Friends Donate Cash

Lemont, IL

#41 Nov 16, 2012
Friends Donate Cash . Give until it hurts Elvis .
Me me me

Melrose Park, IL

#42 Nov 16, 2012
Infrastructure, development among top Franklin Park issues

By Mark Lawton | mlawton@pioneerlocal.com

FRANKLIN PARK — Barrett Pedersen, Franklin Park village president, recently discussed some of the issues facing the village.

Q: Can you briefly describe the top three issues Franklin Park faces?

A: Infrastructure would have to be in the top three. Road repair and water mains and storm water management.

One of the biggest challenges we have is bringing commercial business to the village without home rule. With all the communities around us having home rule sales tax, they are able to give incentives (to businesses) that the village is not.

Getting the manufacturing jobs that are available and getting people to fill them. That’s one manufacturers bring up to me. Trying to get younger people excited about industrial jobs. You can have a four-year degree and make $35,000,$40,000 and $45,000 a year to start.

Q: Given the economy, how would you describe Franklin Park’s fiscal situation?

A: I think we’re doing well when you consider where (the economy) is at. I’m bullish on our future revenues considering so many industrial businesses are taking up vacant properties. Digital Realty Trust will pay more than $500,000 in utility taxes.

Q: How is the state’s pension crisis affecting Franklin Park?

A: Police and fire pension funds are on track to be fully funded. In 2016, they’re to be funded at a certain percentage (by state law). There’s a discussion on whether the state formula will be adequate or whether there should be some tweaking at the local level.

Q: What is Franklin Park doing to promote economic development?

A: Business retention meetings. We offer businesses that have locations outside an opportunity to consolidate. We spend a lot of time upfront. We talk to brokers, attend meetings of the International Shopping Center Association, talk to the Illinois Alliance of Manufacturers.

Q: Do you think the government of Franklin Park is doing a good job of conducting its business transparently?

A: I think we’re doing an excellent job. Village trustees get a package on the Friday before Monday meetings. Now we take that entire package and post it on the Internet. We’ve redesigned the agenda format so we have much more specific description of what will be voted on. Freedom of Information Act requests are posted on our website.
ray jay

Franklin Park, IL

#43 Nov 17, 2012
Pioneer press is a joke. In the 25+ years I've lived here i have never seen any reporter dig or even look for a story. They are soft. They report what they are spoon fed. Pioneer press would serve us better if they started looking around. It help enormously in keeping local politicians honest and accountable.
Ted

Lemont, IL

#44 Nov 17, 2012
This town should follow Oklahoma City model.Its #1 city in America.They improved infrastructure and push strong business development.Our Industrial area is a mess in regard to infrastructure.With Ohare next door to us and FP surrounded by Interstate access,lots of empty buildings/properties this town should be the #1 city in America.But unfortunately its in Cook county,Home of Govt wasteand Taxes that are among the highest in the country.Small businesses are flying out of this overtaxed county like theres no tomorrow.Thanks to BP's friends-Preckwinkle-Stroger-Qu inn-Emanuel and a list of Big Spenders that goes off into the distance.A person can't even buy a pack of Cigarettes unless you drive to Bensenville,because of these control freak psychopaths.What is Worse, local govt only thnks about dollar stores,banks and fast food.NOT ONE good restaurant.No Toby Kieths,Texas Roadhouse,Longhorn,Quaker Steak,Golden Corral,Mc Cormicks,Shaws,TGIF,So its,sit down eat another cheese burger and keep dreaming about what should have been,as Melrose Park,Northlake,Rosemont,leave us choking on their dust,again,and again.On the plus side at least we do have prostitution on Mannhiem for the last 50-60 years,(wheres Dart and his cop hit squad??)so all the Ohare corridor business Executives can do some business here,in FP,and leave the girls bellys full,and wallets full to do drug dealings with.Goooooooooooo,FP,GO!!!!!! !!!!
Elvis

Franklin Park, IL

#45 Nov 17, 2012
Friends Donate Cash wrote:
Friends Donate Cash . Give until it hurts Elvis .
No need to donate to me. Get your big mouth over to the village hall and file a FOI on how much Ken Zurek is costing the village with all his FOI request.
Do it.....I really want the report to be posted.
Elvis Loves Ken

