A former inspector grills board

A former inspector grills board

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The Reporter

Tinley Park, IL

#1 Feb 7, 2014
Chicago Ridge bosses cut the full-time code inspector job recently, leaving former code inspector Bob Gushes out of a job and opening two part-time positions. Gushes made his grievances known and took aim at village officials on the same night new inspector Gerard Senese was sworn in.
Gushes aired his grievances to the board Tuesday. He said he served as the code inspector for the village of Chicago Ridge for the past seven years and is now out of a job due to political reasons. After the 2014 budget cuts Gushes claimed to have reached out to the village board but to no avail.
Gushes provided letters to each board member praising his work as code inspector and said he had an “exemplary record.”
“My record and personnel file speaks for itself and is filled with complementary letters from citizens and business owners for the job I do,” Gushes said.
He also said none of the trustees would meet with him and his position was cut because he failed to show political support for two sitting trustees. One of the two trustees replied to Gushes’ concerns during the meeting.
“[Gushes] never reached out to me about his job,” trustee Daniel Badon said.“I won’t go into details but [Gushes’] record is far from exemplary. If people knew what [Gushes] did on taxpayer dollars they would want [Gushes] fired.”
Gushes also publicly warned that Chicago Ridge is facing a bed bug infestation and his full-time job is necessary to help mitigate the ongoing bug problem.
Resident

New Lenox, IL

#2 Feb 7, 2014
Well apparently we can get rid of the old dead weight but it doesn't look like we can get good government. Now Badon wants to be the Boss. Look what happened to Boss Hog.
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Another Resident

Chicago, IL

#3 Feb 10, 2014
The Reporter wrote:
Chicago Ridge bosses cut the full-time code inspector job recently, leaving former code inspector Bob Gushes out of a job and opening two part-time positions. Gushes made his grievances known and took aim at village officials on the same night new inspector Gerard Senese was sworn in.
Gushes aired his grievances to the board Tuesday. He said he served as the code inspector for the village of Chicago Ridge for the past seven years and is now out of a job due to political reasons. After the 2014 budget cuts Gushes claimed to have reached out to the village board but to no avail.
Gushes provided letters to each board member praising his work as code inspector and said he had an “exemplary record.”
“My record and personnel file speaks for itself and is filled with complementary letters from citizens and business owners for the job I do,” Gushes said.
He also said none of the trustees would meet with him and his position was cut because he failed to show political support for two sitting trustees. One of the two trustees replied to Gushes’ concerns during the meeting.
“[Gushes] never reached out to me about his job,” trustee Daniel Badon said.“I won’t go into details but [Gushes’] record is far from exemplary. If people knew what [Gushes] did on taxpayer dollars they would want [Gushes] fired.”
Gushes also publicly warned that Chicago Ridge is facing a bed bug infestation and his full-time job is necessary to help mitigate the ongoing bug problem.
How did they decide which one of these loser inspectors to fire? The Health Inspector wet all over himself in the same meeting while he was trying to explain how he makes inspections. It would be nice if some of the inspectors could actually speak. He has got to go too. Sarcastic little witch. If he only knew how many people can't stand him he would stay in the house. The Mayor is really sleeping at the switch.
Upset tummy

Evergreen Park, IL

#4 Feb 10, 2014
Another Resident wrote:
<quoted text>How did they decide which one of these loser inspectors to fire? The Health Inspector wet all over himself in the same meeting while he was trying to explain how he makes inspections. It would be nice if some of the inspectors could actually speak. He has got to go too. Sarcastic little witch. If he only knew how many people can't stand him he would stay in the house. The Mayor is really sleeping at the switch.
Quintos was the only trustee that hammered him with questions. Why nobody else?
Some places never got inspected yet served food and beverage?
The Q

Chicago, IL

#5 Feb 10, 2014
Upset tummy wrote:
<quoted text>
Quintos was the only trustee that hammered him with questions. Why nobody else?
Some places never got inspected yet served food and beverage?
It was clobbering time, yes it was. After all show me a man with his two feet planted firmly on the ground and I'll show you a man who can't get his pants off!
Gordan Ramsy

United States

#6 Feb 11, 2014
How is it the health inspector finds all kinds of violations and only writes two tickets in 5 years?
GET OUT!!!! Of my kitchen!!!
Getting Warm

