Mayor Pedersen's Franklin Park Illinois Town Hall Meeting 012810

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Elmwood Park, IL

#1 Jan 31, 2010
The Franklin Park Town Hall Meeting held on January 28 2010 at North Park (corners of Addison and Scott Streets)is on YouTube and can be accessed by clicking the link below.

http://www.youtube.com/user/FranklinParkIL#gr...
Resident

Elmwood Park, IL

#2 Jan 31, 2010
Entire Meeting wrote:
The Franklin Park Town Hall Meeting held on January 28 2010 at North Park (corners of Addison and Scott Streets)is on YouTube and can be accessed by clicking the link below.
http://www.youtube.com/user/FranklinParkIL#gr...
I've watched the videos, he did a good job of explaining the money issue and where it all went. Our former Mayor was at fault for all this mess. It's pretty sad Pedersen had to face the wrath of the Village Residents for a previous administration. This was a good meeting and more people should be involved.
reply

Plainfield, IL

#3 Jan 31, 2010
If you would have been at the meeting instead of watching vidios you would have seen a good job of talking around a subject without answering it. He got the wrath of the rediensts because they are upset with pedersen and the entire admistation. John Johnsom and Barrett did a wonderful job of blaming the previous administration for all the woes. They explained about how the wool was pulled over their eyes by the accounting firm. Johnson and the other 3 trustees were not remiss, they were fooled. Okay, Pedersen handed out what he claimed was the budget. In front of all the trustees including Johnson he told all the people present this was his operating budget. What i found in this document was figures that even with my own limited knowledge I know were inaccurate. If I seen this, why did John Johnson and the diligent trustees not see it. I seen several salarys which I know are inflated. Are they, the village board that easily fooled? And you wonder why the residents are upset? It seems the residents are not as easily fooled as pedersen wants them to be. Or at least not as easily fooled as our board. The gentleman at the end of the meeting hit it on the head. They should all step down now. The public has no faith in any of them.
Resident wrote:
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I've watched the videos, he did a good job of explaining the money issue and where it all went. Our former Mayor was at fault for all this mess. It's pretty sad Pedersen had to face the wrath of the Village Residents for a previous administration. This was a good meeting and more people should be involved.
you too

Elmwood Park, IL

#4 Jan 31, 2010
Pedersen is a liar pure and simple. he dances around important issues of which he either has no knowledge or throws other people under the bus for his and his trustees incompetency.
FYI the police and fire department only make up approx 22% of the total budget.(Not very much for what you get)Pedersen missled everyone numerous times in different meetings and in writing on the water bill, by saying they take up 73% of total budget. He apologized after the meeting to a couple of firefighters but he knew what he was doing and he has continued this dirty tactic. He should clarify it in writing to the public but he won't as he saw how the public views their safety and he can't get his own agenda passed if the public and public safety stand together.
I really wish more people knew the real mayor for the slime that he is. If his mouth is moving, he is lying!
Resident

Elmwood Park, IL

#5 Feb 1, 2010
reply wrote:
If you would have been at the meeting instead of watching vidios you would have seen a good job of talking around a subject without answering it. He got the wrath of the rediensts because they are upset with pedersen and the entire admistation. John Johnsom and Barrett did a wonderful job of blaming the previous administration for all the woes. They explained about how the wool was pulled over their eyes by the accounting firm. Johnson and the other 3 trustees were not remiss, they were fooled. Okay, Pedersen handed out what he claimed was the budget. In front of all the trustees including Johnson he told all the people present this was his operating budget. What i found in this document was figures that even with my own limited knowledge I know were inaccurate. If I seen this, why did John Johnson and the diligent trustees not see it. I seen several salarys which I know are inflated. Are they, the village board that easily fooled? And you wonder why the residents are upset? It seems the residents are not as easily fooled as pedersen wants them to be. Or at least not as easily fooled as our board. The gentleman at the end of the meeting hit it on the head. They should all step down now. The public has no faith in any of them.
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What salaries are inflated? As compared to other municipalities they are not inflated.
Resident

Elmwood Park, IL

#6 Feb 1, 2010
you too wrote:
Pedersen is a liar pure and simple. he dances around important issues of which he either has no knowledge or throws other people under the bus for his and his trustees incompetency.
FYI the police and fire department only make up approx 22% of the total budget.(Not very much for what you get)Pedersen missled everyone numerous times in different meetings and in writing on the water bill, by saying they take up 73% of total budget. He apologized after the meeting to a couple of firefighters but he knew what he was doing and he has continued this dirty tactic. He should clarify it in writing to the public but he won't as he saw how the public views their safety and he can't get his own agenda passed if the public and public safety stand together.
I really wish more people knew the real mayor for the slime that he is. If his mouth is moving, he is lying!
I would really like to see where the numbers come from 73 is high and 22 is way to low
Resident

