Ex-Chicago Ridge mayor still moving out of office
Posted in the Dixmoor Forum
#1 Jul 9, 2013
Thirty-eight years can seem like an eternity compared with six weeks. But those two numbers are linked at Chicago Ridge Village Hall. Former Mayor Gene Siegel served 38 proud and productive years leading the village. On Tuesday, it will be six weeks since former village Clerk Chuck Tokar was sworn in as mayor.
But if one were to visit Tokar at the village hall, he or she wouldn’t find Tokar in the mayor’s office. He still is in the clerk’s office. It is spacious, but not as large as the mayoral digs.
The larger, corner office reserved for the mayor still is filled with remnants — plaques, photos, autographed sports jerseys, hats, mugs, you name it — from Siegel’s nearly four decades as mayor, as Siegel has yet to move out.
So where is newly elected village clerk George Schleyer? He’s in a cubbyhole down the hall with a desk, computer and a few drawers with which to run the part-time gig.
Schleyer and Tokar are not complaining. Then again, each would like to move into his respective office sooner rather than later.
Asked about the situation, Schleyer diplomatically said,“Ask Chuck.”
Tokar, Siegel’s right-hand man for decades, chose his words carefully and insisted there’s no rush.
“I’m moving in as soon as he gets everything out of there. He’s been working on it,” Tokar said of Siegel.“He’s had his family in working on it. He thought he’d have it done by the Fourth of July. He’s got a lot of it in boxes.”
Much of Siegel’s memorabilia can be stored in a spare room in the lower level of the village hall, Tokar said.
“Then he can take his time and go through it. He can decide what he wants to get rid of, what he wants to put in storage,” Tokar said.
“We’ve got to get going on this,” Tokar said.“I had a painter here (recently). There are nail holes everywhere. There are probably 100 nail holes in that room. There’s an awful lot of spackling that will be going on.”
A few months ago, Siegel said his wife, Linda, doesn’t want all the memorabilia coming home.
While the moving process has “taken longer than we both thought, there are no hard feelings,” Tokar said.
“In a way, it’s been good to have him around (the village hall) because I’ve had questions about things, like liquor license applications, that were taking place when he was mayor,” Tokar said.
Siegel — who was bestowed the title “mayor emeritus” by Tokar the night he took the reins — feels bad about the delay. He was apologetic about the piles of goodies stacked in his office when a reporter visited his office Wednesday.
“I’ve got four big plastic boxes full of pictures. There were 62 plaques and awards — 62 — that were hanging on the walls,” Siegel said.
Enlisting the help of family members should be helpful, Siegel said, as he combs through all the items that were given to him through the years.
“I took a lot of stuff out of here already. It’s hard. People keep coming in, wishing me well,” Siegel said.“It was a good run.”
#2 Jul 10, 2013
It shouldn't take 6 weeks to pull out 100 nails, take down 62 plaques or pack up a half dozen boxes.
Was Gene surprised that he didn't win the election this time? "HELLO GENE? This the Board of Elections calling. You were not a candidate in this election. Back at Christmas time, all the candidates filed petitions for office and you forgot...or something. You can go home now. Chuck will call you if he needs anything. Okay, bye now"
Let's hope Tokar doesn't have to call Gene too much. If he does, maybe we have the wrong guy.
#3 Jul 10, 2013
It's really sad that Gene is still occupying Tokar's office. And even worse it took up room in the paper! Toker is being nice about it since Gene took good care of him throughout the years. If it was me all his stuff would be on the front lawn a long time ago! Next presidential election is Obama gonna stay in the white house 6 weeks after the new guy is voted in?
#4 Jul 11, 2013
maybe gene needs volunteers too help him move out.
personally I would bring my car tomorrow just call me. gene you know me. your friend on princess. take a hike. I made the call too the news paper when I heard how long he was taking. whats going on here?
if a person gets fired thats it youre gone
right away, not 6 weeks. its sad no one
even tokar will not speak up. maybe they need to have a vote at the next meeting about how much time he should be allowed too have left. how about tokar you are the mayor?
#5 Jul 12, 2013
To all the haters out there, Mayor Gene has gotten packed up and moved out. Mayor Chuck has been moving in. Clerk Geo is moving up. Let all the new wheeling and dealing begin.
#6 Jul 12, 2013
yous needs tA lern sum grameer an spelin an fined da shifter thang princess on princess!
#7 Jul 12, 2013
no matter how you spell it, say it or what ever he needs too get out. and if he is gone, its the best thing that ever happened too this town. lets wait and see how chucky does. its funny how the village workers are so concerned about gene, maaybe if they concentrate on pleasing the rest of us here
the town would be much better off.by the way wonder who will be the next new hored employee for the village hall? lets hope gene
is not making any recomendations like say kathy D. OR THE OTHER NUTBAG WHO ATTACKED HIS NEIGHBOR. but still get their pensions
#8 Jul 12, 2013
Gene is a self absorbed egomaniac who just can't believe he is OUT. He is Done, Nothing, Useless, Feeble, Old and at the end of the rainbow. Go to the light Gene, go to the light. Oink Oink you PIG.
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