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No Holiday Spirit

Oak Forest, IL

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#1
Nov 25, 2012
 
The City sponsors an annual Christmas Party for its employees every year. The employees can attend for free, spouses pay $20. A point could be made that the City should not be spending money in this manner during these economic times, but the goodwill gesture is understood. However, the goodwill doesn't seem to be there this year.
The Mayor has opened this up to include Oak Fest personnel. These people have their own party in the summer to celebrate all their hard work, paid for with Oak Fest Funds.
The Mayor has also included the park district personnel, who also have their own separate celebration. As well as the Acorn Library personnel.
The employees have been told that space is limited. Of course it is with all these other organizations taking seats. This has morphed into a political gathering rather than the "thank you" from the City to the employees that it was intended to be and was under previous administrations.
Going out with a bang, Mr. Mayor?
Hank blows

Oak Lawn, IL

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#2
Nov 25, 2012
 
Bring the lip balm, hank. You got a lot of sucking to do at the party.
lunie town

Oak Forest, IL

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#3
Nov 25, 2012
 
No Holiday Spirit wrote:
The City sponsors an annual Christmas Party for its employees every year. The employees can attend for free, spouses pay $20. A point could be made that the City should not be spending money in this manner during these economic times, but the goodwill gesture is understood. However, the goodwill doesn't seem to be there this year.
The Mayor has opened this up to include Oak Fest personnel. These people have their own party in the summer to celebrate all their hard work, paid for with Oak Fest Funds.
The Mayor has also included the park district personnel, who also have their own separate celebration. As well as the Acorn Library personnel.
The employees have been told that space is limited. Of course it is with all these other organizations taking seats. This has morphed into a political gathering rather than the "thank you" from the City to the employees that it was intended to be and was under previous administrations.
Going out with a bang, Mr. Mayor?
all one big happy family ! The more the merrier! The economy has forced Most companies have eliminate holiday parties yet Hank expands the municipal holiday party- at the taxpayers expense. Can we afford this?? Now how does this make sense ?? Hoping to influence a few registered voters ?? He has influenced me but not to his advantage.
good lord!

Oak Forest, IL

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#4
Nov 25, 2012
 
The "top 10 reasons to vote Hank out of office " list, just keeps growing!!
Res

Oak Forest, IL

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#5
Nov 25, 2012
 
How incredibly senseless this board headed by clueless Hank, has gotten. I used to be astounded but now it's getting downright insulting. And I AM PAYING FOR IT! You bastards.
how much more?

Oak Forest, IL

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#6
Nov 25, 2012
 
No Holiday Spirit wrote:
The City sponsors an annual Christmas Party for its employees every year. The employees can attend for free, spouses pay $20. A point could be made that the City should not be spending money in this manner during these economic times, but the goodwill gesture is understood. However, the goodwill doesn't seem to be there this year.
The Mayor has opened this up to include Oak Fest personnel. These people have their own party in the summer to celebrate all their hard work, paid for with Oak Fest Funds.
The Mayor has also included the park district personnel, who also have their own separate celebration. As well as the Acorn Library personnel.
The employees have been told that space is limited. Of course it is with all these other organizations taking seats. This has morphed into a political gathering rather than the "thank you" from the City to the employees that it was intended to be and was under previous administrations.
Going out with a bang, Mr. Mayor?
The oak fest committee is a volunteer group, not employees. Are all volunteer groups going to be included? Where do you draw the line??? Hank spends taxpayer money like its his own.

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Since: Dec 06

SW Burbs Chicago

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#7
Nov 25, 2012
 
Bah hum bug I found the Grinch!! The whos in whoville better lock their doors and put boobie traps in their chimneys :^)
Res

Oak Forest, IL

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#8
Nov 26, 2012
 
TIM958 wrote:
Bah hum bug I found the Grinch!! The whos in whoville better lock their doors and put boobie traps in their chimneys :^)
Yes, it's always nice to be festive this time of year, throw some money around and take care of people. But not with taxpayers money. That's a 365 day 24/7 job. The idiots at the helm don't get it. Then they have the audacity to pick and choose and no doubt there will be cronies included. That's what tis board does. They take care of their own.
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#9
Nov 26, 2012
 