Elmwood Park, IL

#7 Feb 1, 2010
reply wrote:
If you would have been at the meeting instead of watching vidios you would have seen a good job of talking around a subject without answering it. He got the wrath of the rediensts because they are upset with pedersen and the entire admistation. John Johnsom and Barrett did a wonderful job of blaming the previous administration for all the woes. They explained about how the wool was pulled over their eyes by the accounting firm. Johnson and the other 3 trustees were not remiss, they were fooled. Okay, Pedersen handed out what he claimed was the budget. In front of all the trustees including Johnson he told all the people present this was his operating budget. What i found in this document was figures that even with my own limited knowledge I know were inaccurate. If I seen this, why did John Johnson and the diligent trustees not see it. I seen several salarys which I know are inflated. Are they, the village board that easily fooled? And you wonder why the residents are upset? It seems the residents are not as easily fooled as pedersen wants them to be. Or at least not as easily fooled as our board. The gentleman at the end of the meeting hit it on the head. They should all step down now. The public has no faith in any of them.
<quoted text>
It's obvious it was the previous administration. he hasn't done any spending since being in office. We all know it was DP.
can you believe it

Oak Park, IL

#8 Feb 1, 2010
McPartlin Supports Stroger

Frank McPartlin says that he wants to take you in a new direction, but he supports Todd Stroger, who gave us the highest sales tax rate in the Nation. Is that because he believes that HIGHER taxes are good, or is he just looking out for the person who gave him a job at $84,999 / year on October 27, 2008?(source: www.cookemployees.com ).

McPartlin Headquarters: 7302 Grand Ave, Elmwood Park - See for Yourself

Is this YOUR idea of a new direction? If not, on February 2nd, vote for Barrett F Pedersen for Democratic Committeeman of Leyden Township - Punch 211.
You too

Elmwood Park, IL

#9 Feb 1, 2010
Resident-
Read the budget. He gave them out at the meeting. That's where the 73% versus 22%. Better yet call his office and ask him to tell you the numbers and then ask why he continuely misleads people.
Slight of hand trick?
trouble

Chicago, IL

#10 Feb 1, 2010
You too wrote:
Resident-
Read the budget. He gave them out at the meeting. That's where the 73% versus 22%. Better yet call his office and ask him to tell you the numbers and then ask why he continuely misleads people.
Slight of hand trick?
The fact remains...THERE IS NO MONEY!
robert

Chicago, IL

#11 Feb 1, 2010
ok.. if a trustee like Mr. Johnson knew something was wrong and made suggestions, what authority or power or legal power does a trustee have if there is something wrong and the mayor does not listen to his recommendation or suggestion. If Mr. Johnson truly was looking out for the residents of Franklin park, what could he have done if the Mayor or the auditor did not listen to him? Could he have gone somewhere to a higher power and report his suspicions? If that is the case, then it seems a trustee has NO POWER OR VOICE WHATSOEVER TO REPRESENT THE FP RESIDENT.. Then if they have no power, they what good are they? What legal rights does a trustee have if he disagrees with the mayor or suspects fraud? At the meeting, I was shocked that Mr. Johnson could not obtain a copy of an audit of a budget and had to ask for it thru some far out manner as by stating the Freedom of Information Act. I could not believe it. That is totally shocking that an comptroller would not provide a copy of an budget or a report to a trustee. That sounds MIGHT SUSPICIOUS. If that was the case,, that would raise RED FLAGS big time.. In that case, Mr. Johnson should have gone to the better business bureau or call the states attorneys office or whoever it is that oversees such things. He should have called the FBI. But what did he do.. nothing. Just went along with it, afraid to lose his trustee job and switched over to Pedersen. Mr. Johnson was chickenshit.
reply

Orland Park, IL

#12 Feb 1, 2010
do not be niave. the budget he handed out out was what he stated is the FRANKLIN PARK budget. It is what he claims he is paying to FRANKLIN PARK employees. It has nothing to do with other towns. He claimed 70% of that budget goes to police and fire. In reality it is only 22%. There are individual saleries listed which are highly inflated. Which means they are wrong figures. Which means someone is lieing. which means again our board is aware of these false figures and went along with them or were not aware of them because no one looked at them. EIther way pedersen is lieing and the board is with him. I am sure by now someone is getting saleries through foia. THe real question is why is he trying to deceive the public? He is not stupid, so he must know about these false figures. It is obvious he wants to make Franklin Park a home rule community, which would be a terrible blow to the citizens. So is the voice of finaicial doom just a ploy to make the public embrace home rule? or does he have more insidious plans?
Resident wrote:
<quoted text> What salaries are inflated? As compared to other municipalities they are not inflated.
lana

