midlothian mayor election
Village

Chicago, IL

#534 Jan 20, 2013
The village of Midlothian with a total population of 14,884 simply can not afford multiple pensions for one person or the high priced mistakes we have witnessed because someone forgot or neglected to do their homework.

Prepare yourselves.
The tax bills will reflect the home rule taxes and debt.
just checkin

Melrose Park, IL

#535 Jan 20, 2013
how is scottsdale isn't that in arizona?
not terry

Melrose Park, IL

#536 Jan 20, 2013
Explain exactly how you will change how cook county will tax midlothian. We need solutions not complaints. What is your plan?
occams razor

Midlothian, IL

#537 Jan 20, 2013
This is hilarious. Krispy Kream failed and our local government is being blamed. It couldn't possibly have anything to do with the lack of business because of product inferior to the competition? Any grocery store has better bakery goods and better selection, and I didn't really realize how big the selection available at Dunkin Doughnuts until there was a Krispy Kream to compare it to. Krispy Kream was a good novelty when they first opened but I tired of them quickly.
clinton

United States

#538 Jan 20, 2013
Niners dude
not terry

Melrose Park, IL

#539 Jan 20, 2013
49rs look like they got it.
not terry

Melrose Park, IL

#540 Jan 20, 2013
Patriots r up next see ya
Wtf

Midlothian, IL

#541 Jan 20, 2013
clinton wrote:
Niners dude
Dude really?
clinton

United States

#542 Jan 20, 2013
Tax abatement was taken away by mayor tom which terry approved many moons ago.In good times when the car dealers were here it wasnt noticed, but when the businesses left and there were zero tax dollars taken from each household there was a big financial problem.If the minimum was taken years ago and invessted correctly Midlothian would be in good shape.Niners dude is what the beach bums say when someone asks whats up in California.So to answer your question it is real.clinton
Most Importantly

Chicago, IL

#543 Jan 20, 2013
In the next property tax bil;l taxpayers will see the Home Rule Taxes added by the village, along with the accumulating debt, and unfunded pension liability. All of the tax dollars Do Not go to Cook County.
clinton

United States

#544 Jan 20, 2013
Correct and all could have been avoided for a minimal fee years ago.If terry didnt vote to do what bossman tom wanted him to do years ago and not repealed Midlothian s tax abatement.

Since: Jan 13

Midlothian, IL

#545 Jan 20, 2013
Sharon wrote:
I knew Sharon and Dan growing up they were both pretty much outcasts.Seems Sharon has something to prove she should just forget running she won't win .She doesn't have the brains to be Mayor give it up Sharon.
And you were what one of the "cool" kids. Still living back in your high school days I see. Lol
More Bonds

Chicago, IL

#546 Jan 21, 2013
Most Importantly wrote:
In the next property tax bil;l taxpayers will see the Home Rule Taxes added by the village, along with the accumulating debt, and unfunded pension liability. All of the tax dollars Do Not go to Cook County.
Midlothian uses proceeds from bond issue to fund water system improvements

BY STEVE METSCH [email protected] January 20, 2013 10:44PM

Midlothian Public Works Director Rick Hansen holds the recently installed Badger Galaxy water meter system in Midlothian, Illinois, Tuesday, January 8, 2013.| Joseph P. Meier~Sun Times Media

Updated: January 21, 2013 9:54AM

The Midlothian water system has seen some major improvements in recent months, with another towering achievement perhaps on the way.

Thanks to $7.5 million from the sale of bonds, the village has been able to work on water mains and replace aging water meters.

If things work out, Midlothian may finally have a water tower.

The village has never had a tower, which has led to some challenges over the years, Public Works Supt. Rick Hansen said.

“It’s not been easy. There are issues when you don’t have a water tower. You are totally reliant on the pump station, which is based on electricity. So any kind of electrical malfunction jeopardizes the water system. We have backups, but they can fail as well,” Hansen said.

Having a tower creates water pressure even when a pump fails, he said.

The village hopes to acquire land where a Chrysler dealership had been in the 14500 block of South Cicero Avenue, and build a water tower there.

A water tower is expected to cost about $1.7 million, Hansen said. The idea has been kicked around for years, he said.

Hansen and Mayor Terry Stephens recalled how there was talk in the late 1990s of building a water tower near the Midlothian Country Club on the west side of the village.