Evergreen Park, IL

#7 Feb 11, 2014
Gordan Ramsy wrote:
How is it the health inspector finds all kinds of violations and only writes two tickets in 5 years?
GET OUT!!!! Of my kitchen!!!
The health of out community be damned. He said he wanted to help the business owners not punish them. The real question is which trustee did he campaign for in the last election?
Itsa Coming

Chicago, IL

#8 Feb 11, 2014
How will the mayor and trustees defend this kind of failure. How many seniors and/or children have been subjected to restaurant food poisoning? When the press gets a hold of this and you know they will. What will they say? Will they say, Hey leave Richard Ruge alone he worked on our campaigns. Hey cut the guy some slack he gave Brad Groves bar a pass from all those troubling food inspections. Hey he had a hard time figuring out the grid of what restaurants and where they were and which ones to do and not do.
Your move Bruce

Evergreen Park, IL

#9 Feb 11, 2014
Itsa Coming wrote:
How will the mayor and trustees defend this kind of failure. How many seniors and/or children have been subjected to restaurant food poisoning? When the press gets a hold of this and you know they will. What will they say? Will they say, Hey leave Richard Ruge alone he worked on our campaigns. Hey cut the guy some slack he gave Brad Groves bar a pass from all those troubling food inspections. Hey he had a hard time figuring out the grid of what restaurants and where they were and which ones to do and not do.
I heard Trustee Quintos did go after him and now he's on the outs with some board members and some fomer village officials and wanna be's.
Nothing happened and it's business as usual. Will Quintos let this go? I hope not.
Resident

Princeton, IL

#10 Feb 11, 2014
Your move Bruce wrote:
<quoted text>
I heard Trustee Quintos did go after him and now he's on the outs with some board members and some fomer village officials and wanna be's.
Nothing happened and it's business as usual. Will Quintos let this go? I hope not.
Bruce is a fair guy but he has plenty of his own skeletons. Him and Badon will sit back to see what the others do. I doubt either one of them ever took the point.
They like to lead from the back. Don't forget Mike and Jack fired Gushes with Mayor Tokar. They are not worried about making friends for the next election like Badon. Something don't add.
RidgeDog

Evergreen Park, IL

#12 Feb 15, 2014
I was in a Chinese restaurant in the Ridge on Thursday evening, and made it a point to look for their health code grade - it was indeed posted, and was an 87. Won't be going there for a while.

In fact - in light of this issue and the apparent lack of inspections, I won't be eat out ANYWHERE in the Ridge.
Ruge

Evergreen Park, IL

#13 Feb 15, 2014
He's a loudmouth and a know it all please let him keep his job
Seen it all

Oak Lawn, IL

#14 Feb 17, 2014
Fire all the code inspectors, i see so many code violations in this town its just plain bad! Hmmm lets see, the guy down the street with 3 sheds and down from him theres a backyard with weeds so long over the summer coyotes could hide in there. The guy on Lyman that parks his semi in his driveway. Pools put in under power wires and along fencing. A guy on one of those dead end streets with like 10 vehicles in his driveway. Garages that have people living in them. And the dozens of houses and garages that are deplorable. And of course the Resturants that are never inspected probably have several code violations.
Oaklawnleaf

Chicago, IL

#15 Feb 25, 2014
Seen it all wrote:
Fire all the code inspectors, i see so many code violations in this town its just plain bad! Hmmm lets see, the guy down the street with 3 sheds and down from him theres a backyard with weeds so long over the summer coyotes could hide in there. The guy on Lyman that parks his semi in his driveway. Pools put in under power wires and along fencing. A guy on one of those dead end streets with like 10 vehicles in his driveway. Garages that have people living in them. And the dozens of houses and garages that are deplorable. And of course the Resturants that are never inspected probably have several code violations.
In a profession where there are almost no enforceable rules, it is easy for hustlers like the Moodys with a glib tongue, party connections, luck and little ability to dip into political consulting and become overnight but temporary stars. Then, to hang on after a dose of electoral reality, they desperately become cheap-shot artists who sidestep the best interests of citizenry like those of us in Chicago Ridge and the invent their own slash and burn ethics. This inspector was let go from an at-will position. For him to go public knowing that no one in the room could talk about his employment without risking a lawsuit was just bad Moody coaching.
Dan