I don't know anything about this party or the mayor, but the crappy little party doesn't even cost you $.01 in property taxes. Get over it.
No Holiday Spirit

Westminster, MD

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#10
Nov 26, 2012
 
So who is footing the bill for the employees? Oh wait, you're right, there will be no room for employees because everyone else and their brother is on the guest list.
Jimmy John wrote:
I don't know anything about this party or the mayor, but the crappy little party doesn't even cost you $.01 in property taxes. Get over it.
Jimmy Joe

Oak Forest, IL

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#11
Nov 26, 2012
 
Jimmy John wrote:
I don't know anything about this party or the mayor, but the crappy little party doesn't even cost you $.01 in property taxes. Get over it.
IF its being paid for by the City it does cost us. Regardless of where it comes from. Get back on your bike and be freaky fast.
Colleen

Harvey, IL

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Nov 26, 2012
 

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Res wrote:
<quoted text> Yes, it's always nice to be festive this time of year, throw some money around and take care of people. But not with taxpayers money. That's a 365 day 24/7 job. The idiots at the helm don't get it. Then they have the audacity to pick and choose and no doubt there will be cronies included. That's what tis board does. They take care of their own.
Why are you bringing the "board" into this? Did you hear them vote on this? Put this on the doorstep of the mayor with his former mayor/present secretary. Everyone knows how much Hank likes to schmooze.
buying votes!

Oak Forest, IL

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#14
Nov 26, 2012
 
Colleen wrote:
<quoted text>Why are you bringing the "board" into this? Did you hear them vote on this? Put this on the doorstep of the mayor with his former mayor/present secretary. Everyone knows how much Hank likes to schmooze.
I can only guess how many times he'll say "best day of my life" at the party!
Res

Oak Forest, IL

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#15
Nov 27, 2012
 
Colleen wrote:
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Why are you bringing the "board" into this? Did you hear them vote on this? Put this on the doorstep of the mayor with his former mayor/present secretary. Everyone knows how much Hank likes to schmooze.
The board votes on city money spent, unless its Hanks slush fund otherwise known as an expense account . But I don't think this is the case.
just sayin

Oak Forest, IL

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#16
Nov 27, 2012
 
3369Gaelic donates the party every year. The money collected pays for the dj.
No Holiday Spirit

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Nov 27, 2012
 
Of course, not being an insider, "just sayin", I have no way of knowing whether Gaelic donates the party or not. I find that EXTREMELY hard to believe. If you want to say they donate the rental of the room, I would probably accept that, especially if it is held on a week night, but don't think they are throwing in food with that. Why would they?

While the cost of the party is a big issue, there is also the fact that this is SUPPOSED to be a "Thank You" to the employees, not a political rally. If he wants to have a political rally, he can do it another time.
buying votes!

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#18
Nov 27, 2012
 
No Holiday Spirit wrote:
Of course, not being an insider, "just sayin", I have no way of knowing whether Gaelic donates the party or not. I find that EXTREMELY hard to believe. If you want to say they donate the rental of the room, I would probably accept that, especially if it is held on a week night, but don't think they are throwing in food with that. Why would they?

While the cost of the party is a big issue, there is also the fact that this is SUPPOSED to be a "Thank You" to the employees, not a political rally. If he wants to have a political rally, he can do it another time.
gaelic won't being giving then a free party, especially during their busiest time of year. they could have paying customers in there
Dude

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#19
Nov 27, 2012
 
No way does Gaelic donate the entire thing. It being questioned shows how the council has failed the people of O.F. There is no trust in our elected officials. If Hank has the city pay for his landscaping, what is next?
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Oak Forest, IL

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#20
Nov 27, 2012
 
Dude wrote:
No way does Gaelic donate the entire thing. It being questioned shows how the council has failed the people of O.F. There is no trust in our elected officials. If Hank has the city pay for his landscaping, what is next?
what's next? We're paying for his election campaign!
Blast from OakForest 1

Bensenville, IL

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#21
Nov 28, 2012
 
Seriously Gaelic Park donates the City Christmas party every year, and have been doing so as long as it had been there. I beleive I was there about 15-years ago for a commission I was on. All city bills are public record. You can look at each month and see if there is a paid invoice to Gaelic Park. This is another example of lies on this blog when the facts can easily be checked out.

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