Village of Round Lake Mayoral/Trustee Elections

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Round Laker

Chicago, IL

#1 Feb 13, 2009
I would like to start an open forum for people to discuss the upcoming elections in Round Lake. Let's hear from everyone that knows anything about the candidates from either slate to help people make an informed choice.

Let's try not to make it an "old town" vs "new town" battleground -- we all should have the best interests of the Village in mind when we vote no matter where we reside.

Discuss
Round Lake Links

Round Lake, IL

#2 Feb 13, 2009
This forum is a great idea:

Please Post All Known Candidates Web Site Links As They Become Avalible.

ROUND LAKE MAYORS
ROUND LAKE SCHOOL BOARD
ROUND LAKE PARK DISTRICT
Round Laker

Chicago, IL

#3 Feb 14, 2009
Round Lake Mayoral Election Slate 1:

United For Change

James Dietz, Mayor
Joyce Swieton, Clerk
Don Newby, Trustee
Sonia Sandoval, Trustee
Susan Triphahn, Trustee

From the News-Sun
Round Lake Links

Round Lake, IL

#4 Feb 14, 2009
Round Laker wrote:
Round Lake Mayoral Election Slate 1:
United For Change
James Dietz, Mayor
Joyce Swieton, Clerk
Don Newby, Trustee
Sonia Sandoval, Trustee
Susan Triphahn, Trustee
From the News-Sun
Do they have a web site?
RLer too

Orland Park, IL

#5 Feb 15, 2009
RL United Slate:

Bill Gentes, Mayor
Jeanne Kristan, Clerk
Brian Brubaker, Trustee
Al Villasenor, Trustee
Cynthia Pruim-Haran, Trustee

http://site.rlunited.com/

My initial opinion is that the current Mayor's slate is much more involved, experienced with a higher degree of professional backrounds more suited to the direction of Lake County. They might not be warm and fuzzy, but I am not voting for friends.
Round Laker

Chicago, IL

#6 Feb 15, 2009
Round Lake Links wrote:
<quoted text>
Do they have a web site?
I have been looking for one.

I will be posting some of the school board slates shortly but someone will need to do the park district.
Round Laker

Chicago, IL

#7 Feb 15, 2009
Here is what I found in the Daily Herald about the RL School Board elections although I know there are three candidates for each slate:

"•Round Lake Unit District 116 board candidates Ann Welk and Douglas Raul Williams are contesting the validity of the nominating petitions filed by opponents W. Guy Finley and Tonesha Baker. Specifics were not immediately available. Welk, Finley and Baker are incumbents."
Round Laker

Chicago, IL

#8 Feb 15, 2009
RLer too wrote:
My initial opinion is that the current Mayor's slate is much more involved, experienced with a higher degree of professional backrounds more suited to the direction of Lake County. They might not be warm and fuzzy, but I am not voting for friends.
Thanks for that observation. It is my understanding that Dietz is also an accomplished local businessman but I am not familiar with all the others on that slate.

Does anyone have any information about the park district elections and what the main issues are there?
RLer too

Orland Park, IL

#9 Feb 15, 2009
Yes. Mr. Dietz has a long established business in RL and he has had some involvement going back a ways in the village. What bothers me, is unlike Newby who has conintued on, Dietz has virtually disappeared since the new regime. We could suggest that this is because the new regime has not included him. However, Gentes has not hesitated to appoint Gillette/Piscatello/Villasenor /Gutnek to posts. All former oposition of some sort.

His relative, Jean McCue is surly at best so I'd imagine Jim is not warm and fuzzy either if we are going to vote on that basis. I have seen their info and still have no real indication of what they stand for other than what the standard rhetoric is. There is no indication of a plan.
A Martinez

AOL

#10 Feb 15, 2009
WWW.RLPFORCHANGE.COM

This party truly will represent Round Lake Park. Their main issue is the loss of all the retail and commercial development that was on the books when Ila Bauer passed away and has been lost. RLP was truly on the edge of a development boom. These plans were all proposed and being pursued long before the recent downturn in the economy. Mayoral Candidate Bill Baczek was the spokesman for the Economic Development Committee until 2006 and seems very knowledgable with regards to his focus on new development to help his community. They also oppose the 1.5 million dollar bond referendum for sidewalks and streetlights. Nobody has seen a clear plan on what to do with that kind of money. Thats a lot of sidewalks and streetlights. They believe this is not the time to merely renew a debt when a clear option is to lower the cost of living to the residents. Their ticket includes Current Trustee Marty Nelson III who does not just follow along with the Mayor at every board meeting. He votes his conscience and is always looking to represent his fellow residents at every meeting. He is currently pursuing a waste transfer station inside the village that will bring much needed revenue. The ticket is balanced by 2 newcomers, Donna Cox and Laure Frawley. Donna works for a telecommunications company and her insight on wireless technology will be very helpful as a board member. Laure works for Fremont School District and her husband is a police officer in a neighboring community. Her background with children along with her husbands insights will make her a good trustee. Patty Clark rounds out the ticket for clerk. Patty recently retired from American Family Insurance and is well known for helping with the community needs and insurance issues. The other issues the RLP For Change Candidates are promoting is a renewal of "Community Watch" on the streets of RLP and finally getting rid of those silly stickers we all must purchase and place in our car windows each year. With RLP projected to be $700,000 in the red at the end of 2009 it seems to me that "change" is needed in RLP.
Voter

Naperville, IL

#11 Feb 16, 2009
Whoa, whoa, whoa! Last I checked this string was for ROUND LAKE elections not RLP. Please keep things seperated as to not confuse people.