“Back in 1998, there was an agreement about a tower near the country club. The problem with that was it never got done. In 2008, the 10-year (agreement) was up. We approached the country club about the site and they gave us a price of $387,000 to locate it there. That’s a lot of money. We’d rather put (the tower) in a commercial district than a high-rent district like the country club,” Stephens said.

Meanwhile, three miles of water mains were replaced last year, Hansen said.

Stephens said the timing on paying for improvements “was perfect in the down economy, so we got more bang for our buck.”

Improvements were needed, he said, because water loss from the system was at 11.9 percent when 8 percent is considered acceptable.

“A lot of people thought we were out there fixing streets and sidewalks, but we were working on the water mains,” Stephens said.

The water meter replacement program was needed because older meters may not measure water flow as accurately, resulting in financial losses for the village. The new meters will lead to more accurate readings, he said.

“We replaced 3,600 meters, or about 80 percent of the meters in the village,” Stephens said.

Remaining improvements are the water tower and a new water main on Cicero Avenue, Stephens said.

Once the village acquires the property on the west side of Cicero, work can start on the tower.
cant beleive it

Thornton, IL

#547 Jan 21, 2013
Well years ago Karen ran independent to Tom then next election ran with Tom then the next election she turned over a rock and found Terry she said he will be a great mayor and change midlothian she said vote for a tax increase vote for home rule and now 4 years later she is flipping again she turned over another rock and out popped Mrs. Rybak how can we trust you and your judgement 4 years from now who then Karen its also time for you to more on.
Confused

Morris, IL

#548 Jan 21, 2013
cant beleive it wrote:
Well years ago Karen ran independent to Tom then next election ran with Tom then the next election she turned over a rock and found Terry she said he will be a great mayor and change midlothian she said vote for a tax increase vote for home rule and now 4 years later she is flipping again she turned over another rock and out popped Mrs. Rybak how can we trust you and your judgement 4 years from now who then Karen its also time for you to more on.
I agree one hundred percent about it being time for her to move on.
No To Mo

Midlothian, IL

#550 Jan 21, 2013
He's a reason we couldn't boot those independent candidates.
Charitable Candidates

Midlothian, IL

#551 Jan 21, 2013
I can care less who helps at church, is a scout master, does fundraiser, etc....I want candidates that won't abuse home rule and make sound decisions.
midlothian vfw

United States

#552 Jan 21, 2013
Did Mo make some comments about me and my people?
Little Local Government

Chicago, IL

#553 Jan 22, 2013
Our view: A board, office that needs to go away

SouthtownStar editorial January 15, 2013 9:02PM

Updated: January 16, 2013 2:15AM

Regular readers of this page know that one of our most strongly held positions is reducing the huge number of taxing districts in Illinois that duplicate services and waste public funds.

Illinois is among the worst states in categories such as its level of public debt, long-term pension liability and financing of public education. But it’s No. 1 in taxing districts with nearly 7,000 — about 2,100 more than second-place Pennsylvania.

That includes lots of small library, fire protection and sanitary districts and about 300 school districts that have only one school. There’s also township government, an outdated form of representation that’s a throwback to the 19th century.

Little, if anything, done by township government cannot be handled by county government. But there are 1,432 townships in Illinois — each run by elected officials.

One of the more unnecessary government bodies is the township school board, which, despite its name, has nothing to do with township government. The board only oversees the township school treasurer, whose job it is to invest funds for the school districts in the township and process their payroll and bills — tasks that could be handled by each school district’s business office.

We were reminded of this frustratingly wasteful slice of local government because the Bremen Township School Board is looking at giving township school Treasurer Joseph McDonnell a 13 percent raise over two years to bring his annual salary to about $167,000. That’s a lot of money for a job that has been eliminated in other Cook County townships, including Orland and Palos townships.

You may not think that having all these little local governments is a big deal. We suggest you take a close look at your property tax bill and add up how much you pay each year to keep them operating. You made need a Xanax.

McDonnell shouldn’t get the raise. The township school board should give taxpayers a break and back a referendum to disband his office and itself. We can dream, can’t we?
just checkin

Blue Island, IL

#554 Jan 23, 2013
open the mailbox the first article in the southtownstar preview is from phil kadner about you will never guess? tax bills as told by Maria Pappas. read enjoy it sure told me alot. any ideas?

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