Welcome to Chicago Ridge
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#1 Nov 1, 2013
(February 07, 1989) Mary Macarol says Mayor Eugene Siegel is lying.
Siegel, in turn, says village clerk Macarol has ``gone off the deep end.``
Welcome to Chicago Ridge politics.
Siegel and Macarol, political allies for 14 years, are on opposite sides of a heated battle for political power in the southwest suburb. The war of words started on a low plane and apparently has degenerated from there.
When both were invited recently to debate on a local cable television outlet, Macarol said she would do so only if Siegel had a lie detector ``attached to his arm`` and with a polygraph expert on the scene. Siegel retorted that Macarol had issued a ``stupid statement.``
Later, Macarol said she had been harassed and intimidated by Siegel many times since the two became political allies in 1975.``I think she`s gone off the deep end,`` Siegel said.
In a press release, Macarol said she would not take part in a televised mayoral debate because the three television networks lost viewers each time a debate was held during last year`s presidential race. The implication was that people weren`t interested in watching debates.
``I want to debate her,`` Siegel said.``We`ll have our debate on television even if she is not there.``
Siegel is running on the Performance Party ticket along with clerk candidate Charles Tokar, incumbent trustee George Ryniak and trustee candidates Maureen Socha and James Saunoris.
Macarol, the village clerk for 24 years, heads the Village Interest Party. Running with her is Patricia Lyons for clerk and Alan Vales, Dennis Stang and Richard Melanson for trustee.
Siegel and Macarol became political partners after nine Chicago Ridge officials, including a village president, were indicted on extortion charges in 1975. All were found guilty and fined. Four of the nine also received jail terms.
Macarol was the only elected official in the suburb not to be indicted. Siegel was elected to fill out the unexpired term of the mayor and won election for his first four-year term in 1977.
``Yes, I backed the mayor then,`` Macarol said,``but since then he has forgotten what he was elected for.``
``She has always wanted power,`` Siegel said.``Many times she has overstepped (her) duties by acting on her own. The clerk functions at the will of the board, not the other way around.``
Macarol believes Chicago Ridge`s 14,500 residents are ready for a change. Among the planks in her platform are an ethics ordinance and a ceiling on contributions to an office holder by businesses in the community. She said restaurants and liquor stores in the area have contributed to Siegel`s campaign fund. Siegel is also the suburb`s liquor commissioner.
Siegel insisted he has never solicited such contributions, but acknowledged he does have a fundraiser each year.``Everyone does that, and it`s always dinner and dancing, or maybe a golf outing someplace.`` And, yes, he said, some restaurants in the southwest suburbs paid $30 a ticket for this year`s gala.
Siegel, who works for state treasurer Jerome Cosentino by marketing an investment pool program to other communities, is paid $15,500 as the part-time mayor and $5,000 as the liquor commissioner.
Macarol, who received a $12,000 pay raise last year, is paid $36,000 as village clerk and if she wins she`ll have to take nearly a $15,000 pay cut.
#2 Nov 2, 2013
She was well liked but voters not sure if she wasn't involved. Guilt by association.
How did she not know what was going on? Hummm?
#3 Nov 2, 2013
Allot of us thought she was unqualified. The office of village clerk offers very little by way of executive experience. All she did was keep the minutes of the meetings and hob knob. The village trustees are the ones that set the ones that make it happen. anyway I voted for Gene.
#4 Nov 2, 2013
Hypothetically... if it happened again today ( Say, last year) wouldn't you think the Clerk would know? Or did the Boys just keep her in the dark?
#5 Nov 3, 2013
Just think about this one. Some of these ideas from 1989 make just as much sense and have still not been discussed yet until the new trustees ran. Macarol believes Chicago Ridge`s 14,500 residents are ready for a change. Among the planks in her platform are an ethics ordinance and a ceiling on contributions to an office holder by businesses in the community. She said restaurants and liquor stores in the area have contributed to Siegel`s campaign fund. Siegel is also the suburb`s liquor commissioner.
Tokar is the liquor commissioner. He just had a fund raiser and sold tables to all the bar owners. As far as contracts go, the big loser ex-trustee lost because he said he was a contract expert and he kept some things from the Mayor Clerk and Board. The new Mayor was out of the loop on some shady deals.Some people never learn
#6 Nov 3, 2013
They should eliminate the office of clerk. It is a useless office that provides no use to the taxpayers.
#7 Nov 3, 2013
We certainly never needed a Full Time Mayor and a Full Time Clerk. That was Siegel fiction. If we keep a Full Time Mayor we don't need a full time clerk. Some towns have business managers.
#8 Nov 5, 2013
This is a good reason why inbreeds should not be allowed to use the internet. The logic is that the losing candidate's ideas in 1989 should be adopted now in 2013 because they are still good ideas? If they were good ideas why didn't they carry the election? The only explanation that makes sense is that they were not good ideas. In America sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and taking your bat and ball and leaving when you are losing is no way to run government.
#9 Nov 22, 2013
i am going to hate myself for saying this. We always get the government we deserve. All Mrs Macarol really said was that Gene was too political and he never followed through. She carried through. So Tokar did Genes work all these years. That is what every one thinks. So if Schleyer the liar stays clerk for a few years he can be Mayor next?
#10 Nov 24, 2013
Are you saying that we deserve elected people that are unqualified? Go ahead and hate yourself. The town is sinking fast. Nobody deserves this.
#11 Nov 24, 2013
Is the Mayor getting ready to suggest the Village consider dissolution of the village?
Has the Mayor mulled dissolution of the village because it has mutual assistance services with Oak Lawn and North Palos and many other municipalities. There are rumors about this conversation that he has been having. This could lower water bills for the residents and merge all departments and give Oak Lawn one more district.
The Mayor was heard to be in a discussion saying that “The two municipalities are so intertwined with each other why are they both continuing to exist?” It is said that that he was willing to pursue a state grant to consider dissolution. He is probably thinking that dissolution takes a lot of analysis. Is the Mayor favoring dissolution if it was for the purpose of eliminating the police, fire, public works and Village Hall departments? The Mayor could end up as a trustee on a new Oak Lawn Village Board or as the Mayor of Oak Lawn and he could use this new municipality to run things more efficiently so all concerned can focus on attracting businesses with services that are not available now. It’s probably just a matter of time, it’s going to be big chain stores and ‘for sale’ signs.
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