Lemont, IL

#46 Nov 18, 2012
Elvis wrote:
<quoted text>
No need to donate to me. Get your big mouth over to the village hall and file a FOI on how much Ken Zurek is costing the village with all his FOI request.
Do it.....I really want the report to be posted.
I do know it won't be $15. million + interest .Iknow it won't be the hundreds and hundreds of thousands for -friends- in made up & appointed ,cushy positions.E.G.-Forestry where is the forest here that never was here before ??????? All we get for that is a guy driving around trimming trees with a chainsaw exposed and not even with a cover on it (danger!!!!! Idiot on the loose) No forest here just typical trees in front of peoples houses and for the last 100 years we didn't need Forrest-ry Gump .FOI where the forest came from .Or Engineering Dept Car -Why do we suddenly have that car driving around ,after 100 years without one .Clark -Deutz has been the Engineers ,and they supply their own cars ,I see one of ours driving around labeled -Engineering- Or do C/D get free cars from the village now ?No one here cares about how much he costs ,just how much he's saved us .Your -friends- could have cost this village a lot more without his efforts .This town needs more people like Ken to watch out for the citizens .You have the connections (friends),you do it .Yawwwwwnn .Try a FOI on how many -friends- have cushy jobs and how much they make a year including benefits .Try a FOI on how much Ken has saved us .Those would be of interest to people instead of your milk toast obsession that you pump here.You are becoming just like your namesake,a Fat washed up dope with outdated ideas (songs),and sideburns ..Step aside or step up ,FOI fool.
mickey miguel

Debary, FL

#47 Nov 18, 2012
Don harmon has not slept in days
He is worried about his political future
Elvis

Franklin Park, IL

#48 Nov 18, 2012
Ken has saved us nothing. He is costing us money and time that could be used doing the job of running the village. FOI the information and post it, simple task but you are to afraid to file a FOI.
Cry baby go wipe your tears I need to drive my village car around town looking for friends to hire.
mickey miguel

Debary, FL

#49 Nov 19, 2012
Ken is a community activist
Who is keeping a close eye on
Paidersons political theater
Donald

Melrose Park, IL

#50 Nov 19, 2012
Mickey you are funny calling Ken ativist, I didn't see nothing positive doing for residents other then doing for him self, and creating the name for the last 3 years
mickey miguel

Debary, FL

#51 Nov 19, 2012
Just repeating what I read in the pioneer press
Elvis

Franklin Park, IL

#52 Nov 19, 2012
Mickey stop reading the rag paper.
Ken Zurtic is a mad dog all he is doing is costing the village money, FOI it.
There are no community activist just a pack of mad dogs looking for flesh to chew on and we all know what happens to a mad dog in the end.
Elvis Loves Ken

Lemont, IL

#53 Nov 19, 2012
mickey miguel wrote:
Ken is a community activist
Who is keeping a close eye on
Paidersons political theater
Spot on Mickey!!!!
Elvis Loves Ken

Lemont, IL

#54 Nov 21, 2012
Elvis wrote:
Ken has saved us nothing. He is costing us money and time that could be used doing the job of running the village. FOI the information and post it, simple task but you are to afraid to file a FOI.
Cry baby go wipe your tears I need to drive my village car around town looking for friends to hire.
Don't forget to put in some free gas ,at the pump station, on the taxpayers dime,too.Or you'll have to call the village mechanic to come give you some,at more taxpayers expense.Which would not be out of the ordinary.You will be pumping gas after April 10th,since thats all you are "qualified " to do.Other than be a kiss azz to your so-called "friends".
lesser

Elmwood Park, IL

#55 Nov 22, 2012
mickey miguel wrote:
Ken is a community activist
Who is keeping a close eye on
Paidersons political theater
Ken should pick and choose his battles wisely instead of FOIA'ng the shit out of FP. A majority of time they are useless and DO cost FP money. He is not an activist he is a chemically imbalanced a$$ who wastes everyones time.
Elvis

Franklin Park, IL

#56 Nov 22, 2012
I do not use gas I use my electric car to run around town, time you got with it.
Dan sure pumped his car full of gas and waisted tax dollars but Ken must have slept throught the DP years. The New Dems need to put on purple vests and volunteer to help the village.
See you under the tree at Hammiel Square.
Kenny BOO BOO

Franklin Park, IL

#57 Nov 24, 2012
mickey miguel wrote:
Ken is a community activist
Who is keeping a close eye on
Paidersons political theater
Facts are; Ken Z. has LOST ALL HIS LAW SUITE.
FOI that information and post it.
louie

Chicago, IL

#58 Nov 24, 2012
this is baloney.....not true... made up lies....there is no ordinance against feeding squirrels.
Jean wrote:
A neighbor nearby claims she got a $750.00 ticket for feeding squirrels.Her neighbor is a friend-contributor?, of the Mayors.Can you believe the gall of this Administration??I cannot believe that the lady would lie to me.Feeding squirrels??? This is not right.I am so angry!!!!!!!
Kenny TOO TOO

Elmwood Park, IL

#59 Nov 24, 2012
Unfortunately you are misinformed, she did receive a ticket for feeding squirrels. She lives a few houses away from me, I saw the whole situation unfold for months as well as the ticket issued.
Elvis

Franklin Park, IL

#60 Nov 24, 2012
Feed the squirrels they are cute.
Is there any thing people in the town like?

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