politician John Z. Toscas; a real gem that can be found hiding in the wreckage of Illinois’ Republican Party. Not only does Toscas hold multiple elected offices that garner him a slew of taxpayer-funded paychecks, he’s also found a way to use the clout from all the offices he holds to garner even more taxpayer funds, by getting himself appointed as a hearing officer in several suburban areas on the South Side. If that isn’t enough to make you scratch your head and wonder how this guy is getting away with pocketing all this taxpayer largesse, then hold onto your hat. Toscas has also managed to tap favors from fellow Republican cronies like former Governor and current convict, George Ryan, that earn him additional taxpayer stipends from do-nothing state boards he squats on.

About now, you’re probably asking yourself how in the world any one person can hold multiple elected offices? Well, technically, they can’t. According to Illinois state election guidelines, while a candidate can initially file petitions to run for multiple offices, they must, within five days of filing to run for a second office, withdraw their petition to run for all other offices that might pose a conflict of interest. But obviously, Toscas doesn’t feel such guidelines sync with his own greedy ambitions. So he has chosen to ignore them and not only run in multiple elections, but also hold on to every office he can wrench a paycheck from.

Not surprisingly, Toscas doesn’t broadcast the fact that he is holding multiple offices to voters when he runs for election. And not surprisingly too, the Chicago mainstream press apparently obliges Toscas by keeping the whole sordid mess out of their rags. You see one of those offices Toscas holds is Assessor for Worth Township. That means he’s the guy who can influence just how much property tax a business or resident has to pay each year. So if you own a business - even a newspaper business - you might be inclined not to cross this guy.
5th Estate

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BOSS TOSCAS, A Lesson in Cook County Politics - Part II

Toscas is also a Trustee for the Village of Crestwood. And right now, he is running in the upcoming April election for mayor of Crestwood along with another election to retain his seat as assessor in Worth Township. Obviously, arming himself with enough money to run in all these elections isn’t a problem. When he puts the arm on you to donate to one of his campaigns, only the homeless dare say no. In a sense, you have to admire this guy. He’s running a racket as smooth as the one the Chicago Outfit came up with when they began selling plate-glass window insurance to terrified shopkeepers along Taylor Street.

Not only do property owners have to think twice before daring to question Toscas, Suppose you are one of the unlucky saps appearing before him in his third, fourth or fifth role as a municipal hearing officer. How likely are you to not drop an envelope to his campaign or start an argument with anything he has to say?

Now, before you all just shake your heads and shrug this off to voter neglect, I do have to tell you that some people out there have been crying foul for a long time about all this. In fact, they filed a formal complaint against Toscas that was decided this past Monday, January, 28th, by the Worth Township Electoral Committee in Alsip.

So,“Justice has finally prevailed?” you may enquire.

“No, it didn’t, you nieve little creature,“ I must answer.“You’re down in some rabbit hole here, Alice! This is Cook County!” And as anyone living here will tell you, "In Cook County, the wonders never cease".

You see, the three people who presided over the hearing and ultimately, decide that Toscas could flaunt the Illinois Election Guidelines and run for multiple offices, happened to be Toscas’ own running mates in one of the two upcoming elections he’s out to buy. So you see, the chances that they were ever going to rule against one of their own were - dare I say – remote.

Toscas and all three of the committee hearing officers are members of the Unity Party, which is running to retain the control they have on public jobs and taxpayer money throughout Worth Township. Despite the fact that Worth Township encompasses parts of Robbins which is 96% African American and Blue Island, which is heavily Hispanic, the Unity Party slate is so white you could pour it on your cereal. That little factoid shows you just how powerful the Republican machine Toscas has built, is in the area. It also tells you just how deeply the Unity Party contempt is for the people living in Worth Township. I would have bet my house that the lily-white, testosterone filled hearing board that convened on Monday was going to signal loud and clear that this neck of woods ain’t ready for reform. But nobody would take that bet. So at the end of the day Monday, Johnny Z. Toscas emerged from the meeting as Cook County’s very own version of Louisiana boss, Huey Long.

Anywhere else, the old axiom about “pigs getting fat and hogs getting slaughtered” might have played out and a righteous sense of shame would have swayed pols to act and bring about an end to Illinois' undisputed king of political razorbacks. But like I already said, this ain’t no rabbit hole, Alice - this is Cook County. And in this neck of the woods, Toscas and his cronies roll on.
JIM

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Jan 30, 2013
 
You can tell that Johnny O wrote the garbage above. Only that idiot would make up all that garbage. He wants to take over and raise taxes like he did when he appointed himself the State Rep then he went to Springfield and voted for the largest income tax increase in state history. So there is no telling what lies he will say about the United Party of Worth Township. What a JOKE!
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JIM wrote:
You can tell that Johnny O wrote the garbage above. Only that idiot would make up all that garbage. He wants to take over and raise taxes like he did when he appointed himself the State Rep then he went to Springfield and voted for the largest income tax increase in state history. So there is no telling what lies he will say about the United Party of Worth Township. What a JOKE!
What difference does it make who wrote the other post? There was some great comparisons. It really is is true that Toscas and Lind were challenged as candidates and their runningmates sat on the panel against the challenger. While the United Party allowed Toscas and Lind to stay on the ballot they just kicked the can down the road by saying that they are not the right board to determine compatibility of offices.