As far as the Park District goes:

there are two seats up @ 6 year terms. Runners are incumbent Daudelein (running unopposed) and new comer Blum (running unopposed.

there is one seat up @ 2 year term for the remainder of Gentry's term after he resigned recently. Two people are running for this slot Paul Hollingsworth and some other guy that runs every election for a seat.

Vote for Holllingsworth! It is time that we put people on the RLAPD board that have kids in the k-14 range.
Round Laker

Chicago, IL

#12 Feb 16, 2009
People interested in the character of the slate with the incumbent Round Lake mayor should also take a look at the candidates' blogs There are more vindictive things on those blogs than there are productive ones, in my opinion. I am sometimes uncomfortable reading about how proud some are of publicly deriding other people.

I also know that Gentes quiets dissenting voices on his blog by banning people that don't agree with him no matter how sincere their posts are. Those that parrot his words no matter how disrespectful of others, are able to continue posting, however. That tells me something about the character of the man when he cannot tolerate dissent, doesn't want to hear another voice yet will allow the bashing of other residents and business owners that he doesn't like.

I have changed my mind about Gentes in the last few months. I had a yard sign promoting his candidacy for State Senator but was, quite frankly, embarrassed by his lie to the press about his employment status. It has caused me to take a harder look at this group of people in general and I hope that others will look hard at them as well. That is the purpose of this forum.

I do not know enough about the other slate right now to say they are better for Round Lake or not but I will be doing my homework. I won't judge Dietz for what his sister is like, though. My sisters are all different from me and I shouldn't be judged by how they are, either.
Round Laker

Chicago, IL

#13 Feb 16, 2009
Round Lake School Board: The only person I know of in the school board race that in unpretentious and sincere is Ann Welk. I know a few of the other candidates on the other slate, and none on her slate but I would vote for her as someone that genuinely listens and tries to respond to the needs of the public.

I think one of the overriding issues in the school board election is which slate wants to abolish the Finanical Oversight Panel appointed by the State of Illinois, and which doesn't. For all I know they both feel the same way on the issue but I haven't heard what that position is as yet. If anyone knows, please post it.
RLer too

Orland Park, IL

#14 Feb 16, 2009
Ya, that was bad and I did not vote for him in that election because of that. However, I look at RL like this:

Gentes took RL from point A to point B. I don't think he is the guy to get us to point C. I do think that the Dietz slate gets us closer to A than to B. In his own abrasive way, I think that is the point Gentes is trying to make on his own blog. That is why I said before, if this were an election of who I would like to sit next to at Thanksgiving dinner, I don't necessarily like him. But if this is about who can run RL better, I have no doubts in which slate is better qualified, more experienced and more involved. I like like to see Triphahn and Sandoval cut their teeth at some committee level first - show some involvement with the village understand how it works before you pretend to know how to run it. I don't see that Newby has added any sort of forward thinking in years and if he is indicative in change, then the new RL looks very familiar (respecting your wish to stay away from old town/new town).

So the question is do you vote for the person who is more likeable, or the person that you may not like and may have personality issues with, but is more likely to get the job done right?
anon

Round Lake, IL

#15 Feb 16, 2009
Just like the other members of his RLP for change party he can't read!!
Voter wrote:
Whoa, whoa, whoa! Last I checked this string was for ROUND LAKE elections not RLP. Please keep things seperated as to not confuse people.
As far as the Park District goes:
there are two seats up @ 6 year terms. Runners are incumbent Daudelein (running unopposed) and new comer Blum (running unopposed.
there is one seat up @ 2 year term for the remainder of Gentry's term after he resigned recently. Two people are running for this slot Paul Hollingsworth and some other guy that runs every election for a seat.
Vote for Holllingsworth! It is time that we put people on the RLAPD board that have kids in the k-14 range.
RLer too

Orland Park, IL

#16 Feb 16, 2009
BTW, while I have pretty much already made up my mind (RL United all members of the slate, with some hesitation on the mayoral slot) I do appreciate your starting this thread. I want people to make an educated decision on this election without the rest of the silliness. This is a seminal moment in RL history, IMO.
MA Ingleside

Downers Grove, IL

#17 Feb 17, 2009
The people of Round Lake have no idea of what Bill Gentes and Jimmy Magee have done in the village. Go to the courthouse and look up the old eminent domain case 97 ED 15 and see what has been filed in the last 2 years. And that's only some of it.
Why

United States

#18 Feb 17, 2009
Was that filed though? Those people were offered a market price for that parcel (that is just grass anyway) for road and safety improvements and they declined. Obviously the safety of RL motorists is not important, and lets not forget that they already have a sign up for Dietz's party.
3 Little Pigs

Lincolnshire, IL

#19 Feb 17, 2009
Hey Pig Lady you list Ingleside in your name but want RL to maintain your property?
Just Sayin

Chicago, IL

#20 Feb 17, 2009
3 Little Pigs wrote:
Hey Pig Lady you list Ingleside in your name but want RL to maintain your property?
Did you fall off your bar stool and wander in here by mistake?

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