Franklin Park, IL

#13 Feb 1, 2010
If the trustees have no power to effectively do their job and represent the people, then what good are they? Are they just trustees in name only? I find it shocking also that important accounting reports were blocked from being viewed by trustees. Who gave them the authority not to show these reports? That is what I would like to know. If it is Mayor pritchett.. then that tells you who the real culprit is.
billy

Franklin Park, IL

#14 Feb 1, 2010
I find it appalling that the trustees did not come out and tell everyone all the problems they were having. Why were they hiding all this garbage? Why did they not stand up and say something? They did nothing and that is worse than anything. They ignored it, scared to lose their salaries and jobs. In this case, their interest was only themselves, not the village of Franklin Park and its residents.
the truth

Elmwood Park, IL

#15 Feb 1, 2010
Please correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't Mayor Pedersen part of the Pritchett administration as a lawyer? Why didnt he say anything then but wait until he's the new mayor and blame it on the past and that be his claim to fame that he's the guy to fix it. He seems to manipulate the truth constantly to suit his needs to make him look like a super hero in the end, just like having to let go of the firefighters and swooping in and saving the day that now none have to be let go! It just seems like an act to make himself look good. Well, I'm not buying it
lana wrote:
If the trustees have no power to effectively do their job and represent the people, then what good are they? Are they just trustees in name only? I find it shocking also that important accounting reports were blocked from being viewed by trustees. Who gave them the authority not to show these reports? That is what I would like to know. If it is Mayor pritchett.. then that tells you who the real culprit is.
Mr Drucker

Chicago, IL

#16 Feb 1, 2010
It seems there is more scheming in that black pot called "our village" than one would imagine. Did Mr. Pedersen have anything to do with these accounting reports? I thought he only went to court to prosecute folks. What involvement would he have had with the budget? He probably knew about it from the trustees and probably schemed and made it a feather in his cap. Again everyone involved did not have the residents of Franklin Park in mind, but their pure selfish selves. Ulterior motives everywhere. I am sure if Mr. Johnson screamed Bloody Murder to the attorney generals office, he may have lost his job and his salary. I am sure he knew this. So he shared his info with Pedersen who made this fit perfectly into his master plan, with Johnson jumping ship on Pritchett. Our village government is DYSFUNCTIONAL. Also wasnt Pedersen a trustee at one point? So that means he knew about the how the auditor has worked on FP books for over 20 years and that is not a GOOD WAY to do books. So he knew! Everyone needs to be purged at the next election.
the truth

Itasca, IL

#17 Feb 1, 2010
there was a comment about the bussiness in franklin
park are close do to the economy this is half
true the big issue is the people in charge from
the mayor to the trustees to the committeemen
sat back and enjoyed there big pay check
trips to laf vegas and hit the bussiness hard
to enjoy there life style so most of them
where fed up and left now we have the same
issue big pay checks no more bussiness to hit
so there hitting us residents and our village
protection who was the committeemen working
with the village these are the people to
blame the way our town is sure the economy
didn't help to me there is no change the
pattern is the same
Buffalo Bill

Chicago, IL

#18 Feb 1, 2010
if the TIF money was used ILLEGALLY (per Mr. Pedersen) to pay pensions, health care, etc/? Who made the decision to use this TIF money to pay these things? Did the comptroller decide by himself? Did the mayor decide to do things this way? Someone made a decision at some point to use this money for those reasons? I and a couple thousand other people would like to know who decided to use this TIF money for that?
Buffalo Bill

Chicago, IL

#19 Feb 1, 2010
also if this is ILLEGAL, then doesnt someone have to pay the price ie. jail time or fine?
Thanks you Pedersen

Elmwood Park, IL

#20 Feb 1, 2010
I was at the town meeting and saw NO skirtig the issues. AS someone stated before, Pedersen did a fabulous job answering the hostile questions he was given. I can't even imagine what someone else would have done. My guess is that it would have been a shouting match
The accountatns wrote the budget. It's on the up and up. If you don't trust it, send your complaints in to the States Attorney's office or contact Lisa Madigan. Pedersen has tried to show everyone in town what is going on. Instead of looking at the FACTS, you say he is lying. He is not lying. When asked to disclose the budget last year during the elections, Pritchett would not do so. If you would really listen to what was being said you would know that there is no wool being pulled over your eyes. You just do not want to know the truth. Even when things are handed to you, you want to call Pedersen and the Trustees liars. They are not. The Trustees make very little for all the time they spend at meeting and village events. So quit complaining. If you think you can do better, then run for office and let people call YOU a liar.
Pedersen has done a fantastic job in the short time he has been in office. He has partnered with all the surrounding mayors, something that hasn't been done in years.
He actually MEETS and TALKS to the staff at the Village. That is also new. Staff from the village stated that during mayor's night it was one of the first times they were acknowledged for their fine work. Barrett has cleaned up a lot. He is making difficult decisions. He is a leader and is willing to take the bad with the good. THANK YOU MR. PEDERSEN!

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