But being compared to Huey Long is a compliment. He was a master politician. Remember his Barbeque Speech?

"How many men ever went to a barbecue and would let one man take off the table what's intended for nine-tenths of the people to eat? The only way you will be able to feed the balance of the people is to make that man come back and bring back some of that grub he ain't got no business with.

How are you going to feed the balance of the people? What's Morgan and Baruch and Rockefeller and Mellon gonna do with all that grub? They can't eat it. They can't wear the clothes. They can't live in the house.

But when they've got everything on the God-slaving earth that they can eat and they can wear and they can live in — and all that their children can live in and wear and eat and all their children's children can use — then we've got to call Mr. Morgan and Mr. Mellon and Mr. Rockefeller back and say,'Come back here. Put that stuff back on this table that you took away from here that you don't need. Leave something else for the American people to consume."

If John Toscas was half as good of a politician as Huey Long things in Worth Township would be different. Jack Lind said he's no politician so the Huey Long compliment doesn't apply to him.
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Lind is no politician? Did he say that? He's been working elections for 30 years. He was on a Republican Township slate claiming to be a Democrat that won a challenge and knocked the real Democrat slate off the ballot. He knows the drill. His old boss Gene Siegal thought being a Politician was an honorable profession, but Jack thinks he's above that? If he wanted a job in
Parks and Rec he should have went to school for it.

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Leave this man alone. He has spent his life helping others. His generosity is not an act.
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Jack Lind holds TWO Elected Positions. Jack Lind has a HUGE Early Buyout Pension from the tax payers. Jack Lind has voted for pay raises. Jack Lind does Not support Term Limits. Jack Lind needs to step down from Township Trustee.
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if jack wins someone should take him to court.
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No to Lind wrote:
Jack Lind holds TWO Elected Positions. Jack Lind has a HUGE Early Buyout Pension from the tax payers. Jack Lind has voted for pay raises. Jack Lind does Not support Term Limits. Jack Lind needs to step down from Township Trustee.
Who cares get a life. As long as his job is getting done correctly what's it to you?
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I agree. That's the problem with people today, you can't do public service without being called names and without being called a criminal. I'm all for people checking to make sure things are done right. But Lind and everyone else has done a great job at the township. People should stick to the right subjects and that is. Is the job getting done correctly? The answer is YES for all the township people.
Does anybody do Fact Checking. Toscas and Lind have been involved in 2 petition challenges in the past 5 township elections. Is it just "sad" when someone challenges them? Is it just "political" when someone challenges them? Murphy Benson and Mahoney just gave the two of them a break. Lind's lawyer argued that compatibility couldn't be decided by Electoral Challenge, not that being a Village Trustee and a Township trustee was compatible. Sounds like Jack's on thin ice to the rest of us.
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Feb 2, 2013
 
Shame on Tocas and Lind for running and/or holding two eleced offices at the same time. To top it off they used tax payer money to defend thier double dipping.
lind

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Feb 3, 2013
 
hey i double dip cause i love kids.
Not So Surprised

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Surprise Surprise......they don't see anything wrong with this
Whats wrong with holding the two positions? As long as he keeps his voting separate from where the Ridge is concerned. Quit your whining, you big baby.
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Not So Surprised wrote:
<quoted text>Whats wrong with holding the two positions? As long as he keeps his voting separate from where the Ridge is concerned. Quit your whining, you big baby.
Really? How do you vote on anything at the Township and not have it affect the Ridge? It is disgraceful actually that a career politician like Lind with no more than a 12th grade education would be placed in a role where he can dictate policy to thousands of property owners. The founders of our country would be disgusted with this behavior. The tax money that funds the township comes partially from the Ridge. Ridge voters select Township representatives. Why did Davies step down when he was elected? Why did Stillman leave the school board when he got on the township? Why did Stillman leave the township when he changed law firms. The answer is because they are smarter than Lind and they knew a conflict of interest when they saw one. They probably liked the money and the chance to work with kids too. They did the right thing.
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i do it for the money i mean the kids.
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Feb 5, 2013
 
So what was Toscas' role with the George Ryan administration?
TOWNSHIP WASTE

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Feb 7, 2013
 
Having a township is a waste of tax payers money. Very out dated. The Worth Township is one of the few left the country. Most services can and should be merged with other taxed body. You have to love ILLINOIS !!!!!! More waste

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