Chicago, IL

#16 Feb 25, 2014
Oaklawnleaf wrote:
<quoted text> In a profession where there are almost no enforceable rules, it is easy for hustlers like the Moodys with a glib tongue, party connections, luck and little ability to dip into political consulting and become overnight but temporary stars. Then, to hang on after a dose of electoral reality, they desperately become cheap-shot artists who sidestep the best interests of citizenry like those of us in Chicago Ridge and the invent their own slash and burn ethics. This inspector was let go from an at-will position. For him to go public knowing that no one in the room could talk about his employment without risking a lawsuit was just bad Moody coaching.
I feel bad for this code guy who was fired for political reasons. Just a shame that the same trustees that fired the code inspector won't do the same to the food inspector who we have all learned failed to do his job. Not sure what Ed Moody has to do with this but I see someone wants to blame him for something a grown man said at a board meeting. By the way, before you call Ed names you should understand that Ed has established himself as a true reformer and has a record to prove it. He didn't vote for the Balderman pension deal. He promotes term limits and an end to insurance benefits for part time politcians. Now I want you to know that he will be a great friend to anyone that promotes the best interest of the citizens of Chicago Ridge.
Hey Dan Ed

Tinley Park, IL

#17 Feb 25, 2014
Dan wrote:
<quoted text> I feel bad for this code guy who was fired for political reasons. Just a shame that the same trustees that fired the code inspector won't do the same to the food inspector who we have all learned failed to do his job. Not sure what Ed Moody has to do with this but I see someone wants to blame him for something a grown man said at a board meeting. By the way, before you call Ed names you should understand that Ed has established himself as a true reformer and has a record to prove it. He didn't vote for the Balderman pension deal. He promotes term limits and an end to insurance benefits for part time politcians. Now I want you to know that he will be a great friend to anyone that promotes the best interest of the citizens of Chicago Ridge.
Hey Dan Ed. The Pension Board gave Baldy the pension deal. Give it a rest. Since all of the parties to this problem have lawyered up it will be up to the courts to figure out. But then you knew that and chose to bring it up again. And since Ed was such a sissy and QUIT the School Board when things didn't go his way it is laughable that he can have serious talk about Term Limits. Insurance is mandatory at 20 hours thanks to ObamaCare so forget about part time. Trustees better be putting that much time in.
New blood

Evergreen Park, IL

#18 Feb 25, 2014
Looking for two new candidates for trustee
annonnymos

Oak Lawn, IL

#19 Feb 26, 2014
Three new candidates for 2015
Dan

Chicago, IL

#20 Feb 26, 2014
Hey Dan Ed wrote:
<quoted text> Hey Dan Ed. The Pension Board gave Baldy the pension deal. Give it a rest. Since all of the parties to this problem have lawyered up it will be up to the courts to figure out. But then you knew that and chose to bring it up again. And since Ed was such a sissy and QUIT the School Board when things didn't go his way it is laughable that he can have serious talk about Term Limits. Insurance is mandatory at 20 hours thanks to ObamaCare so forget about part time. Trustees better be putting that much time in.
Its a shame that the tax payers have to pay for all these lawyers fees all because village trustees voted to Approve the pension boards recommendation for the Baldy pension deal. The health insurance bennies are just too expensive for any part time politicians and must be eliminated from the budget. I'm looking forward to 2015 as I am sure we will see term limits at the polls. Have a nice day everyone.
QM Rules

Tinley Park, IL

#21 Feb 26, 2014
Dan wrote:
<quoted text> Its a shame that the tax payers have to pay for all these lawyers fees all because village trustees voted to Approve the pension boards recommendation for the Baldy pension deal. The health insurance bennies are just too expensive for any part time politicians and must be eliminated from the budget. I'm looking forward to 2015 as I am sure we will see term limits at the polls. Have a nice day everyone.
I have a better way. Lets just tell all office holders that they should just quit when the going gets tough. Call it the Quitter Moody Rule. 50 residents come to a Public Meeting to complain about something a Board has voted on and the Board member who made the motion would have to quit just like ED did.

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